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Quinoa pops crispy treats!

When you’re in the mood for a healthy, simple, but oh-so-delicious snack, turn to @highlandfarmsfoods quinoa pops to do the trick!

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They have different flavors of quinoa pops such as sweet chili, vanilla, Italian herbs, black sea salt, cinnamon, and choco. They are made from all natural ingredients, filled with protein, and essential amino acids.

 

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Photo cred: NaturaltradesUS

We had the sweet chili flavor and oh my goodness they are amazing. We decided to make a recipe (think crispy treats) and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

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Here is the full recipe!

3 tablespoons of butter

1/2 bag (10oz bag) mini marshmallows or 20 large marshmallows

5 cups quinoa pops

1. Melt the butter in a skillet on low heat.

2. Add the marshmallows once the butter is melted. Melt the mixture until a thick liquid forms.

3. Add the quinoa pops and mix well.

4. Pour the mixture into a 8×8 square pan.

5. Let cool 15 minutes and then cut into squares (size as desired).

 

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You can get 15% off your quinoa pops by going to https://www.naturaltrades.us/store/ and entering code SOFLO15!

ENJOY!

Xo,

Shay

@foodietribe  @naturaltrades_us

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Philadengland™ (Game day food!)

FOOD:  has always been the way to bring folks together, amiright? – Progressive wants to be the reason for the movement of “togetherness”

Did you know….there are 311 miles between Philadelphia and New England? So, Progressive is going smack dab in the middle to serve this meal!

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Introducing The Philadengland™ (phil-uh-ding-lind). One part chowder, one part cheesesteak and one hundred-percent delicious! Easy to make but even easier to enjoy, The Philadengland is a must-have for your big event for this Sunday’s game!

We went behind scenes with the chef from Eggwhites special events and catering to watch the magic unfold…

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Pictured above is the Oh-so-creamy clam chowder to represent New England fans. Everybody say  “chowdaaaah” on the count of three…

 

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…and here we have the Philly Cheesesteak Fritter to represent Philadelphia fans!

 

Here’s the link to the Recipe video by @tomcsawyer

And….

Here you can find the Philadengland™ recipe created by a Flo & @foodsofjane

Get cookin’ because this is the ultimate game day food!

 

Xo,

Shay

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kings Bowl!

First off, we just want to say HELLO & Happy New Year to everybody since we haven’t posted many blogs lately. Today we happened to come across a place that was beyond worthy of a write up! 

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It’s not often we are completely blown away by an entertainment place because let’s be real, we are food bloggers….we’re there for the food! Today, this place changed the game for us. Aside from the wonderful cocktail and menu options, the food tasted on point, the ambiance and vibe was amazing, and the customer service was TOP NOTCH! There are endless entertainment options to keep you busy your entire visit because there’s bowling, billiards, karaoke, air hockey, a giant jenga, foosball, and more!

Start off your visit by enjoying one of their delicious cocktails…like the savage with pop rocks (pictured left) or the phish (pictured right)!

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Then, start your bowling adventure but don’t forget to order your appetizer to munch on while you play.  Pictured below, is the appetizer sampler consisting of southwestern spring rolls, mac and cheese bites, and buffalo wontons! CAN I GET A YUMMMM?!

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Now, you’re ready to order your meal but, let me pre warn you, the menu options are endless and WILL MAKE YOU DROOL. Oh and by the way, their kitchen is a SCRATCH KITCHEN (kudos to that). 

I highly recommend the BAJA STREET TACOS, get them with chicken or shrimp (as pictured). The flavor combination in these are out of this world!

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While you’re there you can also ask about their specials…during our visit, they had the lobster with an orange glaze (amazing) over rice noodles (let me tell you how much I LOVEEEEE rice noodles!)

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DON’T FORGET TO SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT!!!!!

My favorite thing to do is eat one of their desserts while playing any of their other fun entertainment games. Like I mentioned, you can chose from an array of games. Personally, I loveeeeeee the air hockey, they even have a table for more than two players!

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We know, the moment you’re all waiting for…. THE DESSERT. 10/10 get the s’mores sundae, you won’t be disappointed :)!IMG_5470.jpg

I mean look at that beauty...vanilla ice cream, with swirls of chocolate sauce, topped with marshmallows, graham crackers, AND A S’MORES brownie on top! 

If you’re looking for good food, good people, and good entertainment….CHECK OUT KINGS BOWL in the Doral City Place!

 

Let me know what you think….

Xo, 

Shay

 

 

Dr. Pepper takes the cake..

Are you a fan of Dr. Pepper? what about a cake lover? If so, then hold onto your tastebuds because what I’m about to share is POPPIN’!

Known for the best selling soda cakes, Cafe Valley has introduced their new Dr. Pepper cake and is it out of this world. Yes, thats right imagine your favorite soda pop upon layers and layers of a moist ring cake then smothered in a sweet icing. YASSSSS!

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A little back story on Cafe Valley, they have been around since the year of 1987. They always strive to use the best of the best ingredients. For example, they use locally farmed eggs, and their butter is extra creamy through methods of slow churning while using sweet cream (fresh of course). You really can’t go wrong when a company collabs with local farmers, and producers to bring the community the freshest, most tasty products! Am I right

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Pictured is my very own Dr. Pepper cake. After having it delivered, I froze it while I went on vacation and when I was back in town, I let it sit out for 10 minutes and this was the result :).  Still so moist, and rich in flavor! I couldn’t hardly believe it! It’s not every day that you find a product that remains fresh after freezing methods.

Drooling yet? Head over to a Cafe Valley bakery or check their website to find a retail location near you!  Link >>>> Cafe Valley Website

 

Xo,

Shay 

 

SOBE SEAfood Fest!

It’s oFISHally time for get ready for the SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL! If you enjoy the SOBE wine and food fest, then you’re in for a treat with this one. Happening on October 21st, 2017 join some of Miami’s top chefs & restaurants serving up the best seafood in South Florida.

To give you a little sneak peak here are some of the participating restaurants:

  1. Joe’s Stone Crab
  2. Bodega
  3. ToroToro
  4. Meat Market
  5. Poseidon
  6. Mondrian South Beach
  7. Drunken Dragon
  8. Naked Taco

Also, on Friday October 20th, The chefs will be competing in battles which include battle of the shrimp, battle of the fish, battle of the tuna, battle of the surf n’ turf, battle of the taco, and battle of the lobster.

     Ticket options range from general admission, VIP, or a weekend pass! If you purchase a VIP open bar ticket in August, it’s currently $30 cheaper! ACT FAST!

Ready to get CRACKIN’? here is a link to tickets, use code “sofloseafooodie” to get 20% off & by doing so, you’ll also earn a FREE gift from me!

TICKETS HERE!

 

SEA you real soon!

Xo,

Shay

Gone COCONUTS for…

 

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Being a heavy coconut fan I’ve got pretty high standards for all things “coconut”. To be honest, for some reason I’ve never been a dark chocolate fan and most of the coconut treats I find include dark chocolate. That changed recently thanks so SUPER YUMMYS SNACKS! 

I was introduced to SUPER YUMMYS SNACKS and I can say I was completely m i n d b l o w n. SUPER YUMMYS SNACKS are bite size coconut bites covered in different toppings such as:

      Dulce de Leche and Dark Chocolate (which to my surprise I LOVED)

Dulce de Leche and Goldenberry Superfruit

Dulce de Leche and Colombian Coffee

Dulce de Leche and Red Berries Yogurt Drizzle

Dulce de Leche and Yogurt Drizzle

Dulce de Leche and White Chocolate

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Personally, I liked them all (currently eating one as we speak) but my top 3 would have to be the Colombian coffee, white chocolate, and the red berries yogurt drizzle!

Each pack comes with 8 individually wrapped bites which is perfect to keep the freshness. I took them on a recent road trip and that was probably one of the best decisions i’ve ever made!

A little back story, SUPER YUMMYS SNACKS are non GMO, gluten free, and all natural. With ingredients straight from the amazon and tropics, these snacks are sure to leave your mouth watering!

Check them out on instagram @superyummyssnacks or their website at www.superyummys.com

DROP ME A LINE AFTER YOU’VE TRIED THEM. 🙂

Xo,

Shay

Advice to business owners from the influencers view….

Recently, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had quite a few business owners express their concerns when using influencers for marketing purposes. Their top concerns? “Is using influencers really worth it?” “Are they really reaching a large audience?”, “We had a bad experience with one.” 

Let me give it to you from the influencers eye. When using an ORGANIC influencer, yes it’s worth it! What is an organic influencer you ask? An organic influencer is one who DOES NOT use bots, buy followers/likes, nor use apps to gain followers/likes. More on how to tell the difference later on in this post.

Let’s talk about what an influencer does…

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PREPARING: First off, the time and effort it takes in preparing marketing photos is worth it enough. From the numerous shots taken, to finding the perfect ones, then editing them is enough for business owners to appreciate.  

   POSTING: Whether influencers are marketing on their own pages, or on the businesses page, each post is carefully prepared with wording and/or hashtags. Timing is everything, influencers use strategies to determine the best time to post to receive the most engagement.

   ENGAGEMENT: ORGANIC influencers engage A LOT! Whether it’s on their foodie friends pages, or random pages. Engagement is one of the top strategies to success in the influencer industry. An influencer who engages heavily such as following, liking, commenting on others posts is more likely to have success and strength. Engaging is the aspect that takes the most time and effort, hence why it’s the most connected piece to success. 

ORGANIC VS. NON-ORGANIC ….How to tell the difference?

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Honestly, this may be the hardest aspect when choosing influencers unless you’re fairly social media savvy. Often times, businesses often go to the influencers that may have (for example) 70,000 followers. THAT’S THE FIRST  MISTAKE! You have to do a little background research first. Compare their following with the amount of likes they are getting, if it doesn’t add up then it’s probably NOT ORGANICAlso, watch their page for a few days, if you see their followers going up daily by numerous amounts, they probably are NOT ORGANIC followersNext, take a scroll through their followers list…if you come across these kind of pages, THEY’RE FAKE PAGES OR BOT PAGES! You can get these kind of followers by either buying the “followers” or using apps to “gain followers”. These kind of fake followers do not engage in your content. They are simply there just to linger and bring you follower numbers up. Ask for impressions!!!!! You’ll be surprised that sometimes smaller accounts have more impressions. Word of advice?  Sometimes, less is more 😉

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Now, not every large account is a NON ORGANIC account. There are many ORGANIC large pages, you just have to figure out the difference and once you do, ALL of your influencer for marketing experiences will turn GOLDEN!

P.S This article is not intended to offend any influencer in particular. This article is solely used as advice to business owners. 

 

XO,

Shay