How Much Little Soya Could You Buy With Your Tax Refund?

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

It’s April 15th – the day many Americans dread. Tax Day is here, and as the deadline to file your return gets closer with each passing second, you might be feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed right now. You need a break, so we’ve decided to have a little fun with today’s blog post. Today, we’re asking the question, “How much Little Soya soy sauce can you buy with the average tax refund?”

The average tax refund in 2014 was $3,116, and it’s expected to climb to $3,295 this year. So, based on a $3,295 tax refund, just how much Little Soya would that get you?

Not a bad way to spend your tax refund if you ask us 😉

H-E-B’s Newest Concept Table 57 Restaurant Cooking With Little Soya

Table 57Little Soya is proud to announce it is now the primary gluten free soy sauce used for cooking in many of the signature dishes at H-E-B’s newest concept, Table 57 Dining & Drinks restaurant in Houston. With a menu developed by renowned Executive Consulting Chef Randy Evans (formerly of Haven), Table 57 features Little Soya as an ingredient in several of its dishes, including their Korean Fried Chicken, Tare Glazed Salmon, Tare Glazed Chicken, Tare Grilled Okra, and Crispy Brussels Sprouts.

Table 57 Dining & Drinks represents a new venture for the H-E-B brand in Houston. Named for the zip code of the address of their brand new store at San Felipe and Fountain View, near the Houston Galleria, the restaurant is housed at the grocery store’s enormous 91,000 square foot location. It’s the store’s first sit-down restaurant in the city. Undoubtedly, this is HEB’s most remarkable location and, arguably, the finest grocery store in Houston, thanks in large part to the acclaimed Table 57 restaurant.

In its recent review of the restaurant, the Houston Press called Table 57’s menu “impressive in both quality and price” noting that “there’s almost no excuse to not grab a meal there when you can” thanks to the “ridiculously cheap” prices for the caliber of food you get.

Just how awesome of a value is the food at Table 57? Here are a few highlights:

  • A large side of Tare Grilled Okra is just $3
  • Korean Fried Chicken & Waffle appetizer is only $3
  • Tare Grilled Salmon served w/ sautéed soba noodles & sesame grilled okra for $15

Click here to check out the full menu. It’s absolutely amazing.

Table 57 is open seven days a week for food and drinks from 11 am to 10 pm Monday through Thursday; 11 am to 11 pm Friday and Saturday; and 9 am to 10 pm on Sunday, with brunch until 2 pm.

Check out the new HEB store and Table 57 restaurant at 5895 San Felipe at Fountain View in Houston!

 

Congratulations to Our Amazing Friends & Customers on their James Beard Award Semifinalist Nominations

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We are in absolute awe of the immense culinary talent of Little Soya friends and customers. For years now, some of the world’s finest chefs have chosen to use our less sodium, gluten free soy sauce. It’s always truly amazing and a great honor to see and taste their remarkable creations. Each chef has his or her own unique signature style and vision, and it’s truly inspiring to behold.

That’s why today we are proud to announce that several of our dear friends and valued customers have been nominated as semifinalists for the James Beard 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories. These nominations are a testament to each chef’s phenomenal talent and ability.

Without further ado, here are some of the noteworthy nominees:

 

Outstanding Bar Program

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston

 

Outstanding Restaurateur

Elizabeth Blau, Blau and Associates, Las Vegas (Honey Salt, Made. LV, Simon Restaurant and Lounge, and others)

Stephen Starr, Starr Restaurants, Philadelphia (The Dandelion, Talula’s Garden, Serpico, and others)

 

Outstanding Wine Program

Hugo’s, Houston

 

Rising Star of the Year

Mark Buley and Sam Hellman-Mass, Odd Duck, Austin

 

Best Chef: Southwest

David Bull, Congress, Austin

Terrence Gallivan and Seth Siegel-Gardner, The Pass, Houston

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Justin Yu, Oxheart, Houston

 

Again, congratulations to all of the James Beard Award semifinalists! We are so proud of you all!

Little Soya’s Quirky, Convenient Fish Packets Featured in The Atlantic!

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Today, The Atlantic ran a story titled “The Mysterious, Murky Story Behind Soy Sauce Packets.” As the headline implies, the story provides an in-depth look at the popularity of soy sauce as a condiment and analyzes exactly how the popular to-go packets have evolved over the years. Anyone that has seen Little Soya’s single-serve, NASA-approved, fish-shaped packets knows you can’t tell the story of soy sauce packets without talking about us.

We are incredibly honored that Tanya Basu, editorial fellow with The Atlantic, reached out to us and learned all about the unique Little Soya packaging and our out-of-this-world flavor.

“But has the American public gotten sick of soy sauce packets? Sometimes they squirt their contents in unintended directions, and they’re fairly wasteful, often dispensing too much sauce, or not enough. But in the more than 50 years that they’ve been around, little has been done to change their design,” Basu writes.

“Can soy-sauce packets be made better too? Gary Murphy thinks so. Murphy, the founder and CEO of Little Soya, is an unlikely soy-sauce pioneer with a loud laugh,” she continues.

Basu goes on to tell the story of how Little Soya came to be and discusses with Gary how Little Soya’s rich, savory flavor and gluten-free formula has made it a popular premium soy sauce in a time when more Americans are seeking out high-end condiments to “replicate the experience of eating at a restaurant.” However, the primary focus is Little Soya’s quirky, cute, convenient packaging that Basu deems “the first meaningful improvement on the classic disposable soy-sauce packet.”

“The fish is not just a cute brand differentiator but also a means of avoiding waste. Its top screws back on to save soy sauce for later,” she notes.

We encourage you to check out the full story for a whole lot more information about soy sauce packets and Little Soya. Much thanks to Tanya and The Atlantic for the excellent coverage!

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!

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!

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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.

 

Announcing the “What’s in Your Lunch Box?” Contest!

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It’s the start of a new school year! Time to show off your healthy, delicious, creative, lunch packing skills.  

 

Enter for a chance to win Little Soya VIP lunch box package valued at $120 and a feature on Little Soya Buzz! Just follow these simple steps:

 

Step 1: Snap a picture of ‘What’s in your Lunch Box?’

 

Step 2: Post on Little Soya Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all 3!

 

Step 3: Email link to entry to Basya@littleproductsco.com. Include your name, birthday, and zip code.

 

 

How to post on Facebook:

1.  Snap a picture of ‘What’s in your Lunch Box?’ post on Little Soya Facebook page, with list of contents

2. Hashtag #littlesoya #lunchbox

 

How to post on Instagram and Twitter:

1.  Snap a picture of ‘What’s in your Lunch Box? post on Little Soya Facebook page, with list of contents

2. Hashtag #littlesoya #lunchbox

3. At @littlesoya

 

 

Winning submission will be chosen based off of creativity*

 

Start Date: Wednesday September 17

End Date: Wednesday October 8th

 

 

This is how You Celebrate Your Soy Sauce Getting Launched into Space!

For months now, the buzz has been building for Little Soya’s launch on the Ariane 5, ATV-5 spacecraft delivering supplies to astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station. When it finally came time for Little Soya to make history by becoming the first gluten-free soy sauce to blast off into space, we celebrated in grand fashion with not one but TWO launch parties. Hey, it’s not every day you get to launch your product into space, so we busted out the big guns and let the good times roll!

Pre-Launch Party at Hughes Hangar

Team Little Soya representing at the Pre-Launch Party!

Team Little Soya representing at the Pre-Launch Party! Credit Danny Nguyen

With the launch originally scheduled for the evening of Thursday, July 24, we made plans for a huge bash at Hughes Hangar on the popular Washington Ave. in Houston, Texas. As the launch date approached, we received word for the ESA in Paris that actual launch would be postponed a few days for various reasons, but that didn’t stop us from throwing one heck of a pre-launch party!

The event drew a huge crowd of Little Soya fans, media members, and of course, Little Soya employees and their loved ones. All were there to celebrate Little Soya’s historic achievement as well as to enjoy a keynote speech from a real NASA astronaut. The festivity was covered by local ABC News, Houston Chronicle, local Channel 55, and a host of other media outlets.

Check out some awesome photos from the event below taken by Danny Nguyen at www.ssanceman.com.

Our friends at byejoe were in the house serving up amazing cocktails!

Our friends at byejoe were in the house serving up amazing cocktails! Credit Danny Nguyen.

Astronaut photobomb!

Astronaut photobomb! Credit Danny Nguyen

The Dynamic Duo! Gary T. Murphy & Crystal Lee.

The Dynamic Duo! Gary T. Murphy & Crystal Lee. Credit Danny Nguyen

 

Launch Party

Launch day - Time to send these Little Fishies into space!

Launch day – Time to send these Little Fishies into space! Credit Omar Mejia

On July 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm (CDT), Little Soya made history by becoming the first gluten-free soy sauce to be launched into space. Once again, everyone gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion. This time, The De Gaulle in Houston was the site of the party. The beautiful Parisian-themed lounge was the perfect setting to watch the Ariane 5, ATV-5 rocket launch our gluten-free soy sauce packets into space, some 220 miles above the Earth. Those who couldn’t make it tuned in online to watch the launch from around the world.

Check out photos from the event below taken by Omar Mejia.

 

The best soy sauce in the universe is now in space!

The best soy sauce in the universe is now in space! Credit Omar Mejia.

Launch party swag!

Launch party swag! Credit Omar Mejia

Murphy Family Soya

Credit Omar Mejia

Soya Girls Launch

Credit Omar Mejia

Soya Staff Launch

Credit Omar Mejia.

Launch day - Time to send these Little Fishies into space!

Launch day – Time to send these Little Fishies into space! Credit Omar Mejia

Miss the Launch?

If you weren’t able to catch the launch live, here’s your chance to see it for yourself. Click here to see the actual launch video of Little Soya blasting off into space!