Archives for the month of: March, 2016

icedtea

If you enjoy iced tea but miss the effervescence of carbonated beverages,  Sparkling Ice (www.sparklingice.com) manages to give you the best of both worlds in one refreshing beverage, their line-up of Sparkling Ice Teas.

Your flavor choices include raspberry (pictured above), lemon (our favorite), peach and half and half ( a blend of lemonade and iced tea). Each 17 oz. bottle contains about two servings  of delicious, thirst-quenching refreshment that makes a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump breaker. Great for picnics and outdoor dining as the warmer weather approaches, too.

Sparkling Ice Tea – Gotta Love It!

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bigfive

“Philadelphia’s Big Five” by Skip Clayton (www.sportspubbooks.com) is a wonderful love letter, celebrating the City of Brotherly Love’s grand basketball tradition.

Author Clayton gives basketball fans a recap of important highlights, along with important statistics , and detailed profiles and insights about some of the most beloved coaches and players on La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova teams over the past six decades.

“Philadelphia’s Big Five” by Skip Clayton – Gotta Love It!

bestmeals

As spring progresses, we’re going to see more and more variety and abundance of fresh produce at the local farmer’s market. So this season is the perfect time to get some inspiration from Tanya Linton’s new cookbook, “150 Best Meals in a Jar.”www.robertrose.ca.

Not only will Linton show you how to prepare a wide range of colorful salads, soups, rice bowls and even desserts by preparing them up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerating,  these creations are easy to transport, layered in a jar with the appropriate sauces and dressings. Get out those idle Mason jars in your storage cupboard and create single serving dishes, including Classic Cobb Salad, Chef’s Salad, Pad Thai, Santa Fe Rice Bowl and Polenta Bolognese. These inventive creations offer you nutritious food prepared fast and economically, using the best seasonal ingredients.

“150 Best Meals in a Jar” by Tanya Linton – Gotta Love It!

chocolate

Endangered Species (www.chocolatebar.com) offers chocolate lovers a new arrival just in time to celebrate National Chocolate Caramel Day on March 19, and American Chocolate Week March 20 – March 26.

Dark Chocolate with Caramel & Sea Salt is a rich, smoky flavored dark chocolate (60% cocoa) that features a filling of sweet, syrupy caramel blended with sea salt in every square. The juxtaposition of taste sensations makes a delicious marriage. This Endangered Species chocolate bar variety is the perfect indulgence any time of the day and an especially welcome treat to accompany a glass of tawny port or red wine as a dessert offering.

Endangered Species New Dark Chocolate with Caramel & Sea Salt – Gotta Love It!

sally

Author and illustrator Jody Mackey is on a mission to inspire girls to become more active, more athletic and more self-confident.

Her “Sally Loves…” series of books (www.champyouth.com), such as “Sally Loves…to Swim!” (pictured above), are designed to illustrate the personal rewards that accompany becoming active and interested in such activities as swimming, dancing and horseback riding.  Champ Youth also publishes an activities, sticker and coloring book featuring Sally and her pals that makes a great rainy day activity.

“Sally Loves…to Swim!” by Jody Mackey – Gotta Love It!

rosewish

The ability to use imagination is one of the best gifts any parent can bestow on a child. Reading helps children to image the wide world beyond their doorstep and “Rose and the Wish Thing” by Caroline Magerl (http://www.carolinemagerl.com/childrens-books/) , published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers, is the perfect example of a book that encourage the development of the imagination.

This book tells a charming tale of strength, discovery and adventure, beautifully illustrated by Australia-based artist, illustrator and writer Magerl. Can wishes come true? “Rose and the Wish Thing” will answer that question! Why not curl up tonight with a good book to read with your children?

“Rose and the Wish Thing” by Caroline Magerl – Gotta Love It!

 

tequila mockingbird

Three cheers to actor/playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda for helping to spread the word that The Drama Book Shop (www.dramabookshop.com) in New York City needed help following a flooding incident. And also for recommending a very charming cocktail recipe book in their inventory by Tim Federle (www.timfederle.com) called Tequila Mockingbird that we were able to mail order from this Big Apple retail landmark.

This nifty little tome presents cocktail creations inspired by great works of literature, including “One Flew Over the Cosmo’s Nest”, “The Last of the Mojitos”, “Olive ‘N Twist”, “Vermouth the Bell Tolls”, “Gulp-Ivers Travels”, and “The Postman Always Brings Ice.” Life is too short to be too serious, and Tequila Mockingbird reminds the reader that even pouring a libation or two is cause for some laughter!

Tequila Mockingbird – Gotta Love It!

ravino

We were recently invited to experience Ravino  Handcrafted Artesan Pasta (http://ravinopasta.com/)  and enjoyed a delicious supper combining Cheese, Spinach & Ricotta, Chickpea and Kale, and Mushroom & Fontina ravioli that was elegant in its simplicity and presentation yet very easy to prepare.

Ravino Handcrafted Artesan Ravioli are delicate pillows of pasta stuffed with creamy, satisfying fillings that cook up quickly in 4 minutes and can be served with melted butter, olive oil or your favorite red or white pasta sauce. Add a salad and you have a 5-star restaurant quality meal prepared in no time in your home kitchen! Ravino also markets its own brand of extra virgin olive oil made from Arbequina olives to provide the perfect complement for your pasta.

Ravino Handcrafted  Artesan Ravioli – Gotta Love It!

smoothie

If you usually restrict your enjoyment of smoothies to breakfast time, check out Alison Lewis’ newest recipe book, “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes” from Robert Rose Publishing (www.robertrose.ca).

Lewis outlines 200 different, creative and delicious ways to serve smoothie concoctions in a bowl as the main course for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert. Suggestions range from a tangy Almond Butter and Strawberry Bowl  to a tropical Coconut Macademia Nut Bowl,  a Feel Better Smoothie Bowl featuring avocado, spinach, pomegranate juice, strawberries and blueberries, and an Arugula Cucumber Bowl for veggie lovers.

“200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes” by Alison Lewis – Gotta Love It!