Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Fancy Foods Show

Our favorite red hot food trend (addictive) from the Fancy Food Show-is crunchy seaweed snacks-deliciously satisfying- with nutritious value ( Vitamin K, iodine  folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium) and blessedly low in calories=WIN WIN WIN.
These chip slayers have a naturally salty tad sweet crispy composition... and come in spicy and seasoned flavors as well as in organic choices.Popular in Korea as a snack-most companies we found- source from that area of the planet.
Offered in snack size single packs - for those on the go... as well as larger size options-which frankly, got devoured almost as quickly in our household-straight outta the bag, no serving bowl necessary...or sharing.

gimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks...USDA ORGANIC-in flavors -sea salt, and hot trendy- wasabi, chipotle, and teriyaki-non-GMO, gluten free, vegan-25 calories a tasty crunchy serving. Made from Nori or red algae...also a delicious way to add some salt hits to sweet deserts...crumble a piece over ice cream for example. Widely available. FYI 'Gim" is a Korean word- 'Nori" which is Japanese -both from seaweed

SEASNAX STIX crispy seaweed strips-no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives made from organically grown seaweed with tad 100% extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Non-GMO, vegan----Stix come in sesame, original, wasabi and almond.  Also-as with many companies...other seaweed based snacks include crunchy chips 

Monday, August 22, 2016


Big and Small Companies Get GOING- Organic, And/Or (at least) Getting Rid of Artificial Ingredients-
or-imo-risk losing sales to customers that care.

And there are more of those kinds of humans -and more snack choices...without the 'junk.' Indulgent treats are always on trend-but consumers are def. embracing the more 'natural' kind with a few exceptions like Walmart's Hostess mash-up, the iconic  Twinkies coming to freezers near you. Shutting down one artery/bite (joke)

Some Sweet Eats...

PURA VIDA CRUNCH LOVER™ Natural Sins -the 2 ingredients only delicious crispy treats epitomize what a 'clean label' should read. REALLY kids worthy-especially the 'un potato' crispy beet chips -just sweet enough-with raw cane sugar- delivering 13 grams per bag-ranks as dessert worthy-but better- get 5 grams of dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and calcium too-and only 100 satisfying calories per bag. Crispy pineapple, coconut (SOFI Award Winning finalist-our fav)---, and mango chips are all equally as authentic tasting-make good lunchbox staples...non-GMO verified-from Costa Rica...fairly widely available in the USA, impressive for a small company. 
in 5oz and 1lb bags

Thoroughly addictive (you've been warned) BROWNIE BRITTLES are the brilliant idea of Sheila G. Main's-who smartly found a way to package the crispy crunch top/edge of brownies...to great acclaim!
How to better the best? Make Brownie Brittle USDA Organic...in tasty flavors Chocolate Chip, Chocolate & Toasted Coconut, Pretzel and Dark Chocolate (with a perfect balance of salty pretzel bits with sweetness).

crispy coconut and solid chocolate chip bits in rich chocolate...fyi all flavors widely available and online

new flavor-Dark Chocolate Sea Salt

SHEILA G. Main...of Sheila G.'s Brownie Brittle

Saturday, August 20, 2016

BREAKFAST ALL DAY: Not Your Grannie's Granola

Breakfast all day-we've been doing THAT forever-cereal always worthy of eating as a meal or snack.

Part of the reason why imo-granola has gone glammy -(not just granny).

Whatever your tastes and allergies-the mix-ups of gourmet granola offerings are numerous! Crunchy all... sweetish to very sweet (added like organic honey, and/or dried fruits), spicy (of course-it's a hot food trend, literally), nut free, grain free selections...delivering higher protein (from seeds - nuts) than the usual cereal fare...and standard MO-non-GMO, some gluten free (from the selections we saw), dairy free, kosher, zero trans fat....

Note-these are fairly calorie high snacks imo...typical serving (1/4 cup) which isn't that huge...is around 130-150 calories -why a tablespoon of granola as a food accent- in a smoothie, atop ice cream-or creamy yogurt for example = satisfying crunchy indulgence...which also happens to be how yogurt -with crunchy additions- are packaged by company giants like Chobani etc.
granola like crunchy crumbles-packaged with yogurt...as a snack...convenient-Chobani' Simply 100= creamy non-fat greek  with 'crunch' -the latest flavorBalck Cherry Pie-with bits of the best part lol pie crust-with dried cherries sweetened up with brown sugar and stevia.

Some highlights from recent Fancy Food Show:

Def...a lady's theme here...

Viki's Granola snack pack 1.5 oz or 12oz $5.49 ...5 delicious flavors of gluten free, non GMO verified crunch
There really is a Viki (Sater) in Viki's Granola-!!!! No fillers, preservatives or fillers in this former homemaker's products! 

Banana Walnut gluten free oats, organic honey, unsweetened coconut, enhanced with banana chips/walnuts. Our fav
My Wife's Granola-Alegria Fine Foods..one of 3 flavors-this one is crunchy yummy mix with hint of spice- the cinnamon/nutmeg= just right.
This smiling duo (Penny and Peter-there' two more founding pals too) - part of the entrepreneurial amazing The Brooklyn Foodworks-located in a former Pfizer factory ...BAD SEED's Chili Granola===aka "MEET GRANOLA'S EVIL TWIN"
Savory and Spicy...Chili Granola...we'd say is def not a breakfast food-and-sold in a jar-in garlicky hot spicy oil- used  instead of flavored breadcrumbs, hot sauce or as a condiments atop pastas, as a sandwich 'spread', in salad dressings, atop yogurt or mixed in with any main dish entree. Not gluten free-there is barley in the miso paste used...but for everyone else-spicy hot (Korean chili and anaheim chili powder), ginger, garlic, cayenne, seeds... a tad sweet (brown sugar, honey, organic coconut palm sugar) is a sophisticated mix - unusual and cool in a hot way.

Friday, August 19, 2016


The Cutting Edge Walking Shoe That 'Shows" The Way +LECHAL Technology

When we're walking around a new to us city laid out on the grid system...we're still fidgeting with a map-(smartphone screens too small for that)...let alone in our own hometown-when we venture to those now hip outer boroughs-or even the West Village where 4th street insanely intersects with 10th street....ahhh.
The solution: HI TEC finally conjures up a tech-tricked out footwear-wearable tech -that we'd actually want.

We fell in LOVE with Hi Tec's new Navigator Low i WP (waterproof) walking shoe-that IS genius- has India's Lechal technology in the insoles (yes controlled by a GPS app)...that deftly deploys this guiding software originally designed to aid blind individuals. 

Navigator is built well and lightweight at 650 grams--the Dri-Tec waterproof breathable membrane keeps feet dry and comfy via i-Shield technology-custom MICHELIN durable rubber outsole coupled with impact absorbing XLR8>>midsole is flexible and responsive-providing great grip on various surfaces
 How it works-the state of the art hepatic LECHAL vibrating pod...pictured above in its square charging station -gets placed int eh specifically designed insole...synchs with a smartphone via Bluetooth--one enters a destination in the Navigator app (Apple/Android compatible)-then violà-the embedded pod gives off responsive vibrations-different ones depending- that are noticeably felt-not annoying, for when one needs to make a turn-or has missed one...allowing for hands free navigation that it felt not heard. There are separate vibrations in the right and left sole for specific when/where alerts.
Limited distribution sales dates for the USA -September 2016 $299....for more info:

: http://www.hi-tec.com
: https://www.facebook.com/hitecboots 

the Lechal vibrating pod slips in here
No more fumbling with maps or electronic navigation systems ...available for men only though.
Asker C-37 density PU footbed delivers supreme cushioning and comfort

Thursday, August 18, 2016

ATHLETE GALS Best Beauty Bets

Fierce beauty...requires scrutiny.

source beyoncegifs.com

Since the skin absorbs 90% of what gets put on it (think about that next time one reads products labels full of indecipherable chemicals)...women are scrutinizing beauty ingredients that lack much (really any it seems)FDA -USA government oversight-vs the EU...resembling food ingredients.

DUH...that's why sales of natural indie beauty brands-skincare products and cosmetics-are booming...with these often home grown businesses finding customers by way of reviews and celeb endorsements-that aren't even paid for.

We recently learnt of a USDA ORGANIC line of skin care and cream sunscreen that really impressed us Sanre Organic Skinfood,

Hailing from Georgia-the mountain part where the AT trail starts, a family - run  SANRE Organic Superfood makes a slew of products...all gluten free and non-GMO...cruelty free and no alcohol in the mix! AND USDA ORGANIC imo-highest eco rating. Seriously.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Athletic ladies have always used multi-tasking cosmetics/skincare that keeps up with their busy lifestyles and sweaty faces-but it's been the  success of female teams on the world stage (World Cup-soccer, the Olympics in particular)-that has really (imo) given instagram worthy pics of natural to downright glammy glittery appearances -looks.

For the minimalists...sunscreen is a must

For proof of just how critical blocking out UVA/UVB/IVC rays with a solid broad spectrum rated 30SPF or higher, is -just check out any age group amateur competition-for stark differences in skin quality and texture amongst humans of the same age. It's not just genetics.

transition area of recent triathlon

We always use physical sunblocks with active ingredients of zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide . OUR experience in endurance events-find these usually white creamy physical block formula(s)-last longer, block out the burn rays way better. Chemical sunscreens-that feel hotter on the skincare heavily marketed as effective-  but have ingredients that scare us-and are def. not coral reef safe.

Nowadays physical block sunscreens don't leave a white pasty film on the skin either...so are good options for all kinds of ethnic skin color types.

Our picks: All GOOD Sport Sunscreen...with an active ingredient of zinc oxide plus healing organic oils that sooth parched skin. And nothing else. YAY!  
ALL GOOD ELEMENTAL HERBS-launched a few years ago with ALL GOOD healing Goop and Lips-Lip balm- based on healing organic herbs grown on a family farm . NOW-a fell range of skincare-lipcare and sunscreens...including NEW Broad Spectrum Spray Sport Sunscreen-with 80 minutes of water resistants ...and a water resistant to 80 minutes All Good Sunscreen Butter stick-SPF 50+-a very handy-portable way of applying sunscreen-especially to elbows, knees, and the back of the neck. ALL GOOD sunscreens are highly rated by the influential EWG Skindeep  which rates over 2300 sunscreen products for toxic ingredients! BONUS-a member of 1% of the Planet. We use the lotion...but for spray advocates-use outdoors or spray in a cupped hand...and apply-rubbing on-like the lotion.
The SPF50-+ water resistant Zinc Sunscreen Butter in a tin-is made of only 6 ingredients-active ingredient 25% ZINC OXIDE, and Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Calendula flower infused with moisturizing Organic Jojoba Oil,  (skin soothing, fyi) and vitamin E. We keep one of these in the car.

For a touch a Cover/Color
Ever since we spent some time in Japan/Korea in the 90s- luxury and price-y Asian brands like Amore Pacific, Shu Uemura and Shisedo - have been on our skincare/makeup obsession radar. 
Now-as makeup trade show junkies...we've discovered the whole genius of a gentler priced subset of that skincare/cosmetic market- K Beauty-meaning small cult worthy South Korean brands that deliver impactful skincare with cutting edge ingredients and quality makeup with special effects, colors and textures at masstige prices-(that's lightly above mass market)...and the new imo consumer sweet spot price point for cosmetics/facial products.
Our latest daily dose...is the innovative highly advanced performance oriented formulation- Flawless Skin Top Coat by Touch in Sol -a brand founded by Sean Lim- that smartly brings together the best in K-beauty technology and American pop culture trends in super fun packaging and bold makeup products. 

What the Flawless Skin Top Coat is...a multi-tasking ample, primer , BB cream, build-able coverage...that can be a substitute for tinted moisturizer or foundation. In the summer heat-Flawless Skin Top Coat is hydrating -so will benefit dry-normal skin...and in dryer winter climates...would be good for all skin types. 

IMPRESSIVE 4X Red Complex-a nourishing mix of red ginseng, pomegranate, rosehip and berryberry extract leaves skin radiant and fresh...an anti-oxidant cocktail of healers.

Easy to use-shake it up, squeeze the never clog dropper - for 2-3 drops on fingers or palm-and use fingers to lightly cover our entire face. 

The coverage is very sheer but enough to even out skin tone ...and bonus points-not as shiny as other typical BB creams. We tried  the Light tint-the other option is Dark-smoothly applied over our go-to sunscreen lotion (see above)...and felt like we had enough cosmetic coverage -especially in hot weather. As a primer-we layered on under our usual YSL foundation-with ease for heavier flawless evening look. NICE.

BTW-dropper allows for easy mixing-with facial serum, foundation and/or moisturizer for a do-it yourself coverage. 

Flawless Skin Top Coat=$28 available at Urban Outfitters...while other nifty TOUCH IN SOL cosmetics like the brightening creamy LIGHT BROW Brow Spot Highlight ($21)-a twist applicator shaped like a thick pen- releasing a kind of creamy formula on a sponge tip-which can be used to subtly (dilute with moisturizer) or boldy highlight eyelids and cheekbones- are available at Sephora. FYI-durable and water resistant-we applied straight out of the applicator using our finger... and then went for a swim workout. Afterwards- the highlighter looked like we had just applied it. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Benefit...

Not attended but worthy...!!!!

In our inbox...

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

held its 10th Annual Get WILD Summer Benefit 

hosted by Molly Channing of Channings Daughters Vineyards
Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin
The channing Family sculpture garden


Honorary Co-Chairs:
Frances Cole Jones and Cornelia Guest

Benefit Committee:
Mary Beauchamp, Liz Brown, Ingrid Edelman, Jane Gill, Linda Lambert, Maryann Marston, Dianne Marxe, Suzanne Obser, Avis Richards, Ellen & Chuck Scarborough, SunHe Sherwood-Dudley, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Marcy Warren

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild across Long Island with its annual GET WILD Summer Benefit. The event was hosted by Molly Channing at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden on Saturday, August 13, 2016 and honored Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin. Cindy Clifford was the evening’s emcee.

Notable Attendees included: Beth Ostrosky Stern, Howard Lorber, Leslie Alexander, Liz Brown, Ginnie Frati, Jackie Rogers, Curtis Sliwa, Shelley Berkoski, Sylvia Channing, Molly Channing, Ingrid Arneberg, Will Marin, Frances Cole Jones, Cindy Clifford, Missy Hargraves and Jill Rappaport.

Guests enjoyed live music along with cocktails and light fare. Moreover, for the first time, there was a VIP cocktail party to welcome the 2016 sponsors, which also featured live animals. An hour into the event, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Founder Ginnie Frati addressed guests with a short thank you speech for attending the event and for supporting the wildlife hospital’s cause. She extended a special thank you to Molly Channing of the Channing Daughters Vineyard for hosting the event in their beautiful sculpture garden. Also addressing the guests was Shelley Berkoski, Director of Development at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, who thanked all the volunteers and sponsors for making the event possible. She then awarded honorees Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin with an engraved plaque to commemorate their time dedicated to the wildlife hospital. Emcee Cindy Clifford shared the story of how she first got involved with the center as well as highlighting the important work that the center does for wildlife all over the East End of Long Island. She also reminded guests to bid in the evening’s silent auction, from which all proceeds went directly to the hospital. She ended the speech by thanking Beth Ostrosky Stern and Curtis Sliwa for attending the event and supporting their cause.

A silent auction was held, on smartphones and iPads at the 501 Auctions website, before and during the event. Auction items included: Birds with Wisteria watercolor painting on silk by Ingrid Arneberg, Montauk photograph by Ann Weisman and the Wonder bronze figure with steel base by Gwen Marcus. Other notable auction items included paintings, photography and sculptures from: John A. Bell, Barbara Bilotta, Tim Cole, Vito DeVito, Dr. Robert Dressdale, April Gornik, Sylvia Hommert, Bill Kinney, Dianne Marxe, Barbara Maslen, Terry Nestle, Connie Oshrin, Christopher Paparo, Herb Simeone, Clarissa Payne Uvegi and Brian Wasarhaley. Additionally, once-in-a-lifetime experience packages, getaways such as a 1-night stay at classic Hamptons hotel the Southampton Inn, dinner reservations, sports memorabilia signed by sports icons Muhammad Ali, Pelé & Peyton Manning, beautiful designer jewelry from the likes of celebrity jewelry designer Margo Manhattan, and exclusive tickets to events such as MvVO’s Accessible Art Fair were available for bidding. Goodie bags were also gifted at the event, including items such as a gift voucher from couture hair salon Angelo David Salon and flavorful snacks from Pop Chips.

This year’s GET WILD Summer Benefit sponsors included: Leslie Alexander, Honorees Ingrid Arneberg & Will Marin, Douglas Elliman, LLC., Cygnet Foundation, Frances Jones & Keith Douglas, Howard Marton, Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Ted Moudis Associates, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Pat Garrity & Corcoran, Robert& Jewel Morris, Dr. Roberta & Alexander Olson, Vivian Picheny, Katharine Rayner, Pierce Roberts & Jonathan Canno, Melissa Wells, Rosalie Brinton, Missy Hargraves, Hutchison Landscape

With special thanks to: Andirondack Brewery, Channing Daughters Wine, Hamptons Magazine, Leslie Wine, Long Beard Brewing Company, Montauk Beverage Works and The Press News Group.

About The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of The Hamptons:
The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals impacted by encroachment of humans on their habitat. It is a grass roots organization that grew from a few concerned friends to a group of over 3,000 members and supporters. The center is a full-time professional wildlife hospital staffed by licensed rehabilitators, biologists, animal behaviorists and volunteers. Over 300 people have been trained to assist in wildlife rescues. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is located on Munn’s Pond Park through a cooperative licensing agreement with Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The center is situated on a greenbelt of public land parcels totaling several thousand acres and stretches from Tiana Bay to Peconic Bay located on the eastern end of Long Island, NY. This is a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem consisting of salt and fresh water wetlands, Pine Barrens, deciduous forest and meadowland. It is the perfect setting for a wildlife rehabilitation center. The hospital is designed exclusively for wild animals. Unlike a veterinary hospital, there are no ambient noises or smells to stress the wildlife that are recovering within. The Wildlife Rescue Center receives over 10,000 calls each year for information or assistance with wild animal encounters. We also provide educational programs to local elementary and secondary schools. Students from local colleges participate in cooperative education programs and internships. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center annual operating budget exceeds $650,000, almost all of which comes from the generosity of donors.
For more information, visit: www.wildliferescuecenter.org