Are you enjoying this summer so far? We’re making the most of this momentous time and doing some cool collaborations! So stay tuned for more fun out-of-the sun with our health and food-focused friends!
Recently we had a ball at Sassool Cafe in Cary during their Blogger Hummus Mix-off!
Blogger friend Jenni Field and I got to taste the beautiful and diverse creations which reflected a global culinary background. There was a good crowd milling through to vote on their favorite as well!
Blogger Ahn-Tuan did a version with pistachios. The Soul-Full Sisters Quinn and Paten Carlton did a hummus that was rich in creaminess and texture. The inventive Life Beyond Stuff entry was an homage to the Sahara Desert - which had a sweet and savory balance with spices. Blogger Beck did a Roasted Beet Hummus. Blogger friend Kate Kelly - Life of a Ginger Kate did a tasty take with Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato in a terrine. Friends That Vegetarian Couple did two - a Thai version with coconut milk that reminded me of a Gaeng Massaman Curry, and a Black Sesame version called The Dark Knight. Cool beans!
Friend Cecilia Moreno (City Girl Cece) did a smoky, savory Roasted Poblano Hummus that was delicious and well-balanced, and her tablemate did a Masala-style version (I tasted Mehti, and it was confirmed). All were delicious! I was surprised a few had more salt than is normally my custom. I’m a salter. But none of them were undersalted, which says alot about the skill of the contestants and is pretty awesome. I won’t say which one was my fave, ;) but the ones I liked were well-balanced with the combinations of flavors!
Hummus was one of the things I made quite regularly for a deli service myself back in the day. I didn’t recognize it then but the Chef would have it for lunch himself. (Didn’t tell me!) The key is simple, quality ingredients with a balanced hand and a certain technique to get it nice and smooth - as a base. If one overdoes it - it’s easy to tell. So subtle combinations and balanced flavors are a good way to go.
Our friend City Girl Cece (IG) from the popular Food Diary of a City Girl (blog) also does Lipsense by Senegence, and was wearing the Purple Reign selection - her favorite! Well, we’re so excited that she’s also going to be a vendor at our upcoming women’s business event - Kaleidoscope Biz Fest! So we’re collaborating!
For the festival, we’re celebrating women in business - whether long-term entrepreneurs looking to grow in a different way, or full-time pros working that side hustle, you’ll enjoy a day off with us - addressing a whole-person approach to enabling your brand of genius:
Inspiring speakers from each major area of our biz and lives - Business growth, personalized wellness, de-stressing with our Yogi expert, looking out for your legal health with our small-biz attorney, and reaching for the stars at any stage in life with our NASA rocket scientist!
Fresh grazing table to welcome you and hot buffet at intermission -suitable for all dietary types.
Vendors of all backgrounds and areas are booked - from cosmetics, accessories, and fashion to home decor and services to make your busy life easier. We’ll also have some novelty item fun and even a book corner curated by Quail Ridge Books with local author tables covering romance, kids books, and more.
So in honor of the festival - we’re collaborating on an awesome summer giveaway so you can treat yourself like royalty too!
From now until August 13th, we’re offering a chance to win a beautiful lip color, gloss, and Oops! error remover - the entire kit valued at $55.00 from Luscious Lips by City Girl (FB)! My favorite part is that you can choose the color you like from her selection! The winner will be announced on August 14th. You must be present at the festival to claim your prize! Get your tickets, share, like our pages, and enjoy!
All set? Be sure to stop by her table and check out all of the gorgeous colors and products she has!
See you there at Kaleidoscope Fest!