My Foodie Favorites At The 2016 Fancy Food Show

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A few weeks ago, I went to the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center NYC. As a post 50 foodie, I gravitate toward wellness trends. In my mind that includes dark chocolate (which BTW is supposedly filled with healthful benefits) and frozen treats (Okay some were low fat ice pops. However, I couldn’t resist the full fat ice cream too. Boomer girls gotta live a little.)

“Judi The Foodie” Shares Food Trends
After sipping and nibbling my way through 363,000 square feet filled with 2670 exhibiting companies (I clocked 6+ miles in my comfy Breezy shoes provided by SAS Shoemakers), I’m pleased to share some of the food trends and favorites from the show. You may find these products in your local supermarket. If not check Whole Foods, Amazon, or online links provided.

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I walked 6+ miles around the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. Glad I wore my comfy SAS Shoemaker Breezy shoes. I could have eaten this entire barrel of Romano cheese.

BEVERAGES
♥ Tons of Teas:
According to The Tea Association of the U.S.A., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. No wonder there were many cold-brewed and hot varieties. I drank:
* Thea’s English Standard Tea, the proper iced tea, sugar-free, sweetener-free, and calorie-free — the Wonderberry flavor is decaf.
* ASI Tea, brewed from Wild Picked American Yaupon Leaves, the only significant native source of caffeine in North America. (I try to stay caffeine-free, but there are many high caffeine products out there.)
* SenCha Green Tea + C, sugar-free with natural vitamin C. They offer Green Tea mints and  Matcha Powder. Numi organic Tumeric teas were available. Turmeric is a BIG trend in wellness.
*CHAM cold-brewed wellness teas, which claim to calm, revitalize and provide defense.
* Tea Forte TEA OVER ICE Steeping Tea Pitcher — a neat idea that looked pretty.

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Tea is trending with hot and cold brewed varieties.

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My Foodie Retirement Project: “1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer womenIf you’re a foodie like me, you’ll want to go get a copy of 1000 Foods To Eat Before You Die, by Mimi Sheraton. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed reading Mimi’s restaurant reviews in The New York Times, and her articles in food and travel magazines. It was exciting to meet Mimi at the NY NOW Lifestyle Show at the Javits Center in NYC this summer.

Just shy of 90, Mimi said that it took 10 years to write this “food lover’s life list,”  but that it was really 60+ years in the making. “I’ve traveled all over the world,” said Mimi. “Food has been an excellent handle to pick up other cultures.”

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It was wonderful to meet world renowned food critic Mimi Sheraton.

A Family of Food Lovers
Mimi told us that her love of food started in childhood. “I grew up in Brooklyn. My mother was a competitive cook and my father was a fruit and vegetable merchant,” said Mimi. (She wrote a book about her mom’s cooking called From My Mother’s Kitchen.) She always wanted to be a writer and after graduating from New York University, she went to work at Good Housekeeping, where she covered home furnishings. Then it was on to Seventeen, where her interest in food blossomed and she eventually became the food editor. Continue reading

My Foodie Feast At The Fabulous Fancy Food Show

life after 50, baby boomer women, boomer women“I’ve never eaten so much at a food show,” said my friend J as we exited the Summer Fancy Food Show held at the Javits Center in New York City last week. “Me either,” I replied after  five hours of walking through what seemed like hundreds of booths filled with all kinds of foods.

I often attended this show when I was working in the food industry. I still consider myself a ‘foodie’ and am ever curious about what’s trending in the culinary world.

So dear readers, do you want to know what pleased my palate, tantalized my tastebuds, and made me go “wow-o-wow, can I have some more?” Here’s what’s cooking and what you might want to try. Note that some products may not be on the market yet, but are coming soon. Others can be ordered online or via Amazon.

Gluten Free: I was pleased to see many products now being made without gluten, especially since I’ve been trying to be gluten-free as part of my FODMAP diet for IBS. I sampled many of these products, some better than others. I liked new Pretzel Crisps Dark Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels, Toufayan Gluten Free Scoop-able Pita Chips, Conte’s Gluten Free Pizza, and Birch Bender’s Pancake & Waffle Mix (miss my pancakes).

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♥ Jerky: My late husband used to snack on jerky. One time I came home from work and he was drying beef in the oven to make homemade jerky. Now it’s become very trendy. It’s full of protein so I guess that’s why it’s popular. I had my picture taken with Perky Jerky.

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♥ Popcorn and Nuts: As an avid consumer of almonds I was glad to see so many nuts in all kinds of packaging. Almonds are a sacred food in the Ayurveda diet, along with ghee (which I will introduce you to later), milk and honey (more on honey later too). The cutest was Drive Me Nuts with pictures of babies on their packaging. Half popped popcorn kernels were trending too – I would not recommend for the post 50 crowd – I almost broke a tooth trying to eat these kernels. Continue reading

A Special Twist on a Favorite Hanukkah Dish: Moroccan Potato Latkes

life after 50, over 50, retirement, baby boomer women, baby boomersWith Hanukkah arriving so early this year, I wasn’t sure if I should serve mashed potatoes or latkes as a side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

“What do you mean Aunt I is not bringing her mashed potatoes to Thanksgiving?” said my daughter A. “Thanksgiving won’t be the same without Aunt I’s mashed potatoes,” said my son D.

“I had always planned on bringing my mashed potatoes,” said my sister-in-law I. Tradition won out – mashed potatoes it will be.

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Ruth and Vicky are Chief Foodie Officers of mayihavethatrecipe.com.

Nevertheless, I will be making latkes some time during the eight days of Hanukkah and when I do, I’ll be preparing Moroccan Potato Latkes, created by two sisters, Vicky and Ruth, who grew up in Barcelona, Spain. Vicky and Ruth are Chief Foodie Officers at  mayihavethatrecipe.com, a fabulous food blog, where they share fresh, seasonal, vegan, vegetarian and kosher recipes with an ethnic flair.

I met the sisters, who live nearby me in Southern New Jersey, through a mutual friend. I was delighted that they agreed to provide this guest post for the holiday. Continue reading