25 September 2016

Shreddies MAX Protein (@NLi10)

Protein is certainly the new buzz word in foods.  Not only is it being added to everything but it's being branded on things that naturally included protein before and then they are artificially adding more. Case in point - protein shreddies.

We are looking at the red flavour today. It basically has protein in it, but is this amount per 100g really considered high protein? 10g per portion doesn't seem like a body builders amount.

This doesn't stop the cereal from being worth it on it's own merits - it's basically clusters and Shreddies with a hint of Strawberry Milkshake NesQuik about it. It's genuinely nice and something that I'll eat in far less portions than the box suggests.

Personally - I'll stick to getting the amino acids my body requires from natural sources and leave the protein loading to those who buy muscle magazines. But if this is on special offer again I'll probably pick some up as my sugary weekend cereal.

24 September 2016

Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer (Beer) By @SpectreUK

This Schlenkerla Smokebeer or Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier was imported by Doncaster Brewery. Its brewery is situated in Bamberg in Bavaria, in Germany. Reading the label I found that this Smokebeer was first brewed in 1405 and then had to meet the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, which I suspect made the beer so it didn’t kill you if you drank more then three.

This Smokebeer follows the ancient brewing technique of first malting barley and then it is kilned over a fire of beechwood logs. Pushing thoughts of smoked kippers out of my head I read on to find out that once the malted barley has been sufficiently smoked, the finest Bavarian hops are added and pure water used as the only ingredients to produce this dark, bottom fermented smoky beer.

On opening I found this beer had a bizarrely strong woody smoky smell to it. It just didn’t smell like beer at all, rather like someone had set fire to a sauna full of malted barley and hops. In fact I may go on to say that I’ve never smelt a beer so smoky before. The smoked kippers had popped back into my head on pouring this dark brown 5.1% volume beer. On first taste I can easily say I’ve never tasted a beer that tastes like this before either. It’s a revelation. You have to try it. It does kind of taste like someone set fire to a sauna full of malted barley and hops and put it out with a few buckets of water. This is what drained out, and it tastes really good! It’s strong, it’s smoky, it’s malty, it’s smoky, there’s bitterness from the hops, and it’s smoky. The smoke gets up your nose like someone set fire to your house and you’re drinking off the deluge from the fire guy’s hose (that didn’t sound right). It’s smoky. Did I mention it’s smoky? Wow! You have to try this. It shouldn’t be, but it’s really good. Those Germans know how to make beer… Prost!

23 September 2016

New Kit Kat Chunky - Cookie Dough (Londis) By @Cinabar

Kit Kat aren’t known for their adventure of new flavours in the UK market, have released this Kit Kat Cookie Dough Chunky. I was quite excited, looking everywhere for some sort of their usual caramel filling, but i could find none, this was all new!
The bar has the usual thick chocolate of the Kit Kat Chunky, the wafers and a layer of cookie dough style filling. It is a cream colour, and is quite thick inside the bar.

I gave the bar a bite and if I’m totally honest, couldn’t distinguish it from a regular Kit Kat Chunky. There was a vague hint of extra vanilla, a slight hint of extra sweetness, but gosh this was an anti-climax. If you like regular Kit Kat Chunky bars, you’l like this, i just doesn’t deviate much from those flavours.
There was potential here, but the Cookie Dough just doesn’t add much to the formula.
I guess Kit Kat are still playing it rather safe with this Cookie Dough edition, the differences in over all flavour between this and the original bar and minor unfortunately. At least a new caramel edition would have had some, well, caramel flavour. I can’t imagine a world where we get the Japanese edition Kit Kats mainstream here in the UK (think Wasabi Kit Kat, Sweet Potato Kit Kat etc) but I wouldn’t mind a hint of adventure - even if its just a new fruity flavour… but I look forward to the next safe edition, probably “wafer” flavour or some such.

22 September 2016

Lemon mojito green tea - happylemon Birmingham (@NLi10)

There are few things in life that I like more than sitting down. This experience is only enhanced by having some kind of tea, and something to look at. Happy Lemon in Birmingham has all of these, with the latter consisting of a steady stream of people looking curiously at the odd concoctions on offer. You have to wait a while to get a pic with no one in it.  Keen readers will know I've been here before and suspected I'd end up with a loyalty card (I did) and that I'd get enough points for a badge (I have but they ran out!!).

But waiting a while is a pleasurable activity with a tea.  Especially another new pick off the menu.

Look how crazy this looks! It's full name is Emerald green mojito and lemon tea  I think, but owning to the lots of translations it's name is different in different places - and like Subway you can order pretty much anything and get new teas every time.

At £4.20 for a large it's not the cheapest, but it is worth it to sit in the cool surroundings and to experience a fresh and new taste.

This one isn't too lemony or too strong on the tea and the mint carries it. If I'd had it hot and sweeter it'd be a much more Morroccan style drink, but as it stands it's refreshing and not too strong. I do hanker for the intense honey lemon tea, but I'm sticking to having a variety of taste sensations.

(Note: between writing this and sticking it up I went back for a honey lemon green tea - amazing)
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