Can you believe it's already February?! It's a short month that's jam packed with activities and celebrations: the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, the Winter Olympics, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival — we're overwhelmed just thinking of all the cooking, eating, and partying that's to come! Luckily there are a few treats that will help us get through the next 28 days. Here are the items we can't live without.
Luxardo Maraschino Cherries
No chocolate sundae or Manhattan cocktail is complete without a perfectly plump cherry garnish. We're currently obsessed with Luxardo's gourmet maraschino cherries  ($17.95). They have a dark red-black color and wonderful, sweet fruity taste.
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
This year, Chinese New Year falls on Valentine's Day. Don't think you'll be making it to a Chinese restaurant? Savor the cuisine at its best with Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper  ($17), a page-turning memoir by Fuchsia Dunlop, a British expat who spent a decade in China learning about the country's cuisine, tasting everything from Kashgar kebabs to Mao's family cuisine in Hunan.
Sucre's Mardi Gras Macaroons
Instead of sending loved ones a boring box of chocolates, gift them a beautiful box of dainty and delicious French macaroons. Sucre's Mardi Gras Macaroons  ($23) are festive, fun, and taste like King Cake!
Combier Orange Liqueur
Take a tip from San Francisco's top mixologists and stock your bar with Combier orange liqueur  ($35.95). It's an all-natural, flavorful spirit that's excellent in game-day margaritas or floated on top of a glass of bubbly.
The Super Bowl's a great excuse to break out the grill in Winter and enjoy some sausages. We can't get enough of Saag's, which uses no artificial flavors, comes in natural casings, and offers just about every sausage flavor imaginable. We love the zesty Parmesan Mushroom  and sweet Turkey Italian .
Stainless Steel Fondue Pot
There's nothing quite as comforting as oozing cheese and melted chocolate, so splurge on a stainless fondue pot  ($69.96). It's ideal for entertaining a crowd or an intimate party of two!