Little Soya & Snap Kitchen – A Match Made In Heaven

Image source: http://blog.zagat.com/2013/05/snap-kitchen-buys-houston-competitor.html

Image source: http://blog.zagat.com/2013/05/snap-kitchen-buys-houston-competitor.html

 

If you don’t live in Houston or Austin, you’re missing out. And no, we aren’t just saying that because Houston is the home of Little Soya headquarters, the coolest city in America according Forbes, or and one of CNN Money’s Best Places to Live.  Nor are we saying it because of Austin’s rocking music scene or the fact that it was recently rated one of the best cities for singles by Kiplinger. The real reason you’re missing out if you don’t live in Houston or Austin is that you don’t have a Snap Kitchen in your city.

“What’s Snap Kitchen?” you ask.

Snap Kitchen is a restaurant that’s changing the way people think about fast food. Every day, the chefs at Snap Kitchen prepare and package individual meals that are healthy, delicious, and ready for customers to grab-and-go. All meals are prepared using the freshest ingredients, packed in eco-friendly microwave-safe containers, labeled with all the nutritional info, and refrigerated. And did we mention that they’re reasonably priced from $3 – $13? Just check out this amazing menu.

Oh and here’s the best part…Snap Kitchen uses the world’s best gluten-free, less-sodium soy sauce. That’s right, you can get your Little Soya fix at Snap Kitchen! In fact, they were one of the first restaurants in Houston to start using our 5-gallon containers designed exclusively for chefs. They also have condiment-size bottles of Little Soya available for customers in the restaurant.

To find a Snap Kitchen location near you, click on your city:

 

 

 

 

7 Questions with Crystal Lee

Crystal Soya

 

“7 Questions with…” is a new series we’re starting here on Little Soya Buzz News. Every month, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our star team members at Little Soya, giving you a chance to get to know them a little better.

We’re kicking things off with Crystal Lee, Little Soya’s VP of Global Accounts & Marketing. Crystal has been with the company since 2011, and she has played an integral role in helping Little Soya grow to become one of the most requested gluten-free soy sauces in the world. You can follow her on Twitter @crystalleester.

So, let’s get to it already. Here are 7 Questions with Crystal Lee!

 

1.       What do you do here at Little Soya?

Is this a trick question? I have my hands in a little bit of everything. However my actual title is VP of Global Accounts & Marketing.

 

2.       What 3 words would use to describe yourself?

Sweet, Angelic, Innocent. Okay not really… Let’s go with Alpha, Xenophile and Animated

 

3.       What do you like to do in your free time?

When is that?!! I like to eat food and drink wine, so anything that involves that. I also really love the Sauna. I enjoy the arts in all different forms as well.

 

4.       Do you have any special talents?

I can stand on my tippy toes. I have a pretty good grasp on Latin root words which gives me an edge in linguistics.

 

5.       What is something interesting that your co-workers don’t know about you?

The majority of my travels abroad have been by myself.

 

6.       What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever tried Little Soya on?

I don’t think it’s weird at all but Little Soya on Flatbread is yummy.

 

7.       What is your favorite thing to put Little Soya on?

So many things! But currently I’m loving it with Micheladas!

 

Don’t forget to follow Crystal on Twitter @crystalleester.

Little Soya Is Taking Over Sin City… AKA Las Vegas!

Vegas baby!

We warned you that Little Soya is planning to take over the world in 2014, and we figured, what better place to initiate our plan than in the city where it all started – in “the city that never sleeps”… Las Vegas. It’s the birthplace of Little Soya. Our first orders came from LV, and we wouldn’t have one of the world’s top less-sodium, gluten-free soy sauces if it wasn’t for the most beautiful city in the middle of the desert – Vegas!

That’s why it’s always extra special to us whenever we sign new clients there, and we’re thrilled to announce LV has been showing their appreciation and loyalty to us by adding new Little Soya clients all over Sin City.

We’ve just picked up over a dozen new clients in LV, check them out:

 

 

 

We encourage you to check out any of our new clients if you’re ever in Vegas, and we just want to say “welcome aboard” to them all.

This is just the beginning. 2014 is going to be the Year of Little Soya. We’re feeling lucky!

 

P.S. “What happens in Vegas, doesn’t stay in Vegas. It ends up on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram!” If you have a few awesome pix of Little Soya in Vegas or any city, please post on one of our social media channels!

Little Soya Plans Worldwide Domination for 2014

You might have heard that 2014 is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese Zodiac. Well, we’re here to set the record straight. This isn’t just the Year of the Horse, it’s also the Year of Little Soya. As we alluded to a couple weeks ago, we have some enormous plans for 2014. Now, Gary is finally allowing me to pull back the curtain a little more to reveal his truly shocking plans.

From the main man himself, “2014 is the year that Little Soya is going to take over the world. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Soya Pinky Brain

How Will Little Soya Take Over the World?

Worldwide domination isn’t something that’s easily achieved. You must have a plan, and it had better be dang good.  Of course, it would be silly and downright imbecilic to reveal our full plan right here for everyone to see. In fact, only but a handful of key members of the Little Soya team have been granted access to our complete plans for worldwide domination, and they were forced to eat the pieces of paper containing details of the plan to ensure the information wouldn’t get into the wrong hands.

Niki washes down the evidence with some Little Soya.

Niki washes down the evidence with some Little Soya.

 

Having said that, the first piece of the plan will be revealed very soon. 2/14/14…that’s all I’m saying.

It’s Coming. Do You Feel It?

I don’t have long to talk, so I have to make this fast. If Gary knew that I was on here about to blow the lid off Little Soya’s HUGE upcoming plans for 2014, I’m afraid to think of what he might do to me.

You don't want to see Gary when he's angry!

You don’t want to see Gary when he’s angry!

You might have noticed that things have been quiet around here on the blog. Suspiciously quiet, you might say. Like there’s something big brewing. Something so big the whole world is going to take notice. Right now is the quiet before the storm, but I’m here to say that the storm is coming and it’s coming fast.

Uh-oh, I think I hear Gary. I’d better go!

2/14/14. That’s all I can say for now…

Recipe idea for your Holiday Party

It’s the most delicious time of year and the most important ingredient of course… is all the amazing food! We found the perfect holiday recipe that your guests will absolutely love and want to come back for more! Our scrumptious Alaskan Crab Wontons with Little Soya will make your get-together all the more special.

Happy delicious holidays to you and your loved ones!

 

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

1 1/4 Lbs. Alaska crab meat, flaked
1 Lbs. cream cheese
1/4 Cup green onion, sliced
2 Tsp. LITTLE SOYA soy sauce
1 Tsp. sesame oil
2 Ea. egg whites
1 Tbl. water
40 Ea. wonton wrappers

 

Preparation Steps:

Create Alaska Crab Cream Cheese Mixture by mixing the crab meat, cream cheese, green onion, soy sauce and sesame oil together. Cover and refrigerate. Mix egg whites and water together to create the egg wash. Reserve. Place 2 tsp. of Crab Mixture in the middle of each wonton wrapper. Lightly brush adjacent sides of wonton wrapper with egg wash. Fold each wonton wrapper into a triangle making sure to tightly seal the edges. Fold outer edges up toward the middle of the triangle using egg wash to seal. Place wontons on parchment paper lined sheet pan dusted with cornstarch or flour, being careful the wontons don’t touch. Cover and freeze until needed. Preheat deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Gently place 5 frozen wontons in deep fryer and cook until golden brown. Drain. Plate and garnish with a pinch of green onions. Serve with 2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce. Alternative Serving Suggestions: 1. Add drained and coarsely chopped artichoke hearts to Crab Mixture. Warm and serve with fresh sourdough bread slices. 2. Place a small scoop of Crab Mixture on a bed of chopped crisp romaine lettuce that has been tossed in Asian sesame dressing.

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New holiday cookies using Little Soya…say what!

YES, you read that correctly! We found a new recipe that we can’t wait to share with you saucey lovers.
These Salty Sesame and Dark Chocolate Chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and your guests will appreciate you for not just giving them the regular ol cookies.

Give it a try… we promise you’ll be surprised on how amazing they’ll taste!

 

INGREDIENTS:

         2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

         1 teaspoon baking soda

         3/4 teaspoon salt

         1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

         3/4 cup packed brown sugar

         3/4 cup granulated sugar

         1 large egg

         1 large egg yolk

         1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

         3/4 to 1 teaspoon of Little Soya Soy Sauce 

            2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

         1 cup dark chocolate chips

         About 1/4 cup black sesame seeds for rolling and coarse sea salt for topping

Directions:

 1. Place racks in the center and upper third of the oven and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the butter mixture with a spatula. Add the egg and egg yolk and beat on medium speed until mixture is fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and soy sauce. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients, all at once to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined. Stop the mixer, add the sesame seeds and chocolate chunks, and fold together with a spatula until well combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

 4. Just before you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F.

5. Place about 1/4 cup black sesame seeds in a small bowl.

6.
 Scoop cookie dough by the heaping tablespoonful into your hand. Roll into a ball, and toss around in the black sesame seeds. The dough balls don’t need to be completely covered in seeds, just coated well. Place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven, allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container. Cookies will last for a day or two. The oils on the seeds can tend to go rancid. These cookies are best eaten within a few days.

 

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Who will win The Golden Gobbler Turkey Trophy?

Come join us this coming Wednesday November 27th, 2013 for the ‘What’s Free Falliday Leftover Throwdown’ benefiting The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

This might just be the most delicious and fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving leftovers that we have ever heard of! Your favorite Houston restaurants are coming together to have the ultimate Thanksgiving Throwdown at Winter Street Studios… and it’s sponsored by yours truly, Little Soya!

Not only will these Houston chefs compete against each other to see who can wow a panel of judges and the audience but they will also be showcasing some of their latest food techniques and skills with you. 

Participants include: Bar Boheme, Batanga, Beaver’s, Brooklyn Athletic Club, Cove, Eatsie Boys, El Big Bad, Goro & Gun, l’Olivier, Latin Bites, Lowbrow, Mr. Peeples, Phoenicia, Prego, Roost, Triniti, Uchi, and Underbelly.

 A panel of media judges from Channels 11, 13, 26, 39, Eater, The Houston Chronicle, Houston Modern Luxury, The Houston Press, My Table Magazine, and Texas Monthly will award one lucky chef the winning trophy.

 And a special guest judge … our very own GARY MURPHY!

 

The whole Little Soya staff will be there and handing out awesome samples for all you soy sauce lovers. Hope to see you there!

 

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Major New Staffing Announcement here at Little Soya! Meet our — New SVP of Global Accounts Pete McMordie & Regional Manager for Texas Robert Wiedemann

We are thrilled and honored to announce a major hiring coup here at Little Soya!  Excited to report that we have recently landed a very heavy hitter in the food service industry with over 23 years of experience, Mr. Pete McMordie, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts [formerly with Kraft Foods and Dart Container]. Pete brings to the table exceptional sales, marketing, customer service and operations experience to our fast growing team.

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Peter M. McMordie, Senior Vice President of Global Accounts

Also, we’re beaming with pride to make the huge announcement that we have hired an 18 year veteran of Sysco Foods, Mr. Robert Wiedemann, Regional Manager for Texas.  Robert was a senior sales rep for Sysco having quickly advanced through the ranks and now he brings his decades of multi-talented skills to our team.  Robert will first head up sales efforts for new accounts in the Houston market, then soon help roll out sales efforts nationally.

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Robert Wiedemann, Regional Manager of Texas

Only way to say it folks, we are growing by leaps and bounds here at Little Soya and we now know 2014 is gonna be our year!  Watch us grow, the best has yet to come!

Little Soya finds a new home!

The latest buzz that has the entire Little Soya executive team and staff excited about? First off, let me share with you our executive team has been growing by leaps and bounds!  It’s really a great feeling to see our years of hard work coming to fruition right in front of our eyes.

 

And, we’re proud to say we’ll be moving into our new offices this Friday! We’ll be located on 290, just off the freeway – at 10900 Northwest Freeway, Suite 208, Houston, Texas 77092. All I know is now it will be even easier to work together to discuss our future plans of soy sauce global domination all over the world!
 
What are your thought and opinions? Do you prefer the work office environment? Or are you well disciplined enough to work from home?
 
Some believe that quality and speed are often sacrificed when you work from home, and that physically being together is more productive. But others can argue that maybe working from home can be more efficient, whereas you don’t have to waste time in traffic, reduces the company’s real estate costs, and improves employee morale. 
 
What do we think?? Little Soya staff believes that there isn’t a clear distinction between work and home… we’re constantly running around making sure all of our beloved fans and supporters have Little Soya when and wherever they need it:) WE LOVE OUR JOBS and hope you love yours too! 
 
Peace, Love, & Soy Sauce
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