It’s New Year’s Eve, which means it’s time to party! But we don’t want you to get caught having just any old boring snacks for your guests. So we went on a little adventure to pick out some interesting snacks you can feature at your party or bring to a friends. Check out some of the fun international snacks that we carry here at Jungle Jim’s!
Chips and Fresh Salsa
Japanese Rice Crackers
Taiwanese Shrimp Chips
Mirch Masala Snack Mixes
Spanish Mixed Nuts
The snacking possibilities are endless at Jungle Jim’s. Be the life of the party with interesting selections from any part of the store. These are only a fraction of the snacks from around the world that we carry. Come in and discover your favorite!
New Year’s Eve is here! The ball is about to drop, and it’s time to start untwisting that champagne bottle and get ready to pop the cork. While it’s something you may do every year, have you ever wondered where this tradition came from and what champagne, or sparkling wine, actually is?
All Champagnes Are Sparkling Wine, but Not All Sparkling Wines Are Champagnes
Champagnes and sparkling wines are created the exact the same way. They are both fermented like a wine, but more yeast and sugar is added when they are bottled to induce a second fermentation. As the yeast eat the sugars they create carbon dioxide, which in turn will carbonate the wine. This is why you see the crown cap, or cage made of wires, that holds down the cork. Without it, the carbon dioxide would push the cork out and all carbonation would be lost.
So what’s the difference between a champagne and a sparkling wine? In order to be classified as a champagne the wine must be produced within the Champagne region in France. The name champagne has been legally protected since the 1800s. If the wine is made outside of the Champagne region, it is just simply a “sparkling wine.”
Why Do We Drink Champagne During Special Occasions Like New Year’s?
In the early days of champagne, only the wealthiest noble families could afford to buy it, but as time went on, merchant class families started building their fortunes. They began to buy more and more champagne, but since they still could not afford to drink it regularly they would save it for special occasions. This tradition carried on throughout generations, and we still drink the bubbly for New Year’s and other celebrations throughout the year.
What Champagne or Sparkling Wine Should You Choose For Your New Year’s Toast?
TJ, our Fairfield wine manager, shared three of his favorites to consider for your New Year’s celebration.
We at Jungle Jim's International Market hope you have a wonderful New Year's. Make sure you stop in and grab yourself some bubbly on the way to your party. Cheers!
Jungle Jim's International Market might be your go-to destination for a wide variety of foods from around the world, but did you know we house some of the largest beer and wine selections in the region? Our award winning Beer & Wine Department is so full of awesome products, we decided that sending out a monthly set of newsletters was one of the best ways we could let everyone know what we're excited about! If you're a fan of craft beer or fine wine, check out what our Brew Crew Crewsletter and Wine Passport newsletter's have to offer!
About Our Brew Crew and Pint Nights Newsletters
Jungle Jim's Brew Crew Members get exclusive information about the latest and greatest happenings and up-to-date information from our Beer Department including:
About Our Wine Passport and Upcoming Tastings Newsletters
Jungle Jim's Wine Passport Members get exclusive information about the latest and greatest happenings and up-to-date information from our Wine Department including:
Love craft beer and/or wine and want to connect with us on social media? You're in luck! Jungle Jim's has two awesome and engaging Twitter accounts to help you learn about new products, find out answers to questions you might have and connect with others as passionate about craft beer and/or wine as you are!
For craft beer fans, check out and follow @JunglesBeerGuy, and for wine connossieurs, check out and follow @JunglesWineGuy - and don't forget to say hello!
About Cincy Brewcast:
"Cincy Brewcast is a Cincinnati, Ohio based podcast covering anything craft – more specifically craft beer. If you want some details on who we are you can read about us, or even easier you can just start listening to the show! We’re available on iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker, Google Play… all sorts of podcasting platforms for you if you want to listen in a standard podcast format. You can also do it the fun way and listen on Periscope! We have a live Periscope broadcast (look for @cincybrewcast) that we try to do whenever we record live."
About The Gnarly Gnome:
"I have a confession to make. I’m not actually a gnome. I’m not even as gnome-like as you’d probably like me to be. I consider myself a semi-anonymous blogger because if you’re determined… it’s not even really all that hard to figure out who I am… Hell, offer to buy me a beer and I’ll gladly come up and introduce myself. So why?
This blog isn’t about me… not even in the slightest. You might catch a glimmer of my opinions here and there, but this blog is 100% about Cincinnati’s beer scene… her breweries… her brewers… her beers. I upset people because of that, so I will apologize before anything else, and tell you that yes, I am a cheerleader for Cincinnati Beer. Sure… I’m a bit of suck up to Cincinnati. And no… if I don’t personally like a beer, you’re not going to read about it here, because always remember: It’s not about me… it’s about Cincinnati Beer."
Taking the essence of heady drinks gone by, barrel aged beers are given new life when they’re aged in bourbon, tequila and rum oak barrels. Our Barrel Aged Beer Bash is a celebration of the surprises, deep flavor and intensity of this awesome, transformative process. A full night of imbibing rare, impossible to find and truly special beer, this one is for those as patient as we are. Especially when it comes to something so revered as beer.
Over 80 types of barrel aged beer will be available, many of them special or secret recipes that highlight the complex, often surprising, always interesting flavors brought out by aging beers in previously used barrels. Coming straight from some of the brewer’s personal cellars, festival goers won’t see many of these beers available outside of their respective breweries, and most of them won’t be bottled, either, so our Barrel Aged Beer Bash could be your only chance to try some of them! Those attending this fantastic fest will get a commemorative glass, as well, so they’ll be ready to sample from some truly outrageous brews in style.
Our 2017 Barrel Aged Beer Bash is your chance to try beers that may not have existed before - at least not as they will for the Bash - and may not come back ever again. It’s a night to enjoy some truly singular, and singularly exciting, beer. We would love for you to join us.
Not only are they an attractive addition to any home decor, Himalayan Salt Lamps also have numerous health benefits:
With so many benefits, salt lamps make great gifts for kids and adults.
They can be found in many sizes and shapes in the Herb ‘N Jungle at both Jungle Jim’s locations.
Herb ‘N Jungle
Our family at Jungle Jim's International Market would like to wish you a very happy holidays and a happy new year!
I am sitting at my desk in Jungle Jim’s International Market getting ready to write an article for our newsletter. It’s hard to believe tomorrow is Christmas! I pick up one of the many flavors of Hammond’s All Natural Candy Canes that are spread out in an array of colors across my desk and my memories sweep me back to a kinder, gentler time.
I remember back to my childhood days when I would wake up on Christmas morning and discover all of the wonderful things left for me under the tree! Hanging from the mantle would be my stocking with a candy cane draped over the top. To me that has always been the “Candy of Christmas!”
Here at the Jungle we carry the very best all-natural candy cane around - HAMMOND’S!
The Company began making candy 90 years ago with its founder Carl T. Hammond, Sr., whose motto was “Nothing is more important than quality.” That still holds true today. Hammond’s all-natural candy canes are free of artificial flavors, artificial colors, and corn syrup.
There are flavors for every taste. From the traditional Mint and Cinnamon, to Cherry and Strawberry. There are even more unconventional flavors such as Pomegranate, Ginger Bread, Pumpkin Pie and Root Beer. With so many DELICIOUS flavors to choose from, they are the perfect size for stuffing a stocking or hanging from your tree.
So stop by our Natural Foods Department and stock up on Hammond’s All Natural Candy Canes - “The Candy of Christmas, the memories of childhood.”
May your holiday season be wonderful and may this be your best Christmas yet!
The holidays are a fun time for everyone at the Jungle. Join us as we explore our stores in Fairfield and Eastgate and check out all of the holiday cheer.
We hope you are enjoying the spirit of the season with friends and family. Thank you for joining us for our Demo Event on Saturday, December 10th. A good time was had by all. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, it’s not too late for great savings on some old favorites, and some new additions. Check out All Clad, Staub, Polish Pottery, and Lodge – just to name a few. The ever popular Swiss Diamond 12.5” fry pan is now only $99.99, while our limited supply lasts! This Swiss-made fry pan is the perfect addition to your kitchen; easy to clean, oven-safe to 500º, and PFOA free.
And back this year is the customized Jungle Jim’s knife – just in time for the Holidays! This year, we have chosen a 6” forged German steel Cook’s knife as our “best buy.” This knife features a full tang and a Rosewood handle, for only $29.99 ($110 value), with Jungle Jim’s logo etched on the back. These make wonderful Christmas gifts.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Wusthof’s Pro cutlery, designed and built exclusively for the tough day-to-day demands of the commercial kitchen. Be sure to check out the moderate-priced knives the next time you’re in Gourmet Galeria.
As we rapidly approach year’s end, we reflect on the many special moments we have shared with you in 2016. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a new year filled with many great moments. Thank you for your patronage and your loyalty.