Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lean Cuisine - BBQ Chicken Pizza (wood fire style!)


This is a weird pizza! It's good in that it's quite different from other frozen foods. In fact, it doesn't even taste like a frozen pizza. It's got BBQ sauce for sauce, which I actually really like! And the chicken is good. But the onions and the cheese -- although not necessarily bad -- really don't do it for me. The cheese is typical frozenpizzacheese I guess, and the onions just aren't what I want to be eating on this pizza. But it is interesting!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 5/10

Friday, March 30, 2012

Lean Cuisine - Southwest Style Chicken Panini


So here's the deal -- I ate this in a rush yesterday, and now I remember absolutely nothing about it except that it was very hot and I wanted to eat it quicker. I think it tasted fine; pretty good even, but nothing worth buying because it's just one tiny soggy sandwich!!! The flavor is good but I need more. So much more.

Overall
Cost: 4/10
Taste: 7/10

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Dunkin Donuts


What!? A food allergy person eating dunkin donuts?! I know, I was surprised too, but my allergic friend Rachel told me that they're actually fairly nut-free. I gasped and then checked their nice website, and it's true! So I'm going to be trying a lot of donuts over the coming weeks, I fear...

Boston Kreme Donut: This is a custardy cream filled donut with chocolate frosting. it's really good, but I would prefer a white cream inside. Still good though, especially the non-cream parts. 7.5/10

Glazed Donut: Classic, right? It was actually a little dry, but overall pretty good. I liked it. Yum. 6/10

Blueberry Cake Donut: This is like a bagel or blueberry muffin that somebody glazed accidentally! It's really moist, but not what I want to eat when I want a donut. 6/10

Lucky Mint Donut: Sooo this has like 1000% fats in it and I just want to say I ate all these different donuts FOR SCIENCE, okay? Anyway, this is a choco donut with choco frosting and soft little peppermint pieces on top. I don't really like choco flavor cake stuff, but if I did I would like this. The mint part is really good anyway. 7/10

Vanilla Kreme Filled Donut: Aha! Regular Kreme. That's what I want in a Kreme. However the outside was crusty and tasted kind of like stale coffee....I hope I just got a bad one because the kreme is really nice. Why Kreme? This isn't Krispy Kreme. Oh well. 7/10

Vanilla Frosted with Rainbow Sprinkles: I didn't like this one too much; it was kind of dry or stale and the frosting wasn't great. I suspect it was expired! ;) Also I like filled or glazed donuts much better so this was just a bad pick by me. 5.5/10

Strawberry frosted with Sprinkles: Pretty good! The frosting actually tastes like strawberry (flavoring)! 7/10

Chocolate Frosted with Sprinkles: Meh. Better than vanilla, but nothing remarkable. 6/10

Oreo Crunch Donut: Ooh, it's on special. Tastes ok, but a bit messy and could use some filling or something. 6/10

Jelly donut: The donut part is good, covered in sugar; but the inside is meh. 6/10

French Cruller: Better than I thought! Kind of like glazed but a different texture; a bit like a funnel cake.  I liked it. 7/10

Cinnamon Cake Donut: Nooooooo. Tastes OK, if you like a thick, dry cake. 4/10

Iced Coffee: Pretty good. Vanilla and caramel flavor, also good. (Original is best though).

Hot coffee: See above. Smaller but still good. I've been getting these (with cream or black) since they added the peel&win promotion, and I keep winning wake-up wraps, but anyway, hot coffee isn't as tasty as iced coffee and it makes me kind of sleepy, but it's a comforting warm drink on a cold day. like a cozy hot chocolate, but with the bonus of making me feel like an office drone (one of my favorite private fantasies). 8/10

Frozen Coffee: Good, but bad for you! A decadent treat. 8/10

Egg and cheese wake-up wrap: Super cheap, but terrible. The egg is the worst egg I ever tasted. 2/10

Hot Latte: nice, feels luxe, maybe bad if you're lactose intolerant, but i enjoyed it all the way :) plus no sugar! yay! 8/10

Turkey Sausage Wake-up wrap: a marked improvement over the no-meat option, but you can still kind of taste the floral notes. It's more filling though and the sausage is good. 4/10

Egg and cheese (on english muffin): OK, definitely better egg than the wrap, but still has a weird "DD" taste which is kind of floral and definitely no bueno. at least it has fiber? 4/10

Pumpkin Munchkin: This was great! Apparently I'm not allergic to munchkins, praise the lord. It tasted like a sweet pumpkin spice cake. 7/10

Glazed Chocolate Munchkin: Like an Entenmann's chocolate donut, so tasty but a little too rich for my blood. At least it's tiny! 5/10

Glazed Munchkin: I'm not sure how this is different from a "Glazed Cake Munchkin", but it's amazing. Warning: 10 of them is like 700 calories. I know because I ate 10 of them. 8/10

Bacon Egg and Cheese (on English Muffin): So there's a deal for Bacon Egg Cheese on a croissant, which sounds good, but apparently croissants may contain nuts (like for real and not just their blanket warning). So I got english muffin. I couldn't really taste the bacon, but this is healthier and I didn't get the weird floral taste. Maybe I was hungry or maybe I'm getting used to it? 6/10

Ham Egg and Cheese (on English Muffin): This ham is like the McDonalds "ham", but worse! It's super weird and thick and salty. The egg this time was noticeably really egg-producty, watery, flaky, etc, which is also bad (although at least I didn't get that weird floral taste). Back to the drawing board (or to bagels). 4/10

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Laura says: This is a weird donut/ice cream shoppe? I found that kind of cool, I guess, though Kati can't eat the ice creams. But I do like donuts a lot and they're pretty cheap. Their frosted donut wasn't that great because the bottom of it was kind of dryer than I think most donuts are? It was a donut and this place was a donut shop. No big opinions.

Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese


Basically everybody likes cheese, right? And I'm no exception! Except this cheese was really disappointing. It tasted...not good! It was a little too dank or musky or something. It's a fairly hard cheese, and I struggled to eat it all (but I did, via creative melting-and-pasta-integration). Anyway, I don't like it and I don't know enough about cheese to compare it. Maybe it tasted like bleu cheese, because I also don't like that.

Overall
Cost: 4/10
Taste: 4/10

Ben & Jerry's Greek Raspberry Fudge Chunk


This is a new flavor, and it's a froyo, so I was excited! However, this one was really just 'meh' for me. Because it's Greek (I guess?!) the frozen yogurt actually tastes tart and yogurty rather than just low-fat ice cream. It's kind of cool, I guess, but the raspberry flavor doesn't do much for me. The 'fudge chunks' are the same slivers of chocolate pieces you'd find in any frozen ice cream, and they are tasty and plentiful, but that still isn't enough to recommend this flavor over the dozens of more delicious frozen treats out there!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 6/10

Boston Market Frozen Chicken Primavera


This tasted super familiar - either I've had it before, or I've had another generic frozen meal just like it. I wouldn't be surprised, because it really was pretty generic. Not terrible, but definitely not great. It had a lot of watery white sauce, noodles, a few broccoli and pepper bits, and some good chicken pieces. I was unimpressed, but it was pretty filling. The non-pasta parts were decently good.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 6/10

Francesco Rinaldi Diavolo Sauce


I think "diavolo" is Italian for 'devil', which is appropriate because this sauce is spicy as heck!! Gee whiz!! I wasn't expecting a seriously spicy sauce here, but it really was just that. It tasted good, don't get me wrong, but for pasta I just couldn't deal with more than a little sauce before I started to tear up. It's got good chunks of tomato and good crying potential. I won't get this again, but if you want a tasty yet super-spicy sauce, I highly recommend this one to you!

Overall
Cost: 8/10 (these sauces are always super cheap! It's incredible)
Taste: 4/10

Terra Spiced Sweet Potato Chips


First of all, Terra is a brand of ant killer, so that name really threw me off. Anyway, I bought these looking for sweet potato chips and I didn't notice the "spiced", so upon first bite I was a little off-put. However, once I started eating these, I ate quiiiiite a few. They are snappy, they're a hard, crisp chip (thin though) with a nice flavor (apparently cumin, cilantro, and cayenne pepper). Just not what I expected, but they do taste like a nice pleasant chip. A little different than other chips, which is nice.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Wheatables, Original Golden Wheat


This is a solid cracker! My parents really like them, so I rarely buy them (for spite?). I'm more of a wheat thins girl. But these actually do taste really good. They're great for snacking but they also pair well with nearly every cheese (without overpowering it). The only negatives - they're a weird shape, maybe a bit small for dipping/cheese placement, and they aren't very healthy compared to other crackers in terms of fat and fiber content.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 7/10

Celeste Pizza for one, Mushroom


Ahh, celeste pizzas. They're so cheap (88 cents, usually) and so good. They're also pretty small, though. But they cook so quickly! I have a one-frozen-pizza-per-meal limit, which I think is reasonable, but also I've been finding myself a little hungry after eating these Celeste pizzas. Anyway, this is a good pizza. It's kind of soft and droopy, but the taste is there. The mushrooms are good, the cheese and sauce are good. It tastes good, OK?

Overall
Cost: 9/10
Taste: 8/10

Newtons Minis

In all honesty, these taste a lot like regular fig newtons! They're pretty good, and relatively healthy for a cookie so I appreciate that aspect. However, they're also really sweet and they hurt and stick to my teeth. But maybe that's a personal problem. Anyway, these make for a handy little after-lunch snack or something, so I recommend them.

Overall
Taste: 7/10
Cost: 5/10

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mott's Hot Spiced Cider - Hot Apple Pie


Ewwwwwwwwwwww. I was intrigued by the idea of pouched cider, and I generally like apple cider so I had to give this a shot. But it tasted like a candle and not something humans should be drinking. It was really strong and perfumey and terrible. Easy to make, though! Maybe it was just this particular flavor, but I'm not sure if I want to risk another one anytime soon.

Overall
Cost: 8/10
Taste: 3/10

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese


If you haven't had mac and cheese, I dunno what to tell you. It's a childhood and college classic! Not very healthy but super tasty and filling and easy to make. I recently learned that if you use the amount of margarine it says to use, it tastes way better but also gives me a stomach ache. So maybe you might want to use a bit less margarine (1 tbsp seems to do the trick for me). This is also great to add some frozen veggies to, like brocos or asparagus. Always good to have on hand.


Overall
Cost: 9/10
Taste: 8/10

Heath Bar


Classic Peanut Allergy Chocolate right here - this has almonds in it, but no other nuts. It's a toffee bar (caramelly almondy brickle) covered in low-quality (sorry) chocolate. It's very sweet and pretty good...I guess. They're especially good in baked goods or ice creams, but as a chocolate bar, maybe I've had too many or something. I don't really love them too much. They aren't bad, but they aren't amazing either! They definitely stick to your teeth, too. So I dunno....



Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 6/10

Aunt Jemima - Whole Grain French Toast


"Great", I thought to myself, "whole grain french toast! it probably tastes the same and is way healthier!" Guess what, you guys? It doesn't taste the same. I don't care how healthy this is (probably not very, since I poured xtra syrup on these suckers), they taste so bad it just isn't worth it. Essentially, they taste like plain crispy wheat bread -- no french toastyness whatsoever. Hmm! Delish! Won't buy again.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 4/10

Via Roma - Cheese Ravioli


These cheese ravioli were surprisingly good! That is to say, they weren't completely processed and gross. And they aren't actually too unhealthy (310 calories?), so that's good. I think there were only 3 raviolis, but they were quite large. There's some nice red sauce and a bit of cheese, but not too much. I might get this again, especially if it's on sale!



Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 8/10

Heshey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets

Milk Chocolate nuggets! These are a great size, and they're a little creamier than a regular chocolate bar. I really like these, but at the same time -- a warning -- they have a "may contain tree nuts" label. According to my best info, that only refers to almonds, which I'm not allergic to, so I ate them all anyway and there were no issues.

Anyway, these are good for snacking and they remind me of spring and easter, so I like them!

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 7/10

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lean Cuisine - Chicken with Lasagna Rollatini


What's a rollatini? Who knows. This says it's a new recipe, and it has a new name and everything, but it tastes the same as it ever has to me. Anyway, this is 2 highly-processed thin chicken patties in marinara sauce, and a little rectangle of lasagna (2 noodles, more marinara, and some dubious cheese paste) in sauce. It's definitely not terrible, but the overall quality just appears so low - of all the lean cuisines, this one feels the most like a cheap-o processed freeze-dried food to me. Nevertheless I totally ate it all; the flavor is decent even if the quality isn't. Plus, it's like 2 main dishes almost, so it's fairly filling.
There wasn't a delicious rewards code (the lean cuisine rewards program) in the box though, which I count as a negative!

Overall
Cost: 7/10
Taste: 7/10

Lean Cuisine - Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli


Another new lean cuisine! Mushroom ravioli - this one was pretty good, probably my favorite of the new batch. There's about 5 ravioli, in a peppery cheese sauce which is pretty good as well. The inside of the ravioli is a mushroomy paste - I don't love it, but it's all right. The sauce is quite good and overall it's something new and pleasant to eat. I probably will buy it again! Especially since it's vegetarian.

Overall
Cost: 6/10
Taste: 8/10

Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Nougat Crunch


A new ice cream flavor! That I'm not allergic to! Yeah! This is vanilla ice cream (very good) with soft chocolate frosty from wendy's-esque swirls (pretty good, kinda weird) and chocolate covered wafery cookie bits (mostly weird but not bad). All in all, it's kind of a weird flavor - the cookie bits are OK but I don't seek them out like I seek out cookie dough bits or what have you in other flavors. I would eat it again, but since there are better flavors out there, I probably won't. It's a fun flavor though and it's definitely unique.

Overall
Cost: 5/10
Taste: 7/10

Wheat Thins - Smoky BBQ Flavor


BBQ Wheat Thins!? I know, right? I had to check it out. I really like regular wheat thins, and BBQ is probably my favorite chip flavor. That said, these taste exactly like wheat thins with a BBQ chip powder dusting would taste. Pretty good, in other words. The wheat thins are so hard (they're crackers, not chips!) and I find myself thinking "gee I wish this were a chip though". But the flavor is on point, and they're pretty addictive. I like to grab a handful as a snack, and they're probably healthier than chips are anyway (but don't quote me on that). So yes, I will get these again! Yum.

Overall
Taste: 8/10
Cost: 5/10

Knorr Tomato Parmesan


Mmm, classic Lipton noodle pack. Of course they're Knorr sides now, but it's the same thing! This one is one of the newer ones, and it's okay, but it has a strong flavor and I can't eat it too often. It's very tomato-cheesy. The noodles are small and always very firm after cooking, and the sauce is flavorful. I like this, but especially as a side with some other foods because it's a bit much on its own.

Overall
Taste: 6/10
Cost: 7/10

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Main Street Sliders

Overall I really like this place! And they use no nuts. Here's some foods:

Original Beef Sliders: Maybe I was just hungry, but these are delicious. Definitely better than White Castles EVEN THOUGH they have the same ingredients! (8/10)

Grilled Chicken Sliders: These are ok - a little plain and could use something else though. (6/10)

Fried Chicken Sliders: These are a bit better than the grilled ones but not because of the frying. They have a honey mustard sauce! (7/10)

Corn Nuggets: Not as good as Lisa's corn nuggets in PA, but still pretty good. It's rare to find corn nuggets in Newark anyway. So. (7/10)

Brocolli & Cheddar Nuggets: Nothing special. Don't get these! Plus I only got 6 and I was told I'd get 7! >:( (5/10)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lean Cuisine - Ranchero Braised Beef

Another new lean cuisine variety! This one was pretty good, but as usual, nothing earth-shattering. I really like the potatoes, although the chipotle flavor is kind of a negative thing -- I like the "plain" sweet potatoes of the turkey lean cuisine a bit better. They're still really good here though. The beef is OK, but it isn't great...the bits of onion floating around are gross in flavor and texture, and the sauce is at best average, and a little too sweet. The meat itself is pretty good if you don't get too much sauce on it!


Overall
Taste: 7/10
Cost: 7/10

Lean Cuisine - Chile Lime Chicken


This is a NEW! Chef's Pick, so I had to buy it. I had a feeling it would taste a bit like the chicken enchilada suiza which I know so well, and I was pretty close. The rice/corn mixture is light and fresh and tastes a lot like the Suiza's rice. The chicken in "chile lime sauce" was...okay. It was pretty generic, and the sauce didn't really stand out. The chicken was a fine texture and everything, but the flavor just wasn't very snappy/comforting/interesting so I probably won't get this again. It was filling and pleasant and fairly healthy, though.

Overall
Taste: 6/10
Cost: 7/10

Tai Pei General Tso's Chicken


This is the new and improved! version, by the way.

This meal is decent - it has peapods in it, but they're pretty easy to pick out. It's kind of sweet/spicy, maybe even too spicy at times. The rice and chicken and broccoli is good, the onions and peppers are 'eh'. It's decently filling and tastes decently "chinese", but it's nothing amazingly impressive so I probably won't buy it too many more times. It is OK though.


Overall
Taste: 6/10
Price: 7/10