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Food, Wine and Travel Must-Haves

by  Rekaya Gibson on March 06, 2018

Happy National Women's History Month! Celebrate by supporting women business owners in your community. I found a few to share but as you know there are hundreds more out there to support. Browse the list below and try them today.


DeVine Wine Jelly Blackberry Merlot 

Have your wine and eat it too. This fragrant jelly by Lakesha Veney smells and tastes like the real thing. The sweet pungent flavor maintains its wine appeal and leaves blackberry notes dangling on the tongue. The delightful spread smoothly goes on toast and crackers and the cute jar resembles a condiment given by room service at a luxury hotel. Treat yourself.  

Size: 2 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $7


OG Hot Sauce Onion & Garlic

Kick your dish up a notch. This flaming goodness created by Mia Rebel uses three colorful habaneros to heat up the palate. The onion, garlic and spices give it a thick, savory flavor that sets it apart from regular hot sauce. Use it on fried fish and breakfast burritos for zing; a little goes along way. It comes in mild or hot and spicy for varying tastes.

Size: 10 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $8


Sonoma Syrup Company No. 5 Peppermint

Made with pure cane sugar, this delicious syrup exudes an aroma reminiscent of a candy factory. The minty sweetness adds a cool sensation to hot chocolate and transform unsweetened seltzer water into an invigorating soda. The entire family will love exploring ways to use it. Visit the site for more goodness by creator Karin Campion.    

Size: 375 mL
Suggested Retail Price: $13.95
Available:,, Sur la Table, Total Wine                    


Dry Sparkling Ginger

This refreshing drink by Sharelle Klaus warms the soul. The spicy, robust ginger beverage contains a hint of sugar and finishes dry. Drink it by itself or pair it with grilled shrimp. With fewer calories than ginger ales per serving and no artificial sweeteners, who wouldn’t want to add this to their grocery list? Cheers!    

Size: 12 oz. can | 12 oz. bottle
Suggested Retail Price: $1.49 can | $1.99 bottle | $5.99 per 4-pack of cans | $6.99 per 4-pack of bottles
Available: and grocery stores nationwide


Holmsted Fines Balsamic Red Onion Chutney

Chunky, juicy and bold - this sweet chutney looks like caramelized onions in a jar. The vinegar scent tickles the nose while stimulating the appetite. The acidity complements the sugar, making the delectable onions irresistible. Try it on a butter cracker with brie or put it on a burger to give it life. You’ll thank us and creator Rebecca Williamson.

Size: 12 oz.
Suggested Retail Price: $9.99
Available:, and grocery stores nationwide 


Rekaya Gibson

Rekaya Gibson

Rekaya Gibson’s love for food is evident throughout her fiction books, “The Food Temptress,” “The Food Enchantress,” and “Are There French Fries in Heaven?  In addition, she writes articles for the Hampton Food Examiner as well as her Food Temptress Blog. Currently, she is working on her cookbook, “Cooking Matters.”  In her spare time, Rekaya is a freelance grant- and magazine writer. She resides in Hampton, Virginia.


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