• food,  Health,  New York

    Vegan Food Tech Company Launches Meltable American Slices

    Cutting-edge global food tech company, Armored Fresh, announces the consumer launch of ‘Almond Milk American Slices,’ their latest innovation in zero-dairy, plant-based cheese. ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ marks the company’s second product launch, which is available through retail distribution in more than 100 NYC regional supermarkets including Key Foods, Met Fresh, C Town, City Acres, & Associated stores throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. To announce the launch, Armored Fresh has unveiled its latest billboard on 49th Street and Broadway.

    Using their proprietary world-changing technology and plant-based ingredients, Armored Fresh’s ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ replicates animal proteins found in dairy, resulting in a delicious cheese that duplicates the aroma, texture, and flavor of their dairy counterparts. Armored Fresh developed a process that allows for their ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ to have the perfect melting properties, a characteristic that is long considered technically difficult to achieve with vegan cheese. Through their cutting-edge innovation, Armored Fresh has improved on the texture that challenges other plant-based cheese brands.

    “We are very excited to introduce our ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ to the U.S. market. At Armored Fresh, we believe we can make a great impact through plant-based food that is delicious,” says Rudy Yoo, Armored Fresh Founder & CEO. “Through extensive development and testing, we created zero-dairy cheese slices that is also zero-sacrifice. We’re confident people will love the taste.”

    Armored Fresh’s plant-based cheese is made using an innovative technique that mimics the process of creating dairy cheese, substituting almond milk and plant-based lactic acid. This gives Armored Fresh’s cheese a soft texture comparable to that of regular cheese and its characteristic fragrant flavor. The addition of ‘Key-mix,’ infuses nutrients to create a healthy, plant-based cheese that is also zero cholesterol, zero GMO, and zero gluten.

    Armored Fresh recently showcased their ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ at the Food Tech section of CES 2023, the world’s largest consumer electronics and IT exhibition. The company made their U.S. debut in October 2022 with plant-based cheese cubes after raising $23 million in Series Pre-B funding. The company has plans to expand nationally and will launch ‘Almond Milk Cubes’ & ‘Almond Milk American Slices’ on www.ArmoredFresh.com & Amazon in March 2023. For more information, please visit their website.

  • Eco,  food,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Small changes add up to big impact, Upright is building a world of better-for-you foods and beverages.

    Amazing to use as a milk substitute while baking, cooking, or brewing up your favorite lattes! Upright is an instant oat milk alternative. More convenient than your average oat milk product, Upright single-serving packets can be easily packed in your bag. Just add water and you have a glass of nutritious oat milk to drink or add to your coffee on the go. With 8 grams of oat protein in every serving and added vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamins A, B12, and D, Upright is the expert-approved oat milk choice.

    Oats are Upright main ingredient because they’re a powerhouse for both health and sustainability. The formulas are created in partnership with food scientists, pediatricians and world-leading experts.

    High-protein instant oatmilk – just add water! Made with just oats, a blend of vitamins and minerals, and natural flavors like chocolate and vanilla, each creamy cup packs 7 grams of oat protein and offers calcium, vitamins A, B12, D, and plant-based prebiotic oat fiber. 

    Upright bulk format is perfect for using at home, making a big family-sized batch for the week, scooping into smoothies or protein shakes, and adding to cooking or baking recipes for an extra boost of nutrition.

    PLUS: Fight climate change with each cup

    HOW TO ENJOY: Mix the contents of 1 sachet or 2 tablespoons of Upright with 8oz water & enjoy! Add more or less water based on your preferences. TIP: Use a blender bottle or electric whisk for the fastest blending!

    PACK SIZE: Choice of 1 pouch, 2-, or 3-pack. Net weight 340g (12 oz) per pouch. Each pouch makes 12 cups or 3 quarts of high protein oatmilk.

    GREAT FOR: Allergen friendly, flexitarian, vegetarian, plant-based, FODMAP, omnivore, and picky-eater diets.

    Made in the USA. Plant Based. Earth friendly. Female & AAPI-founded.


  • food,  Las Vegas,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Kicks Off 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Season

    Girl Scouts are now selling new berry-blasted Raspberry Rally™ cookies exclusively online,
    with all the iconic cookies, powering amazing experiences outdoors, STEM, and beyond.

    Today, January 29th, The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio kicked off the 2023 Girl Scout Cookie Season in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. For the next seven weeks, Girl Scouts and their troops will rally their communities to support the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls.

    “New to the 2023 cookie season, the highly anticipated, online-exclusive Raspberry Rally™ cookie joins the iconic lineup, alongside classic family favorites like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Peanut Butter Patties®, and more,” said Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s President & CEO, Cynthia H. Breunig.

    Girl Scout Zaira B 6 from Highland, Girl Scout Troop 1751. Girl scout Analyse H. 15 from Rialto is carrying her.

    “I love selling Girl Scout Cookies,” said Girl Scout Zaira B from Highland, Girl Scout Troop 1751 “This program has helped me build confidence and I love doing booths with my Girl Scout friends”.

    “Please support our local Girl Scout troops by purchasing your favorite varieties and trying the new, Raspberry Rally™ available exclusively online.  The new thin, crispy cookie is infused with raspberry flavor and dipped in the same delicious chocolaty coating as the beloved Thin Mints® cookies,” said Breunig.

    The new Raspberry cookie is the first in the Girl Scout Cookie lineup to be exclusively offered for online sale and direct shipment only.

    “This enhances our girls’ e-commerce sales and entrepreneurial skills. This latest approach will help to guide the evolution of the cookie program for the digital future,” said Breunig.

    This season, Girl Scouts will run outdoor cookie booths and sell online.

    “If you know a Girl Scout, ask how she’s selling cookies via the Digital Cookie online platform for direct shipment or local delivery,” said Breunig.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls. Girl Scouts’ newly updated Financial Literacy badges offer entrepreneurial playbooks for every age level.

    From the Cookie Goal Setter badge earned as a Daisy to the Entrepreneur Accelerator for girls in high school, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls financial literacy, planning, budgeting, teamwork, innovative thinking, and confident decision making.

    How to Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Year

    • If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies.
    • Text COOKIES to 59618 to be among the first to receive information about Girl Scout Cookies and to find out about other exciting Girl Scout news.
    • Visit the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to find a booth near you, to purchase cookies for direct shipment to your home, or to donate cookies to local causes.

    “The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s Cookie season is from January 29th – March 19th.  Girl Scouts in grades K–12 can start their journey to fun, friendship, and new experiences by joining the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization for girls at any point in the year,” said Breunig.

    To join the Girls Scouts or to volunteer go to: www.girlscouts.org/join, or call (909) 307-6555.

    About Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio

    We serve more than 10,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with the dedicated support of 3,000 adult volunteers.  We believe that in order to be a leader within your community, you have to truly become a part of that community.

    Girl Scouts offers girls the unique opportunity to identify and support issues that are important to them, form partnerships with other people, businesses, and organizations, and create sustainable projects that change the world around them.

    To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit gssgc.org, or call (909) 307-6555.

  • food,  Home Decoration

    Smelly Proof Your Fridge, Office and Home

    Since the pandemic, everyone is staying at home more than ever. We finally delve into adulthood with cooking instead of take out and really building a home. Some of the things that cohabitants fight about is smell! Believe it or not, room mates in college always complain about this. It can be anything from shrimp chips or durian!  Now there is a bag out there that is thick enough to contain all these smells! My husband was very sensitive to fragrance oils I used when I was in the soap making era and this would have come in handy.

    Check out all the different sizes here on https://smellyproof.com/products/sandwich

    Made in USA 

    ✅ BPA Free. Phthalate Free. Latex Free. PEVA Free.

    ✅ Reusable, ridiculously strong, multi-use, super storage bags!

    ✅ Great for use in the outdoors, kitchen, storage, home organizing, travel, and so much more!

    🏆 Parent Tested Parent Approved Award Winner (2022).

    🛡️LIFETIME warranty on our zipper.

    ♻️ USE -> RINSE -> REUSE

  • Art,  food,  Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego

    Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with MarieBelle New York chocolates

    Spread the love early! Shop MarieBelle New York chocolates 2023 Valentines Collection and treat your loved ones! This year’s collection is elegantly presented in a romantic, Rococo-inspired painting reflecting an intimate exchange of love. Featuring handmade pieces of mouth-watering chocolate ganaches, each artfully highlighted with love-inspired designs that tell a story. Evoking all things delicate and dreamy, it makes for an enchanting Valentine’s Day gift, straight from the heart.

    25pc Cupid’s Valentine Heart Box

    Play the cupid and celebrate the most romantic day of the year with this 25 piece box of mouth-watering chocolate from MarieBelle New York’s limited edition Valentine’s Day Collection. Elegantly presented in a fanciful heart-shaped box featuring beautifully scalloped trim in a golden sheen, it opens to present 25 handmade chocolate ganache, each artfully highlighted with love-inspired designs that tell a story. Completed with a pastel ribbon for a picture-perfect presentation, it’s the sweetest token of love you can both share and indulge in this Valentine’s Day.

    Valentines Cupid Milk Chocolate 40g Bar

    Feel the romance this spring with the tempting notes of artisanal-made chocolate in Valentine’s Cupid milk chocolate bars; featuring our handsome and flirty Cupids. These bars are perfect for bite-size snacking and will undoubtedly keep you sweet all season long.

    9pc Valentines Ganache Box

    Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with this 9-piece box of mouth-watering chocolate from MarieBelle New York’s limited edition Valentine’s Day Collection. Elegantly presented in a romantic, Rococo-inspired painting reflecting an intimate exchange of love, this trove of treasures holds 9 handmade pieces of mouth-watering chocolate ganaches, each artfully highlighted with love-inspired designs that tell a story. Evoking all things delicate and dreamy, it makes for an enchanting Valentine’s Day gift, straight from the heart.

    This chocolate product is Kosher.

    Valentines Day Book Gift Set

    Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with this luxurious and elegant book-shaped gift set filled with mouth-watering chocolate from MarieBelle New York’s limited edition Valentine’s Day Collection. Elegantly presented in a romantic, Rococo-inspired painting reflecting an intimate exchange of love, this trove of treasures contains the following delectable delights to evoke all things delicate and dreamy this Valentine’s Day.

    Adorned with a romance-themed sleeve, this trove of treasures contains:

    One 9pc Chocolate Clusters

    One 7pc Valentines Lavender Heart Ganache Box

    One Praline Bars Box

    One 4oz Dark Chocolate Rose Tea Tin

    One MarieBelle Tea Strainer

    One 80g Cacao Market Rose Petal Bar

    One 80g Espresso MarieBelle Bar

    MarieBelle chooses only the finest selection of Criollo cacao beans from all over the world. What the fine Arabica bean is to coffee, the even finer and rarer Criollo bean is to chocolate. Criollo cacao makes up less than 10% of worldwide chocolate production, and as such, is highly sought after by connoisseurs. Chocolate made from Criollo beans has a distinct reddish color, and an equally distinctive complex taste, which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco. MarieBelle chocolates are all handmade by passionate chocolate artisans. Their startling creativity and gift for harmonizing flavors have been the source of continuous innovation in their chocolate-making process and techniques.

    Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

    For more information and to view the Mother’s Day 2022 Collection, visit: mariebelle.com/collections/mothers-day-collection

    MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

    MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 

    For more information about MarieBelle Chocolates, visit www.mariebelle.com.

    Facebook: MarieBelleNewYork | Twitter: @MarieBelleNY | Instagram: @MarieBelleNY

  • food,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Fun, Foodie V-Day Gifts Unveiled, Like Cute Bundt Cakes

    For all of those foodies looking for a lovely Valentine’s Gifts, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has several offerings that should delight nearly everyone. Here are just a few of the most-popular gifts this season. To see the entire Valentine’s Day collection, go here.

    Valentine’s Day Chai & Bundt Cakes, $99.99 (SKU 5890V)

    Send a deliciously indulgent and relaxing gift this Valentine’s Day with perfect (and distinctive) pairings — Chai and mini-bundt cakes — double chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. I mean, how cute is this gift, right? Perfect for women, men, grandma, grandpa — just about anyone on your list.

    With Love La Marca Champagne Gift Box, $89.99 (SKU 6679V)

    Say “I Love You” with this perfect gift. It arrives in a gorgeous magnetic keepsake box and includes a selection of delicious treats to be enjoyed with a glass of La Marca Prosecco. S’more Grahams, cheese and crackers, and Raspberry Mule Mix are included. Craft a Sweetheart cocktail and toast your loved one with this wonderful gift you can both share on Valentine’s Day.

    Love Is All You Need Candy Stash, $34.99 (SKU 4836)

    Okay, so this one is for some of the kids on your list — or the adults that never grew up and still have an incredible sweet tooth (like me). The candy stash box features fun-size candy bars and candies in a fun keepsake box. When the candy is gone, it’s excellent for storing jewelry, school supplies, or anything else. Make someone feel extra special with this box of sweet treats.

    GourmetGiftBaskets.com was founded in 2002 with family values and the desire to provide exceptional gifts for all of life’s special occasions. Through years of working in his family’s flower shop in New Hampshire, President & CEO Ryan Abood naturally realized an opportunity to provide handmade, high quality gift baskets. What began with two family members in the basement of a flower shop has exploded into a multi-million dollar company recognized multiple times by Inc.500, Internet Retailer, Enterprise Bank, and more, while still remaining true to its core values of exceptional gourmet ingredients handcrafted with care. As this entrepreneurial family spirit continues in the next generation with the birth of the youngest A bood last spring, this proud family business will continue to exceed gourmet gifting expectations.