Floats are having a moment, especially in these hot temps! Swans, unicorns and now.... Root Beer floats! ;)
KeVita, leader of fermented and probiotic drinks, recently launched a new Roots Beer Master Brew Kombucha and to keep us cooling off and sippin' on a healthier treat. This new blend boasts earthy roots, along with cinnamon and vanilla (and ashwagandha!) features live probiotics, active cultures, organic acids, and is the only verified non-alcoholic kombucha on the market. Here's what you need for this ultimate treat:
1. Grab the new KeVita Roots Beer Master Brew Kombucha from Whole Foods!
2. Pick your "cream" scoop - extra points for vegan options!
3. Start sippin'!
Nico's 1508 is now open in Berkeley, California serving cuisine prepared using mostly locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. When you walk in you will see a silver, black and pewter color scheme, lush curtains, an exposed wood plank ceiling, a skylight and romantic private booths. There is sidewalk café seating and a rooftop patio with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We enjoyed a very nice dinner in a private booth and started with these two nice red wines:
. Dan Cohn "Bellacosa" Cabernet, California 14'
. If You See Kay "Super Tuscan", Lazio IT 14'
. Steamed Mediterranean Mussels Red Curry Kefer Lime Broth - ***You will Love the Server coming to your table with the mussels steaming, then adding white wine, then Red Curry Lime Broth. Very impressive presentation!
. Ahi Tina Poke Truffle Cream, Crispy Papadum
. Seared Salmon Filet with Roasted Couscous & Root Vegetables, Herb Jus, Black Truffles, Shallot Confit
. Pan Roasted Hawaiian White Walu with Braised Gennel & Fingerling Potato Salad, Meyer Lemon & Thyme Butter Sauce, Balsamic Reduction
. Side of Sautéed Mushrooms
Paired with this lovely white wine:
. Planeta Etna Bianco Carricante, Sicily IT 15"
**Both entrees were absolutely impressive, flavorful, and delightful. It was difficult to choose which one was our favorite.. so try both!! The white wine: Planeta Etna Bianco Carricante from Sicily was a lovely pairing with both entrees!
. Vanilla Bean Creme Brûlée Fresh Raspberries
. New York Style Cheesecake Fresh Strawberries
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Ancient Harvest’s POW! Mac & Cheese varieties are the market’s first legume-and-quinoa noodles with up to 25 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per 3.5 serving and are made from non-GMO and organic ingredients including organic quinoa and cheese. Choose from: Mild Cheddar Elbows, Sharp Cheddar Shells and White Cheddar Shells with cheesy, gluten-free, red lentil and quinoa noodles. Enjoy!
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids by Linda Åkeson McGurk is a fascinating personal narrative that tackles larger childcare and environmental issues, highlighting the importance of nature-centric parenting and schooling—and why spending time outdoors is imperative for a developing child. The memoir is supplemented with hands-on tips, sidebars, outdoor activities, and advice on how to dress for the elements.
When Swedish-born Linda Åkeson McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. The playgrounds, which she thought would be filled with children, were mostly deserted. American children, Linda discovered, preferred to stay indoors glued to their screens and smartphones. When she took her two young daughters out for walks in winter, people pulled over to offer them rides. She was even fined for letting her children play in a local creek, setting off an online firestorm when she later blogged about the incident.
In contrast, Scandinavian culture celebrates the outdoors and children are raised to appreciate nature; Swedish babies often nap outside year round—a practice that is not only common but recommended by the government. (A practice that could also send the Child Protective Services knocking on the door in the U.S.). Love of the outdoors has also made Scandinavia a world leader in renewable energy, recycling, and sustainable living.
Some of the benefits of nature-centric parenting include:
Brew Dr. Kombucha recently partnered with 1% for the Planet in giving back to the environment for a healthy planet.
1% of the revenue from each bottle of their Love Kombucha is donated directly to non-profits that benefit our planet. From sustainable farming to educating the next generation about the world around them, Brew Dr. Kombucha loves the work being done and are very proud to support it.
The Brew Dr. Kombucha brand believes in having as little impact on the natural environment as possible. Here are some additional current sustainability practices:
Brewed and bottled in Portland, OR, Brew Dr. Kombucha is the authentic and responsible producer of 100 percent raw, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic kombucha, featuring only 30-35 calories per serving, with only 5g of sugar. All of BDK’s flavor blends are flavored exclusively with organic teas, dried fruits and botanicals, contains no added flavors, preservatives, juices ever, and never adds anything – including sugars or sweeteners of any kind, following the fermentation process.
In celebration of the international chocolatier’s upcoming 40th anniversary, La Maison du Chocolat indulges our chocolate obsession by showcasing some of their most iconic creations from the past 40-years. Nestled individually within custom-metallic boxes, the ‘Grands Carrés’ collection features three classic and three more contemporary bouchées.
Born from the vision of its founder Robert Linxe and carried on with the creative precision of Nicolas Cloiseau, La Maison du Chocolat reintroduces six timeless favorites as they represent the perfect expression of chocolate on the palate and underscore a generation of true decadence. From Quito (1977) to Nérolie (2017), the confections will be available October 11th and include:
QUITO, intense round flavor
Delicate, full-rounded flavor envelops this silky dark ganache tempered with subtle notes of milk and vanilla.
SALVADOR, an air of raspberry
An ode to pure fruit and chocolate. The natural acidity of raspberry, brimming with panache, lends character to this dark chocolate ganache with its round, fruity flavor.
BOHÈME, a breath of milk
Airy lusciousness of milk chocolate ganache with its air of chantilly and its deliciously silky character.
POMME D’AMOUR, a nod to country fairs
Compote of apples enrobed in light caramel offers this milk chocolate the inimitable sensation of the cooked sugar of a candy apple.
DENTELLE, a bit of crunchiness, a bit of airiness
All the subtlety of a pure hazelnut delicate Maison praliné with slivers of crispy crêpes.
NÉROLI, the freshness of a flower, the sweetness of fruit
Where sweet Mara des Bois strawberry compote, and orange blossom rendezvous in a dark chocolate ganache.
We love Numi Golden Tonic Tumeric Tea.
Inflammation is at the root of many debilitating and fatal diseases so it’s no surprise that turmeric, with its potent anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties, has long been revered by practitioners of ancient Indian and Chinese medicine. Up your intake of this super spice with flavorful turmeric tea. Numi’s Golden Tonic is a sunny, citrusy blend of the spice, plus lemon verbena, and dried lime that together provides a revitalizing and uplifting effect. Numi prides itself on using high-quality ingredients that are ethically sourced thus ensuring their business has a positive impact on the people and environment where these herbs and teas are grown.
Looking to Increase your Energy Level and Keep Your Gut Microbiome Healthy?
Check out Garden of Life Perfect Food Organic Super Green Formula.
Green Juice Blend, Whole Foods Matrix, Protein Mineral Blend, Perfect Veggie Juice Blend, and Probiotic & Enzyme Blends make up this Garden of Life Perfect Food Organic Super Green Formula.
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The editors of Food & Wine have curated a collection of 140+ memorable, all-time favorite desserts from the past 30 years.
In addition to cakes, cookies, and pies, Desserts (Oxmoor House, September 5, 2017, $34.99) includes Stephanie Izard’s Skillet Graham Cake with Peaches and Blueberries, Puddings and Custards, Frozen Desserts, and Candies and Sauces!
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.
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.
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.