Friday, November 5, 2010

Rapid-Fire Faves: NOSH

Bliss in BC   Did I mention I love chocolate? Denman Island Chocolate (BC) specializes in high quality organic and dark chocolate.  My favorite is spicy Gingerama. Other delectable choices include Toasted Hazelnut, Espresso Chunk, Razzle Dazzle (with raspberries), and Holy Molé ("spiked with chipotlé" - this one I haven't sampled yet, but am intrigued!)  Feel good about indulging in this chocolate, as the company contributes 1% of gross income to local groups that support environmental conservation.

Sprinkle This on Everything  For a truly flavorful alternative to salt, I enjoy this chili lime seasoning by Epicure Selections. Delicious on vegetable dishes, pasta, and creamed soups.  I am ordering several bottles in my next order... I always run out so fast!  Epicure Selections prides itself on being a 100% Canadian-owned, family-owned, women-led company.  Visit their site for information on how to purchase this product.

Say Cheese!  I love Fox Hill Cheese. Based in scenic Port Williams, NS, the Fox Hill Cheese House produces a variety of quality cheeses, gelato, and yogurt.  My favorites include the dill Havarti, cranberry cheddar, and ANY of their fresh quark (a German cheese similar in consistency to ricotta.  Great as a spread, tossed in pasta, or even as an ingredient in casseroles.  So good, I just eat it with a spoon!). You can find their products throughout Nova Scotia.  Better yet, visit the farm and cheese house yourself, sampling some of their offerings.  Custom gift baskets and gift certificates are available. Excellent customer service.

I like it Raw  Whether you're a raw foods purist, or are simply making a conscious effort to 'eat clean', Real Raw Food (Naramata, BC) is worth your attention. The mission of this family business is to provide "unheated, non GMO, pure organically grown foods at a fair price".  I have placed several orders and have not been disappointed.  Their mango slices and raw cashews border on addictive.  Prompt shipping.  Minimum order is $100, so shop with a friend!

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