Archives for the month of: May, 2017

aquafab

Just like Jack had his magic bean stalk in fairy tales, today’s home chefs can discover the magic of bean water, also known as aquafaba, in Rebecca Coleman’s exciting new cookbook, “Aquafabulous: `100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba” (www. robertrose.ca).

Rather than disposing of that can of water after using chickpeas or other beans, Coleman show how you can turn it into a whipped ingredient that replaces egg whites and meringue in recipes, ranging from scrambled eggs and omelets to Shepherd’s Pie, waffles and assorted desserts.  Also included is a very informative secion about building a vegan pantry with a wide array of items that can keep your daily menu offerings egg, meat and diary-free.

Aquafabulous by Rebecca Coleman – Gotta Love It!

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bananas

If you’re looking for an exciting beverage option to tantalize your tastebuds this summer, look no further than Banana Wave (www.bananawave.com).

Based on an ancient African recipe, Banana Wave is the world first non-dairy banana beverage product, chock full of vitamins, minerals, plant-based proteins, fibers and essential fatty acids known as Omega-3s.  This beverage is easy to store without needing refrigeration until opened and contains as much potassium as eating a small banana, in addition to being a rich source of calcium. We found the flavor to be lightly sweet and authentically banana, great as a refreshing beverage on the rocks, poured over morning oatmeal or cereal, used in smoothies, summer cocktails or as a cream substitute in coffee.

Banana Wave – Gotta Love It!

route66

Just in time for the 2017 summer vacation and travel season, photographer and travel writer Drew Knowles has released his “high octane” 5th edition of  his Route 66 Adventure Handbook (www.santamonicapress.com).

This 480-page guide is cram-packed with maps, photos and other useful information about the amazing assortment of roadside attractions, vintage eateries and motels, amazing natural wonders and other sightseeing possibilities that stretch along America’s most fabled and famous roadway, Route 66, stretching from Chicago in the midwest to the Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific coast. Even if you are not planning a motoring vacation this year, the Route 66 Adventure Handbook provides you with a free, armchair tour of some of this country’s most entertaining and amusing places.

The Route 66 Adventure Handbook by Drew Knowles – fifth edition – Gotta Love it!

custards

We’ve been a longtime fan of the ice cream shakes offered  at  Sonic Drive-In locations ( https://www.sonicdrivein.com/menu/217-custard-concretes) and are happy to spread the news that for a limited time, Sonic is offering a new thick concoction called Custard Concretes.

Sonic calls its new Custard Concretes “Ice Cream’s Smooth & Creamy Cousin”, an apt description for a treat that marries the best qualities of an ice cream sundae and shake that you enjoy with a spoon rather than a straw.  It comes in six different varieties, each featuring a classic candy such as M & M’s, Butterfinger Pieces, Health Toffee pieces and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup pieces (our favorite).  This tall, creamy and chilly treat makes the perfect complement to one of Sonic’s burger or hot dog choices.

Sonic Custard Concretes – Gotta Love It!

shadow

The world can prove to be a very exciting, confusing, challenging and threatening place to children. Author Wally Bregman helps parents and kids discuss a wide range of topics, from moving to a new home to being bullied in school, running away, and feeling sad, in his new book “Lessons from Shadow” (www.authorhouse.com).

What makes this book unique is that it is told from the perspective of Bregman’s faithful dog companion, Shadow, with each chapter presenting a Shadow lesson that children can benefit from. And let us tell you, Shadow is one smart cookie of a canine. All proceeds from this wonderful and insightful book will be donated to Best Friends Society.

Lessons from Shadow by Shadow Bregman – Gotta Love It!

sparklingice

 

National Picnic Day on April 23rd kicked off the 2017 picnic season, with four months ahead of mild and sunny days to enjoy some creative dining al freso. Why not stock your picnic basket this year with  Sparkling Ice (www.sparklingice.com), a refreshing sparkling water alternative to sugary, calorie-laden soft drinks available in a rainbow assortment of 12 delicious flavors.

We recently had the opportunity to quench our thirst with Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Ice, one of the most popular of this beverage’s offerings, which also include Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, and the line’s latest introduction, Black Cherry.  Every bottle of Sparkling Ice combines the right combination of sweetness, fizz and fruity flavor, all with zero calories.

Sparkling Ice – Gotta Love It!