Festive Zyliss Knives for Holiday Cooking

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With the Holidays around us, you might be doing a lot of cutting, chopping and dicing food. If so, why not brighten up every slice with the festive Coated Knife Collection from Zyliss. The Zyliss Coated Knife Collection was launched in 2013, and features 6 knives in a variety of colors ranging from orange to blue.

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  • Coated Bread Knife 8 inch
  • Coated Carving Knife, 7.5 inch
  • Coated Chef’s Knife, 7.25 inch
  • Coated Santoku Knife 6.75 inch
  • Coated Serrated Paring Knife 3.75 inch

A few additional key features to consider:

  • Every knife blade in the Zyliss Coated Knife Collection is made from high-grade Japanese stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 50-52C which holds a sharp edge well and is easy to resharpen
  • Color-specific, nonstick coating makes knife easy to use, easy to identify and easy to clean
  • Sculpted, ergonomic handle with textured soft grip is easy to hold, even when hands are wet
  • Blade covers included for safe storage or to take knives on-the-go

… and yes, they are very pretty, but also very sharp.

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The V-MODA XS Boutique DJ Headphones will grace celebrity heads at the TASTE AWARDS

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Honored by the prospect of receiving their own TASTE AWARD for  OUTSTANDING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, V-MODA has decided to carry it forward by honoring other award winners as well. That is why for the 6th Annual TASTE AWARDS, both the winner and the nominees for the Craft audio category, “Best Music – Intro or Theme Music,” will receive a pair of V-MODA XS Boutique DJ Headphones. These headphones are also known as DJ Avicci’s Favorite Milano brand.

The TASTE AWARD recipients of XS units include: A Film About Coffee, Deconstructing Dinner, Jazzy Vegetarian, and Rhythm Abroad with Brittany Pierce.

Also receiving XS sets will be Honoree Award Winners, Doomsday and Joel Kefali, who produced Katy Perry’s innovative music video, featuring dancing food and crazy fashion, This is How We Do It.


The XS was  released late in March 2015 and has already received Editor’s Choice Awards from Reviewed, Digital Trends, Tom’s Guide , SoundGuys and is recommended by USA TODAY and has 4 stars with CNET.

V-MODA’s products are designed in the fashion district of Milano, and appeal to fashionistas, DJs, audiophiles and frequent travelers as a superior option to other high-end headphones

 

SPECS:

  • XS allows you “mind the gap” by minimizing the unsightly space between the headband and your head5+ years of R&D resulted in a superior fit, added comfort, grander sound and a compact profile
  • Fashionable form-fitting design elevates your listening experience; discover why “the fit is the sound”
  • Latest addition to the M-Class offers marquee sound signature characterized by its deep yet clean bass, vibrant mids, and ultra-extended clear and transparent highs
  • Combination of steel and metal materials lives up to the military-level standards of the MIL-STD-810G testing guidelines
  • Fully loaded with two Kevlar-reinforced microphone cables for universal smartphone compatibility and an exoskeleton carrying case

 

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VOGA Italia releases new red wine blend branded Red Fusion

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VOGA Italia has recently unveiled a new red wine, which they call “Red Fusion.” The wine is very Italian in its profile and flavor components, however it is also designed to appeal to an American wine drinker who may have a taste for Californian styles.

voga-wine-IMG_7390“Red Fusion” is a fusion blend of 65% Zinfandel and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from Salento in southern Italy, where the terroir is hot and sunny.

You may notice that the VOGA bottle is distinctive as well, and gives the wine a nice and somewhat sleek appeal as an affordable luxury gift.

 

Per VOGA Italia:

Imported from Italy by Enovation Brands, Inc., Red Fusion joins VOGA’s collection of meticulously crafted, strikingly packaged wines and reflects the VOGA Italia mission to produce distinctive, high-quality wines for the modern wine consumer.

Bursting with blackberry, black cherry and black raspberry notes, Red Fusion has a jammy fruit character on the palate and a hint of mint on the nose. The tannin structure and oak aging provide balance, complexity and a long, delicate finish to this contemporary, food-friendly blend.

After years of being passed over for single-varietal wines, a new wave of red blends are winning over consumers, with Zinfandel based blends leading the charge. “Red Fusion offers consumers the choice of a distinctive blend of two popular varieties versus a conventional, single-varietal wine,” said Enovation Brands, Inc. President Alberto Pecora. “Crafted with Salento grapes, Red Fusion also provides an Italian option for California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon lovers.”

voga-wine-IMG_7388Packaged in the VOGA Italia award-winning trademark cylindrical bottle with re-sealable cap, the soft grey minimalist graphics communicate a subtly masculine quality appropriate for this big, bold red. At $11.99 per 750ml, Red Fusion hits the category sweet spot and delivers exceptional quality rarely seen at this price point.

VOGA Red Fusion will be available nationwide starting October 2014. The roll-out will be supported by an integrated campaign designed to communicate the outstanding product quality and global brand success calling for consumers to Taste Why The World Is Talking About VOGA.

American Camels produce first retail Camel Milk brand by Desert Farms

 

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We know that camels have long been useful animals in many parts of the world such as the Middle East, northern African, and Mongolia (we think). Those who live with them ride their backs, use their strength to carry packages, and drink their milk. But camel milk up to now could only be found in the United States in camel mild chocolate, or in some instances imported. Too bad, because the United Nations hailed the nutritional value of camel milk in 2006 and predicted higher consumption once it became easier for consumers to buy.

camelmilk-IMG_7329Desert Farms is now announcing that this has changed with the releas and distribution of their U.S.-created camel milk. The milk will be available in a number of outlets, including over 40 Whole Foods in California, as well as direct via the company’s www.desertfarms.com.

Desert Farms’ camel milk is bottled and labeled  on small Amish/Mennonite family farms where the average herd is about 6 camels. This is done within hours of milking in small batches to prevent exposure to contamination and to ensure maximum possible freshness.

Desert Farms camel milk is free of GMOs, additives, preservatives and hormones – and tastes slightly sweeter than processed cow’s milk. Containing only milk from U.S.-based camels and bottled entirely in America, Desert Farms Camel Milk is available in several varieties: Raw Camel Milk; Raw Camel Milk (Frozen); Raw Camel Milk Kefir; Pasteurized Camel Milk; Raw Camel Milk Colostrum (1st); and Raw Camel Milk Colostrum (Regular).

 

Tequila Herradura Limited Edition Colección de la Casa

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We love great design, especially when it is a combination of a well designed product with well designed product packaging. This is the case with Tequila Herradura, who has recently announced the release of their third limited edition Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.

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Per their latest announcement:

Stemming off the success of its small-batch tequila series, Tequila Herradura announces the release of the third Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado. Having undergone a double maturation process after resting in two different types of oak casks, American oak and single malt Scotch casks, this limited edition tequila offers a desirable taste and finish to delight the senses.

“With the latest in the Colección de la Casa small batch series, Tequila Herradura solidifies its commitment to provide new tequila experiences to discerning spirits drinkers who appreciate specialty crafted, artisanal tequilas,” said Liz Edwards, Senior Brand Manager for Tequila Herradura.

Casa Herradura has a strong reputation as an industry innovator and is credited with introducing the first-ever reposado in 1974 and extra añejo tequila in 1995. Colección de la Casa is the best example in the industry of how each of the sources of flavor– agave, water, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – impacts the character of the final product and creates a totally new flavor profile. As with the other two editions, Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara was the force behind the Scotch Cask Finish Reposado.

Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado will be available at fine wine and spirits stores in October nationwide for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $89.99.

 

Tasting Notes for Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2014 – Scotch Cask Finish Reposado

Color: Warm gold with brilliant hues.
Aroma: A masterful combination of toasted malt, cooked agave, and smoky wood.
Taste: The finest aged tequila is highlighted by the taste of vanilla, butter, honey, caramel and balanced soft spices.
Finish: The unique scotch cask results in a long-drawn and with a touch of sweetness.

 

 

Gaslamp Popcorn talks new Flavors, Expansion, and the State of Gourmet Snack Food

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San Diego’s Gaslamp Popcorn continues to release new flavors for their gourmet kernels, including Sea Salt and Olive Oil, Apple Crumble Pie, and Pumpkin Spice Pie. This adds to their lineup of favorites such as  Kettle Corn, White Cheddar Popcorn and Cinnamon Caramel Corn.

To find out more about their plans and latest news, including tips for aspiring food entrepreneurs, we chat with Mark Singleton, VP of Sales and Marketing at Gaslamp Popcorn.

 

TasteTV: The latest news is your new distribution. Why did you decide to expand into these retail outlets?

MARK: Gaslamp Popcorn announced the expansion of distribution into California Safeway and Vons retailers beginning August 2014. Through this expansion we aim to offer more convenient locations to meet the needs of a growing number of consumers demanding healthy snack alternatives.

 

TasteTV: Is this only in Southern California?

MARK: Our recent expansion into Safeway and Vons spreads throughout the entirety of California.

 

TasteTV: What flavors are selling really well right now?

MARK: For the last several years we’ve seen a real surge in popcorn sales driven by sweet and salty kettle corn. We see that trend continuing due to the simple ingredient statement of sweet and salty popcorn, as well as its lighter taste. Unique flavor profiles such as White Cheddar and Cinnamon Carmel, which are locally made in California, have really appealed to consumers. We look forward to having another great year in that category and expanding our lineup of flavors.

 

TasteTV: How did you develop these flavor profiles?

MARK: We did some re-polarization to make the ingredient decks even more all-natural and relevant to the target consumer. Our all-natural flavors contain certified non-GMO popcorn. We’ve worked hard to keep these labels simple, and yet, make them taste unbelievably good. In the final analysis, remember, this is a snack food, and it needs to taste great! For traditional popcorn enthusiasts, we have an authentic Kettle Corn, sweetened only by pure cane sugar and a pinch of sea salt. For those who prefer a sweeter twist, our Cinnamon Caramel is made in small batches using a hint of brown sugar. For those who prefer a pop of cheese flavor, our White Cheddar flavor is how we turn popcorn fans into fanatics.

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TasteTV: How long has the company been around?

MARK: Gaslamp Popcorn, established in 1998, quickly became a premier popcorn snack option for American snackers. It was acquired by Rudolph foods in December 2011. The Gaslamp District of San Diego was named in the 1860’s as a reference to the gas lamps that were common in San Diego in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Gaslamp Popcorn is a nod to the honest, warm feel of a simpler time with true flavor and honest manufacturing.

 

TasteTV: Are you expanding into other products?

MARK: No, however we have developed unique holiday flavor options that will be hitting California store shelves this fall, including Apple Crumble Pie, Holiday Cookie, and Pumpkin Spice Pie.

 

TasteTV: Are you concerned that gourmet popcorn might go the way of cupcakes (ie. too many companies)?

MARK: We understand the mass amount of competition in the popcorn category, however we know that consumers continue to look for great tasting flavors as well as companies that support local ingredients, develop interesting flavor profiles and deliver a consistent quality product. As we continue to fulfill consumer needs across California, we know Gaslamp Popcorn will be a top choice.

 

TasteTV: What advice do you give to aspiring food entrepreneurs?

MARK: We continue to be very innovative in the things that we offer. You’re seeing some great items, once again, like the sweet and salty popcorn. It’s a great item that hundreds of years old that has been brought back to a new group of consumers. It started out in county fairs and now this great group of entrepreneurs has made it a huge part of the category. You look at the guys that came out with pretzel thins, pita chips. It’s just a wonderfully dynamic industry that will continue to have a real place in every consumer’s daily eating habits. I think I say this all the time; the neatest thing about what we do is that we’re in the dollar and nine category. For a couple of bucks we can really make someone’s day. To really give an uplift to their day.  And there’s hundred of thousands, if not possibly millions of Americans that work really hard to make great tasting snack food out there. That is what gets me up every day,

 

TasteTV: What is your favorite pairing with this popcorn?

Historically, popcorn has been shared. Gaslamp Popcorn is a perfect on the go snack; great for sharing with family and friends at a party, sporting event or just watching a movie at home!