Bombay Sandwich Co. Flavors Up Ayurveda Vegan Eats in Midtown

For many, the word vegan will elicit many negative reactions, for others, it’s a new way of life that has significant health benefits. For us, it has a different meaning. While we would certainly enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle, going vegan is not a choice for us….why do you ask, because of an allergy to mushrooms. Almost every vegan or vegetarian dish has mushrooms because of it’s almost meat-like texture. Great to those not allergic to mushrooms, bad for us. Thankfully, a semi-vegan lifestyle is not completely out of the picture for us if we so desired. We recently had the pleasure of experiencing the newest and most wonderfully delicious ayurvedic soul food, right in midtown Manhattan, at Bombay Sandwich Co.

The Bombay Sandwich Co. menu is packed with fresh, natural, and nutritious foods seasoned with some of the most flavorful herbs and spices that boast significant health benefits. These ayurvedic spices include Turmeric, Cardamom, Cumin, Fennel, and Asafoetida. All of these are great sources of vitamins and nutrients, are kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and contain antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties, all while adding layers of flavor to the menu’s vegetables, legumes, and nut dishes. The result is delicious vegetarian and vegan options that we thoroughly enjoyed. And a bonus, no mushrooms of any kind. Bombay Sandwich Co. offers soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, bowls, platters, vegan beverages, and desserts. Although we didn’t get to try everything because we had to leave early (this we plan on rectifying very soon), we did dive right into small samples of their Vegan Mango Lassi, Chana Masala, and French Lentils.

SALADS

Pictured above is the Kale & Hearty Salad featuring marinated kale topped with avocado, cabbage, carrots beets and sunflower seeds, with the house dressing; and the Organic Quinoa Salad, with mixed greens, organic quinoa, chickpeas, cardamom, dates, scallions, and almonds, with olive oil & lemon. Also on the menu is a Garden Salad and Small Shepard Salad.

WRAPS

There are two wraps available on the Bombay Sandwich Co. menu, the above Kale & Sweet Potato Wrap with marinated kale, beets, carrots, cabbage with sweet potato, dried cranberries, fresh ginger, carom seed, with date chutney in a whole-wheat wrap; and an Organic Quinoa Wrap.

SANDWICHES

Sandwich lovers will love the six varieties available. Pictured above is the Garden Sandwich, with mixed greens, avocado, cucumber, tomato, pickled onions, and alfalfa sprouts with a homemade kale and walnut pesto, tomato chutney, on 7-grain bread; and the Chana Masala Sandwich, their most popular, with mom’s slow-cooked chickpeas topped with mixed greens, pickled onions, and homemade date chutney on a Tasca ciabatta roll. The other sandwiches include Honey-Fennel Grilled Cheese, Veggie Mashup Sandwich, Organic Tofu Masala Sandwich, and Fresh Mozzarella & Apple.

BOWLS

We may be biased since this is what we sampled, but the Bombay Sandwich Co. Bowls are hands-down going to be an ultimate favorite for us. It doesn’t matter if you’re a die-hard carnivore, you will not miss or even notice the lack of meat in these super meals. There are three bowls to enjoy, the Chana Masala bowl (pictured first), which features mom’s chickpea stew with garlic, ginger, tomato, Indian gooseberry (aka amla) and fresh ground spices (we could enjoy this every day for the rest of our lives and be very happy); the French Lentils bowl, with the chef’s favorite – slow-cooked French lentils with cumin, asafetida, red chillies and ginger; and the third (not pictured), the Veggie Mashup bowl.

Walking us through the menu was Chef Shiv Puri (pictured above), who started Bombay Sandwich Co. as a booth at NYC’s premier food festival, Smorgasburg, with his wife Shikha Jain.

“Our recipes focus on Ayurvedic healing spices so that each dish delivers more than just good taste. Our ingredients are locally sourced, organic and 100% GMO-free,” says Chef Shiv Puri and his wife Shikha Jain. “Our foods appeal to New Yorkers who are interested in healthy eating and that includes knowing what’s in their food and where it comes from.”

Every Bombay Sandwich Co. promises a flavorful and visual feast combining sweet, savory, cool and warm sensations with an equally vast variety of textures. If you’re looking to get away from the mundane tasting vegan food, look no further, your palate will definitely not be disappointed. Bombay Sandwich Co. has two locations, 48 West 27th Street in the Flatiron District, and 224 W35th St. in midtown. Visit www.bombaysandwichco.com for more information.

 

All Sold Out: Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports

Just like the must-see concert, latest gadget, or Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty products, the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports were made available and sold out just as quickly. We’re not surprised at all, as many were waiting with breathless anticipation (and hungry bellies) for the announcement and availability of the pass that allows the bearer to enjoy eight weeks of unlimited servings of pasta, sauces, and toppings from the Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu.

During the never-ending pasta promotion, you can enjoy more than 200 possible combinations of specialty portions of pasta, homemade sauces, and craveable toppings, plus all the soup, salad and breadsticks you want. The available pasta varieties include Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Rigatoni, Angel Hair, Cavatappi, Gluten-Free Rotini, and Whole Grain Linguine. The homemade sauces include Traditional Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara, Traditional Meat Sauce, Alfredo, Asiago Garlic Alfredo and a NEW Creamy Mushroom. Toppings include Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Crispy Chicken Fritta, Grilled Chicken, and Crispy Shrimp Fritta. But be hopeful pasta lovers, just because you missed out on the pass, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the neverending pasta. Guests without Pasta Passes can still enjoy the Never Ending Pasta Bowl with unlimited pasta starting at $9.99.

This year Olive Garden has taken their Never Ending Pasta Pass to extreme heights by giving 50 of their biggest fans the opportunity to buy an all-inclusive eight-day/seven-night trip to Italy (with stops in Florence, Assisi, Siena, Rome, and Pisa) for themselves and a friend for only $200. The first-of-its-kind, the Olive Garden Pasta Passport to Italy includes all the benefits of Never Ending Pasta Pass plus airfare, hotel accommodations, tours and meals on the trip of a lifetime for two to Italy. This unprecedented pass was made available to purchase alongside the 22,000, $100 Never Ending Pasta Passes (1,000 more than last year), giving more fans than ever a chance to gain unlimited access to the fan-favorite Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion. The Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion begins September 25th and runs until November 19th.

Were you one of the lucky ones to snag an Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass and Pasta Passports? What’s your favorite Olive garden pasta dish?

Have Gluten Sensitivity? Try NEW Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle

We’re taking a short break from NYFW to bring you some delicious snacks. There are some things you come across that are so good, they leave you speechless. For us, that’s the two newest additions to the Brownie Brittle product range, the Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle bites. After tasting these delicious snacks, we almost couldn’t express in words how delicious they are. Bite after bite of their deliciousness had us ooohing and aaahing and before we knew it, the bag was empty. These smooth, creamy, chocolate-covered morsels are truly heaven, and they’re perfect for those chocolate lovers with gluten sensitivity.

If you’re a chocolate chip lover like we are, the Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Brittle will have you floating. We enjoyed these bite-size treats mixed in with our favorite yogurt for an unforgettable experience. You’ve probably enjoyed the amazing original and organic range of Brownie Brittle, you’ll be happy to know the new gluten-free versions are still packed with the delicious flavors you know and love.

The other gluten-free flavor has also completely captured our souls and taste buds. If you’re looking for a sweet snack with a hint of sea salt, you’ll love the Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownie Brittle. When the craving hits, the combination has to be just right, and this flavor combination is beyond satisfying.

With such great flavors, it’s difficult to choose just one of Sheila G’s tasty snacks, both flavors are divine and what’s even more amazing is that they can be mixed with just about anything, that’s why we make sure to purchase multiple bags for those nights spent at home with a great book.

Once in a while, you come across something so good that you shouldn’t keep it to yourself. You must share it so that others can also enjoy a bit of heaven. Trust me when we say treat yourself to some of Sheila G’s Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle today, you’ll enjoy them whether you’re gluten-free or not.

Who’s Ready-To-Eat? Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals

We’d love to say we prepare lovely meals and meal prep for the week but there is not nearly enough time in the day. Instead, we satisfy our foodie appetites with dinner out with friends when our budget allows, and savory, ready-to-eat quick meals like the Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals. They are perfect for those of us who have no time to cook, or are just looking for a quick, healthy meal or snack.

These gluten-free, preservative free, and non-GMO meals are not only jam packed with nutrients, they are conveniently packaged for on-the-go ease. The Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals are available in four delicious flavors, Artichoke & Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Mango & Jalapeno Peppers, Basil Pesto, and Spicy Jalapeno and Roasted Peppers, that are vegan (the Basil Pesto is vegetarian).

The Basil Pesto Quinoa Meal will wake up your taste buds with a delicious blend of basil and pine nuts; the Mango & Jalapeno Quinoa Meal is the perfect balance of sweetness and hint of fire; and if you really love spicy food, the Spicy Jalapeno, and Roasted Peppers Quinoa Meal will blow your taste buds away. Whether you’re vegan (vegetarian) or a carnivore, you’ll love these prepackaged quinoa meals (they make great side dishes by the way). And if you are vegan, the Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals are excellent sources of amino acids, various B vitamins, and protein. The ready-to-eat quinoa meals come in microwavable BPA-free containers, need no refrigeration, can be enjoyed hot or cold and comes with a mini spoon.

The next ancient grain to get excited for is Farro, an excellent source of vegan protein, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients like magnesium and iron. Launching this fall from Cucina & Amore is their range of Farro with Quinoa Quick Meals in three mouth-watering flavors, Grilled Vegetables & Herbs, Roasted Pepper & artichoke, and Artichoke, Lemon & Roasted Garlic. These healthy, innovative products will help keep you feeling fuller longer, making it easier to manage your weight, as well as help to improve protection against diseases.

What are your thoughts on these healthy Italian dishes? Will you be trying these Cucina and Amore Quinoa Meals?

Breakfast is Ready: NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats

The most important meal of the day doesn’t have to be a quick bite on the go. It can be a delicious and hearty breakfast featuring the best ingredients like free-range, non-GMO eggs and artisan meats. When it comes to these simple and healthy ingredients, look no further than NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats. We had the pleasure of being introduced to these wonderful and hearty products a few weeks ago. Using these great NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats, we’ve satisfied both our healthy meal guidelines and our almost insatiable foodie appetites.

NestFresh Eggs

NestFresh believes in the humane treatment of egg laying hens, which is why they only offer cage free eggs, organic eggs and pasture raised eggs. The NestFresh hen is 100% cage free and enjoys a more natural way of life. Trust us when we say, the treatment of NestFresh hen is reflected in the absolutely delicious taste of these eggs. Not only did they have a richer flavor, they just tasted fresher too. We found our NestFresh Eggs at the Fairway Market on 26th Street in NYC, but you can also find them at Whole Foods, ShopRite, Kings, etc.

Godshall’s Quality Meats

What goes better with eggs than bacon, and Godshall’s Quality Meats is just what you need. Known for their premium, real wood smoked meat specialties, like their Turkey, Chicken and Beef Bacon, Godshall’s has been satisfying households since 1945. To keep up with our healthier routine, indulged in Godshall’s Quality Meats’ newly launched products: Artisan Butcher Turkey Breast, Uncured Turkey Bacon Crumblz, and Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon. All Godshall’s products were all natural and flavorful. The Fully Cooked Uncured Turkey Bacon boasts the same real meat, real wood Smoked Turkey Bacon taste, with No Nitrates or Nitrites! The Uncured Turkey Bacon Crumblz was a revelation on salads, pizzas, in our soups, and of course, it was perfect with the NestFresh Eggs.

Talk about flavorful! The combination of NestFresh Eggs and Godshall’s Quality Meats blew our taste buds away. Although the above was a simple dish, every bite was a delight and met all our expectations of a healthy, hearty meal. We highly recommend you give these two brands a try and make sure they gain a spotlight during your breakfast. Godshall’s Quality Meats are available at Sam’s Club and Acme Supermarket.

IHOP Premieres French Toasted Donuts for a Limited Time

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At IHOP, it can also be the most delicious. IHOP continues to break the rules of breakfast with three distinctive dishes hot off the test kitchen griddles. Elevating the breakfast treat that is french toast by combining it with donuts, IHOP is taking breakfast to another level of delicious. The IHOP French Toasted Donuts feature classic donuts dipped in sweet vanilla batter and then French toasted. The new lineup is available in three decadent, mouthwatering flavors ranging from savory to sweet.

“At IHOP, we’re always looking for fresh new ways to excite our guests and bring unexpected flavors together,” said Chef Nevielle Panthaky, Vice President, Culinary at IHOP. “This is a delicious mash-up of the classic donut everyone knows and loves, dipped in a creamy vanilla batter, French toasted to a light golden brown and topped off with flavors such as maple glaze and hickory-smoked bacon. And who better to do it than IHOP, the brand that has owned all-day breakfast for almost six decades?”

Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut

The Bacon & Maple French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with rich maple glaze and savory hickory-smoked bacon crumbles.

Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut

The Strawberries & Cream French Toasted Donut is a Bavarian cream filled donut, dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with strawberries in a juicy glaze and powdered sugar.

Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut

The Apple Fritter French Toasted Donut is a warm apple fritter dipped in vanilla French toast batter, griddled, then topped with sweet cinnamon apples, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

We had the pleasure of getting an exclusive first taste of all three of these decadent breakfast donuts at an event with Chef Nevielle Panthaky, VP of Culinary at IHOP. It was an evening of ultimate decadence as we satisfied our almost insatiable appetite for these sinful breakfast treats. We also had the opportunity to recreate or create our own French Toasted Donut, thanks to the wide variety of available toppings made available to us.

The French Toasted Donuts are available from July 31st through September 24th at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide. The new menu items can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a combo meal with the choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, and more.

Pereg Natural Foods Debuts New Super Foods and Ancient Grains

Attending the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC has always been an amazing and informative experience. We’re always introduced to new, innovative foods and food products, or rediscover healthy ingredients that have been around for centuries. Take for example the recent launches from Pereg Natural Foods, producers of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Responding to the ongoing demand for natural, farm-to-table and healthy foods, Pereg Natural Foods introduces a new range of new super foods and ancient grains.

The new launches include a new line of Kaňiwa (baby quinoa), as well as new blends and flavor-infused varieties of Freekeh, Teff, Farro, Basmati Rice and Quinoa, as well as other all-natural, and kosher certified products. Some of the new launches are pictured.

Baby Quinoa


Dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed, kañiwa cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa. Unlike regular quinoa, kañiwa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat soapy, slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Kañiwa is actually easier to process due to the absence of saponins. (Note that all quinoa from Pereg is pre-rinsed and ready to cook from the package.) Another advantage kañiwa has over quinoa is that it’s an even better source of iron. Kañiwa is also an excellent source of complete protein and amino acids and is gluten-free. This grain cooks up with a crunchy texture and offers a nutrient rich food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Retail: 5 oz. boxes ($3.57); Re-sealable 16 oz. bags ($5.50).

Freekeh Grain


Pereg’s Freekeh is available in green roasted, ginger sesame and vegetable flavor blends. Freekeh is young, green wheat that is roasted over an open flame to give this grain a delicious slightly smoky flavor and chewy texture similar to bulgur. Freekeh is lower in fat than brown rice, higher in fiber than quinoa or brown rice, also a great source of calcium. It can be used in soups, casseroles or enjoyed seasoned up as a side dish; freekeh makes a great alternative to rice or couscous. Retail: $3.99

Teff Porridges


Pereg’s Teff porridges are available in brown or ivory varieties as well as mixed with nuts and berries or with chocolate. In addition to being gluten-free, Teff is higher in protein than wheat, is a great source of iron, calcium and amino acids. This ancient whole grain has a pleasantly sweet nutty flavor, and the small size makes it easy to digest. Whole brown and white teff can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads and muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up as a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish. Pre-seasoned, flavored teff porridge makes a delicious breakfast, side dish, or even a healthy dessert. Just add water and boil this easy to prepare any time of day meal. Retail: $3.99

Farro Side Dishes


Farro side dishes from Pereg are offered in plain, or blended with mushrooms or new roasted garlic flavor. Farro is a hardy ancient grain and is a variety of wheat savored for its rich texture and mild flavor.It is a healthful grain that’s an excellent source of fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. Farro is deliciously seasoned up as a side dish as an alternative to rice or quinoa, tossed with some protein and vegetables in a hot or cold salad, in soups or stews. For an extra boost of flavor try boiling farro in vegetable broth instead of water. Retail: 5 oz boxes, $3.99; Roasted garlic 12 oz canister, $5.99

Basmati Rice
In addition, Pereg will feature new flavors of Quinoa side dishes, including ginger sesame, quinoa with lentils, quinoa with nuts and berries, and quinoa with roasted garlic in 6 oz boxes retailing at $3.99. New re-sealable 16 oz bags of grain from Pereg will include buckwheat, black lentils, baby quinoa, brown and ivory teff.

Pereg products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and directly to you on www.pereg-gourmet.com.

Noosa Yoghurt Launches NEW Mates Premium Mix-ins

Some things are made for each other, peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, Earth, Wind, and Fire, etc. You couldn’t imagine life without them. Noosa Yoghurt, Australian makers of the uniquely thick and velvety, 100% natural yoghurt, with a distinctively sweet and tangy flavor, has launched a new range of yoghurts that are also made for each other. The NEW Noosa Yoghurt Mates Premium Mix-ins are the perfect snacks, whether you want a delicious breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or dessert swap.

Noosa Yoghurt has introduced this brand new lineup of mix-in-style yoghurts, pairing thick, velvety Noosa whole milk yoghurt with high-quality, toppings like crunchy granolas, roasted nuts, pretzels and premium chocolate to create a satisfying taste for any time of day. These new mix-in-styles are so indulgent, the flavors are reminiscent of French toast, candy bars, and ice cream. The five mix-in yoghurt flavors include Banana Chocolate Peanut, Coconut Almond Chocolate, Honey Cranberry Almond, Honey Pretzel Peanut, and Maple Ginger.

Banana Chocolate Peanut

Banana makes its long-awaited Noosa debut in a tasty way. Noosa Yoghurt 5 new banana blended yoghurt is accompanied by generous chunks of Guittard dark chocolate, crispy banana chips, and roasted, salted peanuts. Mix it all together for a sweet and salty treat that’ll bring joy to your spoon.

Coconut Almond Chocolate

Creamy coconut Noosa pairs with Guittard dark chocolate Chunks, toasted coconut crisps and a hearty dose of almonds for a sweet slightly tangy bite that’s sure to delight.

Honey Cranberry Almond

Noosa’s classic honey yoghurt is complemented by crunchy granola, juicy cranberries, roasted almonds and pepitas for this sweet, satisfying combination.

Honey Pretzel Peanut

Noosa’s velvety honey yoghurt is paired with Guittard dark chocolate chunks, crunchy pretzel bites and honey roasted peanuts Get a little bit of everything on your spoon and invite your taste buds on a salty-meets-sweet flavor adventure that’s sure to satisfy.

Maple Ginger

Maple has made its way into the Noosa family and is joined by its best mate, ginger! Blended maple flavored greets crunchy granola. gingersnap streusel and candied ginger for a taste you have to experience to believe. This pairing is ready to be discovered by your spoon.

Noosa Yoghurt Mates Premium Mix-ins are available now in 5.5 oz tubs that retail for $2.49 each.