New Wasa Survey Reveals Majority of Travelling Americans Give Themselves a “Free Pass” to Snack on Whatever

Wasa Summer Snack Strategies Let You Have Your Snack and Eat It Too

Now that summer is almost here, Americans are ramping up their travel plans and working up an appetite while on-the-go, but they may be in need of some healthier snack options. Wasa (pronounced “vah-sah”), the world’s largest and most renowned baker of crispbread, commissioned a survey looking into America’s summer snack psyche. They found that 83 percent of Americans admit to giving themselves a snacking “free pass” when traveling. That “free pass” may come at a price in the form of snacks that are high in sugar and fat, leaving them unsatisfied and experiencing feelings of regret.

In fact, Americans often let their snack guard down when hunger pangs are too intense to resist, but in hindsight, most wish they hadn’t given in. Additionally, the survey found 84 percent of Americans have experienced a “snack regret” with millennials (92%) feeling the most burden of their poor snack choices. Many give into cravings by overindulging or choosing unhealthy snacks. While cravings may be fulfilled for the moment, “snack regret” kicks into high gear when one remains hungry and unsatisfied – mentally and physically.

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Gourmet Cruise Set to Sail San Francisco Bay August 13

SF Food and Wine Cruise

The day’s adventure takes place onboard a luxury yacht, where you will taste wines from a local winemaker, along with samples from a curated selection of local chocolate, toffee, cheese, charcuterie and wine.  Cuisine Noir magazine will also be on deck with tasty bites as you cruise the afternoon away.

Walk among the various artisans and experience their latest creations. Explore and luxuriate on the yacht, and enjoy it all during the 2-hour cruise on the San Francisco Bay.

Then take home some of that great food and wine you’ve discovered and purchased onboard for continued enjoyment.

Cruise is limited to 130 lucky attendees.   $50/person. 1:00-3:00pm (yacht sets off at 1pm SHARP).

Must be over 21 years of age.  Save $5 when you use code CNoir17SF.  To purchase your ticket, click here.

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Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash Partner to Launch Door-to-Door Delivery Across the U.S.

Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Delivery with DoorDash for more than 600 Locations in 22 Cities, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and New York City.  Brands Will Deliver Joy to Guests and Children’s Hospitals Across the Country

BASKIN-ROBBINS LOGONational Ice Cream Month just got a little sweeter with today’s news from Baskin-Robbins and DoorDash. Beginning today, ice cream lovers in nearly two dozen cities across the country can use DoorDash – the technology company connecting customers with the best local business through door-to-door delivery – to have their favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream treats delivered right to their doorstep.

More than 600 Baskin-Robbins locations in 22 cities will be supported by DoorDash delivery, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Residents in the participating cities can use the DoorDash app or website to order their favorite Baskin-Robbins products with just a tap or click, without leaving home or work.

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You’re Invited: Shall We Wine Portland Takeover – August 31- September 3

Shall We Wine Trip

Off the beaten path, Portland Oregon has quietly become a must visit destination in wine tourism. Chosen as the Wine Enthusiasts 2016 Wine Region of the Year, wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley offer wine tasting, pairing and vineyard tours. Recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world, the region also offers other cool-climate varieties such as pinot gris/blanc, chardonnay, riesling and gewürztraminer.

You are invited to join Shall We Wine for an fun 4-day wine getaway to explore what this region is all about.


Thursday, August 31

* Arrive in Portland. Check into the Marriott Portland Waterfront for your luxurious hotel stay.

* We will explore Portland’s award-winning restaurants, the hot bar scene for curated cocktails or maybe we will hit the club scene to dance.

Friday-September 1

* Depart the Marriott Portland for a full day of tasting in Portland’s award-winning wine country. We will travel via luxury transportation. We will visit 3 vineyards/ wineries to experience the best in Oregon wine. Our last stop will be Abbey Creek where we will be the special guests of master vintner Bertony Faustin.

* Depart Abbey Creek and cruise back to the hotel for dinner in Portland.

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Taste Our Terroir in Livermore Valley Wine Country Returns July 20-23

The French term terroir expresses “a sense of place,” the way local conditions of land, climate, culture and technique combine to create wine attributes specific to a region.

Taste our Terroir

Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s premier food and wine affair, returns for four delectable days in 2017 as the historic region celebrates and educates wine lovers about its unique “taste of the land.” From July 21st to the 24th, Livermore Valley wineries will offer 13 different events, including the popular food and wine pairing competition, a progressive dinner, cooking demonstrations, wine tasting seminars and vineyard tours. VIP tickets grant early access to Thursday’s food and wine pairing competition. All event tickets are on sale now at

Thursday Night_Guest Experience_Faye Champlin (1)Taste Our Terroir 2017 will begin Thursday night, July 20, 5-9pm, with the region’s signature event, the annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence at Casa Real in Pleasanton. Twenty Livermore Valley winemakers have partnered with Bay Area chefs to compete for honors. Experts Catherine Fallis of, Carolyn Jung of and Ian White of San Francisco Magazine (see bios below) will sample the gourmet pairings in a blind tasting before awarding Most Innovative Pairing, Judges’ Best Pairing and Best Classic Pairing.Guests will have the opportunity to taste the 20 pairings, bid on luxurious silent auction items, enjoy decadent desserts presented by Sysco and cast two votes in the People’s Choice competition for the best red and white wine pairings. VIP tickets ($125 until sold out) grant access to the event at 5pm (one hour early). General admission tickets are $85 in advance and $95 after July 1st at This event sells out every year—there will be no tickets available at the door.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, wineries across Livermore Valley will host cooking classes, blending sessions, vineyard tours and other unique experiences highlighting the region’s terroir. Visit for tickets and details on all events, which include:

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Recall of CLIF BUILDER’S Chocolate Mint Flavour

Clif Bar & Company is recalling CLIF® BUILDER’S® Chocolate Mint flavour bars in Canada due to possible presence of undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts. People with an allergy to peanuts and these specific tree nuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. The company is strongly advising consumers who have peanut and allergies to these specific tree nuts not to consume these bars.

Individuals who are not allergic to peanuts or these specific tree nuts may safely consume the product.

There are no reported allergic reactions in Canada associated with this product.  The affected products are sold in retail stores and online throughout Canada.

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“Instant Garden” Makes it Easy to Start an Organic Garden Anywhere, Without Dirt or Digging

 Grow Pod Solutions developed the world’s most advanced indoor farms for commercial growers, now brings hydroponic technology to the home gardening market

Grow Pod Solutions, the developer of portable commercial-grade automated clean growing environments, unveiled its patented “Instant Garden” – the world’s first hydroponic, portable system to grow plants, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables at home – without dirt!

With Instant Garden’s patented hydroponic technology, people can garden indoors or virtually anywhere. The small, portable unit sits comfortably on a balcony, patio, or indoors near a window, and automatically provides water and nutrients to plants so that anyone can grow healthy food, beautiful flowers, or fresh herbs, quickly and easily.

Instant Garden saves you from backbreaking work. There’s no weeding, no sweat, and no mess.

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Smart & Final Launches Instagram Page with #SoGoodTogether Social Media Contest

Encourages Shoppers to Capture and Share the Spirit of Summer – Smart & Final’s #SoGoodTogether social media contest launches June 30 and offers customers the chance to win $150 in gift cards weekly plus a grand prize of $2,500 in gift cards

Smart and Final LogoIn celebration of Social Media Day today, Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS) announced the launch of its #SoGoodTogether contest – a summer-inspired social media contest that encourages shoppers to document via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all the delicious ways summer and Smart & Final go together. The contest also celebrates the official launch of Smart & Final’s Instagram page, @smartfinal, which will include a collection of creative content that focuses on food, community and people – three passion areas for the West Coast-based warehouse and grocery retailer.

A completely unique shopping experience that offers the low prices of a club store and the incredible freshness of a farmer’s market, Smart & Final is synonymous with summer. To capture the spirit of the season, they’re inviting shoppers to share photos showing how Smart & Final products are a part of their most memorable summertime moments.

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