Saturday, 27 August 2016
Honest Brew very kindly sent me six intriguing sounding beers and a glass to drink them out of. There were beers such as Beavertown Neck Oil, Wild Boar, and Railway Porter, as well as this Wild Goose Chase. There was a smart booklet with the bottles and cans of beer to describe each one, and some further information about flavour categories. This seems like the perfect present for someone who doesn’t get to the shops much and likes their unusual sounding beers.
Produced by the Wild Beer Co. Brewery in Westcombe, Somerset, this Wild Goose Chase is served in a 330ml bottle at 4.5% volume. The description on the bottle made my mouth water. Gooseberries are added during the brewing, as well as locally grown wild yeast, some harmonising hops as well as dry hops to bring out the fruitiness and extenuate the bitterness. On opening there was a tart gooseberry smell and a decent helping of hops to back it up. There was also a slight green tint to the ultra pale ale as I poured it into my beer glass. I was starting to get a little concerned about how bitter this drink may be.
On first taste I could certainly see what they meant about the complementary hops. The gooseberry flavour hit my tastebuds first with a fruity nose hair tickling bitterness, which the hops then coax the fruity bitter flavour and yet don’t let it overpower the senses. The pale malt is drawn out at the back of the flavour once the bitterness has run its course. I can see why they called this beer Wild Goose Chase, as they must have worked very hard indeed to balance these flavours just right, in order to produce a truly different taste experience!
Friday, 26 August 2016
When I saw this bar of milk chocolate in Marks and Spencers I thought it sounded rather luxurious. Chocolate made with Jersey milk, if ever there was a bar that sounded soothing, this felt like it would be it. I wouldn't normally review a plain sounding bar like this, but after a busy day some Jersey milk infused chocolate sounded like a perfect treat.
Now when it comes to comfort eating, I'd normally go for a bigger bar, but this one is quite thin and light. I guess that is healthier though. I broke a piece off and gave it the taste test. I was surprised to find that the chocolate didn't do much for me. I know it contains Jersey milk, I checked the ingredients label to make sure, but it is far from being what I would describe as creamy. I think I misinterpreted milk as cream. The melt on it isn't thick and lush, its quite a clean feeling bar, which isn't what I'd hoped for. Flavour wise it is sweet, but the cocoa has a woody complex edge, its pleasant, but not the rich flavour I was after. I liked the chocolate, it was perfectly okay, a nice quality milk chocolate with a nice cocoa. The problem was that it didn't meet the expectation. I wanted a thick heavy melt chocolate that coated the palette in a sweet and super creamy mix. I wanted a cocoa that worked with the sweetness, and was smooth and easy to eat. Mostly I wanted a bigger bar too, something too soothe away the work day blues but errr... maybe that part is just a bit of greed too! Oh well, at least it is a Bank Holiday weekend!
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Ocado shopping is great. You finish all the regular groceries really quickly then get to spend 10 mins running the gauntlet of special offers and new products as you check out. You usually forget about these items and when the delivery man comes then you get mini Christmas Day moments.
Here we have lemon masala burgers and sweet potato chips. Vegetarian and certainly quite healthy, but are they any good?
Well, we know the sweet potato chips are great, we may have even reviewed those before. If you want to make your own then this is much cheaper, but sometimes we fancy oven chips and these are legitimately that bit better for you - a little bag of frozen compromises.
The burgers surprised me by needing a sticker to tell you about them in English, there are many other Euro languages here, and by needing to be fried!
Using ceramic cookware and as little oil as possible I gave them a good frying. Possibly for a little longer than needed as they'd defrosted a little while the chips cooked.
And here we have a meal! Well - again I should have buried it in veggies and salad, but this is supposed to be burger and chips comfort food.
The flavours of the burgers are amazing - fragrant and light - with lots of amazing textures to delight the senses. Adding ketchup on these is not required! The chips too have all the flavour you'd expect and went really well.
The only thing I'd change is I'd have two burgers per sitting instead of one, but if I'd done that we wouldn't be able to have them tonight too!
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Walkers have teamed up with Heinz to produce a range of Heinz Sauce inspired flavoured crisps. This Sausage & HP Brown Sauce crisps was the first I picked up. On opening the packet there was a strong smell of HP Brown Sauce merged with the smell of sausages, this was reminiscent of some sausages on a plate with a heavy helping of brown sauce on top. In taste the sausage flavour is more pronounced with sweetness to the sauce to start with, a decent hit from the molasses, and the sausages herbs and spices, with a little onion and sage to finish. These crisps definitely feel like a break from the norm, and were very welcome indeed.
Other Heinz Sauce inspired flavours are; Roast Chicken and Mayonnaise, Bacon and Tomato Ketchup, Ham and Mustard, Toasted Cheese and Worcester Sauce, and Cheese, Cucumber and Salad Cream. Cinabar tells me that the Cheese, Cucumber and Salad Cream are particularly good… More reviews to follow!
Information on the packet;
40g bag with 209 calories, 13g of fat, 1.2g of sugar, and 0.52g of salt. These crisps are suitable for Vegetarians. Please see photograph for ingredients.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Brixton Beach Boulevard is bringing the summer to the city dwellers looking for a summer escape.
The space in south London has been filled with sand, benches and -a wonderfully retro vibe. With the sound of 70's disco playing, you'd almost think you'd been transported to a Miami beach party.
A great range of food offerings are available. There's Lucha Burrito who is bringing the taste of Mexico with a variety of burritos and rice pots, with all the trimmings.
Then there's Mac to the Future who is taking on the classic dish by adding little twists of originality- especially with their side dishes of tator tots!
Lucky Pierre is a French pop up with great quality food with ease. The Steak Frites is a great dish with incredibly tender meat, and the béarnaise sauce gives it an extra kick. The Cheese Frites were also especially enticing- with a whole Camembert with garlic and rosemary.
Lamjam specialises in Turkish Street food and their lamb wrap certainly did not disappoint - with strong flavours and the perfect amount of spice !
All the food vendors offer something unique and there truly is something for everyone! Make sure to try one of the slush cocktails at the bar to complement your food- the passion fruit was a particular favourite! Check out the menus at http://www.brixtonbeachboulevard.com/food/- don't miss out on the last of the summer!
Monday, 22 August 2016
Having tried the very tasty Doritos B - Ultimate Cheeseburger edition, I was very much looking forward to this bag of Doritos A Spicy Salsa. Basically Doritos have brought out two new flavours, labelled them as A and B and let the public make their mind up about which will be their favourite. The public can "destroy" one, to use their terminology. I have already tried the cheeseburger variety and loved them, so these have high competition indeed.
As per the Doritos B, Doritos A Spicy Salsa has limited design on the packaging. Just the basic black and white design, I'm guessing they are not investing on the design until they know which one they are bringing out properly.
The aroma was mild with a hint of tomato, but the flavour was very well detailed. They had a kick of warmth, which was nice but they weren't too hot. What I liked was the detailed representation of the salsa flavour. It tasted fresh and slightly tart and sour, with a good hit of tomato. The flavour was quite detailed and it worked very well, there was even a level of herbs and spices.
These were good. The flavour was very close to representing its intended variety. If I hadn't tried the cheeseburger ones I'd be raving about these. As it is, as you literally have to pick one over the other the Doritos B - Ultimate Cheeseburger wins hands down. It is a more exciting flavour, and the flame grilled beef within it was superb. Get both Doritos while you can, because these Spicy Salas ones are still fab, even though I'm pretty confident the Ultimate Cheeseburger ones will win this.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Papa Johns has let us sample their new flavours before, but what they had on offer this time was a little different. I agreed to give it a try and they hooked us up with a meal for two.
Here we have one pizza and two mysterious white bags.
The pizza is as requested - a veggie pizza (I think a Garden Party) but with no mushrooms - and most importantly for the review - low fat cheese. Now I'm a little sceptical when it comes to the low fat varieties of things, I'm a much bigger fan of eating less of the thing and having the real deal, but I was willing to give this a try.
Here are my first two slices. As you can see, even though the cheese is only 1/3 lower in fat it still doesn't look as prevalent on top of the pizza. The taste too was quite mild, but it still tasted like a pizza with cheese on it. This is good for me, I'm not a fan of strong cheese, preferring it in the background holding the pizza together.
On the online menu you can choose the lower fat cheese at no cost, and presumably it's mentioned at the til when you order in person. And yeah - I'm pretty likely to do this in future - for anyone who doesn't see the cheese as the main event on the pizza then you are likely to feel the same way.
My veggie partner was disappointed that they haven't used a lower fat, but strong cheese as shed much prefer that!
The little white bags were the also new to the menu chargrilled corn bits. These were nice enough and did come apart much easier than regular corn on the cob, but it's just not something I'd get excited about. We received two portions of four, and didn't need the second bag. We'd be much more likely to add a garlic bread or order the next size up of pizza to complete our meal - but then that would likely negate the lower fat cheese option and reduce the nutrition in the corn. As the corn wasn't that buttery at all I'm guessing that it was pretty healthy compared to the rest of the package.
Pizza is not the most healthy of meals, but in moderation and with the lower fat cheese I guess you could have it just that little more often.