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Bacon Thing of The Day: Godshall’s Uncured Turkey Bacon!

Front of Bacon Package
All Photos By Gail

I think you will all agree that it has been far too long since we have featured a quality Bacon Thing of the Day post on this here Rad Blog, but that dry spell has officially come to end! I recently received a shipment of Godshall’s Uncured Turkey Bacon to review for The Gig, and, trust me, it was worth waiting for. Fans who love the delicious, smoked taste and versatility of Bacon, but would prefer to avoid the greasy mess and clean up — not to mention the time it takes to fry it up to crispy perfection — are going to want to check this out!

Back of Bacon Package

Godshall’s Uncured Turkey Bacon is the same real meat, with the real wood smoked Turkey Bacon taste, but with no nitrates or nitrites! It is gluten free with no MSG, and 50% less fat than USDA data for Pork Bacon. And since this Turkey Bacon it is already fully cooked, it can be heated up and ready to eat in just a few seconds.

Bacon and Package

Out of the wrapper, the Bacon looks very much like a piece of high quality meat  jerky, but it remains tender to the bite.

Bacon in the Package

The meat is not greasy to the touch and warms quickly earth in the microwave, or  in a skillet on the stove top, which is what I did, since I do not own a microwave.

Bacon in the Pan

As you can see, the Godshall’s Turkey Bacon has no fat on it, so this bacon will not become crisp like regular pork bacon. It only needs about 25 seconds on each side to warm, so be careful not to over cook it, because that can lead to toughness.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast

Here is what my finished Bacon and Egg breakfast looked like! Except for the absence of crispness, the Bacon-taste of Godshall’s Turkey Bacon is going to please any bacon lover.

Serving Suggestion

If you can make decent pancakes, here is another serving suggestion for this tasty bacon. I have also used Godshall’s Turkey Bacon in a cheese and bacon omelet, and in an easy Pasta Carbonara, both with excellent results!

Pasta Carbonara

With a bit of culinary creativity, I am sure you could use Godshall’s Uncured Turkey Bacon as a substitute for pork bacon in many recipes! Find out more about Godshall’s fine meat products at This Link!

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Editor Showcase Presents Snack Attack 2017: The Photo Recap!

Hi Chew Candy and Fruit
All Photos By Gail

Do you like to Snack? I sure do. For many of us, snacking choices are all about convenience — something that’s made to ‘grab and go’ around  a busy schedule — but we also want a healthier snack that still feels like an indulgence. Sound challenging? It isn’t at all. Just a couple of weeks ago, I attended the Editor Showcase Snack Attack edition of their quarterly brand showcase, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, and had the chance to snack my way around the room, discovering all sorts of delicious and better-for-you snacks along the way.  From Chips and Crackers to Candy and Nuts, here are some the brands we think you’ll soon be craving.

Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps

Farmer’s Pantry is one of the hottest new companies to pioneer wholesome, substantial and irresistibly delicious snacks all grown on American Farms using original American Recipes. Like the name suggests, Farmer’s Pantry is passionate about creating scrumptious, hearty snacks using the kind of authentic, identifiable ingredients you would find in a farmer’s pantry! Every snack is lovingly crafted from some combination of meats, grains and vegetables.

Farmers Pantry Meal Snacks

At Snack Attack, Farmer’s Pantry debuted two new snack lines. Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps, available in Original, Jalapeno, Honey-Butter and new BBQ flavors, are a crispy, savory baked snack made from fresh corn and other whole grains. Farmers Pantry Meal Snacks are the only snacks on the market that combine protein-packed meat plus a side dish of vegetables, cornbread crisps or fries in one innovative package. Pictured above are the Chicken & Waffle Crisps, made with Chicken Jerky and maple waffles, and Steak’N Fries variety, made with Beef Jerky and french fries. It’s a snack revolution!

GH Cretor Popcorn

With a history dating back to 1885, G.H. Cretors Popped Corn is a line of obsessively delicious popcorn in flavors that include bold, uniquely crave-able favorites like Chile Jalapeno White Cheddar and Dill Pickle!

GH Cretor The Mix

My favorite is The Mix, a one-of-a-kind blend of rich, buttery caramel corn and premium, aged cheddar cheese corn together  in one bag, for a mouth-watering mix of sweet and salty — the taste is truly crave-able! Crafted in small batches in Waukegan, Illinois, all G.H. Cretors popcorn varieties are made with real, high-quality ingredients, using Non-GMO popcorn, and no artificial colors or flavors. Available in 9 different flavors, snackers can enjoy G.H. Cretors at home, on-the-go, or anywhere else when the craving strikes.

Good Health Snikiddy Snack Signage

If you are a lover of  chips, but grow tired of the same old potato or tortilla chips brands, Snack Attack had many alternative options to tempt your taste buds. Good Health Natural Products, Inc. is the creator of crunchy, crave-worthy snacks that make it easy to make better choices. A trailblazer in common sense snacking, Good Health’s robust portfolio of snacks are made with better-for-you ingredients, like olive and avocado oils, whole grains, sweet potatoes and vegetables – all so you can Enjoy Being Good (as their slogan implores) without sacrificing great taste!

Good Health Organic Tortilla Chips

Good Health Black Bean & Rice Organic Tortillas are dynamite with dips, guacamole and salsa, and they’re absolutely unbeatable with cheese! Serve them proudly alongside all of your homemade Mexican favorites! Their Gluten Free Pretzels are also a must-have party snack!

Snikiddy Snack Bagged Snacks

Sharing booth space with Good Health, we found the Snikiddy snack line; delicious snacks created by two moms and made from simple, wholesome, real-food ingredients. The brand recently underwent a product line upgrade and now offers organic Grilled Cheese Baked Puffs and Mac N’ Cheese Baked Puffs (both so crunchy and cheese-e-licious), plus whole grain Purple Corn Puffs, and Baked Fries, made with organic corn and sunflower oil. All Snikiddy snacks are certified Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO and contain only healthful, natural ingredients.

Veggie Straws

Hain Celestial, a leading organic and natural products company, offers a selection of delicious snack options, including: Garden of Eatin’ tortilla chips made with organic corn; family-friendly Sensible Portions Garden Veggie straws and chips; and TERRA real vegetable chips.

Terra Chips Sweet Plantain Chips

I don’t know about you, but if I’m at a party and I see a bowl of  TERRA chips,  I will pick out all of the sweet potato chips and eat them myself. New at Snack Attack were two flavors of TERRA chips: Sweet Plantains and regular Plantains! Yummy!

Crunch Master Chips Display

Crunchmaster Crackers are a sturdy, bold-flavored cracker made with whole grains, seeds, and . . . that’s about it.

Crunch Master Chips Display Pumpkin Harvest

Showcasing at Snack Attack were several new Crunchmaster varieties:  Protein Snack Crackers with five grams of plant-based protein per serving,  Tuscan Peasant Crackers (perfect for topping with your favorite cheeses, spreads or tapenades), and a new seasonal flavor, Pumpkin Harvest, with a savory pumpkin flavor, which will be available in the fall — just in time for the holiday entertaining season!

Brownie Brittle

Never fear: there were plenty of sweet snacks to give the crackers and chips a run for the money! If you’re not already familiar with Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle, the crispy brownie snack, then you have some catching up to do! The Brownie Brittle family continues to expand to include new gluten free Brownie Brittle in two varieties: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, and Chocolate Chip!

Brownie Brittle Cookie Bites

We were also introduced to (I can’t even believe I am about to type this) Brownie Brittle Cookie Bites: crisp morsels of chocolate chip cookies covered in creamy Milk Chocolate. Insane!

Teddy Soft Bakes with Sign

It may have all started with the Teddy Graham, but the Teddy brand of baked treats is about so much more.  Brand new on the shelf are Teddy Soft Bakes, fluffy, soft-baked filled treats in the fun shape of a bear. Teddy Soft Bakes are individually-wrapped, snack-size cakes with a hidden flavored filling that kids will love to discover. They can be an ideal snacking option that helps spark playful moments of discovery and natural curiosity.  Teddy Soft Bakes come in two varieties: Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Filling, and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla filling.

Teddy Soft Bakes Display

A perfect treat for the Back-to-School lunch box, Teddy Soft Bakes are the Bomb.

Bakerly Chocolate Crepe Snacks

If I had to choose just one item as my Favorite Thing of Snack Attack 2017, it would be Bakerly Crepes Snacks. Bakerly Crepes are made from an authentic French recipe using simple, pure ingredients like milk, eggs wheat flour, chocolate, real fruit and other natural flavors, and they are baked by artisan bakers! Once you taste them, you will have no doubt as to why Bakerly Crepes are the #1 snack in France! C’est si bon!

Bakerly Crepe Snacks

Here, we see a variety of delicious Bakerly Crepes held in the loving hands of Brand Ambassador Franck, who gave me a most generous amount of samples — including the flavors Chocolate, Strawberry, and Crunchy, featuring Crispy Rice Cereal and Chocolate Hazelnut filling — to snack on at home. Merci, Franck!

Bakerly Chocolate Crepe Snacks Detail

Bakerly Crepes, Everyone!

Smores Ingredients

National S’Mores Day was just celebrated on August 10th, but in case you missed it,  Snack Attack reminds us that all of the ingredient in everyone’s favorite campfire treat — a warm, toasted marshmallow and piece of milk chocolate sandwiched between to graham crackers —  can be made right in your own home, or even your own backyard! The brand trio of Honey Maid Grahams, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows has named S’Mores as the Official Dessert of the BBQ! In addition to receiving one of every item  pictured on the table above, Editor Showcase attendees learned about fun and easy recipes for making S’Mores Skillet Pizza, and . . .

Smores Pops on a Stick

S’Mores on a Stick, which is a delicious, no-bake treat! Find those, and other summer recipes, at This Link!

Bahlsen Cookies and Packaging

You may have grown accustom to seeing Bahlsen cookies around the Christmas holidays, but did you know that over 125 years, generations of the Bahlsen family have baked European cookies to be enjoyed across the globe? From their crisp butter biscuits to the indulgent chocolate selection, there is something delicious for every occasion. All Bahlsen cookie recipes are made with love, using only the very highest quality ingredients, for a truly exceptional cookie.

Bahlsen Cookies on Plate

My favorites are the Choco Leibniz (above, right) — with a lavish layer of European Milk Chocolate atop  the original Leibniz butter biscuit — and the Waffletten (above, left) made from a crunchy wafer rolled into fine, crisp layers, and then dipped into rich European chocolate (these are so great with ice cream). Don’t wait for a special occasion to serve these excellent baked goods; treat yourself and your family to a box (or two) of Bahlsen cookies right now!

Merci Chocolates Display

Do you like chocolate? I got yer chocolate right here. merci’s Finest Selection offers fine European chocolates especially chosen and packaged to give as Thank You gifts or as any gesture of sincere appreciation. Known as Europe’s famous gift-giving chocolate, merci offers something for every taste. What a great idea!!

Merci Chocolates

Each slim, stylish box contains eight unique, individually wrapped flavors including Milk Chocolate, Coffee and Cream, Hazelnut-Almond, Hazelnut-Creme, Marzipan, Dark Creme, Dark Mouse and Praline-Creme.

Merci Chocolates

merci is available in grocery stores nationwide, and can also be ordered online with your own custom packaging if desired (shipping domestically or internationally) at This Link.

Hi-Chew Candy

HI-CHEW Candy has long been the #1 soft candy in Japan, but it also has a large fan following in America. Sometimes, I even make a special run to my favorite Asian Import Store downtown, just to stock up on my most-addicted-to HI-CHEW flavors! Similar to a Starburst in texture (but far superior in taste), HI-CHEW is made with real fruit juice and purees, and comes in Strawberry, Green Apple, Mango, Grape, Cherry, Banana (the best!), and Melon. HI-CHEW Sours come in Lemon, Lime and Grapefruit, while new HI-CHEW Bites, offered in Grape, Strawberry, Mango, and Orange, provide your favorite HI-CHEW chewiness with a hard candy shell. Excellent!

Naturipe Fruit Snacks

Speaking of fruit, it is still a popular thing to snack on! If you are like me — loving fruit, but hating to have to take the time to peel it and cut it up, then Naturipe Fruit Snacks are going to make you very happy!

Naturipe Fruit Snacks Product

Healthy and convenient Naturipe Snacks pair fresh strawberries, blueberries, and grapes with creamy cheeses and crunchy nuts in one portable package. This better-for-you snack satisfies hunger while offering protein, fiber, Vitamin C, and calcium. Available in a six tastefully curated fruit, cheese, and nut combinations ranging from sweet to savory and mild to spicy, Naturipe Snacks are a perfect pick for nutritionally balanced ready-to-eat snacking at home and on-the-go — with no preparation time required! Yay! Naturipe Snacks offers simplified snacking for health-conscious foodies. And it makes a great, healthy After-School treat for the kids as well!

Fruit Refreshers Display

Del Monte is a trusted brand name that’s also introducing a new fruit snack.  Del Monte Fruit & Chia is a Fruit Cup snack for adults that kids may just love also. Packed with luscious chunks of real fruit and wholesome chia seeds, this is a delicious snack that will leave you feeling satisfied on-the-go.

Fruit Refreshers and Pineapple

Del Monte Fruit Refreshers combine exciting fruits with slightly sweetened Fruit Waters to create enticing flavor combinations for a refreshing pick-me-up any time of the day!

GoGo Blueberry

Cute brand mascots on the table always get my attention: the GoGo squeeZ brand had two of them! First, check out this adorable little bean-shaped Cow, representing for GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ, which brings together scrumptious real yogurt and fruit, with protein, calcium and Vitamin D. Conveniently, it’s all  packaged in the  iconic GoGo squeeZ pouch. But wait there’s more: GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ needs absolutely no refrigeration! Mind blown!

GoGo Squeez Applesauce With Apple Mascot

Also part of the GoGo squeeZ family is Applesauce On The Go, the leading squeezable, 100 percent fruit applesauce in a pouch. Look at that Little Green Apple: it’s killing me with the cuteness. With over 30 varieties of squeezable yogurt, fruit and vegetable snacks, GoGo squeeZ is a brand you need to know!

Muuna Cottage Cheese Signage

When I was a small child back in the stone age, my Mom would give me and my brother cottage cheese mixed with fruit as a snack, and we just loved it. Guess what: now those two things come already mixed together!

Muuna Cottage Cheese Display

Muuna is on a mission to change the way consumers think about cottage cheese, having re-imagined it with a new line of melt-in-your-mouth creamy, single-serve cups with delicious pieces of fruit, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Peach and Mango. Kill me! Each 5.3oz cup has 15 grams of protein and only 130 calories. Muuna also offers its single-serve cup in Lowfat Plain, which contains 19 grams of protein and 120 calories.

Muuna Cottage Cheese Open Container

At Snack Attack, the Muuna booth offered a selection of chopped fruit and other toppings that you could mix in with your already-mixed-together cottage cheese and fruit, but I didn’t need any of that, because I am a purist. Here is the tasty cup of Peaches and Cottage Cheese  — Just Like Mom Used to Make — that I enjoyed very much! Nostalgia!

Cheesewich Signage

Hey do you like cheese? I sure do. How cool do you think it would be to make sandwich where two slices of cheese were substituted for the bread? No carbs, no gluten – just a delicious slice of hard salami between two slices of all natural Wisconsin cheese – a Cheesewich, if you will. That’s right: somebody already thought of it, and they were at Snack Attack.

Cheesewich Display

There are a few different varieties of Cheesewich — with Provolone, Mild Cheddar or Colby Jack Cheese — so you can change it up. You could even use the Cheesewich as a filling to make a regular sandwich, if you just absolutely had to have the bread. I would never judge you.

Cheesewich Display With Bacon and Egg Snack

Cheesewich is also growing its snack product line to include other high protein, grab-and-go snacks like Mozzarella and Smoked Mozzarella String Cheeses, and a ready-to-eat Bacon N Eggs Breakfast snack, with two hard boiled eggs and two slices of turkey bacon inside an easy open pouch. Eggs-cellent!

Quinoa Meal

At Cucina & AmoreKitchen of Love, they create an old world cuisine with a modern twist. Cucina & Amore’s new ready-to-eat Quinoa Meals leave a busy person with no excuse to skip lunch, because each healthy and tasty meal is fully cooked and ready to eat! Gluten, preservative and GMO-free, these meals are jam packed with nutrients to keep you energized during your long day. Available in four different flavors like Spicy Jalapeno and Roasted Peppers, Basil Pesto, Mango & Jalapeno and Artichoke with Roasted Peppers, co-workers will think you’re eating a dish that you cooked and brought from home. Each prepackaged quinoa meal comes in a microwave-safe container, but they can also be enjoyed cold, or at room temperature, which means they are perfect to take on-the-go, or if you only have a short lunch break. Delicious, healthy and so easy!  Kitchen of Love products are available at grocery stores nationwide.

Farm Rich Table Display

Farm Rich is one of the nation’s bestselling frozen snacks and appetizers brands, offering easy-to-prepare products made with wholesome, great-tasting ingredients. I’ve been a fan for years! At Snack Attack, they introduced four new products: two sweet and two savory! (I picked up a new oven mitt as well!)

Farm Rich Donut Holes

Farm Rich Bakery Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes offer fresh-baked taste, going directly from the freezer to the oven or microwave. They make a fun breakfast treat, served up  fresh and warm, or they can be part of these fancy fruit and donut hole skewer!  Also from Farm Rich are Blue Bakery Scones that can be on your family table in minutes! This ready-to-bake frozen scone dough is made with the finest ingredients and freshest blueberries, and it bakes into moist, tender scones, giving you fresh bakery quality in the comfort of your own home!

Farm Rich Hot Snacks

Two new hot appetizers from Farm Rich  include Avocado Slices, cut from premium Hass avocados and coated with an ancho chile pepper breading. These are perfect alone, or in addition to your recipes that include avocado. Try them with the included Jalapeño Ranch dipping sauce and add a little kick! This new snack that your family will love is now available in the freezer section!

Also new in the freezer section are their Pimento Cheese Bites, made with real Palmetto Pimento Cheese,  cheddar and ripe pimentos. You can enjoy these crispy coated bites right from the oven, or dunk them in the spicy Red Pepper Jelly dipping sauce, which his included. Be sure to stock up on these special treats for when company stops by!

The American Pecan Council Display

Are you nuts about nuts? Then check out what’s going on over at the The American Pecan Council (APC), who had a Pecan Buffet ready for Snack Attack attendees to sample. The pecan is one of my favorite nuts since my Mom used to put them in her home baked chocolate chip cookies! Roasted, toasted, seasoned, spiced, or sweetened with chocolate, there is no wrong add a naturally sweet and crunchy Pecan into your meals, snacks and desserts.

Pecan Granola Bar Recipe

This Pecan Granola Bar Recipe is easy and family-pleasing — we got to sample the results!

Pecan Granola Bar

Learn more about the American Pecan, and get more recipes, at American Pecan Dot Com!

Snack Box Display

Now that you’ve seen lots and lots of ideas of what to snack on, you need a cool-looking, portable container in which to store and carry your snacks. May I present Snack in the Box, designed by Precidio, a trusted name in food storage. Snack in the Box is a must-have for school lunches, car rides, bicycling, taking the kids shopping, going for walks, picnicing or anywhere you may want to bring along a treat. Just fill  it with a couple of your favorite snacks and throw in it your bag!

Snack Box Close Up
“You Put Your Snacks In It”

Snack in the Box is made from BPA-free plastic in an assortment bright colors, and the twin pop-up lids let you easily flip them open and pour out your favorite snacks.  Now you can bring a healthy and a fun snack like fresh berries, crackers, nuts, cheese cubes or any type of dry snacks anywhere you go. And remember that you are being earth-conscious by reducing plastic bag waste!

That wraps up this years’ Snack Attack. Happy Snacking Everyone!

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Favorite Booth Displays, Products and Packaging From The Summer Fancy Food Show 2017!

SFFS Show Entrance
One Entrance to SFFS17 Flanked By Larger-than-Life Replicas of the Coveted Sofi Award! (All Photos By Gail)

If you would like to know what it is like to eat and drink your way from one end of NYC’s Javits Convention Center to the other, then the Specialty Foods Association’s annual Summer Fancy Food Show is the must-attend event for you! Sadly, you must have at least a tenuous relationship to the Specialty Food business in order to get in, and lucky for us (and you) we have that connection. I attended with my food critic friend Anne on the opening day of the event’s three-day stretch of wild food delirium. It was all kinds of exhausting fun, but it was worth it.

The Sofi Award
The Sofi Awards Honor the Best and Most Innovative Products in Specialty Food

With over 5,000 exhibitors from around the globe, the SFFS is a kind of blissful food overload that is virtually impossible to thoroughly distill — but we are going give it our best shot! We have a lot ground to cover, so we will break it down into a few subcategories covering food that just was simply delicious to put in the mouth, plus the most striking booth displays, stand-out product packaging, favorite brand mascots and most unusual products of the show. Here are some of our amazing discoveries!

Bacchini Pasta Display
Pastificio Bacchini Pasta Display

The Pastificio Bacchini booth was loaded with gorgeous fresh pastas that they were cooking up on site for tasting and swooning over.

Pastificio Bacchini Signage

When they say that these pastas are the Chef’s Best Friend, they mean it!

Bacchini Heart Shaped Pasta

This Heart-Shaped Ravioli Pasta (stuffed with mozzarella di bufala campana, tomato and basil) looked almost too beautiful to eat!

Pear and Cheese Pasta

Our very favorite had to be the Fiocchi Formaggio e Pere (a pasta purse stuffed with cheese and pears), pictured above, which was just insane. Mangia bene!

Amore Sun-dried Tomato Ravioli Salad

Also taking top honors in the pasta category was the Amore brand Sun-dried Tomato Ravioli Salad featuring Amore Four Cheese Ravioli, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Pesto Paste! So easy to make — we got the recipe!

Calabra Meat and Cheese Rolls

Calabro brand Fresh Rotolo are tiny, hand rolled pinwheels of Mozzarella and Prosciutto that make a delicious, convenient and visually-compelling party snack! Our favorite meat and cheese snack of the show!

C'est Gourmet Ready to Bake Pastry

Soon we came across the well-attended booth for C’est Gourmet Ready to Bake Pastry, from which you can make so many delicious treats of both sweet and savory variety — because everything is fresh baked by you at home!

C'est Gourmet Ready to Bake Pastry

C'est Gourmet Ready to Bake Pastry

In addition to an assortment of fruit and cheese strudels, and other pastries, C’est Gourmet also offers fill-and-bake Danish Twists and Swirls. You officially have no excuse not to bake!

Red Velvet Bomboloni

Behold: the Red Velvet Bomboloni from Forno d’Asolo Italian Bakery! We are speechless!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Three words: Sticky Toffee Pudding from the Sticky Toffee Pudding Company. Like you couldn’t have just guessed that! Created by British ex-pat Tracy Claros,  who is now based in Austin, Texas, these desserts are her updated approach on the great tradition of British hot puddings brought to America to share with you! You can buy them online!

Pistachio Cake

Look at this cake. Just look at it. We found this gorgeous and outrageously moist and delicious Pistachio Pound Cake in the booth for Hahn’s Old Fashioned Cake Company!

Walden Farms Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

This an Orange Creamsicle Smoothie that we refreshed ourselves with at the Walden Farms booth. The light and luscious smoothie is officially a low-sugar, low calorie treat as it’s made with both fat free yogurt and fat free milk, sweetened fresh fruit and two Walden Farms products: their Orange Marmalade Fruit Spread and their Marshmallow Dip. It tastes fantastic and you can get the recipe at their website!

Two Friends Chocolates

Two Friends Chocolates makes gourmet candies that look like Art! We love the Mondrian design in the lower right hand corner, especially.

Two Cool Chix Signage

We had fun spotting and collecting snaps of products that had fun or funny names, eye-grabbing signage or clever slogans. Too Cool Chix are two cool chicks (Michele Elmer and Sharon Monahan) who have elevated the humble ice cream sandwich, because they think outside the pint!

Two Cool Chix Ice Cream Sandwiches

Too Cool Chix all natural ice cream sandwiches are layered with handmade, soft cookies, paired with extraordinary micro-batch ice cream — what they call their “magic in the middle” — with the result being beautiful, delicious, classic and innovative flavor combinations.

Two Cool Chix Ice Cream Sandwiches

The Beauty Bar: Lavender Ice Cream with a Soft Lemon Cookie Sandwich was my favorite!

Pickled Pink Foods

Pickled Pink Foods, well, if you know me at all, it is obvious why this is included in the round up. These guys pickle foods that you would not necessarily traditionally pickle.

Pickled Peaches

Like these Pickled Peaches, which taste exactly like you would imagine. They would be great served with barbecued meats (especially ribs), I think.

Crapola Poster

This is the slogan for Crapola Granola. Do you need me to explain to you why this is hilarious? It might not be as outrageous as This, but it still rates.

Crapola Granola

Crapola Cranbrerry and Apple Granola: It tastes good, and it makes you go. What more do you want?

Mallow Tree Fruit Flavoured Balls

Mallow Tree Fruit Flavoured Balls. The joke just writes itself!

Ayoba Yo Biltong Jerky

“Eat Our Meat” is the sexually suggestive slogan for Ayoba-Yo, makes of Biltong Jerky and other fine dried meat products. Biltong (a word which I recently played in a game of Words With Friends) is a South African style of  air-dried steak jerky which makes all other jerkies taste like chewy rope by comparison. The photo above shows a selection of Droewors, the new standard for Beef Sticks. Eat their meat, indeed.

Meat Mitch

Meat Jokes! Pigs! We can’t get enough of either!

Meat Mitch BBQ Sauce

Meat Mitch BBQ Sauce featuring a Pig named Mitch: Put it on Your Meat, and Eat It.

Super Seedz

SuperSeedz Gourmet Pumpkin Seeds initially got our attention because their logo is a Big Pink Pumpkin! SuperSeedz makes seasoned and toasted, no-shell gourmet pumpkin seeds in a variety of delicious flavors that include Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt, Garlicky Dill, and Italian Tomato!

Don't Let Life Pasta You By

Al Dente Artisinal Pasta gets a pass for the pun! Ha ha ha, Pasta!

Sucker Punch Mixer

Suckerpunch Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix: There are so many things to like about the label alone.

Wise Crackers

Wise Crackers: For Health Snacking!

Brooklyn Brine Company

Brooklyn Brine Company is famous for its handmade pickles! Also: Metal!

Whitleys Peanuts

Whitley’s Peanuts presents the Andrew Dice Clay version of Mr. Peanut.

Mama Zumas Kettle Chips

Mama Zuma’s Revenge Kettle-Cooked Habanero Potato Chips (from the Route 11 brand)got everyone’s attention, not just with its fiery heat, but with its packaging art inspired by actress Jane Russell’s role in the 1943 film The Outlaw! Mama Zuma/Jane is depicted on the bag, carrying a Route 11 flag in one hand  and a flaming habanero pepper in the other, while wearing a bunch of hot peppers like a grenade belt. Hot and Hot!

Red Rocker Candy

Red Rocker Candy Summer Sunset Mix: A Raspberry Lemonade Delight. It looks and sounds amazing!

Dresden Butter Stollen

Best Holiday Packaging, hands down, goes to Frau Helga’s Dresden Butter Stollen, which encapsulates everything delicious about the Christmas season in one festive package!

Chomperz Seaweed Chips

Chomperz Crunchy Seaweed Chips from Seasnax: Winner of our Shark Attack Snack Packaging Award that we just made up right now!

Choc Stars Chocolate Bars

Choc Stars Chocolate Bars  are all natural German-made milk chocolate bars with easily recognizable (and hilarious) depictions of popular music star as pets on their labels. The Michael Jackson one is just too perfect. Also: Katty Perry, HA! Winner: Best Pop Culture Mash-Up!

P-Nuff Crunch

The Cuteness in Packaging Award goes to P-Nuff Crunch, with its tiny peanut mascot lifting weights. OMG so adorable. This snack is delicious and crunchy like Cheetohs but with Peanut flavor, and it is not made with corn. P-nuff Crunch is the only baked puff snack made from heart-healthy and protein-filled peanuts, fiber-full navy beans, and slow digesting complex carbohydrate rice — natural ingredients, with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives are added! Our Favorite Bagged Snack of the show!

Enlightened Red Velvet Ice Cream Bar

Enlightened Red Velvet Ice Cream Bar. Anne and I were initially chatted-up in the ladies room by the mother of the guy who created this line of high protein/low sugar frozen desserts. She claimed that it greatly assisted her weight loss efforts — worth exploring!

Java Nagila Keurig Pods

Best Coffee Pun goes to Java Factory’s Java Nagila Chocolate Mint Keurig pods (photographed in the booth for Brooklyn Bean Roastery)!

Virginia Diner Peanuts Can Do Button Mix

We love the retro-style packaging art for Virginia Diner Can-Do Button Mix. With every purchase of this item, a 10% donation is made to cancer research. This tasty candy/nut mix features Virginia Diner’s lightly-salted Virginia peanuts mixed with candy coated chocolates to create a sweet/salty treat. For The Cure.

Strawberry Hill Sweets
A shout out to Strawberry Hill Candy for their Sugar Skull, Bat, Ghost and Jack-O-Lantern-shaped Lollipops for Halloween!

Best Outift

We have no competition here against this gentleman clad in lime green trousers that flaunt a Hot Pink Crabs and Lobtsers motif (with bonus points for the coordinating Top-Siders, jacket, and tote bag)! Winner: Best Pants of the Show! (Update: Mr. Best Pants has now been identified to us as Stan Ferguson!)

Green Lid Veggie Guys

With a staggering number of exhibitors vying for even 5 minutes of attention from dazed attendees, it can pay off well to have an  adorable, or otherwise eye-catching, focal point at your boot or display that will attract those who simply must stop to snap a photo for their Instagram so they getinstagram likes. Greenlid  compost bins is where we found these little Veggie Guys — a Broccoli Flowerette and her Carrot companion — which made us stop for a photo op, and a chance to learn more about their product. Greenlid is the first compostable and disposable composting bin, made entirely in Canada from locally-recycled cardboard. It breaks down with your compostable waste and produces nutrient-rich soil. Just fill it, seal it, and toss it in your backyard compost pile or put it curbside for municipal pick-up. It’s that easy! You go visit https://lounginglizards.com.au/ to see what you can build in your backyard, then it´ll go great with all those nice flowers growing in that rich soil.

Field Trip Jerky Mascots

Yes, there are real guys inside these hilarious inflatable costumes for Mr. Turkey and Mr. Bull, whom we found over at the booth for Field Trip Jerky.

Field Trip Jerky Bull Mascot

All natural and gluten free, Brooklyn-based Field Trip Jerky is a fast growing, health lifestyle brand aimed at providing delicious and versatile meat snacks that complement a large variety of on-the-go consumers. Formed by three friends who saw a need to transform meat snacks after tasting their first craft jerky on the ski slopes in Vermont, Field Trip makes healthier protein-rich snacks without sacrificing quality and taste!

Field Trip Jerky Turkey Mascot

Winner: Best Mascots at SFFS17!

Cookie Do Confections

I somehow neglected to get a full photo of the booth for Cookie Dough Confections, makers of gourmet, customizable cookie dough for eating and baking, but I think that was because I was distracted by a couple of amazing Pink Things in their booth.

Pink Neon Cookie

One being this Hot Pink Neon Cookie Light!

Hot Pink KitchenAid Mixer

And the other being this Hot Pink KitchenAid Mixer! WOW! Winner: Best Pink Things of the SFFS17!

Stonewall Kitchen Booth

Stonewall Kitchen, an award-winning purveyor of jams, condiments, spreads, mixes and other gourmet specialty foods embraced a Winter Holiday theme by parking a miniature Red Christmas Tree Truck right in the middle of their rather expansive booth! Winner: Best Holiday-Themed Booth!

Peter Spanton Display

No gimmicks are needed for this super-clean yet visually seductive display for Peter Spanton Drinks: a selection of specialty tonics that can be served on their own as unique ‘soft drinks for grown ups’ or used as a bespoke mixer when paired with its suggested complementary spirit. For example, Lemongrass No. 5 pairs ideally with vodka or gin, while Chocolate No. 4 — an exotic blend of mint and dark chocolate — goes well with dark spirits. Home mixologists take note! Winner: Best Mixers!

Yo Mama Signage

Yo Mama Foods, makers of delicious homemade Marinara Sauce,  Sesame Dressing and Marinade, and Balsamic Dressing and Marinade, made the most of their smaller space in the New Brands on the Shelf Alley with this fun illuminated vintage signage! Winner: Best Logo Signage!

Chuao Gourmet Chocolate Bars Display

Chuao Chocolatier make premium gourmet chocolate bars with unexpected add-ins that include Honeycomb, Potato Chips  (my personal favorite) and even Bacon! A SFFS17, this Fair Trade company introduced two new Latin-inspired flavors: Cheeky Cheeky Churro (with little Churro bits mixed in) and Totally Tangy Mango! Mmm, mouthwatering!

Chuao Bars Display
Chuao Display — Choose Your Favorite!

Chuao Gourmet Chocolate Bars Display

Their booth incorporated this old fashioned Bicycle-Driven Ice Cream Cart, on which they displayed their many Sofi Awards! They had a little Boom Box Dance Action going on as well. Very fun!

Belgian Boys Full Booth

And finally, we present our favorite booth of the show: Belgian Boys European style cookies and treats! The Boys (and Girl) brought the beach right into Javits Center with their Say Hello to Summer-themed booth, which featured a bamboo bar display, Surfboards, a Wading Pool full of cookies and a giant Waffle Shaped Pool Raft!

Belgian Boys Waffle Raft
The Lovely Anouck Poses with a Giant Belgian Waffle Pool Raft!

Belgian Boys Waffle Chips

Belgian Boys dominate in the European Bakery treats category with their Mini Pancakes, Crepes, Waffle Chips, Chocolate Waffle Chips and their famous Cookie Butter, the National Belgian spread, made of crushed Speculoos cookies. We were also introduced to the Mini Cookie Stache, everyone’s favorite cookie butter cookies in a cute mustache shape! Mustache-tic!

Belgian Boys Product Display

Mmm…so much deliciousness!

Belgian Boys Sufboards
Surf’s Up!

And…that about does it for our photo recap of the Summer Fancy Food Show 2017! We hope you had as much fun as we did! See you next year!

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Brasserie 8 1/2 Scores a 10 For Fine Dining in NYC!

View of Atrium Lounge from Dining Room
All Photos By Gail

A commitment to enjoying life in Manhattan means taking advantage of the many finer things that New York City has to offer. One of those fine things is visiting unique restaurants where you can linger over a delicious meal in a relaxed and beautiful setting, with gracious service that elevates you from the daily grind, and creates a memorable experience. Because you only live once! Recently, the Worley Gig was invited to dine at Brassiere 8/12, a true hidden gem in the heart of midtown: and when we say hidden, we mean it, as the restaurant is tucked away just below street level in the famous Solow Building on West 57th Street (you know, the one with the big red 9 out front)!

Brasserie 8 1/1 View from Street

Just enter through the revolving door and follow the spiral steps down the your destination, where a lovely evening awaits you!

View Down to Lounge

While our visit to Brasserie 8 /12 was all about tasting the excellent French cuisine of Chef Franck Deletrain, my dinner date and I were instantly charmed by the restaurant’s classy-cool décor.  The Solow Building was built in the mid-70s and the décor pays homage to that distinctive era of design . If Mad Men had taken place in the ’70s, you might have seen this place used for more than a few 3-Martini-Lunch location shoots! Please enjoy our many interior shots, along with highlights of the food we enjoyed on or visit!

Front Bar

Whether you’re enjoying a cocktail while waiting for your party to arrive, or  having after-work drinks, there’s lots of room in the spacious cocktail lounge/bar area to sip or sup. Take a seat at the bar, grab a small table or sit back and relax on a plush leather sofa. You won’t be waiting long before a friendly waitress arrives to take your drink order, and they also have an appetizing bar food menu with items to please a range of palates. Happy Hour, which includes a $1.00 Oyster Special, runs weeknights from 4:30 to 7:30 PM.

View of Dining Room from Front

Extending naturally from the circular, atrium-like anterior lounge area, the dining room maintains an  expansive feel, and the open stairway design adds light and warmth to the space. Already a popular spot for a midtown Business Lunch, Brasserie 8 1/2 is an absolutely ideal date destination.

Booth View

Along with well-spaced, round tables (for ease of conversation)  the many large booths are luxuriously comfortable and spacious enough for party of four to enjoy lots of elbow room. The  booths also offer more privacy for business discussions or cozy encounters, but a mirror mounted high on the wall adds a sense of openness.

And now to the food!

Royal Bourgeois Cocktail
Royal Bourgeois Cocktail

The first order of business is the cocktail order, and we started off with the special Cocktail of the Day, the Royal Bourgeois. Made with 2 ounces of run, orange juice, sparkling wine and a little grenadine for color, it tastes as good as it looks: fruity, tropical, and very potent! The bartender creates a different off-menu cocktail each day, so be sure to ask what he has concocted on the day of your visit!

BYOB Lobster Dinner
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For Lobster lovers, Brasserie 8  1/2 offers a BYOB Lobster Dinner on Sunday and Monday nights, which includes your choice of appetizer and a main course (each featuring lobster prepared in a unique way way) for just $45 per person. Bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy no corkage fee! Additional sides and desserts are not included in the price, but with the cash you save on drinks, you can afford to splurge!

There is also a regular Prix Fixe menu, which is very reasonably priced at $42, that includes three courses. I liked the look of that, while my dining companion chose to order à la carte from an extensive array of Angus Beef steaks and French specialties.

Mushroom Soup

While we waited for our appetizers, we were served a delightful amuse-bouche of creamy Mushroom Soup!

Asparagus Risotta

My appetizer was a rich Asparagus Risotto with Tomatoes, Black Truffle Essence and a generous shaving of Parmigiano-Reggiano on top. It was excellent.

White Asparagus

My friend chose the White Asparagus appetizer ($17.00) featuring tender steamed white asparagus, Chanterelles Mushrooms, a tiny Fromage Blanc Flan, and a very generous portion of slice Smoked Duck in a flavorful broth. I snagged a slice of the duck, which was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender with a tantalizingly crispy skin! This is a very hearty starter which you might even order to share.

Filet Prix Fixe

It is true that I can never resist a prime cut of meat, so I had to choose the Filet Mignon au Poivre Vert: a Roasted 6-ounce Petit Filet, served with  Bordelaise Sauce, Potato Lyonnaise and possibly the most delicious Green Asparagus I have enjoyed to date. When it comes to scrumptious tenderness, it is hard to go wrong with a filet, but that does not mean that meat quality is to be taken for granted, and Brasserie 8 1/2 serves only prime, grass-fed Angus beef. So good! This entree can be ordered accompanied by a Half Lobster on the prixe fix menu for an additional $12.

10 Ounce Filet

For the serious red meat craving, choose a generous 10-ounce Filet Mignon au Poivre ($45.00) which comes with Pommes Frites and Béarnaise Sauce. Brasserie 8 1/2  is famous for this french fries, which have a reputation as being among the best in New York, but when our waitress overheard my dining companion mention that she was counting calories, she  cheerfully offered the option of  substituting a salad for the fries, which was very accommodating and much appreciated. (I will have to order those fries for myself on a future trip!)

Field Greens with Oranges
A Field Green Salad with Fresh Citrus

Macaroni and Cheese

I also could not resist ordering a side Macaroni & Cheese with Truffle Butter ($8.00), which is a steak house go-to side dish for me.  Served straight for the oven, all golden brown and crunchy on top, tender and creamy inside, this Mac & Cheese is made with small shell pasta, which cradles the creamy sauce for an extra rich flavor. This side is sized to share, but since I was with a calorie counter, I got to take half of it home to be enjoyed the following evening. It was amazing!

Tarte Tatin

For my dessert, I chose the classic French Tarte Tatin, made with generous layers of  tart Granny Smith Apples in a delicate Puff Pastry, a Caramel Drizzle garnish, and Caramel Ice Cream on the side. This dessert manages to be both light and decadent!

Pear Tart

Even though I suspected I would be eating it by myself,  I couldn’t resist ordering a second dessert, which was the Pear Tartelette ($9), baked on an ultra-rich Almond Frangipane filling (so delicious), also drizzled with Caramel and served a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. If you are fan of any dessert flavored with almonds, this is the choice for you. I did end up enjoying all but two bites of it at home the next night, and I am still thinking about it.

Table Scape with Glass Mural
The Restaurant is Filled with Lots of Cool Art, Including This Glass Mural at the Rear of the Dining Room Depicting Marlon Brando from the film The Wild One

Rear Bar
The Dining Room Has its Own Bar as Well!

We had a wonderful evening at Brasserie  8 1/2 and, while it is not in my neighborhood, I will be adding this plaice to my list of preferred dining destination in the future, for sure. Their Sunday Buffet Brunch is also garnering rave reviews on Yelp, so we may have to plan a return visit to check that out sooner rather than later!

Front of Restaurant

Brasserie 8 1/2 is located downstairs at 9 West 57th St (in the famous Solow Building) between 5th and 6th Avenues in New York City. Phone 212-829-0812 for reservations or visit them on the web at This link!

Table Top with Menu

Product Review: Rudi’s Organic Bread!

Loaves of Rudis Bread
All Photos By Gail

Do you like bread? I sure do, and I am fortunate to have no intolerance to wheat flour, so I can eat all the bread I want – yay! I recently met up with folks from Rudi’s Organic Bakery at an Editor Showcase press event here in the City, and they sent me four varieties of their delicious organic bread (pictured above, lounging comfortably on my duvet) to review for you on The Gig! Here are my findings.

Rudis Whole Wheat Bread

Rudi's Whole Wheat Bread Detail
Rudi’s 100% Whole Wheat Bread: See The Goodness

Rudi’s 100% Whole Wheat has cracked the code on cracked wheat bread! This classic bakery treat blends whole wheat flour with a hint of molasses: an old world recipe that’s become a modern favorite!

Tuna Sandwich on Whole Wheat
Tuna Salad Sandwich on Rudi’s 100% Whole Wheat Toast: A Crowd Pleaser!

Rudis Honey Sweet Whole Wheat
Rudi’s Honey Sweet Whole Wheat

For added variety, Rudi’s Honey Sweet Whole Wheat is lightly sweetened with organic honey. All Rudi’s breads stay fresh in the bag for about two weeks, but can be refrigerated and defrosted slice by slice as needed with no loss of quality and taste — convenient!

Rudi's Soft Wheat Kids Bread
Rudi’s Soft Wheat Kids Bread

We have already established that I like bread, but do you know who really likes bread? Kids. Kids love bread. But sometimes, they can be a bit finicky, like wanting the crusts cut off the sandwich and blah blah blah, kids! Do you know that I once watched a Wonder Bread sandwich actually melt in the sun? Yes, it happened. Point being: There is a fine line between bread made to appeal to children, and Bread Not Found in Nature. Fortunately, back in 2015, Rudi’s introduced a Kids Bread that gets everything right.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Soft Wheat
Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Soft Wheat Kids Bread

Rudi’s is the first nationally available organic bread specifically for kids, made with simple organic ingredients that you might find in your own kitchen. Available in both white and wheat varieties, Rudi’s Organic Bakery Kids Bread is unique to the market. And it’s important know that the recipe for this incredibly soft and fluffy bread was developed to appeal to parents as well as kids. It is my favorite bread for sandwiches. When grilled for the traditional favorite, Grilled Cheese, the wheat bread takes on an irresistible nutty flavor that will make kids go insane.

Rudi's Soft White Kids Bread

Rudis White Kids Bread
Rudis Soft White Kids Bread in its Natural State

To be made on Rudi’s White or Wheat Kids Bread  is every sandwiches’ dream !

Rudis White Kids Bread Toast

Rudis Soft White Kids Bread is also my go-to bread for the most delicious toast!

Find out more about the family of quality products of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, including where to find them in your area, and get a money-saving coupon on your purchase, at This Link!

Gangnam Style Dumpling Korean BBQ Beef

Gangnam Style Dumpling 1
All Photos By Gail

After seeing a play on Saturday evening, Geoffrey and I walked by this Asian take-out place in the Times Square Adjacent / Theater District and I just had to stop and take a picture of their window ads, featuring a cartoon version of Psy, singer of the worldwide, viral hit “Gangam Style” from a few years back. Psy is pimping what looks like a pretty serious soup dumpling.

Gangnam Style Dumpling 2

I couldn’t tell you if these dumplings are any good, as we did not stop to sample them. If you’re intrigued enough to try and find it, the restaurant is on the west side of 8th Avenue in the vicinity of 45th and 46th Streets. Sadly, I did not catch its name.

Delicious New Products from Bumble Bee Tuna!

Bumble Bee Tuna New Products
All Photos By Gail, Except Where Noted

Warmer weather is finally here, and it’s time to start planning lighter meals as we move towards summer, which will arrive any minute! Tuna is surely a favorite food that many have been eating since childhood, but there are lots of new ways to enjoy tuna besides the familiar tuna salad sandwich. Bumble Bee has just introduced several new products to its line of top quality albacore tuna, which are ideal for easy snacks and light lunches, and as key ingredients in hot or cold summer entrees. Let’s take a look at what’s new on the supermarket shelf!

Cheesy Tuna Melt Snack

Bumble Bee’s Snack on The Run line of ready-to- eat snack kits introduces a new flavor, Cheesy Tuna Melt, which will appeal to both kids and adults.

Cheesy Tuna Melt Out of The Box

Cheesy Tuna Melt Snack includes a 3.35 ounce can of cheesy tuna salad with pickle relish that kids can safely and easily open. The kit includes a small spoon for scoopig the tuna onto 6 buttery round crackers for a no mess, tasty snack or school lunch. Everything you need is in the kit, for minimal fuss. It is literally a grab-and-go snack!

Cheesy Tuna Melt Serving Suggestion

Behold: My very tasty Cheesy Tuna Melt on Crackers light lunch that I enjoyed while working at my computer. There was still more tuna in the can when I took this photo!

Cheesy Tuna Melt Sandwich

You could also enjoy this Cheesy Tuna Melt sandwich on toast!

Lemon Sesame Ginger Tuna

Bumble Bee also has line of seasoned tuna varieties that come conveniently sealed in a pouch, with a spoon included! You can enjoy this flavorful Tuna — the one I tried was seasoned with fresh Lemon, Ginger and Sesame — right from the pouch, or use it as the main ingredient in a healthy Mediterranean or Asian themed sandwich, wrap or salad.

Pesto Tuna in Olive Oil

If you wish that making a fresh and delicious dinner from scratch was as easy as opening a can, may I introduce you to Bumble Bee’s new Prime Filet Albacore Tuna with Pesto and Olive Oil! Mangia!

Pesto Tuna Angel Hair Pasta
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This decadent looking Pesto Tuna Angel Hair Pasta (Recipe Here) is fifteen minutes from prep to plate!

Find out more about the Bumble Bee family of fine seafood products, and get easy and innovative recipes that feature Bumble Bee Tuna at This Link!