Saturday, March 31, 2018

Satisfy your Hunger and Thirst with these New Products


I loved the options that arrived on my doorstep this month and I think you will too.


Stock your fridge with Muuna Cottage Cheese…
It’s no secret that I tend to eat lots of extra calories when I’m traveling. Things are a lot different at home, where I’m looking for healthy options.

Yogurt is usually may go to for packing protein in a quick cup. I’m always careful to pick the least amount of sugar too. Now, I have another option, Muuna Cottage Cheese.

They sent me a case in plain, black cherry, and raspberry. They were all delicious, with fruit and little sugar, and only about 120 calories. A small container of Muuna Cottage Cheese is also loaded with  at least 15 grams of protein.

In addition to the flavors I tried, it also now comes in peach, blueberry, strawberry, and mango. Check for it in your supermarket.



An Instant Coffee find from Alpine Start...
Alpine Start Instant Coffee sent me a box of their instant coffee, made from high altitude Arabica beans. The idea was to make a product similar to Starbuck’s Via, only better. I think they’ve succeeded.

I poured a packet into a glass full of ice and water, then topped it with a little almond milk. It was delicious. The coffee flavor is fresh and distinct, and it blended in with no pebbly taste. (Does anyone remember Sanka?)

I can’t say I loved it hot, I felt it was a little thin, unless I put it in a small cup. It is great for rubs (i.e. steak, chicken) and smoothies. Skip the frapuccino and make yourself something delicious with one of these little packets.


ArT Wine Preserver so you don’t have to finish the bottle…
...Of course, you may want to, but it’s no longer necessary. The ArT Wine Preserver will keep preserving that same bottle of wine. You can pour a glass, but it back in the refrigerator or wine rack, and not worry about what it will taste like.

A two second spray of argon displaces the oxygen in the bottle to keep the wine fresh. I gave it a try and you couldn’t tell the bottle had previously been opened. It’s well-worth the $15 investment to preserve up to 50 bottles of wine. You can buy it on Amazon right now.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ginger Beer, Growlers and Tea Tree Oil

The shortest month of the year is over, and it looks like we will have an early spring.  It’s time to try some healthy and refreshing items.


Nothing like ginger…
I love ginger beer. It’s my drink when I’m out and I am not drinking alcohol. Contrary to what people think, it’s nothing like beer and certainly not soda. A good ginger beer tastes like the best ginger ale you ever had, but without so many bubbles.

Brooklyn Crafted got all that right. I really enjoyed the samples they sent. The Unfiltered Ginger Beer Earl Grey is made with lots of fresh ginger, and has a bit of the English black tea in it for substance (and some caffeine).

I also tasted the Brooklyn Crafted Extra Spicy Ginger Beer. It’s got a nice kick to it with some ginger extract in addition to the ginger. It’s a very interesting mixer and will certainly take your Moscow Mule up a notch.

Brooklyn Crafted also makes their ginger beers in Sugar Free. I’ll definitely be looking to try those.


Growler Werks delivers a pint…
As craft beers become more popular, so does the use of growlers. Bringing your own to your favorite brewery can save money and help save the planet from excess bottles and cans.

Growler Werks has a selection of sizes to keep your beer at the right temperature and taste, even for a large crowd. They sent me their UPint. It’s the fit for 16 oz of beer, with double installation, side divots for an easy grip, and a wide lid opening. It’s a great thing to have packed for vacation as UPint also can be used to keep beverages hot.  


With just this one oil…
Even princess-to-be Meghan Markle has declared, “The one thing I can’t live without when I’m traveling is tea tree oil.”

Despite the fact that it has become the oil of royalty, I confess I had not tried it until I was contacted by Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil. I was a bit skeptical when I received a list of what this magical potion can be used for. It has been said to cure bug bites, cuts, burns, and even acne. While I thankfully didn’t have all those maladies, it did work for everything I tried it on.

I told a few friends about my tea tree find and discovered I was definitely late in discovering it. One said she uses it on our face for wrinkles, another swore there’s nothing safer for her kids bug bites. While I can’t make any medical claims, I can tell you that Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil is 100% natural.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fun finds and Valentine’s Day ideas

I have some really unique finds to suggest this month. I hope you like them as much as I did.


Going wild for Beetology…
This definitely qualifies as unique! When I was first approached by Beetology to test out their juices and make cocktails, I was a bit apprehensive. I love beets, but couldn’t imagine drinking them. Even borsht, a well-known Russian soup my father loved, was not my thing.

I took the case of Beetology to my favorite bartender, Lionel, along with the recipes I was given. It was a cold night so there were just a half-dozen of us there. We did some experimenting with the juices, making the Beety Bloody Mary, Tropical Beet-a-colada, Berry-Beet-a-rita, Bourbon Beet-It, and the Beetology Zinger.

A couple people liked the Berry-Beet-a-rita and Beetology Zinger, but we couldn’t say we’d go out of our way to make them again. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we all LOVED the juices on their own. They are very healthy, 100% natural juice with no added sugar, and only 90-100 calories. 

While I’m not putting them in my bar, the extras are in my refrigerator and I suggest you buy the Beetology Beet + Lemon + Gin
ger, Beet + Cherry (the favorite), Beet + Berry (a close second), and Beetology Beet + Tropical Fruit.


Israeli Wines to Try…
I had some delicious wines when I was in Israel, so I was more than willing to try some more. Here are two I really enjoyed. I actually have two more to taste, but I’m running a bit behind here so look for more next month.

Galil Mountain Winery, in the Upper Galilee mountains, has a Sauvignon Blanc that is ideal. It’s light and very citrusy, easy drinking with or without food.

As for red, the Hermon Red from Golan Heights Winery is filled with fruit and semi-dry. At just $12, it’s a bargain you should have on hand.


Kohler treats for Valentine’s Day…
If you are looking for a deliciously appropriate Valentine’s Day gift to send, checkout the offerings from one of my favorite resorts, the American Club at Kohler.


This Valentine’s Day they not only have their luscious chocolates, but they are also selling a sweet libation: Dark Chocolate Brandy. You can purchase chocolates online if you can’t make the trip to Kohler, Wisconsin, and find locations for the brandy here