In Dean & Deluca you can find the most exquisite culinary treats (most from Europe, of course). And while there are so many to choose from a foodie like me could not make his mind up in a hundred years, I must admit the cuteness of this snowman-cake won me over:

On the other hand, even when one sticks to very healthy vegetarian (mostly vegan, sometimes macrobiotic, but always with the exception of sushi) diet, it seems impossible to scape the “over-spiced” cooking in the US. What’s up with everything having to sport a thousand spices, as if food did not taste good by itself? Check out the looooong list of ingredients rom this otherwise organic healthy clam-chowder from Wholefoods soup bar: