In our guide to N.C. food gifts in December, Andrea Weigl and I included Bamboo Ladies Pickles, made in Raleigh by Carla Faw Squires. Squires got a little more attention today, with a shoutout by Florence Fabricant in the New York Times. (Oh great - now we'll never be able to get them!)
The pickles really are unusual and delicious. Yes, they are made from bamboo, from a family recipe. They get attention when you put them out for hors d'oeuvres or on an antipasti platter. In Charlotte, I found them at Dean & Deluca and the Common Market, ranging from $8 to $10 for an 8-ounce jar. Or you can get information at www.bambooladies.com.