Friday, May 11, 2012

Hello, Chicago! Restaurant show brings it again...

I went to the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show for my day job. Lots of people and lots of walking, but really cool products.

Look at how big this show was! It was at McCormick Place in Chicago, which required a train trip from the Northwest Suburbs, followed by a bus shuttle from the Allegro Hotel. Then, finally, to the show!

This is a Thermapen(tm) from ThermoWorks, Lindon, Utah. It is amazing. If you read Cook's Illustrated, you've probably heard about it. The handheld base has a needle-like metal probe that rotates out from the base. The rotation trips a switch in the base that automatically turns the thermometer on. Then you dip the probe in your soup, roast or whatever, and it gives you a digital temperature in 3 seconds. I watched it happen! AND it comes in all these colors. Now, you do have to pay for all this, but come on.
How cool is that?

Tea drinkers, unite! And grab your K-cup makers! Twinings tea has new K-cups. Their website includ English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Pure Camomile, African Rooibos and Pure Peppermint. They also had Chai and Bedtime Blend K-cup teas available at the show. Instant tea? Awesome.

Remember hypercolor t-shirts that changed at inopportune times, like when you were sweating? Well, Go-2 Products has a better use for color-changing technology, like super-long straws that change in your drinks!

I tasted A LOT of stuff at the show, including a velvety risotto by Stouffer's, which I plan to recreate soon. But the Minute Maid Frozen Orangeade was the best. It's similar to the frozen lemonade, but better. Apparently it's really new, but keep an eye out for it!

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