Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gluten Free Expo 2018 - Spokes puffed potatoes - Mango Habanero

Thanks to Yelp I got tickets for this year's Gluten Free Expo (last year it was called the Specialty Food Expo).

There were no shortage of one-per-person-please bags of Spokes puffed potato chips for the taking right when you entered the convention centre. Maybe the tamer flavours were all gone because these were no-punches-pulled spicy-hot Mango Habanero flavoured.

For once, a chip that is actually spicy-hot when it has a picture of a chili in the ad copy. Unfortunately, the rather wildly inconsistent seasoning means you could get a really hot chip, or a sweeter one, but generally there's some buzz and flavour to each chip.

These are light chips and if not for the spicy heat could go very quickly. I found they were very good to get my appetite whetted and mouth salivating.

2018-Jan-13 Spokes puffed potatoes - Mango Habanero

2018-Jan-13 Spokes puffed potatoes - Mango Habanero

2018-Jan-13 Spokes puffed potatoes - Mango Habanero

Gluten Free Expo 2018 - Enjoy Life - Soft Baked Mini Cookies - Chocolate Chip

Thanks to Yelp I got tickets for this year's Gluten Free Expo (last year it was called the Specialty Food Expo).

Enjoy Life was handing out samples pretty much right when you entered the convention floor. These soft baked mini chocolate chip cookies by Enjoy Life are quite okay. Life a lot of gluten free baking, it feels grainy and in this case also seems to have a very slight gummy feel. However for tiny bites, they are pretty packed with chocolate chips so a little bit -- like one tiny cookie -- can go a long way if you take time to savor each cookie.

2018-Jan-13 Enjoy Life - soft baked mini cookies - chocolate chip

2018-Jan-13 Enjoy Life - soft baked mini cookies - chocolate chip

2018-Jan-13 Enjoy Life - soft baked mini cookies - chocolate chip

Gluten Free Expo 2018 - Forno de Minas Cheese Rolls

Thanks to Yelp I got tickets for this year's Gluten Free Expo (last year it was called the Specialty Food Expo).

You're probably already familiar with Quesava Kitchen and their veggie poppers (among their various products). This year at the expo I noticed Forno de Minas, which had a plainer Brazilian cheese roll, not heavily flavoured like Quesava (which is not to say the strong flavours in the Quesava Kitchen ones were a bad thing -- they were actually quite delicious).

What struck me about Forno de Minas cheese rolls was how the inside seemed much lighter. Maybe they were fresher out of the oven and would harden up later into a similar consistency. Not sure. I was curious enough to buy a couple packs to try at home however (convention price was $7 for 1 pack, $12 for 2 packs, $15 for 3 packs).

I'd made Brazilian cheese rolls (with this watery recipe so easy even I could do it) before and they do harden up once they get cold. It'll be curious to see how these ready-to-bake ones compare.

2018-Jan-13 Gluten Free Expo 2018 -

2018-Jan-13 Gluten Free Expo 2018 -

2018-Jan-13 Gluten Free Expo 2018 -

2018-Jan-13 Gluten Free Expo 2018 -