Nov 22

Abe’s Market Gifts Under $25 & Free Shipping // Organic All-Natural Market Place with over 2000 Gluten Free Products

I am counting down the days to Black Friday and the official start of the holiday shopping season! To help get the holiday season started, I’ve put together a quick gift guide of natural and organic gifts from Abe’s Market that are priced less than $25!

Dark Vegan Gluten Free Soft Dark Chocolate Squares (9 Pieces) - $17.48

Dark Vegan Gluten Free Soft Dark Chocolate Squares (9 Pieces) – $17.48


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Chocolate Bar Variety Gift Set 3 Pack (2 Oz Ea) $10.25 – Gluten Free & non-GMO

Gluten free All Natural Chocolate Truffle Cookie Kit (10.3 Oz) - $8.99

Gluten free All Natural Chocolate Truffle Cookie Kit (10.3 Oz) – $8.99

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Spice Tin Box 4 pack (1.75 Oz Ea) $24 – Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Vegan

 Dark Chocolate Lover's hot chocolate stick Tasting Pack (5 Pieces) $22 - Gluten Free & Vegan

Dark Chocolate Lover’s hot chocolate stick Tasting Pack (5 Pieces) $22 – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Ecodough – $19.99

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Dark Chocolate Gray Sea Salt Caramels (6 Pieces) $11 – Gluten Free

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3-Chili Hot Chocolate Stick (4 Pieces) – $18.00

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The Herb Box Garden Seed Starter Kit – $11.95

Well Dressed Sampler Spiced Up Maple Glazed Signature Box (12 Oz) - $25.00 - Gluten Free

Well Dressed Sampler Spiced Up Maple Glazed Signature Box (12 Oz) – $25.00 – Gluten Free

Free delivery is available on all purchases – no minimum – through December 31, 2014. Abe’s is also guaranteeing Christmas delivery on all purchases placed before December 17, 2014.


This entry was posted in gift, holiday, Product Review, Vegan and tagged , , on 22 November, 2014.

Nov 21

Have a #Beantastic Tailgate with Beanitos! // Giveaway

beaintosWhether you’re at a sports tailgating event, gathering, party, or just lounging around watching the game, it’s nice to have some healthier snack options that are delicious but also friendly towards any dietary concerns. And that is where Beanitos comes in. With their all-natural bean-based chips, these gluten free chips are made from nutritious beans that are high in fiber and protein.

Beanitos are the first all-natural bean-based chip that are made from super nutritious beans that have 6 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein grown right in them. They’re real food, full of crunchy flavor, free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients. Not only are they certified gluten-free, but Beanitos are also certified Kosher, certified low-glycemic, made without corn, artificial colors or flavors, and have zero trans fat.

They have a variety of chips made from either white beans, black beans, or pinto beans. Certain products are also vegan (check the labels).bannericons_whitecheddar

Beanitos recently launch three puffed bean snacks! The puffs— Real Cheesy, White Cheddar, and Hot Chili Lime—are made from a bean-rice blend, and remind me of Cheetos, but less messy and much more healthy.


There are so many ways to enjoy Beanitos or use them in various dishes. Grab some for your next tailgating party and try some healthy delicious recipes as well!


Now for a super fun giveaway!!  Beanitos is offering two lucky readers the chance to win a case of Beanitos!  For your chance to win, just follow the Rafflecopter rules below.

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This giveaway ends on November 28, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge in order to review for my blog. I was not paid for this review, and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.




This entry was posted in Giveaway, Kosher, Product Review, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , on 21 November, 2014.

Nov 20

Gluten Free Options at La Carafe // Hell’s Kitchen



La Carafe, a French restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen, offers a variety of gluten free small plates, salads, and entrées.

They offer delicious, fresh food, a happy hour and reasonably priced meals.

Gluten free appetizers and small plates include: smoked salmon, cheese plate, escargot, hummus with vegetables, grilled asparagus, mussels, moussaka, grape leaves, marinated beans, assorted olives, and cream of yogurt.

Hummus and Carrots

Hummus and Carrots

Fresh and flavorful escargot, not too buttery at all. Nice balance of garlic.




Entrees include everything from steak and veal to salmon and chicken.

I had the Nicoise Salad with fresh tuna, tomatoes, onions, radish, bell pepper, parsley, olives, and eggs.


A Big portion, with a big piece of tuna.

Happy hour is every day from 4-7pm and includes $5 glasses of wine and $8 martinis, mojitos, and margaritas.

I love the ambiance here. It feels like an old time Parisian café; romantic and cozy without being too small.

Our server was very polite and attentive, even the busboy kept coming by to refill our water glasses all night. But be aware, some of the server’s English is very basic, so you should call ahead and explain your allergy or find the manager if you need to clarify anything.

La Carafe participates in offers people great meals at affordable prices. Search for restaurants on and learn more about them by viewing their websites with menus, wine lists, photos, chef’s backgrounds, and more. When you find a restaurant, Restaurant Gift Certificates are available for a fraction of the actual value. makes a night out on the town a lot easier on the wallet and eGift Cards are an excellent gift for any occasion.

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This entry was posted in French, Hell's Kitchen, New York City, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , on 20 November, 2014.

Nov 19

Apinya Thai Chili Sauce Review


Unsatisfied with vinegar-based hot sauces, Adam and Apinya Ross thought it was time to make a line of premium chili sauces using fresh vegetables and spices as the base.

Inspired by the flavors of Thailand, Apinya Thai Chili Sauce is made with roasted red peppers, fresh Thai chilies, ginger, and garlic. This premium hot sauce is SUPER spicy.

The original recipe of Apinya Thai Chili Sauce pairs well with unseasoned chicken, fish, steak, sandwiches, soups, pizza, and bland Chinese takeout.

It can also be used as a dip for seafood, kabobs, vegetables, and dried mango. Or use it to replace ketchup, cocktail sauce, other hot sauces with your favorite, everyday foods.

Bloody Apinya




Mix tomato juice, vodka, Apinya sauce, salt, pepper, and juice from half of the blood orange into a glass over ice. Garnish with a wedge of blood orange and cilantro.

Click here for more great recipes using Apinya Thai Chili Sauce.

Peppers, Ginger, Chilies, Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Salt, Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Potassium sorbate and Sodium bisulfite as preservaties. CONTAINS SULPHITE


You can buy Apinya Thai Chili Sauce at select stores in NYC, at Apinya’s online store or on Amazon.

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This entry was posted in Beverage Recipes, Product Review, Sauce, Thai, Vegan and tagged , , , on 19 November, 2014.

Nov 18

Winter White Sangria Recipe & TaZa! BPA Free Stemless Wine Glasses


NEVER BREAK A GLASS AGAIN! With TaZa’s drama-free glasses you can entertain in style, without the worries. TaZa! glasses are known for their brilliant clarity—such clarity that makes them easily mistaken as crystal. Unlike crystal, however, these glasses won’t crack or break, which makes them ideal for entertaining anywhere, anytime.  These shatterproof 16oz glasses allow you to enjoy your wine— or any drink— indoors or outdoors (think pool, patio, boat, picnic, campground, RV, etc.)!

Besides their durability, what else makes these better than other plastic competitors?  For starters, they using USA-made Tritan plastic, which is 100% BPA-free/EA-free and FDA-approved. No need to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into your drinks.


TaZa has also paid special attention to the rim—because there is nothing worse than a plastic cup rim that’s rough and nips at your lips. Who needs that? They’ve managed to make extra-smooth rims while keeping the glasses ultra-thin.

TaZa Stemless Wine Glasses look like heavy-duty crystal or glass wine glasses, but are actually incredibly lightweight and easy to hold.


Lastly, these glasses are actually dishwasher safe!  Avoid being stuck at the sink after a dinner party washing by hand—just throw the glasses in the dishwasher on a non-heated setting, and the rest is done for you.

A great recipe to make for any Holiday party is my favorite Winter White Sangria. (Recipe below)




    1. Cut fruit into bite size pieces.
    2. In a large pitcher, combine the fruit and 1 rosemary spring.
    3. Pour in the wine and apple brandy.
    4.  Place the pitcher in the refrigerator to chill for 1 – 24 hours.
    5. When are are ready to serve add the club soda to the pitcher.
    6. Fill glasses with ice, pour the sangria into your glass, garnish with the rosemary springs and enjoy!

With the holiday season coming up, these glasses would be great to have. They look expensive, but relieve you of any worries that your guests— or kids— will break or drop them. You can purchase TaZa! Stemless Wine Glasses on Amazon.


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This entry was posted in Beverage, Beverage Recipes, Product Review, Sangria, wine and tagged , , , , on 18 November, 2014.

Nov 17

Moscow Mule Mug & Recipe


Drink up in high style with the 16 oz barrel-shaped, hammered copper Moscow Mule Mug. Its unique beauty gives it a vintage feel, as if it were a prized possession, handed down through generations. Aesthetics aside, the use of 100% pure copper gives all the taste and temperature benefits required to make the perfect Moscow Mule.

The mug of choice when serving the infamous Moscow Mule–a cocktail made from a blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. The copper mug enhances the flavor and keeps the drink colder, longer.

Moscow Mule Recipe 

Care Instructions for a Long Lasting Moscow Mule Mug 
After each use, clean with warm water and soft soap. No hard chemicals or detergents. Dry the copper mug with a soft cloth. To avoid stains, do not leave your drink in mug overnight. This mug is dishwasher safe, but it is highly recommended you wash it by hand. Do not use in microwave or for hot beverages.


Want to impress your friends? Well, you can. You can purchase Moscow Mule mugs on Amazon, for yourself or as a gift.

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Nov 15

Nicer Foods makers of the 1st ever low FODMAPs protein bar Kickstarter Campaign

First ever bar designed to be low in fermentable carbs (FODMAPs). Free of gluten, dairy, soy, and corn. And they taste delicious!

Help Jesse and Kate Watson, founders of Nicer Foods, make life easier for people with IBS and other digestive issues. Jesse is a former corporate software guy who was burned out on coding and wanted to create something meaningful that changed people’s lives. Kate is a registered dietitian with a sensitive tummy who wanted to make life easier for people with IBS and other digestive issues.

A Simulation of the Packaging

A Simulation of the Packaging

They’re asking for your help to fund their Kickstarter project to create a protein bar for the hundreds of millions of people like Kate, who need to limit which foods they eat for the sake of their digestive health.

These days it’s possible (though still challenging) to find a bar that leaves out gluten, dairy, soy, and corn… But Nice Bars are the first and only bar in the US designed to be low in fermentable carbs, also known as “FODMAPs”.


They only have 7 days left to reach their goal of $12,000. Your donation will not only help them reach their goal, but you will return something in return from them. Depending on how much you give, you could receive Nicer Food bars, a tote bag, or a customized bar just for you! To give to this campaign or learn more about Nicer Foods, click here.

What are FODMAPs?

FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides Disaccharides Monosaccharides, and Polyols.

But wait—don’t worry, we’re not going to flood you with scientific jargon!

Jesse found out in a very personal way what FODMAPs were during their Mexican honeymoon:

“Kate had so much abdominal pain and nausea that she couldn’t leave our hotel room. We began looking at options like whether to check into a Mexican hospital, or cut our trip short and go home.”

It turned out later it was not parasites or food poisoning as they feared, but Kate’s IBS flaring up from eating the wrong foods, in her case, FODMAPs.

Simply put, FODMAPs are certain carbohydrates that may be poorly absorbed in the intestines of people who have sensitive digestive systems or IBS. Because the FODMAPs aren’t well absorbed, they stick around and feed bowel bacteria, which leads to gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and irregularity.

Worldwide rates of IBS are estimated to be between 9-23% of the population, or upwards of 1 billion people, many of whom are undiagnosed.

That said, given how many people are cutting back on wheat and dairy nowadays, it’s not too surprising to learn that both wheat and lactose-containing dairy products contain FODMAPs.  According to a recent study, one in four people who claimed they had gluten sensitivity actually had symptoms that were more likely related to FODMAPS.

Unfortunately, FODMAPs are also present in many common “health” foods, and gluten free products.  Examples include:

That’s just to name a few.  While sensitivity to FODMAPs is highly individual, some FODMAPs aren’t well digested by anyone—just think about what beans to do most people!

The Low FODMAPs Diet

Jesse personally witnessed how impactful this diet was for Kate.

“When Kate and I got back from Mexico, she started the low FODMAPs diet, and the results astounded me. Within days, she felt better than she had in years.”

Thanks to research from Monash University in Australia, an increasing number of people with IBS and other GI sensitivities are finding their freedom with a low FODMAPs diet. Research shows that 75% of people with IBS experience significant relief in symptoms on this diet.

This diet is indeed changing people’s lives.

To be clear, Nice bars do not treat, cure, or prevent any illness or condition.  Rather, they simply omit ingredients that many of us have found irritate our guts.  The low FODMAPs diet is not a simple diet, and to receive the full benefits of it, we recommend consulting a dietitian.

In fact, it is exactly because the low FODMAPs diet is not simple that we were inspired to start Nicer Foods, and start creating food products low in FODMAPs.

“Cooking from scratch isn’t always convenient or possible for those of us with busy lives,” Kate explains. “Once we began perusing nutrition facts carefully, we discovered there are very few premade food products that are low in FODMAPs.”

The Mission

We are creating healthy, natural food products for people with food sensitivities, sensitive digestive systems, and IBS. Our products will be free of additives, preservatives, and common GI irritants like corn, soy, dairy, and FODMAPs, so that the hundreds of millions of people with these sensitivities have more options.

That said, our bars aren’t just for people with IBS or food intolerances, they are for everyone who cares about their digestive health!

Along the way, we want to raise more awareness about the low FODMAPs diet, especially in the United States. There is already much more awareness of the diet in the UK, and in Australia where it originated, but in the United States, most people still aren’t aware the diet exists, or how powerfully it is changing people’s lives.

In addition, our dream is to produce lots of FODMAP Friendly food products including protein shakes, sauces, mixes, and much more!  Our first round of bars is only available in the US, but we are already investigating international options in Australia, and possibly the UK.

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Nov 14

Boston Restaurant Review: Wagamama’s Gluten Free Menu Options

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 9.24.14 AMWagamama, the Japanese-inspired casual dining restaurant, known for its famed noodle dishes, as well as flavorful rice dishes, and fresh fruit juices, offers a variety of gluten free and healthy menu options. Wagamama combines fresh and nutritious food with friendly service and value for your money.

I recently had lunch at the Faneuil Hall location with my friend Becca. (The 3 other locations are Prudential Center, Harvard Square, and Lynnfield.)

The servers are trained to help with any dietary questions you may have. While many of the dishes use ingredients that contain gluten, they can modify some recipes to remove or replace those ingredients.  Each restaurant location offers a nutritional and dietary guide, listing the ingredients and allergens of each dish, including eggs, gluten, dairy, soy, shellfish, etc.

Gluten Free Menu Options include:

Raw Salad
Seaweed Salad
Itame Curry (rice noodles in a spicy green coconut and lemongrass soup topped with chicken or tofu, vegetables, and garnished with cilantro and lime)
Yasai Cha Han (stir-fried brown rice with tofu, squash, egg, snow peas, sweet corn, mushrooms, and scallions and served with a side portion of miso soup)
Yaki Soba (teppan-fried rice noodles with chicken, shrimp, egg, beansprouts, peppers, red onions, scallions, mushrooms, garlic, and sesame seeds)
Yasai Yaki Soba (with rice noodles)
Chili men (stir-fried chicken or tofu, zucchini, red onions, peppers, mushrooms and snow peas in a spicy tomato chili men sauce served over rice noodles)
Chicken Ramen (ramen noodles replaced with rice noodles)
Moyashi Soba (rice noodles in a vegetable soup topped with tofu and vegetables)

Wagamama prides itself on the quality and speed of its service and dishes are prepared immediately, ensuring they arrive at the table freshly cooked. Although this means dishes may be delivered at different time, the Wagamama philosophy is: don’t wait—just dig in and share!

And that is exactly what we did. Becca and I started with the edamame appetizer, served with your choice of either salt or chili and garlic salt. We chose the later, which was a bit spicy but delicious nonetheless.IMG_5980

We also shared the seaweed salad with a ‘special’ gluten free sauce. I will say that their seaweed salad is by far the best I’ve ever had and the first seaweed salad I’ve had in a long long time.


For my entrée I ordered the Chicken Ramen. The gluten free version is completely different from the menu description. The description says “Noodles in a chicken and pork soup topped with grilled chicken breast and baby spinach, garnished with menma and scallions.” The dish is made gluten free by replacing the ramen with rice noodles. Our server informed me that the chicken would be bland (Even though she was right, I don’t think servers should ever use the word “bland”).  I ordered it anyways because I wanted soup. It was fine, but she was right, it was bland. The chicken had no flavor, but the broth did, and the ample portion size was filling! IMG_5982

Besides the “bland” chicken, I am still a fan of Wagamama with its reasonably prices, great portions, and gluten free selections.  They are very willing to customize dishes for all allergens and it’s very reassuring that the manager brings out the gluten free— and all other allergen— items. Wagamama is the perfect place to grab a quick and healthy lunch or dinner.

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Nov 13

Hyperbiotics PRO-Women, Probiotics for Women’s Health



2be3d5468a674470180d3965e4ca660b4c5e2027PRO-Women, Probiotics for Women by Hyperbiotics formula has the 6 most proven strains specifically chosen for the targeted benefit they provide to women With Cranberry Extract & 100% naturally occurring D-Mannose, PRO-Women helps with promoting the balance of healthy yeast to avoid yeast infection, candida, and urinary tract infections, weight loss, improved digestion and regularity, and reduced bloating. If you suffer from any one of these problems, then I suggest you read on!

PRO-Women Probitoic is certified gluten free. It is also vegetarian, non-GMO, and does not contain any of the following: yeast, lactose, soy, iron, wheat, nuts, chemicals, preservatives, sugar, artificial colors or flavors.


With this formula, you will finally be able to:

TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE. The detrimental effects of women’s health issues has lead to the formulation of this product – the first of its kind, an all natural and proprietary formula comprised of the 3 most proven ingredients in women’s health and designed to give you the digestive, immune, urinary and vaginal protection you’ve been looking for. Life should be easy.

GET 15 TIMES MORE RESULTS. With patented controlled-release technology, Hyperbiotics targeted women’s probiotic formula will deliver 15x more beneficial flora deep into your intestinal tract than other capsules. The microbes will even reach your large intestine, where they are needed most.
PREVENT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS. With 100% naturally occurring (non-synthetic) D-Mannose and Cranberry Extract, this formula packs a powerful punch when it comes to UTI prevention and treatment. D-Mannose prevents undesirable foreign substances, like bacteria, from attaching to the urinary tract lining and causing infection. D-Mannose can help cure more than 90% of all UTIs within 1-2 days!

CONTROL YEAST AND CANDIDA OVERGROWTH. Replenishing your probiotic colonies is the secret weapon in controlling yeast and candida as it eliminates the root cause of pathogenic activity by restoring your internal flora to its proper state of balance. Once your new probiotics take hold, they will do their job and inhibit the growth of yeast and candida.

GET WELL & FEEL GREAT. 80% of your immune system is in your gut, and when probiotics (the good guys) are abundant in your body, it’s harder for the disease causing bacteria (the bad guys) to settle in. This formula will help restore beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, promoting daily relief from allergies, gas, bloating and constipation, even helping you to increase your nutrient absorption, achieve your weight loss goals and improve your mood and energy levels! Yes please!

The six strands in this probitoic, L. fermentum, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum, L. reuteri and B. bifidum, provide 5 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) per tablet.


I have been using Hyperbitoic’s probitoics for months now and it is a brand I know and trust. You can purchase  PRO-Women, Probiotics for Women by Hyperbiotic on Amazon for $24.95 – 48% off it’s retail price of $48!


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Nov 12

Nutrabear Vitamin B12 Vegetarian Gluten Free Gummy Bears

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This is the first Vitamin B12 gummy bear! Perfect for anyone looking to supplement his/her B12.

Say goodbye to taking multiple pills and supplements. Nutrabear is a nutritional gummy bear designed specifically with vegetarians in mind. Just 3 gummies is enough to fill your B12 Recommended Daily Allowance. It also has everything your multivitamin has – including Zinc and Vitamin D, commonly recommended supplements for health-conscious vegetarians.


Everyday I take a multivitamin and a few other supplements. This gummy reduces the number of pills I have to take more than half!

I have taken B12 Complexes for a while now (in chewable and sublingual form), and these are by far the best tasting supplements that I have had. So much so, in fact, that you might need serious self-control to restrain from eating these like you would actual candy!



✔ Get your daily Vitamin B12 intake from 3 gummy bears. Easier to consume than chewable tablets, these yummy treats are perfect for kids and adults.
✔ 100% Gluten Free and Gelatin Free.
✔ No artificial colors
✔ Perfect for supplementing a vegetarian diet. Each ingredient is carefully chosen to help promote a healthy mind and body.
✔ Includes 9 other essential nutrients: Vitamins A, C, D, E, Pantothenic Acid, B6, B9, Zinc, and Choline.
✔ Avoid a b12 deficiency. B12 deficiencies are common among vegetarians and vegans. Mild B12 deficiencies can result in low energy and poor mental performance. Severe deficiencies can result in permanent damage.

Generally less than 50% of B12 is absorbed. Absorption is increased if B12 is taken several times throughout the day. Taking 3 Nutrabear gummy bears will give you 9 mcg of B12. Taken 3 times a day, at least 3 hours apart will meet the 2.4mcg absorbed B12 RDA for most people.



They do contain artificial ingredients like corn syrup. I avoid products with corn syrup. I do recommend the company try to change this so it can be a true health product. I really hope they make this change soon!

You can purchase Nutrabear Vitamin B12 Gummy Bears on Amazon.

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This entry was posted in Product Review, Vegetarian, vitamins and tagged , , on 12 November, 2014.