Oct 23

Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting 2014 in New York City Recap

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Yesterday I attended the Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting. I was in Portugal in August, and had an amazing time learning about Portuguese culture, food, and wine. I loved it there and wish I could go back! Since I can’t, the next best thing is a Portuguese wine tasting event, which I was very excited to attend.

Portugal offers a variety of wines, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the delicious whites from Vinho Verde, and from the newly-renamed Tejo and Lisbon regions to the progressive offerings from the Douro.

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Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting event is a great way to experience and discover Portugal’s wines; many of which you have probably never heard of. Whether you have tried the wines before, or are a newbie to Portuguese wines, you will learn just how much the country has to offer!

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Light appetizers were served, which were there to showcase the ease in ability to pair Portuguese wines with various types of cuisine.

With a selection of over 300 wines, it was impossible to try them all. But I did discover some new finds that I will be adding to my repertoire. If you missed this event, don’t miss it again next year!

Wines of Portugal Annual Grand Tasting has also been held in Boston, San Fransisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C.. Future tastings and events from Full Circle Wine Solutions can be found here.

Disclaimer: I attend this event fore free as a member of the press. I was not paid for my review and all my opinions are my own.

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This entry was posted in event, New York City, wine and tagged , , on 23 October, 2014.

Oct 22

Enjoy Life Foods Seed and Fruit Mixes

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Salty, sweet and crunchy, Enjoy Life Foods’ Seed and Fruit Mixes are so good you won’t even miss the nuts! Seed and Fruit Mixes are the ideal portable snack without peanuts, tree nuts or any of the other eight common allergens. They are also Kosher and vegan.

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Nut free, it’s a great— and safe— for school lunches or classroom snack, and to keep in your bag when you’re on the go. This low-calories and low-sodium option is loaded with good fats from seeds and antioxidants from fruit.

Seed and Fruit Mixes are available in two flavors: Mountain Mambo and Beach Bash.

Mountain Mambo is made with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), raisins, dried apples, cranberries, and mini chocolate chips. This trail mix is both wholesome and delicious.

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Beach Bach is a tasty medley of sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, apricots and cranberries. Beach Bash® belongs with you at the shore, on the trail or on the go.

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The Seed and Fruit Mixes are available in two sizes: 6 oz. bags and 1.6 oz. Grab & Go Bags.

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Not only do Seed and Fruit Mixes make for an easy convenient snack, I also use them to make breakfast cookies and as salad toppers. For more great recipes click here.

You can use the Store Locator to find a retail location near you!

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Oct 21

Cooking with SweetLeaf Stevia Cookbook and New Fall Flavors

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I was first introduced to SweetLeaf Stevia Liquid Sweet Drops back in January. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops, made with stevia leaf extract and natural flavors, can be added to foods or beverages – from yogurt to oatmeal, water to coffee, sauces to smoothies – for sweet, sugar-free flavor without any bitterness or aftertaste.

The drops are available in over 20 flavors (everything from Vanilla Crème to Lemon Drop to Watermelon) and come in a convenient dropper bottle. A little Sweet Drops flavor goes a long way, making every bottle an impressive, and tasty value.

SweetLeaf has two new holiday flavored SweetDrops: Peppermint Mocha and Pumpkin Spice; which I’ve been loving!

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With chilly autumn mornings and nights, it’s that time again for Pumpkin Spice lattes and Peppermint Mocha hot chocolate! Adding a few drops of Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint Mocha Sweet Drops to my morning coffee or steamed milk makes for an easy treat, or for a cold twist, freeze coffee or espresso into cubes and blend with milk and Sweet Drops. I can easily replicate my favorite blended drinks. It not only saves me money, but also calories!

SweetLeaf Stevia is a 100% natural sugar alternative. All products are gluten-free, calorie free, carbohydrate free, and contain a zero glycemic index (which means that your blood sugar is not altered, making this a perfect sweetener for everyone, including people with diabetes).

Not only are nights getting colder, but the holidays are fast approaching, and everyone is starting to look for the perfect recipe… Well look no further! Wisdom has recently published Cooking with SweetLeaf Stevia a 119-recipe cookbook.

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Inside, most recipes feature SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener or Liquid Stevia Sweet Drops to sweeten, cook or bake with. While still maintaining a delicious and delectable taste, these guilt-free recipes contain low- to no- sugar recipes that are suitable for the entire family. Each recipe is uniquely sweet and flavorful, providing snacks and meals for every day as well as holidays, gatherings, parties and more!

Cooking with SweetLeaf Stevia is filled with creative ways to use SweetLeaf. Some of my favorite recipes include: Sweet Carrot Muffins, Chicken Adobo, Mango Melon Salsa, Chocolate Fudge, and Orange-Strawberry Smoothie.

You can purchase SweetLeaf Stevia products and Cooking with SweetLeaf Stevia online.

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Oct 20

SoapBox 100% Natural Orange Soap Review & Autumn Harvest Bundle Giveaway

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There’s nothing like starting off the day with the energizing and delicious scent of citrus. Soapbox’s Orange bar smells so delightful, it might make your mouth water!

Made with sea salt to exfoliate your skin and African shea butter to moisturize it, you’ll come out of the shower feeling amazing and smelling as fresh as an orange grove. This soap is gentle enough to use on your body and face.

As will all Soapbox Soaps, the bar soap is:

Through soap, clean water development, and vitamins, SoapBox works to save and improve lives around the world and here in the U.S. SoapBox works with local bar soap makers around the world to empower community. For each bar of soap you buy Soapbox donates one bar of soap to a child in need. For each liquid hand soap sold, they donate a month’s supply of clean water, and for each body wash purchase a year supply of vitamins is donated.

The bar soap is available in Eight scents including; lavender, black soap, orange, lemongrass, eucalyptus, spearmint, cinnamon spice and unscented. Each bar retails for $4.99. Free shipping on all orders over $35.

SoapBox has offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win their Autumn Harvest Bundle, which features a collection of all-natural soaps in festive fall colors and scents. Made with premium, all-natural ingredients.

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The bundle includes Pomegranate and Tea & Ginger Body Washes, Apple Liquid Hand Soap, and a Cinnamon Spice Bar Soap. All together, this bundle provides two years of vitamins, a month of clean water, and a bar of soap to a child in need.
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This giveaway ends on November 1, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Oct 19

New York City Wine and Food Festival Grand Tasting 2014 Recap

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Yesterday I attended the Grand Tasting at the 7th Annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. I won four tickets from Anolon Cookware.

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The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank For New York City. Having raised over $7 million to date, 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to these community-based organizations.

Yesterday I had such a great time exploring the festival’s signature Grand Tasting Event presented by ShopRite Featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations by some of my favorite television icons and chefs, including; Andrew Zimmern, Rachael Ray, Emeril Lagasse, and Bethenny Frankel. So cool to see them all live!

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Some of my favorite brands were there— So Delicious, Gatherer’s Granola, Cupcake Wine, Garden Lites, Tito’s Vodka, and Beanitos.

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Garden Lites Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Nut Free Blueberry Oat Muffins

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Discovered some new free products— Milton’s gluten free crackers, Bongiovi pasta sauce, Ruffino Wines and Entwine.

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Local restaurants were also sampling dishes— Schmackary’s, Red Lion Inn Restaurant, Kaia Wine Bar, Le District and many more.

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Vichyssoise topped with smoked salmon

This was an experience unlike any other— it is truly a food-lover’s dream!

 

 

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Oct 18

TeChef 12″ Frying Pan Review & How to Get One For Over 60% Off!

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TeChef offers non-stick and durable cookware, which makes cooking healthy food for a healthy family easy, fun, and environmentally safe.

I was first introduced to TeChef’s cookware earlier this month and I love it! All their products are high quality, non stick, and easy to cook with. Most recently I tried the TeChef 12” Frying Pan.

Features:

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Non-stick coating makes it easy to cook and clean. The Aluminum construction and stainless-steel bottom allow for even heat distribution. There is no Cadmium and no lead. Cleaning is SUPER easy. All you need is soap and water. TeChef cookware is also dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 3.23.07 PM

SAFE NEW TEFLON COATING (NO PFOA)
The non-stick coatings without PFOA on TeChef products are affirmed safe for cooking by regulatory agencies worldwide, including the European Food Safety Authority, French Food Safety Agency (ANSES), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The non-stick surface is amazing. Many brands claim that their pans are non-stick, but in reality are cheap, not made well, and not actually ‘’non-stick’. This pan is truly non-stick. The food flows easily and doesn’t stick. I can make stir fries without having anything stick to the bottom!

UNIQUE ALUMINIUM FORGING TECHNOLOGY, THIN-WALL, THICK & HEAVY-BASE
In contrast to cookware with a uniform thickness, TeChef incorporates a forged aluminum technology with thin walls and 3.5 mm thick and heavy bottom. This unique design helps spread the heat evenly across the bottom of the pan and all the way up the sides. The TeChef cookware can be used with all types of ranges, and the unique design makes it compatible with Induction cooktops as well.

WARRANTY
TeChef cookware is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship under normal household cooking use from the date of original purchase throughout the original purchaser’s lifetime. This limited warranty does not apply to damage caused by accident, misuse, or use not in accordance with the product care instructions.

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The frying pan is a little heavy, but not too bad. The handle screws on easily to the pan, and can be taken off for deep cleaning. I wasn’t expecting it to be as big or deep as it was. I was surprised but happy nonetheless, I know we will get a lot of use of this pan!

This 12-inch TeChef Frying Pan retails for $99. It is worth it to pay that much for a quality pan that will last you for life. BUT you can actually purchase this pan on Amazon for a lot less!

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Oct 17

Arbonne Intelligence CC Cream & Greens Balance Giveaway

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Our skin is our largest organ, anything and everything we put on it gets absorbed into our bloodstream. If you have celiac or a gluten intolerance you you know that using skin and haircare products made without gluten is essential to feeling good.  Arbonne skincare and cosmetic products are gluten free and vegan friendly! Most companies out there do not have gluten free options for conscientious or concerned consumers, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that all of Arbonne products are safe to use.

Arbonne products are:

There are two products I want to tell you about:

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Arbonne Intelligence CC cream ($40):  Outsmart your skin with the best of beauty and skincare in one revolutionary product. Our skin-savvy 10-in-1 Complexion Control Cream knows exactly what your skin needs and how to make it look radiant. Lightweight, buildable coverage creates a fresh, flawless finish, while the innovative Arbonne proprietary complex Phytinol™ protects hydrates and refines. Available in Four Shades: Fair, Light

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The newly launched Arbonne Greens Balance ($50): Mom always said to eat your veggies. Greens Balance makes this easy with its spectrum of proprietary color blends of whole fruit and vegetable powders — delivering antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber you need to have a more balanced, healthier diet every day. Mom would be so happy. Key Ingredients: Arbonne proprietary fruit and vegetable blends of greens, reds, blues and yellows | 30 servings/30-day supply.

I’ve partnered with Arbonne to host an awesome Giveaway! I am giving away 10 Arbonne Intellegence CC Creams and 5 Arbonne Greens Balance!!! So that means there are 15 chances to win one of Arbonne’s gluten free products!! To enter simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This giveaway ends on October 17, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to US residents only.

 
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Oct 16

The Original Cakerie introduces Inspired By Happiness Gluten Free Cakes

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The Original Cakerie, a leading manufacturer of high quality frozen desserts for Retail and Foodservice customers across North America, has launched Inspired By Happiness, a new line of Better-for-you Gluten-Free desserts and baked goods. These gluten free desserts are made with premium high-quality ingredients with natural flavors, and no artificial flavors, trans fat and no artificial colors for amazing taste, great textures and moistness that you won’t believe it’s gluten free.

Beginning this past June, Inspired By Happiness gluten free cakes are now available in the U.S. Currently there are only two flavors: Dreamin’ of Strawberries and Dreamin’ of Chocolate

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Dreamin’ of Strawberries is a while chocolate layered shortcake. Made with a succulent strawberry fruit filling between three scrumptious layers of light and moist shortcake and Belgian white chocolate mousse, topped with real whipped cream and finished with a white chocolate drizzle. The cake and whipped cream are delicious but the strawberry filling was very sweet; a little too sweet if I say so. There is over 20g of sugar per serving, which is more than I ever eat.

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I preferred the Dreamin’ of Chocolate. This outstanding dark and white chocolate layer cake was designed for chocolate lovers. With two generous layers of Belgian white chocolate mousse between layers of dark chocolate sponge cake, this chocolate ganache-topped decadent cake is moist and rich in taste.

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You really won’t believe these cakes are gluten free. It would make a perfect stand-in for a gluten free birthday cake.

The facility where the cakes are made is kosher and certified gluten free.

As this product is brand new, they are working through distribution and getting their products listed with Hannaford, Ahold, Kroger and Target. You may see these products at the in-store bakery section of these stores in the next few weeks! Various hospitals and colleges throughout the US and Canada also carry Inspired by Happiness gluten free cakes.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Oct 15

Bodhi Snacks: A Gluten Free Indulgence // Superfood Protein Muffins

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Bodhi Snacks are all-natural, high protein, healthy, gluten free snacks made with sprouted grains, honey, and a variety of super foods.

I recently sat down with the founder of Bodhi Snacks and Bodhi Living Food, Dan Boterashvili, and learned about his journey to healthy living and how he came up with the idea to make Bodhi Snacks.

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Bodhi Snacks are not just about making a healthy gluten free snack, but are also about living a healthy lifestyle. The mission at Bodhi Living Food is to provide people with great tasting, high quality, nutrient dense, organic food. Their philosophy allows them to prioritize the health of the individual while creating delicious versions of their favorite food items. They seek to foster a community of well informed, empowered, health minded individuals, and believe in fulfilling their social responsibility.  They love good food, and believe in uniting people through wellness.

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How are Bodhi Snacks Made? What makes Bodhi Snacks unique?

Bodhi Snacks are made with the freshest, most nutrient dense ingredients, they are filled with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, with only 9 grams of natural sugar. Each muffin contains much needed minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and since, as well as vitamin C and E to keep you going all day long.

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The muffins are available in 4 flavors: Peanut Mullberry, Ginger Date (vegan), Beet Coconut, and Almond Goji Berry

Now these weren’t your ordinary muffins. The distinct flavors were bold, savory, and delicious. The rich flavors of ginger, beet, almond, and peanut butter really shine through with each bite. There is no sugar or artificial aftertaste; just clean good food that not only tastes good but makes you feel good eating it.

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Dan and his team are working hard to produce their first large run of this unique and remarkable product through their indegogo campaign.

Follow Bodhi Living on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on their latest news, tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and find out when/where you can try these delicious, healthy snacks.

 

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Oct 14

Send Me Gluten Free Subscription Box // Review & Giveaway // 20% off your first box with code BLOG20

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Send Me Gluten Free is a monthly subscription service that introduces you to new gluten free products. Each month you’ll get to try 8-12 new gluten free products. You’ll get full-size and sample size food, personal care items, supplements and household products that support your gluten free lifestyle.

Send Me Gluten Free’s mission is to help the gluten free community by providing great resources and fun ways to try new products that are safe for you and your family. That mission is so important to them because they get it…they have families that live gluten free and most of their team lives gluten free too. They know first-hand how difficult it can be to find the best products and they’re here to make all of that easier with Send Me Gluten Free monthly subscription box.

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While Send Me Gluten Free is shiny and new, they have been helping the gluten free community for a pretty long time. They’ve hosted the Gluten & Allergen Free Expos since 2007, helping thousands of people discover new gluten free products and learn how to make their lifestyle easier. In 2010, they launched the mobile app Find Me Gluten Free.

So let’s see what was inside the October box:

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There are many reasons to sign up for Send Me Gluten Free:

  1. You will get to try new products that you may not have found on your own.
  2. It’s fun to get a box of goodies in the mail!
  3. You will save money. How many times have you wasted money buying a product you didn’t like? Send Me Gluten Free allows you to try all sorts of items for one low price before you buy them in the store.
  4. Coupons! (Who doesn’t love coupons?)

Send Me Gluten Free subscriptions range from $20-$30 per month depending on the number of months you sign up for. And shipping is always free!

Would you like to try Send Me Gluten Free? Use the promo code BLOG20 to save 20% off at checkout.

Now it’s time for the Giveaway! One lucky winner is going to win the November Send Me Gluten Free box! To enter the giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This Giveaway ends on October 23, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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