J’adore #60 (Food and Beverage Edition 2)

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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J' adore #60

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.

She has two previous books and her third book which was just launched called Lollipop Love is all about, well lollipops!

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

Flavors of Aloha

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!


Steeped by the food poet, photo credit Stephanie Shih

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

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!

SIP! Wines


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?

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  1. Oh, man! I just got back from Europe and would have loved to have known about Nuvino! What a great idea! I’ll have to do it on my next trip.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Suzette, yep these are great for travel!

  2. Love with food sounds right up my ally! I love that you share, because there’s so much out there I wouldn’t know unless you did. I appreciate it!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Kristine, so glad you think so! Greatly appreciate the comment!

  3. I love those City Map glasses!! What a great gift idea too.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Tamara, any traveler would love them!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Amanda, funny I imagine “bug food” coming from the South Pacific as I feel like they are more advanced and adventurous when it comes to food.

  4. Now, I saw someone with cricket bars on Shark Tank – are the ones you have the same? And I LOVE those wine pouches, how clever!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Claire, I am not sure, I don’t watch the show, the wine pouches come in handy!

  5. Stephanie says:

    The lollipop’s are adorable! And I love the idea behind the Love with Food subscription box.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Stephanie, Anita is created such a magical book.

  6. Megan Elford says:

    That lollipop book looks great! My dad used to make homemade lollipops for us. I’ll bet the book would bring back some great memories!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Megan, what kind did he make?

  7. Jaime Nicole says:

    There is so much great information in your post! I got lost in exploring the links and killed a chunk of time looking through all of the treasures! I love that ‘love with food’ donates meals for every box purchased – now I have to sign up for a bit! Thank you for sharing so much great stuff!

  8. Kiersten Millican says:

    Ah, I’m dying over cricket bars. I’m not sure what to think about them, but I really want to get some and try them out with husband…without telling him what they’re made of. 🙂

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Kiersten, good plan!

  9. Those map glasses are pretty awesome! I am loving those. The lollipops are also super cute. I love all the ideas… Those protein bars I hear are SO super good!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Jeanine, glad you loved basically everything!

  10. Those lollipops are simply beautiful! I would love to make a few different varieties of those suckers. The crickets on the other hand – I don’t know if I could try those protein bars. I don’t eat meat so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Alli, well that is a really good excuse!

  11. Penny Struebig says:

    Boy, oh boy — you’ve mentioned a lot of great things here! Definitely going to have to check some of these out. The SIPS looks very interesting.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Penny, glad I could offer you many tantalizing things to consider!

  12. Protein bars made with cricket flour? Wow! I’ve never heard of something like that before. I do like protein bars, but I’m not sure if I want to try these.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Leelo, if you tried them in a blind tasting you’d love them, trust me!

  13. I’ve been on the hunt for new protein bars that don’t taste like cardboard! I hadn’t thought to go with ones that taste like crickets instead, but I’ve been hearing a lot about crickets in food lately, so apparently it’s time to give it a try. Thanks for being brave enough to try them first!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Britany, lots of protein and I loved the chocolate one!

  14. Jaclyn Anne says:

    I have never heard of cricket flour, or knew crickets were used for such things. I don’t think I could bring myself to eat those protein bars, but they sure are interesting!

    I love love LOVE the city map glasses. My husband would love them for his man cave!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Jaclyn, if you closed your eyes and tried it, you’d love it!

  15. This is an amazing list. I Love with Food box. It has so many great products and samples.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Dogvills, food subscriptions are a great way to try out new products!

  16. Beth@FrugalFroggie says:

    I am currently enjoying strawberries with Ideal Shape shakes. Can’t get enough of them.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Beth, oh yum that sounds delicious!

  17. I love those city barware glasses! We’ll have to find an excuse to add those to our collection.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Jacob, you are too much of a nomad, you can’t start a glass collection!

  18. Crystal | The Poor Explorer says:

    Oh yay those lollipops look so good, nay, everything looks so good. I especially like that map glass. Totally a travellers thing.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Crystal, don’t the lollipops look great? What I love about them is that they can satisfy a craving for sweet without making you too full!

  19. Franc Ramon says:

    The protein bars looks really effective. It’s my first time to know that there are a lot of proteins in cricket. I’m just not sure if crickets would taste good for me.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Franc, trust me, they are delicious!

  20. I love the Lollipop Love book cover! A whole book about lollipops?! I’m sure it’s yummy to look at as well. 🙂

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Tanya, it is sweet to the eyes and to the taste!

  21. brook devis says:

    The protein bars look really nice. I have tried some but a different brand. Also that lollipops are amazing!

  22. I love to snack and I’m on a diet-not a good combo. Should really look into getting one of these boxes

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Lovely, story of my life! Here’s to the constant struggle!

  23. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are some different foods indeed. I was thinking about my fancy leopard gecko Snowflake when you said the protein bars are made out of cricket flour. She would really love them but I don’t know if I would even have the guts to try them. I will have to check some of these foods out for sure. Thanks for sharing,

  24. Miranda (Myrabev) says:

    I cant believe that the exo protein bars are made out of cricket flour! i really want to try them. especially the peanut butter flavour, they look delicious!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Miranda, they are! I couldn’t believe it, but its true!

  25. I haven’t heard about those bars, but kudos to them for making something from more sustainable protein sources.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Jenna, they are delicious too, an essential “ingredient” to their potential success.

  26. Hello there! All the foods look wonderful! However, I didn’t see any disclosure language in you post? Shouldn’t you be disclosing the use of affiliate links in this post? Otherwise, thanks for sharing! 😉

  27. Esther JuLee says:

    oh man.. i don’t know if i can do the crickets! i might have jacob give them a try. hahaha

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Esther, trust me, these bars are delicious!

  28. Amber Ludwig says:

    OH I am all over lollipop love and flavors of aloha!! Two of my favorite treats and places!!!