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Jonty Jacobs Debut South African-Style Biltong Shop in Greenwich Village

Jonty Jacobs Store Front
All Photos By Gail

At last month’s Summer Food Fete, we discovered a few favorite new specialty foods, one being a South African cured, dried meat snack called Biltong – which is very tasty – from an indie company called Jonty Jacobs.

Store Interior with Antelope Head
Jonty Jacobs Store Interior

Jonty Jacobs is so crazy about Biltong (the owners are from South Africa) and so convinced that New Yorkers will love it as well, that they have just opened a small Biltong and gourmet packaged food shop on Christopher Street, in the heart of the West Village.

Biltong Samples
Fresh, Hand Cut Biltong!

The Jonty Jacobs brick and mortar shop will allow patrons to custom-order their biltong by choosing the type of biltong (traditional, grass-fed or aged), lean or traditional, with or without spice and cut-style (chunks, shreaded or – for the aged biltong – prosciutto-style thin-cut).

We attended the shop’s soft opening in early July and had the chance to further sample not only their Biltong and other dried meat products, but to also enjoy wine pairings from the Mandela family vineyard and delicious South African style braai (BBQ)!

Mandela Wines
Mandela Family Wines Flowed Freely

Chef Hugo Uys at Work

South African chef and entrepreneur Hugo Uys (whom Jonty Jacobs has retained to consult on menu development) was on hand to grill up some delicious sausage and kebabs.

Grilled Sausage Sandwich
Grilled Sausage Sandwich

Grilled Kebab Meat
Mmm…Kebabs

Stocked Shelves

The store will also offer prepackaged droewors (dried beef sausage) available with or without spice, boerewors (south-african style sausage) available in regular beef, grass fed, lamb or pork, sosaties (marinated and skewered meat) available in all beef, beef, lamb and pork or lamb and beef. Additionally, they will carry a select range of truffle products, caviar, cheese, smoked fish, dips and South African snacks such as cookies, chocolate, dried fruits and teas.

Stocked Shelves

Stocked Shelves

Surely Jonty Jacobs can be to South African expats what Meyers of Keswick is to NYC’s transplanted British!

Jonty Jacobs is located in the heart of the West Village at 114 Christopher Street (between Bleeker & Hudson), NYC. Visit them on the web at Jonty Jacobs Dot Com for Store Hours and More Information.

Packaged Biltong

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Product Review: Perky Jerky!

Perky Jerky New Flavors Banner
All Photos Except this One By Gail

The tale of how Perky Jerky came to be almost sounds like an Urban Legend, but it nevertheless makes a good deal of sense. The story goes that a couple of friends were on a ski trip when they noticed that, among their gear, an open bag of peppered beef jerky had, unfortunately (they thought) become drenched from a leaky bottle of energy drink. Not exactly being near a store to buy fresh supplies, they dug in to the jerky and discovered a few very positive side affects as a result of the energy drink infiltration: the jerky had retained its original flavor, but had also been tenderized from marinating in the liquid. As an added bonus, the meat had absorbed the drink’s pep-inducing properties!

Back Of Package

The formula for this tasty and all natural snack has since been perfected, with Perky Jerky’s not-so-secret ingredient, a hint of Guarana, a berry native to the Amazon that is the pep-adding ingredient in most energy drinks, remaining. I was recently sent two packages of Perky Jerky to sample – one Turkey, one Beef, both Teriyaki flavor — and my findings are that this is a delicious, convenient meaty treat!

Turkey Perky Jerky with Packaging

The Turkey Jerky is pictured above, and you will see it comes out of its packet in various sized pieces rather than long, dry strips. Although it looks like Bacon, the meat’s texture varies between chewy and very moist, and the mildly sweet Teriyaki flavor permeates each bite. There are also visible flecks of cracked black pepper on the jerky, which can be easily flicked off if having the jerky seasoned in that manner is not your thing.

Benefits of snacking on a protein rich snack such as Perky Jerky include:

  • Curbing hunger between meals leaving you feeling fuller longer
  • Maintaining blood sugar levels between meals
  • Cutting down on the spikes and crashes, thus keeping you awake and alert
  • Burning fat instead of muscle during workouts
  • Repairing damaged tissue in the body after exercise

Which makes it an ideal snack to throw in your purse or gym bag!

Beef Perky Jerky

This is the Beef Perky Jerky which I took with me to the movies today to snack on. It was not only delicious, but it kept be from getting too hungry between lunch and dinner, and helped me stay alert during the film! Thanks, Perky Jerky!

Perky Jerky is available in both beef and turkey in four flavors: Original, Sweet & Spicy, Teriyaki, and Hot & Bothered. Visit This Link to find a store near you that sells Perky Jerky, or get in on special pricing when you buy some online at This Link!