I feel like I could write a food and drink-focused J’adore every single week! And I cannot believe this is only the second edition for food and beverages! The benefit of being a lifestyle blogger focused on food and travel is that I often get to try out or learn about new products on a very frequent basis.
I would love to travel every week, but I’ve got a full-time corporate gig so that isn’t possible. But trying new food? Bring it on!
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I don’t share everything I try or find, just the good stuff. Here’s what I am loving from my internet travels or from packages that have traveled to the Misadventures doorstep.
Exo Protein Bars
When I shared my Exo Protein Bar samples on Instagram there was a lively discussion. These are not your average protein bars. Nope. Exo Protein bars are made with cricket flour. Yep, crickets. There is more protein in crickets than in beef with less environmental impact.
There are 40 crickets in every bar, 5 in every bite and these are tasty little buggers! I got samples of Cocoa Nut, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Blueberry & Vanilla, and Apple Cinnamon. My favorite is the Cocoa Nut. I would love to see more savory versions, like maybe Thai Chili.
Love with Food
I am way into trying new foods (obviously if you read the paragraphs above….) so I love it when a whole box of new foods comes to my door each month. I have already tried several and now I am digging Love with Food. Every month I eat everything in the box!
Not only that, but I usually end up buying at least one of the products in the box online or seeking it out in a store near me. Sometimes grocery shopping can be so overwhelming, you just want to get in and get out and there isn’t time to explore a new bar or new chip, but with Love with Food the exploring comes to me!
Lollipop Love by Anita Chu
Last year while working with the chefs Under the Dome at the Westfield Shopping Center I met Anita Chu of the blog Dessert First Girl. (We also worked on the Godiva ice cream project.) Anita’s blog is a sweet tooth’s dream, but this very talented chef is also the author of recipe books.
The book is beautiful and full of delicious recipes for very unique recipes which actually don't look that hard to make (with Anita's sage advice!). Mango chili and or Rosewater Saffron look amazing, but I am VERY interested in trying some of the caramel varieties!
Flavors of Aloha by Rick Rodgers
It may be because I have Hawaii on the brain, but I have been thumbing through Flavors of Aloha in anticipation of my upcoming trip. I am scoping out the native dishes and the culinary history in this book that Rick Rodgers developed in the hopes of inspiring cooks to the island spirit and taking a relaxing approach to cooking.
I think I will be coming back from Hawaii and diving into this book further! If you can't travel to the islands, you can be inspired by their food!
Moving onto the liquid portion of this post, but sticking with books for a second, check out Steeped. I met Annelies Zijderveld last December at BlogHer Pro and immediately loved her zen style! She co-taught a course on branding (along with the talented Maria Ross) and she really knows her stuff.
Like most people Anneliese has a day job working at a food publishing house, she is a food writer, as well as a blogger at the food poet and now her very own book focused on tea recipes.
I love tea but have done very little cooking with it, so Mr. Misadventures and I are looking forward to trying some of these recipes.
Nuvino Traveling Wine
I have mentioned before, that I like to bring wine with me when I travel. There is nothing better for jetlag than a glass or two of wine before going to bed. Even if I am in the same time zone, it is far cheaper for me to bring my own wine than buy from a hotel! I also love it on the road for picnics (only one glass, no drinking and driving).
But glass bottles can be dangerous and bulky, so along comes Nuvino! Easy to carry, easy to reclose, these are perfect for travel! I actually bought the Red Blend and brought it with me on my trip last year to Hawaii, I enjoyed it while watching the sunset each evening.
A Touch of Modern – City Map Barware
What's nicer than a glass of wine or a couple of fingers of bourbon? A glass of wine or a couple of fingers of bourbon in a fun glass. In my case, I love the glasses and carafes from A Touch of Modern. These would make great gifts and great conversation!
What do you do when you want wine for a special occasion while traveling and you don't want to leave it to the room service menu? Or if you are staying in a place where you will do your own cooking. Order custom hotel wine delivery with SIP! wines.
Crystal and Kelly, the lovely ladies behind this ingenious idea, work with small family-owned wineries and boutique distributors and they take the guesswork out of it. They will curate three amazing bottles and send them to your hotel so that it is waiting there when you arrive! I LOVE THIS IDEA and I hope to be trying it out soon on my upcoming trip to Hawaii!
That’s it for this edition of J’adore, favorite finds from my online travels as well as products that have traveled to me.
How about you? What are you currently adoring?