Friday, May 27, 2011

50 Condiments

Get the June issue of Food Network Magazine for the mini-booklet
featuring 50 condiment recipes including Bloody Mary ketchup, stout
mustard, ginger miso mayo, and red onion marmalade. Plan to make
kimchi salsa: combine 3/4 cup chopped kimchi, 1 1/2 cups diced
tomatoes, 1/2 cup chopped cilantro, juice of 1 lemon, and salt to
taste. Kimchi is Korea's national dish - fiery! You can get a jar of
the milder stuff in many supermarkets near the tofu in the produce

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Candy & Snack Today Photo

Candy maker Promotion in Motion offered free photos yesterday. You can
be on the cover of Candy & Snack Today.

At Sweets & Snacks Expo

Here's me at the Sweets & Snacks Expo yesterday.

Sweets & Snacks Expo Bag

I had a great time attending the open-to-the-trade only Sweets &
Snacks Expo at McCormick Place West yesterday. Ate a lot of candy,
talked to candy and snack folks, and picked up samples - lots of them.
This is everything I picked up in two hours. The National
Confectioners Assiciation gives attendees one bag (Mars Wrigley one in
the picture) and punches your badge so you can't get more than one
bag. You can however return to the Expo to refill your bag as many
times as you'd like.
Disclosure: I received free Expo admission from the NCA.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Japan Pavillion at Restaurant Show

Japan Pavillion at Restaurant Show focusing on Unami. Tasted sushi and
potato chips with Unami (and reduced salt) yesterday. Japanese Unami
Recipe Contest today at 1pm at the World Culinary Showcase. Chef
Kristine Subido of Chicago's Wave is a contestant.

Groupon at Restaurant Show

Daily deals site Groupon had one of the biggest booths at the National
Restaurant Show.

Living Social at Restaurant Show

Daily deals site Living Social giving out handcrafted cigars and
offering blind wine tasting at its booth at the National Restaurant

Food Trucks at Restaurant Show

Food trucks are hot right now because they are cheaper to start up
than a restaurant and Twitter has allowed proprietors to inform
customers where they will be. National Restaurant Show has a Food
Truck Stop.

Steve Dolinksky

I met Steve Dolinsky, Food Reporter for ABC 7 - Chicago at the
National Restaurant Association Show today. I've enjoyed his "Hungry
Hound" segments on ABC 7. Am looking forward to trying his latest find
- Szechuan tofu at Mapo, a Chinese restaurant in Naperville. I happen
to love tofu.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Korean Pavillion

Chef Youngsun Lee of Kimchi Taco Truck in New York City, Chef Walter
Neuhold of The Professional Chefs Association & expert on Korean
cuisine, and Cecelia Hae-Jin Lee, author of Quick & Easy Korean
Cooking made bindaeddeok (mungbean pancake) at the Korean Pavillion at
the National Restaurant Association Show.

Korean Food With Cecelia Lee

I met Cecelia Hae-Jin Lee, author of Quick & Easy Korean Cooking,
today at the National Restaurant Association Show. She was presenting
with two other chefs at the Korean pavillion. Her session was on
Kimchi - The New Pickle? with a tasting of Kimchi Arancini.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chiquita Fruit Crushies

Woman in yellow t-shirt was handing out free Chiquita pineapple &
banana fruit crushies at Chicago's Ogilvie Center this morning. Yellow
bottle says "crushed fruit snack 100% fruit", "whole fruit 2g fiber",
"2 servings of fruit". Haven't seen this claim often on juice bottles:
"100% recycled plastic & recyclable bottle".