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Spreadable Bacon Jam

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We all know that bacon rocks, but did you know that bacon can JAM? TBJ Gourmet (which stands for The Bacon Jams) are unique spreadable bacon jams that all bacon lovers will LOVE. Total bacon convenience is here in the form of our “No Fry, On the Fly” gourmet bacon spreads. The perfect gift the your friends, family and your pantry!

Bacon Jam at its core is bacon, brown sugar, onions and a whole lot of stirring.

Bacon Jam comes in three varieties that can all be simply spread on crackers, elegantly spread to elevate appetizers or to baconize your favorite dish. I enjoyed it with toast and a fried egg. 

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  • Classic: The flagship bacon spread is bursting with sweet and salty bacon goodness, this flavor pairs well with foods at any meal. Go traditional and try it on a burger or with breakfast foods, or take party appetizers like crackers with goat cheese or brie from ordinary to exceptional.
  • Sweet Chili: Just the right amount of sweet chili, garlic and bacon give this bacon spread flavor a warm, barbecue-like taste. Step up main dishes such as pork tenderloin, wings and scallops, or make a killer mac ‘n cheese combo.
  • Black Pepper: Peppered bacon offers a balance to sweetness and that perfect kick to step up the complexity of flavor. Perfect for deli sandwiches, steak, fish and grilled foods or spruce up those veggies!

Bacon Jam is free of peanut and tree nuts as an ingredient and the equipment used for The Bacon Jams is not used for nuts. But facility that is not 100% nut free.

You can purchase Bacon Jams at retail locations across the country. Locally, you can find it at Deluca’s Market, Foodie’s, and Pemberton Farms. To find a location nearest you, click here. You can also purchase Bacon Jams on Amazon.com (free shipping for Prime members).

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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VocoLife – saving money every time you dine out

Eat dishes. Get money. It’s not magic, it’s VocoLife. When friends go out together, everyone wins. VocoLife partners with over 500 of the best restaurants, fitness studios, and brands to get you rewards every single time you book with friends.

Why use it?

Every time you dine out with VocoLife you save money. VocoLife has partnerships with dozen’s restaurants and businesses in and around Boston to provide you and your friends with exclusive offers every day. Discounts vary depending on restaurant. For example. you might save $8 off the bill if each person in your party spends $25 or each person in the party might receive a your choice of a $7 credit for Uber, Amazon or Starbucks 24 hours after the reservation. Not bad, right?

How it works

First, you and your friends have to download the app. The user-friendly VocoLife app saves you, on average, 40% every time you eat out. These savings are seamless because When you set up an account with the app, you add in your payment information.

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To use the app to eat out, you have to dine with at least one other person. You make a reservation using the app, then you invite your friend(s) to join the reservation via the app. At the end of the meal the bill gets split automatically and charged to the card on file. However, you can choose to divvy it up otherwise via the app. The best part, besides the savings, is that you don’t have to wait for the check when you’ve finished, nor annoy the wait staff asking to split it between your party! 

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Sushi @ Crudo.

List of Boston-area Restaurants on VocoLife:
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Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant
Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca
Bambara
Basho Japanese Brasserie
Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro
Bergamot
BISq
BLR by Shojo
Brown Sugar Cafe
Casa B
Central Bistro Boston
Coppersmith
Crudo.
Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar
Double Chin
Estragon
Fairsted Kitchen: Supper, Libations, Late Night
Fajitas & ‘Ritas
Flame Hot Pot
Genki Ya (Boston)
Hong Kong Boston, Faneuil Hall
Hops Test Kitchen & Raw Bar
Il Molo
Kayuga
Kingston Grille & Bar
Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant
Koy Boston
Lavoile
LE’S
Les Zygomates
Lulu’s Allston
Mei Mei Street Kitchen
Menton
Mix-It Restaurant – Cambridge MA
Naco Taco
Nine Tastes – Thai Restaurant
No. 9 Park
Oleana Restaurant
Pasta Beach Boston
Petit Robert Bistro
Puritan & Company
Red Lantern Boston
Rigoletto Ristorante
Salvatore’s (Downtown)
Salvatore’s (545 Washington)
Select Oyster Bar
Shōjō
Sol Azteca Boston
South End Buttery
Spice Thai Cuisine
StreetFood Revolution
Taberna de Haro
Takemura Japanese Korean Restaurant
Tapestry
Tasca Restaurant
The Brahmin American Cuisine & Cocktails
The Butcher Shop
The Fireplace
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The Friendly Toast – Cambridge, MA
The Merchant
The Tap Trailhouse
Thelonious Monkfish
Tresca
Trophy Room
Troquet
Typhoon Asian Bistro
Warehouse Bar & Grille
Waxy’s – The Modern Irish Bar
Wen’s Yunnan Noodle & Ramen
Wu Er by WOW Barbecue

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The savings don’t stop at eating out. Savings to work out at fitness studios like Xtend Barre, Rock Spot Climbing, and Turnstyle are abundant. 

I have a promo code for $10 off your first meal – or workout – with promo code JESSICAGLUTENFREE. Simply enter the code after you download the app and instantly save $10 off!

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. All my thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Gluten Free in Martinique

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Last week Jeremy and I took a trip to Martinique. Martinique is a rugged Caribbean island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, its culture reflects a distinctive blend of French and West Indian influences. Its largest town, Fort-de-France, features steep hills, and narrow streets. Located 3.5 miles south-southeast of Fort de France, is the town Pointe du Bout. Pointe du Bout is a “popular” tourist destination because it offers lots of shops, restaurants, beaches and ferry access to Fort-de France. 

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With that said, the tourist industry in Martinique is still rather small. It wasn’t until 2015 that Americans really started travelling to Martinique. Many people I’ve spoken with have never even heard of it! 

Pointe du Bout offers quite a few restaurant options. While there aren’t gluten free menus anywhere, there are plenty of gluten free options. Most menus feature grilled fish and meats, and as long as you speak french or have a french gluten free guide card, you should be just fine! 

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Le Bistrot d’en face is a wine bar/French restaurant that serves a variety of meat dishes. Many of the grilled meats, without marinade, are gluten free. 

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Fish is also very popular on the island. Marlin, Dorade (sea bream), smoked salmon, Chatrou (small octopus), shrimp and prawns can be found on restaurant menus throughout the island. 

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Colombo is a signature spice of the Island and is made with a blend of French, West- and East Indian spices. It combines turmeric, brown mustard seed, hot pepper, coriander, West Indian bay leaf, thyme and black peppercorn. The most famous dishes include Colombo de Martinique which is a curry traditionally made from lamb cooked in coconut milk, ginger and Colombo powder. It is also used to season chicken, goat, pork or vegetables such as aubergine, pumpkin or other local root vegetables.

Ceviche is also quiet popular. We had ceviche twice during our trip. 

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Breakfast was a little trickery, as most people ate pastries of some sort. Luckily, fresh fruit and eggs are on every restaurant menu. 

We had such a great trip and there was no shortage of fresh fish or fruity drinks!

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Savannah Bee’s Cheese Honey & Whipped Honey

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A few weeks ago I tried Savannah Bee’s Honey for the Grill, and I loved it. A leader in all things honeybeeSavannah Bee specializes in 100% pure artisanal honeys for cooking and tasting. Honey for the Grill is blended by hand and is made with 100% pure varietal honey robust enough to stand up under fire. This honey adds a distinctive and delectable flavor to a marinade or crisply caramelize seafood, meat, poultry, and veggies on the grill. It offers a smoky sweetness for basting and marinating, and pairs beautifully with vegetable kabobs or maple-planked wild salmon.

I recently had the chance to try two additional Savannah Bee honey products; Cheese Honey and Whipped Honey and I was equally impressed with their flavor and versatility.

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I had never heard of Whipped Honey prior to working with Savannah Bee and I was very curious what it was and how it was different from ‘regular’ honey. Savannah Bee spins together honey from the wildflower fields of the Rocky Mountains, forming a crystallized honey that is creamy, smooth, spreadable, and absolutely delicious. This exquisite honey is good for lathering on warm scones or fresh fruit. Savannah-Honey-and-Cheese

Cheese and honey make a naturally delicious combination. Savannah Bee Honey for Cheese will impress your friends at your next dinner party or get together. The honey is 100% pure honey, as always, and hand-selected to best pair with a wide range of fine cheeses. Softly sweet honey flavors tame the tang of a creamy Roquefort and brightly complement salty Manchego or an aged Gouda. Instantly upgrade any appetizer cheese tray, or try a slice of aged artisan cheddar with honey and sliced apples as an alternative to dessert. 

Savannah Bee Honey is gluten free and Kosher certified. Savannah Bee Honey can be found at retailers across the country, including gift stores, specialist stores and more. You can also purchase Savannah Bee Honey on Amazon

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

 

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Celebrating National Chip & Dip Day with a Good Health Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a good chip & dip appetizer? Who doesn’t love chips period? In honor of National Chip & Dip Day on March 23rd, I’ve partnered with Good Health to create a delicious chip & dip pairing.  

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National Chip & Dip Day, an annual favorite food holiday, celebrates a perfect combination that is loved by many across the country. Chips and dip are a popular party dish as it is not only favored by most but also quick and easy to prepare, especially thanks to Good Health’s healthy gluten free chip offerings. 

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Good Health, creator of crunchy, craveable  and innovative snacks has got you covered with delicious and gluten free chips. The Organic Black Bean & Rice Tortilla Chips are made with, well, black beans and rice, and finished with a touch of Himalayan sea salt. 

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Good Health Organic Sea Salt Eat Your Vegetables Chips are packed with 8 great vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, beets and shiitake mushrooms. These chips are an excellent source of vitamins A and C plus a good source of vitamins E and B6 so you can snack happy and enjoy being good!

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  1. 2 (15.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  2. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 1/4 cup tahini
  5. juice of one lemon
  6. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  7. salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Place beans and garlic in a food processor; pulse 5 times or until chopped. Add 1/2 cup water and remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as needed
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Good Health has generously offered to give one lucky reader the chance to win one bag of each Organic Black Bean & Rice Tortillas and Sea Salt Eat Your Vegetables! To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite chip and dip paring AND comment on this post.

This giveaway will end on March 27, 2017 at 12:00am. Open to U.S. residents only. 

 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Detox Water

Detox Water is not a raw juice and it’s not another flavored water. It’s the best of both combined to create a refreshing and all natural organic aloe water.

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Considered a miracle plant by the ancient Egyptians, Aloe Vera is a potent natural antioxidant known for its many health benefits to help detoxify and cleanse the body internally and externally. 

Aloe Vera contains 20 minerals to detoxify the body of metabolic wastes and 19 amino acids to fight inflammation and bacteria, it also has strong scavenging activity in terms of getting rid of toxins internally from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and colon.

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The ACTIValoe® in each bottle of Detox Water contains the power of aloe vera’s naturally-occurring polysaccharides, which are long chains of sugar molecules, clinically proven to support immune function, healthy digestion, nutrient absorption and youthful-looking skin (improvement in skin elasticity).

The patented technology allows Detox Water to isolate the most effective polysaccharides within the plant and maintain batch-to-batch consistency of ACTIValoe® gel flakes in every bottle of Detox Water. Batch-to-batch consistency is the key to delivering optimal benefits at all times. Detox Water is your healthy hydration alternative that not only quenches thirst, tastes delicious, but also delivers the plethora of health benefits associated with drinking the most premium aloe in the world.

Detox Water is available in 3 refreshing flavors: Pinamint (Pineapple and Mint), Mangaloe (Mango), and Original (Lychee and White Grape)

Feel great and not guilty. Detox Water is 15 calories per serving and the most rejuvenating, refreshing aloe vera water paired with organic and natural flavors. Detox Water contains no artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Detox Water is also vegan, organic, Kosher, gluten free, non-GMO and locally grown in Texas and Mexico.

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Aloe Vera water is able to provide healthy hydration from the best of what nature has to offer. Packed with electrolytes and only 4 grams of sugar, it is a better choice for a post-workout drink. Or replace your sports/electrolyte drink during your workout with Detox Water for a satisfying and hydrating healthy alternative.

Detox Water can be found in retail locations across the country. Click here to find a retail location near you. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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PEREG NATURAL FOODS INTRODUCES KOSHER FOR PASSOVER BABY QUINOA

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With Passover approaching (April 10-18, 2017), if you are like me you are already planning the menu. Pereg Natural Foods offers a variety of new, all natural, vegan, Non-GMO and Kosher for Passover (OU-P) products that offer versatility and great taste just in time for Passover 2017.

New from Pereg this year is Baby Quinoa (Kañiwa) – Dark reddish-brown in color and about half the size of a tiny quinoa seed, Baby Quinoa cooks up quickly to resemble a smaller version of red quinoa.  Unlike regular quinoa, Baby Quinoa doesn’t have saponins, the coating that gives quinoa a somewhat slightly bitter flavor if not rinsed properly. Baby Quinoa is a great source of iron and other important nutrients. 

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Also available new for Passover is Pereg’s White Quinoa, Quinoa with Mushrooms and Quinoa with Vegetables. White quinoa is great for cold salads such as kale and quinoa with a lemon vinaigrette or quinoa with strawberries and pecans. Experiment as you would with rice and substitute quinoa in stuffed peppers, quinoa cheese casserole and quinoa meatballs.  

I always like to bake something for Seder and thanks to Pereg’s new  Kosher for Passover flour, available in quinoabananacoconut and almond meal gluten free varieties, it’s easier than ever to bake something that everyone will actually enjoy! From cakes and cookies, to pancakes and pizza crust, these Passover flours offer a plethora of delicious recipe options that offer great taste and texture.

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Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world. Today Pereg produces an array of all- natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten free cereal and much more.

You can find Pereg Natural Foods products at retailers throughout the US, and online via Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

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Ardenne Farms NEW gluten free products + giveaway

Ardenne Farms is on a mission to help those living gluten free and/or those with a sweet tooth. Ardenne Farm (pronounced Are-den) started by using a variety of innovative high-quality gluten-free flour blends, creative imaginations, and over 20 years of experience working in the food business. Ardenne Farms makes Gluten Free baking mixes that are vegan, Kosher and produced in a peanut and tree nut free facility. Ardenne Farms is certified gluten free and carry the GFCO’s GF symbol. Every batch is tested to ensure that all our mixes contain less than 10 ppm gluten.

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Ardenne Farms makes a variety of baking mixes; from muffins and pancakes, to cookies, brownies and cakes. 

Ardenne Farms recently launched three new baking mixes: Lemon Poppyseed Muffins, Pumpkin Streusel, and Snickerdoodle Cookies. 

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The NEW Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin mix bakes up muffins that are so decadent and moist, they’ll soon become your new morning pick-me-up! I brought them to work and everyone in my office devoured them. I got so many compliments, and requests for more! They taste so good that many people did not know they were gluten free until I told them. 

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I also love the new Snickerdoodle Cookie mix. I love the flavor of cinnamon and vanilla; yum! You can purchase Ardenne Farms products at retail locations across the country, including Roche Brothers, and Natural Food Stores. Click here to find a retail location nearest you. 

Now for the giveaway! One lucky reader will win all three NEW baking mixes. To enter simply leave a comment below then head over to Instagram, like and comment on this post

This giveaway will end on March 12, 2017 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

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Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

With just three years in stores under its belt, Simple Mills is leaving established competitors in the dust in terms of market share. The company is now the #1 fastest growing baking mix and cracker brand, #2 largest baking mix brand by dollars sold, #3 largest cracker brand by dollars sold in less than 9 months after launch. Wow.

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Simple Mills product line has expanded in the last year to include not only baking mixes, but frosting and crackers as well.  Simple Mills’ line of food is:

  • ‘Real simple’ made with fewer ingredients and no fillers
  • Higher in protein and lower in sugar 
  • gluten free, grain free, and soy free (the base of most mixes is almond flour)
  • Non-GMO certified

Simple Mills products are free of 6 of the Big 8 allergens. All products contain Tree Nuts (in the form of almonds and/or coconuts) and some contain Dairy (organic milk is used in the Farmhouse Cheddar cracker). All Simple Mills products comply with industry standards for allergen controls, which includes segregating allergens during ingredient storage and production, conducting full allergen cleans between production runs, and testing for allergens on manufacturing equipment before use.

I recently tried the new Almond Flour Crackers. These six crackers (flavors below) are made with a blend of almond flour, sunflower seeds and flax seeds.

  • Farmhouse Cheddar
  • Fine Ground Sea Salt
  • Rosemary & Sea Salt
  • Sun-dried tomato & Basil 
  • Smoky BBQ Cheddar
  • Cracker Black Pepper

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers have 3 grams of protein per serving and  20-50% less carbs than leading cracker brands. The flavors are intense but in a good way. My favorite was the Rosemary & Sea Salt. 

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Rosemary & Sea Salt Nutritional Info

You can purchase Simple Mills products online, and on Amazon. To find products at a store near you, check out their store locator.

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Tonnino Gourmet Tuna

Tonnino is bringing a new kind of tuna to the table – 100% yellowfin fillets, caught in the wild and jarred by hand. Tonnino is a gourmet line of olive oil or spring water-packed tuna that sets a high standard for what’s possible when it comes to tinned or jarred tuna fish. Every jar of Tonnino tuna is dolphins-safe, rich in omega’3s, and contains the lowest possible level of mercury.

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There are eight tuna fillet varieties, all but one of which is packed in olive oil: 

  • In spring water
  • In olive oil
  • Lemon and pepper in olive oil
  • With oregano in olive oil
  • With jalapeno in olive oil
  • With garlic in olive oil
  • With capers and garlic in olive oil
  • Ventresca in olive oil
Low in fat and cholesterol, but high on deliciousness. The freshness of these tasty gourmet tuna fillets will be the perfect addition for your balanced diet. Use it as the main ingredient in salads, sushi rolls and pitas, and have yourself a healthy pleasure. You can taste the difference in Tonnino Tuna. It is fresh – easy to tell that it is made with high quality fish – and super flavorful. Tonnino makes it nearly impossible to go back to plain-old tinned canned tuna.
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Tonnino can trace every jar from the fishing of the tuna to the point of production. 
 

You can also see what you’re getting because the yellowfin tuna fillets are packed in glass jars and thus clearly visible. Tonnino tuna is gluten free and non-GMO project verified. 

You can purchase Tonnino tuna at retail locations across the country and on Amazon.com. Click here to find a store location nearest you.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.