Archives for the month of: March, 2014

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Few party snacks are more universally enjoyed than popcorn, and you can easily get any party started this spring with the wide array of handcrafted gourmet popcorn flavors offered at KingOfPop.com.

Treat yourself or a friend to a party pack of bold flavors, including Zesty Ranch, Bacon Cheddar, BBQ Ribs, Cajun, Buffalo, Dill Pickle, Chipotle BBQ and Honey Mustard. Nice big, fluffy kernals, bold tastes and authentic flavors make KingOfPop popcorn a great party snack choice. With Easter and Spring Break holidays right around the corner, it’s not too early to stock up on a supply of some of the best tasting popcorn around! Check out their gift box and basket selection at http://www.KingOfPop.com.

KingOfPop.com Gourmet Popcorn – Gotta Love It!

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Catherine Pez’s new “5-minute Facial Workout” book (www.robertrose.ca) is just what the doctor ordered if your face is showing any signs of aging, tension or stress.

Her series of 30 facial exercises are well illustrated and easy to understand, so you can learn them by heart to practice anytime you have an extra 5 minutes or so. It’s fascinating, too, to learn about the bone structure and muscles that influence how you look and Pez also  offers plenty of  interesting information about the benefits of facial exercise to keep you looking healthy and vital. This book is a very affordable alternative to cosmetic surgery procedures and although the exercises may seem funny or strange at first, you will love the final results if you practice daily!

The 5-Minute Facial Workout by Catherine Pez – Gotta Love It!

 

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Sarah Elton’s wonderful new book, “Starting from Scratch” (www.owlkidsbooks.com) ,  seems to be a twist on that old proverb about giving a man a fish versus teaching him how to fish. “Starting from Scratch”  (www.sarahelton.ca) offers youngsters a soup to nuts tutorial on how to make their way around a kitchen by cooking delicious and nutritious meals using whole foods and natural ingredients.

This is a great book for uniting families in a whole activity they can do together, preparing a meal,  and even seasoned adult cooks may learn a thing or two they didn’t know on topics ranging from knife safety, recipes and food storage.

“Starting from Scratch” by Sarah Elton – Gotta Love It!

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Some of the best snacks and treats don’t come with any wrapper but are good to go straight from nature. 

Lady Alice brand Apples (www.rainierfruit.com)  is a new variety of fruit from Washington State that has a gorgeous pink and yellow blush and a juicy, delicious sweet-tart taste. The Lady Alice makes the perfect out of hand snack when you are hungering for something sweet and satisfying. Slices go great with a glass of wine and a slice of your favorite cheese as a special treat. And these are the perfect size for adding to kid’s lunch boxes. Because its flesh is slow to turn brown once the apple is cut, Lady Alice is the preferred choice for using in salads. Peak availability in your grocer’s produce department now through May.

Lady Alice brand Apples – Gotta Love It!

 

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As winter finally fades away and outdoor activities beckon this spring, have plenty of ZEGO bars (www.zegosnacks.com)  handy for a quick snack or lunch option to keep your energy level high.

These gluten free energy bars contain no nuts, diary, GMOs or Soy and use organic sunflower seeds to provide a chewy texture and delicious slightly nutty taste. ZEGO bars remind us of those old-time space food sticks marketed in the 1960s that satisfied your hunger pangs in between meals or when you wanted a special treat.  Plain or chocolate flavored, 10 grams of protein per bar, and the company donates 20 percent of its profits to benefit low income kids who are nutritionally challenged.

ZEGO energy bars – Gotta Love It!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If you want to offer your party guests a unique and refreshing cocktail to celebrate March 17 or want to order something special at your favorite neighborhood pub tonight, check out Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew (www.reedsinc.com). This all natural concoction is a versatile cocktail mixer and is brewed using an authentic Jamaican recipe containing just the right blend of fresh ginger root, honey, lime and lemon juices, cane sugar, herbs, spices and pineapple. Mix it with vodka and lime juice to create a Moscow Mule, traditionally served in a copper mug, or for a bracing beverage featuring rum, blend Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew with dark rum, a squeeze of fresh lime and garnished with a lime wedge for a Dark and Stormy.

Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew – Gotta Love It!

 

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We are a big fan of quick naps to restore energy and Cabeau’s new Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mask ( www.cabeau.com) is great for making the rest of the world go away for a few minutes while you catch up on some restorative sleep. This well-designed very soft mask put no pressure on your nose or eyelids and completely blocks out light. Secure velcro at the back provides a comfortable adjustment for any size head and there is a storage pouch hiding ear plugs to help block out sounds as well.  A must-have it you travel by train, plane or bus frequently and great to keep handy to accommodate quick creative napping!

Cabeau Midnight Magic Adjustable Sleep Mask – Gotta Love It!

 

 

 

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It’s not always convenient to have a cup of coffee or a glass of your favorite cola at the ready, but new Energems (www.energems.net) are a convenient way to boost your energy level with B-vitamins and caffeine. Just three of these delicious, bite-sized chocolate candies are equal to the caffeine content of one cup of coffee, along with a healthy dose of Vitamins B6 and B12 for energy.

Energems come in three flavors, peanut butter, chocolate and mint (our favorite), packaged in a resealable box that easily fits inside pocket, purse, gym bag or school locker. They satisfy your sweet tooth along with providing essential daily nutrients and a jolt of eye-opening caffeine, at a low 15 calories per gem. Rather than grabbing for a candy bar with no nutritional value, next time grab an Energems for some “Great Tasting Energy” packaged in a hard-shell covered chocolate disc featuring authentic milk chocolate.

Energems – Gotta Love It!

 

 

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Short of time or funds to jet off to New Orleans today for some Mardi Gras festivities?

Ann Benoit’s newest cookbook ,”New Orleans’ Best Ethnic Restaurants” (www.pelicanpub.com)  is the next best thing to visiting some of the legendary restaurants, cafes and holes in the wall which have made the Big Easy a culinary king for decades.  Plenty of eye-popping color photographs and easy to follow recipes fill this volume so you can fill your table with dishes inspired by the great chefs at such great eateries as The Praline Connection, La Boca, K-Paul’s Kitchen,  Galatoire’s and Antoine’s Restaurant.

New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants by Ann Benoit  – Gotta Love It!