I enjoyed my first official Mister Softee treat of the not-quite-Summer season at the beginning to June, when I visited Little Island Park, and it was delicious! Nothing says summer fun quite like a soft serve ice-cream in a cone or cup (my preference, due to less mess)! Are you a vanilla, a chocolate, or a twist fan? And to dip or not to dip? Answers in the comments, please!
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Summer snacking definitely favors grab-and-go convenience, but it’s also about enjoying a great-tasting treat — especially if you are one to indulge your sweet tooth. Fans of cookies, brownies and snack cakes want a fresh, homemade taste, but the field of choices narrows significantly when your are gluten intolerant. If you are on a gluten-free diet, let me introduce you to Ethel’s Baking Company Dessert Bars. Individually wrapped and ready to toss in your bag for a trip the park, the beach, or for mid-afternoon office snacking, Ethel’s Dessert Bars are baked from a family recipe with only the freshest, high quality ingredients and they are certified gluten free! I recently received samples of two varieties of Ethel’s Dessert Bars for review on the blog, and I found them to be as tasty and indulgent as a slice of fresh, homemade pie.
Do you like Tea? I sure do. Hot, Iced, Whatever; Tea is a marvelous drink whose appeal transitions seamlessly from season to season. Spring in NYC is a great time to rediscover your love of Tea, because there are chilly days when you want to warm up with a cup of hot tea, and a slow move to warmer weather that may have you craving a cold glass of freshly brewed iced tea. With Tea Drops, a delicious and convenient way to drink tea that takes the tea bag completely out of the equation, you can have both!
Family gatherings call for a Taco Tuesday! Mexican taco recipes are a sure-fire way to keep family members coming back for more. Tacos are a versatile food item and you can experiment with various ingredients. Load it up with meat, go vegan, or try other unique recipes. The only limitation is your imagination! If you’re planning on a Taco Tuesday, here are a collection of taco recipes and ideas that are easy to prepare, yet will definitely delight your palate with loaded flavors and fun!
Spicy Chicken Tacos
Instead of using ground beef, experiment with spicy ranch chicken tacos. All you need to do is to prepare frozen popcorn chicken and purchase a spicy ranch dressing readily available in your local grocery store. This recipe only takes a few minutes to make but will surely be enjoyed by your guests. Load the tacos up with any toppings you and your guests prefer — shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, or tomato slices.
Waiting in line to get into Trader Joe’s: It is a thing that we do now. While standing in a recent TJ’s queue, I had a moment to snap a pic of the nearby sidewalk fruit stand, where a vibrantly-hued box of Pink Limes was clearly on display. These Limes with the brand name Pinkcome from a produce supplier called JadeProduce, and the limes are not actually pink inside, just to clear up any confusion. Wouldn’t it be cool though, if they were?
The simple pleasures of enjoying a bowl of cereal with milk has returned to my life recently, thanks to a line of shelf-stable, plant-based milks from Koita, a natural foods company based in Italy (check out my review of Koita’sOrganic Coconut Milk at This Link). This week I am reviewing Koita Oat Milk, made from Italian oats and water, and fortified with vitamins and calcium. I’ve reviewed oat milk-based beverages on the blog before and found them to be quite delicious, and ideal as a milk-substitute in smoothies and shakes, thanks to its creamy texture that’s very similar to dairy milk.
Do you like Ketchup? I sure do. Ketchup is one of my top-three favorite condiments of all time — up there with Mayonnaise, and Trader Joe’s Green Tomatillo Chili Salsa, which is just insane — and if we are talking about Specialty Ketchups, don’t even get me started. If you can’t get your head around the thought of digging into a plate of crispy French fries without a generous side of ketchup for dipping, then let me introduce you to your new favorite thing: Vodka & Italian Tomato Ketchup from Spirit & Co.
Spirit & Co. is the first company worldwide to exclusively use premium liquor in each of its products. If you are a fan of Penne with Vodka Sauce, you already know that tomato and vodka is a distinctive pairing that delivers an umami flavor comparable to, say, adding truffle oil to almost anything. The flavor is unique and instantly recognizable, and even if you can’t pinpoint how the vodka makes the tomato sauce taste better, you understand that the result is crazy delicious. That said, I am willing to defend myself against accusations of being overly hyperbolic when I say that Spirit & Co.’s Vodka & Italian Tomato Ketchup will ruin you for all other ketchups: because it is absolutely the best ketchup I have eaten in my life.