Monday, July 9, 2018

Ten on Top at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2018

By: Finance Foodie

One of my favorite events every year is the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show. Held in the massive Javits Center, this three day spectacle is every food lover's dream - aisles upon aisles of gourmet food products just waiting to be imbibed and indulged!
There was a lot to see and eat, but I narrowed down my Top 10 for 2018 below.

10.  Pocasville Dragon Fruit Chips - I love fresh dragon fruit so I am so excited to see this in an easy to eat and convenient chip form.

9.    La Touramgelle Artisan Oils - Fancy oils that are all natural and organic - great for dressing a salad or for cooking. The pesto oil is my favorite.

8.    Mike's Might Good Craft Ramen - This ain't the 10 cent packets of ramen you eat as a poor starving college student (or NYC dweller when rent is about to be due). Mike's Mighty Good makes gourmet ramen with the same rich broth and noodles you get at those fancy ramen restos around the city.  Just add some egg, meat and veggies.

7.    Coolhaus Ice Cream Pints - This hip ice cream shop that is known for its funky flavors (Milkshake and Fries anyone?) now sells its wares in pint form. Ice Cream Addicts unite!

6.    From the Ground Up Cauliflower Crackers - Cauliflower is officially the new hot food item of the year due to its health benefits as a vegetable and its place in lower carb diets (at the show, it was in everything from pizza dough to ready to eat meals as a rice substitute). These crackers tasted just like a good old fashion Cheez-it (with half the fat).

5.    Elmhurst Dairy Assorted Gourmet Milks - Nut milks have become all the rage these days and this line has got all your bases covered.

4.    Noosh Flavored Almond Butter - Almond butter > Peanut butter all day. Flavored Almond Butter > Regular Almond Butter all day. My favorite was the birthday cake.

3.    GuS Cocktail Mixers - One bottle of GuS + One mini bottle of liquor and you got yourself a top notch cocktail -  so simple and so delicious! Also comes in a convenient 4 pack perfect for parties.

2.    Pretzilla Pretzel Buns - Nothing better than some soft and warm pretzel buns - drizzle a little honey on top and you got yourself a tasty snack.

1.    Prosciutto Barbie - Move over Lady Gaga - this doll has her own couture meat dress. Her dress looks good enough to eat (literally)!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Chocolate Heaven at the 2018 International Chocolate Festival

By: Irene Yang

I recently attended the 2018 International Chocolate Festival at the San Mateo Convention Center this past April. I won’t lie—my favorite part about food festivals is the free samples! There were over 40 vendors all throwing out their wares for the visiting chocoholic. The Chocolatiers are all very happy to talk to you about their work. Where they source the beans, how they make the bars, what kind of flavor profiles to expect; you can feel their passion as they walk you through the different kinds of chocolate available.
Small Batch Chocolate

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fun and Fine Dining: Bagatelle Part Deux

By: Finance Foodie

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to revisit the Meatpacking hotspot Bagatelle for dinner. It had been a few years since my previously impressive gluttonous feast at this joint,  so I was excited to taste some of the new menu items!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Celebrating Carbonara Day at Barilla Restaurants

By: Finance Foodie

The other night, I visited the Barilla Restaurant in Herald Square to celebrate pre-Carbonara Day. Carbonara Day was established in Italy last April 6 as a way to hail a particularly delicious pasta that most believe was first made in mid-20th Century Rome as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. Barilla Restaurants will bring Carbonara Day Month to the States by adding Chef Alfonso Sanna’s signature Pasta alla Carbonara on April 6 to its menus and keeping it until May 6. However, yours truly got got a special sneak peak at this tantalizing menu item along with a special cooking demo by Chef Sanna himself!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn by Popcornopolis to Debut at Costco

By: Finance Foodie, in partnership with Popcornopolis

Popcornopolis, an artisan popcorn purveyor, was founded by Wally and Kathy Arnold. In 2003, the Arnolds opened their first Popcornopolis retail store at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles, California. Today, the family-owned company’s iconic cone-shaped popcorn packages can be found in grocery and club stores, professional sports stadiums, movie theatres and at

Beginning March 13, Organic Nearly Naked will be in Costco stores across the country selling for $5.39 a bag. From April 19 – May 13, the cost will drop to $3.49. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @popcornopolis or on Facebook at

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pizza, Pasta and Pizzazz at Acqua Restaurant NYC

By: Finance Foodie

During the President's Day long weekend, the Mister and I journeyed to the south end of Manhattan to visit the Seaport District (aka/fka South Street Seaport). As both of us hadn't visited the area since pre-Hurricane Sandy, we were excited to see the new restaurants, stores and buildings that have redeveloped the area from yesteryear.
Exterior on a snowy night

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco Roundup

By: Irene Yang

It’s fitting that the Specialty Food Association's 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show was held in San Francisco. A town known for it’s diverse new technology—why not diverse new foods? Here’s some of the more interesting trends and items seen at the 2018 Fancy Food Show.
Entrance - Source: Specialty Food Association

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Slice of Italy at Margherita NYC

By: Finance Foodie

On most weekends, the Mister and I head to south to Chinatown for some satiating noodles and dumplings. However, we decided to mix it up this weekend and veer West to neighboring Little Italy to check out Margherita NYC, a Southern Italian shop known for their brick oven pizzas and rich pastas.

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