Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments
We got the sad notice from Mark Rodriguez from Alamo Pepper Products that we lost one of our own the other day. Some of you might know John as Mac from Fire on the Ridge. He was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer last year. Sold his business, and spent the rest of his time with his family. Mark described him as “One of the most kindest people I had the pleasure of meeting, and knowing…He was a really good guy.” You can read his Obituary HERE
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Mac’s family and friends.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 16th, 2013 | No Comments
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Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 14th, 2013 | 1 Comment
Please welcome our newest member of our ILoveItSpicy team to our family of spicy loving fanatics. Hailing from Southern New Jersey, J-Bru as he likes to be called is a welcome addition to our reviewing staff. Please show him the love!
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 11th, 2013 | No Comments
Whilst at Gunther’s Gourmet Gala we did a multiple blog review with Marilyn & Brian Meagher of HotSauceDaily & HotSauceWeekly, John Scrovak from EatMoreHeat.com, Alex Goldberg & Buddah from ILIS, as well special guest Clement Bourg of Cajun Heat. A big thanks to host Michael Lampros from Gunther’s Gourmet for setting these reviews up. Joe Bolland stopped by the Gala to get some feedback on his product. Since we had done no BBQ chicken wing reviews we offered to do one for his product, and he obviously accepted. This sauce is a head turner for sure. I am sure Joe could not have asked for better reviews for his barbecue sauce. We all await to see what he will come up for his spicy version for this great product. Before we get to the review here is a little bit of history in the development for this sauce and company…
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 9th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Whilst at Gunther’s Gourmet Gala we did a multiple blog review with Marilyn & Brian Meagher of HotSauceDaily & HotSauceWeekly, John Scrovak from EatMoreHeat.com, Alex Goldberg & Buddah from ILIS, as well special guest Clement Bourg of Cajun Heat. A big thanks to host Michael Lampros from Gunther’s Gourmet for setting these reviews up. For those that are religious in the Jewish sense, they also have a bottle called, Help Me Moses Hot Sauce. We got Mark, the owner to step up and tell us a little about the product and the history. He was brave enough to stay by and listen to the whole blogging contingent review his product. Check it out!
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 8th, 2013 | No Comments
Whilst at Gunther’s Gourmet Gala we did a multiple blog review with Marilyn & Brian Meagher of HotSauceDaily & HotSauceWeekly, John Scrovak from EatMoreHeat.com, Alex Goldberg & Buddah from ILIS, as well special guest Clement Bourg of Cajun Heat & Host Michael Lampros from Gunther’s Gourmet. We reviewed this sauce together with freshly fried chicken wings. We did a 3 person review of this product last month which you can see HERE if you want to see what else they tried this gourmet sauce with.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 7th, 2013 | 2 Comments
Heartbreaking Dawns will be competing on CNBC’s Premier Episode of Crowd Rules. It airs Tuesday, May 14th at 9PM EST. Tune in and see what happens. Below is a sneak peek on the first episode in which Johnny appears, plus video too.
About Crowd Rules:
Each week, “Crowd Rules” features three small businesses that compete in front of an audience of 100 that votes to decide who wins a much-needed $50,000 prize. Entrepreneur and jewelry designer Kendra Scott, TV Newsman Pat Kiernan, along with a weekly guest industry expert, lead the examination of the small businesses in order to help a studio audience choose which company wins the $50,000. While the small business owners make their case to the panel of three, the real power lies in the hands of the audience – 97 strong – whose votes will ultimately decide which business is most deserving of the investment.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 5th, 2013 | 2 Comments
The whole idea of Gunther’s Gourmet Gala is to have each company share their success with each other by bringing buyers, wholesalers, etc to the event to check out the products of the other companies that attend this event. This is not a hot sauce show by any means, and since it is not, not every buyer attending will be looking for such products. Now in it’s 4th year it might be time to call a spade a spade, and no matter how much Michael Lampros works to make this event a success for the vendors that attend, there seems to be a lack of buyers for these few spicy product makers. Michael stresses over making sure it works out, but he can’t control everything. It really is admirable to see how hard he works putting this event together. He contacts a lot of stores, restaurants, wholesalers in hopes that he can bring new business to the vendors, but it might be time to shake things up a bit. The rotation of makers that have attended over the last 4 years have for the most part suffered in getting the attention of any significant wholesale business. If they were local companies it would not be such a big deal because it is only $35 to get a spot at the Gala, but those that travel a long distance there are a lot of other expenses. It really is a shame that the Gala isn’t working for everyone.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 2nd, 2013 | No Comments
This is the 4th year of this very special event. It started out as an idea for Michael Lampros of Gunther’s Gourmet to give back a little for his good fortune, but now the Gala has turned into an event where everyone who attends helps each other. Vendors alert their contacts, buyers, wholesalers in the hopes they will come to check out the competition. Yes, the competition. Actually there is no competition in a sense at Gunther’s Gourmet Gala. Everyone relies on each other for their success. How many shows work like this? Plus the vendors are only charged $35, and that is to cover the food and drink costs. Michael cooks up to 80 lbs of wings and cheese sticks, and even has the blender going to serve up icy cold beverages. This year he got some local brewmasters to donate some of their creations in hopes to also get someone to take them in. Not a bad way to get free beer donations, eh?
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 1st, 2013 | No Comments
Come to a Special Peppers event Saturday May 18. Come meet Chef John Rizzotti of Rippin Red Sauce & Eddie Ojeda, Twisted Sister Lead Guitarist to debut Eddie’s new Cherry Habanero Hot Sauce. We will be cooking and grilling up some delicious food with Rippin Red Sauces and Eddie Ojeda’s Cherry habanero. Eddie will be on hand to sign Autographs and sign bottles and talk about his new venture into the world of Hot Sauce.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on May 1st, 2013 | 3 Comments
We at ILoveItSpicy.com try to give you so many things to talk about, but sometimes there isn’t a place in these daily threads for other discussions that might arise. That is why we created the Fireside Chat to be the place where people come to talk about the off-topics that do not fit our regular threads we post. Feel free to come here and talk about your chile pepper garden, the next great spicy Caribbean jerk sauce or your delicious recipe for Spicy Greek Grits. Talk it up. Bring friends, family, and co-workers! We have 1 big rule here and that is to not make personal attacks or bully anyone. It will not be tolerated and we will remove parties that engage with malicious intent. This here blog is meant to be a place of fun and to share our common love of all things spicy. So play like good chileheads.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on April 29th, 2013 | 4 Comments
On my way up to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo my first stop was to visit Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. My intent was to do an interview with the owner or manager and give a little insight on the Volcanic Peppers’ Fiery Pizza Challenge we were going to do at the Expo. Unfortunately the owner was too busy, the manager got sick, and so the next person up the pizza hierarchy was Ralph who admitted to me was a lover of spicy food. So I was happy with that exchange. What I did not prepare myself for was that they wanted to make me one of the fiery pizzas for our challenge. They broke down the spice in 11 equal amounts, 10 for the contestants and 1 trial and error pizza for yours truly. I filmed the entire process so you can see how they put together one of the great pizzas known to man.
Posted by Buddah | Posted on April 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
This is our 3rd and final review for Lucky Dog Hot Sauce. So far on the first 2 reviews of the medium and mild versions of these fire-roasted pepper hot sauces, Lucky Dog has hit some amazing review scores. Two perfect 5 flaming heart scores and a nearly perfect 4 1/2 score for the 1st review of the medium Red Label and the Green Label did pretty darn good too with two 4 1/2 and a 4 with the 4th reviewer giving both sauces a very good 3 1/2 score too. Will the Orange Label hotter version be as successful with our review team? Only time will tell. Our review team consists of Steve “2Hot2Eat” Smith, Revtommy2tone and his partner Rick Averyt, and last but not least, Derrick Wood. To see the first 2 reviews click on each name below:
Posted by Buddah | Posted on April 24th, 2013 | 4 Comments
High River Sauces’ Lisa Seabury showed off her bartending skills and shared it with some of the lucky in the VIP area of this special event. The video sound isn’t the best because of all the activity, so you can barely hear Lisa talk about her spicy concoctions. Which are all made with the High River Sauces by the way. I hope you enjoy what little you can hear. When we are inside next year and perhaps have some microphone setup, it will be much better to videotape. So enjoy the spicy cocktail stylings of Lisa Seabury…