Thursday, October 16, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
During the International Food Blogger Conference, we were all exposed to several new and old products from cookies and nuts to bread mixes and seeds. This year my favorite product -and I vote for it-is the Noosa Pumpkin Yogurt. And this was unexpected as I am not a pumpkin fan. I don't like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins or even pumpkin beer or gum (they both exist). The only pumpkin related dish I enjoy is the pumpkin and corn soup, flavorful and smooth!
Therefore, I was surprised with this Noosa flavored yogurt. It is soft and creamy and tasty and the pumpkin puree blends perfectly with the creamy substance. Easy to eat, you will ask for seconds. And I don't blame you.
Monday, September 22, 2014
One of my favorite things at the International Food Blogger Conference was this year's tote bag. I like it better full with the goodies but it is lovely empty as well. I wonder what people will say when I will carry it around in Seattle and in locations that my travels will take me. Here it is in color and in a Mad Men-like black & white version:
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I got just got off the train, walked a few blocks and I made my first discovery in Wenatchee's Public Farmers Market minutes before closing. The waffledog! A hot dog wrapped in a waffle with a stick and offered with syrup and/or mustard as a dip to go. It was an interesting pairing with the sweet and savory flavors balancing together; the syrup was a good addition even if it made the waffledog slightly sweeter.
OHME Gardens Wine & Food Gala
The watermelon salad with lime and chili was refreshing and a pure bliss in a 107 degrees day. It was offered at the Wine & Food Gala at the OHME gardens.
The chipotle popcorn was also a light and popular desert made with chipotle and caramel and was served in colorful paper bag. Spicy and addictive, I kept going back for seconds...
The Snowdrift Summer Red Apple Cider was a surprising red-colored cider made with the skin of red apples. This dry thus refreshing cider was lovely in aromas and flavors and what I needed in such a hot day.
|Ohme gardens, an oasis for everybody|
|Cherry Ice Cream Soda|
|Root Beer Float|
The Owl Soda Fountain was a nice finding while strolling on the main street. I entered, sat at the bar and ordered the ice cream soda made with cherry syrup, cherry ice cream and soda water on top all mixed and served with a straw and a long spoon in a tall glass. But I couldn't leave without giving the soda float a try and I chose the root beer float. For the float, first is added the root beer and then the ice cream on top served in a tall glass with a spoon to indulge. Both are the perfect remedy for the hot days in the summer; for the history they were discovered in the days of non-air conditioning. The Owl Soda Fountain made me nostalgic and brought childhood memories of ice cream parlors.
The Pybus Market
|The cherry pizza at Fire|
At the Fire restaurant, I had my first cherry pizza, made with fresh cherries, goat cheese, pieces of bacon and a pinch of salt and pepper. The pizza was one of a kind as the sweetness of cherries balanced off the strength of the goat cheese. Offered only in July when it is a cherry season, it was a treat. I also enjoyed the Italian margarita drink - a twist on the traditional margarita with a bright yellow color.
The market which turned one year old in May is a foodie's heaven: from fresh meat, fish and fruit to artisan oils, demonstration cooking classes, local wines and an array of restaurants, you can get it all. In addition, on Friday evenings, there is a live music concert on a rail car.
Wenatchee has more to offer: the Apple Capital Loop Trail for biking, paddle boarding at the lagoon (offered by Osprey Rafting), kayaking or just a nice swim at your hotel's pool. The summer months are hot and dry and the winters are super cold, ideal for skying on the mountains! Don't forget, it is the capital of Apples in the USA and maybe in the world.
Friday, July 18, 2014
|Black pepper Sexy Pop -super spicy!|
|Bodacious Banana Sexy Pop|
Sunday, May 25, 2014
A fan or not of the paleo diet, you now have the option to get a bread made with coconut flour and almond. Paleo wraps are also available -those are made with coconut meat (I have no idea of what this is). All of the above are gluten free of course, non-GMO, vegan and overall low in calories.
Tasting notes: The wraps have a sweet taste as they are made from coconut (meat) so they will be ideal if you added some nutella on top. I wouldn't use them for savory creations. They are thin, nice in texture and tasteful.
The almond bread is flavorful but I can see a weird black ingredient (I assume it's the psyllium seed powder) that disturbed my tasting experience. The coconut bread has a better texture but it comes with a bitter taste.
They are both available at Seattle's Whole Foods so get them, try them and form your own opinion.
Julian Bakery is the producer and is based in La Jolla, California. They offer a variety of paleo products. Their idea is fantastic but I hope that some of their items have a better texture and taste.