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foodie b’eat: Giveaway!! triadfoodies and YES! Weekly’s Holiday Gift Guide

Hey, foodies! I wanted to let you know that on Tuesday, December 22, I’m going to be a guest on WFMY’s Good Morning Show to share triadfoodies’ and YES! Weekly’s Holiday Gift Guide. This guide has just a few of our favorite things.  And keep reading because on Tuesday, after the segment, we’ll show you how you can win some of these items. I have a BUNCH of goodies to give away so be sure to follow the triadfoodies Facebook page for details on how to win!

A bit of a background. A few years back, I was inspired by Oprah (the one and only) to give my family some of our favorite things. A basket or box of goodies that included all kinds of things, from a lip balm to Cheerwine to cookies or treats we discovered. And we always try to bring in a local focus. One year it was all North Carolina food products. It’s such a joy to put together and we encouraged our family members to do the same. So now, we’re very happy to receive two other “favorite things” packages each year from other members of the family. We love seeing what people love. And I highly recommend this tradition for your family.
For 2016, triadfoodies and YES! Weekly share some of our local favorites from the holiday season and a few that have stood the test of time and are favorites all throughout the year.  All of these awesome products are made right here in the Triad. Not only do you have a chance to win, we also tell you where you can find them individually. The items on this list are on here for one thing only, and that’s for being awesome.
Black Mountain Chocolate Fruit Cake, 732 Trade Street, NW Winston-Salem $15
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This ain’t your average “door stop.” Mention fruit cake and most people are so, like, “ugh.”  Not so, here. This delight, made by pastry chef, Meghan Peters, at the factory on Trade Street, is unlike any fruitcake you’ve had in years of ‘ore.  For one, it’s moist. Like, perfectly moist with whiskey. You see, Black Mountain likes to cook and experiment with all the local finds here in Winston-Salem and beyond. With next door neighbor Broad Branch Distillery’s Night Lab, it’s a boozy, chocolatey masterpiece. Note for parents: not for the little ones. Like I said, it’s got drank in it.
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It’s tea, not cocoa. Made with actual cocoa husks with a touch of smoke. When you first taste it, it’s interesting and delightful with a hint of cocoa flavor that’s earthy and herby and when made into a latte and topped with a bit of cinnamon by any one of the various coffee shops, it’s just ahhhhh, just the thing… Cocoa Matè is here for a limited time and fresh loose leaf bags can be found at many locations across the Triad including Black Mountain Chocolate, Washington Perk & Provision, Musten & Crutchfield. It’s prepared at many local shops as well. Check out chadschai.com for location and ordering info.
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Take Winston-Salem’s most popular cookie and beer and you’ll get a brew that celebrates the culture of the Moravians, the original settlers of the city. It’s believed that Moravians were  some of the first brewers of craft beer.  Moravian is Foothills People’s Porter with a few ingredients from the Moravian cookie recipe— ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg— you get the idea. You will need to act quickly as Moravian Porter is available for a limited time and quantities at local beverage shops like Stella Brew, City Beverage, Bestway Grocery and Total Wine. And you will get a tiny little sample of Salem Baking’s Ginger & Spice Moravian Cookie to pair with it. Try them together!
So while we’re at it….
Moravian Cookies from Salem Baking  5.49
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If you buy the People’s Moravian Porter, you’ll get a sampler of Ginger & Spice cookies. But of all these super thin, Old World confections, our fave is Sugar. Simple and delicious and addictive. I can eat half a can before I even realize what’s happened. What, like you haven’t?!
Available everywhere and in Old Salem at at salembaking.com.  A tie for being just as wonderful (but not included in our giveaway) is Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies. We thought this company definitely deserved the mention. These cookies are available at various stores across the area or hanescookies.com. By the way, I have a TON of tubes to giveaway! So excited!
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Miss Jenny’s done hit the big time. Jenny Fulton went on Texas Investors Club and got an investor and is on her way to putting the pickles on shelves nationwide. Miss Jenny’s has enjoyed a lot of success over the past few years, from pickling out of her home in Kernersville to moving to an actual facility to handle the demand. The pickles can be found in local grocery stores and markets all across the state. If they promote local, they have Miss Jenny’s. Heck, they’re even at Trader Joe’s here! Way to go! They pickle a variety of flavors like Salt & Pepper Pickles, Salt & Pepper Habanero and traditional Bread & Butter, but we are here to tell you, the way to go is the award-winning Habanero Bread & Butter. They are sweet and tangy with a kick of spice. So delicious for snacking, but also on burgers and sandwiches. My tip, enjoy them on a cracker with pimento cheese and you’ll be so happy. They’re also super good chopped up in your own homemade tartar sauce or diced up and sprinkled on nachos for an added spicy sweet element. For more info, go to missjennys.com
Gorilla Grains  $6-8
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Your granola search might just end here. I’ve searched the world over and thought I’d never find true granola love, until this yummy, crunchy butteriness. It’s the butter. For real. You can taste it. And you will miss it if you ever taste another variety. Made in small batches in Burlington, Gorilla Grains was a labor of love that took Alicia Rehburgh “seemingly forever” to perfect until she got that butter ratio on her 100% organic oats just right. Her husband, the former chef, approved. And if my child loves it, well, he can’t be wrong. This made “Our Favorite Things” for our family members last year and only seemed natural for it to take its natural place in this official guide for 2015. The flavors come in Original and Original with Cranberry/Walnuts. Gorilla Grains is served in many a breakfast place, but you can find packages at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market each Saturday, the Iron Hen Cafe, Roasted Coffee Depot, Musten & Crutchfield and various other locations or call (815) 846-0924.
Seersucker Chef Bloody Mary Mix
After you’ve done the open presents throwdown, how about a Bloody Mary to go along with your brunch? This all natural Bloody Mary Mix is made by Chef Jody Morphis of Blue Denim Restaurant. He has a whole line of yummy goods including pickles, but this year, he’s giving away a big ol’ Mason Jar of his all natural mix made with tomatoes, peppers, beets, veggies and select spices. Sip on that while your kids bang around on their new toys.
So, be sure to tune in at 7:50 AM to WFMY 2’s Good Morning Show. And follow on Facebook later to find out how you can be one of many winners. I’ll announce the winner on Christmas Eve.
Merry Christmas, foodies!

Product Review: Mantry- The October Box- “Beer & Bacon”


I was so excited to be asked by the folks at Mantry to review their latest box. Have you ever heard of Mantry (the modern man’s pantry)? It’s basically a food-of-the-month club with really wonderful artisanal American food items. Jellies, crackers, sauces, caramel, you name it. And don’t let the name fool you, it’s SO not just for men. You know I love local products. This box is like getting local goodies from all over the country. If you are a local company and you make something delicious, wouldn’t it be awesome if you made it into the Mantry box? I think yes!

You never know what you are going to get with Mantry. As they say, it’s all about the surprise and the experience. All I knew about this month’s box was that the theme celebrated their anniversary and was “Beer & Bacon,” a selection of independent products using craft brews. And yes, some bacon. I saw that little USPS box and I’ve never been so excited to get mail. Let’s check it out!

Standard USPS box. Already excited!

Priority USPS box. Already excited!

I’m telling you, I need to find some crates like these for gifts. They are the perfect size.

Products come in a small logo'd crate...part of the appeal :)

Products come in a small logo’d crate…part of the appeal 🙂

The top is stapled on so pry  carefully. Mr. foodie just pulled it off. He's so strong.

The top is stapled on so pry carefully. Mr. foodie just pulled it off. He’s so strong.

Once opened, you are greeted with the Mantry flyer and some words about the month’s theme and a brief and cool description of all the products and where they are made.


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Beer Flats Crackers ($8) : From Cincinnati, this is a combination of beer and grains to make a great little flatbread cracker. A fab, crunchy, cracker that was excellent with pimento cheese. In the box, was Pilsner, but these little yummies also come in Porter.


Beer Flats Crackers

SlantShack Jerky ($13.50): I LOVE jerky. We eat piles of it here at my house. This NYC jerky features Vermont grass-fed beef, then rubbed and loved on with Bronx Pale Ale and Tin Mustard. It was flavorful, maybe a little dry, compared to the jerky I’m used to. But it’s also not full of so many weird preservatives and I liked seeing the natural ingredients on the package. Although you can find SlantShack in some stores on the east coast, if you decide to order online, your jerky will be MADE TO ORDER (!!). You can customize the marinade and the rub. So cool.


SlantShack Jerky Bronx Pale Ale Beef Jerky

P & H Soda Co. Sarsaparilla Syrup ($10): I feel like I’ve seen this syrup listed in craft cocktail bars. From Brooklyn, (it seems like lots of good things are coming from NY) this is the stuff root beer is made of and belongs in an ice cream float. Or with some bourbon. Or on pancakes. Yum! You can check out their website for recipes and the Mantry site too for a Bourbon Sarsaparilla Float.


P & H Soda Co. Sarsaparilla Syrup

Anarchy In A Jar ($9): I love the name. A craft ale and NJ apples combined to make a one of a kind jelly laced with exotic spices and cardamom. THIS was the item I was most excited about. Actually, it was the only item I had an inkling about as my monthly email “teased” us with the beauty shots of this jelly from, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Enjoy with some sharp cheddar or swiss and the above beer flat and you’ve got a mighty tasty snack. Oh, and throw in a NC beer while you are at it :).


Anarchy In A Jar Spiced Beer Jelly

It wouldn’t be food of the month without a sweet treat, right?
Liddabit Sweet Beer & Pretzel Caramels ($8) : From Brooklyn (wow), five folks are blending Brooklyn Brewery Ale into butter from a local dairy. Then they throw in some PA-Amish pretzels and you’ve got a salty sweet snack that will make you forget you are PMSing…like I said, it ain’t just for the men. And this company makes lollipops, honeycomb, candy bars, etc. All with natural ingredients. Even their lollipops come on bamboos sticks!


Liddabit Sweet Beer & Pretzel Caramels

Oh and last but not least….
Broadbent’s Dry Cured Peppered Bacon ($7.50) : Yes, delicious, all-winning bacon. A WHOLE pack of it, even! Broadbent’s hails from Kentucky and is known for dry-curing their bacon the old-fashioned way. The belly is hand rubbed and the pack can stay out at room temperature. Just like my grandpa, Farmer Willie, would’ve loved. Oh and I haven’t tried this, but pepper bacon is one of my top faves, so I’m sure it’s delicious. Especially on a sandwich, with the beer jelly.


Broadbent’s Dry Cured Peppered Bacon


Crate of Happiness, I tell ya

So, a true crate of happiness. I mean, if I’m going to be given a gift, this would be one of my favorite ways to get it. Just a wonderful selection of some favorites (hint hint). You can check out the Mantry site for more information, recipes or to subscribe to get a box for $75/month.

Do you get a Mantry box? What’s your favorite item this month? What’s your favorite item EVER? Check out their site for more details and while you are there, register for their giveaway. I mean, nothing better than Mantry swag, right?