Friday, January 28, 2011

SF Fancy Food Show: More Items that Deserve a Mention!!

Tisano Chocolate Tea
Tisano's Chocolate Tea has the aroma and taste of dark chocolate without the fat or calories, though I thought it was better with a little stevia added. Tisano's single origin chocolate tea is a chocolate herbal infusion that claims to provide the following benefits: energy boost, immune system support, and an antidepressant (all coming from the chemical Theobromine, found in cacao.) For more information, you can find them here online. They are also on twitter and facebook.


This comes from the "wow, that's kind of trippy" department: I tried a product called SanTásti at the Fancy Food Show and I can describe it as a flavor eraser for your tongue. It would be awesome to take along on a wine tasting, as it really does what it is designed to do: cleanse your palate. It comes in Classic and Cucumber flavors.

You can get a free sample by going here.

For more information on SanTásti, you can visit their website at or .

Find their facebook page here.

 Almondina brands itself "The Delicious Cookie Without the Guilt!" They are basically a biscotti (which is a lower calorie cookie anyway) sliced to the thickness of a cracker, available in these flavors: The Original America's all natural favorite with almonds and raisins, Choconut, Cinnaroma, Gingerspice, AlmonDuo, Anniversary, Sesame, Chocolate Cherry, Brantreats, and Chocolate Dipped.

They taste great by themselves, but you'd probably catch me spreading them with Laughing Cow cheese or jam and having them for dessert with a glass of Sobon Zinfandel. ;)

You can find them on twitter here and on facebook here. Pictured is the company's founder (Yuval N. Zaliouk) and the product!

Sahale Snacks
 Sahale (pronounced sah-HA-lee) Snacks line of products take my favorite nuts: pecans, almonds, and cashews, and coat them in FLAVAHH! Some of their varieties include: BBQ almonds with mild chipotle, southwest cashews with chile & cheddar, and Tuscan almonds with parmesan and herbs. You can find a more detailed breakdown at my friend Val's blog called VALuable 411.

You can follow Sahale Snacks on twitter here and on facebook here.

Lucero Olive Oil

Lucero is a company of 4th generation California olive growers from the rural community of Corning, CA-- that has some of the oldest olive trees in the state. Their product line includes: Extra Virgin Olive Oils - Ascolano, Manzanillo, Mission, Arbequina, Miller's Blend, Anthony's Blend; Flavored Olive Oils - Lemon, Mandarin, Garlic, Basil; Balsamic Vinegars - Traditional and Flavored (Red Apple, Black Cherry, Fig, Blueberry, Peach). They also have a tasting room and retail store. You can find them on facebook here.

Nature's Indulgence
Nature's Indulgence granola is made in small batches using fresh and natural ingredients. They also buy their ingredients from small, independent farms. Don't miss their Cherry Chocolate and Lemon Blueberry varieties. From the samples I tried, I thought they were the most flavorful! Here is a link to their full line.

You can follow them on twitter here and like them on facebook here.

Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods
While we are on the topic of granola, I will mention Erin Baker's homestyle granola and her breakfast cookie. Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods, was founded in 1996 by Erin Baker and operates out of Bellingham, WA.

The breakfast cookies are designed to be "A perfect meal on the go". Try the Peanut Butter or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk--another vegan product that actually tastes pretty good. If you go to their website there is even a sampler pack available for purchase.

Flavors available are Fruit and Nut, Chocolate Chunk Raisin, Peanut Butter, Banana Walnut, Morning Glory, Double Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin, Mocha Cappuchino, Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Vegan Chocolate Chunk, and Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk.

As for the granola, the Ultra Protein Power Crunch Granola was the official granola of the 2008 Ironman competition in Hawaii. You can find Erin Baker on Facebook here or on twitter here.

One more thing!!

Mussini Natural Flavored Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

I have been using this on top of everything!! It's called Mussini Natural Flavored Balsamic Vinegar Glaze. It is spectacular. I make crostinis then cover in spreadable cheese, top with more crumbled cheese and pecans, then drizzle the glaze over that. 

Another way I use the topping is on popcorn-- I will grate some cheese on the popcorn and then use the topping over that. It is available online here. Go for the Brandy Balsamic! It is also available on Amazon here.

There will most likely be a few more Fancy Food show highlights as the rest of my samples trickle in. Also, look for some more giveaways in the next few weeks!!

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