Thursday, November 11, 2010

Oh You Fancy Huh -- Fancy Food Show

{Janovic Convention Center}

{One of the Many Rows Of Booths... Ahhhhhhh.}

One of my friends hooked it up and got me tickets to the Fancy Food Show. It was amazing. I did not want to leave. I was scoping out corners in the Janovic Convention Center where I could pitch a tent and live. And can you blame me for not wanting to leave? 

The Fancy Food Show gives vendors a chance to showcase their Fancy Food Products to potential buyers and other colleagues in the food production business. There were samples of all different types of food and drinks from all over the world. There were snacks, drinks, teas, candies, pastas, olive oils, nuts, chocolate, desserts, I could keep going on and on but I think the pictures speak for themselves. If you get the chance to go next year you should definitely do it!! 

A Taste Of Chile

{Salmon Ceviche}

The Salmon Ceviche was so fresh. The chopped red onions, celery and red bell peppers added a nice crunch. The tartness of the lime coated and complimented the sweetness of the salmon perfectly.

A Taste Of Argentina

{Argentinean Olive Oil}

It was very rich and had notes to it just like a fine wine.

A Taste Of Texas

{Incredible Salsas and BBQ Sauces}

A Taste Of Greece

{All Different Types of Cheese From Greece}

A Taste Of India

This booth was in the India section. It was a mother and daughter team. They were serving Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Korma and Chicken Vindalo. They sold Sauces and frozen packages that you just heat and serve. I loved the concept and the flavors of the sauce but my sample was still frozen.  Ick.

{Chicken Tikka Massala, Chicken Korma, Chicken Vindaloo}

A Taste Of France

Although there were so many delicious desserts to choose from. I decided to go with the Mango Mouse with a Mango Sponge cake and Strawberry Gelee.

{Mango Mouse Cake}

A Taste Of My Childhood

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love, love, love Jelly Belly, Jelly Beans. My mom still gives me a huge jar from Costco of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans every year for my birthday.

{If you look behind the Chocolate Cake. 
You will see the red top and that's the Jar of Jelly Beans I get every year.}

So when I stumbled upon this booth I stopped and stared for a few minutes. Then I looked down and saw this

It took all my strength not to carry the whole cardboard container filled with those beautiful Jelly Jewels out with me. I took one, okay two packets with me and turned the corner. I could not believe my eyes. My two favorite candies of all time right next to each other.

When I was in 5th Grade, my teacher Mrs. Acra found the perfect way to get me to be an A student in Math. Math was always my hardest and least favorite subject. But in her class for every test you got over  90% as your grade, you got to choose a Sunkist Candy. Let's just say I have never had such high grades in math ever. 
Ah. I remember reaching my tiny, lanky hand into her clear plastic jar. The plastic wrapping on those sugary, gummy delights would crinkle under my finger tips making the most amazing crunch sound. As I reached for my lovely red companion, a symphony of colors - green, yellow, and orange would dance gleefully in my hand. As I unwrapped my sweet taste of victory, my mouth would water ever so slightly. I would gently tear and pull back the wrapper. Then I would lick the sugar off the tip. After it was a littly wet I would sink my teeth into it's gummy wonderland, enjoying every morsel. 

A Taste Of Innovation

If you like to cater your own parties at home. Then you should definitely check this product out. They are savory cones. They come in all different flavors but the most popular are Garlic, Sun- Dried Tomato and Basil. I tried the Garlic Cone with Babaganoush. It was really good and extremely convenient.

When I go to dinner parties or catered events it's always such a spectacle trying to get the dip on the chip. Well with these cones you get the best of both worlds. Since the dip is placed in the cones you don't have to worry about getting your hands dirty trying to shovel out the good stuff. Also, you don't have to worry what kind of rare bacteria are incubating in a cest pool of deliciousness. Another plus side is you get to really enjoy the dip. Just like when you're eating an ice cream cone and anticipating til

A Taste Of Britain

A Taste Of Teas

A Taste Of Italy

{Rotini Pasta with Basil, Sun -dried Tomatoes}

The pasta was cooked perfectly Al Dente and the Sun Dried tomatoes were bursting with a depthy sweetness and a pungent after bite. The basil added a wonderful freshness and the Feta Cheese rounded off the sample creating the perfect sweet - savory bite.

{Olives - That's Amore}

{Vinegar Shots Anyone?? }

A Taste Of Peru

{Chocolate Covered Delights with Peruvian Chocolate}

{Chocolate Covered Quinoa}

I hate Quinoa. I love Cous-Cous but I hate Quinoa. The texture just drives me crazy. But then I stumbled upon Chocolate Covered Quinoa and I had to try it. I must say I was pleasantly surprised, in fact I loved it. This is on my list of desserts to make. So simple yet elegant. I especially like how they displayed the product. This wonderful treat would be perfect for dinner parties, goodie bags, kid's lunch or just a nice snack. And if you like Quinoa then you're really going to love this. And you can make it at home.


David Klein said...

I LOVE this article....It made me feel that I was at the Fancy Food Show....Great Job.....In 1976 I had 800.00 to my name and a dream...The dream was to create the best jelly bean in the world...The end result was Jelly Belly....The dream turned into a nightmare. To see what happened please watch the Documentary channel on November 27 at 8:00 pm eastern and pacific time. A documentary on my life Candyman:the David Klein story will air.....thank you David Klein

Aisha Foodista said...

Wow. Thank you so much. I appreciate the support. I will definitely check out the documentary!

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