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Highlights From Winter Food Fete 2014

Food Fete Bag with Food
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Four times each year we get very excited in anticipation of our favorite food trade show, Food Fete, because it is so awesome. Winter Food Fete took place last week on February 25th and while it was on the small side, we discovered plenty of cool new products to tell you about.

IvanBitch Flavored Vodka

Our first stop is the bar, where a featured vendor is always mixing up signature cocktails spiked with their potent potable. This season we discovered Ivanabitch: Vodka with an Attitude, which comes in 13 flavors, including Tobacco and Menthol Tobacco — which we imagine is popular with the smokers! We were not brave enough to sample the Tobacco flavors (though we were informed its taste is more “inspired by” the leaf than actually replicating it) but we did very much enjoy the delicious Peach Vodka cocktail you see pictured above. Produced in The Netherlands, Ivanbitch is comparable quality-wise to Ketel One, which is our favorite vodka! Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, we are looking forward to trying their additional delicious flavors, such as Red Berry, Dutch Apple and Coconut. Check them out at Ivanabitch Dot Com.

Seattle’s Best Coffee Maple-tini

Seattle’s Best Coffee co-hosted the bar with its Maple-Tini, made with SB Coffee, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Vodka and Half & Half. This seasonably appropriate cocktail was a big hit with the crowd and we made sure to pick up a recipe card available at the booth.

Seattles Best Coffee Kuerig Cups

When we are in Seattle, Seattle’s Best Coffee is our preferred brand to pick up on-the-go, so we made sure to take home a few of their Keurig cups to enjoy at home. Delicious!

Burpee Seed Display

Look at this amazing display from the folks at Burpee! Legendary for its seeds, plants and gardening supplies, Burpee has been around since 1876! Wow! These days, Burpee has all kinds of cool and innovative ideas for home gardening/farming even in a small space or indoors! Find out more about their vast selection of products, see photos of the World’s Largest Tomato and request a Burpee product catalog at This Link.

Roth Cheese SignageRoth Cheese Sample

Mmm…delicious melty Cheese. Roth Wisconsin Gourmet Cheese hosted a popular booth where they gave out samples of  their insanely fantastic new Raclette Cheese (available in bold flavors like 5 Peppercorn, Roasted Garlic and Mediterranean with Sun Dried Tomatoes) which will be available in stores in the Spring. To serve the cheese, they first melted it in little iron skillets before draping it onto tiny slices of bread. Best. Cheese. Ever. It is no surprise to discover that Roth is part of Emmi, the company that makes the most awesome Cheese and Chocolate Fondues. Go a little crazy with the cheese love at This Link.

Horizon Mac & Cheese Display

Another one of our favorite Booths was hosted by Horizon Mac & Cheese. Their Not Your Mama’s Mac & Cheese and Toppings Bar was an amazing idea executed to perfection as they invited Food Fete attendees to sample their organic White Cheddar Shells & Cheese dinner, which could then be topped with a variety of fresh add-ins including Chopped Tomatoes, Fresh Spinach, Red Bell Pepper and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. What a treat!

Horizon Mac & Cheese

So Yummy. Horizon products are available Nationwide. Visit their website at Horizon Dairy Dot Com.

Late July Chips

Do you enjoy delicious chips? If so, may we recommend Late July brand organic (and gluten free) Restaurant Style Tortilla and Multigrain chips, which come in a variety of appealing flavors like Sea Salt, Lime and Mild Green Mojo — half a large bag of which I have eaten while writing this post. Late July Chips are crispy, light, delicious — and when  served with a bowl of fresh salsa (the one pictured here is from Whole Foods) or guacamole (alongside a chilled Cerveza) will make you feel like you are eating in your favorite Mexican restaurant! We also enjoy the name, Late July, which makes us nostalgic for summer weather that can’t come soon enough!

Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery

See those English Muffins up there? We made an egg sandwich with one the other morning that was just crazy good. Rudi’s Gluten-free Bakery not only offered samples of its delightful freshly baked Sandwich Bread and traditional English Muffins but also gave away whole packages to take home. Get a coupon for $1 Off your purchase of any Rudi’s Bread product, so you can try it for yourself, at This Link.

Cascadian Farm Organic Protein Bars

Ah, Cascadian Farm Organic, the subject of one our very Favorite Worleygig.com Posts of the past! What fun it was to run into them again at Food Fete, where they were promoting their new Protein enriched Chewy Snack Bars! Each of these indulgent bars packs 9 Grams of organic, plant-derived Pea Protein. Impressive! The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip variety tastes like a Peanut-studded, Peanut-buttery Rice Crispy Treat, for a taste and texture that stands out from the legion of Snack Bars we have written about on The Gig.  Much healthier for you and just as satisfying as a Snickers Bar! Discover the joy of Cascadian Farm healthy Snacks at Cascadian Farm Dot Com.

Honest Tea Juice

Are you thirsty? Honest brand Lemonade (they also make Honest Tea, get it?) previewed a line of flavored Lemonade and Limeade drinks in family-size, retro style glass bottles. They have a new Half & Half (also known as an Arnold Palmer, after the famous Golfer) which is a popular blend of Ice Tea and Lemonade in one bottle, plus Mango and Berry Hibiscus Lemonades. All very refreshing!

Duncan Hines Cake Display

Just because Duncan Hines brand cakes mixes have been around since you were an egg doesn’t mean they aren’t on trend. In fact, we’d say they are even a little bit ahead of the curve with three new baking mixes introduced at Food Fete: Blue Velvet and Pink Velvet Cake Mixes and Salted Caramel Brownie Mix! Holy Sweet Surrender! The Duncan Hines booth served tiny cake balls and brownie bites (recipes come on the back of each box) that we could not resist, and practically forced us (though they did not have to try too hard, because: Pink Cake) to take a box of Pink Velvet cake mix to bake at home. Duncan Hines, For The Win!
Yoplait Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars

When you think Yoplait, you think Yogurt, right? Right! The latest addition to the Yoplait Yogurt and Frozen Yogurt Dessert family is their collection of Greek Frozen Yogurt  Bars with Granola, which will debut in Spring 2014. Fancy!

Yoplait Frozen Raspberry Yogurt Bar

This is a picture of my hand holding a non-granola-embossed Yoplait Greek Frozen Yogurt Bar in the Raspberry Flavor. Doesn’t it look good? It tastes like a frozen creamy cheese cake with swirly fruit in it. After about a dozen licks of my tongue this bar escaped from its stick and flung itself onto the ground at the feet of the nice woman who was tending the Seattle’s Best Coffee Booth. She was kind enough to lift it from the floor into a napkin and dispose of it in the bin. Sadness! Anyway, you should check out these tasty bars of frozen goodness!

Modern Oats Dsiplay

Look! Happy Little Spoons ready to serve up warm tasty samples of crunchy fruit-laden Modern Oats oatmeal. Modern Oats, which cooks with the addition of Boiling Water in just 3 Minutes and is of course Gluten free and Non GMO comes in crazy rad tasty flavors like Mango Blackberry (which we tried; Yum) and Chocolate Cherry! Perfect for Breakfast on the go or to take to the office!

Modern Oats Dsiplay

And that wraps up our report on Winter Food Fete, another great and fun food show! Thanks to Jeff Davis as usual. See you for the next event in April!

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Product Review: Keurig K-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker!

Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Coffee? I sure do. Staples just sent me this crazy cute little Keurig K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker to use and review for The Gig, and I am loving the heck out if it.

Keurig K Cups Pack

The Keurig coffee makers also sent me a box of assorted Kuerig K-Cup Packs containing many different flavored  coffees, and a fantastic “That was Easy” button, which I have wanted to own for, literally, years. So, Christmas in June for Gail.

Staples Easy Button
I Love this Thing

K Cups Variety Pack

The Keurig also comes with a sample pack of six K-Cups to get you started — especially nice if you should receive this item as a gift!

K Cups Variety Pack
Mmm…Donut Shop Coffee…

I have previously wanted to own a Keurig, but was always held back by the fact that I have very limited counter space in my kitchen (seriously, you would be surprised) and they usually look pretty big. But this K10 Mini Plus is the perfect size for a coffee-loving single gal with a shortage of kitchen counter space. How cute is this little thing? Answer: So cute!

Keurig K10 Mini Plus
The Cuteness

However, along the lines of having very little counter space, it was just minutes after removing the Kuerig from its packaging that I discovered a bit of an issue, shall we say, as seen in the photo below.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord

The electrical chord is a mere 12-inches long! What is up with that?

Keurig K10 Mini Plus Short Chord Visualized
The Shortness

Needless to say, but you can see I am about to, it was about six  inches short of  reaching the closest electrical outlet. I’m sure that for those of you who are lucky enough to live in sprawling, ranch-style homes with huge kitchens equipped with infinite counter space and electrical outlets along every foot of the wall, the short chord will never come into play. For me, it necessitated a trip to the store to purchase a grounded (three prong) extension chord. In NYC, those will set you back about $10. Forewarned is forearmed.

Keurig Complete Directions

Keurig Directions
Idiot Proof

I will also confess that I am intimidated by anything that runs on batteries or an electrical current, but the Kuerig comes with minutely detailed, step-by-step operating and care instructions, so there is probably no question you could think of that is not answered by the included Set Up Guide and owner’s manual. What a relief.

Keurig K10 Mini Plus with Donut Mug

Finally it was time to make a cup of coffee! The Mini Plus lets you choose how much water you want to use to brew a cup of coffee (6, 8 or 10 ounces), and I have a pretty tall mug, so I poured 10 ounces of water into the reservoir. You can vary the amount of water, I suppose, based of how strong you like your coffee. My Donut Shop (Medium Roast) coffee was the perfect strength with 10 ounces of water.

There are extremely clear instructions on how to turn the machine on, what buttons to push, what lights to expect to flash, what to put where and how long to wait for each stage of the process to complete. It takes just 2 minutes for a cup of fresh coffee to brew, so after you go through the process maybe twice, you will be a pro! I should mention that before making any coffee you need to first do an initial “cleansing brew” with just plain water, which will clean out the machine and get it ready for use.

I am really happy with my Keurig K-10 Mini Plus, which makes a great single cup of coffee, leaves virtually no mess and requires almost no clean up as well – such a break from having to wash a fragile coffee pot and filter basket ever time you make coffee.

The Keurig C-Cup K10 Mini Plus Coffee Maker retails for $99.00 and can be purchased from Staples at This Link.