April 29, 2008

Gordon Biersch Dunkelweizen

gbdw.jpgPerhaps my least favorite type of beer is wheat beer. Iíve had some that I thought were good, but Iíve been underwhelmed by most that Iíve drank. Theyíve been a little too light and a little too flavorless for my taste. Gordon Beirsch Dunkelweizen is a wheat beer that I can enjoy, because itís a dark beer and itís also unfiltered. As far as beers go, it still on the lighter side, but it has a nice malted flavor that typical wheat beers donít have. I like the fact that itís unfiltered because that means there is more flavor floating around in the bottle. Unfortunately most of the country probably wonít be able to try this tasty beer, as Gordon Biersch beers are only distributed in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona. Also, itís a seasonal brew available only from March to June. So, get some while you can (and also try their Mšrzen, which is very good).

Phoood rating: Good.gif

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April 26, 2008

Combos Zesty Salsa Tortilla

combossalsa.jpgI think that Combos are one of the most underrated snack foods out there. While other snacks get all the praise and admiration, Combos donít get the accolades they deserve. Iíve really enjoyed every variety Iíve ever eaten, and new Zesty Salsa Tortilla variety is another delicious addition to the Combos lineup. They are intended to taste like chips and salsa, and they succeed. The outer shell, made from stone ground corn, isnít quite as tasty as a tortilla chip, but its pretty good nonetheless. What makes them so good is the salsa-flavored filling. It really does taste like salsa, which is amazing considering that tomatoes are not listed in the ingredients. The filling is fairly spicy, which I really liked. When you want the taste of chips and salsa but donít want to risk dripping salsa on your clean shirt, these are the way to go.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 22, 2008

Strawberry Milkshake Oreos

strawberryoreo.jpgEver since I was a young lad, I have loved Oreos. I've tried all the previous variations, Double Stuf, Mint, etc., and they have never measured up to the original. Today, while wandering through the grocery store in search of bread, I discovered Strawberry Milkshake Oreos- Limited Edition. Absolutely delicious! The first thing I noticed was that they smell wonderful when you open the package, The brown and pink color is a little unusual, but I really didn't mind when I bit into one. They have a nice crunch, with a little softer "chew" than a classic. The strawberry cream mixes perfectly with the chocolate cookie halves, neither flavor overpowering the other for a taste reminiscent of Neapolitan ice cream. (If you leave out the vanilla part like I do.) My only gripe is that they are a limited edition. I hope Nabisco decides to make them permanent.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 18, 2008

Red Robin Bacon Cheeseburger

rrbaconcheese.jpgThe Red Robin menu describes their ďgourmetĒ Bacon Cheeseburger as ďthe best bacon cheeseburger in the city, state, nation and all the world!Ē Now thatís setting the bar high. I ordered one with cheddar cheese, thinking that I just might get to eat one of the best burgers I ever had. When the burger arrived, I was immediately disappointed by its size. The photos on the menu suggested that their burgers were much larger. My disappointment continued as I ate it. Apart from the bacon (two slices, even though the menu promised three), the burger had little flavor. The meat was bland and the bun was forgettable. I expected much more for a burger described as ďgourmet.Ē The bottom line is that most fast-food burgers are better, for about third of the price. By the way, my burger looked absolutely nothing like the photo to the right, taken from the Red Robin web site. The photo has to be one of the most ridiculously unrealistic and misrepresentative photos I've ever seen.

Phoood rating: So-so

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April 12, 2008

Jolt Orange Blast

joltorange.jpgBeing a fan of classic Jolt Cola, I was eager to try this new concoction; Jolt Orange Blast. After the first few sips the flavour (and scent) profile was something similar to Orange Jell-O, not bad but not super great either. It tastes a lot like a milder version of classic Orange sodas like Orange Crush or C-Plus, with a more laid back flavour and slightly less sweetness. Unfortunately after a few more sips from the playfully designed can the aftertaste of the "energy" type ingredients (guarana, ginseng, taurine, vitamin B complex) starts to come through, basically the taste settled at something like Orange Jell-O mixed with C-Plus and a splash of Red Bull, to some this might sound tasty or at least interesting, not to me however. As for the "energy" part of the drink, I went to bed 15 minutes after downing the can, my sleep was easy and uninterrupted.

Phoood rating: So-so

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April 11, 2008

Little Debbie Nutty Bar Singles

nuttysingle.jpgOf all the delicious Little Debbie products, Nutty Bars are probably my favorite. Sugary wafers and peanut butter covered in chocolate are sure hard to beat. Following the popular trend of reduced-size portions for those who are trying to watch their calories, new Nutty Bar Singles ares individually wrapped and are only 100 calories each. I compared a Nutty Bar Single to a regular package of Nutty Bars and found that the only difference is the thickness of the bar. They simply removed a layer from the bar to get it to that magical 100 calories. Otherwise, both the bars look and taste exactly the same. The only problem I can see here is that itís very hard to eat just one, 100-calorie Nutty Bar. Nutty Bar Singles deserve Phooodís highest rating because they are so delicious, with the caveat that you better have a lot of discipline and will-power if youíre going to try to eat just one.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 9, 2008

Nestle Crunch Crisp

crunchcrisp.jpgThe new Nestle Crunch Crisp deserves the highest rating possible. We received these samples into our office the other day and they were devoured by my co-workers like they were a pack of rabid dogs. I am not a big chocolate eater, but these are exceptional. The mixture of smooth and crunchy textures are blended together in one candy bar, mimicking the layering effect of a Kit Kat Bar. I assumed it all but impossible to improve on the original Crunch bar, but this certainly measures up to the Crunch name. Be careful, you can eat a whole tray of these before you know it. Try not to attend business meeting with chocolate all over your face, itís unprofessional.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 7, 2008

Jack In The Box Spicy Chicken Bites

jblogo.jpgMost of the time, I want an Ultimate Cheeseburger or Sirloin Cheese Burger when I visit Jack In The Box. On a recent visit, I didnít have as large of an appetite as I normally do, so I decided to go with something a little lighter (if deep fried pieces of chicken dipped in ranch sauce can be considered ďlightĒ). I ordered the large size of Spicy Chicken Bites, and was impressed by how much chicken I got in the order. I thought it would be just a snack, but it turned out to be closer to a meal. The chicken bites tasted great and had a thick, crunchy exterior. This crunchy goodness is what sets them apart from chicken bites/strips Iíve had at other places. As far as being spicy, donít let this scare you away if you donít like spicy food. I didnít think that they were very spicy, and was a bit disappointed by this. They have a little bit of heat to them, but most of the spiciness I tasted seemed to be from an abundance of black pepper. It wouldnít hurt to kick these bites up a couple of notches, Jack.

Phoood rating: Good.gif

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April 5, 2008

Tootsie Pop Drops

popdrops.jpgInteresting trivia from the Tootsie Roll web site: Tootsie Roll Pops have been around since 1931 and were the first lollipop with a soft, chewy center. They are also the number one selling lollipop. Tootsie Pop Drops are marketed as a Tootsie Roll Pop without the stick. Thatís not exactly true, as the Pop Drops are more cylindrical shaped and smaller than a Tootsie Roll Pop. Otherwise, the flavor is pretty much the same. However, I am very disappointed to report that consumers are mislead by the image on the wrapper, which appears to depict a Drop Pop composed mostly of Tootsie Roll center, with a thin coating of hard candy. In reality, the Pop Drop is mostly hard candy with a very small amount of Tootsie Roll in the center. The center is the best part of the candy, in my opinion, and thereís not much of it in there. This, added with the deceptiveness on the wrapper, makes it hard for me to recommend Tootsie Pop Drops.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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April 3, 2008

Reeseís Big Cup

bigcup.jpgI know what some of you are thinking, "it's just regular Reese's but bigger", I thought the same thing and despite the fact that I had seen the "Big Cups" around for a few months I hadn't tried them, preferring to stick to the classic. Curiosity got the best of me however and I picked up a couple packs. My first flavour impression was that they were great, with a slightly different flavour profile just due to the size difference, because the cup is larger you get a different mix ratio from chew to chew, I could see some people preferring this. An addition flavour thrill was discovered by accident (just like penicillin!) when I put the extra "Big Cups" package in the fridge overnight. Eating one of the chilled Big Cups was a revelatory experience, somehow the chilling down of the oversized cups caused a wonderful change in the flavour and texture. I also tested refrigerating a regular sized cup and found the experience was not really improved much so I highly recommend tossing your Big Cups into the fridge, sure it delays gratification but trust me, it's worth it.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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