The King of Stuff Holiday Reviews
Posted 18 Dec 2011 by King of Stuff
The boxes started pouring in. It was actually overwhelming. This was part of my new job. My boss, Paul, gave me a promotion because he thought I would be a good fit for the new position. The position was King of Stuff. I even got a new login to the main site as email@example.com. How awesome! Anyway, what the heck kind of position was the King of Stuff, I thought. Well, I was to get our readers ready for the holiday season by providing reviews of interesting, indie, eco-friendly companies. Great! I love stuff. Mostly food and drinks, but if other things came through the door, I had no problem trying them out too.
The point was so our readers could go out and eat and drink well for the holidays, and be glad you did! Companies from all over the country started sending us all sorts of goodies for review. My spare room in my apartment started filling up. I actually had to buy some cheap shelves from Lizzy, the crazy Mennonite, for a couple bucks to store all the stuff. King of Stuff. That was me and I had to try it all before my apartment was taken over by free samples.
So, I started eating and drinking. I actually got a little bit drunk on the job when I had to try the different alcohols. But, most importantly was the fact that behind each one of these companies, was a really cool story. There were companies that were started by a couple at a farmers market, or a Grateful Dead show. Or, a company that was started so their child could become healthy. Each company followed the principles in which we would all like to believe in and buy on a regular basis. That really made me, again, realize that there is a bunch of junk out there, but there is also some really great, well-intentioned folks, who are working very hard to beat out the massive companies, and make it a normal thing again to consume well. READ THEIR STORIES!!!
. This bread had so many damn grains in it! I loved it. It tasted healthy!
Skin Care- Alaffia
. Not only did this stuff keep my skin nice and hydrated, it is made by women in Togo at their shea butter coop.
. There is a full spoonful of honey in each bottle. Very tasty and refreshing.
Soup- Kettle Cuisine
. I am not one for pre-packaged soups, but these were really good. The steak one had so much meat, it really didd taste like it was homemae....an it was good beef too. All gluten free and usually organic, if not still non-gmo minded.
. They sent three really good salamis over. All aged and fancy and tasty. All their livestock is well fed with no hormones, vegetarian diet, and no antibiotics.
Kefir- Green Valley Organics
. This stuff was so good. It was different than other kefirs I had. Much milkier and more like a smoothie. But, it taste great and I could tell whatever was going on inside of it was probably a good thing....physiologically speaking.
. This stuff was really amazing. It is coconut derived kefir. It had real kick to it and actually recommended that you do not drink too much at first because of all the cultures living in the drink. They made this drink to battle folks suffering from gastrointenstinal issues. Really strong stuff and worth trying just to experience a new, not often tasted flavor.
Chips- Brad's Raw Foods
. I really enjoyed their kale chips. I munched them down in one sitting. Very tasty and I am sure a great alternative to regular chips. Great flavor, interesting texture. Also, for the folks in PA, they are our neighbors.
- I guess this would be considered a chip of some sort. Don't know where I would classify it. But, again, like I said about the CocoKefir, if you want to try something that is really different and not something you usually taste, this is it. The whole cracker...okay maybe it is more like a cracker, not a chip, is mae from seeds and other good things. I don't know how it stays together, but it did, and was really a good muncher.
. A great corn free, pinto bean and flax chip. Also, they have such a great slap in the face rant on corn on the back of their bags. Mad props.
Dietary Supplement- Genesis Today
. I wouldn't neccesarily call it a dietary supplement, but they did. What I would call it is a highly concentrated shot of, "clean you out," juice. Noni juice, mangosteen, goji, acai. They will all do something good for you. I don't know exactly what, but I am sure drinking this stuff will get your body working better than it was.
Sugar Alternative- Coconut Secret
. The only ingredient is Organic Coconut Sap Crystals. It tastes just like brown sugar but there is nothing bad in it for you, and it is actually good for you. I don't know how they make this stuff, but it is pretty killer, especially if you are into baking and need a good sweetener. They also have a great soy sauce type alternative. Also, purely coconut based and somehow it tastes nothing like coconut.
. I mean, how can you go wrong when your ingredients are 100% Organic Raw Almonds, or Macaamia. Great stuff.
. Great whiskey from Chicago. One of the few organic brands you can find.
. This is a specialty/niche company that imports organic and fair trade alcohols from all over the world. I haven't tried the rum yet, but I am still impressed with what they do. Good site for those looking to try hard to find types of alcohol.
Clothes- Live the Life You Love
- Soft, soft, soft organic cotton clothes. These were the folks that started out their company at concerts. Cool!