Wednesday, June 20, 2018


You know I'm going through some stuff when I review a can of Coke. But I'm trying to save money and I have a bunch of these cans leftover from a party in my fridge. So, Coke calories it is. To be honest, I've never been a big fan of sodas, especially colas or fruit sodas, but this was better than I remembered. The coldness, the can, the carbonation, all were pleasant things. I guess La Croix was a gateway drug. Anyway, the taste is still not great, it's so tar-y or sticky and the idea that it's just rotting my insides is hard to overcome. But it paired nicely with pizza and was fairly enjoyable and refreshing.

Cost: 8/10
Taste: 5/10

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tostito's Chunky Salsa - Medium

I've been dealing with some tooth pain, so now is the perfect time to embrace mushy foods like salsa. I was lucky that someone left this (blissfully unopened) jar of salsa behind at a party, and now that I have 0200420 tortillas to go through, this salsa has been a real blessing. I'm sure it'd be good with tortilla chips as well, but I've been using it for tacos and breakfast quesadillas, and it really helps to cool down the hot food, which is great. The taste is good, just like you'd expect, and the "medium" is hardly spicy at all, which is good I think. It's like restaurant salsa but a little chunkier, brighter red, and less cilantro/garlic. Just tomato, pepper and onion in a tomato sauce. On its own it's unremarkable, but it's a nice moist addition to many Mex-adjacent foods.

Cost: 5/10
Taste: 5/10

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stouffer's Green Pepper Steak

This is more good than bad (thus the 6), but it's nothing special and I probably wouldn't get it again. It's not very big, which I guess isn't necessarily bad (only 270 cals!) but it's therefore not very satisfying either. The amount of watery sauce is too high for the amount of (so-so) rice. The beef strips are a cool thin-strip cut, they look like bamboo shoots but beef. They don't have much flavor, a little chewy, but didn't make me super itchy so that's good. The peppers and tomatoes are the highlight, and overall the flavor is that of a nice stuffed pepper/pepper steak, just a little muted. Nothing very objectionable to complain about, just fairly average on the whole.

Cost: 7/10 (On sale for 2.33$)
Taste: 6/10

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Classico Marinara with Plum Tomatoes and Olive Oil

This sauce is perfectly serviceable. It's not my favorite marinara (I think that's actually Barilla!) but it's not the worst I've had (Prego?) either. It has decent firm chunks of tomato, a noticeable garlic flavor, and it isn't overwhelmingly sweet. It's a little watery, but not too much. A nice red color, tastes fresh, and does the job of a subtle red sauce - tastes good but not overpoweringly so. I have no issues with it, and if it were on sale again I'd pick up another bottle. Supposedly it lasts 5 days once opened, so we'll see about that!

Cost: 8/10 (2$)
Taste: 6/10

Friday, June 15, 2018

Goya White Corn Tortillas

What a deal. The thing about Goya is, it never tastes THAT good, but it's reliable and sooo cheap. Same deal with these tortillas. 30 for like, 3$ max, and they last for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. You just have to commit to a tortilla-only diet and you'll be saving mad dough.

Anyway, I don't love corn tortillas, but they've definitely grown on me lately thanks to the cheap and varied street tacos at California Tortilla. These particular tortillas are thicker than flour ones, more dense/lardy, with more flavor and firmness. I won't fool myself into thinking they're healthy, but at 60cals each, they're probably better for you than bread(???). I used these for some (bad) tacos, but they crack in the crease really easily, which is unfortunate. But would they really work for a quesadilla? I'm not sure what the solution is, and I've also started to get a little tired of these after eating 1/3 of them, but they are versatile, a great deal, and decent. So there.

Cost: 9/10
Taste: 6/10

Thursday, June 14, 2018

La Tortilla Factory Barbacoa Slow Cooker Sauce Starter

Yo, I have serious "beef" with this sauce. Actually I'm not sure if it's the sauce or the instructions or the meat I used that really boned me. What happened though is that in the end, my barbacoa turned out super dry. So the problem is that slow cooked stuff, you shouldn't look inside the pot too many times, you know, or it won't cook (that's burned me before!). The instructions say to use 2-3 pounds of chuck meat, but my pot is smaller, so I just used ~1.5lbs. I used the full amount of water/sauce mix, and exactly the time specified by the package (8hrs -- yes, it does sound long, DOESN'T IT?). Final result: mad dry meat. Thus I didn't get much flavor on it either. So now I have a ton of meat. It did shred, and it is cooked through, so I guess it's technically edible, but I am not enjoying the process. It makes a lot. The sauce tastes only of burnt meat. I cannot in good conscience recommend this, but that's OK because I've never seen it in a store anyway.

Cost: 4/10
Taste: 4/10

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit

Things like this are nice, honestly. I always ask myself in the store "what am I doing spending 3-4$ on SALAD?" but it's cheaper than a restaurant and tastes just fine. It's fresh and it's express. Now that America's romaine scare is finally over, I can indulge in pure romaine salad with dressing, cheese, and crouton. This kit is prewashed, so you can just pour everything in the bag and shake it up, then eat. Super quick and easy and tastes nice, and not too heavy/dressing-laden either. I use the full amount of everything which adds up to about 420 calories, not too bad. This is enough for two bowls of salad, but I usually just eat the whole thing as a meal. It's refreshing and smells like a good time. The dressing does have anchovy in it, but I've never had a fish-allergy reaction from small amounts of Caesar dressing (knock on wood) and this is no exception.

Cost: 6/10 (3.33$)
Taste: 7/10