california dreaming…

Hello Everyone!

I’m back from California and despite the perfect weather and sunshine, I have to admit that I was ready to be home, looking forward to my daily routine, reading all of your blogs and of course seeing the taster!

Expo West 2010 went very well. As with any big event, the glitches are quickly fixed and we served up more bread, tortillas and pizzas than I can even wrap my head around. After the show, I was fortunate enought to spend some time in LA with family and meet Lynn from The Actor’s Diet! (I had confused the dates and due to a last minute change Christy was unable to attend – next time Christy!) It was so fun to chat with her and meet the famous Julius. She is as beautiful as you can imagine!

I promised you some of the newest and most interesting products out there so here they are. Because we were so busy and the show is so huge I certainly didn’t see everything but here are some of my favorites.

Interesting & New Products:

  • Lara Bars: There are some new bar flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (there is a bit more added sugar with the chocolate) but unfortunately by the time I got to their booth they were all out of samples! I heard nothing but good things so am anxious to see them in the stores!
  • Coconut Water Sorbet: This coconut sorbet was delicious, sweetened with agave and will be so refreshing in the midst of summer – the lemonade flavor was perfectly tart, but I’m even more excited to try the Hibiscus variety.
  • Amazing Grass: I’ve been using the grass for some time but was explaining that I just can’t down it plain with water and would like to – enter in the newest variety that has a nice lime flavor and also contains matcha and mate in addition to the green goodness – trust me when I say you can drink it straight. They also have a new bar out, Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar that was delicious and I will be buying again.
  • Daiya Cheese: this new vegan cheese is out of this world. I obviously am VERY picky with vegan/dairy-free cheeses because I love cheese and refuse to eat mediocre cheese. With that said, it will be in my shopping cart this weekend.
  • Zhena’s Gypsy Tea: Coconut Chai with some almond milk and agave/stevia = perfection in a cup.
  • Hansen’s Natural Fruit & Tea Sticks: The natural version of Crystal Light – finally! These low-cal drink mixes are sweetened with truvia and are deliciously sweet – I know the kids at camp will love them!
  • YumNuts Naturals: Roasted, jumbo cashews with no added oils – perfect for afternoon snacking (Toasted Coconut was my favorite).
  • Hummus Chips & Dressing: I’ve had the hummus chips at other shows and always loved them but have yet to see them in the stores – this year they also had a new hummus dressing which is similar to a thinned-out hummus – perfect for any salad!


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9 responses to “california dreaming…

  1. thanks for posting these! i showed all my goodies to houli last night–he will be busy tasting all the samples i brought back. 🙂

  2. I lovelove Daiya, Whole Foods in NYC has been selling it for awhile..they use it to cook,so they shred it and sell it in WFoods containers. Best vegan cheese out there!

    • Yes, I’ve seen it at my coop, but never shredded – they will be selling the shreds soon! It is also being used on Amy’s new Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Mac & Cheese….(it was really good)

  3. mmm…so many good sounding foods. I’m going to need to print this list off and look for these items next time I go grocery shopping.

  4. I need to try the new flavor of Amazing Grass, I have to hid it in smoothies now.

  5. glad to hear you had a good time in Cali.

  6. Thanks for sharing some of the hot new foodie products! Love hearing this stuff as it stears my direction in the grocery store.

    So glad you had a nice trip and can enjoy being home.

  7. actorsdiet

    aw you’re sweet. i do like daiya – i’ve tried it on some pizza here and it’s pretty good!

  8. molly

    so envious of your time at the expo! thanks for sharing your favorite products. 🙂

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