Friday, August 26, 2016

PUMPKIN and TURMERIC--New Hot Flavors Part 2

No longer a holiday only flavor---pumpkin gets some love year round:

URBAN ACCENTS aka "your culinary wingman™" has a slew of convenient well flavored pumpkin tagines, simmer sauces that will transport any dish to an exotic location . Pictured above-a spicy take on Mexican Chile Pumpkin Mole-a pumpkin-tomato,garlic, onion simmer sauce based in chicken broth...just add veggies or chicken-dish is complete.

Urban Accents Indian Coconut Pumpkin Curry simmer sauce-takes savory spices turmeric, nutmeg, ginger, cumin+coriander-with a hint of coconut-in warm pumpkin blend.

Moroccan Apricot Pumpkin Tagine-North African coriander, cinnamon, cardamon, red pepper and cloves even up this thick pumpkin simmer sauce.

Terrapin Ridge Pumpkin Honey Mustard-pumpkin, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg+allspice blended with honey mustard to adorn grilled cheese, vegetables like carrots-or goat brie...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Savory, Smoky, Pickled, Pumpkin, Bacon,Turmeric ...


Part One:

Fancy Food Show, Editor Showcase

Step aside sriracha ---the new trendy flavors tantalize the sweet, salty, sour spectrum -and reflect consumers broadening of world inspired tasty accents.

What else? Bacon STILL finds its way into condiments, candy and chocolate---coinciding with the rise in plant based alternatives foods/drinks we saw at the most recent Fancy Foods Show.

Some highlights:


Sauerkraut goes gourmet-as a side dish or as an elegant topper to all American hot dog. Cleveland Kraut Gnar Gnar-spicy hot. FYI-source of probiotics-fermented foods are.

 Cleveland Kraut Beet Red raw fermented sauerkraut slightly sweet

Pacific Pickle Works Bruussizzle Sprout-quartered up Brussel Sprouts that redefine that cabbage family vegetable-A SOFI WINNER too...outstanding appetizer...tangy -semi-sweet-from a California company specializes in new takes on spicy'em right out of the jar too. $9.95/jar
SOFI winner-outstanding appetizer
Pickled cherries? We wrote up Olive & Sinclair for their Bourbon and Smoked Nib Nashville TN company uses same high quality for its sweet-tangy Seersucker Candy Co. Cherry Bombs-high quality -Fair Trade ingredients -including home roasted single -source chocolate,+ buttermilk fondant- over pickled maraschino cherries. It actually works. 8 count-4 oz $16.99. Nice vintage packaging too.


Stonewall Kitchen...sauces, spice blends - rubs are all enticing-no wonder their gift sets are popular-with mash-ups of honey, BBQ maple, espresso, chipotle...and its Texas Rub-a smoky blend of  sweet-smoky (brown sugar, molasses, garlic) Lone Star State BBQ
the CHAAT Co. -a West 23rd Street-NYC entity (impressed)-SUPER POPULAR -these incredible crunchy creamy eats-Savory Yogurt Snack-got a lot of positive buzz at the Fancy Food Show-so we expect copy cats that won't be as good. A recent jaunt to highlight- the street food of course--included savory hot-cold yogurt fusions-  and lentil based crisps=delicious staple-we expect to see this product picked up by a lot of retail outlets. Convenient cute packaging too...using rich whole milk and bonus no added sugar (dairy has enough naturally imo) and no palm oil which seems to plague the big brands.. Pictured-three flavors-front to back Cucumber Mint (cucumber, sea salt, spearmint, lime juice tangy cooling taste), Tamarind Date (date and tamarind seed paste-sweet chewy texture) and hottest blend-Mango Chili (mangoes, ground chili, sea salt, green chili peppers)...all with lentil puffs that themselves are stackable-made with turmeric, cumin and sea salt. NON-GMO, Gluten Free, grass fed-no growth hormones ever- cows-providing the milk-yogurt is loaded with probiotics, fyi 

Turci Spray Sauces are a portion -calorie controlled way to impart full flavor on a variety of protein staples+salads. From Italy-family owned biz-BBQ Sauce Spray-smoky -tart -with a apple vinegar-tomato paste blend -and lemon, chili, garlic. The one spray is low calorie-but our experience -usually use a few -but still-relatively low calorie and VERY  shelf staple-flavorable way to add accents to vegetables+meats. 
Smoked Maple Syrup from VERMONT's Sugar Bob's... low temp high tech blend of darkest pure maple syrup and beech wood smoke -a dynamic blend that is strong accent-atop grilled meats, in marinades, dressings, soups, stews, or even cocktails. 

Smoky Ginger Peach Spread-one of several spreads made by The Gracious Gourmet... with real ingredients-no preservatives- peaches, sugar, lime juice, spices, natural liquid smoke, and salt. Delicious-and versatile- atop meats, poultry, shellfish and as a nice set tangy counterbalance to tangy full sheep/goat cheeses...or as an unusual pop to vanilla ice cream.

Biena Chickpea Snacks...lots of aromatic-spice bites-including these tasty medium spiced Rockin Ranch -salt, sugar, tomato, garlic onion, hint of mustard- flavors-and (not pictured) BBQ...are deliciously filling, naturally blessed with fiber and high protein...these gluten free -Non-GMO snacks...worthy of entreé status-as well as healthy snack that is just as crunchy satisfying as the usual chips! Frankly, we like all the flavors-especially the spicier ones


The Carolina Nut Co. 14 (!!!) flavors -including several spiced up North Carolina-USA grown colossal peanuts-the smoky bacon-ranch--in airtight container -preserves flavors...there's an authentic tasting Dilled Pickle-salty-vinegar nuts, too...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Fancy Foods Show

Our favorite red hot food trend (addictive) from the Fancy Food Show-is crunchy seaweed snacks-deliciously satisfying- with nutritious value ( Vitamin K, iodine  folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium) and blessedly low in calories=WIN WIN WIN.
These chip slayers have a naturally salty tad sweet crispy composition... and come in spicy and seasoned flavors as well as in organic choices.Popular in Korea as a snack-most companies we found- source from that area of the planet.
Offered in snack size single packs - for those on the go... as well as larger size options-which frankly, got devoured almost as quickly in our household-straight outta the bag, no serving bowl necessary...or sharing.

gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks...USDA ORGANIC-in flavors -sea salt, and hot trendy- wasabi, chipotle, and teriyaki-non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-25 calories a tasty crunchy serving. Made from Nori or red algae...also a delicious way to add some salt hits to sweet deserts...crumble a piece over ice cream for example. Widely available. FYI 'Gim" is a Korean word- 'Nori" which is Japanese -both from seaweed

SEASNAX STIX crispy seaweed strips-no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives made from organically grown seaweed with tad 100% extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Non-GMO, vegan----Stix come in sesame, original, wasabi and almond.  Also-as with many companies...other seaweed based snacks include crunchy chips 

Monday, August 22, 2016


Big and Small Companies Get GOING- Organic, And/Or (at least) Getting Rid of Artificial Ingredients-
or-imo-risk losing sales to customers that care.

And there are more of those kinds of humans -and more snack choices...without the 'junk.' Indulgent treats are always on trend-but consumers are def. embracing the more 'natural' kind with a few exceptions like Walmart's Hostess mash-up, the iconic  Twinkies coming to freezers near you. Shutting down one artery/bite (joke)

Some Sweet Eats...

PURA VIDA CRUNCH LOVER™ Natural Sins -the 2 ingredients only delicious crispy treats epitomize what a 'clean label' should read. REALLY kids worthy-especially the 'un potato' crispy beet chips -just sweet enough-with raw cane sugar- delivering 13 grams per bag-ranks as dessert worthy-but better- get 5 grams of dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and calcium too-and only 100 satisfying calories per bag. Crispy pineapple, coconut (SOFI Award Winning finalist-our fav)---, and mango chips are all equally as authentic tasting-make good lunchbox staples...non-GMO verified-from Costa Rica...fairly widely available in the USA, impressive for a small company. 
in 5oz and 1lb bags

Thoroughly addictive (you've been warned) BROWNIE BRITTLES are the brilliant idea of Sheila G. Main's-who smartly found a way to package the crispy crunch top/edge of great acclaim!
How to better the best? Make Brownie Brittle USDA tasty flavors Chocolate Chip, Chocolate & Toasted Coconut, Pretzel and Dark Chocolate (with a perfect balance of salty pretzel bits with sweetness).

crispy coconut and solid chocolate chip bits in rich all flavors widely available and online

new flavor-Dark Chocolate Sea Salt

SHEILA G. Main...of Sheila G.'s Brownie Brittle

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BREAKFAST ALL DAY: Not Your Grannie's Granola

Breakfast all day-we've been doing THAT forever-cereal always worthy of eating as a meal or snack.

Part of the reason why imo-granola has gone glammy -(not just granny).

Whatever your tastes and allergies-the mix-ups of gourmet granola offerings are numerous! Crunchy all... sweetish to very sweet (added like organic honey, and/or dried fruits), spicy (of course-it's a hot food trend, literally), nut free, grain free selections...delivering higher protein (from seeds - nuts) than the usual cereal fare...and standard MO-non-GMO, some gluten free (from the selections we saw), dairy free, kosher, zero trans fat....

Note-these are fairly calorie high snacks imo...typical serving (1/4 cup) which isn't that around 130-150 calories -why a tablespoon of granola as a food accent- in a smoothie, atop ice cream-or creamy yogurt for example = satisfying crunchy indulgence...which also happens to be how yogurt -with crunchy additions- are packaged by company giants like Chobani etc.
granola like crunchy crumbles-packaged with a snack...convenient-Chobani' Simply 100= creamy non-fat greek  with 'crunch' -the latest flavorBalck Cherry Pie-with bits of the best part lol pie crust-with dried cherries sweetened up with brown sugar and stevia.

Some highlights from recent Fancy Food Show:

Def...a lady's theme here...

Viki's Granola snack pack 1.5 oz or 12oz $5.49 ...5 delicious flavors of gluten free, non GMO verified crunch
There really is a Viki (Sater) in Viki's Granola-!!!! No fillers, preservatives or fillers in this former homemaker's products! 

Banana Walnut gluten free oats, organic honey, unsweetened coconut, enhanced with banana chips/walnuts. Our fav
My Wife's Granola-Alegria Fine of 3 flavors-this one is crunchy yummy mix with hint of spice- the cinnamon/nutmeg= just right.
This smiling duo (Penny and Peter-there' two more founding pals too) - part of the entrepreneurial amazing The Brooklyn Foodworks-located in a former Pfizer factory ...BAD SEED's Chili Granola===aka "MEET GRANOLA'S EVIL TWIN"
Savory and Spicy...Chili Granola...we'd say is def not a breakfast food-and-sold in a jar-in garlicky hot spicy oil- used  instead of flavored breadcrumbs, hot sauce or as a condiments atop pastas, as a sandwich 'spread', in salad dressings, atop yogurt or mixed in with any main dish entree. Not gluten free-there is barley in the miso paste used...but for everyone else-spicy hot (Korean chili and anaheim chili powder), ginger, garlic, cayenne, seeds... a tad sweet (brown sugar, honey, organic coconut palm sugar) is a sophisticated mix - unusual and cool in a hot way.

Friday, August 19, 2016


The Cutting Edge Walking Shoe That 'Shows" The Way +LECHAL Technology

When we're walking around a new to us city laid out on the grid system...we're still fidgeting with a map-(smartphone screens too small for that)...let alone in our own hometown-when we venture to those now hip outer boroughs-or even the West Village where 4th street insanely intersects with 10th street....ahhh.
The solution: HI TEC finally conjures up a tech-tricked out footwear-wearable tech -that we'd actually want.

We fell in LOVE with Hi Tec's new Navigator Low i WP (waterproof) walking shoe-that IS genius- has India's Lechal technology in the insoles (yes controlled by a GPS app)...that deftly deploys this guiding software originally designed to aid blind individuals. 

Navigator is built well and lightweight at 650 grams--the Dri-Tec waterproof breathable membrane keeps feet dry and comfy via i-Shield technology-custom MICHELIN durable rubber outsole coupled with impact absorbing XLR8>>midsole is flexible and responsive-providing great grip on various surfaces
 How it works-the state of the art hepatic LECHAL vibrating pod...pictured above in its square charging station -gets placed int eh specifically designed insole...synchs with a smartphone via Bluetooth--one enters a destination in the Navigator app (Apple/Android compatible)-then violà-the embedded pod gives off responsive vibrations-different ones depending- that are noticeably felt-not annoying, for when one needs to make a turn-or has missed one...allowing for hands free navigation that it felt not heard. There are separate vibrations in the right and left sole for specific when/where alerts.
Limited distribution sales dates for the USA -September 2016 $299....for more info:


the Lechal vibrating pod slips in here
No more fumbling with maps or electronic navigation systems ...available for men only though.
Asker C-37 density PU footbed delivers supreme cushioning and comfort

Thursday, August 18, 2016

ATHLETE GALS Best Beauty Bets

Fierce beauty...requires scrutiny.


Since the skin absorbs 90% of what gets put on it (think about that next time one reads products labels full of indecipherable chemicals)...women are scrutinizing beauty ingredients that lack much (really any it seems)FDA -USA government oversight-vs the EU...resembling food ingredients.

DUH...that's why sales of natural indie beauty brands-skincare products and cosmetics-are booming...with these often home grown businesses finding customers by way of reviews and celeb endorsements-that aren't even paid for.

We recently learnt of a USDA ORGANIC line of skin care and cream sunscreen that really impressed us Sanre Organic Skinfood,

Hailing from Georgia-the mountain part where the AT trail starts, a family - run  SANRE Organic Superfood makes a slew of products...all gluten free and non-GMO...cruelty free and no alcohol in the mix! AND USDA ORGANIC imo-highest eco rating. Seriously.