Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco Roundup

By: Irene Yang

In the wake of CES in Las Vegas comes the CES of culinary delight—the Specialty Food Association's 2019 Winter Fancy Food Show! Companies big and small, from multinational health food companies, to mom-and-pop popcorn makers, to Brazilian Cheese Bread makers trying to make in the USA gather to showcase their unique take on taste.

Here’s some of the more innovative products we saw:

Clio Greek Yogurt Bars

Clio Bars
Have you ever wanted to eat a healthy ice cream bar? The ladies behind the Clio Greek Yogurt Bar saw a way to provide a kick of protein, flavor, and nutrients in one small chocolate-covered bar. The texture is just like an ice cream bar, but it doesn’t need to be frozen! The slight sourness of the yogurt goes great with the subtle hint of sweetness. With a gamut of flavors like Hazelnut, Strawberry, Blueberry, Espresso, and more, there’s a taste for every palate. Seriously one of the best things I tried at the Winter Fancy Food Show!

Zero-Calorie Beer

All-Free (photo courtesy: Suntory)
Have you ever wanted to drink beer that tastes exactly like beer, provides the fizzy refreshing feeling, and was completely calorie-free? Well that exists now, except it doesn’t contain alcohol (can’t win them all). All-Free from Suntory, one of Japan’s top beer manufacturers, is bound to either make you love it or hate it. I personally loved it—the light wheaty taste reminded me of a light pale ale, with none of the guilt. The drink derives it’s flavor from wheat and hops same as traditional beer, except there’s no fermentation process, and no alcohol. I would definitely buy this to drink casually.

Vegan Cheese Just Gets Better and Better

kotatsu vegan cheese
As people trend towards more eco-conscious behaviors, the biggest impact one can make is changing their diet. But I’ll be honest, that is hard. For me, cheese is a big deal and something I’m sad to cut down on. However, with the power of culinary technology from companies like Miyoko’s Creamery and kotatsu, the taste difference between animal cheese and nut milk cheese is indistinguishable. Gone are the days of suffering through slices of daiya pizza. Now there’s gourmet vegan cheeses in all different flavors and textures. It’s easy to make a change when the change tastes so damn good. Some of the best vegan cheese I’ve ever had at the Winter Fancy Food Show!

Fish-Free… Tuna?!

Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna
I picked up a sample of Good Catch Fish-Free Tuna without realizing it was completely vegan and had a bite. It was literally some of the best tuna salad I’ve ever had. I asked the persona manning the booth what kind of tuna it was, and he responded, “legumes!” Cue my very pleasant surprise. The “tuna” itself has the perfect flaky canned tuna texture, and breaks apart in your mouth is what I think is a more satisfying and firm way than actual canned tuna. This is a fantastic product and I hope more people get the chance to try it.

Gourmet Pudding Mix

South & Spoon Pudding
Goodbye Jello pudding mix boxes of my youth. Hello South & Spoon Pudding Company’s gourmet pudding mix of my bougie 20’s. Made with all-natural ingredients, and perfectly customizable to be vegan, vegetarian, full-carnivore, or what have you, this pudding mix is a win and very easy to prepare.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Feasting of the Seven Fishes at Casa Barilla Radio City

By: Finance Foodie

To celebrate the holiday season, Casa Barilla, unveiled a special “Feast of the Seven Fishes” menu at its restaurants in New York and California. The two dishes on the menu pay homage to the Southern Italian custom of La Vigilia (the Vigil) and the Italian-American tradition of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” in which in observance of an abstinence of meat on Christmas Eve, guests feast on an abundance of seafood in the form of a “grand-meal.” I had a chance to sample the menu recently at Casa Barilla's Radio City NYC location and it was a real treat!
Barilla's Feast of the Seven Fishes

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Get Your Drag On at Lucky Cheng's Dinner Show

By: Finance Foodie

Lucky Cheng's, NYC's original and longest running drag queen cabaret, recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary with a spectacular dinner show hosted by Drag Queen OG Paulina the Princess of Power. Yours truly had a chance to attend this spirited performance while noshing on a three course meal - and all I can say is - WoW what an interesting and fun-filled night!
Lucky Cheng's

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Get Your Healthy On at the 2018 Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, CA

By: Irene Yang

The Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expos (GFAF) are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to eight cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism.

Lucky for North Cali residence, the GFAF is coming to town in less than 2 weeks! As someone who embraces a mostly gluten-free diet, I went last year and it was amazing - so much to see, so much to eat and so much to learn.

To buy tickets click here

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