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Food Curated: A One of a Kind, Hot Sauce Elixir

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"Like everybody else, I have Tabasco getting dusty in my cupboard. For me, it's always been about fresh peppers."

Meet Sonya Samuel, the founder and owner behind Bacchanal Pepper Sauce, a Brooklyn made, Caribbean-hot, soul-satisfying pepper sauce that recently launched in New York City. Like her hot sauce, Sonya too is a party. She throws around "yeah babys" like I throw around smiles, engaging people with a lust-for-life attitude that you're always glad to bump up into, when you do. Now, Sonya LOVES food. And I'm not saying it just to say it. I'm saying it because it's something she'll tell you often -- and often with a very vocal opinion. She knows what she likes and doesn't like, and isn't shy about picking dishes apart. I appreciate that about her. She knows and trusts her palate, and I think that's why her hot sauce is so good. She has standards... very high standards. Sonya wants her pepper sauce to represent what she believes in food: that good food should create memories and moments. It should "transport" you. And, you know what, I'll give it to her. This pepper sauce is like a nice, spicy vacation.

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As of a few weeks ago, Sonya just started offering Bacchanal Pepper Sauce on her website online. It's 100 percent natural with no preservatives -- something very important to Sonya -- and a great condiment for anyone who likes a bit of heat. Which, in case you're wondering, is about an 8 out of 10 for most "pepper heads." I've eaten it on eggs, in soups, on italian subs, on vegetables. It's quite versatile and opens up dishes in a really nice way. I think you'll be surprised how many layers of flavor you'll experience. And the fruit, really, is what makes it sing (at least for me). I think that's what sets it apart from all the other hot sauces in my fridge. It's in a category of its own, and certainly worth a try.

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