Apr 03

Restaurant Review: The Barking Crab & a new menu featuring gluten free options

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Boston’s Iconic Waterfront Seafood Shack Introduces New Chef and New Menu to Kick Off its 20th Anniversary Year

The Barking Crab restaurant, Boston’s beloved seafood shack, went back to basics this past year, paring down its menu and reemphasizing its commitment to serving fresh, local seafood prepared with a “hook-to-table” sensibility. Now, the Barking Crab has completed ‘phase 2′ of its reinvention with a new executive chef, Joshua Brown, along with a new menu—just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary year!

ABOUT THE BARKING CRAB & “20-YEARS”

Opened in Boston in 1994 as an outdoor summer seafood shack, an adjunct to Neptune Seafood & Lobster Fish Market, the Barking Crab now stands in the gateway to The Seaport District of Boston, a much loved stop on The Boston Harborwalk. Offering a unique on-the-water dining experience—outside on the back deck under the tent in warm weather and indoors in the cozy Lobster Room with its wood burning stove during the winter. Celebrating its 20th anniversary year, The Barking Crab remains endearingly popular with locals and tourists alike, who return regularly for its fab food, festive atmosphere, and year ‘round vacation vibe.

Photo courtesy of Barking Crab

Photo courtesy of Barking Crab

ABOUT THE NEW CHEF 

A Natick, Massachusetts native and graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Executive Chef Joshua Brown comes to Barking Crab after seven years at Tomasso Trattoria & Enoteca in Southborough, where he rose through the ranks, going from line cook to pastry chef to a.m. sous chef to executive chef.  Prior to that, as banquet chef at French multinational food services giant Sodexo, Josh oversaw catering for large crowds at the JFK School of Government, Harvard Law School, and Highwood Manor House at Tanglewood.  He also spent a year as line cook at Michael Schlow’s Alta Strada in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Proficient in charcuterie, whole animal and fish butchery, bread baking and desserts, Josh’s culinary experience, palate and love of good food promise great tasting rewards for Barking Crab patrons—locals and visitors, regulars and newcomers alike. Chef Brown has a gluten intolerance, hence a new gluten free friendly menu.

ABOUT THE NEW SPRING MENU 

The Barking Crab’s new seasonal menu offers some of the most creative seafood dishes in the city: from Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche and grilled yellow-fin tuna with gingery vegetables to grilled swordfish with eggplant caponata and a New England take on Southern shrimp and grits.

Gluten free appetizers include: black bean soup, mussels, Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, tequila drunken shrimp, steamers, and the raw bar.

We tried the ceviche. The Nantucket Bay scallops are known for their delectable, sweet flavor, making this dish very different from traditional citrus filled ceviche dishes I am used to eating. The scallops were large and plentiful, paired with fresh cilantro and onion; this dish had a nice balance of flavor. The ceviche is served with gluten free chips.IMG_7156

The oil in the fryer is changed every single day. The gluten free chips are the first thing made in the morning and set aside for gluten free patrons.

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For our entrees we ordered the shrimp and scallop kebabs and grilled swordfish.

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The shrimp and scallop kebabs are served with Spanish rice and rosemary chimichurri.

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The grilled swordfish is served with eggplant caponata and black beluga lentils.

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We were so impressed with the distinct flavors of every component of each dish. The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection. I rarely order swordfish because it more often than not is overcooked and dry. But this swordfish was the complete opposite.  The quality of the food was also impressive; we were not expecting such creative and refined dishes.

Dessert is made in house. Every morning Chef Brown makes one to two desserts, and sometimes they are gluten free, sometimes they are not. Chef Brown made us a dessert of prosecco, macerated strawberries and pomegranate molasses.

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Executive Chef Joshua Brown wants to make sure that guests’ first impression is a great and lasting one.   We certainly had a great first impression— if you can believe it this was my first time at Barking Crab— and we will be back again. It’s nice to have gluten free options at a place you would never think it was possible, and even better that the chef completely understands gluten allergies.

 


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Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Apr 02

Product Review: The Frozen Bean Frappe Mixes

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“The Frozen Bean is a leading manufacturer of specialty desserts and beverages for the food service industry. We use only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, delivering products that far exceed the market in taste and quality. Our research staff has developed delectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages that are simple to make and as your own gourmet treats.”

The Frozen Bean has an assortment of ice blended coffee, chai teas, creme blends, frullati flavors, carnival blends and base mixes. You are sure to find something you like, wherever you live! The Frozen Bean exports products to more than 40 different countries.

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The flavor list is expansive. From Banana Mocha Latte, Chocolate Cake Latte, and Cake Batter, to Orange Creamsicle, Southern Sweet Tea and Pumpkin Chai Latte, there’s something for every palate.

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The only flavors that contain gluten are Caramel Salted Pretzel, Cookies & Cream, and Mint Cookies & Cream, under the Creme Blends line. All products are Kosher and Halal certified.

I recently had the opportunity to try six flavors from the ice blended, creme blends, and frullati lines.

Each packet makes two servings, about 16 oz. All of the drinks can be prepared with ice and your choice of milk or water. Most drinks can also be enjoyed hot, just add hot water.

Coconut and Sea Salted Salted Caramel

Coconut and Sea Salted Salted Caramel

The ice blended mixes are made with the finest Arabica coffee. I used water and I could not get over the creaminess of each drink— I couldn’t image what it would be like if I had used milk!

The Salted Caramel Latte, Java Cup and Mocha Coconut Latte had a great coffee colada texture and taste, and gave me the pick me up I needed. Most of the Latte flavors contain real Colombian coffee to give you a little boost.

Java Chip was my favorite. This mixture of espresso combined with dark chocolate chips was rich, bold and invigorating.

The Frullati blends sweet and tart into one icy drink. If you are a fruit lover, this is the product for you; with flavors including black cheery and honeydew melon to pina colada and strawberry watermelon, and many more.

The Coconut was luxuriously smooth and tropical, and not to mention, very sweet. This delightful fruit fratte is perfect on a hot afternoon and would be great mixed with a little rum for a pina colada type drink.

The crème blends were even richer, if you can imagine that, but made without the coffee base. It’s like having an effortless dessert in a cup, and it is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The Belgian Hot Chocolate is made with dark chocolate and is incredibly sweet and rich. This drink can be enjoyed hot, cold, or blended. If you love chocolate, this is the drink for you.

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Rocky Road smoothie is a classic mixture of creamy marshmallows, crunchy almonds, and rich milk chocolate whipped together into a delightful treat.

So how do these measure up nutritionally? Keep in mind that these are dessert beverages after all and are not the healthiest thing on the planet. But with that said, each serving is only 150-250 calories, not nearly as bad as coffee coladas from Dunkin Donuts or Blizzards from Dairy Queen. The sugar content is much too high for my likely, but once in while it is ok to splurge!

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The frozen bean recently launched 50/50 blended drinks. These new powdered beverages have half the sugar and half the fat of their original line.These delectable blends of specialty desserts and beverages are simple to make and can be enjoyed all year round.

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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Apr 01

Product Review: Two Fat Guys Gluten Free Gourmet Barbecue Sauce

For more than 30 years Two Fat Guys Gourmet Sauces have been available exclusively to family and friends, and now they’re excited to share them with all of us too!

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Two Fat Guys Gourmet Barbecue Sauce offers a delightful and enticing experience for your taste buds. Sauces are crafted using only the finest natural ingredients, delivering a family of sauces that are gluten free, high fructose corn syrup free, fat free, cholesterol free, and low in sodium.Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 3.48.01 PM

Two Fat Guys BBQ Sauces come in 4 varieties: Mild, Smoky, Spicy, and Lava Hot.

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I recently had the opportunity to try the Smokey style BBQ sauce. The Smokey sauce possesses a thick, sweet, smoky flavor that will keep you wanting more. It combines a balance of sweetness and spice to complement its smoky blend of hickory and mesquite.

I used the BBQ sauce to make BBQ chicken pizza, and let me tell you— it was delicious! The sauce has a nice kick to it from the spices and was loaded with flavor.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Vegan Cheese

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BBQ Chicken with Mozzarella Cheese

I can’t wait to try this sauce next time we fire up the grill; I think it would also taste great on grilled meat and chicken. For more recipe ideas, click here.

Two Fat Guys sauces are available in select states and can also be ordered online.

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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Mar 31

North Coast Organics Organic & Vegan Deodorant Review & Giveaway

North Coast Organics is an independently owned company started by a son and mother team, who together are committed continuing to build their brand so that many more people can have access to ethical products that are good for them and the Earth.

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

North Coast Organics has a full line of certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free body care products including deodorants, hand and body lotions, lip balms, and clothing.

All products are certified organic, certified vegan, certified cruelty-free and handmade.

I was sent their line of deodorants to review.

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There deodorants are available in three varieties: Revolver, Naked and Death By Lavender.

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I really like the subtle scent, aromatherapy of the lavender. It goes on a like a typical deodorant; smooth and without clumps.

Ingredients: Coconut Oil*, Carnauba Wax*, Cornstarch*, Baking Soda, and Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils*  .    *Certified Organic

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Scented with cedar wood, cypress and clary sage, I suppose this is the more “manly-smelling” deodorant. The scent was more subtle than the lavender.

Ingredients: Coconut Oil*, Carnauba Wax*, Cornstarch*, Baking Soda, and Proprietary Blend of Essential Oils*  

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Naked is formulated to be gentle on your skin and harsh on odor. It is great for people with sensitive skin. Naked uses the minimal amount of the finest, natural ingredients to ensure that you do not stink and your underarms are not harmed.

Ingredients: coconut oil*, carnauba wax*, arrowroot powder* & baking soda

I love that the deodorants come in recyclable and reusable containers, and that the labels are printed with vegan ink on 100% Tree Free and Fair Trade Certified Paper.

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You can order North Coast Organics deodorant on Vegan Cuts, as well as directly through their website! The travel size is 0.35 fl oz and retails for $3.49 and the full size is 2.5 fl oz and retails for $8.99.

Now it’s time for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a travel size set of all three deodorants. To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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Open to US Residents only. Giveaway ends on April 3, 2014 at 11:59pm.

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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Mar 29

Product Review: Lucy’s Gluten Free Cookies

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When Dr. Lucy Gibney discovered her child had severe food allergies, she got down to some serious medical research—in the kitchen. What began as a mother’s tasty recipe for her child has today developed into a delicious alternative for people with or without special dietary considerations.

Lucy’s line of gluten free products include cookies and brownies. Lucy’s was generous in sending me not one but two of their cookies to try: chocolate chip and ginger snap.IMG_7088

Available in a variety of delicious flavors – with everything from Chocolate, to Cinnamon Thin, Maple Crunch and more – Lucy’s cookies are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO and made without wheat, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts, or other tree nuts.

With less than 130 calories per serving— 3 cookies!—, Lucy’s cookies are the perfect option for any midday snack or nighttime treat. I also like that the sugar content is relatively low, as opposed to 18-24 with most gluten free desserts.

The texture is nice and crunchy, but not rock-hard, with a nice crumble-factor.

I loved the ginger snap cookies. These snaps are made with real ginger, lemon and a tiny tad of chipotle spice. I could really taste the citrus and hint of spice, so different from any ginger snap cookie I’ve tried before.

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The chocolate chip cookies were just ok. The taste was a bit off. It’s not that I didn’t like the taste, they just really didn’t remind me of a true chocolate chip cookie. The chocolate chip cookies were a bit harder and much more crumbly than the ginger snaps.

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All of Lucy’s products are made in a dedicated bakery where they incorporate key standards you and your family can count on:

They only buy raw materials from carefully selected producers, thus reducing or eliminating the chance for allergen contact before we use the ingredients.

They use the best available methods to ensure there are no detectable allergens from our testing list: gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts and almonds.

None of the allergens listed above are allowed into the bakery. In fact, peanuts and tree nuts aren’t even allowed in the building!

Lucy’s products are available at in and around Boston at Whole Foods, Shaw’s, Stop and Shop, and BJ’s. For a complete list of retail locations click here.

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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Mar 28

Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops Review

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Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

With this crazy winter weather we’ve been having in Boston, I have been suffering from many colds lately. I was just about to head to the pharmacy when the deliveryman handed me a package from Pine Bros. It contained softish throat drops— just what I needed!

Ulysses S. Grant was President, the population of America hovered at 39 million, and the telephone was still a pipe dream, when in 1870 J. Herman Pine hung out a confectionery shingle on 8th Street above Walnut in Philadelphia and, along with his brother, sold their first batch of what they called ‘Pine Brothers Glycerine Tablets.’ In an attempt to relieve his own sore throat and those of his family members, Mr. Pine, a former German confectionery maker, determined that by combining the soothing natural qualities of glycerin with the healing properties of gum acacia, he could sooth and mitigate the mild discomfort of a sore throat. Add in some natural flavoring and a sweetener and voila, Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops were born.

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Pine Bros Softish Throat Drops are available in three flavors: Natural Honey, Wild Cherry, and Black Licorice. In 2015-2016 they plan on releasing a new flavor— Lemon Citrus. The original recipe has not changed since it was first introduced to the public over 140 years ago.

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I tried the Natural Honey and Wild Cherry and really enjoyed them both. The texture is unlike any other cough drop I’ve had. It’s smooth and, well, a “soft drop”.  They are not chewy, but dissolve smoothly to form a coating, soothing syrup down my throat.

All drops are gluten free and only 5 calories per drop.

Please note, Pine Bros are manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. The only thing I don’t like is that the licorice flavor uses artificial coloring, so I don’t think I’ll ever try those.

Pine Bros products are available nationwide at CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Kroger,
or at your local drugstore or supermarket, and can be purchased online.

Disclaimer: 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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Mar 27

Product Review: Nada Bits Gluten Free Breadcrumb Substitute

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 9.46.07 AMJust a hint of crunch and flavor can turn an ordinary meal or snack into an exciting, fun eating experience.

Nada Bits are evenly crushed, gluten free, nut free, sodium free, and cholesterol-free corn tortilla chip crumbs that can be used as a breadcrumb substitute to coat, top or layer.

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Nada Bits are super versatile. Available in two flavors, original and lemon, these crunchy, corn chip crumbs liven up soups and chili, put a crunchy spin on salads and add crunch to desserts. The ways to use Nada Bits are endless; try them as a crust, in cobbler, as a breadcrumb substitute or as a gluten-free mac & cheese topping too!  See more recipe ideas for great ways to use Nada Bits!

Nada Bits were first introduced in April 2013 and have been available online since September.  I recently had the chance to try Nada Bits for the first time.

I used the Original flavor to ‘’bread’’ chicken. The Nada Bits gave the chicken a crunchy and flavorful crust, and wasn’t soggy— like some of the other gluten free breadcrumbs and mixes I’ve tried.

Nada Bits sturdy texture means that they don’t get soggy when mixed in soups, chili, ice cream or yogurt. They stand up to baking or frying.

Nada Bits Lemon is a unique addition to your pantry.  It is sweetened with a little sugar (3 grams per a serving), so it adds lemony sweetness and crunch to foods like baked fish, yogurt, and ice cream or it could be used on top of a fruit crisp.

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Nada Bits Lemon Nutritional Info

Lemon Baked Fish

Ingredients

1 cup Nada Bits Lemon
1-2 pounds of fish filets, tilapia or cod
1 cup packaged egg whites or 4-6 whole eggs, beaten
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup corn meal/flour
2 t lemon zest
½ t salt
1 t coarse black pepper
Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. If making strips or nuggets, cut the filets to the right size on a cutting board.
  3. In a zip-lock-bag combine cornstarch, corn meal, and salt. Shake to blend.
  4. In a large bowl whisk eggs until smooth.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine Nada Bits with lemon zest and pepper.
  6. Place fish in the bag with the corn mixture and shake until evenly coated. Remove from bag to plate and dust off excess.
  7. Dip fish in the egg mixture, then place into Nada Bits and coat thoroughly on all sides.
  8. Spray non-stick spray onto a cookie sheet and bake fish for 7-8 minutes. Fish is done when it flakes apart.

You can order your own Nada Bits on their website by clicking here. You can visit the Nada Bits website, facebook and twitter to connect with them!

 

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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Mar 26

Restaurant Review – Gluten Free Options at Bin 26 Enoteca in Beacon Hill

Bin 26 Enoteca is a Beacon Hill neighborhood restaurant with an Italian, seasonally driven menu and wine list. Bin 26 Enoteca boasts an international wine list with over sixty wines by glass and over two hundred wines by bottles. Wines from around the world are each carefully chosen for its quality, value, and for the simple (but no less important) fact that it is delicious.

En-oh-TECK-a, a common term used mostly in Italy, refers to a place where one can find simple foods to accompany the wines served there. Bin 26 Enoteca offers a menu designed for snacking and sharing, or a full meal. You can simply drop in for an informal dish of pasta or more formal, multi-course, haute cuisine.

We opted for a bottle of organic Spanish wine— Mas Picosa de flor en flor— from Capcanes ($40), a Catalan village in the province of Tarragona in northeastern Spain. I love Spanish wines and I love trying new wines, especially when they are from regions I have visited.IMG_6614

The wine was a winner. A combination of Grenache, Merlot and Tempranillo. It was earthy, smooth, light and spicy all at the same time. It was well balanced, each element not overwhelming the others.

Bin 26 Enoteca has a quite a few gluten free options (*note kitchen is not dedicated gluten free, many of the menu items just happen to be naturally gluten free).

For appetizers we shared the Braised Octopus with Potato, Cannellini Beans, and tomatoes in a Cabbage Nest ($14) and the Warm Salad of Jerusalem Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Chili Flakes, Pine Nuts, and Crispy Pancetta ($12)IMG_6615 IMG_6617

We loved the octopus, but just wish there was more of it! The salad was delicious and also very flavorful.

For my entrée I had the Chicken “Alla Diavola” with Root Vegetable Medley ($26). The chicken was incredibly moist, but the sauce was way too spicy for me! Once I removed the skin I was able to eat it just fine.

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My mom had Stuffed Pork Chop “Valdostana” with Prosciutto, Fontina Cheese, Sage in a Wild Mushroom Sauce ($27). The pork just melted in our mouth. Although a bit too salty for my taste, she loved every bite of it.

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Bin 26 Enoteca also offers gluten free penne pasta that can be substituted for any of the pasta dishes.

Overall we had a great night and loved both the décor—  chairs made from recycled seatbelts, wine bottles filling the walls and a back wall covered entirely with wine labels— and the vibe of the restaurant. The bar was much bigger than I expected, and I will definitely be going back for more wine!

 


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Mar 25

Gluten Free Product Review: Artisana Nut Butters & Ek Chok Cacao Spreads

Creating unique, delicious, healthy, gourmet food is a work of passion for Artisana, blending together nuts and seeds like the vibrant colors of an artist’s palette. Handmade with care, Artisana’s organic foods are crafted using a temperature controlled process that preserves the life-essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and enzymes.IMG_6607

Artisana makes nut butters from nearly every nut that exists. The unique varieties Artisana offers include:  almond, cashew, pecan, macadamia, and walnut butters.

Artisana product line also includes coconut butter, coconut oil, and Cacao Bliss chocolate and coconut spread. Artisana foods are pure, which means that all you get is the clean, fresh taste of nuts and seeds the way nature intended.

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Made in a facility that processes tree nuts, but does not process any peanuts, gluten, dairy or soy. All of the nut and seed butters are hand crafted in small batches in Oakland, CA with careful attention to detail using strict food safety protocols.

Available in both full size jars and sing serve squeeze packs, making it easy for those of us on the go.

Artisana was kind enough to send me their full line of squeeze packs to sample. Although the jars would have been great – who wouldn’t love a years worth of nut butters – the squeeze packs were actually perfect! I brought a few to work to keep in my desk drawer, and could easily throw them in my purse for a convenient and easy snack.

Cashew Butter: slightly sweet and creamy. It was easily spreadable on my rice cakes— my go to snack.

Almond Butter: smooth texture and delightful aroma. I loved the robust almond flavor.

Pecan Butter: This was like eating pecan pie but in butter form. Sweet, creamy and very pecan-y. I liked the subtle cashew flavor, which is probably why this tasted like pie and not straight up pecans.

Cacao Bliss: very sweet, made from a mixture of coconut butter, cacao, cacao butter and agave.

I also got try this new product called Ek Chok – organic chocolate spreads.IMG_6407

Ek Chok is actually a soft chocolate paste made from 100% organic Venezuelan Heirloom Cacao Criollo, infused with Ayurvedic herbs, and then combined with organic hazelnuts and organic coconut sugar.

Ek Chock is gluten, peanut, dairy, cane sugar, and soy free and it’s certified organic and kosher.

Available in 5 flavors:

I can’t say that I’ve ever had chocolate quite like this before. The paste is soft and smooth and has amazing flavor. I could truly taste the rose, cardamom, vanilla, etc., in each bite. The flavors were fresh and vibrant, but not overwhelming.Screen shot 2014-03-05 at 2.15.47 PM

The squeeze packs make it super convenient to throw in your purse or hide in your desk at work. And, with only 89 calories each— and a great source of iron— they are great for satisfying my chocolate cravings!

 

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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Mar 24

Product Review: Wonderfully Raw’s Gluten Free & Dairy Free Coco-Roons

When we think of raw foods, we think of celery, carrots and other ‘’boring’’ vegetables.  The actual meaning of raw is, “in its natural state; uncooked, unprocessed, and preferably organic.” Raw foods include fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, super foods, seaweeds, sprouts, whole grains, and beans. Raw foods are filled with enzymes and nutrients, and have many health benefits including:

Sequoia Cheney always had a passion for good food, that wasn’t always good for her. When life threw her a curve ball and she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, she knew something had to change if she wanted to heal herself.  That began the road to good health. Her journey to healthy eating sparked a passion inside of herself and she was amazed how she could create food that not only tasted delicious, but could heal.  Sequioa and her team— her husband and her son, a chef— have come together to create gourmet delights called Wonderfully Raw, and the amazingly delicious “Coco-Roons”.

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Starting with a passion for pure ingredients and a healthy way of living, Sequoia and her team source their ingredients from around the world supporting the wild, organic, and sustainable movement. Using only the finest organic ingredients, they have created a tasty, healthy gluten free and dairy free treat.

Sweetened with the finest organic maple syrup for its vitamin and mineral qualities, each Coco-Roon has only 4 grams of sugar per serving. The flavor is fabulous. Coco-Roon’s are a wonderful indulgence that are guilt free but taste like they shouldn’t be!

Coco-Roon’s come in six flavors: Apple Pie, Almond & Strawberry “PBJ”, Brownie, Cacoa Nibs, Lemon Pie, and Vanilla Maple.

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I recently had the opportunity to try Wonderfully Raw Coco-Roons and here is what I thought:

Almond & Strawberry “PBJ”: Who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? Instead of using peanuts these are made with organic, raw almond butter and organic strawberries. I liked the sweet and fruity flavor.

Brownie: Made with raw organic cacoa, these have a deep, rich, and robust flavor. Very delicious.

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Cacoa Nibs: A healthy substitute for chocolate chips, organic cacao is considered a “super food”. This was the only flavor I didn’t enjoy; I found it to have a funny taste.

Lemon Pie: This Coco-Roon is a delicious version of the classic American staple. I’m not a big lemon dessert person, but I loved this flavor. I couldn’t put the bag down!

Vanilla Maple: The combination of organic maple syrup, organic vanilla, and organic coconut creates a purely simple pleasure.

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Coco-Roons have only 76-87 calories per serving.

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Brownie Coco-Roon

A 6 oz bag (8 servings) retails for $7.99, and is available for purchase online and at local healthy food stores. For a complete list of retail locations click here.

The Coco-Roons are also available in mini sized 2 oz versions ($2.99). Wonderfully Raw’s line of gourmet delights also includes Snip Chips, made from organic parsnips and coconuts, and Brussel Bytes, a new take on kale chips.IMG_5532

Wonderfully Raw does not share a kitchen or store any ingredients other than those used their products.  They do not have any wheat, soy, dairy, or gains at their facility.

Stay tuned for my review of Wonderfully Raw’s Snip Chips and Brussel Bytes!

Disclaimer: I received this product 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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