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Bubbies, I Love You.

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 3 comments

Bubbies, I Love You.

“Eat pickles.  Wear clean underwear.  Marry a doctor.”  Such is the slogan of Bubbies Pickles.     Oh, if only it were that simple Bubbie!  Although, I’ve met a good number of doctors who have as much husband potential as a handkerchief.  But, I’ve yet to meet a Bubbies’ pickle that didn’t show a gal a great time.  So, two outta three ain’t bad, yeah?  I mean, the clean underwear is a given, right?  If you don’t know to wear clean unders, then don’t even consider marriage – doctor or not.     Bubbies, a San Francisco based company run by John and Kathy Gray, has garnered a very...

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INNA jam

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

INNA jam

How the hell have I not written about INNA jam already? What’s wrong with me? Was I ill? Did I get a frontal lobotomy? Do I need one?     INNA jam is just about the best jam I have ever come across. Yes, yes, I know – I’m a bit over the top when it comes to my enthusiastic love of goods lining Artisan Cheese Company‘s shelves. But, it’s not my fault.  Louise has tremendously good taste and passionately picks each product after extensive research and tasting. So, thanks Louise.     If you think of jam or jelly and your mind’s eye immediately scans the towering rows of garbage in the grocery store, you, my dear...

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Negley & Son Honey

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

Negley & Son Honey

History dictates that the creation of fire and invention of the wheel were what really set humans apart from their primitive ancestors.  But, if you ask me, civilization didn’t really begin until humans began hunting for honey over 8,000 years ago.  The ancient cultures of Egypt, China, Mesoamerica and the Roman Empire were hot for honey from the jump, valuing the sticky treat for its medicinal properties.  Meanwhile, honey seems to be a common denominator among Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam as these religions not only regarded honey as a health food, but also a healing agent worthy enough to offer to their respective gods.     And while that...

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Snack Time: Go Raw & Somersault

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 5 comments

Snack Time: Go Raw & Somersault

It’s the simple things that make life worth living. A fiery sunset, a book you can’t put down, kitten videos on YouTube and, now, seeds, grains, sprouts, spirulina and such smooshed into delectable circular snacks.     So, I picked up a couple of bags of ‘Go Raw‘ products on a whim. I was looking for an easy snack we could keep in the pantry that would have a healthier impact than the chocolate chips we’ve been eating straight out of the bag. I also noticed a bag of ‘Somersault‘ nuggets loaded with grains and seeds. I opted for the Dutch Cocoa flavor as we were obviously going to need something to quell our sweet...

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Honeysuckle Gelato

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Honeysuckle Gelato

Summer is supposedly around the corner, but here in South-ish Florida, Summer never ends.  Even our coldest grab-your-jacket-why-don’t-they-sell-mittens-in-Florida days hardly drop below 60.  I’ll skip straight to the point: hot days call for cold treats.     So, Louise and I thought, ‘Hey, we sell dairy, why don’t we start offering something icy for those balmy, muggy days when even the backs of your knees sweat into your shoes?’  Neither one of us said that.  But that’s beside the point.  The solution?  Ice cream.  An even better solution?  Gelato.  Wanna really show off?  Gelato from a regional retailer made...

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BluePrintJuice

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 4 comments

BluePrintJuice

Pretty sure I scared a decent amount of people the other day at Whole Foods when I started shrieking and shaking after catching sight of my beloved BluePrintJuice (yes, it’s meant to be one word) so beautifully lined up next to the kombuchas and chia drinks that I often reach for.     I downed close to a billion of these babies (no, really) when I first saw them out in California last year.  I had only seen them in bigger cities and would try to drink as many as possible when I could get my hands on them, even though they cost a pretty penny.  Lots of pretty pennies.     But, after learning just what goes into BluePrint, I’m pretty...

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Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps

‘Made in Vermont…Naturally’ boasts Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps, referring to the crackers’ wholesome ingredient list as well as the fact that Vermont just clearly kicks ass when it comes to churning out deliciously crafted artisanal goodies.     And listen, if Martha Stewart says it’s good, then it’s fucking good, alright?  I doubt anybody would debate that.     What makes these crispity-crunchity crackers so damned delicious?  Hints of rosemary play wonderfully alongside pistachios and pumpkin seeds accented with a bit of brightness from dried cranberry and a touch of brown sugar sweetness.  The texture,...

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Big Spoon Roasters

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 2 comments

Big Spoon Roasters

There isn’t a spoon in the world big enough to shovel in the amount of Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Cashew Butter that I desire to consume into my face. I’m also keen on consuming a substantial amount of their Peanut Pecan, Peanut Almond and plain ol’ Peanut Butter – and by substantial I mean a sickening amount by most people’s standards. But, alas, I am not most people, thus eating an entire jar of something terrifically delicious in one sitting is not uncommon for me. Especially when that jar contains the hand roasted, hand filled and hand labeled edible gold that Big Spoon Roasters is churning out.     Louise was in the market...

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The Happy Pickle

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Go, Products, Sarasota | 0 comments

The Happy Pickle

Here’s another one of my articles from this issue of Edible Sarasota.  Photo by Angela Jenkins.     “I sing all the time and I love to sing at my stand.  My friend called me ‘one happy pickle’ and the name just stuck,” says Mark Webster of his somewhat namesake company, The Happy Pickle, best known for gourmet pickles and olives that have customers lining up at Florida farmer’s markets, including our own Phillippi Farmhouse Market, in anticipation of just one crunchy, tangy, juicy bite. “Man it’s rewarding,” says Webster of his company, where half sours and kosher dills keep him  happy to be caught in a pickle.   There’s a good...

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Kitten & The Bear – A Perfect Match

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Blog, Eat, Products | 1 comment

Kitten & The Bear – A Perfect Match

With a label that reads ‘Kitten & the Bear,’ these jarred goods had my seal of approval before I even took the first bite.  Couple that with the fact that these preserves are ‘labeled, waxed and sealed up by hand – from the farm to the post office your jam made it from tree-to-jar entirely in-house’ and you are dealing with some mega-watt awesomeness.  This is where I’m supposed to say “Boom,” right?  Isn’t this where the cool kids say “Boom?”     Considering I have a house full of kittens and a pomeranian we lovingly refer to as ‘The Bear,’ I was sold on this product the...

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