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May 6, 2012

Japanese Vegan “Jello”

Wagashi, Japanese, NY

By: Dana Baardsen

Nestled in Rockefeller Center, Minamoto Kichoan, is a small formal hiatus for Japanese confections. Rushing through New York, not too many sights catch my eye on the side of the street. Regretfully, I often whiz past some of the most beautiful and unique boutiques on my rushed journeys through Manhattan, as I make my way to work or meetings.

This day in particular, the meeting I had to attend was in the 30 Rock building. A building which is absolutely stunning in itself. You can find Minamoto Kichoan right around the corner at 49th St. west of 5th Ave. What caught my eye was the gorgeous perfection of each confection adorably resting on the other side of the glass window. I knew exactly where I would be upon the completion of my meeting.

In entering the Japanese “bakery” you feel a calm, cool energy which is complimented by the cleanliness and relaxing interior design. Feeling inspired, I admired the artistry which goes into each confection, and then I realized something which made me even more thrilled.Wagashi, Japanese, NY

The confections were all vegan! And not only that, they were made from the fibers of healthful foods. The Wagashi contains barely any fat.

I was pleasantly surprised as I tasted the chilled cherry Wagashi. There is a certain delicate sweetness which undoubtedly makes this treat a Japanese staple.

The ingredients used in Wagashi are, “legumes such as azuki beans and kidney beans, grains such as rice, rice flour and wheat flour, sacharride, potatoes, fruits, nuts such as chestnuts, sesame, agar, and sugar. All of these ingredients are derived from nature. Wagashi includes vegetable protein, vegetable fiber, various vitamins and minerals.” -Minamota Kichoa

Need I say more? Check out the store locations and try some Wagashi near you! NB

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February 27, 2012

Product Review: Starbucks Fruit & Cheese Bistro Box

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The box contains cheeses like Brie, Gouda and Aged Cheddar. The cheese is complimented by crisp slices of green apple and wholesome 9-grain crackers. Also included are roasted almonds and sweet dried cranberries.The box was just as satisfying as it was healthful.

The Bistro Boxes are sold as snacks, and even the cashier made sure I knew he thought the Bistro Box was just, “the most delicious and perfect snack”. Unfortunately I don’t believe that the Bistro Boxes should be treated as “snacks”. One Bistro Box can run you close to 500 calories. Not only that but more than half of the calories come from fat.
As delicious, healthy and wholesome as the Fruit & Cheese Bistro Box is, it is important to keep in mind that the cheeses, and almonds create a high-calorie, high-fat small meal. If you grab a Caramel Frappuccino with your Bistro Box, keep in mind that you are adding another 410 calories to your “snack”. One afternoon snack at Starbucks can add up to almost 900 calories!
I would definitely recommend trying the Bistro Boxes at Starbucks, but just keep in mind they might not be the best deal if you’re on a low-cal, low-fat diet.

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