Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall Favorites!

A new season...a good a time as any to replenish a few stand-byes!


Reboot drinking + hauling options...

Summer staple sip Pinot Grigio-gets a sophisticated upgrade that not only pairs well with light summer fare (ceviche, fresh fruit salads, grilled fish)...but also heartier cold weather soups+stews. Dessimis Pinot Grigio Fruili Isonzo DOC 2016 (Vie Di Romans) by the 3rd generation of Gallo family members (and no that those Gallo ) is a way more polished wine than our previous palate memory of what that wine tastes like---
This one is refreshing yet has a memorable minerally palette-with some fruits that made us rethink pinot grigio period. (around $39). Actually say this is a Chablis competitor. 

 And while changing beverages-it might be time to ditch the beach bound hauler for game day ORCA coolers-decked out in your fav NFL/NCAA team's moniker. Tail gate alerts!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Ready To Eat Vegan Snacks

Plant based treats-as snacks or entrees- are leaving the fringe of food aisles... finding favor beyond its prior niche eaters' status.

Recent Tries...
LOVELOVE Edibles- plant based cakes-made to order- are gluten, soy, refined sugar, agave and egg free...and are moist chewy bites of raw ingredients. Cakes are pictured above...and the equally tasty cacao +maca energy bitez with hints of vanilla, black pepper+ salt-sweetened up with coconut nectar -are equally good. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ready To Eat Eats

Better for you -no cook -snacks and non-meat and vegan protein ...latest trends in foods are tasty, too!

Peeled boiled eggs are a protein loaded 'thing' now! Sauder's versions are amped with beet goodness-in 2 and 6 packs.

Another trend-hidden veggies-don't get much tastier than these dessert worthy Garden Lites in chocolate. In the freezer section at stores fyi...but stash them in kid's lunch boxes-and by the time they eat them-most chewy and ready! Delicious -we kept a box in the fridge. Six flavors available-options all tasty-include dairy, soy, peanut, tree nut+gluten free. Around 100-120 calories per...with real deal iron, potassium and calcium too. The chocolate- what we tried...has zucchini + carrots as the first two ingredients. IMPRESSIVE. Microwave them for few seconds...for  even more of a moist chewy texture. 

Plant protein is more mainstream these days-out of the niche vegan category and part of a lot of everyday meals+snacks. Good Planet Dairy-Free cheeses gets the texture right, tastes good too. Available in smoked, feta, cheddar, mozzarella and American -slices, blocks and shredded. Melt similarly-helpful for pizza lovers, Lactose, GMO, gluten, dairy, soy and animal FREE. Certified vegan.  

The sustainable minded AHIMI (Ocean Huggers Foods) booth was off the path at the most recent Fancy Food Show---but got major buzz anyway. It is a tomato based alternative to AHI tuna-invented-inspired by over fished -unsustainable fishing conditions-seen first hand in Tokyo  Texture wise, Ahimi it is spot on and the taste is similar-and when eaten - prepared in sushi...is a pretty good sub. Plus vegan and vegetarian friendly-obvs. Whole Foods carries this now.
In development-a salmon and eel replacement-made from carrots and eggplant, respectively, VERY COOL. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Texture On The Runway/Natural Haircare

Gotham Hall/NYC

65% of the world's population has curly-wavy-coily hair-according to the dynamic Michelle Breyer, leading light of the NaturallyCurly.com website, e-commerce platform, digital media giant- and overall cheerleader for luscious locks...for 2 decades already (!!!)...so it was only a matter of time before major and niche haircare brands for that massive haircare market went natural (toxic ingredients be gone)
Mielle Organics-ingredients include good for hair moisturizing, healing oils....

---and imo-more mainstream. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Late Summer Picks

  Our adult take on back to school shopping-is limited to our three fav categories...shoes, food (sweets, and drinks....                                                          

                                                         The Perfect Shoe
Summer weather-lasts a long(er) time-despite calendar indication...yet we're over the flip-flops.

Gorgeous floral pointy toe stunners-from affordable NINA shoes-will carry us to and fro' work, Fall weddings in the country, and weekend downtime when it's denim/leggings plus a tee, tops.

Capetown, South Africa-In A Day (or a few)

Capetown's past as an important shipping port-is easily understandable given it's beautiful location on the tip of Africa. Now multiple bays along the ocean -offer wide open sandy clean beaches, visiting whales/dolphins hangouts, ferry accessible island destinations with history (Robbins island-where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 20 years), and accommodations ranging in styles from luxurious glam to basic.

Outdoors' paradise, cultural and artistic destination, boutique/unique items from burgeoning fashion/jewelry handcrafts,  plus culinary delights and world class wines...ALL found in abundance in Capetown, South Africa. No wonder so many people we know have this lovely city on their upcoming travel itineraries.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens against the eastern slopes of Tabletop Mountain-considered one of the world's finest. Open everyday.

Capetown Stadium was built for the FIFA World Cup Final in 2010. It's huge-seating 55,000 (permanent) 13,000 (temporary)- with terrific site lines and numerous underground parking facilities under the seats- that would make anyone who has ever driven to the Meadowlands (NJ) or Fed Ex field (MD.) mad with jealousy. Golf course surrounds part of it.

NOBEL SQUARE-in touristy V+A Waterfront section...a tribute to South Africa's four  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk, and Nelson Mandela

Fresh seafood is a culinary superlative here...plus  Capetown offers many cuisines-reflective of it's immigrant population from India (curries, fried spicy foods) and the Middle East (Halal meats). The wines from nearby Franschhoek are superb-and cultivate a lot of French grapes-Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as red blends.
An indoor highlight-the new ZEITZ Museum of Contemporary Art-located in the V&A waterfront area...a reclaimed Silo-grain storage facility houses contemporary art by African and African Americans alike. Pictured-a Kyle Morland  Still Life sculpture...installed in a rooftop sculpture garden with a view of one of the seventh wonders of the world-TableTop Mountain-itself a destination with multiple hiking trails and a cable car that goes around for views of it ALL.