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5 Must-Have Local Items for Your Pantry

BY Nevin Martell | June 29, 2017 | Feature

Part of our 50 finest things happening in the DC food scene right now.
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8 Myles Sauces Civil engineer-turned-condiment entrepreneur Myles Powell ( offers a trio of sauces. Our fave: pineapple Buffalo, which gets a hit of heat from cayenne peppers and a sweet life from the tropical fruit. Works well on meats and slathered on fish.

’Chups Fruit Ketchups ’Chups ( inventive condiments are forged from blueberries, cranberries, pumpkin and more. Tart cherry is perfect atop a rich cheeseburger, while tangy blueberry complements grilled steak.

Huckle’s Gourmet Sauces Smoky chipotle, piquant flame-kissed jalapeno and citrus-y habanero work well on their own, or use them as boosters for barbecue sauces, marinades and salsas (

Wild Roots Syrups Transform cocktails into restorative elixirs with these botanically based sweet syrups ( Nettle-orange partners up smoothly with rye; lemon-cardamom plays works well in an unconventional Tom Collins; and elderberry-lavender adds sweet floral notes to vodka-based creations.

Zayt & Za’atar Za’atar The Mediterranean seasoning ( gets its name from the dried wild thyme that provides the dominant flavor. It’s mixed with olive oil, sesame seeds, sumac and oregano. Slather it on Lebanese flatbread; sprinkle it on eggs; or mix it into marinades.

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