Monday, July 24, 2017

Gourmet Ice Cream: Creamy Goodness Go Global

Fancy Food Show 2017: Part 2

Will exotic flavors and healthier indulgences knock vanilla + chocolate ice cream off its lock on American tastes? At higher prices-maybe yes-maybe no...but for sure gourmet ice cream is common fare  everywhere...vs last decade's occasional specialty foods' sightings.

Mr Mochi an international company who makes single portion delicious Japanese frozen mochi treats-with a doughy sweet rice outside surrounding ice cream interior...extends its brands with deeply intense natural ice cream flavors that incorporate Asian tastes into pints of dairy ice cold creaminess. Choices choices...Cold Brew Coffee-with chocolate covered espresso beans, Chai Latte -with traditional Masala Chi spices, Green Tea, Ginger Ginger with candied ginger, and Red Bean with sweet Azuki Beans.
Mr. Mochi's mochi-as well as the pints of primo ice cream are rBGH, carrageenan, corn syrup +gluten free, non-GMO 
Superfood nutritious...Tropical Açaì fruit wonderful berry goodness in a USDA certified organic sorbet, certified kosher dairy-free Amazon sourced treat. 
Attendees lined up for sample tastes of SOFI winner Graetner's handcrafted small batch ice cream...including us...the premium classic flavors-like  Madagascar vanilla bean's authentic flavor sourced from the African Bourbon Isle off the coast of Madagascar,,,and chip selections-including mint chocolate chip with pure mint oil ALL favorably slays mass produced machine made rivals...the Signature Chip French Pot Ice Cream-nabbed the trophy. Currently available at their many neighborhood locations-in middle part of the USA-and coast to coast via next day air...

FATBOY COOKIES' Joel's Outrageous uses their 100% all natural fresh chocolate chunk frozen cookie dough mad with real butter- (no trans fat, Kosher-Dairy)- for a chewy richness sandwich + premium vanilla ice cream with chocolate icing= Ice Cream Sliders. 

 MUD-a maker of healthier treats delivers single serve+pints of cooling coconut mousse made with natural plant based coconut milk and cashews, sweetened with whole raw dates (5 ingredients!!!) -FREE from gluten, dairy, soy and emulsifiers. Also available in vanilla and chocolate mousse made from 4 ingredients, each. Certified PALEO and Vegan. NOW AVAILABLE IN NYC AND LONG ISLAND.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

GOURMET ICE CREAM-Specialty Food Trends

Fancy Food Show 2017

Vanilla and chocolate reportedly take the podium in a USA ice cream's most wanted flavor contest...but everywhere we looked at this gorgethon tradeshow...exotic combos of glam ingredients bejeweled dairy and non-dairy indulgences of this American staple.


Notable...'clean' ingredients-ditching questionable stuff like thicker/emulsifyer carrageenan, rBST hormones-or artificial flavorings -adding tasty gourmet additions of sweet, salty, and/or tart ones...livening up smooth creamy textures with complimentary bits of chocolate, fruit, sea salt-and sophisticated ethnic/international spice blends.

COOLHAUS Awesome Ice Cream-from the acclaimed company that hit it big in the food cart/truck biz (lucky us-we had a meal worthy ice cream sandwichof theirs at media event last year ) dishing out pints of splendid creamy blends of America's most wanted combos in over 4000+ retail outlets. Incredibly they scoop out 80 (!!!!) flavors at any given point in time including some regional flair flavors like fried chicken and waffles. More tempting for us...and perhaps less gimmicky ...pictured above-winning all tastebuds - Salted Caramel (Maldon Sea Salt), Bananas Forster (Dulce De Leche swirl), Dirty Mint Chip (fresh mint leaf, brown sugar dark chocolate chip), Sunday Funday (Tahitian vanilla bean, chocolate hazelnut, roasted almonds), Campfire S'mores (salted Tahitian vanilla bean, graham marshmallow cookie butter, dark chocolate squares) Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone (Italian mascarpone w/ balsamic glazed figs), and Chocolate Molten Cake (dark chocolate, chewy cake pieces, fudge frosting swirls). 
COOLHAUS Ice Cream sandwiches-also make ice cream bars. 
College pals...and hardworkers-the gals of Minus The Moo -are both ice cream addicts-one with a lactose intolerant GI tract...displaying full flavored  delicious primo creamy options -made from 100% farmer owned dairy supply, of real deal milk+cream,  rBST -free that's also lactose free. Five flavors- chocolate, sea salt chocolate chip, mint chip, vanilla, and espresso...the later we tried-and was absolutely fab. Def a luxury indulgent full flavored option-vs non-dairy 'ice cream' alternatives made from plant sources like almond or soy. Yummy!

La NEWYOKINA Mexican Ice & Sweets...purveyor-is a cult worshipped Highline/NYC park vendor of south of the border sweet treats...  now has a year round downtown NYC destination for-among other scrumptious eats... creative + fab combos  of ice cream aka "nieves de garrafa"...inspired by owner Fany Gerson's  Mexico City living childhood. Transporting flavors like original five including mango chile, hibiscus, coconut, passion fruit and avocado...joined by (on a rotating basis) molé, tropical margherita and très leche -are all handmade using a super large wooden paddle-blending mixes in stainless tubs inside oversized wooden tubs vs traditional churning methods. Nifty-the end results are super creamy. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ready To Eat: Gourmet Treats

Fancy Food Show Part 2

Brunch, snacks, sweets and soups -all ready to eat or make...the winners from most recent Specialty Food Shows.


Farm Steady Everything Bagel & Cream Cheese Making Kit---won a SOFI for this...and for those living far flung from the real deal bagel makers...this makes sense.$25 Contains the goods for a dozen bagels and homemade cultured cheese in one kit-shelf stable 12-18 months. And no worries-YouTube how to though we were told this is user friendly

Treats + Snacks

Kakosi 2 Minute impressed-light, airy and rich tasting...USDA Organic-with chocolate bits too. Bonus Points-this company -know for its chocolate-is committed to sustainable harvesting since its its founding

Sweetaly  Dolceria are made by artisans in every sense of the world-the Italian born, California based founders still hand make everything! These refrigerated desserts are so tasty you maybe can't pass off as your own HA HA . In single or two serving size (depending) the 3 ounce desserts are made with fresh ingredients like organic sugar cane+non-GMO chocolate-and  NO artificial sweeteners, preservatives, thickness, flavors, or colors... made from rBGH free milk/cream-packed in 4 pack/ jars to maintain that just made taste. We tried the new Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake-creamy, airy and light lovely sweet tart available now in Italian classics Tiramisu, Panna Cotta Cappuccino Panna Cotta Sea Salted Caramel and Chocolate Mousse. Shelf life in the refrigerator=30 day and frozen-9 months.  

Crepini delivers to Americans a European everyday + sweet staple in filled versions including the new Dulce De Leche & Apple, packaged ten to a pack. Store in the freezer for 18 moths or in the refrigerator for 14 days-then just heat and serve. No preservatives, nut free, and Kosher.

Brunch food is a dining option throughout the day (and night)...Crepini's convenient Spinach Feta Crêpes have the perfect moist chewy texture of crepes-with this Mediterranean inspired filling-sold 15 to a pack.
Paradise Green -instant Thai Jasmine Rice and Wild Alaskan Salmon 'rice porridge' (congee)-packaged like ramen noodles...but better imo-no msg...
what it looks like when open...add water and heat

Saucer's Family Farms...Organic Eggs-hard cook-peeled ready to eat, right out of the bag. A real time saver for this healthy protein packed snack. 
This New Product entry from a Brooklyn based company, FAWEN -got a lot of their USDA Organic-Vegan ready-to-drink single serve  Drinkable Soups=made with fresh vegetables and spices-Himalayan salt, garlic,  in trendy blends (Broccoli& Cauliflower with Turmeric, what we tried -the delicious sweet-smoky Beet and Cabbage with Cumin-with swiss chard, turnips and blended in coconut milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and Sweet Potato & Red Lentil with Cinnamon)...are all winners.We could see these selling pretty much everywhere. Low fat and, gluten+ cholesterol free, non-GMO too...PLUS  Tetra Pack packaging is BPA free. Smart.

Ready To Eat: Gourmet Meals/Treats

Fast(er) Food Trends-Fancy Food Show 2017

Part One

Meal delivery kits get IPOs... buzz and buyers -but we think practically ready to eat and easy to prepare food kits-are just as appealing and faster
Gourmet takes on this food trend -are now crowding brick and mortar grocery aisles...and include shelf stable and refrigerated offerings that elevate what can be had in a New York minute. 
Bonus-can pass off as homemade deliciousness!!!!!


Smoothie kits+mixes
Farmersland Frozen Smoothies-seven flavors -frozen cubes-thaw and serve...healthy blends of fruits, veggies, and protein -and nutrient loaded superfood ingredients like flax seed.

GourmetNut-just add water...mixes-plant protein, gluten-free+non+GMO
Smart Harvest-USDA organic, non-GMO, no added sugar, non-dairy, gluten-free-packaged in re-sealable keep in the freezer packs....

Smart Harvest-distinct chunks of goodness...

International Eats
Maruyanagi Foods' Eat More Beans-edamame mix of chickpeas, soybeans, kidney beans, green peas and black beans...USDA Organic, Non-GMO, no preservatives and vegan. Steamed, not boiled---textured and tasty. Japanese company fyi...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Fancy Food Show 2017

Plant based flours-are the new 'it' ingredient for baking, smoothies, thickening up sauces, etc...alongside ancient grains + gluten-free selections that Americans have pretty much mainstreamed into their diet preferences.


Family owned Premium Gold Flax Products & Processing Inc-from North Dakota...has several shelf stable non-GMO gluten-free flours, kosher, vegan+ USDA Organic flours...made from ancient grains and flaxseed-with more protein+fiber-and Omega 3s than the regular ole' white flour lining grocery store shelves. Handy=Baking & Pizza Flour versions with yeast, sea salt and baking powder in the mix already. No cholesterol, trans fats, additives or preservatives.

Let's Do...Organic -USDA Organic, non-GMO Organic Green Banana Flour and not pictured---Organic Coconut Flour.....gluten-free-with fiber, protein and beneficial fats -and free of allergy triggers like corn starch + wheat

Widely available Bob's Red Mill had an entire wall of flours...impressive to say the least-including almond and coconut ones +  USDA Organic  selections...from grain and non-grain source. Pictured above-  100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat that can be used for baking goodies-same ratio as the white flour kind.
Bob's Red Mill PALEO Baking Flour a unique blend of nut flours+root starches...grain, dairy, bean & gluten FREE- is a big seller for the advocates of this kind of diet....
Bob's Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder...can be blended  into shakes and smoothies for plant-based well as baked goods, pancake batter or oatmeal.
Hearty Naturals-known for its USDA Organic-non-GMO coconut products including its USDA Organic Virgin Coconut Oil made in Sri Lanka -also has this new to us,  Moringa Powder-made from the green superfood naturally beefed up with anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals+amino acids...can be added to smoothies, sauces/dressings and baked goods.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Connoisseur's Crispy Snacks-Veggies Too!

Fancy Food Show 2017

Healthier snacks-the kind that a crunchy buttery mouth feel...from healthier cholesterol-free oils... continue to grow popular with our increasingly sophisticated plant based snacking culture.


VEGAN ROB's Wild Mushroom Kettle Potato Chips -non-GMO, Kosher +gluten free= certified, vegan (duh) -and truly delicious-made from potatoes, sunflower oil, wild mushroom powder, and Sea Salt....other flavors include Spinach + Match Kettle Chips, Probiotic Cauliflower Puffs, Brussels Sprout Puffs, Quinoa Chia Chips,,,
VEGAN ROB's Asparagus Chips Supergrain Mini Waves-certified like the above,,,has brown rice, flax+chia seeds and  quinoa -flavored with asparagus powder-with hints of onion/garlic.

One of our favs-USDA ORGANIC -non-GMO  Rhythm Superfoods Kale Chips get spiced up - vegan, non dairy  (organic sunflower seeds+tahini) zesty nacho flavor -onion, garlic, red bell pepper, apple cider, lemon juice in the mix seasonings-that make  the organic air crispiness of baked healthy kale.-kid friendly.

RW GARCIA...3 Seed Crackers...gluten-free, non-GMO certified artisan crackers- can ditch the dips/toppings-for eating right out of the box, solo. Using superfood flaxseed, sesame and chia-+stone ground white or yellow foundation for tasty takes on vegetables even Gen Z will inhale. Available in 6 flavors.
The best part of making cornbread-is first digs at eating the best part, the crispy crusts.  With that thought-we tried new to us Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps (in original w/ touch of rosemary-other flavors include jalapeño, honey butter)-Verdict= uniquely crunchy snack product that -really does have that freshly baked from the oven cornbread flavor (enriched wheat flour+enriched corn meal). Widely available.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Connoisseur's Crispy Crunches-Part 5

Fancy Food Show 2017

NEW ON Trend Bumped Up Crunches Pack in the Protein or Get Puffed Up
Plocky's PrOTATO® Crisps are a crispy innovative blend of potatoes and  plant protein (rice protein)-tasty take on the all American top crunchy snack. Gluten, peanut+tree nut FREE, no MSG and kosher certified...available in 3 crunchy delicious flavors -pictured spicy honey BBQ (w/ sugar, garlic onion, cane molasses), Peppercorn Ranch (onion, garlic, sour cream) and our fav original Himalayan Pink Salt. 3oz bags-1 oz serving/120 calories
we had our first taste of these fab salty-ish satisfying puffy gluten-free, baked peeled snacks PEAS please in Utah over a year and a half ago...and right away...were bowled over by much these soon became our 'reward' snack after 6+ hour endurance races. In 5 flavors. USDA Organic, wheat dairy+cholesterol free, no added sugar and bonus points-from a Certified B Corporation.

NEW from peeled snacks...baked USDA Organic PUFFS-certified non-GMO, gluten-free-in butter sea salt, aged parmesan, and nacho flavored (l-r). Ditch the Cheetos-without losing any of the fun...authentic flavor, airy light crisps that practically melt in your mouth-and yay-no weird colors left on fingers after eating. $3.99-4oz bag.
Fuller Foods Serious CHEESY PUFFS made in Portland, Oregon from real deal cheese...for healthier snacking without the artificial colorant/preservatives/so called natural flavors/adjuncts...and  yeast + GMO free as it's made from non-GMO Bob's Mill corn grits from Oregon+ California, non-rBST and antibiotic free milk and seasonings like garlic, salt, chili and/or black pepper-depending on the flavor. Seriously addictive-you've been warned. Available nationwide-including Bed, Bath, Beyond.
Highland Farm Foods adds new flavors -Quinoa POPs Sweet Chili + Black Sea Salt-made from the grain with higher protein +essential amino acids than other grains. Delicious-crisp and light...Bonus points-this family owned company goes the distance to source their quinoa from indigenous Ecuadorean farmers, helping with product distribution and paying fair market wages. Extra bonus points-member of 1% of the Planet-donates 1% of sales to non-profit animal+eco charitable causes-pretty standard for outdoor companies-not so much in the food industry.
SAFFRON ROAD ethnic spiced full flavored eats include a crunchy snacks of-non-GMO -Halal certified BEAN STALKS-tubular shaped crisps w/ half the fat of potato chips. 3 flavors sea salt (our pic with hints rosemary), cheddar, BBQ-all made from bean flour -green bean, red pinto, white cannellini -delivers 3grams protein/130 calories/1oz serving.

Saffron Foods-new CHICKBEAN CRISPS...healthier tortilla subs imo-made from real chickpeas (protein packed) and colorful mix-ups of vegetables like green lentil beans and yellow split pea -baked right in. 4-5grams of protein/1oz serving/130 calories. In flavors sea salt, white cheddar, and zesty ranch-w/ sour cream, onion, garlic, tomato, cane sugar, white distilled vinegar+turmeric flavorings.

Maya Kaimal -takes Indian flavors inspiration to a new crispy level in these new SOFI AWARD WINNER Chickpea Chips in cilantro lime-mild spice-garlic, cayenne pepper turmeric -tart (lime juice)flavors in a blend of chickpea+rice. All flavors of these chips are non-GMO certified, gluten free, kosher certified.

Vegan friendly P-nuff Crunch Baked Peanut Puffs-new take on a popular snack category introduced at the Fancy Foods Show-delivering complete protein made from peanuts,  navy beans and brown rice-which combined deliver 9 essential amino acids too.
Aptly named Perfect Life Nutrition leading life-food scientist/athlete -Dr. Juan Salinas-knows how important complete protein choices are for all-let alone these are kid friendly too. Non-GMO, gluten free-and non artificial preservatives, flavors or colorings and no corn or soy. Plus low sugar of 2 grams/serving-so no crash and burn either. Crunchy fun-and good crave satisfier post exercise. 

Spiced up chickpeas roasted in olive oil...if only these were a bar staple-lower in calories than peanuts---some of the best  satisfying + filling (really) crunches we've had- WATUSEE Foods...6 grams protein/5 grams real deal fiber-1 oz serving/120 calories-USDA Organic, vegan goodness, gluten free and non-GMO.  Also comes in cinnamon toast and spicy canyon.