19 February 2017

Fish & Chips at the Football (by @NLi10)

This was supposed to be a review of the wonderful fish and chips at Bromsgrove Sporting's FA vase clash with Buckland Athletic. I was working a combination of stewarding, security and glass collector and didn't actually get to try them to check that the Balti Pie was still just as fantastic. So I had to settle for a bag of Burton's Fish N Chips (which we have reviewed before).

Seen here with all the barrels before the record crowd came in and drank it all.

Here is the ground with no people

And here is what it looks like with three thousand people- which is double the grounds previous record and almost ten times that of a Normal league game.

The increased security and stewarding presence enabled me to share my big bag with many new people and enjoy the savoury goodness in the unseasonably warm Feb evening. Not as satisfying as warm fish and chips and pie at the football then, but they did the job.

And Sporting won two nil!

18 February 2017

Red Rye IPA Ale (ALDI) By @SpectreUK

I seem to be stumbling (sometimes literally) over various rye ales lately. The Great British Brewing Company, in Twickenham, produced this Red Rye IPA. This 4.7% volume ale has an preliminary citrus hoppy smell on opening. As the name suggests it has the usual almost glowing red colour on pouring from the 330ml bottle. The label on the bottle mentions passion fruit, peaches, pine and citrus fruits. There was a definite fruity citrus smell from the beer, and I'd probably go as far as to say that could be passion fruit and peach from the hops mixed in the with malt barley and spicy rye aromas. I picked up on a definite initial citrus fruity bitter flavour from the hops, which then mixed well with the woody pine undertones; there was then sweetness from the malt barley which merged with the strong spiciness from the rye. This Red Rye IPA certainly gave a joyride of flavours from start to finish. This is a proper craft beer, well thought out and delivered to my palate. Yum! I'll certainly keep my eyes open for other rye beers, as well as pop back for another bottle or two of this one.

17 February 2017

New Nestle Breakaway - Berries & Yogurt (Asda) By @Cinabar

I was looking for a nice afternoon treat for my lunchbox and spotted these new Berries and Yoghurt edition Breakaway bars. They come in a multipack but are individually wrapped. I don't buy a lot of Breakaway bars, but the new flavour sounded rather tasty.
Inside the wrapper there is a Breakaway bar that looks like it is covered in a pale coating even too white for white chocolate. The smell is prominent and it smells very fruity.

The taste too is very strong of the berries, and the bar has a mixed berry jam like taste. I could pick up on raspberries and strawberry, all sweet, juicy and pleasant. The yoghurt flavour in the coating was creamy with just the slightest hint of sour, which distinguished itself as a proper yoghurt flavour. The biscuit inside the Breakaway bar is generous, and give these bars a solid substantial feel. The firm texture is pleasing and nice to munch on. The flavour from the biscuit itself was quite mild, overpowered by the fresh berry taste. I still rather liked them, and am looking forward to eating them as a treat at work, after my lunch. They are only 101 calories per bar, so not too much to feel guilty about either.

16 February 2017

Blackpool Rocks - six for a pound (By @NLi10)

The final tradition of the Blackpool trinity of Tower, Fish & Chips & Rock is - well - rock!

This is more ordinarily brought home instead of consumed at the sea-side and so is only just now getting reviewed. Most people probably don't taste the rock that they buy, and consequently most people probably don't finish the rock they receive.  I admit that here I wasn't expecting much - buying what is probably last season's rock for 'six for a pound' and going purely on the novelty flavours goes against every snack-head instinct I've developed over these past years.

So here goes.  I thought I'd start nice, then get nasty and finish with the traditional to at least cleanse the palate a little.

First we have the Kinder Egg.  This was a white stick with a brown swirl and basically tasted like a sweeter rock with a yucky chocolate taste lurking at the back.  Nothing special, didn't have to spit it out, and it was crispy but not hard. 

Next up we have the one alcoholic rock I purchased - Prosecco.  They had lots of ales and ciders but very few wines.  I think this is because they struggled to get an authentic flavour as this had neither fizz, nor a wine like taste.  This one was a bit fruity, and too soft for my liking. Less pro-secco and more amateur-secco.

Next up was one of the two I was suspicious of -Hot Chocolate.  Would they even attempt the heat? Or the chocolate?  Turns out this is just a stronger version of the evil background Kinder Egg flavor, like a hit of pound shop chocolate with sugar on top. It had a very lingering aftertaste which caused me to try the next flavour with a little more bravery than I'd have expected.

Ah Fish & Chips - what had drawn me to the seaside was now causing genuine fear... Would this be vinegar flavoured rock?  When I opened it I discovered that it smelled like lemon? It was very, very soft, and upon chewing tasted like lemon too. Did this end up with the wrong label? Are they simulating neither fish nor chips, but the squeeze of lemon on top? The closest to edible so far, but not even close to a win.

I'd saved the presumably strong Red Bull variety for after the vinegar, but I don't think I needed it to rescue me after all. Without a hint of taurine in sight this smells and tastes like the normal rainbow rock, maybe a bit milder. This was almost nice. Almost. Has letters through it saying RED BULL unlike all the other ones.  I suspect that the makers of the drink won't be bringing a lawsuit - unless it's something to do with not actually being connected to Red Bull at all.

To finish we have Traditional Pink - This is as expected, minty and too sweet. Again this has letters through it saying BLACKPOOL. Again - just a bit too sweet and crumbly to be actually nice. Pleasant enough. I'd put this in second place to the Red Bull, which are the only two I'd realistically encourage other people to try.  I did leave the other flavours in the communal snack area at work and will see if anyone is brave enough to find out that the fish one is actually lemon.

I paid a pound, and I got a pounds worth of sugar, additives and memories.  Seems fair.
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