Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1 – #8 Onion Rings vs #9 Crab Cakes

 

We have our next combatants in what might be a very close battle. You have your classic crunchy side item, fried, beer battered big, small, whatever you might find the most pleasing. Do you dunk your onion rings or just munch on them? With a burger, on a burger? Then the other side we have an entree that is the staple for the Baltimore region and some would say it’s reach has no bounds – The Crab Cake! Everyone has their own recipe, every restaurant serves it up in their own way. Some places have mini-versions to pop right into your mouth. With Old Bay or without Old Bay? This cake is in no way shape or form, a dessert, but people will go out of their way for some popular restaurant version. Can you say the same for Onion Rings? I have never started a restaurant discussion with, “I am in the mood for onion rings, where should we go?” Yet, if you find a really good onion ring that hits the spot, you might feel like you found the comfort in this food which is what this tournament is all about.

So this battle is about…

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Comfort Food Showdown: Round 1- #8 Chocolate Chip Cookies vs #9 Pumpkin Pie

We kick off the CFS Tourney with a dessert battle. Who does not love a good cookie now and then? Perhaps the most popular cookie ever created is the chocolate chip cookie. Warm from the oven or the cookie dough beforehand this icon sweet might be the easiest dessert to find in any grocery store. So many different versions and recipes, but who is to judge which is the best when people make them at home. Then we have the Autumn classic, pumpkin pie. A staple on Thanksgiving and a hit during Halloween after the jack-o-lanterns are carved. A dollop of whipped cream after the holiday meal and people will happily go into a food coma afterwards. Tis the season or is it? We shall find out…

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The Comfort Food Showdown is back!

We did this interactive poll tournament back in 2011-12, and it was a lot of fun. We have 64 comfort foods to be determined via a poll in the main tournament. There will be a qualifying round which will pit Pho vs Fondue to see who gets the last spot. It will be a bit of practice for me, since it has been a very long time since I posted anything here. I just want to work out the kinks before we go to the main tournament votes. I think I will post each round with a corresponding poll each Sunday morning (Eastern Standard Time) before football kicks off. The poll will go 2-3 days depending on whether I close it promptly or not. The results will be seen once the poll is officially closed. So if you comeback you will be able to see how it went. This will be something I will post each week, and let it play out until a champion is declared. Remember to support your favorites or make sure the food you despise does not win. You know what happens when you leave the decision up to others? Anything can happen!

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2017

Welcome to the 8th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by giving something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2017 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

The Lenny Awards have not been purchased yet, as I will need some of the addresses of the companies I will not see at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo come April. Those companies that attend that great event will have them presented by me in person. Those that do not, will get them mailed directly to whatever address you provide me with. The video is long as I ramble a lot and I try to give each product I mention their due. The addresses below are there for a reason. I hope you will give some thought into purchasing a few of these winners. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Besides, it is the holiday season and some of these fine artisan products might still be on sale.

Thank you for your time and congratulations to all the fiery product makers for making such flavorful and delicious food enhancements.

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Paqui One Chip Challenge

Video of yours truly attempting the Paqui…well you can read the headline. It is a great tasting tortilla chip company that has gotten authority from Ed Currie and his Puckerbutt Pepper Company to create the world’s hottest tortilla chip. The Smokin’ Ed Carolina Reaper is presently the Guinness Book of World Records record holder as the world’s hottest chile pepper. This chip

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2017 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

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The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were announce this year at the 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo.

Grand Champion Winner

CONGRATS To :

Dirty Dicks Hot Sauce
50 Case purchase from Peppers.com distribution
Hot Sauce featured in June subscription of Fuego Box
Full Page Ad in Chile Pepper Magazine
1 Year of Free banner advertising on the official Scott Roberts website: www.scottrobertsweb.com
Free 10 x 10 Booth at the 2018 NYC Hot Sauce Expo (or another High River presenting Expo)

A Big Time Congrats To All of the 2017 Winners!!

The panel of Judges that include celebrity chefs from CBS, FOX & Food Networks, writers from Bon Appetit Magazine, Rachael Ray Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Huffington Post, NYC Newspapers, NYC Food Bloggers, Sirius XM Radio, NYC Chefs and other industry professionals.

Screaming Mi Mi Winners

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2017 NYC Hot Sauce Expo

If you have ever went to a football game, whether it be college or the NFL, you just do not go for the game. You go for the whole entertainment package. You go for the tailgating experience hours before. You go to be with friends and/or family. You go for the entertainment that the stadium brings, whether it be the halftime show, the cheerleaders, the horns and whistles of the home team getting the fans ramped up in every way, shape and form. This is the game day experience. When I go to the NYC Hot Expo, I go for the whole enchilada. This Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017, I come for the party.

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Lenny Awards – Best Spicy Products of 2016

2013 Best of the Year Lenny Award

 

Welcome to the 7th Annual Lenny Awards for the best new spicy products. Some of these awards are for the best products our review teams encountered and gave the highest ratings for. Most of them are from my encounters from fiery food events, purchased online or perhaps found along the way in many journeys to and fro. The Lenny Award is named after my Father who died of Cancer on this very day back in 2010. Rather than mourn his death, I am here to celebrate his life and how he would help total strangers in need just because he could. I am trying to do the same with the Lenny Award by given something from my heart to an industry and community that I love. The Lenny is given to my favorite new products and there is no other factor involved in my choice. I don’t get a chance to try everything in due time, so some of these products might be older than 2016 when I first got a chance to try them. I have listed the names of the companies below the video that either received a Lenny Award or got an honorable mention. If you do not want to view that spoiler list, go watch the video and enjoy the moment there.

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THE Chile Pepper Awards 2016

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NEW PRIZES THIS YEAR! RETURNING PRIZES!
Calling all manufacturers of spicy goods! Do you want your product to be seen by 200,000 chileheads? Does a full page in Chile Pepper to showcase your products sound good? What about being included in Chile Pepper’s renewal notices? An award to prove to your peers and customers just how tasty your product is?If your answer is a resounding YES!, then you need to enter The Chile Pepper Awards competition. And the good news is that there’s still time to meet the deadline of October 21.
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SauceFest Press Release

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SauceFest LLC Announces Postponement of Festival

Gourmet Food and Music Festival Postponed Until 2017
Houston, TX | August 1, 2016: SauceFest LLC (“SauceFest”) regrets to announce that the
gourmet food and music festival’s inaugural run has been postponed until the fall of 2017. The event
was originally scheduled to take place October 22-23, 2016 on the streets of East Downtown
Houston. The festival is now tentatively scheduled for October 2017.
To ensure that SauceFest 2017 brings the heat, iBurn® is working with Houston’s own Pegstar
Concerts to deliver a music lineup that only Pegstar can deliver. The 2-day festival will also feature
gourmet food products with heat levels ranging from mild to the world’s hottest, craft beer and liquor
brands, local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and eating competitions.

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Happy Father’s Day with Guapo

Happy Father's Day

I wanted to dedicate something to my Dad being it is Father’s Day. So I went looking in the archives for the videos I made for Guapo, the Authentic Mexican Sauce. I had a lot of fun filming these videos of my friends and family trying Guapo on all kinds of things. These are just the videos I took in New York and New Jersey. This was filmed in June 2010 around Father’s Day, when my Dad who was fighting for his life in his battle against Cancer was actually doing much better after the initial chemotherapy. This was a fun set of videos we did and I wanted to share them with you. There is a small cameo of my Brother Mark, and wanted to give a shout out to him as he just had a birthday yesterday. So happy b-day Bro! I hope you enjoy the 2 videos. Happy Father’s Day to all your Dads out there!

If you are interested in Guapo, or any of their other quality authentic Mexican style sauces check out your local Whole Foods or at their website HERE.

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