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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Editor's Pick: Fruttata Crisps

Fruttata was founded in July 2013 by Paul Adler, with a focus on creating a healthy and convenient snack that is nutritious and tasty. Fruttata has the same nutritional value as fresh fruit. 

Fruttata has definitely been successful in creating a satisfying snack that tastes delicious. I’m an avid Pineapple eater, and Fruttata’s Pineapple Crisps offer that unique taste. The best thing about the Pineapple Crisps is how convenient they are. I like to take them with me to class to snack on them. They aren’t disruptive and are they aren’t messy, which makes them the perfect snack to have anytime or place.   

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editor's Pick: 2 Plus 2

Who said losing weight has to leave a bad taste in your mouth? The 2PLUS2 weight loss program has brought the concept of delicious and nutritious to exist in the world of health. The program was designed after the company was inspired by other successful weight loss programs. It has a hands-on team to help customers reach and maintain their target weight.

2 Plus 2 has many great products to offer, one of them being the Rich Chocolate Caramel nutritional snack bars that I enjoyed as an afternoon snack. The rich fudge drizzled with caramel satisfies, making each taste like it’s not just a weigh loss snack. Once you get past the chocolaty exterior, it continues in its delight with a caramel filled center. There is so much healthy deliciousness to offer in every bite, I didn't feel guilty eating more.

It’s convenient enough to eat on the go, so I grabbed another for the train ride home. It allows anyone to stay on track with personal health goals, while indulging in caramel and chocolate delight. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Editor's Pick: Biotin Bursts

Neocell is one of the top collagen brands in the world. The company is committed to promoting effective collagen and collagen replacement products because the founder knows the importance of it from personal experience. He wants to offer the world something that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Biotin has important vitamin B that is good for the skin, hair and nails, as well as energy support. Biotin Bursts are the best way to keep the body intact. I enjoyed the taffy textured, sweet flavored dose of biotin that was offered in a small chew. It’s just like eating candy, only with more benefits for the body.    

Taking vitamins isn’t always fun or easy to remember, and giving my body what it needs is more enjoyable when it doesn’t seem like chore. Biotin Bursts made it easier for me to give my body the desired nutrients without thinking twice.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Editor’s Pick: Nola’s Fresh Foods Salsa Fresca

Hot or mild, chunky or smooth—I love salsa. I’ll eat the traditional way—with chips—or I’ll incorporate it into dishes that I’ll make. Nola’s Fresh Foods Salsa Fresca is my preferred type.

I recently opened up a fresh package (and it tastes just as fresh as the label claims) when I had friends over because someone was visiting Chicago. The five of us munched on what seemed like a seemingly bottomless container—weighing 22 ounces—and only stopped because we ran out of chips.

Being not overly hot and quite chunky, I was able to incorporate the remaining salsa into several meals over the next couple of days. For breakfast the next morning, I made a cheddar omelet with sliced avocado and the salsa spooned on top. It was the best Mexican breakfast I have ever enjoyed.  The onions in the salsa allowed me to skip the onions in the omelet, and the combination of ingredients made the dish delicious.

I left town for several days after that, but when I returned—a week later—I discovered I still had Nola’s Fresh Foods salsa left in my fridge. I was a little nervous to try it, anticipating that the quality had probably gone down, and was pleasantly surprised that it still tasted great, and added some much needed flavor to my salad.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Editor's Pick: Jelly Belly's Jelly Bean Chocolate Dips

Jelly Belly has done nothing less than expand their family business over the course of more than four generation since 1869 and each confection and custom combination grows more complex each year. They are continually catching the attention of the public. In 2010 the company first introduced their chocolate covered Jelly beans. The six flavors offered include very cherry, orange, strawberry, coconut, raspberry, and mint.

Being a bigger fan of chocolate and peanut butter combination and not a fan of dark chocolate at all, I must admit, Jelly Belly has gotten my attention with this delightful confection. I didn’t have the pleasure of tasting the chocolate cover mint, but my absolute favorites are chocolate covered strawberry and chocolate covered raspberry.

Ultimately, Jelly Belly’s Jelly Bean
Chocolate Dips are the perfect way to satisfy any taste buds. Starting with a smooth chocolate taste giving way to a fruity thicker substance this creates the perfect little treat.     

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Editor's Pick: Bungalow 23

It's been cold outside, so I've been on an at-home cocktail mixers kick lately. I've been reading about and trying culinary-inspired mixers that will make my drinks taste like I spent at least 10 minutes developing and executing a concept. Enter, Bungalow 23. The three flavorsPear Ginger Martini, Blueberry Lemon Drop, and Prickly Pear Margaritaoffer vastly different flavors to suit any cocktail desire.
Pear Ginger Martini offers a fruity mix that's set against a spicy ginger flavor with a crisp finish, brightened by a finishing lemon and lemongrass flavor.
Limes and oranges lay the foundation of the classic Prickly Pear Margarita flavor. Agave nectar adds a sweetness and a pinch of cilantro offsets the feature ingredient, prickly pear. The pear adds a complexity to the mix, giving a new twist to the classic margarita drink.
My personal favorite, Blueberry Lemon Drop, is made of the simplest combination of lemons, lemongrass, lavender and blueberries. So good you could drink it alone or with a splash of club soda, Blueberry Lemon Drop has a crisp tasteperfect for a summer day.
Winner of one Gold and two Silver Medals at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and two Platinum and one Gold Medal at the SIP Awards, Bungalow 23's line of cocktail mixers is a great line to have at home or stocked at the bar.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Editor's Pick: Oregon Olive Mill

A premier purveyor of award-winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil and home to the only estate olioteca in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon Olive Mill is also the first certified modern milling operation in Oregon. The Extra Virgin Olive Oils are sourced from the family’s grove that owner, Paul Durant, personally oversees. From what we hear, Durant’s dedication is rooted in ensuring the quality they’re known for at every stage of the olive milling process.

I can contest to that. I’ve tried and used every type of extra virgin olive oil from low, bottom-of-the-totem-pole quality for sautéing in college—when money was scarce—to the prime-time oils that are cultivated with care. A delightful and fragrant oil, the Frantoio Extra Virgin Olive Oil was my first endeavor into the Oregon Olive Mill’s line of products. The single Italian olive varietal is smooth and buttery with hints of artichoke, hazelnut and a peppery finish perfect for the light vegetables I was working with. Oregon Olive Mill grows many distinctive varieties: Arbequina, Leccino, Mission,Pendolino, Koroneiki, and Picual, as well as several others. What’s more, they supplement their estate fruit with olives sourced from prime groves in Northern California, which allows for the blending to build more distinctive flavor profiles and mitigates cool climate risk.

Oregon Olive Mill is located on Red Ridge Farms, a destination for the senses as it’s called. Quick Tip: they also encompass a variety of visual and culinary delights in the heart of the Willamette Valley, including the Durant Vineyards Tasting Room, a gourmet retail shop, nursery, as well as on-site accommodations.

A second top choice of the editors here at Fancy Food is the Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a Spanish version with a sweet and fruity aroma. The floral undertones of the oil are accented with notes of almond and feature a mild and buttery flavor that’s delicious in any culinary setting. For more information on Oregon Olive Mill, check out their website.