Monday, January 16, 2012

Loving Lately | Food & Drinks

Happy MLK Day!! I get the day off work and I could not be happier spending it on my couch. Here's a round up of mostly products and one place, near and dear. Enjoy!

A refreshing juice beverage | Tropicana Trop 50
Being a loyal drinker of Tropicana Orange Juice, when I was offered a coupon for a free bottle from their Trop50 line of juice beverages, I didn't hesitate to accept. I did hesitate, however, when it came to choosing a flavor! I debated over delicious sounding Farmstand Apple and Pineapple Mango, eventually deciding on the Pomegranate Blueberry.
Teeming with the juices of two bold flavorful fruits (and a little apple and grape in the mix) I thought the beverage achieved a balanced sweetness that was luscious and refreshing. The Trop 50 line of juice drinks contain 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners. Plus, an 8oz glass is packed with antioxidants and delivers your daily dose of vitamin C. I am definitely looking forward to sampling the other flavors.

Old fashioned jams | Doves & Figs Cranberry Chocolate Jam
Local food blogger Robin Cohen is the talented woman behind a delectable line of jams at Doves & Figs Kitchen. Robin makes her own jams, preserves and conserves in small batches from Massachusetts farm grown fruit. Her jams lend a soft and spreadable texture and are offered in array of original flavors. The Cranberry Chocolate is an innovative blend of the tart ripe fruits and subtle hints of sweet Taza chocolate. I spread it on everything from my morning bagels with cream cheese, to my afternoon snack of cheese and crackers. If you have yet to get your hands on some of Robin's jam, you're missing out!

A comforting meal at the bar I love most | Delux Cafe
Recently, Adam and I ventured to the South End for a highly anticipated dinner at The Gallows. It ended up being a night which they were closed for a private party, bummer! (Not sure how I missed this, with their strong social media presence and all.) However, there are no shortage of good restaurants nearby, so we weren't totally out of luck. We decided to cozy up at the all too familiar laminated wood bar backed by twinkling rainbow lights and other (year round) kitschy Christmas decor at Delux. I perused their well appointed one page menu with a dirty martini in hand, settling on the Marinated Bavette Steak ($12.95). Their chef doesn't mess around when it comes to whipping up a small portioned juicy steak. Herb crusted and topped with a slab of melted roasted red pepper butter, with a side of sauteed baby spinach and goat cheese mashed potatoes, this plate of food hit all the right notes of comfort and finesse.
Premium canned tomatoes | Red Pack
Red Pack Tomatoes recently sent me a gift pack of their canned tomato products to sample. I'm no skeptic when it comes to using canned tomatoes in the winter, but its not like I get excited about them either. I absolutely loved this product! For starters, their packaging is bright, eye catching and fun and most importantly, their premium tomatoes are fresh tasting, sweet, juicy and delicious. I am particularly fond of their Petite Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Olive Oil for a no fuss bruschetta appetizer! I added some salt, pepper, more olive oil and balsamic to the mix - so easy. My guests loved the app and would have never guessed the tomatoes and blend came from a can. A regular can of Diced Tomatoes lent themselves beautifully to a batch of Chicken Tortilla Soup I made over one December weekend. And when my New Years Eve Mussels Fra Diavolo called for the same ingredient, to the Red Pack I went where it was a can of Petite Diced Tomatoes that worked in the mussels favor. I'm so pleased I got to try the Red Gold Tomato products and am looking forward to using more of the Red Pack cans in future recipes!What foods or drinks are putting a smile on your face?

18 comments:

Elizabeth said...

LOVE Robin's jams. I have two unopened jars in my pantry that I can't wait to try.

Elizabeth said...

LOVE Robin's jams. I have two unopened jars in my pantry that I can't wait to try.

Amber said...

That Tropicana juice sounds good. Right now I am loving Newmans Own Lemonade. It brings a little summer feeling into my cold winter days.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I was a big fan of the Trop50 apple juice! I could have used an extra day to lie around the couch. I am in slow birthday party recovery mode.

Kinsey Michaels said...

that cafe looks adorable, and what a good price on that meal. i so so miss the south end!!
and great tip on the juice. i am a big juice drinker, and usually go for straight up cranberry, but i love that the trop50 bottles have 50% less sugar & cals!

Meghan said...

I'm working on a favorites post for later this week. One of the items is King's Ginger, a delicious, spicy liqueur.

Megan said...

Robin's cranberry-chocolate jam is awesome! I gave a raspberry-chocolate one to my sister for Christmas -- waiting to hear what she thinks of it.

I made a pear baked oatmeal this week, and it's warm and comforting and definitely making me happy in the morning.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

oh those mussels look good! I am loving hot chocolate and clementines...totally different but both good! :)

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I'm with you on the canned tomatoes - so key! Your mussels looks sensational!

Boston Food Diary said...

I agree- those Mussels do look phenomenal! I am the worst when it comes to drinking juices but I love the Trop 50- and that one sounds fantastic!

Elizabeth said...

I recently picked up the same flavor of Trop50-- so good! I've recently become dangerously obsessed with pink Champagne.

Hogger and Co. said...

Doves and Figs is such a pretty name; I'll have to try those jams.

kfenton917 said...

I would like a 6 pack of Red Pack Please!

Simply Life said...

wow, I am definitely going to have to try that jam!

Jen said...

I am thrilled with the blueberry pomegranate flavor combination! So delicious.

A food that's putting a smile on my face is homemade pita chips! A friend made some and I am determined to duplicate the recipe - herbs, spices and all!

Kerstin said...

Chocolate cranberry jam, be still my heart. That juice looks pretty good too!

caltier329 said...

yesss...Delux Cafe! I need to come back and visit ...and try that juice looks so refreshing.

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