Posts

Bantam Bagels Opening

Breakfast Changer: Bantam Bagels NEW Bleecker Street Shop

Over the last few years, we’ve heard so much about portion control and enjoying food in moderation. Especially with the studies that show childhood and adult obesity is on the rise. Because of this, many people have cut out a lot of their favorite foods and snacks; but this drastic change is not really necessary. Everything can be enjoyed in moderation. While attending the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were introduced to one food brand that is “changing the way you breakfast”, Bantam Bagels.

Bantam Bagels on Bleecker Street Bantam Bagels on Bleecker Street

What are Bantam Bagels? These “mounds of heaven” are mini filled bagel balls with cream cheese on the inside. It’s truly the most unique and exciting way to eat an authentic New York bagel. Founded by husband and wife team, Nick and Elyse Oleksak, Bantam Bagels come in all your favorite bagels varieties and a few new ones.

Bantam Bagels Bantam Bagels Bantam Bagels

The varieties include Plain, Sesame, Onion, Everything, Cinnamon Sugar, Pizza Seasoned, Cinnamon Nutmeg, and Pretzel. The fillings include plain Cream Cheese, Cinnamon Swirl Cream Cheese, Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese, Veggie Cream Cheese, Maple Cream Cheese, Marinara Mozzarella Cream Cheese, Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese, Scallion Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Dijon Cream Cheese.

Bantam Bagels OpeningBantam Bagels

These delicious homemade bagels, which originated in the couple’s Brooklyn apartment, has made appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC; and now you can enjoy to your heart’s content at their wonderful flagship at 283 Bleecker Street in New York. As we mentioned before, we were first introduced to Bantam Bagels at the Summer Fancy Food Show. It was love at first bite when Elyse invited us over to her booth to indulge. We’ve been addicted ever since.

Bantam Bagels Shop Elyse Oleksak of Bantam Bagels

From the moment you step inside the store, you’ll be treated like family by Elyse and her amazing team. You’ll also delight in the newest additions to their product line, Breakfast Bagels, an egg bagel stuffed with cheddar cheese cream cheese, Egg Bites, and Bantam Pancakes.

Bantam Egg Bites Bantam Pancakes

We can’t sing the praises of these delicious, fun-size bagels enough. Trust us when we say once you take one bite of any of the varieties of Bantam Bagels products, you’ll never go back to regular-sized bagels again.

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.

Champion of Breakfast: Oats

When it comes to eating while updating the blog, we’ve been very bad lately. Sometimes we forget to eat or just continuously snack on one thing, usually a bag of chips or cookies, until the bag is empty and our guilt is full (not to mention our calorie intake). But thankfully, we’ve been introduced to some great new, healthy breakfast choices to help begin our day the right day. Today we start with Oats from three brands, a great meal for breakfast or as a midday snack. Truthfully although breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day, it is most often the most skipped meal of the day. Below are some of our most recent Oat-based favorites from Lifeway Kefir, Modern Oats, and Oatworks.LIFEWAY KEFIR W/ OATS

Oats-Set-1014x1024

Ready for a complete on-the-go breakfast or a satisfying snack break any time of day? You will love Lifeway’s latest fusion of classic oatmeal with the probiotic benefits of their low-fat kefir, spices, and fruits – Lifeway Kefir with Oats. Available in three refreshing and delicious breakfast flavors, you start your day with 1.5 grams of prebiotic (non-digestible fiber compounds), soluble oat fiber, which is shown to encourage growth of healthy stomach bacteria, help to manage normal levels of cholesterol, regulate your blood sugar, and satisfy your hunger. This delicious breakfast beverage is available in cinnamon apple, blueberry maple, and vanilla plum.

MODERN OATS

modern-oats_cups-1024x534

For those who want artisanal crafted, small-farmed oatmeal packed with the wholesome goodness of whole rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, superfruits like goji berries, cherries, mangoes, Saskatoon berries, blackberries and blueberries, omega 3 rich seeds and nuts, all packaged in “on-the-go” cups that do not require microwaving, you will want Modern Oats for breakfast. Featuring all natural oatmeal made with organic ingredients, 48+ grams of whole grains, is Non-GMO and certified Gluten-free, vegan certified and a great source of protein and fiber, Modern Oats is great for those who care about what they eat and where it’s from. Modern Oats is available in six delicious flavors: Apple Walnut, 5 Berry, Goji-Blueberry, Mango Blackberry, Nuts & Seeds and Chocolate Cherry.

OATWORKS

Oatworks-1024x413

Here’s another candidate for those who has their breakfast on the go or to battle that mid-day slump. Oatworks is a natural oat-based smoothie with fresh fruit mixed in that provides a great dose of beta glucan that works to make you feel fuller longer and provides natural energy with ingredients that are full of vitamins and minerals. On a diet? No problem, Oatworks Smoothies are vegan-friendly, dairy free, soy free, kosher, sweetener-free, and gluten-free. The fruit blended drink is available in three natural flavors: Strawberry Banana, Peach Mango, and Pomegranate Blueberry and can be found at Whole Foods, FreshDirect.com, and Amazon.

Eat Your Best & Win FREE #SmartOnesOatmeal

When the weather begins to get cooler, there’s nothing better than enjoying something warm, filling and tasty but let’s face it, most of us don’t have enough time to enjoy anything else than a cup of coffee or tea as we run out of the door or at our desk. For those who want something a bit more fulfilling and delicious for breakfast, direct your attention to the newest launch from Smart Ones – Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal and Peaches & Cream Oatmeal.

Found in the frozen aisle in heat and eat cups, these three delicious Smart Ones® oatmeal varieties feature steel-cut and rolled oats, real fruit and granola that really gets your morning started. Not only are they really yummy, Smart Ones® make it easy for you to enjoy on the go, just pop in the microwave and you’re ll set for a delicious hearty breakfast. And unlike other oatmeal brands, the Smart Ones® Oatmeal varieties are thick and hearty, not watery. As you can see from above, the Maple and Brown Sugar is my favorite, I love the big chunks of raisins and cranberries. Fans of Apples or Peaches won’t be disappointed with the amount of fruit you will enjoy in those varieties.

I can talk about how amazingly delicious these oatmeals are but I’d much rather let you experience it for yourself. So I am giving two winners a COUPON for a FREE Smart Ones® Oatmeal of your choice. See the rafflecopter entry below to win. While you’re at it, you can enter for chance to win $5,000 at eatyourbest.com/inspiring. Follow the steps to create and share an inspirational message with friends, and Smart Ones® will make a donation to Dress for Success® (up to $10,000), an organization that helps people in need get back on their feet.

This post was created in partnership with Smart Ones®. All opinions are my own.