Image Credit: Target America’s popular retailer Target will release a whole new line of food products by the name of Good & Gather. Target reported that all food items will be produced without any artificial flavors, synthetic colors, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup.…
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Annabelle Hickson’s flower bible “A Tree In The House” will help shape you into a floral guru. Wonder why your flowers don’t last long? This book has a solution to many problematic issues with floral arrangements. No need to call up your local florist, you…
Originally Published in Organicboi Magazine 2018 | All In For Fall
Honey is one of natures best sweetener some of us just can’t live without it. In our Fall 2018 issue we wanted to feature a beekeeper that really loves the process of producing honey in a special sustainable way that is safe for our ecosystem. So we contacted Danielle Brooks, Owner and Beekeeper of Honey Truck Co. We fell in love with Brooks concept and had to share it with the world.
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Today I got a chance to experience the soft opening of the Eola General that was once the Handy Pantry. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a fantastic experience. I purposely arrived on an empty stomach to hopefully try something that would dazzle my tongue and stomach. I took a glance at the menu and what stood out to me was the Lake Meadows BLT as in the “Lake Meadows Farm” that is located in the heart of Ocoee, which is 25 minutes west of Downtown Orlando. The BLT was divine and wasn’t too messy overall and full of flavor. Definitely, one of the best BLT sandwiches I have consumed in a while. I enjoyed all the natural elements lots of wood and a beautiful table in the center that appears to be made from reclaimed wood. The interior design at Eola General is industrial but modern as well I love the sort of farmhouse feel. Walking in, I noticed fresh produce and specialty beverages that will delight guests and of course what I love the most about any establishment is when kombucha is available. I just want to just scream of joy. Although I have to admit I hope to see kombucha on tap at some point. I enjoy bottled kombucha, but there is something extraordinary about a fresh pour of kombucha just like the excitement when beer consumers get a refreshing glass of beer on tap. Another feature of EG is the available natural wines that you can have a glass of or purchase by the bottle to take home and enjoy. Natural wines are not always easy to find in most supermarkets, so EG is a great place that you can count on to satisfy your eco wine fix. I had the opportunity to try a few natural wines and got to ask a wine expert about the significant differences between natural wines and conventionally produced wines. After my chat with the wine expert natural wines is the way to go for better quality wine and better for our environment. So happy Eola General is selling wine that is better for our ecosystem and our taste buds. We are not sure yet when the grand opening will be for Eola General we hope sooner than later, and I hope you will get a chance to experience this new wonderful establishment in the historic Lake Eola Heights district. For more information on Eola General, go to their instagram page @eolageneral
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Walking down the aisle of olive oils can be an intimidating experience. There are so many different types of olive oils and brands that are claiming to be the best. Over the years, there have been reports of imported olive oils not being 100% authentic and possibly mixed with lower quality oils but still labeled pure olive oil. There are some significant benefits to consuming olive oil, but only if you purchase olive oil the way nature intended it be. Below are a few things to look for when you are in the market for olive oil that will not only enhance the quality of cooked meals but boost your confidence in supermarkets and specialty grocers the next time you are shopping for olive oil.
Yes, there was a time when we thought Spain or Italy had the world’s best olive oil. Which still may be true but are they keeping the superior liquid gold to themselves? We don’t know, but we don’t have time to play the guessing game. I recommend sticking with olive oil produced locally or somewhere domestically. This way you actually know where the olives came from and some place or brand to hold accountable for quality control that is familiar. Buying olive oil that is domestic is always sustainable. There are plenty of olive oils that travel for miles on a plane to later sit on a shelf and wait for a place on someone’s kitchen counter.
2. Harvest Date
On most olive oil bottles the only date that is clearly labeled is the best by date. The best buy date is the date where the product may taste the finest, but best buy dates won’t get you the best liquid gold. Knowing the best by date is not enough information for consumers to make an informed decision. The harvest date is the date or season when the olives were picked. Why is it so important? Most olive oils are only good for approximately 18 months after the harvest date. If you consume the olive oil after the 18 months, the oil may not be as flavorful or beneficial to your health. The key is always making an informed decision when purchasing any food item.
Try to purchase olive oil in dark-colored glass bottles that are not exposed to a significant amount of light. Less exposure to light can extend the overall shelf life for olive oil. This tip is correct for numerous items that are typically stored in pantries as well. Remember always read directions on all food items to store food correctly for quality and food safety purposes.