• Sift Picks: Weirdest Desserts From Around the World

    Posted on April 25, 2018 by Andrea Ballus

    The world is full of strange and wonderful things, including desserts. It’s always a blast to take a virtual “world tour” to see what the rest of the planet is enjoying. Here are a few of the most unusual desserts we found, but even at their weirdest, we still want a bite.

    Light Bulb Drinks

    Here’s a new one: have you had boba tea or a milkshake out of a light bulb yet? If not, you’ll likely be seeing them soon at a smoothie shop or dessert bar near you! One of the weirdest, but coolest, trends we’ve seen popping up lately is serving any sort of drink – from the sweet to the alcoholic – right out of a light bulb. Yes, you read that correctly. The uniquely-shaped “glass” lets you really see the swirls and pops of color in your drink, which makes them extra appealing.

    Japanese Water Cakes

    Also known as “raindrop cake,” this weird and truly delicious concoction looks exactly like a giant glistening water droplet. In Japanese, they’re called Mizu Shingen Mochi, and some clever dessert lovers have been making their own and even including blooming “flowers” in the middle for an added effect. Made with superfine sugar and Japanese agar powder, this delicate dessert has to be chilled and eaten quickly when served, or else it’ll melt back to nothing. You can find a recipe for water cake on this blog!

    Chicken Dessert Pudding

    If you just did a double take, you’re not alone. Chicken’s not the first ingredient we think of when we think about dessert, either, but in Turkey, it’s called tavuk göğsü and it’s considered a delicacy. Chicken is typically boiled until it’s super soft, then pounded to a delicate consistency and mixed with sugar, milk, rice, spices, and other flavors until it becomes a pudding. Sounds weird, but it’s apparently beloved by locals.

    Chocolate Rice Pudding… with a Fishy Twist

    Rice pudding doesn’t sound unusual at all, and chocolate is far from being considered “weird” when it comes to dessert. In the Philippines, both are used to create a tasty rice pudding called champorado, along with milk and sugar for sweetness. Sounds delicious! However, this treat is often served alongside a salty dried fish called “tuyo.” Puts a new spin on sweet and savory, doesn’t it?

    Cherpumple Cake

    This one’s our own weird local creation: a pie in a pie in a pie in a cake. Huh? You’ll find it in Los Angeles, where it started out as a joke. It’s all America’s favorite pies – apple, cherry, and pumpkin – layered on top of one another and surrounded in spice cake with sweet buttercream icing. That’s a sugar bomb if we’ve ever heard one!

    Ais Kacang – Rainbow Shave Ice

    People who frequent Hawaii won’t be strangers to shave ice, and they may not even bat an eye at the azuki beans mixed with sugar that can serve as its base. However, in Malaysia, this dish is taken even further with the addition of flavors like lychee, green grass, corn, or even pungent durian fruit. Top it all with red syrup or condensed milk and you’ve got a rainbow colored concoction of interesting flavors!

    Chocolate Covered Insects

    Enough said, right? These are exactly what they sound like: insects with a chocolate coating. Most frequently, they’re crunchy crickets, but you’ll also find grasshoppers, mealworms, or even spiders. In America, we tend to be squeamish about eating bugs, but they’re an excellent source of protein and, by all reports, quite tasty.

    Have you heard of any weird or unusual desserts from around the world? Share them with us! We’d love to hear all about them. Have you tried any of the desserts on this list?

    Check out our list of the most expensive desserts we've come across.

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  • Santa is Coming to Town 2019

    Ho Ho Ho! Santa is Coming to Town!


    ✔️Santa, of course 😊
    ✔️Balloon artists and...
    ✔️Special performances from Voena Choir
    ✔️Bring your own camera!

    courtesy of Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch

    A special thank you to Heritage Eats for the wonderful patio venue and community outreach.

    Exciting addition this year is the caroling performances by VOENA Choir.

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    The Top 10 Superfoods of 2019, According to Dietitians

    A survey of 1,300 registered dietitians were asked what they believe are the healthiest foods for 2019, and we wanted to share the findings with our fans. As you know, Nekter has always been a leader in the health and wellness space, and is a heavy promoter of whole, natural, and fresh ingredients as well as ingredient transparency, so we’re delighted to share these superfoods with you and how you can easily and deliciously introduce them into your diet!

    1. Acai and Golden Berries

    Acai Bowls with Goji Berries are featured heavily on our menu as an antioxidant-rich meal replacement or treat with amazing health benefits! We have 5 delicious acai and pitaya bowls that are blended with housemade cashew milk (you’ll be hearing more about this) and they’re topped with some of nature’s finest ingredients. Our Superfood Bowl is blended with kale and spinach and topped with superfoods like chia seeds, hempseed granola, goji berries, hemp hearts, and bee pollen!

    2. Seeds

    Seeds are dense and incredibly nutrient-rich. They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and minerals. We add many of these to our menu items, or you can always add in chia seeds, hemp hearts, hempseed granola, or nut butters to your favorite smoothies or bowls!

    3. Blueberries

    Blueberries are full of flavonoids, phytochemicals, and resveratrol which can help the body combat inflammation (which in turn lowers your risk for all kinds of ailments). Find them in the Berry Banana Burst or Popyeye’s Acai smoothies, The Acai Banana Berry Bowl, Protein Power Bowl, and Acai Superfood Bowl, the Blue Vanilla Chia Parfait, or add them to any Nekter Menu Item!

    4. Beets

    Beets are known as nature’s multivitamin for a reason – they’re antioxidant powerhouses that can help reduce inflammation, boost sports performance, and help lower blood pressure. Beet’s have an earthly flavor that can take some getting used to, but we’ve made it easy by combining the perfect ratio of cucumber, carrot, beets, lemon, orange and fennel in The Little Beet: a juice will satisfy hardcore juicers and beet newbies alike!

    5. Ancient Grains

    You’ve probably heard of ancient grains like chia seeds and quinoa, but what about sorghum, millet, amaranth, freekeh and teff and other’s that are making a comeback? Ancient grains tend to thrive with lower levels of fertilizers and irrigation while being more nutritious than their “newer” counterpoints like modern wheat or refined grains.

    6. Coconut Products

    Coconut as a health food has had its ups and downs. Coconut oil is about 90% saturated fat, and too much saturated fat has been linked to heart disease. However, coconut oil also seems to be very good at raising the “good” HDL cholesterol (March 2018 study) which is linked to reducing the risks of heart disease. Coconut also has what are called MCTs – medium chain triglycerides which are shorter than most “bad fats,” and can be used as a quick energy source and brain fuel, and they can also reduce appetite, boost immunity, and help prevent disease.

    With that said, many dieticians, nutritionists, and beauty experts will agree that in moderation coconut products can have great health benefits. At Nekter, we use coconut butter, which is made from the meat of the coconut, and coconut water, which is high in electrolytes and extremely hydrating in many of our bowls and smoothies.

    7. Fermented Foods

    We’ve already talked about why fermented foods are so good for you. We even kicked off the year with an entire line of limited time only Kombucha Smoothies and Bowls! Enough said.

    8. Avocados

    Who doesn’t love avocados? It turns out, even Doctors and Nutritionists are on board with this fruit’s (avocados are classified as a fruit/berry) heart-healthy monosaturated fats and about 20 different vitamins and minerals.

    9. Nuts

    Nuts are densely packed stores of energy and are full of healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your heart. They’re also full of micronutrients, vitamins, flavonoids and isoflavones to help ward off disease. Go nuts at Nekter with a Health Nut Smoothie, Acai Peanut Butter Bowl, or if you can’t get enough cashews, you’ll find our housemade sprouted cashew milk in many of our Menu Items!

    10. Non-Dairy Milks

    Not all milks are created equal! Animal-based milk tends to be high in calories, saturated fat, lactose and trace hormones that can wreak havoc on some people’s digestive systems. Store-bought nutmilks are lower in calories and saturated fat, but tend to have synthetic ingredients, added sugars, thickeners and preservatives which may cause or provoke health issues in some people.

    The Nekter Difference

    At Nekter Juice Bar, we make our own sprouted cashew milk in-house daily with only two ingredients: cashews and water! You’ll find our housemade cashew milk in the Health Nut, Popeye’s Acai, and Mango Delight smoothies as well as the Acai Banana Berry Bowl, Acai Peanut Butter Bowl, Protein Power Bowl, Acai Superfood Bowl, and many of our Skoop flavors!

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