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  • Treats, Tastes and Takeaways from IFBC 2013

    Friday, October 4, 2013

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    I am always excited when I discover a delicious new snack, food or treat. I mean, a girl can’t live on kale and quinoa alone! 

    When I attended the recent International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC), I’m not gonna lie…one of the things I looked forward to most was all of yummy food and beverages I would sample. And, if last year’s conference was any indication, it was going to be a steady supply of delightful morsels, nibbles and sips.

    I was not disappointed. Here are some of my favorites:

    First up, Simple & Crisp. These delightful dried fruit crisps are one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” products. Naturally gluten free and high in fiber and antioxidants, these ‘crackers’ are the perfect way to enjoy cheese or just as they are. I mean, who wouldn’t get excited about balancing a slice of cheese on a beautiful slice of a crisp, slightly sweet orange slice? (far be it for me to suggest that you could eat twice the amount of cheese and ‘crackers’ if you were eating these lovely little jewels instead of a stale old cracker). 

    When was the last time you were excited about munching on a handful of almonds. Or pecans? Or cashews? I mean really excited? Sure, they are a great snack and eating them regularly will (apparently) help you live longer, but sometimes you just need something…well…different. Enter Sahale Snacks. These nut creations make GORP look pretty, well, ordinary. The tasty and creative combinations should earn the creators the highest Eagle Scout badge possible. I mean seriously, with combinations like lemongrass, soy-glazed cashews and pineapple or (my personal favorite) almonds, apples, flax seeds and balsamic vinegar, I found these snacks to be totally addictive.

    Lastly, chocolate. I mean, who doesn’t love a good piece of the stuff? (Ok, I actually did meet someone at the conference who claimed she was not a fan…humph). Scharffen Berger provided an amazing array of their decadent chocolate bars. While the name sounds like the special chocolate for the house of Burger Meister Meister Berger , it was founded in San Francisco as a small-batch chocolate maker. We were lucky enough to try a small batch “Chocolate Makers Series” bean-to-bar San Juan De Cheni dark chocolate bar. While I am no chocolate expert, I can say that this was an amazing bar. We were all sent home with several other varieties of their chocolate…I have been trying to exercise at least a little self control, hoping to save them for some amazing recipes. (I am failing miserably). 

    So, that’s a wrap on my International Food Bloggers Conference 2013. I am looking forward to next year (and dreaming of the interesting people I will meet (or reunite with) and the yummy treats I will eat)! 

    © 2013 Kindred-Kitchen / Nancy Granada

    Treats, Tastes and Takeaways from IFBC 2013

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