I like it hot! For as long as I can remember I have had a love for all things spicy. My collection of hot sauces almost rivals my shoe collection and if you know me, that is a lot of hot sauce. Variety IS the spice of life, right? I use it on everything from chicken and veggies to popcorn and in Bloody Marys. I love to make my own dips and even use it in certain desserts.
Hot Sauce (Bettie Page) by artist Olivia De Berardinis
Back in April, I was bartending my usual Thursday night shift when the guy that I had been crushing on since Christmas came in for a drink. Nervous, I poured him his Miller Lite draft and tried to strike up a conversation. As the night went on and we chatted, the subject of hot sauce came up and went on to tell me about a hot sauce that he found in Colorado while on a ski trip. He had run out of it and said he would love to purchase more. Intrigued, I told him that I was a food blogger and asked if he had the name of the sauce. He said that he would text me a picture of the bottle and I said I would go on a mission to find it. (See how slick I am). I went home that night with him on my mind and finally went to sleep after an hour of tossing and turning. About 2 am, I was awoken by his text of the picture of the hot sauce. When I went back to sleep, I had the most amazing dream about him which would make even the girl in the above photo blush. ;P
The next evening I was set to attend an 80′s themed charity event. Dressed in my finest Madonna garb circa 1985, I stopped by his house on my way to the event to pick up the empty bottle. After all, the picture in the text was blurry and I needed to see it up close and personal, right? Not one to go to anyone’s house empty handed, I brought him a gift set of gourmet sauces from my friend’s company, Intensity Academy. As I walked in, the smell of his intoxicating cologne filled the air and my knees began to weaken. As I walked towards his kitchen with my box of sauces, I practically tripped in my 6 inch stilettos because his presence made me nervous. He handed me the empty bottle which was “Smokey Serrano” from The Boulder Hot Sauce Company and I wrote down all the information to assist me in ordering some bottles. Smiling, he invited me to sit down so I did and we chatted for a few minutes. As I glanced at the time, I had to get going because I had people waiting for me at the event. While walking out the door, I mentioned that I had a dream about him but wasn’t going to share any details. I smiled and left and my heart was racing a hundred miles an hour. As I drove down the street, he sent me a text asking me to tell him about my dream.
I went on to my event with him on my mind. We began some flirtatious chatting over foursquare by leaving comments on each other’s status locations. As the event drew to a close, I headed over to a local sports bar with my friends and he met me there. Now, the rest is our little secret, but I will tell you this, we have been together ever since and I have never been happier. So, let me show you the bottle that brought us together……………. Smokey Serrano.
This hot little bottle of heaven has an incredible smokey yet spicy flavor. A blend of Poblano peppers, red-ripe Serrano peppers and veggies create this masterpiece of a hot sauce. I know why my “crush” liked this sauce so much. It is unique and gives another depth of flavor to foods. I use this almost daily and just had some about thirty minutes ago over some mixed veggies.
The other sauce offered by The Boulder Hot Sauce Company is Harry’s Habanero, named after the company’s founder, Harry Robertson. Made with fresh Habaneros, sweet onions and carrots, this is yet another unique sauce from this boutique company. Words can’t express how much these sauces mean to me and as soon as I go through my mixed case of the two flavors, I will be ordering more. Ordering is easy and you can order individual bottles or mixed cases. To place an order, click here.