Recipe by: Karen at http://www.thetastybiteblog.com/2016/08/22/chocolate-crunch-ice-cream-cake/
Love Polenta? Check out this great recipe for Polenta Pizza Bites courtesy of Ancient Harvest.
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. Brown & white teff: Whole teff can be toasted and used to add a little crunch to salads to muffins; boiled teff can be prepared with milk or water for a sweet porridge or spiced up for a side dish; raw teff can be ground into flour and baked into injera bread, a traditional Ethiopian dish. Flavored teff mixes: This pre-seasoned teff porridge makes a delicious breakfast, side dish, or even a healthful dessert. Just add water & boil – easy to prepare any time of day.
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 delicious seasoned up as a side dish as an alternative to rice or quinoa, tossed with some protein & vegetables in a hot / cold salad, used in soups or stews. For an extra boost of flavor try boiling farro in vegetable broth instead of water.
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Cape Venture Wine Co., founded by Walker Brown and Charles Brain, has launched its new label, “Lubanzi” which is available online, at www.lubanziwines.com and through distributors in the US. The Lubanzi label is comprised of two wines, a red blend, composed of Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache & Mourvedre and a white, a Chenin Blanc. The wines will retail for $14.99 in stores and $18 online, and hail from South Africa -- one of the world’s largest wine-producing areas in the world.
Charles and Walker have lived in South Africa for nearly a year, and spent 3 months back in South Africa recently, collaborating on the development of Lubanzi with two excellent South African winemakers – Trizanne Barnard, an innovative female winemaker and Bruce Jack, a longtime South African wine legend. Lubanzi was created to be forward-thinking, socially responsible and innovative.
“South Africa is one of the world’s largest wine producers and probably the most underrated wine region of the world in the US market, and has been for some time, ” Brain said. “We want to change that and we think our generation [millennials] has the openness and power to do so.”
“Our goal is to offer well-crafted, everyday wine that punches above its weight and makes a difference in the lives of those who grow it, said Brown.”
Exploration is at the heart of Lubanzi – a brand that is named for a wandering dog who led the two founders on a 6 day, 100-mile hike across a remote part of South Africa called the Wild Coast.
Fifty percent of their profits will go towards The Pebbles Project, an NGO that works with low-income families who live and work on South Africa's wine farms. The Pebbles Project focuses on growing families by providing resources and improving access to health & high-quality education, allowing families to realize a horizon for success in life that extends far beyond their current view. The profits will, therefore, go directly to the families that work the fields to create Lubanzi wines.
“We created this to bring two worlds together, craft great wine, share adventures & make a difference. At the core of our story is a message that it’s not about what makes us different, it’s about what we have in common,” Brain said.
Walker and Charles both graduated from universities in the US in May, 2016 — Charles, from Vanderbilt (majoring in International Community Development), and Walker, from the University of Richmond (majoring in what was called PPEL - Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law). During their junior years, they met each other as exchange students studying at the University of Cape Town and traveling around South Africa (Charles studied Social Work & Economics in Cape Town and Walker’s focus there was Political Science). They were both struck by their time in South Africa, fell in love with the country and the people, and became quite enamored with the wine.
Following their graduation here stateside, they decided to start a wine company, called Cape Venture Wine Co. and create their first label "Lubanzi." The name comes from one of their great adventures they had while traveling around South Africa as exchange students. They set off on a 20-hour bus ride along South Africa’s southern coast en route to a remote part of the country called the Wild Coast for a week long backpacking trip across the beautiful coastline. On the second day, a wandering dog, the locals called ‘Lubanzi’, began following them on their journey. He stuck with them throughout their adventure -- for 6 days & 100 miles -- until he disappeared on the night before their final morning.
“We want to provide a great bottle of wine that connects people with South Africa, accompanies great adventures and results in great stories,” Brown said. As long as those stories are being written, so is our mission.” “Everything about this project is cool. It has heart and soul, adventure and drama, charity and ambition, value and unbridled passion, Jack Bruce added.
Like Kombucha? We do, and as a bonus fermented foods are great for your gut!
Olitalia, a leading a leading Italian manufacturer of oils and vinegar has recently released Drinkable Vinegar, a concentrated, balsamic based, vinegar flavored drink.
Drinkable Vinegar combines the refreshing pleasure of a cold drink with a number of a different health benefits including
The ingredients, including concentrated grape juice, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena P.G.I., apple cider vinegar and natural fruit juice, are all naturally rich in polyphenols , aka powerful antioxidants. Available in 3 flavors: Cherry, Pomegranate, and Blueberry.
Gratitude Gourmet previously produced gourmet vegan fair trade chocolate so we know good vegan chocolate! :) We were happy to again Judge the chocolate at this year's International Chocolate Salon. Here are the 2017 Vegan Chocolate Award Winners! Congratulations to the Winners!
Looking for you next gourmet treat? Sea Salt Chocolate Covered Cocomel Bites have premium ingredients (mostly organic), are cooked in open copper kettles and are made by hand. Coconut milk, dark chocolate and sea salt perfectly balance these bite-sized Cocomel treats. Non GMO, gluten free, and made without dairy. Enjoy!
Looking to add more Beets into your daily regimen?
Beetology beverages contain no more than five ingredients – and organic, natural, cold-pressed juice. All five varieties are 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The 100% juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors.
Varieties include Beet + Lemon + Ginger, Beet + Veggie, Beet + Tropical Fruit, Beet + Berry, and Beet + Cherry.
Launched in April, 2017, each 8.45 ounce bottle of Beetology is fresh, refrigerated, and ready to grab and go. Find it at health food, specialty, and grocery stores.
Are you looking for a delicious French brunch in San Francisco with omelets, bottomless mimosas, and a Gourmet Apple Tart? Visit Chez Marius in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood and they're also open for dinner and lunch. www.chezmarius.com
Laurent Legendre is also best known as the proprietor of the popular and critically acclaimed Le P'tit Laurent in Glen Park. Born and raised in Paris, Legendre studied at the internationally renowned École Hôtelière .
The wine list wine highlights French and California producers with a number of half-bottle options, 14 selections by the glass, plus aperitifs and imported beers.
We enjoyed Chocolate Croissants, Vegetarian and Mushrooom & Cheese Omelets, Bottomless Mimosas and for Dessert: Tarte aux pommes et glace vanille (Apple Tart Tatin, Vanilla ice cream) in the outdoor courtyard near lemon and fig trees! Check out our Picture Slideshow below, and we recommend you visit soon! À votre santé!
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ALMOND SPICED OVERNIGHT OATS
(Recipe courtesy of Just Spices)
1. The night before, add the oats to your favorite mason jar.
2. Next, sprinkle in our oatmeal spice blend.
3. After that, pour in the almond milk, mix everything and leave it in the fridge until it’s time for breakfast.
4. In the morning, add the sliced almonds and fruit to the top and enjoy!
Are you also interested in other Breakfast Blends? Check out the Pancake, Egg, and Smoothie Blends all USDA Organic!
Purple HeartWines has made a $10,000 donation to the Purple Heart Foundation, the latest installment in a series of donations made by the cause-based wine label. On June 8, 2017, proprietor Peter Mondavi Jr. and Janice Mondavi were joined by Purple HeartWines winemaker—and Air Force veteran—John Moynier, and Bill Hutton, Senior Vice President of the Purple Heart Foundation, to present the $10,000 check. Since its inception in March 2016, Purple Heart Wines has donated $40,000 to the Purple HeartFoundation, which has been used to support U.S. military servicepeople and their families.
Looking for a new healthy snack? Check out World Peas Fava Crisps from Santa Barbara. http://worldpeassnacks.com
Delicious flavors include Vinegar & Sea Salt, Ranch and Barbeque.
We were pleased to meetup again with Herta Peju from Peju Winery at the Oakland Wine Festival May Tasting.
We also bought two bottles she brought to the event including the 50/50 which we gave to a friend as a birthday gift.
The Peju family’s second winery, Liana Estates, recently opened at the former site of Acacia Winery.With a purposeful divergence from Peju Province Liana Estates sits on 100 acres in the hills of Carneros, with views of San Pablo Bay and gets its name from the merging of the names Lisa and Ariana, the second generation daughters of Peju Province owner Tony Peju.
We previously covered Peju Winery with a vegetarian tasting and pairing and behind the scenes Tour and interview with Herta. Here's the Article http://www.gratitudegourmet.com/blog/category/winery
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Have you gone Whale Watching in Monterey, California? It's a must see. This weekend, we went on a Sailing cruise where we saw at least four whales swimming together for an hour. VERY SPECIAL!
While you're in the area you can stay the night at the charming Hofsas House in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and enjoy Cheese Shop Cheeses and Wine with beautiful views of the Ocean soon after check-in.
Then enjoy Dinner at the Beach House in Monterey. We enjoyed the following Entrees and Desserts:
. Grilled King Salmon Fillet - asparagus, brandy-glazed carrots, smashed Yukon gold potatoes, dill cream sauce, roasted lemon with clam chowder
. Farmers Seafood Pasta - Fresh Salmon, scallops, clams and grilled prawns in a tomato caper sauce over linguini with clam chowder
. Mud Pie with chocolate ganache and toasted almonds
. Grand Marnier Creme Brûlée
The Dinner and Ocean Views were Fabulous!!! We wish you a great next trip to the Carmel and Monterey areas!
We enjoyed another great Rhone Rangers San Francisco Tasting June 10 at the Golden Gate Club Presidio. We enjoyed taking with sustainable and biodynamic winemakers including Tara Gomez (KITA), Lise and Vincent Ciolino (Montemaggiore), and representatives from Beckmen Vineyards, Bonny Doon, and Miner.
See the Pictures below and Watch the video of Tara Gomez, Winemaker from KITA. "KITA means "Our Valley Oak" in the Santa Ynez Chumash native language of Samala. The Chumash believe the valley Oak is a true gift from our Creator, a tree that provides not only strength but also nourishment to the people. Like the valley Oak, our wine highlights the gifts from Mother Earth, and embodies the soil, Climate, flavors, and spirit of the Santa Ynez Valley." The KITA 2014 SPE'Y Red Wine is 55% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 20% Carignane. All of the wines have been harvested by hand.
Grateful to have been invited to a prescreening of An Inconvenient Sequel - Truth to Power last night in San Francisco. We also met Director John Shea. The official Movie Site is here, and in theaters July 28
Due to the very unfortunate news of Trump withdrawing the U..S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, Paramount Pictures decided to have a pre-release showing to Al Gore Climate Reality Trainees. The film is also being updated now with this unfortunate news IN ADDITION to the Grassroots Efforts being done to address this. The Director was not able to elaborate the exact Grassroots efforts as its being done as we are writing this article.
Many of you know MANY efforts are being done NOW. As of last night, many US States, City Mayors, Businesses, Universities and Investors have Committed to the Goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
SEE THE NEWS HERE, http://www.wearestillin.com
Make sure your organization has signed on, and spread the news to all your Networks TODAY.
Every day counts now. http://www.wearestillin.com #wearestillin
Bergerac in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood has introduced Adam Nichol as their new Executive Chef. We had the pleasure of meeting Adam and enjoying Gourmet vegetarian and vegan shared plates and excellent Barrel Aged Cocktails!
Chef Nichol, a graduate of the Johnson & Wales culinary program, uses seasonal, fresh ingredients to produce shareable Gourmet plates. Most recently, Nichol headed up the Kitchen at Gaspar Brasserie and prior professional experience includes Flour & Water, the Four Seasons Hotel, AQ Restaurant & Bar and Wayfare Tavern, all located in San Francisco. He is also a certified Level 1 Sommelier/Court of Master Sommeliers.
All Appetizers, Entrees, and the Butterscotch Pot Creme Dessert were beautifully prepared and exemplary. We ordered and recommend all the items below for you to try! Pictures are in our Slideshow below. Enjoy!
Barrel Aged Cocktail
- Paper Plane -forty creek whisky, aperol, angostura amari, lemon
- Nellcote Studio - saffron infused casa noble tequila, passion fruit, habanero agave, aperol
- Mothers Helper - Ruby port, tequila, grapefruit, brown cacao
- Chickpea Hummus with Za'atar, smoked olive oil, vegetable crudités
- Parmesan Fries with freshly made trio of dips (nice and perfectly spicy!)
- Burata Cheese with Asparagus, herb gremolata, saba
- Avocado Salad with green goddess, strawberries, fennel, almonds, pea tendrils
Basil Spaghetti (vegetarian) - House made pasta, asparagus, pea tendrils, Parmesan
Butterscotch Pot de Creme with Dark rum, caramelized bananas, nilla wafers