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The Taste of Nirvana

Taste Nirvana has Healthy and Delicious Products

We at Asian Food Grocer are always looking for the newest, most spectacularific products to provide to our customers. And yes, we do have a good excuse to be using made up words- we're excited! And why are we excited...


We recently got in a shipment of new beverages from a company called Taste Nirvana, out of Thailand. Most of their products are based on coconut water, but they also have Lattes that are based on Green Tea, Thai Coffee, and Thai Tea. But maybe you're still not impressed. Maybe you don't really understand the implications of coconut water, and all the great benefits it has to offer- well, read on.

Coconut water comes from a coconut. (Duh) It's the juice inside, and it has a very sweet, very creamy flavor to it. It's also rich in many essential vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. It has a lot of complex B-vitamins as well as electrolytes. This makes the drink great for boosting your energy, while achieving better blood and skin health. It is especially good for hydration, and is recommended to be used instead of an energy drink because you get the vitamins, the electrolytes, the energy, and the hydration, but without any artificial flavoring.

Taste Nirvana makes a point to not only offer a cholesterol free, preservative free, gluten free product, but they are also environmentally conscious. All of their containers are recyclable, they use an efficient factory that operates on steam, and they hold several certificates and awards for the steps they've taken to be environmentally responsible.

Taste Nirvana has Healthy and Delicious Products

Now, most of the coconut waters you'll find are from plants harvested in South America, and they generally have a bit of a tart effect. The Thai coconuts, however, have much more of a sweet and fruity flavor. This makes them better for sweet, flavorful drinks.

We hope this will make you all give coconut water a chance, because it really is the whole package: great taste, super healthy, not too expensive, and good for the environment. But we also need to talk about the other stuff that Taste Nirvana sells, like their Lattes.

The drinks they have all offer a creamy, smooth texture, and they're flavored with natural cane sugar, which is healthier than high fructose corn syrup, and is better for you than artificial sweeteners.

Their three Lattes are Thai Tea, Green Tea, and Coffee. Everyone had their own favorite flavors too. Gustavo preferred the Green Tea, Ruthie liked the Thai Coffee, and Julian took to the Thai Tea. All of the drinks were rich and smooth, with sweet effects and a creamy, silky texture.

Taste Nirvana has Healthy and Delicious Products

We recommend you try all our drinks and experiment to find your favorites. And we encourage you to think of the coconut water drinks as a healthy alternative to your energy drinks, your sodas, and all your high fructose corn syrup drinks.

And please don't forget to take our poll below. We all have our own favorites, but we really want to know what you guys think!






Asian Food Grocer's Ramune Commercial


Hello all, has made its very first commercial. We don't mean to brag, but it's pretty awesome. Julian has a brief cameo in the video, and we're all looking forward to his career in film taking off.

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But we really have to give thanks, because we couldn't have done this commercial without the time, the talent, and the dedication put in by the film maker. Erik C. Parker, our new best friend, did all the filming, editing, and directing. He is currently starting his own production company in San Francisco, and he'll be doing a lot of commercials and videos for local businesses, just like us. We're looking forward to the great work he'll be doing once he finalizes the details with his company.

And we have to say, we are very excited about this commercial, but we realize that you don't need to have expensive cameras and professional editing software to do a commercial- a simple webcam will do great. That being said, we want to see your work. If you have reviews of our products or feel compelled to do a commercial about any products that we carry, we'd love to see them all. Any videos that you send or link to us, we'll put up on our Blog and our Youtube Channel. Let us make you famous!

Thanks for checking us out. We hope you enjoyed our commercial and we look forward to seeing the ones you guys send us!

Filipino dessert We at are always looking for new and inventive ways to broaden our inventory of Asian foods. We've recently acquired some Pilipino condiments and desserts, and are excited about telling you all about them here. So read on and let us introduce you to this country's fantastic cuisine.

Banana Sauce

This is one of our favorite new products. The history of banana sauce goes back to WWII. During that time there were a lot of food shortages in the Philippines. Ketchup was very popular there, but there were no tomatoes, so people couldn't enjoy their favorite foods. But necessity being the mother of all invention, a noted Filipino chemist, Maria Orosa, realized she could get a new type of ketchup using bananas instead of tomatoes. Bananas were then mashed up and mixed with sugar, a little vinegar, and a few other spices and herbs, and they had banana ketchup. Banana ketchup became very popular, so much so that it grew to be more than just a condiment and was an important ingredient in many Filipino meals.

Traditional ketchup with tomatoes is still popular in the Philippines, but Banana sauce has become a staple in the cuisine. It is no longer seen as an alternative to regular ketchup, but is its own unique and important ingredient. It comes on both Hot, and Traditional, and offers a slightly sweeter yet spicier take on typical ketchup.

It is commonly used on a lot of things, but some of the more notable foods would be fried foods, spring rolls, pork chops, chicken, and french fries. While it's typically used on meaty or fried foods, people tend to use it as an all purpose kind of thing, and you can find it in pizza, on spaghetti, even with mangoes.

Filipino dessert


This delicious dessert is an eclectic mix- Halo actually translates to 'Mix' in Tagalog. It has a base of coco gel and an assortment of sweet ingredients such as bananas, jackfruit, white beans, macapuno, sugar palm nuts, and other ingredients indigenous to the Philippines. These items are boiled, and mixed together with shaved ice, evaporated milk, and ice cream. It makes for a creamy, fruity treat, and is very popular on hot days.


This is made from Sugar Palm Nuts. They are little, pale fruits about the size of grapes. They are super sweet and are considered the Filipino alternative to Maraschino cherries. They are commonly used as a topping for various desserts as well as salads. Many people even eat them not only as a topping, but by themselves.

The trees they come from are the sugar palm trees, which is basically a palm tree, and is itself a useful tool. The trees have been used to make vinegar, alcohol, ropes, roofing tiles, furniture, tools, and of course, Kaong.

Nata de Pina

This is a variation of a very popular dish that's called Nata de Coco. Nata de Pina is pineapple juice that has been fermented and sweetened. It's translucent, and has a gelatin like texture. Nata de Pina is a less widespread dish than nata de coco overall, but is bigger in certain areas.

It was developed because pineapple doesn't deal well with freezing. Its flavor tended to change under cold temperatures, so it became popular to ferment it as a form of preservation. Sugar was soon added and the preserved, gelatinous pineapple became a very popular treat. It is commonly used in different desserts, and you can find many recipes that incorporate it. We recommend mixing it with yogurt, serving it with ice cream, or preparing it with crushed ice and evaporated milk.

Filipino dessert


This is a special type of coconut. Macapuno basically translates to something like mutant coconut, or alien coconut, although English speakers tend to call it Coconut Sport. This is a unique type of coconut, which naturally grows off of normal coconut trees, and provides a sweeter taste with more meat inside than a typical coconut. They are turned into a popular dessert by having the meat of the macapuno shredded, pan fried in sugar and syrup, and then preserved in gelatin.

Farmers and scientists in the Philippines have invested a lot of time and money in learning how to isolate macapunos so that they can control their growth, because typically a macapuno is very rare. Only about 2% of trees ever bear macapuno naturally, but through research and experimenting with macapuno seeds, farmers now have trees that have an 80% chance of producing macapunos successfully.

We hope you learned a little bit from our blog and we hope you give our Filipino food a shot. So, experiment with the banana sauce, both as a main ingredient and as a condiment. Try it with your fried food, your pasta, and even your fruit. And please try our various Filipino Sauces and Desserts. They'll offer a different take on what you're used to, and we know you'll absolutely love them.