Cheering for the Little Guy: Foodzie Love

by Emily on March 31, 2011 · 8 comments

in Food,Recommendations

I get super excited about the little guys ... the underdogs who are starting out small, but do something so well that people fall in love with them and they become big. When it comes to ethnic food here in New York, the majority of the time, it is the little guy who's doing the authentic food right. Here on MOTB, we explore the hole-in-the-wall spots where Trinidadians go to eat in Crown Heights and we eat dumplings at the mom-and-pop places in Brighton Beach. It's no surprise, then, that I fell in love with Foodzie as soon as I heard about it. The people behind Foodzie scour the country looking for small-batch artisan food producers and helps them distribute and get the word out about their delicious wares. Peruse the mouthwatering ethnic food section to see what cool people they've hunted down and the choice eats these guys are producing. (Caribbean Fish Cakes!) [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="What is it? It's FOODZIE! It's my first foodzie box, so let's open it."]What is it? It's FOODZIE![/caption] I finally had a chance to meet one of the co-founders, Emily Olson, when we were down in Austin a couple weeks ago for SXSW. We talked a little about her business and a little about what we do here on MOTB. I have a lot of respect for what this group is doing, and hope this won't be the last time you see them here on MOTB. I recently gave myself a gift of a Tasting Box subscription to celebrate moving into the food industry full-time. I dug into my box at home last night and snapped a few photos in front of Photobooth so you can see what's in it. Every month is different. Enjoy! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Hot Chocolate on a Stick from The Ticket Kitchen in San Francisco."]Hot Chocolate on a Stick from The Ticket Kitchen in San Francisco.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Hot Chocolate on a Stick + Mug = Heaven. Favorite mug not included."]Mug not included.[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Blue Cheese Fig Savory Shortbread Cookies. Addictive. "]Blue Cheese Fig Savory Shortbread Cookies[/caption] Oh my God. Ohhhh my God, these are a problem. From O Pair Wine Bites. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Aleppo Chile Pepper & Sumac Pepper Salts"]Aleppo Chile Pepper & Sumac Pepper Salts[/caption]

From Didi Davis. Have not tasted yet, but the box includes a delicious savory yogurt dip/spread using the salts.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Regular and Dark Chocolate Cocomels from J.J.'s sweets."]Regular and Dark Chocolate Cocomels[/caption] These were the first thing I bit into. They were so good, I had one before breakfast. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Gogi Berry & Himalayan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar"]Gogi Berry & Himalayan Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar[/caption]

From Indhaphoria. Chocolate and sea salt is one of my favorite food combos, so I'm saving this goodie for last!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Kale Chips ... immediately before devouring the whole bag."]Kale Chips ... immediately before devouring the whole bag.[/caption]

Yes, I ate the entire (1 oz.) bag right after this photo. From The Health Foodie. Damn, these are so good.

With cashew and red pepper playing a role in the tasty seasoning on these, I have to figure out how to recreate them. Until then, guess I've have to buy some more. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Emily C. <3 Foodzie."]Emily C. <3 Foodzie.[/caption]

I LOVE my first Foodzie box, and can't wait to taste and cook with all the goodies. Even better, I can't wait to see what's in April's box!!!

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  • Katelyn

    We hope you are still enjoying your Didi Davis Food Salt Blends!

    • emilyspearl

      I am! Just used it on some scallops and squid the other day with garlic and
      olive oil. WOW! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • saer -cravenmaven

    Oh.My.Gosh. You’ve just ruined me forever. LOVE IT….uh btw what IS the best Trini food place in Crown Heights? I’m craving some serious roti what with this weather!

    • emilyspearl

      Hi Saer! Click through on the link re: Trini food.I actually talk about
      12-15 places you will probably want to check out. And, yes, isn’t Foodzie
      the best?!

  • Kristin

    The salts are great! The Chile salt is delicious in scrambled eggs, especially if you are going to scramble them with some peppers and onions and pop them into a wheat tortilla with a little salsa for a breakfast burrito. Not that I’ve done that or anything. Enjoy! I love Tasting Box delivery day, too.

    • emilyspearl

      Oh my gosh — what a great idea! Thanks so much. Please always feel free to
      come on by and tell me how you’re using something from the box. We can be
      foodzie buddies. :)

  • Patricec

    If you could see your way clear to save me one of them there blue cheese cookies…oooh. I saw them on the site when you posted the link last week and have been imagineering how awesome they must be since.

    • emilyspearl

      Patrice – they are ridiculous! They’re the size of nickels and so amazing.
      We should put together a food pool and order some goodies for out little
      block party crew. Have a foodzie and wine night.

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