Recently, I was able to have a mini visit at the Fancy Food Show in NYC. I say mini visit, because the show lasted 3 days, but, with my work schedule, I was only able to make the last 45 minutes. Yeah, not even close to enough time. This show was like walking into Disney’s Epcot. Full of sections divided by country, showcasing cheeses, oils, chocolates, you name it, they probably had it. But, I wasn’t even able to scratch the surface. Don’t cry for me, Argentina (which was probably a country represented at the show), I was able to make it to the “5000’s”, a section that featured a lot of smaller businesses, including a couple food friends of mine. Some of the companies that I got to see, were kind enough to gift some of their product. One of them was Barnana.


Their product is centered around one simple ingredient, dehydrated organic bananas, making chewy banana bites. No crazy additives, no fancy frills, just real, delicious banana. But, even if you’re not the biggest pure-banana kind of person, they have other varieties, which add a little pizzaz. I got their Organic Peanut Butter Chewy Banana Bites. These were so great, and you feel like you’re eating candy, but, without any of the guilt and junk food. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy, and wrapped around the chewy little banana bite, creating a snack that Elvis would have been sure to love (RIP). 

The Shorts:
Name: Barnana 
Location: Retail locations all over
The Long and Short: Would I recommend it? For sure. It’s a quality, simple product, with lots of flavor and none of the bad stuff. Basically, you get all the benefits of eating healthy, with the fun of eating candy.


Irving Farm Coffee


By no means is Irving Farm Coffee new to NYC. In fact, almost 20 years ago, they opened up their first location at 71 Irving in Gramercy. I’ve been going for years, and figured I was way past due on a post for these guys. 


They roast everything here in NY at a farm in Hudson Valley, keeping the focus on sustainability and building direct relationships with the coffee farmers. In their cafe, they also offer an array of baked goods and pastries, including a Rice Crispy Treat about the size of your face. 


I usually order an Americano. The coffee is robust yet smooth, and vibe in the cafe is nothing shy of quaint. There are a number of little tables in the subterranean cafe, and you’ll usually find them all full.

The Shorts: 
Name: Irving Farm Coffee
Location: 71 Irving Place, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Well, being that I’ve been going for years, as long as they’re still there, yup, I will for sure be back.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. They offer great coffee, great snacks, and a cozy little space to enjoy your beverage, get some work done, or catch up with a friend. Warning, you have to be on your table-grabbing game, they’re a hot commodity.