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BOKKSU CELEBRATES 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND A MILLION SNACKS SOLD

No matter it is Summer or Winter, I always have my favorite snacks in my bag. Because living in a big city like New York, keeping good energy is important to deal with the stress, the traffic… Even snack stores are everywhere, but I still prefer carrying my own snacks, saving time and definitely tastier than a fast choice from a deli next to you.

For snacks, Japan makes great ones. I love they use yuzu a lot, and of course matcha!

Bokksu is unlike any other Japanese snack subscription. They are totally in love with authentic Japanese snacks, which is why they handpick snacks that people in Japan actually eat and curate them into beautiful themed boxes every month. They are also the only Japanese box subscription that includes a Tea Pairing specifically selected to complement that month’s delicacies as well as a Tasting Guide that describes the story and flavors of each item in the box.

Bokksu Founder, Danny Taing, is becoming known as the “ambassador of Japanese snacks,” selling a million snacks to over 75 countries around the world in his company’s first two years in business.

Bokksu, the only gourmet snack box sourced and curated directly from local snack makers in Japan, has grown rapidly since its founding in May 2016. The company has quadrupled subscribers in the first 4 months of 2018, finding enthusiasm for their curated mixes of artisanal and hard to find Japanese snacks with subscribers from United States and the UK, to Singapore, Brasil, Kyrgyzstan and even Japan.

Taing lived in Japan for many years and fell in love with Japanese culture and the myriad of unique flavors he experienced. Upon returning to New York City, he was disappointed when he was unable to continue enjoying his favorite Japanese snacks. “During my time in Japan, snacking became not just a way to satiate hunger but create ritual, slow down, and create community by sharing. Through being introduced to unique Japanese snacks, I discovered inspiring stories of the snack makers and the traditional recipes behind each one. Some of the snack makers Bokksu works with have been making their signature delicacies for hundreds of years, such as a 500 year old Red Bean Paste and the first maker to popularize Western desserts in Japan over 100 years ago.”

Meaningfully, Bokksu has created proprietary relationships with over 55 artisanal Japanese snack makers. Taing describes a recent sourcing trip: “It was one of the best experiences in my life to be able to meet face-to-face with 4th generation family business artisans who had been making traditional snacks and candy for hundreds of years. For most of our makers, Bokksu was the first time their products had ever been shipped overseas.”

As Bokksu reaches their 2 year anniversary, Taing looks back at the company’s growth and development: “When I first started Bokksu, it was literally me bringing snacks in 3 large suitcases from Japan back to the US. Since then, our subscriber base has been growing so quickly that our fulfillment center in Osaka has even had some trouble keeping up with our orders. In fact, during our recent business trip to Japan to meet them to discuss future expansion, my team and I had to roll up our sleeves and help pack boxes to meet our shipping deadline.”

Rare, gourmet, sought after snacks and delicacies are included in each box. May’s “All Stars” box features their subscriber’s favorite snacks from the past two years – including a white chocolate and raspberry cookie selected by Michelin-starred chef Chikara Sono from his hometown and matcha azuki beans that have been popular in Japan since the late 1800’s. Previous boxes featured limited edition Kit Kats such as Mandarin Orange and exclusive collaborations like the heavenly Caramelized Apple Cobbler from world-renowned Japanese pastry shop ChikaLicious.

Poised to redefine worldwide snacking traditions, Bokksu is the only subscription box service of its kind delivering a curated mix of gourmet, traditional, and longtime family-favorite snacks directly from Japan. A combination Tasting Menu and Culture Guide is included in every Bokksu along with a tea pairing for the box to further create opportunities to slow down, enjoy a snacking ritual, and invite loved ones to explore with you and join in!

Since the company’s inception Bokksu has developed somewhat of a cult following where subscribers celebrate the monthly arrival of their Bokksu snack box with Bokksu snack parties. Customers have shared that they’ve invited family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and even dates over to dive into their Bokksu!

Unboxing the Bokksu

Bokksu is both a premium subscription-based offering and an à la carte menu of gourmet Japanese snacks; the only service of its kind sourced, boxed, and shipped directly from Japan. Boxes have different themes each month such as Glamorous Tokyo, Blossoming Spring, Citrus Summer, Tropical Okinawa, and Doki Doki Kit Kat for a unique Valentine’s Day theme in February (Doki Doki is the sound of an excited heartbeat in Japanese).

The snacks are carefully curated and hand-picked to match that month’s theme. Monthly boxes contain an assortment of savory and sweet snacks as well as a curated pairing of Japanese tea. In addition, a Tasting & Cultural Guide is included that shares the story and flavors of each item in the box. www.bokksu.com

Are you ready to have your own Bokksu?

There are two subscription plans you can choose.

CLASSIC BOKKSU SUBSCRIPTION

From Hokkaido milk cookies to Kyoto hand-ground matcha, Classic Bokksu gives you the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks and teas delivered to your door directly from Japan. Each box comes with:

  • 20-25 Japanese snacks & tea pairing curated around a fun theme
  • Our Tasting Guide that explains each product’s story and flavors
  • Free shipping worldwide
  • The option to pause or cancel anytime

TASTING BOKKSU SUBSCRIPTION

This little explorer will take you to the highest mountains in Hokkaido and the whitest beaches in Okinawa. With Tasting Bokksu, you’ll get a sampling of most or all products in Classic Bokksu each month. Each box comes with:

  • 8-10 Japanese snacks & tea pairing curated around a fun theme
  • Our Tasting Guide that explains each product’s story and flavors
  • Free shipping worldwide
  • The option to pause or cancel anytime

Explore more at https://www.bokksu.com/.

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo brings the Heat to Brooklyn – Hey! Let’s Lit This Summer

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 6th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo and while there I had the opportunity to sample countless hot sauces from large and small purveyors around the world.

It was an intense afternoon and one where nearly everyone was sweating conspicuously while seeking out free milk, and cold cocktails, to help drown out the fiercely hot sauces that everyone was there to try.

Whether you’re already a die-hard hot sauce aficionado or you’re new to the spicier side of foodie-life, these are the three hot sauce brands that I had never heard of which you will want to try.

Magic Sauce by Cobra Chilli out of Queensland, Australia. This Asian style sauce is so amazing and tasty and has been described as “liquid umami” – it’s their Best Seller.

The first five seconds in your mouth, you will taste all of the ingredients – the soy, the sesame oil, the onion, ginger and garlic and even the Carolina Reaper – but without the heat. Then the heat will kick in but will only really last for about 15 seconds. It will then dissipate, leaving you with the fantastic flavors of all the natural ingredients. Wow – magic.

 

Wham, Bam, Spice & Ham! It’s Carolina Reaper bacon hot sauce. What more could you want from a hot sauce? It is the world’s hottest pepper combined with bacon. It is super spicy and great tasting!

This delicious combination of Carolina Reaper and Bacon will awaken your senses.

 

It would be great to use these two awesome hot sauces for a great BBQ party night at July 4th with the beautiful fireworks. I know this summer has been pretty hot already, but why not to make it a little bit even more spicier? Because summer is the BBQ season, let’s go fun!

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Something I Prepared for July 4th

I’m sure if you are like me, you are getting very excited for the holiday weekend! I hope you have some fun get-a-ways planned, but until then, I wanted to present you with some fun holiday weekend essentials.

What should I wear?

Time to slide into the holiday weekend with Melissa!

Melissa Cosmic II
Price: $90

The most birkin inspired model, it’s back and better than ever for Summer. Where before they were parallel, the straps now cross. Basic and modern, it’s the perfect model to give some life to your modern chic looks.

Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32295-50552-5-melissa-cosmic-ii#272=553

Melissa Fluffy II
Price: $75

It its newest version, this flat sandal has a horizontal bow and the elegance of its simplicity stands out with bicolor details.

Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32356-50739-5-melissa-fluffy-ii#272=651

Melissa Beach Slide Platform
Price: $105

The sporty slide gets a novel touch. A sole with a little boost and a new cutout for that extra cool look. Colors are basic and elegant.

Link to Retail: http://shopmelissa.com/preview-aw18/32350-50600-5-melissa-beach-slide-platform#272=612

Melissa + The Blonde Salad Collaboration

Melissa the iconic Brazilian shoe brand, has teamed up with Chiara Ferragni of the Blonde Salad to design a limited edition version of the Soul beach slide. This 100% PVC flat will be available pink, coral and black.

Link to Retail: https://shop.theblondesalad.com/us_en/shoes.html
Price: $90 USD

What should I look like?

Love the way you look this summer! Celebrating your most beautiful you with these essentials from IT Cosmetics!

Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer 

Infused with Drops of Light Technology™ for added radiance, your anti-aging waterproof concealer covers everything, and lasts all day without creasing or cracking!

 

Bye Bye Pores Illumination™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder

This finishing powder makes the look of your pores disappear while adding subtle radiance for the look of instant airbrushing and a lit-from-within glow!

Heavenly Luxe™ Wand Ball Powder Brush No. 8

This ultra-soft, round and tapered brush picks up and applies the perfect amount of powder for your most flawless results!

Don’t show up empty handed at your 4th party!

4th of July is always a good occasion to celebrate and share quality time with friends & family. Be the perfect party guest by contributing to the festivities with the ultimate gift that’s sure to please. The Bro Basket is spicing things up with its line of creative and ready-made gift baskets designed for all kinds of outdoor fun. From boozy baskets like The Vodka Martini, The Ultimate Whisky Sampler, Ultimate Beer Lover and Viva Tequila to the boozeless Mini BBQ Party and Poker Night, The Bro Basket caters to every event. A quick visit to The Bro Basket’s website will reveal an assortment of fun and affordable goodies that are guaranteed to heat up any party!

Cali Craft Sampler Gift Basket

As Pictured $49.95

The Contents

1 – Popcornopolis gourmet flavored popcorn – You cant give them beer and no way to soak it up
2 – Three packs of Ferrero Roche fine hazelnut chocolates
1 – BroBasket Pint Glass (16oz)
1 – BroBasket Bottle Opener – So you dont have to sit through them trying to do that beer opening trick they think is cool ever again
1 – Reusable BroBasket Tin

The Craft Beer

A variety pack of four 12oz bottles of craft beer from Firestone Walker, one of Southern California’s premiere craft breweries – Or customize it with a variety pack of the other awesome craft breweries we carry

The Freebies

2 – BroBasket Koozies
1 – Greeting Card with your special message on it

The Vodka Sampler Gift Basket

$69.95

Kick The Holiday Weekend Off Right!

The Contents

2 – Popcornopolis Gourmet Flavored Popcorn
2 – Packs of Snyder’s Pretzels
1 – BroBasket Branded Rocks Glass
1 – Can of Sprite
1 – BroBasket Reusable Tin

The Booze

2 – Bottles of Belvedere Premium Vodka (50ml)
2 – Bottles of Grey Goose Vodka (50ml)
2 – Bottles of Ciroc Vodka (50ml)

The Freebies

1 – Card with your special message

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Who says looking beautiful has to cost a small fortune?!

Sometimes you think too much for keeping a pretty look, let me tell you a way to save money but the same time wouldn’t save your beauty. Check out these $15 and under beauty must-haves that never go out of style:
  • Hotheads’ Mini G Hairbrush – Good things really do come in small packages!  The Mini G conveniently fits in your handbag, gym bag or travel bag.

We spend a small fortune on our hair, but did you know a few days in sun can create a downhill spiral with all the sun, salt and sand? The experts at Hotheads, the premier hairbrush line developed by stylists with over 50 years of experience of addressing a variety of haircare needs, share their tips on help your hair survive summer.

Use it with your favorite dry shampoo to refresh tired locks.  It’s the perfect little brush to distribute your leave-in products before heading out into the sun.  Great for detangling after a swim, the Mini G also helps remove sand debris from the scalp and hair.  Finishing your day at the beach using the Mini G will reduce frizz and help create the perfect ponytail.  Only $9.38 at HotheadsHairbrush.com.

About Hotheads:
Hotheads is a division of Canadian-based True Cool Technology Enterprises, a technology driven brand, whose innovative hair products are a combination of hybrid designs for speed, performance and superior hair quality. The complete product line includes the Paddle Plus Collection, the Enforcer Collection and the Speed Brush Collections, among others.
  • Ola Tropical Apothecary Body Mist – The secret ingredient in Ola Tropical Apothecary’s Deep Sea Body Mist is…the water.Found at 3000’ below the ocean surface off the Kona Coast, each Body Mist contains over 90 trace minerals, and is high in calcium and magnesium. A few simple spritzs to hair, face and skin instantly hydrates and moisturizes.  Just $14 for a 2 ounce size at HawaiianBodyProducts.com.

About Ola Tropical Apothecary:

Ola Tropical Apothecary is a natural-based bath and body spa collection centered on the Hawaiian concept of beauty and wellness. Each of the company’s hand-crafted bath and body products combine beneficial botanicals, oils, fruits, sea elements and flowers in the time-honored, traditional Hawaiian way.

  • Comodynes Make-Up Remover Towelettes  At just $6.25 for a resealable package of 20 towelettes, these pretties pack a big punch.  Whether removing stubborn water-proof mascara or providing a touch-up after a long day, these hypo-allergenic and paraben-free towelettes are available for Normal Skin, Sensitive & Dry, Extra Sensitive, and for Oily & Combination Skin.  Available at select retailers nationwide or by visiting Comodynes.Net.  Celeb fans include Retta and Rachel Bilson.
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Botanical Relief for Problem Skin - New from Kamedis

As you have already known, Heydoyou is a lifestyle blog, we are exploring everything good for your daily life – fashion, skincare, haircare, cosmetics, foods, nutritions, pet products, recipes, toys for your little ones, men products and a lot of gift ideas! But I have friends ask me to explore more products for something special, such as the skincare for problem skins.

I am very confident about my own skin, but I have acne problems when I get into those special days. So it is still important to have a treatment skincare prepared for acnes. Here is a great Plant-Based treatments proved by clinical for Eczema, Acne & Dandruff, Now Available in the U.S.

For the millions of consumers struggling to relieve chronic skin disorders without bothersome side effects, Kamedis™ is introducing effective and safe solutions for eczema, acne and dandruff that combine botanicals used in traditional Chinese medicine with 21st century science and technology. All three product lines have been clinically proven to provide rapid relief – including reducing eczema flare-ups up to 50% in two weeks, acne lesions within 12 hours, and dandruff by 50% in two weeks – without complications like drying, flaking and irritation or undesirable ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, steroids, dyes and coal tar.

Each Kamedis product is derived from botanicals and active OTC ingredients, based on years of scientific study that included evaluating more than 400 botanical extracts that have been known for hundreds and in some cases thousands of years for their healing properties. The company’s patented botanical combinations and unique extraction process result in products that trigger the immune system to help restore the skin’s natural balance rapidly and effectively.

Available immediately in the U.S., the products are:

  • KAMEDIS CALM Eczema Therapy Cream and Eczema Therapy Wash, a botanical rhubarb-based treatment for eczema including the extremely dry, irritated, itchy and/or red skin characteristic of atopic dermatitis. CALM Eczema Therapy Cream (MSRP $19.99) has been clinically proven to reduce flare-ups by 50% in two weeks and can be used on both the body and face, wrapping the skin in a protective layer that provides long-term relief. CALM Eczema Therapy Wash (MSRP $11.99) is a rich foaming gel that both cleanses and calms affected skin. A companion Calming Lotion (MSRP $9.99) soothes and moisturizes. For adults, children and babies as young as 6 months. No steroids, fragrance, parabens or dyes.

  • KAMEDIS CLEAR Acne Kit, three companion non-drying products formulated with botanical purslane and sold together (MSRP $29.99) or individually. CLEAR Acne Spot Treatment (MSRP $12.99) is a powerful gel treatment that is clinically proven to deliver clearer skin in just 12 hours. CLEAR Acne Face Moisturizer (MSRP $16.99) helps clear up oily skin symptoms like acne while working to prevent their recurrence and foster healthy, resilient skin. CLEAR Acne Face Cleanser ($9.99) is a lightly foaming, oil-free face wash that works to maintain a clear complexion. For adults and children as young as 10. No steroids, benzoyl peroxide, sodium laurel sulfate, parabens or dyes.

  • KAMEDIS CONTROL Dandruff Therapy Shampoo and Scalp Lotion, treatments for dandruff-related skin symptoms including flaky, itchy, irritated and red scalp. Formulated with botanical soapberry, CONTROL Dandruff Therapy Shampoo (MSRP $14.99) has been clinically proven to reduce dandruff by 50% in just two weeks and can be used by adults and children 3 and older. CONTROL Scalp Lotion (MSRP $12.99) is an overnight, leave-on cream that provides quick relief for adults, children and babies as young as 6 months. No steroids, sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, tar or dyes.

All products are manufactured in the U.S., dermatology-tested, and sold online at https://kamedis-usa.com. They will soon be available at Amazon, Natural Partners and Emerson Ecologics as well as select retailers around the country.

About Kamedis  

Kamedis develops effective, dermatologist-tested, botanical skincare products for a variety of chronic skin conditions including eczema, acne, dandruff, psoriasis, dry skin and itchy/irritated skin. Launched in Israel in 2003 and now sold worldwide, the company’s products are based on extensive scientific research and development that included testing hundreds of traditional Chinese medicine botanicals and combinations, and using a unique botanical extraction technique designed to maximize formulation potency. All products have been validated by dermatologists, are backed by dozens of clinical trials, and have received strong endorsement from consumers. For more information, visit https://kamedis-usa.com or email info-@kamedis-usa.com.

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Gluten-Free Chef Caroline Byron Launch Event for New Book Gluten Free, Naturally

On Monday, June 18, gluten-free chef Caroline Byron celebrated the launch of her new book Gluten Free, Naturally, at the Ladurée Private Garden in Soho in NYC. Attendees included actress Ana Villafañe (best known for her portrayal of pop icon Gloria Estefan in the Broadway musical On Your Feet!), designer Carly Cushnie (of Cushnie et Ochs), and Vogue editor Edward Barsamian

At the summer soiree, guests sipped custom cocktails, tried delicious gluten-free canape’s created by Caroline Byron and tasted delectable macaroons by Ladurée. 

After contracting Lyme Disease at the age of 10, Caroline Byron has battled with health problems for much of her life. While this didn’t stop her from forging a successful modeling career and retraining as a chef, Caroline became increasingly frustrated by these health issues. She decided to completely overhaul her diet and go gluten-free. The change in her health was astonishing.


Since then, she has devoted her time to developing a range of delicious recipes that are all naturally free from gluten, showing that you can enjoy a wide range of foods without resorting to pre-packaged ‘free-from’ items. Her skills as a chef and genuine love of food have led her to create a balanced collection of dishes, where the focus is on flavor and enjoyment as well as health. Although she includes healthy broths and probiotic smoothies, Caroline also finds space for her much-loved Gluten-free Fried Chicken and Melting Mac and Cheese, as well as a wide variety of baking recipes. With a huge range of tempting dishes to choose from, you will never feel like you’re missing out.

Caroline Byron is wearing a dress by Emilia Wickstead and shoes by Gianvito Rossi. 
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