Scenes from the Summer Fancy Food Show

We don’t know how we did it, but we survived attending the Summer Fancy Food Show. For three days, we got to know, tasted, and learned all about the newest food items hitting the market. Over 2,670 food brands exhibited their specialty foods at the famed industry food event at the Jacob Javits. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite finds separately but today, we’re just celebrating the wonder that is the amazing Summer Fancy Food Show show.

The Summer Fancy Food Show itself is too massive to cover completely, so we’re going to highlight the new products in the What’s New Showcase and The Sofi Awards. The three-day show (and you need all three days to properly enjoy the show) is a great way to discover new culinary items. As you can imagine, there were hundreds, maybe thousands of new products on display. This year’s Summer Fancy Food Show featured almost 400 first-time exhibitors presenting everything from chips made from various grains and vegetables in international flavors such as Indian, and Japanese; wonderful spices and sauces; frozen superfruit smoothies; nut butters, and dessert toppings, etc.

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Aside from the new products display, the Summer Fancy Food Show celebrates award-winning specialty foods with the Sofi Awards. On the first night of the show, the Sofi Award celebrated the 2016 winners and finalists with an Opening Night Party filled with cocktails, food, and music. The 2016 honorees were chosen from 3,200 entries to represent the best in specialty foods. A display highlighted the best of the best.

Some of the categories from the Sofi Awards include Hot Beverage, Cheese, Chocolate, Dairy or Daily Alternative, Cooking, Dipping, or Finishing Sauces, and so on. As previously stated, we’ll be sharing some of the wonderful new specialty foods we discovered while attending the show. How do you discover what’s new in the food industry?

Going Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day

Did you know there’s a special day celebrating just about everything! Of course, we don’t mind because we think celebrations make for a happier life. Take today, for instance, today is National Agriculture Day, also known as National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of agriculture and those who contribute to agriculture, which is why we’re highlighting the wonderful offerings from Back to the Roots for National Agriculture Day. This amazing company, which we met at the Editors Showcase during the Fancy food Show, has made us realize that just because you live in the city (and most likely, a shoebox of an apt), doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. Two of their very cool products, which we’re highlighting today include the Garden in a Can, and the Organic Mushroom Mini Farm (they have so many other very cool ready-to-grow products, you have to check them out).

These ready-to-grow cans make it fun and easy to grow and harvest organic herbs right from your windowsill or fire escape. All you have to do is plant, water, and watch it grow! Back to the Roots makes it easy to buy, offering a set of four herbs in its own can: basil, cilantro, sage, and dill. The set includes organic seeds, nutrient rich soil, biochar technology that helps your herbs grow for months. what you don’t get are no messy drainage holes, no chemicals, and no need for transplanting. Plus for every photo you share using the hashtag #GardenInACan, Back to the Roots will donate one to an elementary school classroom.

Love mushrooms? Then grow your own gourmet, organic oyster mushrooms right out of the box it comes in…… just 10 days! This mini farm is truly the lazy person’s garden, just open the box, mist with water, and watch your mushroom harvest 10 days later. The Mushroom Farm lasts for months in the box unopened, making it a great gift for kids, families, foodies & chefs!  The kit includes organic plant-based soil (which can grow multiple crops!), oyster mushroom spawn, spray mister, and as a bonus: organic heirloom tomato seeds to grow with your composted mushroom kit. How cool is that?

So my fellow city, and small apartment-dwellers, would you be open to trying out your green thumb? What are your thoughts on these Back to the Roots products?

There’s Always Time for Tea w/ These Uncommon Tea-Based Products

We are tea lovers, no doubt about it, so we’re always looking for new, exotic flavors to enjoy and of course, new methods. Most people enjoy tea two ways: a hot cup (with or without milk) or as a tall glass of iced; we’re here to tell you there are other, uncommon, and delicious ways to enjoy this wonderful infused drink, and we’re going to share them with you now. We love a good cup of the hot herbal brew, and a cooling glass of it iced as much as the next person, but let’s face it, that can get boring, there’s no excitement in it. If you’re ready to indulge in some unique and sophisticated flavored treats, save the following brands to memory, because you will want them on your next grocery shopping list: Tea-rrific, Brewla Bars, and The Owl’s Brew, for their products prove you can have and enjoy tea anytime.


Are you ready for a little love affair? Forgive us if this gets a little R-rated but once you taste any of these orgasmic tea-flavored ice creams. We hope you’re ready for spoonfuls of intense joy because once you begin eating out of any of these pints, you will not put it down. Fair warning, be fully prepared to eat it all. Tea-rrific is everything we imagined, and much more. We tried and failed to limit ourselves to just a few scoops, but we are powerless to these exotic ice cream flavors, which include the following: Earl Grey, Chai, Chamomile, Matcha, and Lavender. Whether you’re a tea lover, ice cream lover or whatever, you will fall under the spell of these sinfully decadent and flavorful ice creams. We would have included photos of the ice cream itself out of the pints, but that would only happen if the ice cream lasted longer than 3 minutes in our possession. Behold the available six flavors in all their delicious glory:

Masala Chai – a warm blend of Assam black and rooibos teas with sweet aromatic and peppery spices

Ginger Matcha – a sweet bite of fresh ginger perfectly balanced with delicate grassy notes of premium Matcha green

Lavender’s Blueberry – a sweet floral blend of black tea and lavender with a fresh blueberry puree

Chamomile – Notes of apple and honey from Egyptian chamomile flowers.

Chunky London Mist – malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey with a hint of vanilla, rich semi-sweet Belgian chocolate flakes, and buttery roasted pecan chunks

London Mist – malty and citrusy notes of Earl Grey enhanced with a hint of vanilla

We see a future full of multiple trips to Whole Foods, Fairway, Dean & Deluca, and may other retail locations to get our fix, but if they ever sell out, we can always buy our favorite flavors directly from the tea-rrific online store. Make room in your freezer, but don’t worry, it won’t be for long.



Another great way to enjoy your tea, especially on these incredibly hot summer days, is as a popsicle….yes a tea popsicle. You may remember the name Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars from our recent popsicle story, and since they are made with teas such as red, white, hibiscus, and chamomile, they are a perfect fit to highlight. Get ready to say goodbye to boring glasses of iced tea, and indulge in one or more of these antioxidant-rich, fresh fruits, and tea frozen bars. Enjoy Brewla’s delicious and refreshing tastes, while enriching your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Along with its nutrients, Brewla bars are caffeine-free, gluten-free, Kof-K kosher certified, and are available four flavor varieties, including  Cherry Pomegrante + Red Tea (The Hero), Peach Ginger + White Tea (The Lullaby), Tropical Fruits + White Tea (The Luau), and Strawberry + Hibiscus Tea (The Lifeguard).  They are especially great as a portable way to stay cool. Are you ready to indulge? check out the Brewla Bars store locator to find retailers near you.


For those of you who may be sticklers for having your tea in it’s traditional, drinkable form, may I present to you…….a twist. The Owl’s Brew tea cocktail mixers offer a way to enjoy the finest, and your most favorite teas, in delicious cocktails. Their fresh-brewed and bottled tea cocktail mixers are the first ever teas crafted just for cocktails. The Owl’s Brew’s all-natural mixers are brewed up from whole tea leaves, fruits, spices, herbs, and are available in four flavors: The Classic (a blend of English Breakfast and lemon peel, with lemon juice and lime juice), Coco-Lada (a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces and pineapple juice), Pink & Black (our favorite – a blend of black tea, hibiscus, lemon peel, and splashed with strawberry and lemon juices), and White and Vine (a blend of white tea, pomegranate, lemon peel, and watermelon juice). Their delicious taste will knock your tea-loving socks off, and may have you leaving the old regular iced tea behind.

We recently got reacquainted with the tea cocktail mixers (we first discovered them last year at another event) at one of their events, where curated cocktails were served to a very appreciative crowd.  That evening, we indulged in the following cocktails: Pink and Black Grouse (mixed with The Black Grouse Whiskey), New Market Float (mixed with ice cream and the Famous Grouse Whiskey), and a Malt and Tea (mixed with Zyr Vodka and pineapple). If you love a good cocktail and are a fan of teas (or not, either way, you’ll be happy), grab a one or two of this ebony-hued bottle, you won’t regret it.

Treat on a Stick: Not Your Ordinary Popsicles from Ruby Rockets, Brewla, & Sun Tropics

When we think of summer refreshment and relief from the heat, we think of cold, refreshing popsicles. There’s nothing more satisfying than opening up our freezer, feeling that initial blast of cold air and continuing that feeling with a delicious, and healthy frozen fruit bar. How else can you cool down from the inside out on a blistering hot summer day? We stock up on popsicles during the summer, and while we’ve mostly stuck to one brand, we were introduced to some really cool (no pun intended) frozen bars at the Fancy Food Show, that has us re-thinking our “plain jane” pops, not just because of flavor, but health as well. We have truly become obsessed with the frozen treats from Brewla Bars,  Ruby Rockets, and Sun Tropics.

Ruby Rockets Fruit and Veggie Pops


We already love popsicles because they’re a great way to enjoy a delicious snack without tons of calories but what if they provided you with all the daily intake of essential fruits and vegetables you needed? Say hello to Ruby Rockets, a veggie & fruit popsicle that’s as healthy as it is delicious. This vitamin and nutrient-rich popsicle boasts low-sugar, only 40 calories, made without any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, is Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Vegan, and is the first and only non-dairy popsicle with probiotics. What makes Ruby Rockets extra special to us, besides its deliciousness, is that it was created by an actress from one of our all-time favorite movies, Wendy Makkena of Sister Act, who initially created these for her children, out of her own kitchen.


Ruby Rockets fruit and veggie pops is available in eight delicious flavors including: Rock-It Red (strawberries, bananas, carrots, organic lemon, sweet potato, and beets), Orbit Orange (organic oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, bananas, lemons, and strawberries) and Galaxy Green (organic kiwifruit, avocados, green apples, bananas, and spinach), Celestial Cherry (dark sweet cherry, acerola cherry, yumberry, pomegranate, tomatoes and beets), Far Out Fudge (organic dates, açai, sweet potato, beets, and fair-trade Dutch Cocoa), Meteorite Mango (pineapple, passionfruit, mango, organic butternut squash, and sweet potato), Gravity Grape (concord grapes, blueberries, açai, purple, and organic sweet potatoes) and Planetary Pink Lemonade (pomegranate, goji berry, purple sweet potato, strawberries, lemon, and butternut squash). Rubu Rockets is available at Gristedes, Union Market, Kosher Marketplace, Babeth’s Feast “Frozen Grocery Store” and retail for $4.99, for a box of six delicious pops.

Brewla Bars Specialty Brewed Bars


You’re quite familiar with our tea obsession, so these popsicles should come as no surprise to you. We’ve actually created our own frozen ice tea pops during summer but Brewla Bars takes it to a whole new delicious level. We are wowed by not only the unique flavor combinations but the health benefits as well. Created by brother and sister team, Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, these amazing popsicles combine the health benefits of various vitamins and minerals, the delicious tastes of fresh fruit, and the antioxidants of some of your favorite teas, to bring you five unique popsicle flavors that are sure to blow you away. The caffeine-free, gluten-free, Kof-K kosher certified specialty brewed, frozen bars are available in Cherry Pomegrante + Red Tea (The Hero), Peach Ginger + White Tea (The Lullaby), Tropical Fruits + White Tea (The Luau), and Strawberry + Hibiscus Tea (The Lifeguard), all of which are boosted with various nutrients, and for those of you want a frozen treat that’s not necessarily fruit-based, you’ll love Brewla’s Craft Brewed Root Beer Float (The Doctor).


All flavors, with the exception of The Doctor, are Vegan, are 50 calories or less, and are sweetened with all-natural sugar cane. Trust us when we say, tea time will never be the same again. Grab a box of five Brewla Bars for $5.99 – $6.99 each at store locations near you. As Brewla says, “Lick well, Live well”.

Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars


This is no ordinary fruit popsicle. We’re typically used to popsicle that have 50% fruit juice, most are made that way, but the Sun Tropics Frozen Fruit Bars are very different because they’re made out of freshly frozen fruits, not fruit juice, and we’re delighted to see that these are all tropical fruits. It’s like taking your taste buds on a delicious tropical vacation. You won’t find these exotic fruits readily available (with the exception of the mango) at your local supermarket or most fruit stands. Each Non-GMO, and dairy-free Sun Tropics frozen fruit bar is packed with real tropical fruit, so every bite is like biting into an icy piece of the various fruits! It contains nothing artificial and is sweetened with cane sugar (no corn syrup here). Snag a box of four of these exotic fruit bars for $5.99, at Whole Foods, Target, Safeway, or at a select retailer near you.