Crystal Lee Dishes on Little Soya’s Emerging Florida Market

 

Crystal Lee, Little Soya’s Regional SVP of Global Accounts – East, recently flew down to Florida to help spread the good word about the tastiest soy sauce in the universe and to check in on some of our amazing clients across the area. Upon her return, we caught up with Crystal for a brief discussion about her trip to the Sunshine State.

 

Tell us a little bit about your trip to Florida. Were you there on official Little Soya business?

I had the opportunity to visit both Orlando and Miami. I had meetings with several big potential clients as well as with several distributors while I was there. Florida is one of our new emerging markets, so this trip was very important to our business.
Miami’s dining scene has really exploded in recent years as celebrity chefs have come and made their mark. What was your experience with the local food scene while you were there?

Miami has always had a pretty decent food scene, but there does seem to be some great new options popping up and it’s a great time to get our product out there.
I understand you made a visit to Makoto Restaurant while you were there. What can you tell us about the relationship between the highly rated Japanese restaurant and Little Soya?

Crystal Lee w/ Chef Page Pressley

Crystal Lee w/ Chef Page Pressley

It was great to stop by Makoto and to see the restaurant and meet their remarkable team. They haven’t actually started using Little Soya just yet, but they are about to now that Chef Page Pressley knows he can get Little Soya.
You also visited our Featured Chef Joe Bonavita, Jr. at SooWoo. He’s a huge Little Soya fan and he seems to be using our soy sauce in some really interesting and innovative ways. What were your impressions during your visit?

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I was very excited to see what all Chef Joe does with the menu, and I was lucky enough to have a private tasting of some amazing dishes. Chef Joe is a real talent, and we’re so humbled that he loves our product!
As we all know, Little Soya is quickly gaining popularity among chefs and food lovers alike across the country. What can you tell us about Little Soya’s growth in Florida and particularly in Miami, one of the nation’s hottest dining scenes?

It’s just beginning but it’s well on its way. We expect to continue to grow the Florida market, and we look forward to what’s to come.
What’s next for Crystal Lee? Any more trips in your near future?

Next stop is Taste of NFL in Scottsdale Arizona!

 

We’d like to thank Crystal for taking the time to answer a few questions, and remember, you can follow her on Twitter @crystalleester.

5 Ways You Can Give The Gift Of Little Soya This Christmas

Happy holidays! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of delicious food and plenty of time with family and friends.

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s now officially the Christmas season, and if you’re like us, you’re still scrambling to buy gifts for all your loved ones. Relax. We’ve got some great gift ideas for you that will allow you to skip the mall madness while giving the tastiest gift in the universe.

This Christmas, you can give the gift of Little Soya in a number of fun, exciting ways! Here are some of our favorite Little Soya-themed Christmas presents.

 

1. Gift cards to restaurants using Little Soya

Gift card (with clipping paths)Chefs from coast-to-coast use Little Soya in their restaurants to delight the taste buds of their patrons. From New York to Las Vegas and everywhere in between, Little Soya has found its way into some of the country’s top kitchens. Give your friends and family gift cards to your favorite Little Soya restaurants! It’s the perfect Christmas gift.

Check out our Chef’s Corner to see some of the top chefs using Little Soya in their restaurants, and browse our News section for the latest restaurant announcements.

 

2. Recipe box from Plated.com

LS PlatedPlated.com is one of the coolest services we’ve ever seen. People who sign up for Plated.com get a box of fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes delivered directly to their home each week. They’re making it easy and convenient to eat well at home.

We’re proud to announce that Plated.com is now a Little Soya client. That’s right, our delicious gluten-free soy sauce is a featured ingredient in some of their recipe boxes.

Plated offers gift subscriptions for those looking to give a unique holiday gift. They have a number of different gift options you can choose from to suit your budget. Click here to learn more.

 

3. Sushi making kit from Global Grub

LS Global GrubTalk about a unique gift that’s sure to make someone say, “Wow!” Global Grub offers a totally awesome DIY sushi rolls kit that comes with everything needed (minus the fillings) to make sushi at home.

The sushi kit includes: Sushi Rice, Little Soya Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Nori, Sesame Seeds, Wasabi Powder, Rolling Mat, and Detailed Instructions. Makes 8 sushi rolls or 48 pieces total. Best part? It’s only $19.99! Click here to learn more.

 

4. Themed gift box from Sincerely.com

LS SincerelySincerely.com offers a great platform for sending family and friends unique gift sets. Their Sesame app offers over 75 themed gift boxes for just about any occasion. Each box comes carefully and creatively packed in a beautiful Sesame box that creates an over-the-top experience every time.

One of our favorite Sesame gift boxes is their Home-Rolled Sushi kit. It comes with sushi rice, pickled sushi ginger, wasabi paste, Little Soya soy sauce, and a beginner’s guide for making sushi. What a great Christmas present!

 

5. Little Soya fishies

Add a Little Soya packet to your little one's lunch box!

Want to give the ultimate, tastiest stocking stuffer this Christmas? Pick up one (or several) of our retail packs. Each box comes with 12 individual fish-shaped packets loaded with a single serving of the universe’s best gluten-free soy sauce. You can place a few little fishies in each loved one’s stocking, or give someone the whole pack! And did we mention that each retail pack comes with a totally awesome temporary tattoo? Bonus!

Little Soya is available in stores all across the country. Click here to find our retail packs in a store near you. Can’t find Little Soya in a nearby store? Don’t worry, you can buy it on Amazon, too!

Give the gift that’s sure to satisfy this Christmas. Give Little Soya!

Merry Christmas, all!

 

 

Team Little Soya Shares What We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of the year. Not just because we’re all serious foodies who love nothing more than slipping into a sweet tryptophan-induced food coma, but also because it’s a time for reflection…a time for perspective…a time to give thanks for all we’ve been blessed with in life.

In the spirit of the holiday, we asked some of our loyal staff to share what they’re most thankful for this year.

 Gary T. Murphy, Founder & CEO

mom blog“I am thankful for my wonderful and loving familia.  I am thankful for my awesome Little Soya team all around the country — and most importantly I’m thankful to be alive and enjoying this crazy thing we call LIFE!”

 

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“I’m thankful that we are all blessed by having a highly dedicated, skilled and experienced staff.   We work well together and share common goals.  I’m also thankful that we and our families are all in good health.”

 

Crystal Lee, Regional SVP of Global Accounts – East

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“I am grateful that I get to wake up every day with my health and happiness. Every day is special, and I’m thankful that I live my life with that mantra. I am also extra thankful to work for a company with such great people behind it… And that I get to be a foodie while also enjoying my job! Oh… And of course for me sweet boyfriend Freddie!”

 

HP Dodge, Operations Manager – Global Accounts Team

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“I am very thankful to have such wonderful family and friends that are always there no matter what. I’m also thankful for my awesome job that has enabled me to build my drift truck! Most of all I’m an thankful to be as fortunate in my life as I have been.”

 

Jason Terry, Regional SVP of Global Accounts – West

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“I am thankful for my amazing son Anthony, my son on the way Greyson, my fiancée Alesha, and the amazing opportunity I have had to help grow a brand with Little Soya – these things in my life have made me a very happy man!!”

 

Dolores Duran, Office of the CEO – Global Accounts Team
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“I’m thankful for Little Soya for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team and supporting me while I finish my Bachelor’s degree this year. It means a lot to work with amazing people!!!”­

 

Robert Wiedemann, National Senior VP of Global Accounts

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“I am thankful for an awesome wife, new loving family and wonderful new Grandson. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of a great Little Soya team and finally, I am thankful for a wonderful life filled with joy and happiness.”

 

Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for this holiday season?

 

 

Thanksgiving Recipe: Little Soya Honey Glazed Turkey

Honey Glazed Turkey

Don’t look now, but in just over a week, it’ll be Thanksgiving. This year has flown by! And if you’re like us, you’re probably starting to scramble planning a Thanksgiving meal for your loved ones. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’re sharing a unique recipe that adds a special twist to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. Introducing the Little Soya Honey Glazed Turkey!

The Little Soya Honey Glazed Turkey adds a bit of sweetness and depth of flavor to your bird, giving it a beautiful shine and vibrant color that makes mouths water at first sight. The good news is this recipe is fairly simple and doesn’t require much more planning than cooking a traditional Thanksgiving turkey, but a few little tweaks make a world of difference with flavor and presentation.

Enjoya!

 

Little Soya Honey Glazed Turkey Recipe

 

Ingredients

1 16-lb turkey

2 cups Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce

1 cup honey

¼ cup sesame oil

1 TBS salt

1 TBS ground pepper

1 tsp Chinese five spice

 

Directions

 

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix Little Soya soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil together. Once mixed, place the turkey in the bowl and let marinate breast side down for 1 hour. Turn the turkey and marinate breast side up for an additional 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350⁰
  • Combine salt, pepper, and five-spice in a small bowl to create your seasoning mix.
  • Remove turkey from marinade, saving excess marinade.
  • Place turkey in large roasting plan with the breast side facing up. Season liberally with seasoning mix. Turn the turkey to breast side facing down once finished seasoning.
  • Add 3 cups water to roasting pan; over turkey with foil loosely.
  • Roast turkey for a total of 4 hours, adding leftover marinade and 1 cup water once an hour.
  • Flip turkey to breast side up, use remaining marinade, cook uncovered for additional 30 minutes.
  • Ensure thigh has reached 165⁰ before pulling turkey out of oven.
  • Let rest for 30 minutes before carving.

 

Note: If you wish to add a gravy, check out some of these great Thanksgiving gravy recipes.

 

That’s all there is to it! You’ll have a Thanksgiving turkey that has everyone clamoring for seconds! Who would have thought it could be so easy?

From all of us here at Little Soya, Happy Thanksgiving!

New York’s Mercer Kitchen Gets Big Flavor from Little Soya

Mercer Kitchen

It is our great honor to announce that Mercer Kitchen is officially a new Little Soya client!

Mercer Kitchen, the in-house restaurant at the sleek and sophisticated Mercer Hotel, is the culinary creation of world-famous Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The internationally renowned French chef is simply one of the best in the world, and he has opened a number of three and four star restaurants worldwide. His culinary vision has revolutionized the way we eat, and that’s why it’s such a tremendous honor for Little Soya to be a featured ingredient in several dishes at his New York eatery Mercer Kitchen.

Since opening in 1998, Mercer Kitchen has been a culinary hotspot that has attracted tourists, celebrities, and local foodies alike. The beautiful restaurant is located in the basement of a historic 1800s building, and its exposed brick walls, candlelit sconces, and communal table gives it a sexy, timeless, iconic look.

Mercer Kitchen features an American Provencal menu where fresh, seasonal ingredients are showcased in a simple yet elegant style where every flavor shines through and delights the palate. In a restaurant where just a few simple ingredients can come together to create compelling, mesmerizing flavors, it only makes sense that Little Soya, the best tasting soy sauce in the universe, would be a favorite ingredient of the chefs.

Chef Chris Beischer told us simply, “Little Soya makes my food taste better.”

Currently, Little Soya is a featured ingredient in four delightful dishes, including:

Crispy Rice Sushi, Sashimi Salmon, Chipotle Mayo and Ponzu

Salmon with crispy sushi rice

Sushi rice is crisped and then topped with a spicy mayo and thin slices of sashimi salmon. The salmon is glazed with sweet Little Soya ponzu and garnished with cilantro and mint.

 

Tuna Spring Roll with Soy Bean Puree

Tuna spring rollSashimi grade tuna is seasoned with pickled ginger, wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and then crisped. It is sliced and served with a purée of soybeans, cilantro with a touch of garlic. Little Soya soy sauce and green Tabasco garnish the plate.

 

Steamed Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Mushroom, Tomato, Champagne Vinaigrette

Steamed shrimp saladThis salad is composed of organic baby lettuces, avocado, diced tomatoes, sliced mushrooms and freshly steamed shrimp. It is dressed with our ‘house vinaigrette’ (olive oil, Little Soya soy sauce, truffle juice and lemon juice) and creamy champagne vinaigrette.

 

Prime Niman Ranch New York Strip, Gingered Shitake Mushrooms, Caramel Soy Infused Sauce, French Fries

Prime niman ranch new york stripA prime Niman Ranch New York Strip is grilled and topped with gingered shiitake mushrooms, simmered broccolini and a sauce made from reduced Little Soya soy sauce, honey, lime juice and butter. French fries are served alongside.

 

Mercer Kitchen is located in the heart of SoHo at 99 Prince Street, New York, NY, 10012. Click here to make reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Fat Cooking: A New Book from Little Soya Client Chef Franklin Becker

Good Fat Cooking

One of the biggest perks to being a part of Team Little Soya is we get the incredible honor of working with some of the world’s most talented and most accomplished chefs. Our gluten-free soy sauce has earned some great fans over the years, and it can be found in the kitchens of some of the best restaurants on the planet. We’re immensely grateful that so many chefs use Little Soya and support our brand, and that’s why we like to show our chefs love any time we get the opportunity.

Today, we’d like to tell you about a brand new book called Good Fat Cooking released by Chef Franklin Becker, the critically acclaimed chef/owner of New York’s The Little Beet and a Little Soya fan. In addition to owning and cooking at one of the city’s finest gluten-free restaurants, Chef Becker has also been a contestant on Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America. Simply put, he’s a culinary bad@$$.

Chef Becker

About Good Fat Cooking

Good Fat Cooking: Recipes for a Flavor-Packed, Healthy Life was written by Chef Becker and award-winning food writer Peter Kaminsky to highlight the importance of including good, healthy fats in your diet. For years, we’ve been bombarded with the marketing lie that low fat and no fat foods are good for us and help us lose weight, but the truth is fat is one of 3 essential nutrients (the other 2 being carbs and protein) the body needs for health. Fats help with energy storage and overall functioning of vital organs.

In Good Fat Cooking, Chef Becker shares over 100 amazing, mouthwatering recipes that feature healthy fats (no unhealthy trans fats) such as olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Some highlights include Acorn Soup with Pistachios, Black Bread and Apple; Olive Oil-Poached Cod with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers; Charred Eggplant with Grilled Onions, Pickled Raisins, and Pine Nuts, and even dessert recipes such as Avocado Ice Cream with Lime and Coconut.

We highly recommend buying Good Fat Cooking and checking out some of the brilliantly delicious recipes it includes. Click here to buy the book today!

3 Scary Good Ways to Use Little Soya This Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year, and in the spirit of the season, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can incorporate your favorite gluten-free soy sauce into your Halloween festivities. We’ve always said Little Soya is “Your Everything Sauce” and that means it goes great with all things Halloween, too.

Here are 3 of our favorite tricks and treats for a Little Soya-inspired Halloween!

 

1. Fill the trick-or-treaters’ bags with Little Soya goodies!

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Don’t be the boring neighbor who gives toothbrushes, pennies, pencils, or nasty candy to the kids. This Halloween, fill their goody bags with something that’s sure to catch their attention – Little Soya goodies! Our cute little fishies are a great addition to any trick-or-treat bag. Kids will love their fun, squeezable design, and parents can take the opportunity to help expand their trick-or-treaters tastes by cooking up a delicious Little Soya recipe.

Want to make your Little Soya goody bag even better? Include some of our temporary tattoos that come in our retail packs. Every kid loves temporary tattoos, and our colored stick-on tats are always a hit!

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2. Dress up in a Little Soya themed costume!

sushi roll costume Want to really turn heads this Halloween? Skip the generic store-bought Halloween costumes, and create your own one-of-a-kind Little Soya costume! Dress up as the Little Soya girl, a life-sized Little Soya fishy, or just cover yourself head-to-toe in our little fish packets. You could even dress up your little one in one of those adorable sushi roll costumes for an awesome parent-child themed costume!

 

3. Take your Halloween party to the next level with a Little Soya cocktail

 

The delicious Little Soya Cobbler! Please sauce responsibly!

The delicious Little Soya Cobbler! Please sauce responsibly!

Want to throw an unforgettable Halloween party? Skip the cheap booze, and whip up some tasty Little Soya cocktails. That’s right – Little Soya isn’t just used in food recipes, it’s also a featured ingredient in some delicious boozy concoctions. Check out the links below to some of our favorite Little Soya cocktail recipes:

The Little Soya Cobbler

5 More Awesome Little Soya Cocktails

 

When you add Little Soya to the mix, you’re sure to have a scary good time this Halloween!

 

 

 

Client Spotlight: Facebook New York (FBNY) Café Gives Little Soya a Big ‘Like’!

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It’s official: Little Soya is in a relationship with Facebook.

It’s our great pleasure to announce that Little Soya is officially the gluten-free soy sauce of choice in the brand new FBNY Café at Facebook New York headquarters. The excellent culinary team led by Chef Dean Spinks , Facebook’s Executive Chef responsible for providing meals for thousands of employees worldwide at all of the company’s cafes, at FBNY Café absolutely loves Little Soya, using it as a featured ingredient in a couple of delicious dishes.

Our very own Crystal Lee recently attended the grand opening happy hour at FBNY Café, and she had the opportunity to sample some of the tasty delights created using Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce.

First up were the pork buns marinated in Little Soya. This dish is a must for fans of Chinese BBQ pork and soft steamed Chinese buns, delicately balancing sweet and savory in every mouthwatering bite.

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For those craving something a little lighter, FBNY Café also features Chipotle Little Soya Ahi Tuna Tartare Tacos (try saying that 5 times fast!). This creation from Chef Spinks is an absolute delight in every way, and the Little Soya really helps bring all of the flavors together in an unforgettable way.

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FBNY Café is the latest dining spot to open at Facebook’s various offices across the globe. The dining scene has always been an important part of Facebook’s office culture, bringing employees together for fun, fellowship, and even some brainstorming while satisfying their taste buds and filling up their bellies. The company’s New York office has grown a lot over the last couple of years, and its all new FBNY Café is the latest step in giving the New York branch its own local flavor and identity. All of us here at Little Soya couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it!

 

Little Soya Featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine!

Little Soya Good Housekeeping

We are so honored that Good Housekeeping magazine featured Little Soya in their monthly Editors’ Picks section entitled “That’s Genius!”

The magazine said that our cute, convenient on-the-go gluten-free soy sauce packets are perfect to drop in your purse for a sushi night out, and we agree! The durable plastic container with a resealable cap won’t leak or burst in your purse, and it contains a single-serving of the most delicious gluten-free soy sauce in the universe! It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to the overly salty, nasty soy sauce so many restaurants have on their tables.

How It All Happened

It all started during the summer when Good Housekeeping magazine’s new Executive Editor Meaghan B Murphy (follow here on Twitter here) tweeted that she wished there was a good travel-sized gluten-free soy sauce available.

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Umami to the rescue! We opened Meaghan’s eyes to the amazingness of our little fishy containers, and sent her some samples of Little Soya, because tasting is believing.

Needless to say, it didn’t take long for her to become a Little Soya fan! We warned her, it’s addictive!

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Fast forward a few months, and Little Soya found its way onto the pages of Good Housekeeping magazine. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from their readers, and we’ve even put up a special page on our website for those who discovered us through the magazine.

Thank You, Good Housekeeping!

We’re so grateful to Meaghan B Murphy and the entire team at Good Housekeeping magazine for showing Little Soya some love. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks!

We encourage you all to pick up a copy of the October 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping, and follow Good Housekeeping on Twitter.

 

The Perfect Little Soya Secret Sauce for Burger Lovers

Moon Tower Mean Wagon in Houston using Little Soya on a burger!

What takes a burger from simply great to out-of-this-world, unbelievably, can’t-get-enough-because-it’s-so-freakin’-good? Secret sauce. Think about it, most burger joints have their own secret sauce. One of the reasons In-N-Out Burger is so widely loved is because of its amazing secret sauce. Heck, even McDonald’s has its own creamy, tangy special sauce that people can’t seem to get enough of, even though it’s basically just thousand island.

But what about you, the backyard chef? You need your own secret sauce, too. You need something that will knock the socks off of your guests at your next BBQ, leaving them begging for more of that mouthwatering deliciousness. You need a secret sauce that won’t just change the way they think of burgers, but will change their entire worldview, turn their lives upside down, and cause them to question everything they thought they knew. Okay, maybe I’m getting a little carried away, but seriously, the Little Soya Secret Burger Sauce we’re about to show you will take your burgers to a whole new, revelatory level.

Little Soya Secret Burger Sauce Recipe

Making our delicious secret sauce is actually pretty easy. Here’s what you need.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Ketchup
  • Spicy mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Crunchy dill pickles (refrigerated)
  • Little Soya gluten-free soy sauce

 

Directions:

 

  • Chop the dill pickles up to your desired thickness (we recommend about 1 cm chunks). Place in mixing bowl.
  • Add equal parts ketchup, spicy mustard, and mayonnaise to mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add a few splashes of Little Soya gluten-free sauce to the mix.
  • Spread generously on burgers.
  • Enjoy!

 

That’s all there is to it. Add this sauce to your burger, and you’ll take it from great to a whole new level! Just remember, it’s our little secret.