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Eye On Design: Vista Picture Frames Made From Recycled Styrofoam!

Table Display of Frames
All Photos By Gail

If you are anything like me, framed favorite artwork and photos are not only a huge part of your home decor, they’re also an important part of how you rock your personal style.  I love a nice frame so much, I often pick up one that catches my eye even before I have something in mind to go inside it. Maybe you never considered that a  picture frame manufacturer could be a force in the campaign to sustain our planet, but at a recent IHA Press Event, I was introduced to a collection of gorgeous and innovative modern framing solutions from Vista Frame Company which are all created from one of our most notoriously non-biodegradable, manmade materials: Polystyrene (aka Styrofoam). Unbelievable, but true!

Table Display With Foam Example

Did you know that consumers discard about 5 billion pounds of  styrofoam annually? That’s crazy! The story is that even before Vista became a frame company, they were trying to do anything they could to protect our enviroment. Because of this, Vista created a styrofoam recycling machine, and they have placed these machines all over the world, taking away a portion of the 5 billion pounds of styrofoam that would otherwise end up in a landfill every year. Once styrofoam is broken down in these machines, they ship it to their factory and create Vista Frames from the recycled, pelletized styrofoam.

Frame Recycling Step 1

Pink Accent Frame

Vista Frames are super stylish, and of such high quality you would never guess they were not made of wood, plastic, metal or other traditional materials. I love that this company is making a beautiful, functional products and taking care of the Earth in the process. Vista makes the perfect frame for every photo or piece  of frame-able artwork in your home.

Pineapple Art Print

Each piece even comes with a fun print that you just might want to leave in the frame! Find out more about Vista Frames, and shop the collection, at This Link!

Vista Frame Company Signage

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Product Review: Crispy Green’s Delicious Crispy Fruit Snack

Crispy Fruit Apple

If you assume that Freeze Dried Fruit will taste anything like Dried Fruit, prepare to have your mind blown away completely when you taste Crispy Fruit — the worlds most delicious snack that comes in a bag. Just being serious.

We have been digging on Crispy Fruit since first discovering it at Food Fete Summer 2013, so, when we ran into the folks at Crispy Green (makers of Crispy Fruit) during July’s Summer Fancy Food Show, we made sure to say pretty please when requesting a box of Crispy Fruit to review.

Crispy Fruit Assortment

Mission Accomplished.

Crispy Green freeze dried fruit snack comes in seven varieties including Apple, Asian Pear, Tangerine, Mango, Cantaloupe, Pineapple and Banana. Mmm, Crispy Banana – as much fun to say as it is to eat!

Crispy Banana
Crispy Banana

In every case, the fruit is light and crispy like a chip, but it still has a fresh fruit taste! They take all the juice out of it, but keep the flavor. Insane. How do they even do that? I do not know. The high quality packaging also locks in the “crunch,” keeping Crispy Fruit at its flavor peak.

Crispy Green Pamphlet

Crispy Fruit is the perfect way to satisfy your snack cravings while adding more fruit to your diet – all without additives or preservatives. Even kids who get fussy over having to eat fresh fruit will love Crispy Fruit! Also, it is low in calories at just 35 to 55 calories per serving! But the most important reason to try Crispy Fruit is that is just tastes so darn good!

Crispy Apple Product
Crispy Apple

I ate the above pictured Crispy Apple with a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch yesterday and it was heavenly. And doesn’t it look just like a sliced fresh apple? Sure it does.

Read more about Crispy Green and Crispy Fruit, find out where to buy it in your area and even order it online at This Link!

Fall Editor Showcase Highlights Cooking and Entertaining for the Holidays!

Full Room View
All Photos By Gail

In anticipation of an extra festive holiday season — which always seems to arrive sooner than you expect — The fall Editor Showcase food and networking event took place on October 15th at the New York Marriott Marquis. This fun and well-attended event was packed with tastings and cooking demonstrations for over two dozen brands of food and kitchen equipment to make sure everyone is fully prepared for all of the parties and food-centric events that will kick off with Thanksgiving in just two short weeks!

Here are some of our favorite exhibitors from the show!

Farm Rich Snacks

Farm Rich makes a line of frozen snacks that you just pop in your oven to create amazing hot hors d’oeuvres that will win you fans every time. We fell in love especially with their Chili Cheese Bites (filed with real chili, not just chili peppers), which are just insane. Their Toasted Raviolis were also a huge hit with the crowd.

Athens Mini Fillo Shells Box

Athens Mini Fillo Shells are a product that every party hostess will want to have on hand for easy preparation of both sweet and savory snacks! The shells come fully pre-baked and all you need to do is add your favorite filling and heat. So convenient!

Athens Mini Fillo Shells

Of course, Athens had an assortment of prepared mini quiches and tiny cheese cakes, as well as other taste tantalizing surprises, to give use more clever ideas of how to serve these shells at your next party! So yummy!

Legends from Europe SignageLegends from Europe Display

Legends from Europe is a campaign uniting five authentic PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) products from Europe, including Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigianio Reggiano — two of our favorite things to eat! Legends from Europe offered show attendees the chance to sample a full spread of snacks featuring its products and also had recipes on hand so you can make these delicacies at home.

Bertolli Olive Oil Display

Bertoli Olive Oil has grown to become the world’s Number 1 Olive Oil brand. Bertoli offers a variety of oils which we were able to sample brushed on delicious Italian bread. Bertoli had something else going for them at their booth which we found hard to resists: Chef Fabio Viviani!

Gail and Fabio

What a charmer he is! Bertoli were very smart to align with Fabio because I’d buy whatever he is selling.

Success Rice Display

Success brand boil-in-bag rice has been a best selling brand for years and it tastes great in a variety of recipes, samples of which they had on hand at Editor Showcase.

Success Rice Pudding

Bourbon Raisin Rice Pudding made with Success Basmati Rice is super easy to prepare and tastes rich, sweet and exotic.

Success Jasmine Rice Balls

Success Jasmine Rice is used in this exceptional recipe for Laotian Nam Khao (Crispy Rice Balls), which were devoured by attendees very quickly!

Alouette Cheese Spreads

Alouette Cheese Spreads had a couple of exciting new “Bold” flavors to preview including Wasabi Cheddar, which is just mind blowing, and Buffalo Cheddar — which is sure to become a favorite as well! While these new flavors will not be available until February, 2014, there are tons of other flavors for you to try in time for the holidays. Alouette Cheese Spreads are convenient for entertaining on the fly, and come in resealable tubs which keep them fresh.

Alouette Cheese Spreads Display

If you want to get super fancy you can even hollow out a pineapple and impress your guests by serving your favorite dip made from Alouette Cheese Spreads right from the pineapple! Crazy!

Pasta Month Display

Just look at this lovely display courtesy of the National Pasta Association. Nobody loves pasta more than I do, so I was way into all of the tasty and healthy recipes they had to give out as part of their Pasta Fits promotion, such as this yummy past salad picture below.

Pasta Month Salad

Ninja BlenderNinja Blender in Action

If you enjoy making your own healthy juices, smoothies and sauces — or just like to cook a lot of recipes that require a first rate food processor — then you will not be able to live much longer without a Ninja Ultima Blender. The Ninja distinguishes itself by the multi-blade core that does a superior job of chopping and pureeing foods. Check out the side by side comparison above: Some Other Brand on the left, Ninja on the right. Behold the clear winner in blended results.  Ninja!

Cooking Plan It Cookie

Cooking Planit was giving out these cookies as well as bad ass magnetic photo recipe cards to promote this super cool website and mobile app that provides home cooks with step-by-step instructions to create full meals. They call it a “GPS for the Kitchen” – what an exciting and fun idea! Visit Cooking Planit at This Link!

Mann's Veggie Mac N Cheese

Okay, here is product that I would literally eat all the time: Mann’s Sunny Shores Veggie Mac-N-Cheese, which contains everything you need to make a fine dinner of Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli in one bag! Also, please note above they it comes in a bacon variety, ‘Nuff said.

Sartori Cheese Gift Bag

Last, but not least, I would like to give an extra special shout out to Sartori Cheese, producers of artisan and premium cheese for seven decades! Sartori makes the most delicious cheese you have ever tasted — and I have tasted a lot of cheese. They also gifted me with this coveted swag of a reusable insulted canvas tote filled with five different varieties of their awesome cheese plus a set of wine glass charms! Sartori Cheese!

As always, Thanks to Formulatin PR for the Hook Up!

Favorite Realist Sculptures from Frieze Art Fair 2013!

Christmas Tree for One Month
Philippe Parreno’s Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (All Photos By Gail)

Frieze Art Fair 2013 may already be a couple of weeks behind us but that doesn’t mean I’m done with posting all the great photos I took of some really fun and inspiring art. Here are a few of my favorite realist (and surrealist) sculptures and installations from this year’s fair!

Body in Bathtub

I didn’t catch the name of this artist (which is the case with most of my pics, due to moving fast and trying to get clean shot with no extra bodies in them) but this sculpture of a body in a bathtub covered by a black tarp is pretty creepy and looked surprisingly real.

Bottles Filled with Colored Water

I’m sure there is a deeper meaning here that I missed but I think this is just row of Snapple bottles filled with Red, Blue and Yellow Water. This probably costs thousands of dollars but you could totally make this at home. Andy Warhol famously said, “Art is what you can get away with.” Art!

Flowered Room

I was so charmed by this Furniture Installation by Lily Van der Stokker.

Hammer Sculpture

If I had a Hammer this big…

Onions on a Board

This may looks like somebody dropped a bag of Yellow Onions on a board, but nothing is ever really what it appears to be at these events.

Pineapple

For example, it’s a Pineapple (maybe), but it is also Art!

Pizza Sculpture on Wall

Everyone wanted to have their picture taken in front of the Giant Pizza Sculpture By Tom Friedman.

Red Lips Sculpture

I am such a sucker for a nice pair of Red Lips.

Snack Cakes By Tom Friedman

Tom Friedman
also made this giant Twinkie, Ding Dong and classic Pink Sno Ball, which are made of Styrofoam (just like real Hostess cakes!)

Tongues Sculpture

Yes, these are tongues. And yes, everyone went”EW!” upon viewing them. Kids seem to dig them, however.

Watermelon with Pipe
Watermelon with Pipe by Carsten Höller.

White Balloons Sculpture
White Balloons, very nice!

Stay tuned to The Gig for more coverage from Frieze Art Fair 2013!