Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Souvlaki Boys

Because I am, in fact, a huge fan of both souvlaki (thanks to the Mediterranean Grille in Newark) and boys, I was eager to try this place. We got some takeout ordered online, but they do also have a parking lot (at the non-food-truck location) so I was happy to see that. I got chicken souvlaki which came with buttery rice and a greek salad, and I enjoyed it. I think next time I might get a gyro or something else, because the kabob was just meat and it was good but not amazing, maybe a little dry/boring (I wish it had veg on there too). Oh and little bits of pita were included, which was tasty. There's also tzatziki but I didn't use too much. Anyway, thinking back, it was a nice platter! The employees are also very friendly and were happy to help with allergy issues (most everything is nut free except the obvious desserts/salads). I would happily return, even though the food didn't wow me. It was solid and I think potentially could be really good!

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fat Pigs BBQ

OK, this place is extremely confusing. It's a BBQ/misc restaurant but it's inside of a bar/venue called The Brickyard which doesn't have any food of its own, so in effect these are the same two places, but with two different names? It's also called Fetty Wootz or something I truly just don't understand. Their specialty seems to be meats and BBQ, but they also have general bar foods, burgers, mac and cheeses, etc. We went here for trivia and it was really empty and the trivia was bad and the waitress seemed like she hated us for existing, so it wasn't a great time. We won a free app of chicken thighs(?) which were fine, fresh, but nothing earth-shattering. I ordered the veggie mac and cheese, which is OK, but nothing better than my homemade cheese noodle with frozen veg. I should have just got a pulled porker or something. Maybe it was just bad timing and bad ordering by me, but I was really unimpressed. That said, they apparently don't have any nuts except for in desserts, so this is pretty good news. I would go back if I could convince someone to go with me (but I'm not sure if I could, because it was not very impressive).

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 5/10

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dove Milk Chocolate Hearts

I think these are the same product as the non-heart shaped Dove pieces (what are they called? squares? tidbits? I don't remember!) but somehow the cute heart shape is more fun than normal, a bit thicker maybe, and very seasonal (although let's be clear, I bought these in a post V-day sale). The chocolate is a little creamier than your standard Hershey's kiss/bar (one of the only other nut-free chocolates available in the USA), and tastes a bit like a Red Symphony Bar if you've ever had those, pre-nut-warning. It's very tasty and even though these are portioned for me, it's hard not to eat more than 1 or 2. They also have cute little phrases on the wrappers, like "Sleep under the stars tonight" (no thanks) or "Do something spontaneous" (hmmm). I like this fun little touch, it makes them like the fortune cookies of candy, which is a smart move. I guess like conversation hearts, but actually societally considered tasty. I'm a fan! When my roommates finally move out this summer, I'll keep a candy dish full of Dove chocolate most of the time, for sure.

Overall
Cost: 6/10 (2.50 on sale)
Taste: 7/10

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Edwards Hershey's Chocolate Crème Pie

For you Burger King fans out there, this is what's known as their Hershey's Sundae Pie. I was all about those as a kid once the apple pie gained a peanut warning. Now I think this pie has a nut warning, but only at BK! (The same is true for Arby's turnovers vs. the boxed Pepperidge Farm version). Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure that the product is exactly the same. We're talking a cold pie with a dense crumbly chocolate crust, vaguely chocolatey moose, and some whipped topping with chocolate drizzle. It's very sweet and pretty fun to eat, although the saturated fat levels on this baby are next level. I do like that these are in single-serve boxes, though; that's very convenient and encourages me to buy it over something like an entire pie. The taste and texture for me are just OK, and I get a little sick of it by the end, but I also crave these sometimes. Classic pie!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10

Friday, February 16, 2018

crispy fruit - banana

These taste just like the freeze dried bits in cereal or oatmeal. But they're big slices, so it's fun to eat and ultimately still tastes good even if freeze-dried. Definitely a strong pure banana flavor. These are also more satisfying than the apparently similar Brother's All Natural dried fruit pieces for some reason. I also like the cool packaging, it's like space food!







Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Spice Hunter - Coriander Lime Global Fusion Rub

This smells REALLY good, like a delicious milky curry. It contains coriander, lime (duh), garlic, cumin, a little salt and sugar, and that's basically it. I applied this liberally to some rice/veg/pork, and it was nice, but maybe I didn't put enough on because it wasn't nearly as strong as I expected. (I used like 2TBSP though!). The flavor I did get was mainly lime and a little bit of garlic and coriander, but nowhere near the intensity you get from smelling it in the jar. Even when cooking, it smelled vaguely good but not that strong. Anyway, if you need a seasoning for some generic meats or something, this is a nice choice, even if it didn't have as much of a pop as I expected. Warning: the container has a scary peanut recipe on it, but there are no nut ingredients in the spice mix!


Overall
Cost: 4/10
Taste: 7/10

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Made Good Vanilla Crispy Squares

If you're thinking this is basically a Rice Krispie Treat -- you're right! And therefore it's pretty awesome. The differences are subtle, but they exist: this is less marshmallow/goo-ey, which is too bad. It's also a little sweeter, if that's possible, and maybe in an off-putting/artificial way (but just a little). There's also vegetable powder randomly in here, though you can't taste it at all, so that adds a tiny bit of nutrition, which can only be a positive. The portion size is small but satisfying, and this is a nice, sweet, nostalgic crunchy snack.



Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10