Part of the International Food Bloggers Conference was live food blogging. This exercise – presented by Amazon.com Grocery – is supposed to teach you quick skills. You’ve got to learn to see a food, taste a food, snap pics, get smart quick about it, then talk about it. If you were following my Twitter or Instagram throughout my time at IFBC, I’m sure I annoyed the shit out of you with these photos. But, thankfully they had a lot of gluten-free products, so all of the product that I talked about were all safe for us to eat. And yes, I cheered my head off every time a brand took the stage to talk about a gluten-free product that was doing it right.
Stretch Islands is awesome – I’ve sampled pretty much all of their flavors and I’ve always been happy with them as my go-to fruit leather brand. I have them readily available to me at my local Safeway.
So I haven’t tried these yet, but everyone at the table was head over heels for them. Me? Well, I had a bit of a cinnamon incident…I am the biggest klutz and broke my “special cinnamon” container and spilled cinnamon everywhere around me. I smelled like cinnamon the whole time. Cool. I dig that these are readily available at Starbucks. Even though those jerks will never seem to stock another gluten-free pastry item, at least we have this brand.
I saved my Juno Bar for the plane ride from SEA to MDW. This bar is by the bumble bar people and is certified gluten-free and has no GMO’s. Pretty excited to try this one.
These got stuck in my teeth. No thanks. Although Adina loves them. So that’s why I included this in my highlight reel.
This honey retails for like $25 a bottle. This is medicinal honey – you can use on wounds and scars. It has an earthy taste – like if your raw honey was rubbed in dirt. I’m happy to have my own jar of it, but I’m not quite sure I’m ready to rub it in any wounds.
Duh, you guys all know that I like Happy Baby / Happy Squeeze / Happy Family has great products – many of which are gluten-free products. I was disappointed that they handed out this sample instead of one of their less-offensive green flavors like this kale one. The ones in the gifting suite were superior flavors, and I wanted all the other bloggers to share my love of these squeeze pouches instead of turning their noses up to baby food.
These are great for kids. THe problem is that Non-GFBF ate all four snack packs that I didn’t eat (I only had one) in one day. I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do that. They’re sweet, but made with real fruit juice. And unlike other fruit snacks where all the stupid fruit taste the same, I really think that the peach tasted differently from the cherry and banana. I give them props for that. This brand also gave us a TON of gluten-free lollypops. Stay tuned for that giveaway.
I heard that this chocolate is pretty legit. It says that it’s a gluten-free product, and doesn’t have any “manufactured in/on” information, so I feel safe about it. They went on some diatribe about how special this chocolate is because of where it’s found in Peru. For me, I’m like “yay chocolate,” and then my brain turned off then.
Listen ZICO, I love your regular and tropical coconut waters. And then you had to have chocolate flavor. I was okay with it until I tried it here and the first thought that popped into my head was “tastes like Ensure.” I dig ZICO, but not this one.
Best ginger beer on the market – hands down. Show me another ginger beer with this much bite, this much ginger- and I might reconsider. YUM.
This is only in here because I thought it was really gross. Sorry guys. I would NOT buy this product. I told the entire table I’d rather buy Mamma Chia 10x over. This was FAR too sweet and the consistency with the chia just wasn’t right.
I LOVE Suja juice, but I do not like the price. These babies are $8-9 at Whole Foods. Who has this much to spend on JUICE? Well, it’s one of the best cold press juices I’ve tried on the market. They just came out with some lower-end products that are more smoothie-like, but one has barley grass. These two are my favorite, along with the red one (beet-heavy). I love this company, and I hope to work with them in the future.
So what did I learn? I learned that I CAN take a smaller amount of time to evaluate products and form immediate opinions about them. Now…if I could only get my OPINIONS about tasting and turn it into actual BLOG POSTS about tasting, that’s a totally different skill.
I’m VERY excited for the IFBC NEXT YEAR which is going to be in Seattle again! I can’t wait for next year’s food live food blogging!