Life with my New Ninja Ultima Blender + @NinjaKitchen

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So I recently received a review unit from Ninja.  I had the chance to test it out and bask in all of it’s glory over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I purchased a ton of fruits, vegetables, and supporting ingredients to give this baby the respect it deserves.  My aunt and uncle own one of the older versions of the Ninja Blender, and they can’t stop raving about it.  I was slow to catch on, since I don’t expect much from a blender.  Below is a recount of my journey to becoming a believer.

First, I researched all the possible dishes that I could create with a blender.  I discovered that you could make ice cream, soup, salsa, daiquiris, crushed ice, sauces, butter, and of course smoothies.  I opted to go with a smoothie and began assembling the ingredients.  Before getting started, I washed all of the Ninja Ultima Blender attachments in soapy water.  One of my initial thoughts was that the blades were extremely sharp, so I kept in mind to be extra careful.  Next, I then began to chop up all of my ingredients up.  When discussing the Ninja Ultima Blender online, peoples first question was can you put whole oranges and apples inside without having to chop.  Based on usage, I believe that you can, but I wouldn’t want to do that.  The more pressure you put on a machine, the quicker you burn it out.  Regardless of which type of blender you use, the seeds and pits take a toll on your appliances.  I would much rather remove those tougher pieces in order to maintain the longevity of the appliance.

I combined my Cucumbers, Fuji Apples, Bananas, Greek Yogurt, Lactaid, Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and Ice into the blender.  One thing I realized was that I need to work on my measurements because I filled the pitcher up to capacity with all of my ingredients.  I thought about removing some, but then I got lazy and said *shrugs* “Let’s see what this baby is made of”.  I secured the lid,  set the blender speed to 6, then turned it on.  First thought, “WOW”!!!!  She is a powerful girl!  I felt as if I was working with a turbo engine here.  It quickly ran through all of my ingredients and ice with out blinking.  I didn’t have to stir, or shake it up. More importantly after I was done, all I had to do was rinse out the pitcher and lid.  Honestly, this appliance was so good I gave my juicer away to my neighbor.  I never want to go back to a juicer after using the Ninja Ultima Blender, and will suggest to all my friends and family to get one.

In my kitchen there is only one appliance that I truly am in love with, and that is my Wolf Gang Puck Pressure Cooker.  Now I have two appliances to love, and am not sure how I lived without this appliance!!!!!

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I invite you all to come back and catch my upcoming juicing post….  I will keep my Ninja Ultima Blender busy, and featured regularly on the site.  Be sure to check back through the holidays and into the first of the year dieting craze :)

 

NYC Entertaining: Holiday Appetizers with @Cabot

NYC Entertaining: Holiday Appetizers with Cabot

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‘Tis the season, right? A time when friends get together to celebrate. But it turns out that many of you run and hide at the thought of throwing a party – especially during the holidays. Never fear, as Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Lifestyle Commentator + Favorite Foodie, I’m here to give you a little “Party 101” lesson and help take the hassle out of holiday entertaining.

For most of us, the holidays are a time when stress is high and time is at a premium. There’s work, family, friends, and parties all smashed into a couple of weeks. But if you’re brave, I can help you feel confident about inviting friends over for a drink – you can talk to the divine Miss Kitty Bradshaw about libation choices – and a delicious bite to eat. Minus the anxiety.

I’m here to help. I’m the Cheese Diva. And I’m about to make your holiday entertaining plans very, very easy.

In a few simple steps you can have a fun, festive and completely delicious spread that will dazzle your friends and delight their palates. Check out this gorgeous, easy to assemble holiday tree made of cheddar cubes and tomatoes.  Putting it together is quick, easy and sure to wow!

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What about a hot appetizer that tastes like Christmas in a bite? These Cranberry Cheddar Pita Bites take 10 minutes from start to finish. Three ingredients, minimum prep time, and you’re good to go. Nothing could be easier…or tastier!

 

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And for those of you who are truly challenged in the kitchen, you can always resort to the easiest – and often most loved – appetizer preparation, the cheeseboard. Pick a few of your favorite cheeses, some roasted nuts, meats like salami or prosciutto, and fruit like grapes, sliced apples or dried apricots. Arrange it all on a platter and – voila! – instant party food.

 

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So there you have it, party people. What could be easier or more fun than having friends over during the holidays?

For more holiday entertaining tips, you can check out this post I wrote for the Wine Sisterhood: Six Secrets for Stress Free Entertaining.

 

 

Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants

Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants

 

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Below is an ongoing list of NYC Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2013 in NYC.  Please, feel free to add any ones that I am missing in the comment section.

 

 

Thanksgiving in NYC 2013: Open Restaurants

 

21 Club Restaurant

Midtown West | American
Welcome your friends and family home to ’21′ for a warm and festive Thanksgiving celebration full of sumptuous cuisine and good cheer.
Event Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Price: $105 per person / $55 per child (10 and under)
(beverages, tax and gratuity additional)
Reservations: please call 212 582 7200.

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 Nocello

Fine Northern Italian Cuisine

257 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212-713-0224

Nocello is offering a four course delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Open from 2PM to 9:30PM

 

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Delmonico’s Kitchen in Midtown

Close proximity to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: ; Executive Chef Billy Oliva

207 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018; 212.695.5220

o   Organic Salt Water Brined Turkey; Sausage, Fennel Stuffing, Cranberry Compote, Yams, Turkey Jus

  • Wild Salmon Wellington; Baby Spinach, Exotic Mushrooms, Truffle Cabernet Reduction
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Aged Maple, Apple Chesnutt Dumplings
  • Delmonico’s Traditional Pumpkin Pie, Chantilly Cream

About Delmonico’s Kitchen: Open in 2012 in Midtown Manhattan, Delmonico’s Kitchen offers a contemporary twist on the original Delmonico’s iconic menu in a sophisticated-chic setting.

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Harding’s in Flatiron

Thanksgiving Menu Map: ; Executive Chef Ariel Fox

32 E 21st St  New York, NY 10010; (212) 600-2105

  • $45 adults/$22 children
  • Thanksgiving Day Hours of Operation: 3:00PM to 8:00PM on November 28, 2013
  • Menu highlights include:

o   Roasted Turkey; sausage & fennel challah stuffing, cinnamon orange spiced cranberry sauce,  apple cider gravy

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli;  crispy sage, brown butter, shaved pecorino, white truffle oil
  • Leek Tart;  pancetta, cave aged gruyere, cracked black pepper

About Harding’s: Harding’s offers a selection of artisanal American cuisine and craft spirits in a chic and rustic setting.  With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, Executive Chef Ariel Fox’s inspired menu fuses diverse West Coast influences with punches of Americana.  Exposed brick walls, antique mirrors, vintage chandeliers, and an oversized, century-old American flag evoke an air of nostalgia in this two-level landmark building.

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NYC Events: Macy’s Culinary Council 10th Anniversary

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Tonight I had the pleasure of attending Macy’s Culinary Council 10th Anniversary celebration.  The Event took place inside of Macy’s Manhattan flagship store in Herald Square at the newly built Stella 34 Trattoria, on the 6th Floor.  The Stella 34 Trattoria opened up back in March and held court to scenic views of the Empire State building and the bustling city lights against the night backdrop.

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Guest inside dined on edible delights made by some of the Culinary Councils most famous chefs.  Those chefs included Todd English, Marc ForgioneNancy SilvertonMarcus SamuelssonMing TsaiTakashi YagihashiJohnny Iuzzini and Tom Douglas.  Each of the chefs played a part in making an aspect of the evening very special, yet unique to the chef’s own personal style of cooking.

 

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Rick Bayless- Red Hot Margarita (I absolutely loved this!!!!)

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Michelle Bernstein- Calabaza and Cheese Bruschetta Topped with Crispy Jamon Serrano

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Cat Cora- Sweet Red Pepper, Tomato & Asiago Cheese Bruschetta (Tasty)

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Tom Douglas- Red Velvet Scallops with Red Soba, Lkura & Spiced Red Miso Broth (I am mad that I missed this)

Marc Forgione- Batch 22 Shrimp Ceviche (I wish I could have batched this up and took it home!)

Johnny Iuzzini- Red Velvet Cupcakes with Rose Water and Raspberry Buttercream

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Stephanie Izard- Grilled Seared Tuna with Smoked Uni Cream, Padron Pepper, Poblano Chili and Mushroom Salad

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Wolfgang Puck- Spicy Chicken Pizza

Marcus Samuelsson- Doro Wat Tacos

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Nancy Silverton- Lamb Chops Scottadito (Nancy was super friendly, and her dish was the crowd favorite)

Ming Tsai- Pork & Garlic Chive Wantons with Sweet Chile Dipping Sauce

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Takashi Yagihashi- Prosciutto-Shrimp Spring Rolls (I can never eat another spring roll after this…. this was AMAZING!)

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Macy’s Culinary Council 10th Anniversary Guest included Macy’s executives, media, Bloggers, and most importantly CUSTOMERS! The customers found this event to be a real treat as it was like being rewarded for their loyalty.  They were treated like VIPs, and allowed the opportunity to meet and take pictures with their favorite chefs.  I had the pleasure of speaking with a few of customers and took food recommendations from them.  It was a real treat to interact with the patrons because their unbiased opinions mattered the most.  As a blogger, I am trained to come in, take pictures, then live blog about the products.  One particular customer suggested that I spend less time looking down at my android, and more time enjoying the food, lolll. UMMM Did she mean I wasn’t being social?! :)

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Other elements included music by DJ Kev G who kept the crowd dancing, who at some point had guest partaking in a “Soul Train Line”.  Upon exiting, guest received cupcakes, giftbags which included cookies, a $20 Macy’s gift card  is valid Oct 15 – 22, 2013, and a special Culinary Council 10th Anniversary recipe booklet.  Another aspect that I have to make mention of is how extremely friendly the wait staff was.  I assume they were the normal wait staff of Stella 34 Trattoria, and not some outside company.  Their genuine character was so pleasant, that it made me want to come back and visit the restaurant during regular business hours.  I must do this by Thanksgiving, before they turn jaded, lolll.

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All-in-All Macy’s Culinary Council 10th Anniversary was an amazing event.  Macy’s went all out for this fete, and I am grateful that I was allowed to attend.  Thank You to both Macy’s and EVERYWHERE Media.

 

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Sponsored Post:

I am a member of Everywhere Society, and Everywhere has compensated me for this post on Macy’s Culinary Council.

New York Events: @McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event

New York Events: McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event

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Last week BLOGGERS, media, and press were treated to a once in a lifetime experience as McDonald’s held a special dinner to highlight their food and quality ingredients.  McDonald’s Chef Jessica Foust collaborated with 4 nationally acclaimed chef’s from around the country (Dale Talde, James Tahhan, Aaron McCargo, Jr.) to create gourmet meals around items on the current McDonald’s menu.  Upon receiving the invite for this event, I had no clue what to expect.  I randomly thought to myself were they going to add truffles to the big macs, or exotic dipping sauces for the Chicken Nuggets?!  What the other guest and myself got was so much more…. for starters we were served “Bacon and Bourbon” and “Mango Pineapple Mojitos”.  That was just the precursor to the 5 course meal we were about to be served.  Check out the below pictures and menu.

 

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 McDonalds Celebrity Chef Event Menu

Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Mango Pineapple Mojito
Featuring McDonald’s Mango Pineapple Smoothie Base
Old Fashioned with Applewood Smoked Bacon
Featuring McDonald’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, Maraschino Cherry
McDonald’s World Famous French Fries

Appetizer

(Chef Dale Talde)
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Kung Pao Chicken
Featuring McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets®, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Peanuts, Iceberg Lettuce

Entrée One

(Chef James Tahhan)
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Tortilla Española with Garlic and Saffron Aioli
Featuring McDonald’s Hashbrowns, Eggs, Onions
Apple and Cucumber Chipotle Salad
Featuring McDonald’s Apple Slices, Cucumbers, Red Onions, Chili Lime Tortilla Strips, Fresh Limes, Spring Mix, Chipotle BBQ and Honey Mustard Sauces

Entrée Two

(Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr.)
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BOLD BBQ Chicken
Featuring McDonald’s Crispy Chicken, Hashbrowns, Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Espresso, Cheddar Jack Cheese, Onions, Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon
Salad includes Cucumbers, Red Onions, Tomato, Fresh Lime, Cilantro Lime Glaze, Grill Seasoning

Entrée Three

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Slow-Cooked Beef with Blueberry Pomegranate Sauce and Mac Fry Gnocchi
Featuring McDonald’s French Fries, Eggs, Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie Base, Carrots and the 100% beef ground for our hamburger patties

Dessert

(Chef Jessica Foust, RD)
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Pumpkin Spice Biznut (Biscuit-Donut)
Featuring McDonald’s Biscuit Mix, Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup, Praline Topping, Cream

The above food was amazing, and I feel very fortunate to have been invited.  Thank You McDonald’s :)
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New York Vendy Awards and @Tide to Go #MessyYetTasty

New York Vendy Awards and @Tide to Go #MessyYetTasty

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This week, the best of the best in culinary food on the go came together at Industrial City Park in Brooklyn for the 9th Annual Vendy Awards.  I was sponsored by Tide to Go to attend and cover.  Tide to Go sponsored the festivities and hosted it’s own “Messy Yet Tasty” awards, which was awarded to the truck with the tastiest food, that also required a napkin for clean up, lolll.

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The Vendy Awards gave out honors in a variety of categories such as:  Best Dessert, Rookie of the Year, Best of New Jersey, Best Market Vendor, The People’s Taste Award, and the top prize, the Vendy Cup, which is decided by a panel of celebrity judges.  During my time there, I got the opportunity to try out all of the food and beverage and speak directly with truck owners.  I ask all of them how long they had been in business, and where is their anchor location.  I think I was most surprised out how innovative they where when it came to marketing their business.  Almost all of the vendors where using Social Media to market themselves.  I guess I was surprised since so many store front businesses are slow to embrace Social Media.  The truck owners are extremely active on platforms such as Twitter and FaceBook… and the extremely savvy run their own blogs to keep their customers abreast on not just where they are parked, but also a look behind the scenes.  As a blogger, I was extremely impressed.

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Tide was on hand to to bring its “Stainbulance”, to help solve stain emergencies on-site with a supply of Tide to Go.  Honestly, I thought this was one of the smartest booths I have seen at an event.  Believe it or not Tide to Go came to the rescue of several attendees who experiences minor spills and drips on their clothing.  The ESRT’s (Emergency Stain Remover Technicians) were on hand to demonstrate how effective the Tide to Go pens are.

See below for more pictures and click on the link for more information on the Vendy Awards: http://streetvendor.org/vendys/events/event/nyc/

 

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The World’s Greatest Cheddar: Cabot Creamery Cooperative

The World’s Greatest Cheddar:  Cabot Creamery Cooperative

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Here at KittyBradshaw.com we have been blessed to have a long standing relationship with several different brands. One of our favorites is Cabot Creamery CooperativeCabot Coop consists of 1,200 dairy farmers throughout upstate New York and New England. They proudly support the local farm communities and operate a sustainable business.  They are known for making “The World’s Greatest Cheddar” and we here at KittyBradshaw.com agree with that statement!  The Cabot Coop Horseradish Cheddar is the ultimate in our hearts and minds.  They also make an assortment of yogurts, butters, sour cream and other dairy products.   Most recently we learned that they make Greek Yogurt, the new “it” treat amongst the health and fitness circles.

During the KittyBradshaw.com 5 Year Blogiversary event, we were fortunate enough to have an assortment of Cabot Creamery Cooperative brand cheese products that paired well with the wine being served. What goes better with wine than cheese?  Some of our favorites that were at the event were the chipotle cheddar, Colby jack, and jalapeño light.  The contrast of the sharp cheddar with the subtle kick of the chipotle blended so perfectly.  The Colby jack was so smooth and creamy; a great cheese for melting over veggies, nachos, or French fries.

The star of the show for me is definitely their light line of cheeses.  Cheese is a great way to add calcium and protein to your diet but overall cheese can be high in fat.  There are several companies that make light and/or reduced fat cheeses… but I know from first-hand experience many of them taste like process that went in to mixing unnatural ingredients.  Additionally, those brands do not melt which is a huge indicator that consumers shouldn’t be eating it.  This is not the case with the light cheeses from Cabot Creamery Cooperative.  I’ve since used them for snacking and cooking.  The flavors are just as intense and as smooth as the regular cheeses and melt into the gooey puddles of goodness that we all love so much.  Cabot Cheese taste great, and have the extra bonus of being kind to my waistline.

Check out their website for all of the different varieties of cheeses and other dairy products, where to find Cabot Creamery Cooperative products and even recipes.   They were a wonderful addition to the KittyBradshaw.com 5 Year Blogiversary event, and we here at KittyBradshaw.com are thankful for their continued support.

 

WE LOVE YOU CABOT COOP!!!!!  :)

 

KB Event Sponsor: Golden Krust Bakery @GoldenKrustBkry #KBBlog5

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One of the highlights of being a part of the KittyBradshaw.com team was hearing that Golden Krust Bakery was going to be one of the sponsors for the KittyBradshaw.com 5th Blogiversary party.  Golden Krust Bakery is the number one Caribbean franchise in the United States with restaurant locations in the New York Tri State area as well in Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Florida. In NYC it’s the go to place for a taste of the Caribbean on the go. A quick beef pattie, savory jerk chicken, and traditional Jamaican breakfast of ackee and cod fish can all be found at Golden Krust Bakery.

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Their goal is to bring tasty and authentic Caribbean cuisine to the masses in a comfortable environment ant that is exactly what happened on that steamy July evening that we gathered to celebrate Kitty’s blog success. Attendees were treated to the scrumptious cocktail patties in both their beef and vegetable varieties and jerk wingettes accompanied by their delicious line of sauces (previously reviewed on KittyBradshaw.com). The Golden Krust Bakery team even surprised Kitty with a traditional black rum cake that is a must for any West Indian celebration.

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The Golden Krust Bakery team was so kind and generous and they were genuinely happy to celebrate in success of KittyBradshaw.com.  The essence of KittyBradshaw.com is how she embraces and explores all of what New York City has to offer and one cannot completely encompass NYC without acknowledging its large Caribbean population.  Because of this, Golden Krust Bakery was the perfect addition to Kitty’s event.

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If you’ve never popped into one of their locations for a patty – which comes in mild or spicy beef, chee-zee beef, chicken, jerk chicken, vegetable, shrimp, or soya flavors – you are truly missing out.  In addition to the patties they also serve a variety of classic West Indian entrees and pastries. If you aren’t lucky enough to live in a state that has a restaurant location you can sample the flaky goodness of their patties which are also sold in the frozen section of many stores nationwide. Whether you are longing for a taste of ‘home’, looking to tickle your palate with new and exotic cuisine or spice up your cooking with one of their flavorful sauces, Golden Krust Bakery is a must try.

Thanks Golden Krust Bakery for adding a bit of Caribbean flavor to #KBBlog5.

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KB Event Sponsor: Green and Black’s Chocolate #KBBlog5

KB Event Sponsor: Green and Black’s Chocolate #KBBlog5

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Green and Black Chocolate’s so graciously sponsored this year’s KittyBradshaw.com Blogiversary event offering their divinely tasteful organic chocolate for our 100+ bloggers that attended the event. The founders Craig and Jo created a better, cleaner, healthier chocolate consumption. The brand is considerably one of my favorites because of their organic ingredients used to create these delicious treats. Our gift bags were filled with goods from our generous sponsors… Green and Black’s Chocolate capitalized on the room’s sweet tooth with their organic chocolate bars. Green and Black’s Chocolate shared their premier product by gifting the social world with more than great tasting sweets but another reason to take a day off from our diet a few more days.

As the company grows both domestically and internationally; Craig and Jo seek to market their product through philanthropic endeavors by solidifying the brand’s stance on environmental awareness. One of those endeavors includes their latest venture into becoming Fair Trade certified.  Although Green and Black’s Chocolate is readily available most anywhere, most people recognize it as one of the premiere chocolate brands that Whole Foods sales.  This is where I was first introduced to it.

For more information, where to purchase, recipes, and fun facts on Green and Black chocolate- visit their website: GreenAndBlacks.com. The company is also Twitter friendly: @greenandblacks.

KB Event Sponsor: The Dessert Stylists @DessertStylists #KBBlog5

KB Event Sponsor: The Dessert Stylists #KBBlog5

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Whether you’re looking for something simple, contemporary, opulent or classic, The Dessert Stylists desserts will surpass your expectations. The Dessert Stylists will create the most delicious and unique desserts to ever hit your pallets.

The Dessert Stylists started baking in elementary school and have grown to love it! Always creative as children, The Dessert Stylists simply love the arts. When asked about their passion, the ladies responded with, “Baking is live art, because you are creating a fantasy”. The ladies enjoy the smells, the taste, and what they can do visually with their baked goods. Most of all they love to see the smiling faces of their consumers.

Offering a wide range of personalized tasty treats. Dessert Shooters, Cupcakes, Wedding Cakes, Caramel Apple Cheesecakes, Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Booze Bakers, Liquor Infused Desserts. Gourmet Pet Treats.

The Dessert Stylists were certainly a hit at the KittyBradshaw.com Blogiversary with their dessert shooters.  Guest amazed by the presentation, and tasty culinary treats that they were able to sample while networking.  Both Mocca and Native were on hand to speak with the bloggers directly and promote their New York based business by engaging with guest.  Judging by the taste, we all could tell that a lot of heart and soul went into creating the deserts.  If you are reading this and need of a custom culinary treat, look no further than the The Dessert Stylists.

 

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All desserts come in a mass variety of flavors. Visit www.TheDessertStylists.com

@DessertStylists IG/Twitter
CEOs: @MoccaStyles (MoccaStyles King) @Native_Elianor (Native Elianor)
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