The GFAF Expo after a 3 year hiatus came back to Northern California. This was another great expo with lots of vendors excited to share their products and information. While I was the excited blogger ready to learn about all the products I had never even seen before and visit some of my tried and true favorites. Below is a list of 5 of my favorite finds for this expo in no particular order.
1. Bitchin’ Sauce
This sauce was seriously bitchin’. That is the best word to describe these sauces. They are made with a base of almonds while being 100% gluten free and vegan. Now while they do call these sauces, I considered them more of a dip/hummus alternative, but they were still amazing. I wanted to buy some right then but became sad when I realized they were not selling them! The dips were addicting and I was determined to try every flavor, which I did and don’t regret one bit. One of the best flavors was the HEAT but it definitely had a kick and would only be suitable for those who like added spice. The Cilantro Chile was also quite tasty but who am I kidding I would buy any of these flavors again! These would be a great appetizer for a party to have with either chips or veggie sticks. I will be looking for these in stores. http://www.bitchinsauce.com/
2. Mozaics Chips/Veggicopia
At the Mozaics Chips/Veggicopia stand I got to meet the brand's social media guru, Matthew. He talked to me and my dad about their products for a while explaining their processes. I was very impressed with how they handle the manufacturing to avoid cross contamination with dairy products. At the beginning of the week they start with the basic (dairy free flavors) and then at the end of the week do the flavors with the allergens, then they breakdown the equipment for cleaning and restart the next week. I was impressed with their manufacturing processes and also with how tasty their products were. The base ingredients in each chip are organic green peas, organic yellow split peas, organic potatoes and organic black beans. Followed by additional spices based on the flavor, my favorites flavors were Salsa and BBQ. What was interesting though is not only did they have chips they also had hummus and olives! The hummus was delicious and the green olives were just right on the flavor profile. I can’t wait to do a full taste test and let you all in on how great these products are. https://www.mozaicschips.com/ https://veggicopia.com/
3. Keli’s Hawaiian Sauces
Now I’ll admit right off the bat that I love Chinese/Japanese stir fry style sauces. I have been lacking a good Sweet-N-Sour sauce for a long time, which I now found through Keli’s! I tried their Polynesian Sweet-N-Sour and was immediately hooked. It was exactly what I have been missing. I was also a huge fan of their Teriyaki sauces, so much so that I bought 3 bottles right on the spot; the Polynesian Sweet-N-Sour, Pete’s Fire Teriyaki and Hawaiian Luau Teriyaki. What is really nice about the Teriyaki is that it is a little bit thicker than some other brands I have had. It has a really bold flavor and is really great with some rice, veggies and a protein of your choice. Keep in mind though that the Pete’s Fire is actually quite spicy and if that is not your thing then you can try any of their other Teriyaki varieties. Make sure to give these sauces a try, you will not regret it. http://www.trykelis.com/
4. BFree Foods
I want to thank BFree Foods again for being such a great blogger sponsor this year. They provided all of us bloggers with a fabulous breakfast to start of the expo Saturday morning filled with fresh fruit and their tasty bagels. Then to top it off they offered great deals on their products to everyone at the expo! It was $3 for 1 product or 2 for $5. Which anyone who shops gluten free on a regular basis knows this is a steal. I ended up buying 8 products for a grand total of just $20. What is so great about their products is they freeze really well and stay fresh for later use. To top everything off, their products are not only gluten free but free of the top 8 allergens and even vegan! The products are great and a real winner when it comes to the allergen friendly market. Make sure to give this company a try if you see them in your local grocery store. They even make a pita bread! According to their website they are now available at Wal-Mart as well. https://us.bfreefoods.com/
5. Sauce Goddess
I was kind of surprised to find the products that Sauce Goddess had here at the expo. The products this company had were so diverse I was kind of amazed. This company makes not only spice rubs but also BBQ sauces, caramel corn, jerky and relishes! Of course when I saw that pretty much 70% of what they made was spicy, I was hooked. Now keep in mind all of these products were not only gluten free but dairy free as well. We first started off with trying the caramel corn, now this wasn’t just any regular old caramel corn, this was spiced up caramel corn and each flavor got hotter and hotter. I was so impressed that I moved on to try all the BBQ sauces and even the relishes! I will definitely be ordering some of these products immediately to have on hand. https://saucegoddess.com/
The GFAF Expo will thankfully be coming back to Northern California in 2018. So if you missed it this year you can always make it next year! More information about the expo HERE at their website.
It was the beginning of our vacation and we were about to head off to our cruise ship. We woke up quite hungry and found Manna Life Food to be only about 3-4 blocks from our hotel. Being that it was completely gluten free I determined this was the safest place for my boyfriend and I to eat. I showed up right around when they opened at 11am and learned that they were also a plant based (vegan) establishment. This did not really bother me too much since I am dairy free as well.
I ended up really craving some falafel so I got the Roasted Veggie Bowl. This had raw falafel in eat which I did not realize till later. Despite that it was delicious and I really enjoyed it. I also got myself a side of acai pickles and red pepper hummus. Everything was really good and filling. I got my boyfriend an avocado arepa, this was different than the arepas we have had in California but I am sure it is a regional difference. Despite I got a taste and thought it was really good. He thoroughly enjoyed it along followed with a choco-chunk cookie. This was a double chocolate cookie, it was rich and a really good gluten free baked treat. As someone with celiac I would definitely stop by here again if I was in the Miami area.
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