Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

There’s nothing more disappointing than trying to eat healthily during this pandemic and dealing with roadblocks. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve placed an order for grocery delivery, only to see that half or more of the things we ordered be unavailable; or worst yet, subpar (we can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to throw things away). Our goal to have restaurant-level meals at home wasn’t always being met until we discovered Solex Catsmo Home, the only food delivery service you need if you live in the Bergen, Essex, and Hudson counties in New Jersey.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home is a new home delivery food service that provides some of the best meat, fish, produce, dairy, bread, pasta, truffles (and more!) direct to homes in New Jersey. When many top restaurants had to close in March 2020, CEO, Markus Draxler, and his team decided to do what they know best; to provide exceptional and high-quality products to a vital new customer – YOU, the home cook!

This outstanding grocery delivery company is two well-respected companies in the foodservice industry. Solex Fine Foods and its sister company, Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse, come together to bring you the highest quality food products. Ingredients so high grade, they were favorites of Michelin-starred, NYC restaurants like Daniel, Eleven Madison Park, and Le Bernadin.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Solex Catsmo Home has everything you might need to cook your favorite meals. They provide a variety of Dairy and dairy-free products; New York State, Vermont, Italian, and Spanish Cheeses; the freshest of fruits, vegetables, and French Summer Truffle; pantry staples like maple syrup, tuna fish, coffee, Caviar, etc; farm-to-table oatmeal, authentic Italian pasta, and locally made pizza and bagels; a variety of oils and vinegars; amazing and top-quality cuts of meats like Wagyu, ribeye, chicken, Wild Game; and last but not least, an assortment of seafood (like the delicious smoked salmon above or the Chef Daniel Boulud’s prepare-at-home Bouillabaisse dinner below) that will make every meal special.

Solex Catsmo Home: The Only NJ Food Delivery Service You Need

Don’t worry if you don’t know what to make for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as Solex Catsmo Home provides easy to follow cooking recipes you can follow to make your chef-quality meals.

Solex Catsmo Home Food Delivery

All home orders are contactless and scheduled for Wednesday and/or Saturday delivery. Place your order no later than 8pm Tuesday for Wednesday delivery, and no later than 8pm Friday for Saturday delivery. The date selected at checkout is the date you will receive your delivery. While times are not slotted, you can expect your delivery to arrive between 9am and 3pm. Could Solex Catsmo Home save you from subpar foods and ingredients as it saved us? There’s only one way to find out. Visit their website and schedule your own home delivery of high-quality food offerings.

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have Whiskey & BBQ Pairings

We are a week into the official summer season, and backyard BBQs should be well underway any minute now.  What better time than now to share some must-have BBQ pairings, to get your summer grilling adventures off to a great start. The key to good BBQ is a good sauce, and you’re in luck because we just happen to have the recipe for a great one featuring Proper No. Twelve Whiskey. We invite you to deep dive into this delicious barbecue sauce and a few whiskeys we recommend enjoying with whatever you slather this sauce on.

The Proper Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings
1/2 cup Proper No. Twelve Whiskey
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp Garlic Powder
1 tbsp Onion Powder
1/2 tbsp Salt
3 cups Ketchup
1/3 cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/3 tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
Bring it to a boil in a saucepot. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Serve.

We know what you’re thinking, “BBQs means beer.” Well, you’d be wrong, there is no beer that can enhance and compliment the smoky flavors of BBQ, great whiskey can. Keep reading for some awesome whiskey and bbq pairings.

Benriach 10 Year Curiositas Peated ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

BenRiach 10 Year Curiositas is an innovative peated whiskey that can be savored by those who are curious to discover a new style of smoky single malt. The wood-rich Highland peat used to craft BenRiach imparts sweet peat flavors compared to the more medicinal notes of Islay peat. This expression serves as a delicious pairing with refreshing, creamy coleslaw and the burnt sugar flavors found in baked beans.

The GlenDronach Original Aged 12 Years ($60.00)

The GlenDronach is known for robust, full-bodied, fruit-forward whiskeys. The Original Aged 12 Years epitomizes the historic distillery’s unyielding dedication to the mastery of sherry cask maturation. The richly sherried Highland single malt Scotch whiskey presents sweet fruits, walnuts, dark chocolate, and some sweet soft-spiced oak that will not only stand up to BBQ burgers, steaks, and ribs but also provide a harmonious pairing.

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked ($54.99)

Celebrate Summer with These Must-Have BBQ Pairings

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is an ultra-premium spirit in the core line of whiskeys that is twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage. The barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create an expression rich in flavor and color. The second custom barreling process creates heavier notes of honey, cream, and vanilla that are magnified alongside sweet aromatic notes. Since Woodford Reserve’s bourbon is perfectly designed to enhance certain food flavors instead of being a flavor destroyer, there is no wrong way to pair the bourbon with anything on your plate!

Starward Nova Australian Whisky ($54.99)

Starward Australian Whisky is a distinct new style of whiskey launched in the US in Spring 2019 that utilizes the unique climate, terroir, and raw materials of Australia. The Starward Nova is a single malt whiskey elementally matured in Australian red wine barrels for 3 Melbourne years. Starward draws influence from the vibrancy of “big red” wines from southeastern Australia. There, the distillery team sources barrel from local wineries that previously held Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir. This proximity allows the team to maximize the flavor of the wine permeated into the oak, lending a vibrant red ochre color to the final liquid. The full maturation in red wine barrels creates a light and fruity whiskey with a long and spicy finish. You’ll find it similar to some of the country’s award-winning wines.

Ready to trade in that beer for a spirit but still love the feel of a can? We have you covered with these great rum and bbq pairings from Cutwater Spirits Canned Cocktails (available on Drizly for $9.99 – $12.99 per four-pack).  Rum is the spirit of the summer, and these ready-to-drink canned cocktails will seamlessly keep your party going.

Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai 12.5% ABV

This delicious mix of Cutwater Barrel Aged Rum, Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum, pineapple, coconut, and citrus combine to balance this bright cocktail with an aged depth.

Cutwater Rum & Ginger 7% ABV

Ginger at the Helm. This Rum & Ginger is like none you’ve ever tasted. It blends Cutwater White Rum, crafted from pure cane sugar; and Cutwater’s spicy ginger beer to create a robust yet balanced craft cocktail. It’s a storm of flavor that is sure to warm your palate.

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

When you win Cosmopolitan’s Wine Award for Best Rosé Candy, you immediately become an expert in all things Rosé candy-related. So naturally, we look to luxury candy makers, Sugarfina to help us celebrate National Rosé Day on June 13th. Lord knows we could personally use sweet treats to take our minds off the daily assaults of our civil rights. And boy they Sugarfina did not disappoint! You are going to swoon over the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection. This beautiful candy bento box is exactly what you need to get you through the rest of the quarantine. But believe it or not, there’s more. To celebrate National Rosé Day, Sugarfina is partnering with Bodvar RoséMINNIDIP, and Native to host an Instagram giveaway that will slay this summer!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

Sugarfina has several delicious options to help you celebrate all things rosé wine. Join us in drooling over these sweet rosé candy treats:

Rosé All Day Bears – Infused with real rosé wine, these gummy bears from Sugarfina are a delightfully rosy treat.
But First, Rosé Roses – With an infusion of Rosé wine from Provence in every bite, our newest rosette-shaped gummies are the perfect treat for any Rosé lover.
Sparkling Rosé Bears – Get sparkling with these grown-up gummy bears infused with rosé wine and dusted in tart sugar crystals.
Rosé Fruttini – Juicy, tiny fruit gems infused with real Rosé wine from Provence and rolled in extra-fine sugar crystals, plus these are vegan!
Rosé Bears Pink Chocolate Bar – Sugarfina sourced the finest white chocolate from Paris and topped it with Rosé Bears, our signature gummy bear infused with rosé wine from Provence. Because when it comes to rosé, too much is never enough!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy CollectionRose gummies

The Sugarfina Rosé All Day gummies are available in a 3-Piece Candy Bento Box ($28.00) and 2-Piece Candy Bento Box ($20.00). You can stop and taste the rosé in every delicious bite. Our 2-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box features the But First, Rosé Roses and Rosé All Day Bears; while the 3-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box comes with the But First, Rosé Roses, Rosé All Day Bears, and Sparkling Rosé Bears (rosé bears dusted in tart sugar crystals). Either box you choose, you’ll be joyfully saying National Rosé Day.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

If you’re experiencing what we have been during this stay-at-home order, then you’re looking for groceries and pantry staples that multitask. With many basics still sold out or unavailable, it’s time to look to foods that are versatile. While this can’t be done with fresh fruits and vegetables, you can with pantry staples. Thankfully, Wissotzky Tea and Mighty Sesame Co. have come to the rescue. The shelf-stable products from these two brands will add variety and versatility to your meals and snacks.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Our go-to for stressful times have always been tea, so of course, we were excited about the Wissotzky Tea offerings. Whether you’re reading a book or catching up on your shows, nothing relaxes you like a delicious cuppa; plus tea is full of antioxidants. You may not know, but Tahini is teeming with great health benefits. It is full of healthy fats, is anti-inflammatory, protects over and kidney functions, has antibacterial properties, and like tea, is rich in antioxidants.

Wissotzky Tea (Nana Mint, $3.99; Chai $4.99)

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion. Its Artisan Spiced Tea collection artfully pairs hand-selected premium black tea leaves with market spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Enjoy their Salted Caramel Chai, Ginger, and Turmeric, Spiced Nana Mint, Pumpkin Spiced Chai, or any of Wissotzky’s premium teas and infusions – hot or iced. With these pantry staples, you can indulge in a trip around the world without leaving your home.

Mighty Sesame Co.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

The Mighty Sesame Tahini creamy spread is a game-changer for sandwiches, marinades, dips, baked goods, desserts, salads, and even cocktails. It’s great to use in soups or drizzled over meat and fish. Grab the 10.9 oz. bottle for 5.99.

The creamy Tahini spread isn’t the only must-try from Mighty Sesame. For those with a sweet tooth, the yummy TahiniBars are a great snack option. With three varieties of all-natural tahini bars, Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla, you get a delicious snack that’s only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats are premium-quality snacks that are good for you. They are gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, 100% guilt-free, and delicious. Grab your favorite flavor(s) for $3.99 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.

The Mighty Sesame products and Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the leading Kosher food distributor in America. You may be familiar with other kosher brands they distribute, including Kedem and Manischewitz. Now that you’re familiar with these great pantry staples, how can they rev up your meals?

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Launches Song Contest to Inspire and Spread Love

If there ever was a time to be inspired, this is it. As we spend more time at home with family, it can be tough to keep occupied throughout the day.  As a result, boredom, while we’re all staying at home, has led to some very interesting and creative results. So companies are thinking of new ways to keep the creativity going. Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt, the maker of the first and only 100% clean oatmilk yogurt, wants to inspire families and help spread some love with the launch of the Hälsa Summer 2020 Love Song Contest.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa wants to know, what does love mean to you? Your response may win you lots of money; something we can all benefit from as most are unemployed and many are still waiting on unemployment checks. In an effort to bring us closer together as a family, Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt is asking all households to share what love means to them through an original song contest for a chance to win up to $3,000!

“For us at Hälsa, love means making 100% clean and plant-based food – food that can truly nourish your body,” said Helena Lumme, Hälsa President and Co-founder. “Love is something we need now, more than ever. As we continue to offer consumers our nutritious, organic oatmilk yogurts nationwide, we’re excited to deepen our mission through our song challenge to spread love—for each other, for our bodies and for our planet.”

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt

The first-place winner will be awarded a grand prize of $3,000; the second place will receive $1,000; the third-place winner will receive $500. Ten honorable mentions will each win a Hälsa Love T-Shirt. To Enter the contest, write an original love song, and post it on YouTube or Vimeo before May 31st! Hälsa will judge on the basis of originality, creativity, and how well the song conveys Hälsa’s message of love (it being the most important ingredient).

For more entry details, visit www.halsafoods.com/halsa-love-song-contest. We wish you all lots of luck and may the best love song win.

HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes: Goodbye to the Breakroom Microwave

HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes: Goodbye to the Breakroom Microwave

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this pandemic, it is to be mindful of what you’re touching. Be it your face, elevator buttons, door handles, and communal things like breakroom microwaves. Until this pandemic, we never thought about how often we use the microwave, or how clean the outside is. Even if you work in a small office of 20-30 people, if only half of these people use the microwave, that’s a lot of fingers touching those buttons. Add in elevator buttons, door handles, etc, and you’ve got many instances of possibly spreading a virus. As we now do, the lesser our exposure to communal items, the better off we’ll be. We’re going to introduce you to a product that will reduce your exposure; specifically, your exposure to the communal microwave. The HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes provide a more convenient way to warm and cook your food while minimizing your exposure.

HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes: Goodbye to the Breakroom Microwave

The HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes uses slow and low conduction heating through its SmartShelf Technology, which evenly cooks or reheats fresh or frozen meals, meats, and vegetables. Even leftovers are cooked to a safe temperature and held there until you are ready to eat. Get ready to say goodbye to food splatter, cold or still frozen centers, and burnt edges. HOTLOGIC perfectly heats and holds your food for hours without overcooking.  You can use any flat-bottom container made of glass, plastic, Tupperware, or metal as long as it has a sealed lid. It’s like your own personal, portable oven. Just pop your meal in the bag, plug it in, and go about your day. Your meal will be ready to eat in an hour or 8 hours later (if you’re not ready to eat yet.) Your food will be cooked (or reheated) to perfection.

The thought of going back to the breakroom environment is not only stressful, but it’s no longer considered safe, said Bill McKendry, Chief Marketing Officer, HOTLOGIC. People are looking for no-touch or low-touch solutions. HOTLOGIC is not only a good option, it’s actually a breakroom breakthrough.

HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes: Goodbye to the Breakroom Microwave

The HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes provides a healthier alternative to takeout food, storing your food in the “community” refrigerator, and using the breakroom microwave for cooking. It provides five reasons why you should say goodbye to the breakroom microwave:

1. No buttons to push – it’s more sanitary
2. No waiting around or in line – healthy social distancing
3. No overcooked meals – more appetizing, more nutritious and keeps you healthy
4. No frozen centers – the food’s safe and ready when you are
5. No food splatter – no germs spreading

HotLogic Mini 3-in-1

The HOTLOGIC totes are available in Mini and Casserole sizes in an array of modern designs and colors, with easy carrying and extra padded handles, and added leather details. They are available in wall and car-plug models, making it convenient for commuters. There are no buttons, dials, or timers so its impossible to screw up a meal! The HOTLOGIC Food Warming Totes are a great no-touch or low-touch solution to this pandemic.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods: Meals Delivered Right to Your Door

You may have seen the numerous memes about the elevated amount of cooking we’ve had to do. In other words, we’re a bit over having to cook. If you also add in empty grocery shelves, increased prices on staples and scarce food deliveries, lunch and dinner options are dwindling. We’ve personally seen meat and chicken prices increase, which mostly leaves everyone with plant-based foods; but fresh produce is still hard to come by, which leaves you with limited options. Slowly but surely, we are being pushed into a plant-based diet but what can you when produce is limited? The answer, Veestro 100% plant-based foods.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods

With all the grocery stores running out of food, why not order some pre-cooked meals straight to your doorstep? And what better time than the celebration of Earth Month to highlight delicious, organic, healthy, sustainable food, made from plants. With the Veestro meal delivery service, there is no chopping, no cooking, and no cleanup required. Simply heat up your Veestro plant-based meal in the oven or microwave. For those who still enjoy the act of cooking, some of the meals can be heated on the stovetop. The 100% plant-based foods are made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives. We had the pleasure of trying out a few of the meals: Red Curry with Tofu, Country Fried Chick’n, Enchilada Casserole, and Soba Noodles in Peanut Sauce. As life-long carnivores, we can attest to how delicious they are.

Veestro 100% Plant-Based Foods Red Curry

We began our plant-based adventure with the Red Curry with Tofu; this mouth-watering and hearty meal is a delicious mix of broccoli, carrots, tofu, coconut curry sauce, and brown rice. The savory and sweet sauce gives this hearty meal a bold flavor that you, vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore, will absolutely enjoy.

You can choose from different flexible meal plans and dietary preferences that Veestro has, including gluten-free, low-calorie, nut-free, kosher, soy-free, and high protein. The meals are prepared fresh and shipped frozen, which allows you to eat them within 8-10 weeks. We highly recommend you at this stay-at-home savior to your list, especially as grocery shelves continue to be sparse and just as a break from the task of cooking.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

Business.org Support Local Restaurants With Gift Card Giveaways

We always champion supporting small businesses; Small Business Saturday is a favorite of ours, but during this uncertain time, supporting them is needed more than ever. Of course, due to unemployment, our budgets are not what they were, so Business.org is stepping in to help. Business.org wants to help out local restaurants by purchasing $5,000 worth of gift cards and gifting them to you to support your favorite restaurants.

Business.org $100 gift card giveaway

To give small businesses a quick cash infusion during the Covid-19 shutdown (and help us put food on our table), Business.org is offering a total of $5,000 toward local cuisine. How does it work? They have purchased 50 gift cards valued at $100 each and asking you to submit the name of your favorite restaurants; from the entries, they will randomly select the winners and send them a $100 gift card for the restaurant they nominated. We have selected our favorite from our neighborhood and pray to god we are selected. Who will you be nominating as your favorite?

We love this idea as it is a fantastic way to help out local businesses; this small boost will help them, and of course, you (who doesn’t need the extra grocery budget). There are rules for entering of course. Anyone 18 years or older, located in any of the 50 states, can submit a local restaurant for nomination. Only one restaurant or small business can be nominated, so be sure to select your top favorite. Submitting your name enters you into the drawing for a $100 gift card that Business.org will purchase from the local restaurant of your choice.

You must hurry though as the nominations are only open until April 30th at 5 pm MST; that’s 7 pm EST to you fellow East coasters. Click on THIS NOMINATION FORM to fill out your favorite small business. All winners will be contacted via email on May 4th, 2020.