In Cocktails Drinks Entertaining Food and Drink Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice

The Sweet Side of Soursop: Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice

Imagine how much more we would know if we travelled more often?  Let's take this from a culinary standpoint.  Can you tell me what callaloo, ackee or Buddha's hand are?  While these are a vegetable of West African origin, a fruit at the center of Jamaica's national dish and an Asian citrus fruit respectively, many of us will never get to try them unless we travel to those locales.  Consider reasons like certain foods not looking like they would be on any US fast-food menu, certain foods not on any recommended food pyramid or certain foods not being grown locally as reasons behind the American public's ignorance behind knowing, let alone trying, more global foods.  Well with the onslaught of food allergies, GMO overload and pesticide bombardment, there seems to be a growing sense of distrust of many facets of the food industry.  So the growing duty to check labels, buy locally when possible and prepare your own foods is driving people to want to learn more about the great foods available globally.

Long known in the Caribbean, the guanabana or soursop is an island and Central American staple fruit that can have the sweetness like a strawberry, tartness of a pineapple and creamy texture of a banana in the flesh running in between its many smooth coffee bean-sized seeds.  It's a very delicious seasonal fruit.  However, by the time it reaches the states it can become as expensive per pound as Ossetra caviar.  So when I discovered a way to enjoy it without 101 additives, I was overjoyed.
Jans Exotic Soursop Premium is a blend of 100% soursop juice, pear concentrate and filtered water.  That's it!  No high fructose this, cane sugar that or any other ingredient you can't pronounce or that'll last for years at end.  Tasting this is just like munching a sweet ripe piece of fresh soursop and with so few all natural ingredients, it practically is just like enjoying the fruit fresh cut.  Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice still carries over the great health benefits of the fruit like Vitamin C, B1 & B2, potassium, magnesium and calcium and is a great addition to liven up your smoothies.  It may be interesting to also inform you that soursop is also considered a superfood that is often linked to treating cancer in some forms.

Now that I've given you the nice deets, it's now time for the naughty deets.  Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice makes a great refreshing full-flavored cocktail due to the robust taste of the 100% soursop juice and pear concentrate.  However, I won't just tell you.  See below for an exciting recipe and find Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice at online retailers like  Your palate will thank me later!

Sop Sipper by David White,

3 ounces            Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice
1 1/2 ounces      Medium to Dark Rum variety
5-6                     Fresh cut Pineapple Chunks
2 dashes            Agnostura Bitters
1 wheel             Fresh Lime

Place the pineapple chunks in the shaker and muddle until it becomes pulp-like in consistency.  Add Jans Exotic Soursop Premium Juice, rum and ice.  Shake for about 15 seconds then strain into a martini glass.  Garnish the glass with a lime wheel.

The sweetness of the Jans Exotic Soursop plays up nicely tart pineapple and the smoky burnt sweetness of the rum.  This is all balanced nicely with the bitters and the squeeze of the the fresh lime wheel.

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In Comfort Foods Entertaining Food and Drink GH Cretors

Snacks Kept On The Brain, Not The Waist: G.H. Cretors Organic Popcorn

So with less than a month left till the start of Fall you feel the urge to revert back into couch potato mode, grab the Firestick, place the throw back on the sofa and start to stuff your face with snacks to prep your body fat percentage for the upcoming colder months.  Well while I promote you living your life, I also challenge you to do it with a bit of health consciousness on the brain.  That's often hard to do while snacking which is why when you discover ways to combine the two worlds at little cost to your waistline, you embrace them. 

I'm embracing G.H. Cretors Organic Popped Corn.  I discovered them this past July at a snack showcase and was instantly impressed at how they took two staples I love and infused them into one of my go to snacks.  I cook a lot of my foods with extra virgin olive oil and am frequently enjoying the crisp salty tart pop of pickles on everything from burgers to veggie platters.  G.H. Cretors Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Popcorn takes the three simple ingredients of corn, EVOO and salt and creates a snack that takes away the weight of butter and lets the delicates flavor of the olive oil merge nicely with the corn and sea salt.  Now imagine the flavor of a pickle infused into the crunch of fresh popcorn and you can imagine the flavor of G.H. Cretors Organic Dill Pickle Popcorn.  The flavor is bold and very on point and in my opinion would also make a perfect bar top snack.  

So snack on, but snack smartly!  The G.H. Cretors Organic Popcorn Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the newer Dill Pickle flavors are available now in the New York metro area at stores like Fairway, D'agostino and Walgreens but click on this link here to see where to find it in your neck of the woods.

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In Comfort Foods Cooking Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats Food and Drink Health

More Goodness From Dave: Dave's Natural Overnight Oats

It seems that since adopting a vegan diet, I am spending a lot more time in the kitchen.  Like, a whole lot more!  Not that it bothers me, since an aspect of knowing what's really going into your body is to have a hand in preparing it.  Another aspect of knowing the ins and outs of what you're digesting is to keep your ingredients clean, fresh and untainted whenever possible.

So it came as no surprise that whenever I buy things other than fruits and vegetables now, I scan labels like a hawk.  Whatever is on that label has to make my kitchen experience as close to clean as the fresh kale I wilt up with garlic & EVOO and as close to unrefined as the beans I soak then slow-cook up for my vegan and MSG-free Caribbean jerk chili.

With this in mind, when I came across a new product from one of my favorite hot sauce brands, I became quite interested.  The interest wasn't sparked due to the brand's sharing of my name (which I love btw), but rather, if Dave's Gourmet Hot Sauces could hold so much flavor and five alarm heat then what wonderful tastes could be expected from Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats?

In reference to my kitchen expectations, Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats keep the ingredients simple & recognizable and body-edifying & nutritious.  They taste really good too.  The idea is as simple as the ingredients of organic whole grain oats, organic cane sugar, chia seeds, oat bran, sea salt and natural ingredients.  Those ingredients differ depending on the flavor you get and there are four wonderful flavors like Apple Nut, Blueberry Vanilla Almond, Mixed Berry and Cinnamon Raisin to choose from.  The preparation is just as simple as the ingredients.  Cover the oats with your favorite type of milk, refrigerate overnight then stir and enjoy the next morning cold or zap in the microwave for 2 minutes for a hot start to your day.  The lid makes it a great food to enjoy while commuting while the 9 grams of protein and the 6 grams of fiber make it a great healthy gluten-free option for breakfast.  If I'm going to opt for something convenient along my culinary journey then I'd like it to still be body-beneficial (it baring my name is just extra brown sugar on my oatmeal).  

Find Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats at their website here.

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In Comfort Foods Cooking Food and Drink Sahara Dates

The Snack That Dates Back: Sahara Date Company

Every now and then something comes along that the public laps up like the spiked punch of a pour-it-yourself makeshift bar at a neighborhood house party.  We, as a public, have a tendency to think the next big thing just popped up yesterday when in fact many great things exist and have existed right under our noses for ages.  Such is the case with a fruit known as the World's Oldest Health Food; the date. 
I'll let you research the health benefits of the date on your own time.  Then you'll uncover it's potassium rich goodness, richness in minerals, fiber & potassium and its being a great substitute to processed sugars in baking and cooking.  What I would like to introduce to you at this time are the saccharine dates of the Sahara Date Company.  The Virginia-based company founded by two cousins, Maile Ramzi and Jean Houpert, source their 100% natural dates from Saudi Arabia and offer a nice array of various kinds like Sukkary and Khudry.  All of their dates are offered in four packaged sizes which makes them handy to either keep in the refrigerator for recipes or to toss in your bag for a snack on the go.  

Speaking of recipes, also offers up some great recipes involving their dates like sweet breads and delectable pastries.  They also work great in a smoothie.  In these times of additives, preservatives and not quite knowing what's in your food, it's good to rediscover and reconnect to natural food with natural flavor.  
 Ajwa: syrupy sweetness with a slight prune flavor

 Khudry: deep sweet caramel flavor

 Saggae: lighter flavor that reminds me of light brown sugar

 Sukkary: light buttery and toffee nods

Varieties of Sahara Dates can be found at select WholeFoods and all varieties and sizes can be purchased on their website

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In Knomo Bags Mens Mens Accessories Mens Bags Mens lifestyle

My Life Is In The Bag: Knomo London

Admittedly I've done some questionable things in and about my way through this inspiring yet increasingly annoying city.  I've risked running extremely late by turning back from the subway to retrieve a vital organ; my cellphone.  There's been numerous times that my trip to Wholefoods to buy one pint of blueberries turned into me being laden with three bags of groceries on a packed subway ride home.  Then I cannot forget that time I spent almost a minute wondering why my Metrocard wouldn't swipe only to find out, after giving icy stares to the token booth clerk, that I'd been trying to swipe my ATM card.  

In all these instances, if I'd been a tad more organized I could've avoided myself some frustrating occurrences.  What if had a sweet spot to rest my cellphone instead of relying on my jean pocket?  What if I had a little convenient slot to neatly slip a couple of collapsible canvas shopping totes?  What if I had a dedicated slip for my Metrocard so that I wouldn't have to dig into the kerfuffle that is my wallet?  How about Knomo London?
Knomo London is a modern accessories line whose bags, sleeves, agendas, packs, etc have all the nooks and crannies to keep the essentials you tote around together especially when you (or life) falls apart.  The key phrase with Knomo is modern convenience.  A typical day nowadays can start with a simple agenda then spiral out of control ending up with bullet points, revisions and other insertions.  That's where Knomo's handling of slots, pockets and sleeves comes in splendidly to make you stay organized throughout your day's journey.  The icing on the cake is that the brand leaves you no less stylishly-equipped for the irregularities of your day with colors, styles and versatile styles that speak to starting out professionally at work, but ending up with cocktails at karaoke.  

Knomo works with various fabrications like clean nylons, supple leathers and forward textiles for the cosmopolitan individual on-the-go who requires the most from their bags.  Two-fold clothing is becoming what men who have diverse schedules are gravitating towards and their accessories following suit makes perfect sense.  Knomo bags have uniformity in the sizing of their various pocket dimensions to ensure gadget interchangeability with ease in switching from, for example, their Holborn soft briefcase to their Beaufort backpack.   The color options and pairings from Knomo range from appropriately fresh & bold to neutrally lifestyle-friendly.  Then they take it a step further with the infusion of technology into their collections.  For example, their Dalston Collection features slots that can accommodate the Knomo ecosystem of portable batteries, charging cables and a travel adaptor.  More recently the brand has introduced their DropGo system for charging your smartphones wirelessly and KnomoID which allows you to register your bag in case it should get lost.  On the style side for Fall, Knomo has collaborated with the archive collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for a limited-edition collection utilizing vintage prints from the 1920's that evoke the feeling of a modern camouflage. 

Some could look at it as overkill, but if you enter your day or commute more organized then you can go through the day rest assured that the last things you'll have to worry about are your daily 'vitals' becoming unreliable.  Knomo is on a great track to get you equipped to tackle the hustle and bustle season after season.  Worry-free is always a great way to start your trip.  Now pack your Metrocard, neatly tuck the latest GQ, remember your passport and get going!

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