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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lotus Foods Review and Giveaway


We love to experiment with new and different foods here at the Grant household and when I ran across Lotus Foods I couldn’t wait to try their different varieties of rice! Now we eat a lot of rice here and I will admit that the plain ol’ white rice we eat weekly can get a little boring no matter what you decide to mix it with so when we got the opportunity to try a sampling of different rice from around the world I couldn’t wait to get started cooking!

About Lotus Foods:

Explore Lotus Foods' World of Rice and savor exotic tastes from faraway places! These heirloom and exotic rices are some of the most distinctive varietals now available in the marketplace. Grown on small family farms in limited quantity, Lotus Foods' rices and rice flours are recognized for their exceptional flavors, cooking quality, texture, and nutritional value.

Staff of life for over half the world, rice is finally awakening the American palate. Founded in 1993 by Ken Lee and Caryl Levine, Lotus Foods is committed to finding unusual rices from remote corners of the world - bringing you rare, ancient, and new grains that are almost impossible to duplicate anywhere else. From region to region, the unique soil, water, and growing conditions combine to produce rices that are flavorful, colorful and aromatic. These world rices are prized and cellared like fine wine. As more westerners are exploring rice varieties beyond the basic white, Lotus Foods believes that rice is truly coming of age. We invite you to enjoy the pleasures of their wonderful new and ancient rices.

Our Thoughts:

We were sent a wonderful sampling of rice from around the world to review and I can’t tell you how fun it has been getting to try all the unique rice I didn’t even know existed until I came across Lotus Foods! We were sent:

Forbidden Rice

Volcano Rice

Jade Pearl Rice

Madagascar Pink Rice

Bhutanese Red Rice

Mekong Flower Rice


(To learn more about each rice just click the name)

We could not wait to get started cooking when they arrived and we have cooked and samples all the rice listed above and we have each discovered that we all enjoyed each of the variety of rice, they are all super delicious and each unique in taste in their own right!

Each of the rice mentioned above have a unique and different flavor from any I have ever had before eating rice and I will continue to purchase and use these varieties in new recipes that I found online at Lotusfoods.com. I didn’t use any of the rice we were sent to sample in recipes because I felt like we just needed to taste the rice in it’s natural glory and will defiantly be trying them each out in new recipes for the family!

We all love the varieties mentioned above but we each have our main favorite and for our 2yr old “Bug” it’s the Madagascar Pink Rice, he ate every bit of it on his plate and then asked for seconds twice so this is a must have for him! I love the Forbidden Rice the best, it’s so delicious and looks so beautiful on your plate! My husband was partial to the Mekong Flower Rice and said it’s now a must have for our pantry!

Bottom Line:

I am so thrilled that we discovered Lotus Foods and their wonderful rice varieties that they offer and it’s really changed the way we look at our plain ol’ white and wild rice that we used to eat on a weekly basis! Now, I can provide my family with new and unique rice varieties that are not only super delicious and temp our taste buds but they are also very healthy and as a mother and a wife I feel wonderful putting each of them on my families dinner plate!

Buy It:
To purchase any of the rice varieties mentioned above for yourself visit their website, also be sure to check out their other varieties!

Win It:
Lotus Foods has offered one of my readers the same amazing sample pack that I received so you can discover Lotus Foods Rice for yourself!

Mandatory Entry: Visit Lotus Foods and tell me something you learnt that I didn‘t mention here or a rice you would like to try most! Please remember to leave your e-mail address if it’s not visible in your profile.

Want or need extra entries? Check out how to grab em’ below! (Mandatory Entry must be complete for these to count)

1. Become a public follower of my blog (current follower count too)

2. Follow me on twitter @sgrant2005 and tweet this giveaway (can be done daily)

3. Subscribe to my feed via a reader

4. Blog about this giveaway with a link to this post and to Lotus Foods and be sure to leave me a link (5 extra)

5. Follow Lotus Foods on Twitter

6. “Like” Lotus Foods on Facebook

Giveaway ends Sept 13, 2010 @ midnight CST. Winner will be chosen at random, using random.org and contacted by e-mail and has 48 hrs to respond before a new winner is chosen.

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the rice samples mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

140 comments:

  1. I would most like to try the Organic Jasmine Rice.
    Alicia Webster
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  2. Brown Kalijira Rice is from Bengal and this rice comes from Bangladesh. I'd like to try it because it cooks in only 25 mins.


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  3. GFC follower #821

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  4. follow u on twitter @maynekitty

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  5. subscribe w/google reader

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  6. follow Lotus on twitter @maynekitty
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  7. FB Fan of Lotus Foods
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  8. I would most love to try the Organic Brown Rice!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  9. I follow Lotus Foods on Twitter - my Twitter ID is @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  10. I like Lotus Foods on Facebook - my FB name is Amanda Moore
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  11. I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  12. I would like to try the brown jasmine rice, but that forbidden rice is really interesting.
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  13. I am a email subscriber.
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  14. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
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  15. I want to try the Madagascar Pink Rice.

    Thanks!

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  16. I learned the Forbidden Rice is rich in iron and thought of as a blood tonifier.

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  17. Brown Kalijira Rice is from Bengal and this rice comes from Bangladesh.

    ktgonyea at gmail.com

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  18. I learned that Forbidden Rice is a good source of iron.

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  19. I love Lotus Food's exotic rices. So far I have tried the Forbidden Rice and the Bhutanese red rice. My guests have even exclaimed about how great the rice tastes. Next time I think I would like to try the Organic Jasmine rice.

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  20. The rice I most want to try is the Bhutanese Red Rice!
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  21. I want to try Brown Kalijira Rice

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  22. I'd like to try the Volcano Rice!

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  23. Volcano rice. belgd at live dot com

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  24. GFC follower. belgd at live dot com

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  25. I follow you on twitter. belgd at live dot com

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  26. Follow lotus foods on twitter. belgd at live dot com

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  27. I am curious to try the jade pearl rice, it smells like bamboo & tastes like vanilla??

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  28. I would also like to try the Bhutanese Red Rice
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  29. I follow through google friend connect
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  30. I follow you through twitter (@jjak2003)
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  31. I follow Lotus on twitter (@jjak2003)
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  32. I like Lotus on facebook (Jessica Miller)
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  33. I love trying different types of rice! I am very curious to try the volcano rice.

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  34. gfc follower

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  35. feed subscriber

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  36. liked Lotus on facebook

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  37. I thought all rice was grown in Asian countries, was I surprised to learn that Carnaroli Rice was grown in Argentina and is considered the "caviar" of rice.

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  38. following you on GFC
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  39. your twitter follower @micaela6955 tweet http://twitter.com/micaela6955/status/23161066577

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  40. Lotus foods FB fan Michele Pineda
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  41. I would love to try the Forbidden Rice!

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  42. I'd like to try some basamati. Brown rice would be good also, but that's what I normally eat.

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  43. I would love to try the carnaroli rice!!

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  44. Lotus rice twitter follower: carogonza

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  45. lotus food facebook follower: carolyn Gonzalez

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  46. I would love to try the Volcano Rice.Volcano Rice is a mineral- and antioxidant-packed blend of traditional aromatic West Java rices grown on volcanic soils rich in magnesium, manganese and zinc – essential minerals so often lacking in modern diets

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  47. I would love to try their Organic Brown Jasmine Rice.
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  48. I follow as Renee G on GFC.
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  49. I would like to try the Forbidden Rice because it is rich in iron and thought of as a blood tonifier.
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  50. I would like to try the Forbidden Rice because it is rich in iron and thought of as a blood tonifier.
    trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  51. I'd like to try the Organic Brown Jasmine Rice

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

    bloggyig at gmail dot com

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  52. I would like to try the Bhutanese Red Rice.
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  53. Like Lotus Foods on FB (SusanBenegas)
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  54. I enjoyed checking out their site.. i think we would like the Organic Forbidden Rice® :)

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  55. I am a blog follower
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  56. email subscriber
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  57. I'd like to try the Volcano Rice™. Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  58. I follow you via Google Friend Connect / Blogger codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  59. I follow you on twitter (un:codisweepstakes) & tweeted: http://twitter.com/codisweepstakes/status/24267503127codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  60. I subscribed via Google Reader RSS. codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  61. I follow LotusFoods on twitter. un:codisweepstakes codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  62. I'm a fan of Lotus Foods via Facebook. un:codipayne codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  63. I'd really like to try the Madagascar Pink Rice!

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  64. I learned that Lotus Foods rices are handcrafted on small family farms.

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  65. I follow on Google Friend Connect. (Debbie C)

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  66. I follow Lotus Foods on Twitter. @DchrisG3

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  67. I'd like to try their Carnaroli Rice.
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  68. I'm a GFC follower.
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  69. Following on twitter and tweeted here: http://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/24324432061
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  70. Subscribe via google reader.
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  71. Following Lotus on twitter @suburbsanity.
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  72. Liked Lotus on facebook as Suburb SAnity.
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  73. I would love to try the Volcano Rice. It sounds so interesting, thanks!

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  74. The oldest living peoples of the world eat a staple of rice mixed with a unique, edible species of Bamboo leaf and stem for its good nutritional profile. They consider this warm mountain-grown bamboo the true tree of life.

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  75. Following you on twitter
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  76. I love this brand rice, especially the "Forbidden" variety.

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  77. I'd like to try the Jade Pearl Rice. It cooks in only 20 mins!
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  78. I follow Lotus on Twitter as Jennai
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  79. I like Lotus on Facebook as Jennifer Keefer
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  80. I listed your giveaway on my blog
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  81. I listed your giveaway on my blog
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  82. I listed your giveaway on my blog
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  83. I listed your giveaway on my blog
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  84. I listed your giveaway on my blog
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  85. I found a yummy-sounding recipe on their site for Bhutanese Red Rice, Mango and Smoked Chicken Salad. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  86. @busyworkingmama follows lotus on twitter

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  87. I would love to try the organic jasmine rice. I love jasmine rice. suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  88. I follow your blog suelee1998 @ gmail.com

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  89. I am interested in the Forbidden Rice. But the Jasmine Rice looks good too (that's what we eat in my house instead of plain white rice).

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  90. I'd like to try the Organic Forbidden Rice. Looks interesting.

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  91. I think the recipe of the month, Bhutanese Red Rice, Mango and Smoked Chicken Salad with Lemon Dressing, sounds amazing!

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  92. The receipe of the month sounds amazing. I would love to try the Organic Forbidden Rice.

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  93. I would most like to try the Organic Mekong Flower Rice™. Supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. Following Via GFC. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. Following on Twitter @supermaonwheels. Tweet: https://twitter.com/supermaonwheels/status/24406788213. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Feed Subscriber. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  97. 1 Blogged Here: http://bit.ly/a7RdlF. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. 3 Blogged Here: http://bit.ly/a7RdlF. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  100. 5 Blogged Here: http://bit.ly/a7RdlF. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  101. Following Lotus Foods on Twitter @supermaonwheels. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  102. "Liked" Lotus Foods on FB. Corrie Gompf supermomonwheels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I like the Madagascar Pink Rice

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  104. I'd like to try the Madagascar Pink Rice™



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  105. i would like to try Madagascar Pink Rice
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  106. a public follower
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  107. Follow on twitter @sgrant2005
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  108. Subscribe to my feed via a reader
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  109. Follow Lotus Foods on Twitter
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  110. “Like” Lotus Foods on Facebook
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  111. i would like to try Madagascar Pink Rice
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  112. a public follower
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  113. Follow on twitter @sgrant2005
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  114. Subscribe to my feed via a reader
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  115. Erin T

    Bhutanese red rice is the only rice that is exported from Bhutan

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  116. The Bhutanese Red Rice has more potassium then Gatorade and a significant amount of magnesium. Those minerals are necessary and hard to find in most foods.

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  117. I'd like to try the Bhutanese Red Rice because it's gluten free.

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  118. I had Jasmine Rice in a restaurant and loved it, so that would be one I'd like to try. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  119. Follower GFC
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  120. Subscribed to feed. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

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  121. I checked out the Lotus foods site and I'd most like to try their Organic Forbidden Rice :D

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  122. I'm following you via gfc

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  123. I would love to try their Organic Brown Jasmine Rice.

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  124. I'm following Lotus foods via twitter

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  125. I like Lotus Foods on facebook

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  126. I would like to try the Organic Mekong Flower Rice. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  127. volcano rice ty.
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