Summer Fun With Little Soya!

Summer is here, and if you are like any of us here at Little Soya, you have tons of Little Fishes lying around, just waiting for the perfect use! Well, you are in luck! Brenda of Team Little Soya has come up with 2 totally awesome, not to mention totally green, ways to re-use those mountains of fishes!

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The first way she uses her empty fishes is as ICE CUBES! It’s super easy to make ice that is “adult beverage friendly”, meaning it won’t water it down! Just fill your fishes with water, or even colored water to make em’ a little more fun, freeze ’em, and add ’em to your drinks! They won’t melt and water down your drinks, and when they aren’t frozen anymore, just pop them back into the freezer!

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The second, and most fun use for Little Fishes, POOL TOYS!  This one takes a little more time, and a few more fishes, but it’s totally worth it!  Make some colored water by adding a few drops of food coloring to some cups of water, squeeze your empty fish, dunk it, then release it to fill up the fish with the colored water!

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They will float in the water, and the kids had so much fun!

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What do you do with your empty fishes?

Our Top 5 Favorite Houston Food Brands! Summer 2013!

Little Soya prides itself on being a small, Houston based food company and we love supporting local events and businesses. We have rounded up a list of some of our other favorite Houston food businesses and brands, spread the love and support local businesses!

 

First up is Cocoa & Cardamom!

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Cacao & Cardamom was opened in 2012 by artisan chocolatier, Annie Rupani

From the website:

It’s been a dream to be able to combine my love for chocolate, traveling, experiencing different cultures, learning, sharing, and art and turn it into a unique business venture. Not only do I want to share my handmade exotic confections, I want to share my inspiration, passion, and experiences with you through the flavors and artistry of chocolate. My desire is to bring a moment of bliss to your day and inspire you to explore new flavors, people, things, and experiences. I hope that by tasting our chocolates, it will give you a momentary escape to a delightful place and remind yourself to live in the moment and be more mindful of what we’re experiencing and doing. Hope you enjoy your chocolates and thank you for joining us on this delicious adventure!

You can visit the website and create your own box of chocolates or buy one of her signature boxes!

 

Next up is RiceSelect!

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Texmati® is the most widely recognized brand of aromatic rice in the United States and is frequently requested by name in leading magazines, newspapers and cookbooks. Our award-winning Texmati White Rice combines the qualities of basmati with that of traditional American long grain rice. Similar to basmati, Texmati has a delightful aroma of popcorn and a delicious nutty flavor. Like traditional American long grain rice, cooked grains swell in both length and width and are dry, separate and fluffy. Its delicious flavor, delightful aroma, unique texture and easy cooking characteristics set Texmati White Rice apart from all other aromatics. It tastes great served on its own as a side dish, or is perfect in dishes that are enhanced by its fluffy texture and exotic aroma. Texmati White Rice is also available certified as 100% U.S. organically grown. Star-K Kosher Certified.

 

Blue Heron Farm Cheeses is next on our list, and is our go-to for fresh, local Goat Cheese!

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Blue Heron Farm is a small, family owned goat dairy dedicated to producing high quality, healthful foods in a sustainable manner.

Located on 10.5 acres in Field Store Community, Texas, we specialize in fresh goat cheeses, which are available at Houston area farmer’s markets and occasionally at select Houston area restaurants.

 

Bravado Spice is from Houston too!

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Fresh produce. All natural ingredients. Real food. Real flavor.
Bravado Spice started when company owners, James Nelson and Jeremiah Tallerine, decided they wanted to make hot sauce that was above and beyond what was available. Something bigger and bolder than the standard variety. With products like Pineapple & Habanero Sauce and San Patricio Sauce, they’re on a mission to bring real flavor to America.
Sang Sang Asian Sauce is for sure one of our faves!
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Developed and produced locally, the name Sang Sang comes from the name of the owner’s mother who created the recipe as well as the Vietnamese word for “fancy.”
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Sang Sang’s mission is to offer the highest quality and value in its authentic Vietnamese nuoc mam pha san, filled with the history of the Vietnamese community.

This complex sauce is one of the most popular in Vietnam but is not produced commercially in the U.S. Sang Sang uses a proprietary formula without preservatives to produce an authentic, historic sauce for the U.S. market.

Sang Sang sauces offer outstanding quality and authentic taste. The Company’s sauces are based on historic recipes made exactly as they have been made for hundreds of years by the best Vietnamese cooks. The Company will remain a specialty manufacturer that uses fresh ingredients without preservatives and offers its sauces at a competitive price point to a large, underserved market, beginning in Houston.

 

What are your favorite Houston Brands?

The Asia Society and Little Soya

The Asia Society Texas Center hosted the first Texas exhibition of Universe is Flux: The Art of Tawara Yūsaku, on Wednesday June 19th and will continue through September 15, 2013. The exhibition is comprised of 77 works, mostly ink on paper, and is the artist’s first major retrospective in the United States.

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The public opening reception took place Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 7-9PM and Little Soya was a proud sponsor. There was a gallery performance by Mercury: The Orchestra Redefined, the acclaimed orchestra created a special program of contemplative music on period instruments inspired by ideas of nirvana, unity and beauty central to Tawara’s work and philosophy.

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Our old friend DJ Sun provided atmospheric tunes as well.

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Our favorite Houston designer, Danny Nguyen, made an appearance sporting a Little Soya sticker! He is soo stylish!

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Little Soya partnered with Muiishi Makirritos to create a special artist inpired Universe Is Flux Sushi Roll for attendees to munch on. Our roll was a huge hit! It was a shame to have to tell everyone we didn’t actually make the sushi!!

Matt, Muiishi Makirritos chef, taught Brenda how to cut the rolls and how to display them, she loves to cook so this was right up her alley! HP, who is affectionately known to Brenda’s kids as “The Soy Sauce Man”, spent the night talking with all of our fans and creating new ones with samples of delicious Little Soya to go with their sushi rolls.
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Other event sponsors included Té House of Tea, and Texas Saké Co.

 

“Green” Father’s Day Gift Guide

Not all dads are in to power tools or neck ties, and we don’t see many gift guides created for “Green” dads,  so we decided to create a list of gifts our own dads would love to have! For this guide, I started out on Etsy (I mean, how could you not!), and expanded to a few of my fave green shopping sites, there are even a couple of links to some other bloggers’ Green Gift Guides!

One of my favorite gift ideas is this beautiful Walnut business card holder, it’s really unique and a great way for Dad to store his own business cards or even a few credit cards!

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If you have a Chef Dad on your hands, D’Artagnan offers up some delicious top-of-the-line grass fed and organic cuts of meat, including Kobe-Style beef! (Don’t forget to pick him up some Little Soya for his marinades!)

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For the sentimental/hard to shop for dad, a hand stamped key chain might be the best bet! Every dad has a set of keys!

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Next up is a Manly Man Soap Set from Rocky Top Soap Shop on Etsy. They offer really unique soap scents and even have one just for dad!

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For all of the Tech Dads, check out this HDMI Pocket Projector from Gifts.com. Make dad the life of any party!

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Organic Bouquet is offering up an awesome snack basket that even includes beer!

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Dads seem a little harder to shop for, every year, don’t they! If you didn’t like any of our choices, check out the bloggers below for their lists of the best Green Gifts for Dad!

Organic Gardening has an awesome gift guide for outdoor enthusiasts!

The Healthy Voyager has some really unique gift ideas in their list!

 

Little Soya and Yelp! Spring Break (don’t worry, it’s safe for work!)

 

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Crystal of #TeamLittleSoya attended Yelp! Spring Break last week to represent Little Soya, Nawlin’s Style!

On Thursday, she arrived at the Indulge grill where Little Soya samples were added to the Yelp Swag Bags for the Welcome Party.  The event later that night was “Pirates vs Ninjas vs Zombies vs Madonna” Bash at Fountainbleau Room, and in appropriate theme, everyone was dressed up as one of the aforementioned characters.

On Friday, May 10th was the big block party which was supposed to be held outdoors on Fulton street. Due to the rain everything was moved inside, however the event still had a great turn out. Our booth was right next to the Besh Steakhouse booth who were making delicious shrimp rings. There was also Jambalaya from The Buffet at the Harrah’s casino, fresh boiled crawfish and much, much more. One exciting part of the evening was watching the “Disco Amigos” who literally line disco line danced all night. Many people were asking where they could find Little Soya, and we promptly told them to check their local World Market store.

Both Besh Steakhouse and the Buffet at Harrah’s casino took samples of Little Soya to try out in their restaurants!
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On Saturday we went on a swamp tour and watched the captain feed live Alligators. We also got to hold a baby alligator ourselves! We spent the majority of this day handing out samples of Little Soya at the various Yelp events around town, including a bar brawl on St. Claude. We also stopped into Root Restaurant and told them about our the new 5 Gallon containers. They are planning on opening a new restaurant called Square Root and are very interested in using Little Soya in the future.

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All in all, it was great trip and a good introduction into the New Orleans market.

Mothers Day!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and even though we all know it happens every year on the same day, many of us find ourselves scrambling at the last minute to think of the perfect Mother’s Day for our moms. Well, look no further! Here is a super easy stir fry recipe, featuring Little Soya, of course. Make dinner for the mom in your life, in under 30 minutes! Don’t forget the flowers!

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Carnations are a traditional Mother’s Day flower in China.

 

Korean Beef Stir Fry
Cuisine: Korean
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoon(s) mirin
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Little Soya
  • 2 teaspoon(s) cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon(s) canola oil
  • 8 ounce(s) flank steak, trimmed of fat and very thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 tablespoon(s) chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoon(s) chopped jalapeño pepper, or to taste
  • 1½ teaspoon(s) chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 cup(s) mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup(s) baby spinach
  • ¼ cup(s) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon(s) toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon(s) toasted sesame seeds , optional
Instructions
  1. Combine mirin, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread steak out in the pan and cook until seared on one side, about 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeño, and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bean sprouts and spinach (the pan will be very full). Pour the mirin mixture into the pan and stir gently until the sauce thickens and the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and sesame oil. Serve topped with sesame seeds (if using).

 

 

Little Soya & Menu of Menus

Little Soya was excited to participate in the Houston Press Menu of Menus event this past week, we had so much fun! There were many local restaurants participating as well as local and national spirits and beers. We really enjoyed telling all the attendees what makes Little Soya so special, and hearing from customers who are already loyal fans! It was also great to see so many other Houston Restaurants and Vendors getting to interact directly with consumers — really shows us just what a great community we have here in Houston! We are excited to participate again next year.

Thanks Team Houston Press for a very productive and awesome event!

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Top Chefs Choose Little Soya #1 in Blind Soy Sauce Taste Tests

              We are no longer just the cute, convenient and single-use soy sauce company… we are now being chosen #1 in blind taste tests by chefs all across the country for our taste, flavor and quality.  For example, Uchi Restaurants in Houston and Austin performed a blind taste of our soy sauce against 2 other national brands — we were chosen #1 by their 4 top chefs in Houston and a 2nd blind taste test was performed at their Austin location where we were also chosen #1 by their 4 top chefs!  8 out of 8 Uchi chefs chose Little Soya hands down as the best tasting soy sauce!  Likewise, Chef Ryen Idica, the head chef at the beautiful sushi restaurant, Hachi, located inside Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas recently said about Little Soya, “In my 16 years of being a chef, Little Soya is the best tasting soy sauce I have ever tasted, and there are over 200 brands in the world. Further, I think Little Soya is 10 times better than any other soy sauce out there.”

           So if this is not enough reason to choose Little Soya next time you go to the store or buy online, we’re not sure what will change your mind!

Try Uchi!  www.UchiRestaurants.com

Try Hachi!  www.redrock.sclv.com/Dining/Hach

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     Uchi Restaurant in Houston, Texas – Rated as “One of the 13 Best Restaurants in America” by GQ Magazine and rated “Best Sushi in America” by Bon Appetit magazine [Picture courtesy Bon Appetit Magazine — Uchi restaurant in Houston, TX (Photograph courtesy Uchi)]

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Hachi Restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada – One of our best clients in LV!

photoUchi Restaurants Executive Chef, Philip Speer and other top chefs performing a blind soy sauce tasting of Little Soya. We were chosen #1 by 8 out of 8 of their top chefs!

Behind Closed Doors with Murphy and Lee!

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           After years of being asked every question in the book about sales, marketing, branding and general business questions, we decided it was time to launch our own weekly radio show — may we present to you, “Behind Closed Doors – with Murphy & Lee!”.

           This weekly broadcast is dedicated to answering all your entrepreneurial questions on sales, marketing, networking & everything to do with being an expert in your own industry — along with the tips n tricks of making your business grow & thrive!

           The show is hosted by our founder & CEO, Gary T. Murphy and by our master of marketing and VP of Global Accounts, Crystal Lee.  Broadcast airs LIVE every Thursday from 12p-1p CST on www.LocalLiveRadio.com

 Click here for archives of the show!  http://locallivehouston.com/archives/behindthescenes/

Ello Mates and Birdies!

             Little Soya reporting back to the U.S after an eye opening trip from China, Norway, Holland and England! CEO Gary Murphy and VP of Global Accounts Crystal Lee took on this trip to meet potential clients and some of the top food service distributors in London, Oslo and Rotterdam. Our Little Soya 8 ml fishes you are familiar with have been swimming around Europe! This trip has made a golden gate way for our latest Little Soya’s 5 gallon container of premium gluten-free soy sauce. The European market is very accepting of Little Soya and gluten-free awareness has been on the rise.

             Norway in particular has become a great market for us! You can find Little Soya in much of the pre-packaged sushi sold in stores. We are huge in Norway and we are the only gluten-free, non GMO and less sodium soy sauce prepackaged in cute individual fishes. Little Soya will gradually grow throughout the European markets and restaurants while continuing global expansion.

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Notice Little Soya on the left in this pre-packaged sushi in Oslo, Norway.

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Crystal Lee and CEO Gary Murphy at one of the largest ports in the world- Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Crystal Lee sight seeing with Little Soya!

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Oh wow, you can barely notice our CEO Gary!