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Ten More Products We Saw at Expo West that We Bet You Haven’t Tried

Expo West last month in Anaheim was a bonanza of products including many that are new and unusual. Here's ten more that you probably haven't heard of... in addition to the ones we mentioned in our earlier post here.Arette Tea Seed Oil -- Yet another oil touted for its benefits as well as its flavor, Arette brings several varieties to the market. They claim it one of the most nutritious and healthiest edible oils, with a high percentage of unsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, has a ...

Raise the Bars: Top Snack Bar Picks for 2017

From a few humble meal replacement bars (remember the ubiquitous Power Bar), the snack bar is now a world unto itself. Noted for what they include (protein, sprouted seeds, caffeine, and super foods) and what they don't (grains, dairy, and sugar), they have come into their own for both snacking and meal replacement.After what seemed like hundreds displayed at Expo West, these are our top picks for 2017, worth tracking down.bRaw – These small batch are so good that they are dangerous. ...

Foods You Never Heard of from Expo West 2017

It was the biggest ever Natural Products Expo – over 80,000 attendees and thousands of products spread over three venues in Anaheim California two weeks ago. The world's biggest expo of its kind, it was a challenge just to get through it but the resulting finds were worth it!We found dozens of products that most people – even dedicated foodies – have likely never heard of. Some were hot out of production and some were just new to Americans.Some may have already hit your store ...

Top of the Food Chain (of Fools)

I happened to watch in the seatback in front of me at 34,000 feet two smarmy (ok, obnoxious) money men dangling carrots in front of contestants in a reality TV show about food.  They weren't actual carrots but the hopeful  competitors  stood the chance to get some advice and financing, which could help launch their restaurant/food businesses and make them flourish.One team had a tasty-looking vegan hot dog, with homemade pickles and toppings, which one moneyman seemed to like.  The ...

The Vegan Tipping Point?

Just five years ago, veganism was still so far from mainstream that it would require a lengthy explanation and a slew of apologies, especially when seeking out vegan foods in a restaurant.  Meatless was one thing but no eggs and cheese?  Fuggedahbout it, as they say in Brooklyn.How things have changed.  More and more people  are waking up to a diet sans animal products.  According to some sources, the number of vegans in America has doubled since 2009.  In fact, like probiotic and ...

Personalized Cheese? Kinda Cool, Kinda Creepy – Edible Synthetic Biology

It’s no secret we’re microbe-obsessed, which is why we’re always going on about living and fermented foods like kombucha, fermented tofu, pickles and nut cheeses. Probiotics, which is what the microorganisms are called in food and health circles these days, have become a trendy health food for good reason beyond their sheer deliciousness.Now, in a just-opened exhibit in Dublin, there’s a glimpse of the future of synthetic biology, which if you haven't heard of it, you should.  (Don't ...

Is the FDA So Asleep it’s Dreaming all’s OK? Nano Versus GMO

By now, everyone's heard of GMOs, genetically modified food. You may think GMOs are the frankenfood of nightmares, potentially triggering bad reactions from allergies to immune and metabolic disorders. You may also know that the U.S. Congress, blessed by the President, has enacted the DARK Act as the law of the land, officially and legally known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (right?).States must follow the federal law, however effective (or not) it may turn out to be in ...

What’s Hot in Fancy Food Trends? Vegan, Gluten-Free, Herbal and More

It’s that time of year for fancy food (aka “specialty” food) at the massive 62nd Annual Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The weather was June’s finest and the show floor was hopping. Your humble correspondent was there, bringing you the new and fanciest trends.Delighted to report, VEGAN is making inroads, with mayos, yogurts, frozen desserts and lots of options in the chocolate and snack departments too.  Even the international folks (55 countries exhibited) added some ...

Raise a Glass of Sherry to the USA

The USA has a lot to be proud of for its birthday this year. With the passing of equal rights for gay marriage nationwide we are showing signs of maturity for a country that’s only a wee 229 years old. Another great triumph and cause for patriotic celebration is the USA’s victory in the 2015 International Food & Wine Competition COPA JEREZ. For the first time ever, USA took home the big win led by Chef & Somm team of San Francisco’s 15 Romolo, Michelle Matthews and Ian J Adams ...

Weeding out the Nutrition (in Your Yard)

By now, you might have heard that many plants we call weeds are actually great sources of nutrition.  Dandelions are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.  Chickweed has become the darling of farmer's markets, with its spinach-like flavor, and is also very high in nutrients.  There are lots more everywhere we look.A wonderful and highly recommended book  by Katrina Blair, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, published in late 2014 describes in detail 13 "weeds" that grow around the ...