Thursday, September 7, 2017

You Love Fruit Fruit Leather - Passion Fruit Punch

I do love fruit! And I'll say that this was pretty good. The format is this: 16 circles of thin chewy fruit between 2 sheets of waxy paper. I like this format. First of all, it felt like a substantial snack (at 90 calories!) and also an activity. I can imagine kids and also me being entertained by this snack. The taste is pretty good, mango and passionfruity (you can't taste the random artichoke flour is what I'm saying), although I don't love passion fruit so I might prefer a different flavor. This is a lot of fun, though, and I recommend it. Definitely tastier than those thicker, mealier "fruit bars".




Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 8/10

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Subway

Since I'm apparently in a big breakfast-all-day kick, I would be remiss not to mention Subway, one of the few national chains that offers the glorious all day breakfast (at least at most of their locations). They also offer regular lunch subs, and sometimes soups and pizzas and salads and (new!) wraps, but really it's a sub place. They also have frequent deals which appeal to me (sub of the day, sub of the month, etc) and those special edition Lay's flavors. So there are a lot of good things here. The only nuts are in the cookies, which are kept in a case, so I generally feel pretty safe about it, too. Subway has a very distinctive smell, and to be honest, it doesn't taste that good, but it's filling, fast, highly customizable, and healthy-ish. Whenever I don't know what I want to eat, I get Subway instead.

Turkey Breast: This is "old reliable". Good hot or cold, with wheat or white bread, pickles or cucumber, it's a solid contender.

Subway Club: I love that this has roast beef! The other meats are "whatever" but somehow this is still under 400 calories with delicious roast beef. Pairs with yellow mustard and american cheese (IMO).

Ham, Egg, and Cheese: Good for that breakfast mood, especially with spinach and tomato and mustard. You have to go with flatbread for this one. White and yellow egg are basically the same, so get white!

Overall
Cost: 7/10 (Around 6$ for two meals, although I miss those 5, 5 dollar, 5 dollar footlong days)
Taste: 7/10

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Good Health Kettle Chips with Avocado Oil - Sea Salt

These were better than I expected, since I don't really like plain/salt potato chips because they're super boring and not "worth" the calories so to speak, but the avocado oil seems to add a little of its own flavor here. These are thin and crunchy and definitely potatoey and salty with a little note of "avocado" flavor, which tastes kind of buttery and maybe somehow sour? Among plain chips these are definitely some of the best I've had. Too bad they're still plain chips in the end! Would be interested in the BBQ variety for sure though.




Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 5/10

Friday, August 25, 2017

Metro Diner

Hey, I'm all about that breakfast-all-day life! So this place was extremely crowded (on a Friday at 5) but I think that's because it's new and small, not because it's good. I mean, they're only open until 8pm, what kind of diner is that? At least they have that sweet, sweet breakfast and they don't use peanut oil. I got a veggie omelette and coffee, which were both fine but nothing outstanding. The egg was definitely overcooked. Home fries were just big over-fried potato chunks (no seasoning), but the toast was good because it didn't have too much butter and there were unconventional jam choices at the table (blackberry! orange!). The menu didn't impress me much either, but this place is alright if you want a diner experience in Newark that isn't Perkins I guess (although it is still a chain, don't be fooled).

Mike says: average. nice waitress, old people.

Overall
Cost: 7/10 [about 15 dollars, including coffee and tip]
Taste: 5/10

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Patience Fruit & Co Whole Dried Cranberries (Sweetened with Apple Juice)

Cranberries are pretty good, and although the ocean spray cranberries that I'm used to are also nut free, it never hurts to try something new and see what else is out there! (Unless you're in a committed relationship). So these guys are apparently sweetened with apple juice, and they're consequently a little plumper than your store brand dried cranberry. But the taste is pretty much exactly what you'd expect, i.e. it doesn't taste like apple juice, it tastes like a sweet cranberry. A nice little snack. The package is also très chic and even though they make snack packs with nuts (and coffee beans, which sounds tragically amazing), this product has a nice little `peanut free' logo on the back.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips

First of all, the website says these don't come in 1oz bags, but mine was 1oz, so now I'm confused and worried I ate some super old chips. Regardless, salt and vinegar is really not my favorite flavor, but these were still good. They are certainly very crunchy (firm, kettlechip-y) and smell like vinegar. They have a decent blend of both salt and vinegar, and plenty of bite. If you're a salt and vinegar fan, go for these! In general, the company says all their chips are a peanut and nut-free line, which is great because a lot of kettle chips (Dirty, Utz) are made with peanut oil. That gets these guys a few extra points in my book.



Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sharwood's Korma Simmer Sauce

I'm not very experienced with Indian food, because I have the (possibly wrong) opinion that it often contains nuts or legumes. So I have nothing "authentic" to compare this to, not even takeout. That being said, I've made chicken korma with this sauce a few times, and I think I like it. It's definitely a different flavor profile than I'm used to, though! The sauce is creamy and spicy, but not hot-spicy (the bottle says mild and that's certainly true), more like cinnamon and cardamom and other gingerbread-cookie-ish spices. Which is weird to me in a savory food, but once you get over that mental hurdle, it's legit. This makes a very large amount, by the way; I usually use 2 chicken breasts, half a package of mushrooms, and a cup of rice, and I still have a lot of sauce leftover. I do like this and I hope to someday branch out into some other dishes, maybe even actually spicy ones!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10