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Summer Food Fête 2016: The Recap!

Columbia Crest Wine Display
Columbia Crest Wines Hosted the Bar at Summer Food Fête 2016! (All Photos By Gail.  Click on any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Ah, Summer foods; we love them. Food Fête is the place to find out what’s new in seasonal food trends, and its most recent Summer event, which took place in late June (in tandem with the Summer Fancy Food Show) was no exception. Please enjoy our findings and recommendations!

Columbia Crest Wines

Columbia Crest Wines added additional festive cheer to the event by supplying wines for the open bar. One of the Northwest’s largest wineries, Columbia Crest, is acclaimed by critics and consumers alike for crafting wines that are food-friendly, approachable, and that consistently over-deliver in quality.

Cheese and Fruit Display

Featured varietals included the 2013 Merlot, 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2014 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. Attendees at Food Fête also received recommendations and tips for wine / food pairings, which always come in handy for summer entertaining.

Columbia Crest Wine Signage

Find out more about Columbia Crest Wines added at This Link!

Grapes from California Display

Speaking of grapes, it’s always fun to have Grapes from California in the house. Not only are fresh grapes an ideal simple snack, but these folks always have innovative and delicious recipes to share. This year we were treated to a taste of Fresh Grape Salsa.

Grape Salsa on Chips

You can whip up a batch of this sweet and tangy salsa to accompany a bowl of chips, or you can serve it as a topping for meats or even tuck it inside a grilled cheese sandwich!

Grape Salsa

Everyone got a jar to take home and enjoy! Get more recipes for and information on Grapes at This Link!

Cypress Grove Cheese Display

Cypress Grove Chevre has an inspiring backstory in which Mary Keehn, a single mother of four — and self-proclaimed hippie from Humboldt County, California — started a small, artisanal goat cheese making business that has blossomed into a venture boasting 14 cheeses across three distinct product lines! Cypress Grove’s model dairy has also received a 100 Percent humane certification score from the American Humane Association; and when cheese-makers care that much for their animals, you can taste it in the cheese!

Cypress Grove Cheese

Cypress Grove Chevre is award-winning, good for you, creamy and delicious. We enjoyed a sample one of their newest varieties, Truffle Tremor (you can see the little flecks of black truffle right in the cheese. Find out more about Cypress Grove and get amazing recipes at Cypress Grove Chevre Dot Com!

Vega

Since 2001, Vega has been a groundbreaker in the plant- based, natural health and performance products industry. From Whole Food Health Optimizer, they’ve expanded to create a range of clean, plant-based nutrition products to help you be better — on your own terms. Whether you want all-in-one nutrition, or only protein and greens, Vega has a nutritional shake for you. You can shake-and-go, or blend up a smoothie to help you start your day better. At Food Fête, everyone had the chance to sample Vega’s Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie, made with frozen strawberries, banana, coconut milk and Chocolate Protein & Greens powder! You can get lots of information on the Vega product line, plus tons of tasty and healthy recipes at My Vega Dot Com!

Organic Valley Display

Any steak aficionado can tell you that grass fed beef is the way to go, and it just follows that dairy products sourced from grass fed cows also taste way better! Organic Valley is an organic farming cooperate dedicated to bringing its customers healthy and wholesome foods that are farmed in a sustainable way. Their “Grass Milk” (terrific in your morning coffee), yogurt, butter and cheese are all farm fresh and delicious. Find out more about Organic Valley’s products, and meet some of their farming families, at Organic Valley Dot Coop!

Dole Booth Display

Eating lighter in the summer means that salads can be a excellent choice for dinner. Dole, a company once synonymous with Pineapples and Bananas, has been in the bagged salads game for a few years now, and they have introduced three new Salad Kits varieties to make your summer dining even tastier, not to mention (but you can see I am about to) super convenient! Each Kit contains fresh greens and flavorful toppings, tossed with Dole’s own signature dressings, to create distinctive salads that complement any cuisine, or with the addition of a protein such as Tuna or Chicken, stand on their own as a light meal.

Dole Caesar Salad

Dole’s Caesar Salad Kit contains Romaine Lettuce, Dole’s own Caesar Dressing, Garlic Croutons, and Parmesan Cheese. At the show, the folks at the booth were throwing the Romaine leaves on a little Foreman grill, fun!

Dole Ranch Salad

Dole Country Ranch Salad Kit contains Romaine, carrots, red cabbage, white cheddar cheese, Dole’s Country Ranch buttermilk dressing, roasted sunflower seeds, and cornbread croutons. This one is especially yummy, and is sure to please the entire family!

Dole Tuscan Salad

Dole Tuscan Salad combines sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and savory seasoning with two heads of fresh mini Romaine and tops them with Dole’s signature Italian Herb Dressing. These Salad Kits will be available in stores starting August 15th! Find out more about Dole Salad Kits at This Link!

Brio Ice Cream Display

Ice Cream lovers did not leave the show disappointed. Brio Ice Cream was created by twin brothers Ron and Arnie Koss who, back in the 80s, created Earth’s Best Baby Food, the first organic baby food brand in the US. Now, the Koss brothers have transformed ice cream into a healthier food with Brio; a totally new way to look at ice cream that scores on both the delicious and nutritious scales.

Made from calcium-rich, pasture-raised, organic whole milk, it’s a luscious way to add protein and omegas to your day. Brio is filled with antioxidants and probiotics, yet it has 35% fewer calories and 50% less fat than super premium ice cream brands. Crazy!

Brio Ice Cream

If you think that looks good, wait until you taste it! Everything you could ever want to know about Brio Ice Cream can be found at Brio Loves You Back Dot Com.

Nada Moo Ice Cream Display

Nada Moo Ice Cream brings the flavor to the table for those frozen treat fans who need to go dairy-free, with their top secret, extra creamy, dairy-free coconut milk base. Nada Moo comes is some insanely decadent flavors like Snickerdoodle Dough, Chocolate Cherry Fudge Brownie, Pistachio Nut, Salted Caramel, Creamy Coconut, and Bananas for PB & Chocolate – to name but a few – all made with certified non-GMO ingredients.

Nada Moo Ice Cream
Trump Sucks! Ice Cream for President!

Get your Nada Moo on at This Link!

Stemilt Booth Display

Washington State’s own Stemilt Growers had some delicious, just-picked apples to share with us, as well as a new Apple App!

Apple App

There’s an Apple for That is Stemilt’s fun new app (seen in the photo above) for when you’re asking yourself Gala? Pink Lady? Granny Smith? Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, texture, color and cooking properties. With There’s an Apple for That, you can discover which variety will work best for your next recipe or food pairing!The best part is, you don’t even need a mobile device to use it! I typed “Pork Roast” into the “What Are You Cooking” search entry using a regular desktop PC and was instantly connected to dozens of ideas for cooking pork with apples! So Cool!

There's an Apple for That

Get fruity with Stemilt Growers now at Semilt Dot Com!

Blue Plate Greek Yogurt Mayonnaise

Do you like mayonnaise? I sure do, because mayonnaise is awesome. I like to use it instead of butter or margarine to grill the bread for a tasty grilled cheese sandwich. But maybe you are thinking that you wish mayonnaise had less fat, and if that is that case, then I have some good news for you. Blue Plate Light Mayonnaise is the first mayonnaise in the condiment aisle to include Greek Yogurt! This means that it’s half the fat of regular mayonnaise without sacrificing taste!

Charred Broccoli Salad

This exciting Charred Broccoli Salad includes crunchy almonds and sweet dried cherries, and is seasoned with yellow curry powder and ginger before being tossed with a light dressing of olive oil and Blue Plate Light Mayonnaise with Greek Yogurt. What a knock-out side dish for your favorite dinner! Get this and more recipes at This Link, and find out where to buy the Blue Plate Mayonnaise family of products in your neighborhood at Right Here!

Cheryls Harry and David Popcorn Factory

Next time you’re looking for a thoughtful gift to send to a friend or loved one, keep in mind that the 1-800-Flowers family also includes terrific vendors like Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies, Harry and David‘s gourmet gift baskets & towers, and Popcorn Factory‘s delicious popcorn treats! If you’ve never tried Cheryl’s Cookies, you are missing out. At Food Fete, Cheryl’s introduced a fun Cookie Decorating Kit that includes one dozen fresh baked and individually wrapped Cheryl’s Sugar Cookies, two tubs of Cheryl’s legendary luscious buttercream icing, and assorted sprinkles for a custom-decorated cookie experience that will delight the little ones and keep them busy without making a mess.

Harry and David

The Harry and David catalog has been around since I was an egg. Take a look at this cool New York-Inspired Gift Basket filled with extra-thick New York-style cheesecake, chocolate babka, artisan Dulcet cheese, smoked salami, and more! This eclectic assortment also features a New York dishtowel and yellow taxicab cookie. Perfect for anyone who wants to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

Popcorn Factory

The Popcorn Factory has a seemingly endless variety of gourmet popcorn flavors in an equally exhaustive list of themed gift tins and canisters to please anyone on your gift list. Visit This Link, and then just scroll across the tabs at the top of the home page to visit any of these vendors! One-stop shopping indeed!

Bumblebee Seafood Display

We want to give a shout out to Bumble Bee Tuna for reminding us that there is a huge difference in quality and taste when it comes to canned seafood, and that Bumble Bee solid white albacore looks as delicious as it tastes! Find out more about how not all tuna is created equal at This Link!

Clover Dairy Display

We made some new friends with folks at Clover Dairy, who were promoting their new line of organic Greek yogurt, which is carefully crafted in authentic Greek tradition using fresh Clover Organic Nonfat Milk and the finest premium organic fruits. Silky smooth and mildly tangy, this yogurt has a thick, creamy texture, is packed with calcium and live cultures, and comes in six delicious flavors — with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Clo the Cow Mascot

Based in Petaluma, California, Clover Diary  is currently celebrating the brand’s one hundred year anniversary! We could not help but fall in love with Clover Dairy’s adorable cow mascot, Clo, who you can see here dressed in her shiny silver spacesuit as she celebrates the new Moolenium! Hee! Find out more about the Clover Dairy family of organic and natural dairy products at This Link!

Artisan Seasons Display

Simply Artisan Reserve, a Litehouse brand cheese, has discovered an ingenious use for the tiny cheese crumbles that occur naturally in handling and packaging the cheese, and has introduced Simple Seasons; shake-able cheese crumbles to top salads, dress up snacks, flavor meats and add to anything else that strikes your culinary imagination!

Artisan Cheese Sprinkles

Simple Seasons is available in Feta and Blue Cheese varieties. All cheese, all natural, all the time.

Cheeses Napkins

Also, how awesome are these napkins? Answer: so awesome. More info on Simple Seasons from Simply Artisan Reserve can be found at This Link!

Lemongrass Kitchen Packaging

Do you like Vietnamese and  Thai foods but are too lazy tired after a long day to make these dishes from scratch? Or maybe there are no good Pan-Asian take out places in your hood? I feel you on this. Lemon Grass Kitchen presents a line of frozen entrees based on recipes created by award-winning cookbook author, Chef, and restaurateur Mai Pham, whose family came to America from Saigon in 1975!

Lemongrass Kitchen Pad Thai
Chicken Pad Thai

Lemon Grass Kitchen is the only frozen entrée focused exclusively on southeast Asian flavors. Each package includes a flavorful, better-for-you alternative to take out, made with authentic seasonings and fresh ingredients like Rice Noodles, Tamarind, Cilantro, Thai Basil, Fish Sauce and Ginger. Varieties include favorites like Lemongrass Chicken Stir-fry, Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-style Grilled Chicken, and Beef and Broccoli Noodles. Read more about Lemon Grass Kitchen Entrees and find out where you can buy them in your area at Lemon Grass Kitchen Dot Com!

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Curious Feast: 100 Food Art Postcards!

Curious Feast Cover Shot
All Photos By Gail

Here at The ‘Gig, where we only write about things that we love, we especially love to write about Food and Art. And on the rare occasion when the two worlds collide, it is an act of pure kismet which we simply must share with you. In this case, we recently received a review copy of Curious Feast: 100 Food Art Postcards, which — if you love food and art — is the most fantastic thing you can imagine owning.

Food Art Cards By Alex Proba
Cards By Alex Proba. Tell Me That The Donut Doesn’t Remind You Of an Anish Kapoor.

Curious Feast includes a set of 10 postcards each by 10 different artists, all packaged in a collectible, full color postcard box format, to keep them clean and organized. Each featured artist specializes in food-related art, whether it’s a realistic bowl of Ramen, a surreal mashup of different foods (See above photo), a sculpture that looks good enough to eat, a joke (like spaghetti western — HA), or a hand-written recipe.

Ramen Art Cards by Michele Humes
Ramen Cards by Michele Humes

Artists included in Curious Feast are Naz Sahin Ozcan (curator), Alex Proba, Brest Brest Brest, Caren Alpert, Melinda Josie, Patricia Curtan, Michele Humes, Mimi O Chun, Wijnand Warendorf, and Joel Penkman. If these artists are new to you, this set provides an ideal introduction to their work.

Food Art Cards By Joel Penkman
Cards By Joel Penkman

I realize that Christmas is still a few months away, but Curious Feast would make the best gift ever for the Art Foodie in your life. You know I’m right. Curious Feast: 100 Postcards by 10 Artists (from Princeton Architectural Press) is available now at Amazon Dot Com!

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Cheese That Looks Like a Cake

Cheese Cake
Not a Cheesecake (All Photos By Gail)

The French Cheese Board opened its first US concept store in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood in Mid-May, and we attended the opening party; because, free cheese! At this boutique storefront, which is located at 41 Spring Street, Certified Cheese Masters will showcase their knowledge of flavor chemistry and cheese and beverage pairings. The flagship location will also serve as a customizable venue for cuisine, art, lifestyle, education, and more. The FCB plans to leverage its partnerships with industry and pop culture influencers to create private events in year-long programming.

Sweet Cheeses

They also try to make the cheese displays look like art, or sweets, which is fun. However, you can tell by the way it smells in there, that they are selling cheese. Just giving you a head’s up on that.

Cheese Art
Cheese Art

The mission of the FCB, the umbrella organization for French dairy products, is to create awareness about the variety of cheeses from France available on the U.S. market. The organization also provides a platform for information, communication and exchange of ideas between French cheesemakers, researchers of the French dairy sector, artists, designers and chefs.

Destination Dining: Saffron Fine Indian Cuisine!

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All Photos By Gail

For fans of authentic Indian food, New York City is blessed with several key neighborhoods where an abundant selection of terrific restaurants are available for your choosing. 6th Street in the East Village and Curry Hill (East 20s at Lexington Avenue) are convenient destinations for downtown residents who don’t want to travel outside Manhattan to get their fix of favorites like Chicken Tikka Masala and Lamb Vindaloo. But the Upper West Side also boasts its share of excellent Indian restaurants, and one of those is Saffron, located at 75th Street right on Columbus Avenue — one of the best locales for prime people-watching in the city!

Saffron Interior

The Gig was recently invited to dine at Saffron as part of a media dinner, where we had the opportunity to savor many of Saffron’s excellent, multi-regional dishes, be pampered by friendly, attentive service, and enjoy the great street views! Owned and operated by Raju Brahmbhatt, who is already an established successful restaurateur, each menu item at Saffron was personally developed by him to showcase the depth and breadth of authentic and diverse Indian cuisine, characterized by the use of exquisite spices, herbs, vegetables and exotic fruits. Here are a few of the dishes we enjoyed!

Onion Kulcha

Saffron
features an extensive selection of Indian breads, including this still-warm-from-the-oven Onion Kulcha; a soft white bread stuffed with fragrant chopped onion.

Poori

We also enjoyed this freshly prepared Poori, a puffed, quick-fried whole wheat bread. This one is always greeted with smiles when it arrives at the table.

Ginger Tikki Chicken

Ginger Tikka is made with boneless chicken marinated with fresh ginger, garlic and spices, and cooked in a clay oven. A tender and juicy people-pleasing dish!

Shrimp Balchao

For seafood lovers, Shrimp Balchao is a classic Goan dish with succulent shrimp in a spicy chili sauce.

Lasuni Gobi Cauliflower

Lasuni Gobi is a dish of battered and fried Cauliflower, served in a garlic sauce. Saffron has seemingly endless varieties of creative, vegetarian-friendly dishes.

Aloo Gobi Mutter

Aloo Gobi Mutter is another popular Indian vegetable medley of lightly spiced potatoes, cauliflower and green peas, cooked in a ginger and tomato sauce. All of these dishes are ideally portioned for sharing, so a small group of friends can enjoy an eclectic feast by ordering just a few items!

Basmati Rice

Peas and Carrot Pulao is the favorite Basmati Rice dish with Saffron’s special touch of, well, saffron!

Fish Tikka Jalfrezi Salmon

Another standout entree, for Salmon lovers especially, is the Fish Tikka Jalfrezi; tandoori Salmon Tikka sauteed with onion, bell pepper and special seasonings in a tangy tomato sauce — the best salmon dish I’ve yet tasted in any Indian restaurant. Highly recommended!

Palak Paneer

No Indian feast is complete without Paneer; a traditional Indian Cheese that is one of our favorites. The Palak Paneer pictured above combines  cubes of this delcious homemade cheese with spinach, garlic and herbs.

Indian Ice Cream Cake

Although we were all surely stuffed and satisfied by the end of the meal, Saffron did not skimp on serving two excellent Indian Desserts. The Indian Ice Cream Cake is light and luscious, with its three flavors of ice cream including pistachio, cherry and vanilla, layered on top of a moist, spongecake base. So good!

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is a light pastry dumpling (not unlike a doughnut) served with a honey syrup. Sweet and a little decadent! What a fantastic evening!

In addition to its full dinner menu, Saffron also offers a variety of lunch options. Monday through Thursday, enjoy a special $9.95 lunch menu (Noon – 3 PM), or pick up a boxed lunch to-go for just $8.95. A weekend buffet lunch (Friday through Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM) offers a fifteen course, all-you-can-eat entree selection for only $14.95  —  a unique alternative to the usual Sunday Brunch!

Saffron Indian Cuisine is Located at 320 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of West 75th Street, in Manhattan. Take the 2 or 3 Train to 72nd and Broadway, or the C Train to 72nd and Central Park West. Order online or make a reservation for dinner at Saffron NYC Dot Com.

Saffron Exterior

Favorite Products from Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition 2016!

Among Friends Booth Display
Among Friends Hand-Crafted Baking Mixes Introduced Three New Varieties at the Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition Event

It’s been a few weeks now since we attended the fantastic Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square — our first big food show coverage of the year! Health and Nutrition was all about showcasing brands that not only exemplify healthy eating and personal care, but also bring fun and convenience to the table. From fresh fruit and supplements to baking mixes and beverages, let’s check out some of our favorite brands and new products!

Among Friends Brownie Mix

Among Friends gluten-free, hand-crafted baking mixes introduced three new mixes: Cora’s Honey Cornbread (a savory selection), Papa Toms Perfect Pancake (made with wholegrain sorghum flour, almond meal and hint of cinnamon), and Alec’s Awesomely Fudgy Brownie (seen above) — which goes from bag to baked in under 30 minutes! Homemade without the hassle! Find out more about the Among Friends product line at Among Friends Baking Mixes Dot Com!

Wonderful Halos

Wonderful Halos brand easy-to-peel Mandarin Oranges are perfect snacking for the spring and summer weather. At Editor Showcase, these tiny, sweet and juicy fruits were part of a delicious Mandarin Chia Pudding Parfait that we all had the chance to taste and enjoy.

Wonderful Halos Parfait

This low calorie dessert is made with assorted fresh fruits, coconut, pistachios and chia seeds – very healthy! Get this and other delicious and easy recipes, and find out more about Wonderful Halos at Halos Fun Dot Com!

Saffron Road Signage

Its always nice to get reacquainted with our friends at Saffron Road and check out their new products. Featured wholesome snacks include new Baked Lentil Chips and certified Halal Lentil Crackers, organic Crunchy Chickpeas and Bean Stalks crunchy snacks, which come in a variety of popular flavors like Cheddar Cheese and BBQ.

Saffron Road Booth Display

Saffron Road is also a leader in gourmet frozen entrees featuring the cuisine of India, South America and Asia. Learn more about this fine brand at Saffron Road Food Dot Com.

Sara Lee Artisano Bread

Sara Lee, a brand you know and trust for decades now, has a new Artesano Bread, which brings an indulgent quality to every sandwich on which it is made.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Made with Sara Lee Artesano Bread

For those who enjoy the texture and soft golden crust of white bread, but also appreciate the heartiness and flavor of an Italian bakery bread, Artesano strikes a favorable balance. We think that Sara Lee Artisan-style Bread really elevates a grilled cheese sandwich, and would be ideal for making delicious French toast! Visit Sara Lee Bread Dot Com for recipes more information!

Whole Fruit Frozen Juice

Frozen fruit juice treats are ideal for cooling off in the warmer summer months, and if they can be all-natural, even better! Whole Fruit Organic Juice Tubes are a new line of convenient, on-the-go snacks made with 90% organic juice! Similar to the “push-up” treats enjoyed from the neighborhood ice cream truck, each tube is fat free, only 60 calories and 100% delicious!

Whole Fruit Frozen Juice Samples

These treats are great for an after-school snack as well! Get the skinny on the Whole Fruit product line at This Link!

Ocean Spray PACt

Another trusted and favorite brand that’s staying on-trend is Ocean Spray, who has introduced its PACt Cranberry Extract Water. Unlike most extracts, which remove and utilize only the flavoring component, the cranberry experts an Ocean Spray have found a way to extract and preserve the unique, health-promoting elements inside the cranberry, which are called called PACs (proanthocyanidins). PACt extract offers more than flavor; it offers the unique cleanse and purifying health benefits of the cranberry. PACt is currently available nationwide and also on Amazon.com. Visit This Link for more information!

Dave's Killer Bread

Dave’s Killer Bread is a superior quality line of organic wholegrain breads that we were first introduced to in 2014, at another food show. The company, which is family owned, has a fascinating backstory that you can check out at This Link.

Dave's Bread Avocado Toast

At Editor Showcase, Dave’s Killer Bread was promoting their White Bread Done Right, created from an ‘old family recipe,’ made with quinoa, rye, spelt, millet and barley, and the absence of high fructose corn syrup or bleached flour. All varieties of Dave’s Bread have a moistness combined with a nutty, wholegrain texture that is just irresistible. Explore the world of Dave’s Killer Bread at This Link!

Boulder Chips Summer Flavors

To get you really excited for summer, Boulder Canyon introduces Backyard BBQ, three new flavors of  their premium kettle cooked potato chips, each inspired by one of our favorite summer foods! We personally taste-tested the Peach Cobbler, Grilled Brats and Sweet Corn kettle chips, and can attest that these crispy, super flavorful chips are a delightful treat that taste remarkably like what they are meant to! These chips should be available in stores closer to summer. Keep an eye out for their arrival at Boulder Canyon Foods Dot Com!

Disney Packaging

Crunch Pak is the industry leader in fresh sliced apples. Founded in 2000, Crunch Pak is committed to providing the highest quality organic and conventional sliced apples in the market. Their products include Foodles, in a Mickey Mouse-shaped packaging, which contain healthy snacks such as sweet apple slices, cheese, pretzels or other fruits or vegetable combinations — a great take-along snack for kids!

Crunch Pak Star Wars Packaging
“May the Snackers Be With You”

Evidently, Yoda is also involved. Visit Crunch Pak Dot Com for more information!

Blueberry Council

The US Blueberry Council was also on hand to educate us on our Blueberry Basics, such as how to buy, properly store, and freeze fresh blueberries — all things that you need to know! They made a tasty Blueberry and Grains Salad to share as well!

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Visit Blueberry Council Dot Org for lots of recipes and tips on how to cook with Blueberries, and even grow your own!

Natrol Supplements

And last, but not least, we must give a shout out to Natrol, makers of fine Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. At Editor Showcase, they were promoting three of their most popular products: Melatonin (a natural, drug-free nighttime sleep aid), Biotin (promoting healthy hair and strong nails — we take it every day!), and 5-HTP, a natural drug-free mood enhancer that also helps control appetite.

Natrol Biotin

Natrol gave out a fantastic swag bag containing full-size samples of all three supplements, plus a ton of cool travel accessories including a nail care kit, pill box, comfy slipper socks and a sleep mask. So awesome! Visit Natrol Dot Com for more information on their complete line of products!

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Modern Art Monday Presents: Claes Oldenburg,Pastry Case I

Pastry Case
All Photos by Gail

“I work with very simple things that I come across walking to work,” Claes Oldenburg explained in 1964, “such as a certain kind of pastry… or certain kinds of displays or presentations and advertisements that I naturally come across as part of the urban landscape.”  Pastry Case, I  replicates just this sort of everyday sighting. The desserts are presented for the viewers enjoyment on real dishes, heightening the tension between attempting evocation of edible goods and their obvious artifice. Oldenburg later described this tension as a way of “frustrating expectations: the food, of course, can’t really be eaten, so that it’s an imaginary activity which emphasizes the fact that it is, after all, not real – that it’s art, whatever that strange thing is of doing something only for itself rather than for function.”

Pastry Case Detail