Prepare for Natural Emergencies with the Water Filtration Backpack

We often take civilization and running water for granted, but there are times when you may be short of both. This could be either when taking a trip into the wilderness or an underdeveloped region, or if affected by a natural disaster like an earthquake, fire or hurricane.

Fortunately, a little preparation can go a long way, and a new product such as the HydroLite Packable Filtration Backpack is a perfect tool to keep you hydrated with drinkable fresh water.

Whether it’s tap water in the Andes to a refill on your next trail run, clean drinking water is just a sip away with Matador’s new HydroLite Packable Filtration Backpack. The HydroLite is the first travel pack that filters water as you drink, providing 100,000 liters of clean drinking water over the life of one filter.

Matador has partnered with HydraPak® and Sawyer®, leaders in hydration and filtration technology, to integrate a technical water filter and hydration system into this packable backpack. HydroLite removes 99.99999% of bacteria and protozoa from any water source, but also packs down to the size of a standard 1L bottle for easy transport.

Most important to your health, the Hydrolite removes a wide range of nasty water-borne bugs, including salmonella, cholera, and E.coli, giardia and cryptosporidium.

HydroLite Features

  • · Waterproof Cordura® body with fully taped seams
  • · 2 liter HydraPak® reservoir (BPA and PVC free)
  • · Sawyer® MINI in-line filter
  • · AirSupport™ inflatable back pad for greater stability and comfort
  • · 8 liter waterproof main compartment
  • · Expandable front storage pocket with sealing zippers
  • · Chest pockets for bite valve storage, credit cards, cash, and more
  • · Nifco® gear tethers
  • · Hypalon® rolltop closure
  • · Anti-crease silicone hose
  • · Contoured straps
  • · Compression case for travel

About

Matador is a proudly bootstrapped start-up nestled in the colorful recreational mecca of Boulder, Colorado. With their launch in 2014, they created a brand new market niche–packable adventure gear. Each product is designed in house by a team of passionate adventurers and then thoroughly put to the test in the great outdoors.

www.MatadorUp.com


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New TASTE AWARDS Trailer Released

The TASTE AWARDS have released the new trailer for the 9th Annual Awards. They feature many of the previous winners and nominees, plus several new additions. Take a look and see if you can spot a few.

The TASTE AWARDS are the highest awards for creators, producers, hosts, and directors of Lifestyle Programs, Series, Shows & Cinema.

Also known as the Tasty Awards, they are the premier broadcast awards show celebrating the year’s best achievements in Food, Fashion, Health, Travel, Sports and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, in Online Video, and in Apps, Radio, Podcasts and Photography.

www.thetasteawards.com
 

360 Degree Food Festival: Eat Drink SF

Going to a food festival is always a great opportunity. Being able to test a new type of camera while there is basically icing on the cake. In this case, it was the Insta360 Nano. The Insta360 shoots pictures and HD video in 360 degrees. The images can be used in Virtual Reality (VR) goggles, as well as on sites such as YouTube.

A food festival like Eat Drink SF is the perfect place, because you have a wide variety of food and drink, and lot of people and places to capture.

We set up our camera at various partner tables around the event, and produced short 30 second 360 degree videos from each. The quality of the initial videos were impressive, although we have to admit that after editing, export, and upload to YouTube they did lose a fair amount of resolution.

If you couldn’t go, or even if you could, take a look at what we saw.

In the spotlight:

  1. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: REBBL
  2. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Fine Cooking Magazine
  3. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Blue Diamond, Almond Breeze
  4. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Temple Rye
  5. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: China Live and Lillet
  6. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Don Julio
  7. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: (name?)
  8. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Tratto
  9. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Lillet
  10. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Mixologists
  11. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: House Spirits Distillery
  12. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Blue Stem Brasserie


ABOUT EAT DRINK SF:
San Francisco’s premier food, wine, beer, and spirits festival. Eat Drink SF (fka SF Chefs) returns for its 9th year to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class culinary community. The festival is four days of delicious events featuring our four signature Grand Tasting experiences that highlight 160+ restaurants and 70+ breweries, wineries, and distilleries throughout the weekend. Guests meet the area’s top chefs, taste their way through more than 35 creative bites from restaurants around the Bay Area (each Grand Tasting features different restaurants), enjoy unlimited pours of wine, beer, and cocktails, learn about wine in the SF Wine School’s classroom, watch demonstrations on the main stage, play giant lawn games in our Backyard Bites zone, and be part of this quintessentially San Francisco celebration of flavor.

Faux Movie Trailer: LAND OF THE CHOCOLATE GIANTS

Sometimes TasteTV and the Chocolate Salon just want to have a little fun, and that’s why we made this faux trailer for a movie we might make someday: LAND OF THE CHOCOLATE GIANTS.

The idea is based on an science fiction television series from the 1960’s, called, “Land of the Giants.” A group of travelers arrive on a space ship to a world where everything is the same as their own, except it’s larger.

In our case, it’s larger, and in chocolate.


MOVIE POSTERS

 

Fast, Tasty and Healthy. Black Bean Baked Beans

Many people love baked beans but stop eating them because of the “side effects” of the navy beans (haricots) that are often used in the recipes, or in the store-bought cans. But this year we finally said, “We want baked beans, darn it, we’re smart, and we’re going to make them out of black beans”.

Guess what? We did, and it turned out great! And super, super easy…

…and kind of embarrassingly simple, and fast.

BAKED BEANS WITH BLACK BEANS

2 cans of black beans (drained)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of water
Dash of salt

Optional
Oil to sauté
Diced onions and cooked bacon pieces (cook first, add to sauce above while cooking)

DIRECTIONS

Combine sauce ingredients in sauce pan
Add beans
Cook sauce and beans over medium high for 10-15, making sure they are well mixed, and stirring occasionally to avoid sticking to pan

Exclaim that you made this from scratch, and be the kitchen hero