Sep 09

Gourmet Gifter // September 8-10 FREE 6-Pack of Kettle Corn Popcorn


You might remember Gourmet Gifter from last month. It’s a website that offers tasty gift ideas for foodies and lovers of all things gourmet! I love to give unique gifts that I know people will enjoy. For the foodies in my life that often means finding new and unique foods I think they will like. And even for the non-foodies it makes a great gift basket for any occasion.  

I LOVE kettle corn. And last month I was introduced to Colby’s Kettle Corn Salty Sweet Addiction, which did not disappoint. Jeremy and I loved this healthy kettle corn popcorn and ate almost the entire bag in a day. This time around I tried the Cinnamon Sugar Sensation Kettle Corn. This flavor tastes just like a churro; cinnamon and sugar heaven!  

Colby’s Kettle corn is all-natural, made with non-GRMO popcorn, and is gluten free, Dairy Free, has no trans-fat, preservatives, cholesterol or salt. One serving has only 52 calories with 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber! It’s a low calorie, diet friendly snack that tastes delicious! 

Now thru Thursday September 10th Gourmet Gifter is giving you a treat. Get a FREE 6-pack of Kettle corn ($19.95) value when you by $40 or more. Use promo code GFNYC

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free and was provided compensation for brunch.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

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This entry was posted in dairy free, gift, popcorn, Product Review and tagged , , , on 9 September, 2015.

Sep 08

Gluten Free Pita Flatbread from MyBread Bakery // Giveaway


MyBread Bakery is a 100% dedicated gluten free and nut free wholesale bakery located in Chicago, IL. Their goal is to provide the highest quality and best tasting baked goods for the gluten free lifestyle. They are a pretty new company, just about two years old and fortunate enough to land their products in Whole Foods throughout the U.S. (once you try the products you will know why Whole Foods was quick to pick them up!)

You can saw that I was beyond excited when MyBread Bakery reached out to me asking if I would like to try their Gluten free flatbread pita. Of course I was thrilled! The last time I had pita bread was….so long ago that I don’t remember. 

The Original flavor flatbread is gluten, dairy, nut and soy free. And the new Ancient Grain with Chia & Flax flavor is also gluten, dairy, egg, nut and soy free. We are a pretty new company, just about two years old located in Chicago.


I had the chance to try both flavors and I fell in love! Jeremy and I have been eating the flatbread all week. We used it as pita with falafel, chicken and hummus, and we made individual size pizzas for dinner last night. 



When baked, there isn’t much of a difference in taste. We enjoyed both and don’t have a preference of one over the other. The only thing we did notice was the texture. The original browns quicker and more easily and has a harder, crunchier texture (when used as pizza) than the Ancient Grain. 

Like many gluten free bread products and baked goods, you can find MyBread in the freezer section of Whole Foods (one package contains 6 pita flatbreads). It’s also used by restaurants, such at Roti Mediterranean Grill and Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill in NYC.  To use, simply take it out of the freezer and thaw out when you plan on eating. Thawed bread should be toasted/browned using an oven, toaster, skillet (no oil needed), grill etc.


When we made pizza, we didn’t thaw the flatbread, we took it out of the freezer, put the sauce, cheese and toppings on and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The pitas will last up to 6 months in the freezer. 

Now for the giveaway! The team at MyBread Bakery has offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win both flavors of pita bread! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on September 14, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only. 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free and was provided compensation for brunch.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 


This entry was posted in Bread, dairy free, Giveaway, nut free, Product Review, Soy free and tagged , , , , , on 8 September, 2015.

Sep 04

Gluten Free Cheerios™ are here!

Tracking PixelDisclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gluten-Free Cheerios.

If you are like me, then you grew up eating Cheerios™ and pretty much every other cereal produced by General Mills. But that all stopped in 2009 when I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, and I’ve been without my beloved Honey Nut Cheerios™ ever since. 


So when I heard that news earlier this year that General Mills would be coming out with a gluten free version of Cheerios™ I was SO EXCITED. I was overcome with nostalgia for my childhood days eating Cheerios™ while watching Saturday morning cartoons. And not only Cheerios™, but Honey Nut Cheerios™, MultiGrain Cheerios™, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios™ and Frosted Cheerios™ too. How lucky can a girl get? 

Currently, about 1% of the population is Celiac, and as much as 30% of the population is avoiding gluten. It was important for General Mills to remove gluten from Cheerios so that these large groups could enjoy Cheerios, too. General Mills also only wants what matters to go into its product, and by removing stray wheat, rye and barley, it is delivering a more pure version of Cheerios. This simple change means more people eating gluten free diets will soon be able to enjoy their favorite kind of Cheerios again. Gluten-Free Cheerios were achieved by changing the ingredient-sorting process — not the ingredients themselves. (The one exception is for MultiGrain, which was reformulated to include sorghum and millet instead of wheat and barley.) Read on to see how. 


Cheerios have always been made of oats, which are naturally gluten free. But many farmers who grow oats rotate their crops, and that means they also grow grains that have gluten (wheat, barley, rye, etc.). As we are all well aware these grains often get mixed in with the oats during harvest or transport and the chances for cross contamination are high. To make Cheerios gluten‑free, GM has to separate those other stray grains from the oats. All the oats are sifted to sort out the grains of barley, wheat and rye. Every batch of sifted oats is then tested to make sure that the oats are gluten-free. If not, those oats are re-sifted and tested again. Then, the gluten-free oats are milled into flour in a mill that’s dedicated to making gluten‑free flour. Once the oats are milled, the flour is tested again to verify (ensure) that it’s still gluten‑free. The gluten-free oat flour gets shipped to the plant, transported in dedicated gluten‑free trucks and rail cars. And then it’s made into Cheerios using the same recipe as always on dedicated gluten-free systems; they puff and toast the oat flour into Cheerios. The finished Cheerios are checked once more to ensure they’re gluten‑free.

I’m sure some of you are still a little skeptical about this whole process. I was too at first, so I dug deeper to find better answers. And this is what I found:

It took 5 1/2 years to test and refine the process which make the oats gluten-free, ensuring that they test below the FDA standard of 20 ppm. As I said before, every batch of oats is tested to make sure it has less than 20 parts per million of other grains. That means, on average, for every 15,000 grains of oats, there can be no more than 1 grain of wheat, barley, or rye. To put this in perspective 1 lb of oats equals 1 box of cereal or 15,000 pieces of oats.  The industry standard for oats is to have 2% of something else in them.  If you aren’t Gluten Free having barley, rye, or wheat mixed in the oats isn’t a problem, but if you are, that 2% will make you sick. GM wanted to make Cheerios a safe product for someone with Celiac Disease to consume and they were not willing to release the product until they were 100% sure it was safe and that they could consistently make it safe. So in order to do this, their goal was to only have half of a non-oat grain in that pound and they are repeatedly meeting that standard or 9-12ppm (i.e. half of the 20ppm FDA standard). 


So why don’t they just use certified gluten free oats? Well there just simply aren’t enough gluten free oats in the world. If GM did use GF oats then there would be none left after about a week. This is why their process of sorting, milling in a dedicated gluten free facility, and transporting in gluten free containers is so key and why they test the oats, oat flour and finished Cheerios at various points during this process. 

So now let’s talk about how they taste! All Cheerios flavors have the same great taste that that I remember them having as a child. Even Jeremy, who eats Cheerios from time to time (he’s not gluten free, only by default when eating with me) says he can not taste a difference.


You’ve probably already seen the Yellow Box Gluten-Free Cheerios on store shelves. By mid-September you should be seeing all 5 flavors of gluten free Cheerios! So soon! Do not buy a box of Cheerios unless it has this seal on it! 


I have to say I am not only satisfied, but incredibly excited about what General Mills may have in store for us in the future.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by General Mills. I was compensated for this post and I was given free product. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion on the product, and all my opinions are my own. 



This entry was posted in breakfast, cereal, Product Review and tagged , , on 4 September, 2015.

Sep 03

Gluten Free Options at Paname French Restaurant // Midtown East NYC

Paname (which is a nickname for Paris) is a neighborhood French Restaurant/Bistro. Located on 2nd Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets, the cozy, art-deco inspired space, serves classic French cuisine, at a great price, with plenty of gluten free options.  


90% of the menu is gluten free, or can be prepared gluten free. With the exception of the pasta dishes and a few other items, the menu is incredibly gluten free friendly. 

amuse bouche: porcini mushroom with avocado

amuse bouche: porcini mushroom with avocado

Gluten Free Dinner Menu: 

  • Grilled Portabello Mushroom with mozzarella and sherry vinaigrette
  • Escargots De Bourgogne in russet potatoes
  • Baby Octopus with haricots blancs 


  • Shrimp Cocktail with classic sauce au raifort
  • Smoked Salmon with floral honey dijon mustard (request w/o  toast)
  • Tuna Tartar with light sesame chili oil


  • Mesclun Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Asparagus with aged port vinaigrette
  • Tomato, Mozzarella, Aged Balsamic
  • Caesar Salad Maison (request w/o croutons)
  • Beet Salad with Chevre Chantilly 
  • Organic Chicken Breast with compote d’aubergine, pine nuts and thyme blossom
  •  Sautéed Shrimp Vadouvan with lait de coco in potato nest served on a bed of rice


  • Niman Ranch Pork Scallopini with mushroom giroffle and cidre cream fraiche
  • Sautéed Cod Fish a La Nicoice fresh tomato fondant and mashed potato paillasson
  • Filet of Sole with citrus vervaine and pistachio nuts, bergamot oil 
  • Wild Tilapia Filet with asparagus and almonds, arome framboises 
  • Atlantic Salmon, Lemon Rind with piperade coulis and fondant de betrave 
  • Bouillabaisse with shrimp, cod, clams, mussels, and seafood in saffron broth with garlic aioli (request w/o toast)


  • Slow-Roasted Veal Chop a La Normandie
  • New York Shell Steak Au Confit D’echalottes and Sauce Bordelaise
  • Duck, Oven-Roasted Au Quatre Epices quinoa and pulpe de mangue


  • Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Creme Brûlée 


“The Best” Creme Brûlée Jeremy has ever had


After dinner sparkling juice drink

After dinner sparkling juice drink

The waitstaff is very friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu, and it helps that almost everything can be made gluten free. 
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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This entry was posted in French, Midtown East, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , on 3 September, 2015.

Sep 02

Kameda Gluten Free Rice Cakes & Giveaway


KAMEDA USA, INC. was established in April 2008 in Torrance, CA, and focuses on the manufacturing and distribution of Kameda Crisps to the U.S. Market. Founded in 1957, Kameda Seika Co., the parent company, is the largest manufacturer of rice crackers in Japan (a market of 700 brands!). Kameda makes both savory rice snacks and frosted rice snacks. 

Kameda Crisps are ideal for the traditional salty snack selection. Kameda Crisps are gluten free, non-GMO and contain no trans fat, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors or cholesterol. They are irresistibly crunchy and come in 4 flavors: Sweet Chili, Wasabi, BBQ, and Cajun. Each flavor is available with or without peanuts, perfect for those who do not like peanuts (like myself!) or can’t eat peanuts. 


Kameda also makes a line of products called Rice Goes Crispy, a delicately crispy, melt in your mouth, bite-size snack perfect for any occasion. Available in three great tasting flavors – Sea Salt, Chili & Tomato and Black Pepper, Rice Goes Grispy rice snacks are also gluten free, baked, not fried, and do not contain trans fat, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors or cholesterol.

The Chili & Tomato are HOT, while the Black Pepper offers a slight kick, and the Sea Salt is slightly salty and my favorite. 

Kameda also offers sweet snacks in the form of Frosted Rice Snacks. A fun, and tasty snack conveniently packed in two-packs, they can be enjoyed at work, school, home or on the road. With only 50 calories in two snaps, Kaemda Frosted Rice Snacks are lighter than a cookie in texture and more satisfying than a cracker. It is the prefect combination of savory and sweet with only 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, these satisfy my sweet tooth without all the unwanted calories or sugar. 


Kameda Frosted Rice Snacks are also available in a mini, bite-size version. 

Baked Frosted Rice Snacks from Kameda are a unique treat. The sweet and salty crackers have the perfect combination of taste and texture as they melt in your mouth. With only 50 calories per serving, they’re a great choice for a snack any time of day.


Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three Rice Goes Crispy flavors! To win, simply click on the rafflecopter below. 

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This giveaway will end on September 14, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S residents only. 


Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


This entry was posted in Giveaway, Product Review, Snack and tagged , , on 2 September, 2015.

Sep 01

Celebrating Foster Farms 2 years gluten free with a Gluten Free Brunch Party


Last year Foster Farms introduced their Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs to the market. Since then, they have also come out with Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets and Gluten Free Chick Strips. 


Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are made with chicken franks and dipped twice in honey crunchy batter. The Gluten Free Breast Nuggets and Breast Strips are 100% All Natural and made with quality Foster Farms chicken breast. 


Foster Farms Gluten Free products are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG); a program by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GFCO). GFCO is the leading gluten-free certification program in the world. The GF logo means Foster Farms products are independently verified for quality, integrity and purity. Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability for meeting strict gluten-free standards. And Foster Farms, actually tests their product for 10ppm!


To celebrate their second year of being gluten free, I teamed up with Foster Farms to host a brunch for my friends so I could share with them the delicious Gluten Free Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs and educate them about being gluten free. 

Roasted Eggplant topped with hummus and basil

Roasted Eggplant topped with hummus and basil

Corn, okra, pepper and tomato salad

Corn, okra, pepper and tomato salad

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dop dipped in Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs dipped in Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Mango-Orange Mimosas

Mango-Orange Mimosas

Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs are available nationwide at many retailers including: Safeway (Safeway, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb), Kroger (Kroger, Fry’s, Smith’s), Raley’s, Lucky, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, Woodman’s, Copps/Roundy’s, Schnucks, Food Lion, HyVee, and Marsh. For additional help finding the product, please call Foster Farms at 800-255-7227.

I’ve been gluten free since 2009 and I’m so grateful for companies like Foster Farms who have made it so much easier over the years. Companies like Foster Farms, who offer certified gluten free products, were not very popular 6 years ago. But today, eating gluten free is not only easier but also tastier. Thanks Foster Farms and keep the gluten free products coming! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free and was provided compensation for brunch.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

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This entry was posted in brunch, Product Review and tagged , on 1 September, 2015.

Aug 31

Peapod’s latest offering – Local Farm Box



I want to share the latest news from Peapod – They have just launched a new offering called the Local Farm Box, making it even easier to enjoy fresh and local seasonal produce  Developed in partnership with FarmLogix, a company that connects local farmers to businesses, Peapod’s Local Farm Box is a convenient alternative to committing to a season-long Community Sustainable Agriculture (CSA) farm share. It’s a low-cost and flexible way for consumers to support farmers local to NY while enjoying the convenience of home delivery (and the freshest, in-season produce!). 

Unlike a traditional CSA, shoppers can view the contents of the box each week (as well as accompanying recipes) to determine whether they’d like to purchase the $34.99 box (sometimes even on sale for $29.99). Each box will include information about the farms where the produce is grown as well as information on the particular produce. To see what’s in this week’s box, visit This new service is available to customers in New York City, New Jersey, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.




Each box contains five unique items from local farms, with approximately 10 – 14 pounds of produce per box. Items included will vary weekly depending on the farmers’ harvest.


Last week’s box supported the farming community of Lancaster County, PA. The box contents for the week of August 24th-August 30th included: 

Italian eggplant
Red tomatoes (I received yellow)
Green or red okra
Sweet corn
Colored bell peppers

The produce was fresh and delicious. I love eating farm fresh produce, there is such a noticeable difference in the taste and quality of the products. 

Peapod’s Local Farm Box is one of many innovative offerings from the leading online grocer to meet the evolving needs of the modern grocery shopper. Peapod also recently released a refreshed mobile application to make shopping easier than ever, including Order Genius, an intuitive technology that can predict a customer’s order based on purchases made on and at Stop & Shop and Giant stores.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.


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This entry was posted in delivery, Product Review, subscription, Vegetables and tagged , , , on 31 August, 2015.

Aug 28

Gluten Free YummySnack Bars for Back-to-School

Fed up with watching her kids become chubby junk food addicts, YummyHealth® founder – journalist and mom Lisa Goldbaum – searched for healthier options, only to find that most so-called “healthy” snacks contained as much sugar and processed starch as the regular commercial varieties. Lisa created YummySnacks® that are delicious but low in the sugars and starches that wreak havoc on kids’ energy levels, moods, and food cravings. YummySnacks® products include 6 scrumptious flavors of “better-than-candy” bars made of wholesome real-food ingredients and crunchy snack chips made of real Wisconsin cheese.

What Makes us Better?

YummySnack Bars are made with real natural ingredients with real nutrients, like cocoa, coconut, almond butter and flax seed, for clean energy that won’t have them bouncing off the walls and crashing moments later! And it’s not just what they put in, but what they leave out: you won’t find gluten, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, artificial flavors or preservatives in any YummySnacks®products. But the best part is, they taste so good you won’t miss the junk!    


YummySnack® bars come in 5 flavors 

Cook Dough Bar Nutritional Information

Cook Dough Bar Nutritional Information

Although each bar is decadent and tastes like it should be a candy bar, there is only 5-7 grams of sugar in each bar! This is both awesome and unbelievable. Each bar also boasts 2-9 g of protein and  7-10 g of fiber.


Chocolate Bar Nutritional Information

YummySnack® Bars are a great swap for any situation – school lunches, parties, Little League – you name it!


You can purchase YummySnack® Bars online via Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Aug 27

Back to the Roots Mushrooms and Garden-in-a-Can perfect for College Dorms and Apartments


In a college class, Nikhil and his roommate learned that mushrooms could grow on recycled coffee grounds. After watching hours of how-to videos and turning their fraternity kitchen into a big science experiment, they eventually decided to give up their corporate job offers to instead become full-time mushroom farmers. What started as curiosity about urban farming has turned into a passion for “undoing food” and reconnecting families to it through fun, delicious and sustainable “ready to grow” and “ready to eat” products.

I met Nikhil in the spring at a food show in NYC and was introduced to his products, which I thought were pretty awesome. When he found out I lived in the city he offered to share his Back to the Roots products with me so I could test them out for myself, and see just who easy and fun it is to grow my own mushrooms and herbs in my own home. 

If you live in a city apartment, or college dorm room, with no outdoor space of your own, Back to the Roots make a great garden replacement. Having the ability to grow my own fresh vegetables and herbs right in my apartment is great! The “Garden-in-a-Can” is an easy to grow container for small-space, windowsill gardening. So is the Mushroom Farm for that matter. 


picture taken after two weeks

Each can comes with organic basil or organic cilantro seeds that are the perfect size for urban dwellers and/or those who want to grow herbs year round indoors. Light is definitely key for any indoor garden. Both cilantro and basil will grow best in a sunny window. Moisture control is just as important though. Luckily, the Garden-in-a-Can solves for most over-watering issues because of the innovative blend of soil and biochar. And you only need to water the plants when the topsoil is dry, so if you forget one day (like me!) it usually is not a big deal! 

We’ve been using the cilantro and basil in our cooking all the time – it tastes fresh and it’s organic :) MF_2

The mushroom mini farm grows gourmet USDA certified organic Pearl Oyster mushrooms. They’re commonly found in Europe and Asia and are used increasingly in a variety of cuisines for their velvety texture, smooth taste, and dense nutrient content. The Mushroom Mini Farm is made from all organic recycled waste including corn cob and saw dust. The white layer is mycelium; it’s similar to the “roots” of the mushrooms (if mushrooms had roots).


With the products now available nationwide in Target, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Costco, Nordstrom and other retailers, I think they are a great idea and make a perfect gift for any urban dweller or college student looking to get some freshness into their diets. You can also purchase Back to the Roots products online

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review


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This entry was posted in organic, Product Review and tagged , on 27 August, 2015.

Aug 26

Reed’s Ginger Beer


When Chris Reed first decided to create a ginger ale made with fresh ginger in 1987, he went to UCLA library, pre-internet, to research into the early formulas for soft drinks. He figured if he went back far enough in time he would find recipes that worked with real ingredients. Then he found a book from the 1780’s, before the first bottling plants even existed, that talked about brewing sodas from whole roots, spices and fruit juices in the kitchen. Chris knew he had found what he was looking for. These early soft drinks, besides being delicious, were also used as herbal tonics. After two years of much trial and error, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew was ready to launch.

Reed’s brews are a delicious revival of the lost brewing art of brewing sodas. Each small batch is hand crafted with pride, carefully brewed and aged by expert brewmasters, using only the finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They don’t use any preservatives, caffeine, alcohol or gluten. 

Reed’s now has a total of 7 Ginger Brew Flavors (in addition to ginger chews, ice cream, and a variety of other products):

Reed’s isn’t kidding when they say that their Ginger Beer is “extra” gingery tasting. There is actually 26 grams of ginger in every bottle and you can really taste it! 

The only negative, as with most sodas and beverages, is the amount of sugar. But everything in moderation is ok. 


My favorite way to drink Reed’s Ginger Beer is in Moscow Mules.


Moscow Mule Recipe 

Fill your copper mug with ice
Pour in 1.5- 2 oz of vodka
Fill with 4 to 6 oz of cold Reed’s Ginger Beer
Squeeze lime juice into Moscow Mule Mug
Garnish with a wedge of lime


Ginger has been known to help digestion, and remedy motion and morning sickness. In some cultures it is used to help relieve arthritis inflammation, and used as an herb for many other medicinal purposes, even more reason to add Ginger Beer to your repertoire. 

You can find Reed’s natural sodas, candies, and ice creams at most natural food stores and selected grocery chains. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

 Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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This entry was posted in Beverage, Product Review and tagged , on 26 August, 2015.