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Last Day for Cookie Bar NYC Pop-Up Store

10 Feb

If you haven’t stopped by yet, there’s still an hour left to check out Dorie Greenspan’s pop-up Cookie Bar. Today is the last day and they’re open until 6pm.

Yesterday I swung by, met Dorie and Josh, and picked up some Sesame Sea Salt cookies, Blondies, Jammers, and Crash-Os. My favorite are the blondies although I’d prefer them without nuts. If you’re in Midtown East, be sure to swing by before they close – or are sold out! Check them out on Twitter to see what’s already 86’d. But if you do miss it, you can always order online .

The thing I love about Dorie is she takes such pride in everything she does. These aren’t just cookies, they’re artisanally crafted delicacies, using the highest quality ingredients including Valrhona chocolate. They’re baked in small batches to ensure premium quality control. Sure I try not to eat sweets in mass quantities daily, but I do enjoy a treat in small quantities when the urge arises. Whether it’s a small cookie, or a piece of the best quality chocolate, as long as I’m  indulging in top-notch, wholesome ingredients, with no artificial additives or preservatives, I take pleasure in enjoying every bite.

Happy Cookie Hunting!

Cookie Bar NYC Pop-Up at Mizu 505 Park Ave (btwn 59/60th)

Josh hard at work

Brown Sugar & Spice Jammers

Crash-O (oatmeal cookie)

The Big, Fat, Blondie

Sesame Sea Salt

Cookie Bar NYC Pop-Up Location

Mizu, 505 Park Avenue, between 59/60th streets

Discovering Traditional South African Dishes

15 Dec

I love to travel. My “bucket list” has all the places/cities/countries I want to see before I kick it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to check off much from our hit list this year, so when I was invited to attend “Celebrate the Distinctive Flavors of South Africa” at DeGustibus Cooking School I couldn’t be more excited for a taste of escape. If you’re like me, and are more familiar with South African wines than with the food, this event hosted by South Africa Tourism promised an opportunity to experience both!

DeGustibus is impressive. Photos plaster one wall with every influential chef you can imagine. I got goosebumps surrounded by all that greatness. Founded by Arlene Felman Sailhac, I feel a special connection to DeGustibus since her husband Alain, is Dean at my alma mater, French Culinary Institute. The only downside to this cooking school? Location, location, location. If you can get over it’s unfortunate location at Macy’s in Herald Square, it’s worth checking out a class or demo.

Chef Wamu prepared three traditional South African dishes. He’s cute as a button; a young, charming chef, who shared stories of growing up in Johannesburg.

Chef Wamu

I’ve been mostly vegetarian this year but tasted each dish for the experience. And am so glad I did!

We started with this delicious Chicken Bunny Stew, very similar to a thick chicken curry. A tasting portion was served over a chewy piece of bread. Wine Pairing: Raats Chenin Blanc 2009

Chef Wamu's Chicken Bunny Stew

Next came the Beef Bobotie… a layered shepherd pie style parfait, creamy and curried with a carmelized creme brulee-like surface with ground beef. Wine Pairing: Rudi Schultz Syrah 2007

Chef Wamu's Beef Bobotie at Macy's Degustibus Cooking School Event for South Africa Tourism

And my favorite, the Cinnamon Koeksister in Citrus Syrup with Coconut Shavings, Candied Seasonal Fruit and Creme Anglaise. A donut meets turkish dessert, it’s gooey, chewy and sweet but balanced with the vanilla creme anglaise. Wine Pairing: Amarula Cream Liqueur

Chef Wamu's Cinnamon Koeksisters with Creme Anglaise

What a fun, informative way to learn about South African culture and cuisine! Plus, it got me jazzed to visit some day. South Africa Tourism has tons of resources if you are looking to plan a trip. But until then, here are some South African restaurants in NYC that are worth trying.

Braai

Tolani

Madiba (Brooklyn) –

Xai Xai Wine Bar

Bunny Chow

Peeled Snacks Recipe Contest: Enter NOW for a chance to win $250 in CASH!

28 Jul

Calling all Food Buffs!

Peeled Snacks is hosting their first recipe contest, the Ultimate Recipe Remix. Enter for a chance to win $250 in cash and a chance to compete in a live cook-off!!!! All contestants will receive a discount code for 40% off Peeled Snacks, so either way, it’s a win, win!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

Submission deadline: SUNDAY, July 31, 2011 (11:59PM PST)

Here’s How: Create an original appetizer or entrée recipe containing Peeled Snacks as an ingredient and submit your entry to contest@peeledsnacks.com (up to five entries per person). All contestants will receive a discount code for 40% off Peeled Snacks, and finalists will compete for cash and prizes at a live cook-off event in NYC this September.

Entries must include:

    • Image of dish (either photo or video)
    • Dish name and recipe
    • Name(s) of Peeled Snacks used in recipe
    • Brief description of yourself

See entry examples at Peeled Snacks’ Tumblr page. Click here for contest details. 

*TheFoodBuff.com is not responsible for any aspect of this contest including its production or coordination. For any contest rules, regulations, or other questions, please contact contest@peeledsnacks.com or refer to their contest page. Thank you!

TECHmunchNYC 2011: Informing and Inspiring Food Bloggers

16 Jun

I love blogging, but as with most things in life, there are times when we all need a little encouragement and inspiration.

A few weeks ago, I was exchanging emails with BakeSpace.com founder, Babette Pepaj. She asked if I’d considered attending TECHmunch NYC. It hadn’t been on my radar, but the second she mentioned it, I knew I couldn’t miss it.

TECHmunch is a series of food blogger conferences held across the US. Founded by Babette in 2010, the NYC conference was held Saturday, June 11, part of Internet Week. TECHmunch was started to give bloggers like me the tools to create great content and build loyal audiences (like you). I really enjoyed listening to all the panel discussions, particularly Chris Pearson of DIYThemes (and creator of Thesis), who shared useful tips on great website design.

Although the SEO panel discussion was overwhelming and gave me a little agita, it was eye-opening and educational. The only disappointment was not having more time to focus on the subject. I kind of wanted to kidnap the panel and host a private Q&A in my apartment.

Click here to check out the agenda from this year’s TECHmunch NYC, and here to find out if TECHmunch is coming to your city this year! And to read some of the handouts from the event…click here.

But I know all you food hounds are only interested in one thing…. a conference for food bloggers hosted by BakeSpace.com?? That’s gotta mean good eats!!! And you’re right, it did. Here’s a peek:

New Chobani Yogurt Flavors

Chobani Champions for kids - I had no idea they even had a kids line!

Banana basket at breakfast. Nice to have a vegan option.

Thank you 'Wichcraft for providing a ridiculous spread of sandwiches and salads for lunch!

And for providing a vegetarian option! The chickpea sandwich was delish.

'Wichcraft chickpea arugula salad

HUGE shout out to @KitchenAidUSA for all the product donations. There were giveaways throughout the day and consequently, a lot of smiling bloggers.

KitchenAid Appliances for Giveaways

Oh and I neglected to mention that I won this KitchenAid convection bake countertop oven during one of the giveaways! WAHOO. Now, I just have to figure out how to make room for it in my kitchen.

KitchenAid Countertop Oven

Snack time was ridiculous. There was everything from fresh made smoothies by Chobani, tons of sandwiches and salads from ‘Wichcraft, plus crudite, chips, and desserts further than the eye could see.

Ridiculous buffet for snack time

This was one of the most ridic crudite platters I’ve ever seen. It had everything from traditional carrots, cucumbers to brussel sprouts! All the vegetables were fresh, vibrant, and beautifully arranged. I absolutely loved it.

Crudite

I know there are many theories here but I grew up in Maine and thus believe, New England is where Whoopie pies were born. Growing up, I had my share of these heavenly sandwiches and Rubicelli’s were divine. I liked that they didn’t have an obscene amount of filling which many often do.

Robicellis Dessert Menu

Cupcakes & Whoopie Pies by Robicelli's

Cookies by Tasty Morsels Bakery

We were all disappointed that Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres, had a last minute engagement, preventing him from appearing at TECHmunch, but he was kind enough to do a video interview. And oh man, that guy is pure spunk. He really is absolutely hilarious.

Cookies by Jacques Torres

Amazingly fresh mixed berries with mint (I think in simple syrup sauce)

Four Roses Bourbon Cocktail

Four Roses Bourbon was kind enough to post the recipe to this cocktail.

Four Roses Bourbon Cocktail from TECHmunch NYC 2011

 3 Cups of Four Roses Bourbon

6 cups Water

2 cups strong tea

1 cup sugar

1 6-ounce container frozen orange juice, thawed

1 12-ounce lemon juice container, thawed

Mix and serve. They garnished with a lovely mint sprig.

Thank you to all of the following companies for making this day happen. It was truly a great learning experience and I’m so pleased to have met so many creative and inspiring people. Can’t wait until next year…or I may need to travel to another city.

BakeSpace.com

Cupcakes Take the Cake (Also co-produced TECHmunch NYC)

Chobani

KitchenAid

The Harvard Common Press

Driscoll’s

Brooklyn Brewery

Robicelli’s

Four Roses Bourbon

‘Wichcraft

Excel PR Group

Highlights from 1st Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

7 Apr

Sunday, April 3rd, was the first NYC Vegetarian Food Festival. What a zoo!!!  Turnout was good with herds of people crammed into a small space at the Altman building. I was psyched I bought VIP tickets in advance through Living Social because the line for general admission was half-way down the block. I heard some people didn’t even get in? And that next year it will be at Javitz? One can only hope because we could have used the space!

I was thrilled to meet so many like-minded people, brought together by a love of food, and interest in healthy/sustainable lifestyles. Although I was disappointed that most vendors focused heavily on desserts, cookies, and numerous vegan mac & cheeses, I was very happy to see some brands that I love, and to find unique/innovative products that I hadn’t tried before. And there were samples galore! I do hope next year there are more vendors that focus on clean foods like vegetables, beans, nuts, and fruits.

Here are a few highlights. I’ll have some further product reviews in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

Peeled Snacks

One of my favorite snacks, just came out with new variety packs like Pineapple, Mango & Banana. My three favorites together in one bag? Hip, hip, hooray!

New Varieties of Peeled Snacks

Peeled Snacks Team

Gnosis Chocolate

A vegan chocolate that’s 100% handmade. I’ve seen it at Whole Foods and never tried it until the Festival. I was skeptical at first, but that Super Choc was so delicious I bought a few bars to test out! I’ll have a full review in the weeks to come.

Super Choc

Beyond Sushi

All vegetarian, organic sushi rolls use black rice with fresh veggies, fruits and tofu based sauces like chilli & mango and tofu & miso. I was sad I didn’t get to try it. They were completely out of samples when I was there but conceptually sounded really interesting. I mean, come on!!! Look at how gorgeous these are; almost too pretty to eat.  They’d be great for pregnant moms who can’t have shellfish, or those with shellfish allergies or of course, vegetarians/vegans!

Beyond Sushi

Splitz Snacks

Organic, healthy snacks made primarily from yellow split peas, this delicious snack has 140 calories, 6 grams fat and a whopping 9 grams of protein in a 2 oz bag!

Splitz snacks

Splitz Table

Raw Ice Cream Company

I’ve tried quite a few raw, vegan ice creams and this one was exceptional. It had a very creamy, smooth consistency. And I love their tagline, “Gorge yourself responsibly!” Why thank you, I will!

Although the samples don’t look that appetizing here, the mint chip was fabulous! They have very limited distribution at the moment, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before this spreads like wildfire. Their website is the cutest ever, and has a store locator if you’re looking to purchase.

Raw Ice Cream Table

Raw Ice Cream Samples

SHEFFA snacks

Loved these little snacks from Sheffa. It would be a great beer snack; kind of like a healthy version of party mix. I guess that’s kind of redundant right? A healthy snack to go with a beer is like having a diet coke with a big mac. Still, they were tasty. I liked the Spicy snack mix made with ground chickpeas, roasted corn, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, spices and sea salt.

Sheffa Snacks

Wholesome Creations

Although I usually make my own salad dressing, I did enjoy these all natural, gluten-free, vegan, dressings by Wholesome Creations. No additives, no preservatives, no added colors or chemicals. Flavors include: Lemon Paradise, Pomegranate Cranberry, Ginger/Green Tea, Mediterranean.

Wholesome Creations Mediterranean Flavor

How cute are they?

Wholesome Creations Team

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