Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Good Thins - The Beet One (Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt)

I'm not a big beet fan, and that's an understatement. So thank goodness the first ingredient in these is potato and not beet. The texture is more like a potato crisp than a cracker, and they are thin with a nice crunch to them. They have a fun purple red color with black dust, which is very unique, and they aren't super duper high calorie, which is nice. The flavor, though, even though there's a good amount of potato and some nice tangy vinegar flavor, is certainly, unmistakably beet. Just straight red beet juice. Do you like this? Then you will like this chip. Do you hate this, as I do? Then you will think, I can get this down because it's not super strong and has a good crunch and I'm hungry but gee I sure wish it didn't taste like beet.


Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 5/10

Monday, January 22, 2018

SunRype fruitsource superfruits - blueberry pomegranate

Honestly, this isn't very good, but it's a thick strip of fruit bar, and I was starving, so I was glad to have it. It's very dense and sticky and tasted I guess like pomegranate with a little blueberry and apple flavor. Not my favorite flavor or texture, and it probably is too sweet for anyone's good. It was filling though and very convenient. About 2x as thick as their "JustFruit" bars, which are otherwise similar.



Overall
Cost: 8/10
Taste: 5/10

Sunday, January 21, 2018

O Organics White Corn Tortilla Chips

Even though this seems like a stylish hipster organic brand, it's the cheapest tortilla chips at my grocery store! I think it's a store brand, but I'm not 100% sure about that. Anyway, this is a good size bag for about 2 dollars, and they also taste good. They have blue corn and yellow corn options too, but the white ones taste the smoothest and sweetest and saltiest to me, so I prefer these. They are maybe a little too salty, and not especially complex, but they are a good vessel for salsa, guac, or queso, even though they're also a little thinner than I would like. They are triangles and not dumb circles, so that's a plus too!


Overall
Cost: 7/10 (2$)
Taste: 6/10

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Corona Extra

Beer! Yay! OK, so I really like ordering this when I'm out since it's always pretty cheap and cold and they put a lime in it and it's nice. But I got it at two different Weises (this is a PA supermarket) and both times it tastes a little weird and skunky and people think it smells like pot. Weird. Maybe just when it's warm, it's weird. Anyway, I like this and it's solid and filling and nice and limey, but stick it in the fridge first just to be safe.






Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Ozary One Bun Organic Wheat Sandwich Thins

I had to travel 200 miles to even find anything from this company, and when I got to the store on their product locator, this was the only Ozary product and it was in the freezer case. I was very predisposed to not like...whatever this is. Well, it's 6 thin wheat buns, kind of like English muffins. They don't need to be frozen, but they can be. They really are very thin, which I guess is healthy. I wasn't sure what to do with these, much like my tomato paste, so I used them for, that's right, mini oven pizzas. Split in half, add sauce and toppings, bake at 400F for 5-10 minutes. Pretty darn good. Crispy on the bottom but still a little english-muffin-like give on top, and a slightly sweet wheat flavor. Plus 3G of fiber! Not bad in the end, and might be tasty for little sandwiches too.

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 7/10

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mutti Double Concentrated Tomato Paste

Being a non-Italian chef, I wasn't sure what to do with this interesting toothpaste-like tube of tomato paste. The packaging is pretty rad, and it keeps for 20 days in the fridge once open, but still, most recipes I found to call for tomato paste only needed a tiny tiny bit. And I didn't want to spend 50$ on a bunch of random recipes just to use this up. So I used it as pizza sauce on a bunch of mini pizzas, because I'm not very creative! Added a little garlic and red pepper flakes and it did the job pretty well, plus was fun to squeeze out of the tube. This really is concentrated, not watery at all, and it did have a certain sweetness to it. I think it would make a cute little garnish on top of some small appetizers or something, though I can't imagine the specific case. But if you DO ever need tomato paste, this is a great choice!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Barilla Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

When I hear "pesto", I think "pine nuts", so this is a mysterious product. It's not a cheese or basil pesto, though, it's a bright red tomato concoction. I guess it's different from pasta sauce proper because it is oilier and has tomato chunks instead of puree, but really the vibe isn't THAT different. This is classier though! And such a cute little jar, way easier to use up in 2-3 meals. I just put this over heated pasta and stirred. It was pretty decent and nice to try something different, though I don't know if this will replace sauce for me. It has a little bit of a sweet/bitter taste I didn't expect -- maybe from the capers, which I am apparently not allergic to!



Overall
Cost: 4/10 (3.50$)
Taste: 6/10