A little over two weeks ago, vendors from around the world gathered to showcase thousands and thousands of the latest specialty foods for the 41st Winter Fancy Food show in San Francisco. With some of last years trends still continuing strong, this year had even more to offer! Even though I didn’t make it to the actual event, my inner foodie couldn’t resist and still followed along on social media. Here are a few of my favorite offers this year..
The Olivique ⇒ One of the best varieties of Spanish Olive Oils you can find, certified 100% Extra Virgin. They offer four unique varieties: Picual – notes of wood and fresh herbs, Koroneiki – full bodied with a peppery finish, Cornicabra – notes of fresh herbs, tomato and avocado, Arbequina – fresh and fruity with light notes of apples and almonds. Not only should Olive Oil be a staple in your pantry for its robust flavor but for all of it’s health benefits as well! I use it daily in everything from soups, drizzled over salad, roasting vegetables or cooking with your favorite protein, or even added to dessert recipes. These all offer really fresh, bold flavors and can be used in SO many different recipes or with bread and mozzarella alone! Obsessed. http://www.olivique.com
PB Crave ⇒ With flavors like Cookie Nookie, Choco Choco, Coco Bananas and Razzle Dazzle, these peanut butters are far from boring. If you have kids at home, you’re probably no stranger to peanut butter. This is like an exotic twist on your average PB and incorporates unique flavors so satisfy your sweet tooth. My favorite: Cookie Nookie, cookie dough (flavor), chocolate and wild honey. It’s great with pretzels, on a sandwich or straight from the spoon! http://www.pbcrave.com
The Owl’s Brew ⇒ Tea for cocktails! This wasn’t new to be but it’s a really fun way to add a refreshing twist to your cocktails with zero effort. It’s carefully crafted in small batches of the simplest ingredients, tea + water + agave. These mixers pair well with almost any alcohol or sparkling water. My favorites are the Coco Lada, a combination of coconut and pineapple with a sweet/spicy finish, and White and Vine which is a refreshing mix of white tea, pomegranate lemon peel and watermelon juice. Tons of recipe ideas on their site, these mixers have me so excited for spring and summer barbecues! http://www.theowlsbrew.com
San Francisco Salt Company ⇒ Proving to us that not all salt is created equal, SF Salt Co offers a huge variety of the highest quality natural sea salts. If you’re anything like me, and aren’t very creative in the kitchen, basic seasonings like salt & pepper are your #1 staple in every dish. These have definitely turned me into a salt snob and taste WAY better than any salt you will find on the shelves of your local grocery store. I love the Mediterranean sea salt, pure with zero additives its sourced directly from the pristine Mediterranean Sea and adds depth to any dish you pair it with. http://www.sfsalt.com
Oregon Growers ⇒ This is the definition of a farm direct specialty food. Their preserves, jams and fruit butters are made from the finest quality fresh, in-season locally sourced ingredients. I love their fruit butters, they offer just the right amount of sweetness and pack a huge punch of smooth, pureed fresh fruit. I love to spread these on toast, waffles and pancakes. http://www.oregongrowers.com
Wildway ⇒ Husband & wife team with a passion for healthy living. They make all of their granolas free of gluten, grain, soy and are dairy free, raw and have no added sweeteners. Granola is a great way to add plant based protein and healthy omega fats into your diet. I’ve made actual granola bars with these, so simple.. just add a little bit of honey and bake for a chewy mid-day snack, or eat alone to savor the natural sweet flavors of the nuts and dried fruits. Great for a kick of energy in the morning or to be enjoyed all day long to satisfy your snack cravings. Vanilla bean + espresso = pure deliciousness. I also throw their Instant Hot Cereal packets in my purse to take to work for the easiest, healthy paleo friendly breakfast made of course with 100% real food ingredients. http://www.wildwayoflife.com
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