This weekend, I visited MetroCooking DC food expo, held annually in Washington, DC. I love events like this because it’s a great way to discover the newest in culinary creativity. This year, just as in year’s past, was great. I laughed, I tasted, and, best of all, shopped to my heart’s content. Here is a list of my five favorite takeaways.
It should be no surprise that two of my favorite vendors at the expo are honey producers. I love honey! Lots and lots of honey! ? I use it in my drinks. I use it in my baking and when making sauces. I dip cheese, bread, and fruit in it. I like to drizzle it over my honey, pancakes, sausage. You name it, it calls for honey. I simply can’t get enough of this stuff.
The ladies of Taste Artisanal Market are giving honey a makeover with their unique blends! I took home the Lavender honey. YUM!!! Like nuts? Like chips? Why not chips made from nuts! ?? These super tasty snackables made by Nutterly were the absolutely amazing. I took home all three varieties (hazelnut, almond, and pistachio). If I had to choose the best of the three, I’d go with pistachio but that could just be because I’m also a pistachio junkie?
On a cold winter morning, there seems like there can be no better salvation than a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. Well, there just might be, a plate of hot buttery pancakes drizzled with hickory syrup. If you thought hickory was just good for giving bacon great smoky flavor boy have you been underestimating this tree! You absolutely must try Falling Bark Farms’ Hickory syrup!
My takeaway was the Brandy Infused Vanilla Hickory Syrup…OMG!!! ?? Wouldn’t cha know, the crafty food artisans at Falling Bark Farms are also the producers of the second honey on this list.
Did I mention that I honey! ? Let me state it one more time for the record just in case you missed it the first time. What’s better in hot tea than lemon and honey, well how about one better. Falling Bark has Lemon Infused Honey! Got a great steak on the grill and need to give it a little extra something special. You must baste it with Falling Bark’s Cayenne and Lime Honey. These two precious elixirs are a foodie’s dream come true! I don’t at all care for Ethiopian food but these crunchy treats are sooooo good!?
Injera is the national bread of Ethiopia, made from teff flour that is mixed with water and allowed to ferment. It’s kind of like sourdough. It’s a bit tangy and most people I know love that about it. I for one am not one of those people. What I find great about these injera chips, made by Tsiona Foods, is that the sourness is practically gone and all you get is a light airy crisp. It’s sweet but not too sweet and almost melts on your tongue. ?
I hope you check out these products and if you happen to get a chance, visit this expo next year.