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Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream: No Bowls or Spoons Needed

On a hot and humid day like today, nothing beats snacking on some delicious cold ice cream. The problem is, hot days means ice cream melts quickly. This leaves you with melted ice cream either running down your hands and arms leaving a sticky mess, or a bowl of ice cream soup, as you try to eat it quickly. Thankfully there’s a way to enjoy delicious premium ice cream without the melting scoops, or the need for bowls and spoons – Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is rich and creamy slow-churned, bite-sized ice cream wrapped in mochi, a sweetened rice dough. This bite-sized frozen delight is the perfect, soft, chewy, creamy treat to indulge in on a hot day. The regular Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is currently available in 19 multipack flavors (including the new Triple Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream flavor – pictured below); 28 single serve flavors, including new flavors – Blood Orange and Red Velvet, and seasonal flavors – Pumpkin and Peppermint Candy. Bubbies Hawaii also recently introduced 4 new vegan ice cream flavors – Vegan Cherry, Vegan Mint, Vegan Vanilla, and Vegan Mango.

The Triple Chocolate Mochi recently won a Sofi Awards 2018 New Product Award in the ice cream, gelato, and frozen treat category. When you try the smooth, sweet, chocolate ice cream with premium chocolate chips encased in chocolate mochi dough, you’ll see why. Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and rBST-free (cows have not been treated with the synthetic rBST hormone). Most of the Mochi Ice Cream flavors are 100 calories or less, and all are made from the highest quality ingredients. Trust us when we say, one bite of this creamiest, most decadent sweet treats and you will be hooked. Are you ready to eat ice cream with your fingers?

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is available nationwide Whole Foods Market, Albertsons, Balducci’s, Morton Williams, Brooklyn Fare, Fairway Market, or you can buy it online at www.buy.bubbiesicecream.com.

The Cure for Winter Weariness: Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum

Since the warmer seasons are clearly not getting here fast enough, we are finding ways to enjoy the warmth, vibe, and essence of the warmer seasons now. When we think of summer, we think of laying on the beach soaking up the sun while enjoying a delicious rum cocktail. Nothing says summer like rum, which is why we highly recommend adding these two Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors into your winter weather-weary lives. Founded in 2016 by Food Scientist Kevin Mowers and Eva Maria Janerus, these will have you shaking your Bom Bom.

Join us in saying hello to Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rums, the award-winning premium cream liqueurs. The must-try creamy rum liqueurs are available in two flavors – Coco Mochanut and Nilli Vanilli. Both of which can be enjoyed hot, cold, on the rocks, frozen or mixed in cocktails. Bom Bom, what we can best describe as a creamy rum punch and summer-in-a-bottle, means “Good-Good” in Portuguese and also slang for “My Sweetie” in Spain.

Bom Bom Coco Mochanut is a delicious, all-natural, gluten-free, and kosher silky-smooth blend of chocolate, coffee, coconut and Caribbean Rum. At 18% ABV, it has a slightly higher alcohol content than Baileys’ 17% ABV. Shortly after its 2016 launch, it received 94 Points from the International Review of Spirits making it the highest rated in the category. Bom Bom offers a variety of Coco Mochanut cocktail recipes to warm you up or cool things down.

Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli is a delightful vegan, all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free blend of almond milk, cookie flavors, and Caribbean Rum. At 14% ABV, it is slightly higher than RumChata (13.75% ABV) and Baileys Almande (13% ABV). The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Nilli Vanilli a “Best of 2017” seal in their International Review of Spirits. The award was given in the cream category, which is a true testament to the wonderful flavor of this drink because the product is made with almond milk and contains no cream or dairy. We’ve already elevated our evening chai drink with a splash or two and can testify to the absolutely delicious result.You can also find a variety of Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli cocktail recipes to enjoy.

Both Bom Bom Premium Caribbean Rum flavors are currently available in 750 ml sizes and retail for $19.99-$21.99. They are currently sold in ten states at more than 1,000 liquor stores, restaurants, resorts, and bars.

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.

 

Just keep Snackin’ with Pirate’s Booty and Disney’s Finding Dory

Disney Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, hits theatres in 3D June 17th and Pirate’s Booty, in collaborating with Disney film, is celebrating with limited-edition packaging featuring the characters from the movie. The deliciously baked Aged White Cheddar puffs will be housed in limited-edition Pirate’s Booty and Disney’s Finding Dory themed packaging, available until June.

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The Pirate’s Booty and Disney’s Finding Dory snack bags feature both the beloved Finding Dory characters, Dory, Nemo and their new friend Hank the Octopus, the Pirate Booty Pirate and his first mate, Crunchy the Parrot, to bring adventurous snacking to all. This limited-edition packaging comes in a variety of sizes, including seven ounces, 10 ounces and a 12-pack of half-ounce bags of Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar. The baked, gluten-free, Aged White Cheddar snack is made from puffed rice and corn, blended with real aged white cheddar cheese, and is baked to light, fluffy perfection, with zero trans fat, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and it’s Kosher.

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Both the 10 oz. bag and 12 pack of 1/2 oz. bags of  Pirate’s Booty and Disney’s Finding Dory Aged White Cheddar retails for an estimated $7.99, depending on the retailer, but Amazon has both available at this price. The 12 pack of 1/2 oz. bags can be purchased HERE, and the 10 oz. bag can be purchased HERE.

The Soda Report | The Four All-Natural Ingredients of DRY Soda

When it comes to getting and being healthy, we have to give up a lot of our favorite foods and drinks, much to our displeasure. One of the biggest things people give up is soda because of its high sugar content, artificial ingredients, and calorie content. As someone who sometimes needs a soda every now and then, it’s very difficult to give it up. Because of this, we’re always looking for new ways of enjoying the bad-for-you beverage, while remaining healthy. That’s where DRY Soda and it’s delicious four all-natural ingredients come in. You read that correctly, there are only FOUR ingredients in these sodas, created by Founder and CEO, Sharelle Klaus.
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So what exactly are these ingredients that make up this groundbreaking range of sodas? DRY Soda’s four all-natural ingredients include purified carbonated water, pure cane sugar, natural flavors extracted from fruits, flowers or herbs (see flavors below), and a clean preservative. That’s all! These four ingredients make DRY Soda a less sweet, lightly carbonated, craft soda. A special formulation that is certified gluten free, OU certified kosher, caffeine free, and sodium free, which allows the brand’s unique soda flavors (of which there are eleven) to stand out. It contains 1/4 to 1/3 of the sugar of traditional soda, 11-19 grams of sugar to be more precise. In fact, did you know the word DRY means less sugar in wine-lingo? Hence the name. DRY Sodas also only have 45-70 calories (depending on the flavor, and as shown on each can and bottle).

The eleven flavors of dry were developed to pair beautifully with the flavors of foods and spirits, making DRY the perfect soda to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into signature cocktails. The flavors include: Lavender, Wild Lime, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean, Cucumber, Pear, Apple, Ginger, and Cherry. Discovering each of the flavors is surprising, every time you think you may have found your favorite, another one delights you. So far our top favorites include Lavender, Vanilla Bean, Wild Lime, Apple and Pear.

Two of DRY’s flavors, Cherry and Pear, are in their new Discovery Pack, a curated selection of DRY’s best-selling flavors which contains tasting and pairing notes and recipes, and were developed by former “Top Chef” and restaurateur Richard Blais – you may remember him as the runner-up from season 4 and winner of Top Chef: All-Stars, season 8. This Discovery Pack is similar to the variety packs made popular by craft beer makers which highlight seasonal favorite flavors.

You can purchase DRY Soda’s amazing flavors at select retailers such as Whole Foods, Krogers, Fairway, Balducci’s, etc  and online on www.drysoda.com. A 12-pk of DRY Soda’s slim aluminum Cans retails for $15.00 and 24-pk of DRY Soda Bottles retails for $32.00.

Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Crowns a Winner

We had the pleasure of attending the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off where five previous Manischewitz Cook-Off competitors were invited back to submit their recipes for a second chance at a $25,000 Grand Prize. Five finalists were chosen from various states (including one from New York), to go head-to-head against each other using Manischewitz’s All-Natural Broth. Their dishes were judged by a prestigious judging panel including Helen Rosner from Saveur Magazine, Sharon Franke from Good Housekeeping, Claire Suddath from Bloomberg Business Week, Rosie Saferstein from New Jersey Monthly, and Jen Goran from JCC (Jewish Community Center).

The event started with a recipe tasting event, two recipes from Jen Goren, the JCC’s Test Kitchen Director, and Kristin Magnani editor of Saveur magazine, the dishes included Gundi (Persian Chicken Meatball Soup) and Pappardelle with Duck Sago, also made with Manischewitz’s All-Natural Broth.

The competition continued with the Live Cook-Off Contest between finalists, Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, CA – Chicken and Waffled Latkes (2010), Naylet LaRochelle, Miami, FL – Halibut Couscous (2011), Ronna Sue Farley, Rockville, MD – Beef Tenderloin Puffs (2012), Dina Burcat, New York, NY – Latke-Crusted Chicken with Apple Cider, Mushroom and Rosemary Sauce (2011), and Joe Carver, Philadelphia, PA – Bubby’s Noodle Strudel (2008) – whose dishes, we had the wonderful opportunity to sample.

Each candidate presented their dishes to the judges, shared a bit about themselves and their recipe entry. After a brief intermission, the five entrants were called upon stage where four were presented with Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Finalists awards and a surprised and tearfully happy, Jamie Brown-Miller from Napa, CA was crowned  the Manischewitz All-Star Cook-Off Champion for her delicious and inventive Chicken and Waffled Latkes.

As the winner, Jaime was awarded the Grand Prize worth $25,000, including cash, a beautiful trophy (see above), a Saveur Magazine subscription, and various Maytag kitchen appliances. We had a chance to speak with Jaime after the announcement, see our interview below:

Along with samples the delicious dishes, we also got a peak at some of the new and delicious snack offerings from Manischewitz® including Coconut Crisp Cookies, Almond Pecan Granola, Pistachio Orange Macaroons, and more!