One of the most incredible aspects of living in NYC is having access to so many unique and varied food choices.
However, with there being so many restaurants and cultural neighborhoods it can be challenging to see and experience everything! Enter, Foods Of NY, an interactive and fun tour experience that started in 1999 by Todd Lefkovic whose goal was to introduce locals and visitors to the ultimate, off-the-beaten-path, food and cultural experiences.
Originating the Food Tourism concept 15 years ago with his Original Greenwich Village Food Tour, FoodsOfNY tours offer an “insider” experience at the best local restaurants and specialty gourmet shops in each neighborhood, with a concentration on historic family owned and operated businesses.
My daughter and I recently experienced this fun and interesting tour where we started out at Murray’s Cheese Shop and enjoyed a walking (and tasting) excursion of this historic area. This included an experience with a licensed tour guides who had an in-depth knowledge of history, culture and architecture of NY, a contagious love of food and true New Yorker’s point of view.
During the intimate tour, this included visits to so many different and unique places that I have never experienced – even as a native New Yorker – including enjoying olive oil at O & Co Olive Oil Shop, pizza at Joe Pizza, rice balls at FAICCO’S ITALIAN SPECIALTIES, meatballs at PESCE PASTA and much more where we were able to soak in the history and culture of these amazing eateries. We also enjoyed a history of Cornelia Street – stopping in the Cornelia Street Cafe and learning all about this distinct and special street that is filled with small restaurants. Personally, I loved hearing about the history of the area as well as how some of the most renowned restaurants in the area got their start.
With so many chain stores dominating NYC, it was really nice to see a different side of NYC through the eyes of Mom & Pop owned specialty food shops. This is fantastic for tourists to experience NYC as well as residents as they experience in ultimate food and cultural experience “off the beaten” path.
With a company whose mission to continually seek out and share food and cultural finds, we loved how the Foods of New York Tours took us on an incredible three-hour journey into the Greenwich Village as we explored the neighborhood, food, and venues that made for a truly special NYC experience.
Are you looking for an easy way to enhance and amply the nutritional benefits in your food? We recently discovered just that with Kickers® powdered fruit blends, an all natural, gluten free, non-GMO, fruit based powdered sweetener.
Whether you have picky kids, or are looking to enhance the flavor in your food, Kickers are a great way to add in a burst of fruit flavors to your everyday foods such as oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, ice-cream, cottage cheese, hot and cold cereal, popcorn, protein drinks, smoothies, and so much more.
We recently tested out the delicious line, and loved how easy it was to enhance our food by simple sprinkling on these natural flavorings. This includes Apple Cinnamon, Maple Banana Cream, Strawberry Banana, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana that are made with real fruit and contain NO artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup.
Containing only 15-20 calories per serving and with 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, Kickers are a wonderful and easy way to enhance your food without drastically changing up the way you eat. They are also low in fat or fat free, and come packaged in a 25 serving family sized spouted pouch (retail $9.99) and a double serving ‘on the go’ stick pack (retail $1.49).
Perfect for families and those looking to enhance their health, Kickers are a convenient and portable way to ‘sprinkle a little goodness’ directly on your favorite foods.
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The holidays are such a special time, but let’s face it, they can be really hectic. Between gift wrapping, hiding the Elf and holiday baking, the holidays are a lot of work for busy moms! With a sweet holiday tea party and a super easy baking kit from Betty Crocker, a holiday tea and cookie decorating party can be just the break you need from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Betty Crocker’sholiday baking kit comes wrapped up in a pretty package complete with everything you need to bake with your kiddos! From sugar cookie mix to spoons to a cookie cutter, the only thing you’ll need is an egg and a stick of butter! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
The holiday baking kit from Betty Crocker lets you #getyourbettyon with all the ingredients needed to whip up fabulous holiday treats. From sugar cookie mix to frosting to oven mitts, the kit has it all! All you need are your kiddos creativity to bring the cookies to life!
Cookie decorating is a fun activity for a group of kids any time of year! To prepare the cookies to be decorated at the party, bake cookies with your child ahead of time. To create easy sugar cookies, you just use the Betty Crocker mix and add in butter and an egg. A party dress from Counting Daisies makes the perfect baking outfit for a holiday tea!
Transfer the dough to a floured cutting board and start rolling out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, a little extra help might be needed.
Now comes the fun part! Using the gingerbread cookie cutter from the Betty Crocker kit, start cutting out little gingerbread men and placing on an ungreased baking sheet.
After baking in the oven for 5-7 minutes, your gingerbread men are ready to cool and more importantly, ready to be decorated! Set up a simple decorating station for your party including the baked cookies, sprinkles and different colored frosting made with Betty food coloring gel. The kids will love getting their Betty on! From frosting to sprinkles, these cookies will almost look to good to eat!
Who can blame the kiddos from sneaking a quick lick of yummy frosting?
When setting up for this fun tea party, use festive tablecloths and napkins. The colors green, pink and red are perfect for the holidays but the color combo can be used any time of year! Sparkly ornaments in a bowl and candy canes make great holiday table decorations!
Flowers are always a fun addition to any party table!
For an added party favor, personalized ornaments are a fun take home gift for each child!
In addition to cookie decorating, a craft station is also a fun addition to any party to keep kids busy! Michaels has a wide array of easy crafts for all ages and any time of year! The Ikea tea cups are great for storing small art supplies at the craft station!
A tea party typically doesn’t need a lot of food, but small finger sandwiches and other light snacks are a welcome addition. Using the cookie cutter from the Betty Crocker holiday kit is a cute way to make tea sandwiches in the shape of gingerbread men.
Light snacks like popcorn and veggies and hummus are great for an afternoon spread.
From cookie decorating to hot chocolate, everyone will love this party! With super easy baking items from Betty Crocker and cute decor from Ikea, throwing this party will be no-stress fun for the holidays!
With 30 million green-beancasseroles set to appear on Thanksgiving tables next week, I’m writing to suggest a story for MomTrends on a fun holiday survey: “New York is ranked #20 in the U.S. for love of green-beancasserole, according to the Del Monte GreenBean Index.”
To conduct this study, bean counters at Del Monte asked 1,500 Americans to “go greenbean” and rate their fondness for the classic green-beancasserole side dish.
Check out the Top 20 U.S. states with the highest concentration of green-beancasserole lovers as well as the classic recipe below.
THE TOP 20 U.S. STATES THAT LOVE GREEN-BEANCASSEROLE
#1: Kentucky (78% of residents ‘really like or love the dish’)
#2: Wisconsin (77%)
#3: Missouri (76%)
#4: Iowa (75%)
#5: Maine (74%)
#6: New Hampshire (73%)
#7: Florida (72%)
#8: Colorado (71%)
#9: California (69%)
#10: Mississippi (68%)
#11: Oklahoma (67%)
#12: Utah (66%)
#13: Kansas (66%)
#14: Texas (65%)
#15: Maryland (64%)
#16: Ohio (63%)
#17: Massachusetts (62%)
#18: Illinois (61%)
#19: Michigan (60%)
#20: New York (60%)
TOP FIVE ‘SECRET INGREDIENTS’ FOR GREEN-BEANCASSEROLE:
Del Monte also asked state residents to rate their favorite “secret ingredient” — a single, creative item that can be added to the casserole‘s iconic greenbean, cream of mushroom, and french fried onion flavors to make it unique and different. According to the survey, the Top 5 most-wanted secret ingredients are:
#1: Bacon (37% picked it as their favorite secret ingredient)
#2: Cheese (19%)
#3: Mushrooms (15%)
#4: Bread crumbs, croutons, or crushed crackers (12%)
#5: Almonds (8%)
Green Bean Casserole:
2 can (10.75oz.each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 tsps. soy sauce
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 can (14.5oz.each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
2⅔ cups French’s® French Fried Onions, divided
Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole.
Bake at 350° F, uncovered, 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
Bake 5 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown.
While we are loving the cooler weather as an excuse to rock our favorite fall fashions, it is also an incredible time to enjoy the comforts of staying in. With that comes more cooking and baking with one of our favorite recipes being a Vegan Homemade Chili. A healthy addition for the whole family, this easy recipe was made in a slow cooker where you essentially combine the ingredients, set the timer and enjoy a hearty fall staple in a few hours. Be sure to check out this food video below, and discover even more tasty recipes by visiting our YouTube channel.
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We love decking the house for Halloween, but for even more Halloween spirit, add a little frightening fun to your kid’s lunch box with these eerie ideas. Not crafty? No worry. Scroll down to see our no-skill needed ideas.
Who can resist eating their fruits and veggies when they are presented like this? I mean, that FrankenKiwi? Love that.
1 in 5 children face hunger every day. To help drive awareness to the issue and to help solve the problem, Unilever launched Project Sunlight in November 2013. Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission that encourages people to take small steps that make a big difference toward building a brighter future for children. The initiative is made up of a growing community of people who believe in a world where everyone has enough food to eat and no child goes to bed hungry.
The Momtrends team is blessed to live in abundance when it comes to food. When we hear that an estimated 16 million children under 18 years old live in “food insecure” households which means they don’t know where – or when – their next meal will be, we try to jump in and help the cause.
It’s not just bloggers lending a voice to the campaign. Actor and advocate Josh Duhamel led the “Share A Meal” launch in partnership with Feeding America®. Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. Josh says, “As a father, it’s inconceivable to me that the kids I see on the playground, or in my neighborhood, could be from a home that doesn’t have enough food on the table.”
Feeding America serves 12 million children each year. Through Feeding America, Unilever has been able to contribute nearly 30 million meals to families and children (more than 13 million pounds of food and more than $3 million in support) in just five years.
Now here is where YOU get involved. We put together this simple graphic to get you inspired to take part. Why not start by pinning or tweeting this image to get YOUR community inspired with the hashtag #ShareAMeal
Ways to give back:
· Help a Family in Your Neighborhood: Simply sharing a meal with a neighbor either in the form of a simple lunch or dinner party, or even packing an extra lunch for your child to take to school, could go a long way.
· Partner with Local Organizations: Local community organizations are great resources for sharing a meal in your area – simply tap into their networks to see how you can help.
· Coordinate with Your Local Food Bank: Whether you wish to volunteer or host your own local food drive, use Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area.
· Host a Virtual Food Drive: Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser tool is a great place to start and to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues for contributions.
· Donate: Consider swapping a night out with a night in and share those extra savings with children and families in need in the form of a donation to Feeding America.
· You Buy One, We Give One: Look for the Unilever “You Buy One, We Give One” coupon offer in the Sunday paper on November 16. Redeem at participating stores from November 16 – 30 and Unilever will donate one meal* to Feeding America when you purchase any participating Unilever product.
· Lend Your Voice: Inspire others by revealing why you’re helping to end child hunger on social media using, “I #ShareAMeal because…”
Here’s a sample shopping list to print and share.
To find out more about how you and your family can give help head to ProjectSunlight.us to download the Unilever Share A Meal Toolkit.
Need more inspiration? Award-winning filmmaker and Unilever Bright Future Award recipient, Patrick Creadon, teamed up with Unilever to create four-minute documentary about how Americans are grappling with child hunger in a, “Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger.”
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries. Click here to find out more www.unileverusa.com
Click here to find out more about Feeding America a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. feedingamerica.org
Momtrends is being sponsored by Unilever to bring awareness to the issue of hunger in America. All language and opinions are our own.*$1 helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks. $0.111 from each qualifying coupon redemption will be donated to Feeding America. Unilever guarantees a minimum donation of $150,000 and a maximum donation of $200,000 from 11/16/14 to 11/30/14 date through the redemption of each coupon. Meal claims valid as of 5/29/14 through 12/31/14. Limit 1 per person, per household.
As an avid home cook with two little ones around, things can get messy. To combat any mess on my clothes I use aprons for my meal prep.
One of my favorite brands is Dsenyo, a member of the Fair Trade Federation who works with groups in Africa and Latin America to create jobs for those less fortunate.
Featuring a vivid and gorgeous collection of aprons, the Dsenyo collection showcases handmade aprons that are made by the Vipambi Women’s Group. This includes chic prints and colors like Blue Green, Fuchsia and Yellow Circles Handmade Full Pocket Apron, Purple and Green Circles Handmade Full Pocket Apron and much more! This can be used for cooking, grilling, art and much more! Also, a fantastic gift option, these aprons are made with bright African patterns and 100% cotton African fabrics that is also washer and dryer friendly.
Do you have a sweet tooth that can’t be tamed? Well, then we have the perfect subscription box for you with Candy Club. As a monthly subscription service, you can enjoy curated sweets including a diverse selection of delicious favorites and hard-to-find classic candies conveniently delivered to your doorstep.
The concept is simple. First, visit Candy Club’s website (www.CandyClub.com) and choose a one, three, six, or 12 month plan option. Second, receive your box of premium, hand-picked candy delivered to your home or business every month. Last – and most important – enjoy! Selections vary each month, offering members an assortment of three different types of candy stored in novelty Candy Club containers.
One month’s box may surprise recipients with Haribo® Gummi Techno Bears, Sour Power® Wild Cherry Belts, Gimbal’s® Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans and, as an added bonus, Butterfields® Peach Buds – all on a bed of Sweet’s® Salt Water Taffy. Whether you’re craving a short-term fix or long-term satisfaction, Candy Club offers the perfect solution for your insatiable sweet tooth as it delivers classic, nostalgia-inducing candy that is sure to bring joy to whomever you give this special gift to.
We recently tested this out, and I loved that our box was filled with sweet treats like jelly beans, gummy bears and cherry belts and taffy that contained in bright and fun packaging and cool jars.
This would be a fantastic gift for the holidays, Valentine’s Day or a simple way to show that sweet person in your life that you are thinking of them. The boxes are $29.99/month, $24.99/month, $22.99/month, and $19.99/month, respectively (not including shipping) – which allows you to save cash while sweetening your or a special someone’s stash.
For more information about Candy Club and national online ordering, please visit www.candyclub.com.
Interested in joining the club? Use the code 35offjs2b19 at checkout to receive 35% off your first month’s payment.
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Pregnancy goes in waves from being nauseous to ravenous in just a few short month. Now that I am in my final few weeks, I have noticed my appetite beginning to increase again, yet there really isn’t that much room so I have been snacking a lot and eating smaller meals. Here are some of our current pregnancy staples for health, wellness and of course, deliciousness.
Alvardo St. Bakery: Bread often gets a bad rap, but after trying a selection of breads from Alvardo St. Bakery it is clear that not all breads are created equal. Take the delicious and hearty Sprouted California Complete Protein Bread where I have been enjoying sandwiches with this variety that contains organic sprouted whole wheat. This also includes bread that has no refined sugars, no added oil and no flour! I love how this is made with sprouted whole wheat (as opposed to wheat flour) that is fantastic for digestion as it allows nutrients and vitamins to be easily absorbed into the body. It also tastes amazing and offers a fiber-rich product that me and my growing belly need.
Crispy Green: We love to snack on fresh fruits and veggies, but sometimes it is hard to carry them around. One alternative that we love is Crispy Green, the maker of Crispy Fruit – “100% pure fruit, nothing else!” This includes a delicious variety of Crispy Fruit snacks such as Tangerine, Apple, Asian Pear, Banana, Cantaloupe, Mango and Pineapple. Crispy Fruit comes in individual, single-serving packets that are easy to pop into lunch boxes, soccer bags, overnight totes and backpacks. All Crispy Fruit flavors are also available in a convenient “Grab & Go” 6-pack – six single-serving bags (MSRP: $7.99) or individual, single-serving bags (MSRP: $1.49 each) that provide approximately one serving of fruit and 55 calories or less per bag.
Victoria Fine Foods: For a light dinner, I have been loving grilled vegetables that I slather on with the savory and delicious Victoria Sauces. A Brooklyn-based company, Victoria Fine Foods is an all-natural sauce company that never adds preservatives, water, sugar or paste to their sauce and slow kettle-cooks their all natural ingredients in small batches. This includes an incredibly rich marinara sauce that is bursting with flavor thanks to its use of fresh ingredients and authentic slow kettle-cooking process.
SunRidge Farms: For snacking on-the-go, we have been loving the selection of dried fruits and nuts from SunRidge Farms. This includes favorites like their HealthyGo All Natural Dried Cranberries, HealthyGo Organic Deluxe Trail Mix (a mix of organic raisins, roasted peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, dates, apricots, pumpkins, apples and walnuts) and the HealthyGo All Natural Supreme Almonds. SunRidge Farms¹ Healthy Go Snacks are not only great for you, they¹re also great for the environment! All of them are produced in SunRidge Farms¹ recently expanded solar-powered manufacturing facility, recently installed to help celebrate the company¹s 30th anniversary. For more information and the full list of products available, check out sunridgefarms.com.
SuperSeedz: Another nut that we love is SuperSeedz, As a gourmet pumpkin seed line, we love that we can get up to 9g protein, 15% of the RDI of Zinc & Iron, cholesterol free and allergen-friendly (gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free, egg free, dairy free, fish free, shellfish free, soy free) as well as enjoy their 8 unique flavors. This includes Naked, Sea Salt, Curry, Spicy, Cinnamon & Sugar and more.
Umpqua Oats: For a healthy breakfast, we love the new and easy-to-prepare Umpqua Oats. As a busy mom, I need to have an energizing breakfast, and I love how the Umpqua Oats offers a super quick and satisfying breakfast featuring innovative and out-of-the box flavors like RU Nuts, Jackpot, Mostly Sunny, and even Salted Caramel – all of which are made with custom-milled rolled oats. They are also great for moms since you can travel with these oats where all you need is hot water and they are great in 3 minutes. Umpqua Oats super premium oatmeal is sold at more than 2,000 retail outlets across the United States for an SRP of $3.50 per serving. For more information or to order online, visit www.umpquaoats.com.
DOLE Power Smoothie Shakers: For easy nutrition, I have been loving the new DOLE Power Smoothie Shakers. Simply add your favorite juice, shake and have a smoothie with 30-45 seconds. It doesn’t get much easier than that and the DOLE Power Shakers are packed with the vitamins pregnant women need thanks to their all-natural fruit and vegetables and Greek yogurt that are packed with five grams of protein. This includes delicious flavors like Blueberry Banana, Strawberry Raspberry, Mixed Berry and much more!
Project 7: Not exactly a snack, we have been loving the collection of gums and mints from Project 7 when we haven’t been feeling our best. This includes a brand new specialty gum and mint brand featuring sugar-free flavors: peppermint vanilla, mint julep, front porch lemonade, fresh & breezy, coconut lime, and birthday cake – giving a burst of flavor that is perfect when your stomach doesn’t feel its best. Additionally, every gum flavor supports a different area of philanthropy with every purchase: planet, homelessness, hunger, water, malaria, education and anti-bullying.
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