Thursday, October 18, 2018

Eberle Winery - ES PASO ROBLES


By Kat Thomas, Editor in Chief, Edible Skinny

Our next winery to explore was one of the grandfathers of Paso Robles wine: Eberle Winery, established in 1982, by Gary Eberle.   Eberle is a braggadocios man, but with every right to be.  Before finding wine he played football at Penn State and pro ball for 18 days with the Detroit Lions.  But, a National Science Fellow, the science of wine was his calling.  After a mentoring from Robert Mondavi, he has been making wine every year since 1973.  “Mondavi was the PT Barnum of wine, and I say that with the most admiration ever,” noted the wry Eberle.   
 
The Eberle Winery Tasting Room is open seven days a week, offering complimentary wine tasting, cave tours and spectacular views of their vineyard.  Eberle, a Swiss name for “little boar,” now does 30,000 cases per year with a focus primarily on red wines (which constitute 83% of their inventory).  According to Gary, Eberle is the busiest tasting room in Paso, and the second busiest tasting room in the state.  The winery does 90,000 guests a year, with 50% of retail sales in storefront.  “We sell everything.”  In 1991, Eberle was seeking additional space for their red wine program and decided to go underground. Today there are 16,000 square feet of underground caves and tunnel located below the winery. 
 
Eberle’s winemaker is also carries the last name of Eberle, although he’s not blood related.   Chris Eberle attended Cal Poly for Ag Business and Viticulture before traveling the world making wine in Europe, Australia, and South America.   Gary was looking for a winemaker and friend requested him on Facebook, the rest is history. 

Some of our favorites from this tasting included Eberle’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2013.   Eberle only makes a Reserva approximately half of the time.  “It has to be the best of the best to make it.”  This wine will be released in 2017 and according to Gary will be sold out by Christmas.  This is a wine of detail (with the label painted straight onto the glass bottle), with velvety tannins bringing up hints of cherry and cedar.   Another fantastic wine is their 2016 Muscat Canelli Double Gold.  Refreshing and semi-sweet, this wine with its flavors of Jasmine and Orange blossoms is a fantastic aperitif or to complement a decadent dessert. 







Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ka-Ching! The Big Business of Cannabis at CWCBExpo


Ka-Ching!  The Big Business of Cannabis at CWCBExpo

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

The watchword is green, both in product (marijuana) and the end result (green green cash). 

Cannabis has become a mainstream big business!  In 2018, cannabis sales in the US are projected to be over $10 Billion!  By 2020, the United States market is estimated to top $35 billion annually.  So with a ganjapreneurial attitude, Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend the 5th annual CWCBExpo at the Los Angeles Convention Center at the end of September. 

The CWCBExpo is one of the only business-to-business forum that focuses on educating and connecting professionals who recognize the unparalleled business opportunities within the U.S. Founded by the industry’s top thought leaders, the CWCBExpo was created with the sole purpose of providing a forum to educate and guide business leaders to succeed in this emerging market.

Below are some areas of this green revolution conference that peaked our interest!  So here’s to life being delicious, all your moments being postcard worthy, and $10 billion dollars in cannabis sales!  Ka-Ching!

PRØHBTD Media
PRØHBTD Media owns and operates the leading original content studio and largest multi-platform video network in the cannabis space.  PRØHBTD created one of the largest multi-platform video distribution network in the cannabis industry reaching an available audience of 100+ million people distributed through Roku, YouTube, and Amazon Prime.  Shows include a cannabis cooking show, a women focused The View-like show called The Nest, and High with Ty starring host Tyler Lemco.  Along with that, PRØHBTD is recognized as the exclusive global cannabis partner of Advertising Week and Entrepreneur Magazine.  They have worked on placing cannabis activation at music festivals such as Cannes, South By SouthWest, the Toronto Film Festival, and gifting suites at the Oscars.  The company is venture backed with $12 Million in funding and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Vancouver.

https://prohbtd.com/

Antpods
This was the coolest new vape distribution system we saw at CWCBExpo!  The Torrance based AntPods TOAST, enables vape juice makers and brands to deliver juices in ready-to-go smart devices, providing new opportunities in a crowded marketplace.  The device is small (fits in the palm of your hand) rectangular refillable dispensing device, that’s completely customizable for white labeling.   Antpods lasts about 200 puffs and has a cradle and lanyard system to hang the device around your neck for complete discretion.

https://antpods.com.cn/

Hemp Pavilion
This year Edible Skinny encountered the Hemp Pavilion at CWCBExpo.  There we talked to Hemp Historian Les Stark representing The National Hemp Association.  Right now hemp is only a niche crop in the US: there’s 25,000 acres of hemp in the US, but we will need 1 million acres to make it a viable business crop.  At the pavillion were multiple items made from hemp including skateboards, hempcrete (a renewable hemp based concrete), and a BMW i8 (the door panels were made out of hemp).  Fun fact: a large amount of European car makers use hemp in their cars, since the crop is grown more readily there. 

Stark documented the history of hemp in the state of Pennsylvania in his book Hempstone Heritage.  Hemp was grown throughout Pennsylvania for nearly 300 years, but in the past 80 years it's been illegal to grow it in the Keystone State.  Stark has been on a 20 year mission to bring industrial hemp back into production in the Pennsylvania. 

https://nationalhempassociation.org/

HempMeds
While at CWCBExpo we were able to chat it up with the gang over at Edibles List and Miss Liz Carmouche, HempMeds Spokesperson (you can see the video at The Green Light District’s YouTube page for their CULTIVATE YOUR MIND series).  Carmouche is the first openly-gay American UFC/MMA fighter who competed in the first-ever women's UFC fight.  She is also an active CBD advocate.  Carmouche believes that all veterans and active military should have access to the CBD products they need for pain, PTSD,and other issues.  Her brand sponsor in this issue is, HempMeds. 

HempMeds exist to nurture the world’s trust in CBD.  From online store to packaged product, their company believes integrity and adherence to high standards deliver the best quality hemp oil for their customers.  They distribute worldwide, providing industry-leading products to wholesalers, affiliates, and retail customers earning our reputation as Your Trusted Source for CBDs. 
https://hempmedspx.com/

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It’s Electric: The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference at the Santa Monica Civic Lot!


It’s Electric: The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference at the Santa Monica Civic Lot!  

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny

It's Electric; Boogie Woogie, Woogie!
-- Electric Slide

Nikola Tesla would be buzzing!  This Friday marks the start of the 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference at the Santa Monica Civic Lot!  The AltCar Expo brings almost every make and model of alternative fuel vehicles to one place so visitors can shop, test drive, compare and learn about future technology, today!

When the AltCar Expo started in Santa Monica is 2005, alternative fuel vehicles seemed like a fading dream…  With everyone gaga for their gas guzzling Hummer, the idea of driving an electric car seemed inconceivable to most Americans… but these days plugs are definitely here to stay with Tesla’s Model 3 sliding into the best-selling midsize premium sedan, electric or not.

The future is elementary!  Electric vehicles cost less to drive to standard gasoline cars and emit less global warming pollution (something we all need to know, but still need to be reminded of when shopping for a car).  69% of US drivers drive less than 60 miles on weekdays, making them perfect EV candidates.  Yet, less than 1% of US households currently have an electric vehicle (EV) although 42% of US households have the necessary elements required for an EV vehicle (parking and a plug).  Yearly cost to fuel  of a battery-electric vehicle averages to $421 while a gasoline-only car averages around $1,500.

For those looking to make the switch and pocket that $1,100 each year, the 2018 AltCar Expo offers a look at the most extensive array of new and current battery electric, fuel-cell electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid electric vehicles for consumers. The lineup of exhibitors includes the newest versions of the Honda Clarity, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Mirai, Toyota Prius Prime PHEV and many more. Amongst all of these great debuts, Audi will also be making their Southern California debut of their new alternative technology vehicle.

Another one of the cars AltCar will be unveiling is Electra Mechannica’s new single passenger EV, SOLO, who will be opening a Los Angeles dealership the same week as the AltCar Expo.  The Vancouver, by way of Itay, Electra Mechannica is rolling out this single passenger 3-wheeled car specifically for the LA commuter as 83% of people in the country’s second largest city drive alone to and from work.

“It’s quite impressive,” notes John Mahoney of Electra Mechannica.  “The SOLO can go on a freeway, does speeds up to 85 miles per hour, and has a 100 mile range.”  With a price point of $15,888, the car is on point with purchasing a Vespa (but with a roof and space to put groceries).  Oh and time saving bonus!!!  The car does qualify as a motorcycle (though you don’t need a different license) so it can drive in the HOV lane for a faster (unrestricted commute).  The SOLO has all the classic bells and whistles from Bluetooth technology to seat warmers (the one thing this Canadian company will be adding to this list amenities in the next year is air conditioning for the SoCal climate!)

SOLO cars will start arriving this month at their Studio City showroom.   They are expecting to release 5,000 cars their first year of production, with having 70,000 cars rolled out in the next 3 years.  And people, and businesses, are taking notice.  “At the moment SOLO is partnering with 7-11,” states Mahoney, “but we are also talking various other local business who are looking for an economic fleet of delivery vehicles, from pizza to pharmaceuticals.”

The 13th Annual AltCar Expo & Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Santa Monica Civic Lot and East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA. The two-day event is free to attend.  For more information visit:
http://www.altcarexposocal.com

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com



Monday, October 8, 2018

Romaine Calm and Carrot On at The California Vegetarian Food

Romaine Calm and Carrot On at The California Vegetarian Food Festival

By Kat Thomas


Last weekend Edible Skinny was lucky enough to attend the California Vegetarian Food Festival at Raleigh Studios!  In our quest to embrace our inner herbivore, we walked the booths with yoga guru Jordana Reim (who teaches at Yoga Nest in Venice)!  We discovered that the California Vegetarian Food Festival, now in its second year, celebrated the mighty vegetable hearty hardcore.

The California Vegetarian Food Festival was produced by the U.S. Veg Corp, an event production and marketing brand founded by Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda.  Focused on the growing vegetarian and green markets, the brand is buoyed by its annual flagship events, the NYC, AZ, and now CA Vegetarian Food Festivals!

On our quest we delighted in DJs who make beats with beets, samples galore, and tons of mindful plant-based food!  We chatted up the people at Ugly Produce, a service that allows you to create a fully customizable box of ugly produce delivered to your door 30-50% cheaper than grocery store prices.  We talked Veg with Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir, “Always Too Much and Never Enough,” and Senior Editor for VegNews Magazine (and cousin to Miss Reim).  We also connected with the Awesome peeps over at Flow Kana, a California-based, small batch cannabis brand powered by craft farmers.

And during our veg convos, we were able to sample such delights at KeVita’s Watermelon Rose beverage (Super Duper Yummm), Harmless Harvest Harmless’ Coconut Water (that is pink in color due to oxidation), and a beverage made out of Birch trees (tapped like you would a Maple tree).

And at the end of our journey we were more Veg Enlightened, ready to embrace the “real world” with the philosophy of Romaine calm and Carrot on! ;-)

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com







Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hack Your Life - Tech Products That Will Free You From Your (Antiquated) Desk!


Hack Your Life - Tech Products That Will Free You From Your (Antiquated) Desk!

By Kat Thomas, Edible Skinny


Viva La Revolution people!  The chains of working at a dreary antiquated desk in an obsolete office have become a memory of the past!

43 percent of working Americans occasionally work remotely and over a third of workers would change jobs for the opportunity to do so, according to Gallup's "State of the American Workplace" survey.  Fighting the establishment and working remote saves both time and money.  Remote jobs site FlexJobs estimates that working from home can save you as much as $4,668 a year!

So raise your fist and shout: “I deserve a better life than one locked in a box!”

And the Revolution is building!  FlexJobs and Glassdoor recently conducted a study to determine the highest-paying remote jobs; the result was a surprising.  A number of traditionally high-paying roles have evolved into telecommuting opportunities.  That means that highly-trained workers such as doctors and architects can make six-figures working from their couches! ;-)
                                                     So here are some tech products that we’ve recently fallen in love with as we’ve traveled around the world doing our job, not from an obsolete office but out there on adventures.  These are products that will free you from from the chains of a cookie cutter life!

So Viva La Revolution people, Viva La Revolution!

Google Home ($129.99)
You might have read our Voice-First article a few weeks ago (and if you haven’t you should!)!  Well, we’re lucky enough to be exploring this technology Hands On (or should we say Voice On…) with our Google Home
Yes, we get it you might be scared the robots are going to take over, but that’s how people used to feel about electricity, the horseless carriage, and telephones… get over it! 
Because Voice-First technology is absolutely the coolest thing ever!  Ask your Google Home questions.  Tell it to do things.  The opportunities are endless.  It’s like a regular assistant, but with a more robot-y voice. 
Just start with “Ok Google” and it’s ready to help you get things done.  The more you use your Assistant, the better it gets across devices.  With a simple voice command, play songs, playlists, artists, and albums from your favorite music services like Spotify, Pandora, or KCRW. 
Voice-First technology can improve your life everywhere! Google Home lets you get help from your Google Assistant with tasks around the house. All you have to do is ask and it will wake you up in the morning, set multiple timers while you’re cooking, and help you keep track of your shopping list.  Looking for a night to chill?  Spend a night in with interactive storytelling (aka Choose Your Own Adventures).  Earplay Stories are designed to draw you into new worlds with minimal distraction. 
It’s a brave new world, go take advantage of it! ;-)
https://store.google.com/us/product/google_home

Raspberry By Blue ($199.99)

Podcast anywhere with a mobile vocal studio in the palm of your hand!   Raspberry by Blue is the ultimate mobile USB microphone for voice and instruments.   The perfect solution for those looking to voice-over, stream, skype, or create music somewhere other than the traditional studio.  Unlike other portable mics, Raspberry was specifically designed as a premium, portable USB/iOS microphone for capturing 24bit/48kHz audio anywhere, from home to hotel. 
Fostered by Blue’s illustrious studio heritage (who calls bands such as Imagine Dragons their friends), Raspberry delivers dramatic, studio-quality sound directly to your PC, Mac, iPhone, or iPad.  Raspberry’s new patent-pending Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) design resembles treatments found in studios and concert halls, focusing your voice or instrument when minimizing the sound of the room.  Onboard professional controls include a headphone jack and built-in volume control for effortless live monitoring, along with microphone gain (sensitivity) and mute. And, the mic folds up into the integrated stand for extra protection and easy transport.  The the endgame: professional sound quality everywhere you go.  Available at Amazon, Best Buy, etc.
www.bluemic.com/products/raspberry

The Posture Stand ($74.99)

This one’s the Bomb Diggity!  Now you can turn ANYTHING into a desk!  The Posture Stand by Back Pain Help gives you the freedom to take your tablet or laptop to another location, whether it be sitting on the couch or outside, all while maintaining proper spinal alignment and good posture to alleviate back pain.  The Posture Stand is a lightweight portable and foldable laptop stand and standing desk converter (standing desk are a HUGE thing in the creativity world, and were utilized by founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson!).  With 360-degree rotating legs, adjustable height and table angle, it allows you to bring a screen much closer to your natural eye level to reduce prevent slouching, eye strain and 'tech neck.'  ​The Posture Stand can be used with laptops up to 17"​, tablets, e-readers, books and more. With lightweight aluminum frame and zinc alloy joints it is able to withstand load up to 110 lbs.  There’s cooling holes for ventilation and folds flat for transport and storage.  So get standing and let technology crane neck be a thing of the past!
https://www.backpainhelp.com/posture-stand.html

Dragon Anywhere ($149.99)
Back in the day, writers used to sit at their desk, to write....  Haha!  Not anymore with Dragon Anywhere!  It’s like bringing your personal secretary with you wherever you go!  Dragon Anywhere is professional-grade mobile dictation that makes it easy to create documents of any length and edit, format and share them directly from your mobile device, whether visiting clients, a job site or your local coffee shop.  Our friend comedian Dan Nainan recently wrote an entire book while walking and driving using Dragon Anywhere!  Perks include: continuous dictation and no word limits and a 99% accurate with powerful voice editing and formatting.  After you’re finished share documents by email, Dropbox, Evernote and more.  Available on Android and IOS in the US and Canada.  So stop staring at that first page of your Great America novel in your stuffy house, and go write it while sunning on the beach! 
https://www.nuance.com/dragon.html

Kat Thomas is the Editor in Chief of Edible Skinny, a site dedicated to making your life postcard worthy. She is also the CEO of the creative media company This Way Adventures. You can find more about both brands at http://www.thiswayadventures.com