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Avocado Heart T Shirt

Avocado Heart T Shirt Design
Images Courtesy of The Neatoshop

Do you love Avocados? I sure do. From Avocado Toast to Guacamole, I am all about the green, pear-shaped, buttery fruit. Yummy. If you feel similarly, why not show your love by wearing this Avocado Heart T Shirt, featuring an awesome design by Adrian Serghie, which is on sale for just $24.95, at This Link.

Avocado Heart T Shirt


Homer Simpson Avocad’oh! Mural By Hanksy

Homer Avocad'oh
Photo By Gail

This “Instagram Fodder” by humorist street artist Hanksy is located on the northeast corner of Kenmare and Mulberry Streets in Soho, NYC.


Highlights from the Winter Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase

Editor Showcase Signage
All Photos By Gail

One of our favorite food-related trade shows, Editor Showcase, kicked off its 2014 series on February 20th with an eclectic mix of Health & Nutrition products at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. As both manufacturers and consumers raise their consciousness towards living a healthier lifestyle. I can hardly contain myself at these trade shows, walking in  for the first time and seeing all the Teardrop Flags with the different products to try, it’s exciting to see what new products come onto the market and how well-established brands adapt to changing consumer demands. Here are a a few of our favorite products and displays from the show!

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Veggie Blend Ins

Green Giant has partnered with author Jessica Seinfeld (famous for her cookbook on how to Trick your Kids into Eating Vegetables) to promote its new product, Veggie Blend Ins. Each box of Veggie Blend Ins contains three pouches each of pure Carrot, Spinach and Butternut Squash purees which you can add to a wide variety of foods to add nutrition and fiber without necessarily altering the taste of the dish. This is a great idea, even if you enjoy eating vegetables. Green Giant demonstrated a delicious and practical use for the carrot puree by adding it to seasoned taco meat and serving scrumptious Mini Tacos at its booth!

Veggie Blend Ins Tacos
Bite Size Beef Tacos Featuring Veggie Blend Ins!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches Sign

No one needs to do anything to convince me to eat an Avocado, because they are delicious. But the Fresh Hass Avocado Board (#LoveOneToday) were on hand to remind us that Avocados are about so much more than just amazing Guacamole. Their booth served a delicious and surprisingly satisfying sandwich of Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh sliced Apples on Seven Grain Bread. So Good!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches
Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh Apple Sandwiches!

Planters Preanut Variety

Mr. Peanut may still be the Planters Nuts Mascot after all of these years, but did you know that Planters Peanuts now come in tempting and trendy flavors such as Chipotle, Salted Caramel and Cocoa? I had no idea!

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

Garden Lites is a terrific brand that I always enjoy seeing at these shows. At Editor Showcase they were promoting their excellent frozen Veggie Muffins that mix traditional favorite muffin flavors with vegetables for added moistness and nutrition. These muffins are also lower in calories, higher in protein, gluten free and all natural. Very highly recommended!

Nature Box Snacks

NatureBox (one word) is a cool company that offers monthly subscriptions to receive boxes of assorted wholesome and healthy snacks delivered right to your door. NatureBox snacks are an ideal alternative to junk foods and it goes without saying, but you can see that I am about to, that they all taste delicious. Find out more about NatureBox at This Link.

Urgent RX

Urgent RX Fast Powders are a convenient way to keep quick relief from some of life’s most annoying minor maladies handy at all times. No water is needed to take the powders as you simply pour them from their stay fresh envelopes onto your tongue and swallow. These are great to keep in your drawer at the office or in your purse to treat a sudden headache or upset tummy. Each single dose envelope is about the size of a credit card, so they are easy to stash in a wallet or card case also. Visit the Urgent RX website and find out where you can buy them at This Link.

Vemma Energy Drinks

Vemma is an acronym for Vitamins, Essential Minerals, Mangosteen and Aloe — ingredients in their line of Liquid Antioxidants, and refreshing Verve brand Energy Drinks. They also promote Chris Powell’s bod-e weight loss and fitness program, so you know they mean serious business when it comes to being the best You that you can be. Vemma handed out generous gift bags of their products at Editor Showcase and I am looking forward to trying their drinks at home.

Uncle Matt's Juice

We want to give a special shout out to Uncle Matt’s Organic Juice and Lemonade just because it is delicious and the folks working their booth were super friendly! Congratulations also to Uncle Matt’s on their 15th Year of growing organic produce!

Eggland's Best Organic Eggs

I’m sure you are thinking that there is no way to improve on the perfection of the simple egg, but Eggland’s Best is here to gently prove you incorrect. Eggland’s Best are like “Super Eggs” in so many ways including the fact that each large egg has 25% less saturated fat, 10 times more Vitamin E and Double the Omega 3s of the average egg, to name but a few of its superior qualities. Plus, look how cute their Mascot is:

Eggland Egg Mascot

Crazy Adorable.

Eggland's Best Quiches

They also served these delicious little quiches in their booth. Mmm…mini quiche.

Simply Protein Crunch Snack

Everybody loves crunchy snacks that taste like fruit, am I right? Simply Choices offer a range of snacks including Bars, Chips and the Simply Protein Crunch you see pictured above, which is made with real fruit, has a popcorn-like texture and is a snack that makes you feel full because of its high whey protein content (Source: http://www.wellwisdom.com/ultimate-grass-fed-whey-protein/). Simply Protein Crunch comes in outrageous flavors like Banana Caramel Cashew Nut and Raspberry Coconut, so you it’s going to satisfy all of your crazy sweet cravings while also being good for you. Worth checking out at This Link!

Nature Made Vita Melts

We all know that we should take our vitamins, phytoceramides and supplements but no one likes taking them. I’ve been taking Nature Made VitaMelts Zinc tablets – which melt away under your tongue and taste like delicious lemony candy –  for a year and I’ve never had a cold since I started taking them, truth! At Editor Showcase I picked up samples of Nature Made’s two newest VitaMeltsHair*Skin*Nails with Biotin (which totally works, trust me) and a new MultiNature Made also comes in Gummy form for those who like something to chew.

I hope that you will be inspired to try out some of these brands I’ve reviewed in this post. Thanks to Formula PR once again for providing access to the show!


DL Restaurant & Lounge: A Secret Too Good to Keep!

Interior Shot from DL Restaurant

In popular slang, the initials “DL” are commonly understood to stand for “Down Low,” indicating something that should be kept secret or given a low profile. In a neighborhood that’s quickly developing its own Restaurant Row (see Essex Street), The DL is a recently opened restaurant / bar located at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow Streets – the DL moniker deriving from this intersection – serving remarkably delicious food and offering a hip dining alternative completely free of any oppressive hipster attitude. Even if you’re reading about The DL for the first time in this review, once word gets out, we can envision this place being one of the most buzzed about dining spots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

One of the first things you’ll notice on entering The DL is how gorgeous the room is. Bordered by floor to ceiling glass windows, the open-plan space features a long bar and plenty of intimate tables and banquet-lined booths amid a gothic elegant décor of crystal chandeliers, dark wood and ornate metal filigree that lends an attractive nightclub feel to the room without sacrificing a cozy vibe. DL’s menu, presented tapas-style on small plates, showcases a varied selection of modern American comfort foods that manage to be both wildly innovative and pleasingly familiar. Plan your visit with one or more friends so that you can share and sample a variety of dishes.

Here’s what we enjoyed on a recent Thursday evening visit:

Grilled Cheese With Heirloom Tomato Soup

Shown: Half Portion. All Food Photos By Anne Raso.

An American classic combination, DL’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich served with a cup of heirloom tomato soup ($12.00) features Humboldt fog, a creamy goat’s milk cheese on 12-grain toast, and the warming soup has a slightly peppery kick to it. Our server was happy to request that the portion be split for two so that it could be easily shared.

Ludlow Mac & Cheese With Truffle & Mushrooms

Everyone loves macaroni and cheese, and The DL does their Ludlow Mac (Elbow macaroni, with creamy béchamel sauce and cheese) three ways: Lobster and Chive ($16), Bacon and Green Apple ($14) and Truffle and Mushroom ($15), which was our selection. This is a classically oven-baked dish with crispy panko crumb topping and the plentiful slices of fresh mushroom added a complimentary flavor boost to the rich, truffle oil-infused sauce. A sampling of all three Ludlow Mac varieties can be ordered for $24.

The DL Burger

The slider-sized DL Burger was perfectly juicy, topped with cheese and crisp pickle on a fresh potato bun, with jalepenos, pickled turnips & avocado puree garnish and a side of extra crispy fries ($12.00). Had this been a full-sized burger it would certainly be among the best in Manhattan, the dry aged ground beef being excellent quality and the burger having an appealing char-grilled taste! If you plan on sharing ask for a sharp knife to cut the burger evenly in half, otherwise it could get a bit messy.

Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish

For fish lovers, we recommend the nice-sized portion of mild-tasting Rice Crispy Crusted Monkfish served with sautéed vegetables, crispy rice noodles and a flavorful Lobster broth accented with fresh baby coconut milk ($15.00).

Green Leaf Salad Roll

A playful take on traditional green salad can be found in the Green Leaf Salad Rolls, where bib lettuce is wrapped around avocado, mango and julienne vegetables and served with a really unique sweet and tart citrus dressing ($11.00).

Merguez Pizza

One of the house specialties, the middle eastern-style Merguez Pizza is served on a grilled soft flatbread topped with crumbled house-made lamb sausage, greens and fresh tzatziki sauce ($14.00). Perfectly spiced with hint of fresh fennel, this creation reminded us more of a tasty flatbread gyro than a traditional pizza.

Blueberry & Banana Tiramisu

For dessert, we were easily tempted by the Blueberry and Banana Pudding Tiramisu ($10.00). Aside from being a scrumptious dessert comprised of layers of cake and custard, this fresh fruit studded delight bears little resemblance to its namesake flavor-wise, but is nevertheless fantastically delicious.

Chocolate Pistachio Cake

We also couldn’t resist the Chocolate and Pistachio Cake ($10.00), a traditional leavened cake that’s a welcome break from the ubiquitous flour-less chocolate cake you find on nearly every dessert menu in the city

Service from both our waiter and the restaurant’s accommodating Maitre D’ was exceptionally friendly and attentive in every way. Chef Wesley Wobles (formerly of Cafe Del Mar, among others) even made a stop by our table to ask how we were enjoying the food and to chat with us briefly about his approach to cooking with fresh, local ingredients. With his delicious, creative cuisine and fun personality, we think Wesley would make an ideal contestant for Bravo TV’s Top Chef!

The DL is located at 95 Delancey Street (Southwest Corner of Ludlow and Delancey) in New York City. Happy Hour Drink specials are featured nightly from 5 – 8 PM. Reservations (starting at 5 PM) can be made up to thirty days in advance. Please call (212)228-0909 for all information regarding dinner and table reservations. Visit The DL on the Web at This Link.