Wednesday, July 9, 2008

More Food Finds From the Fancy Food Show (say that five times fast)

I was going back through our pictures and realized that there was even more from Fancy Food that we haven't had time to tell you about. So here goes,

First off, Brownie had heard about Lobster Mac and Cheese from Hancock Gourmet Lobster, so upon my arrival on the second day, that's exactly where we headed. Unlike Brownie, I'm not the biggest fan of lobster, but this was good. Nice chunks of lobster and creamy cheese, it was pretty impressive for a frozen food item.

Close by was House-Autry Mills who handed out hush puppies and breaded chicken, two things I love and will probably give me a heart attack. Their breaded chicken mix was very good since it held the juices in. The hush puppy mix had just enough kick needed, and both of us took seconds.

From there, we found Sweet Leaf Tea, a Texan brand started by two friends, Clayton Christopher and David Smith, and we were happy that we did. Not only did we get to meet Clayton and David (who are as nice as I've heard Texans to be), the teas and lemonades were extraordinary; some seriously good shit. I don't know if it's the fact that they use cane sugar, not corn syrup, or the "old tea secret handed down from Clayton's grandmother," but I do know it was one of the booths we hit up a few times before the show ended.

Clayton and David

Now, as you may know, I spent a couple of years of my childhood in North Carolina, and one thing I remember tasting much better down there, were peanuts, probably because some were straight from Virginia. The last chance I had had to have some Virginia peanuts was in September, when I visited family there, and those peanuts didn't even make it across the border; well, they did, they were just in my stomach. So, I know I would have to get my fill of Virginia's nuts at Fancy Food. No one booth stood out in my mind, but they were all good.

At last, but most definitely not least, we tried out Wine Cellar Sorbet; well Brownie and Lawman-in-law tried it out the second day, but I was full so I had to wait until the end and too bad for me. This Brooklyn-based company (though they're from Bayside, yeah Queens!!) comes from two childhood friends, Bret Birnbaum and David Zablocki. Fortunately Bret was there and we got to chatting with him. Seems there are some new flavors in the works and of course, we got to taste test them!! These sorbets were great for cleansing the palate, and very creamy smooth. Definitely worth getting for yourself, or maybe a dinner party, if you're so inclined to share, unlike me.

You haven't heard the last of our three days eating extravaganza!

Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.

House-Autry Mills

Sweet Leaf Tea

Wine Cellar Sorbet

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Virginia peanuts are really tempting, I also can't resist the crunchiness and creaminess of those jumbo peanuts... One good reason why the peanuts didn't even crossed the border!