The holiday week kicked off with heavy storms battering U.S. coast lines. If you happened to catch a glimpse of the news stations’ radar on Monday, or you are a Weather Channel fanatic, the country looked a lot like a pinball bumper during multi-ball play, with storms coming from all sides. This pattern will lighten towards the end of the week- when, hopefully, fresh seafood production stabilizes (see Seafood Report below).
In the Midwest summer weather finally arrived, and there’s no better time to showcase one of our many non-food products that could add some character to your next grill-out. Enter Pok Pok Thaan’s Thai-style charcoal logs.
This log-style charcoal was created by Andy Ricker, chef and owner of Pok Pok Restaurant Group (based out of Portland, Oregon), who was looking for a less expensive, locally-made binchotan charcoal.
Binchotan, known as Japanese “burnt gold,” is a form of hardwood charcoal typically made from Japanese oak. It burns at slightly lower temperatures (than traditional briquettes) but for longer periods of time, which is why it’s prized by chefs of all backgrounds. This high-quality charcoal is perfect for those establishments looking to impress with outdoor grilling events. Not only for yakitori or hibachi grills, this charcoal can hold its own in any grilling format.
Pok Pok Thaan’s (Thaan translates to “charcoal” in Thai) logs use rambutan, a sustainable fruitwood that imparts mild, charcoal flavor while still letting the food speak for itself. Low ash, low smoke, and long-lasting, this is one charcoal that is a great alternative to commercial briquettes. Comes in 5-pound or 22-pound varieties.
Fish farms are adjusting their harvest schedules for the summer, and that will mean some disruptions in supply, especially for Trout and Sturgeon. Fish will go on allocation. Specifically, Sturgeon Farms will switch to harvesting males, which will be smaller than the females. Imported fish such as Bronzini and Dorade should not be as affected; supplies of these species are currently stable.