Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks

Comments Off on Somersaults Sunflower Seed Snacks Written on October 21st, 2011 by
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The road to snack foods is paved with all sorts of things – oils, fats, salt, nuts and the ever popular bleached enriched flour. While my usual bachelor-style snack of choice is an uncooked ramen block, rather than choosing the epitome of unhealthy this time around, I picked up some bags of sunflower seed snacks made by the Somersault Snack Co.

They’re made with whole wheat flour (so they’re not gluten-free), they’re mainly composed of sunflower and sesame seeds so they are nut-free and well as vegan.

Previous people that tried these have had widely varying opinions: crunchy, moist, sweet, salty, nutty, dry, bland. They were even jokingly described as “rabbit food” (Pro-tip: a little internet research tells me that rabbits shouldn’t eat grains, but sunflower seeds can be a rare treat.) Continue Reading »

Smucker’s Plate Scapers

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As a child, I astounded friends and family with my imaginative yet structurally sound architectural mealtime creations. From gothic carrot cathedrals with bratwurst buttresses to Frank Gehry-inspired Jell-O bricks, I almost won the award for masterpiece for “Most Creative Blob” but it was upsettingly passed over for the Experience Music Project building. Nowadays I keep my building talents to myself, especially in polite company who may not appreciate my natural gift, though I long for the days when I can bust out my spoon and craft the next edible Washington Monument or Cascades mountain range (Richard Dreyfuss ain’t got nothin’ on me).

Sadly, as I grow older, my inherent eye for spotting building materials on my plate is slowly fading and my broccoli looks more and more like a vegetable instead of trees for my dinner dioramas. Pretzels are now baked salty sticks instead of sturdy pines for my little log cabins. Continue Reading »

Scharffen Berger Roasted Cacao Nibs

Comments Off on Scharffen Berger Roasted Cacao Nibs Written on October 12th, 2011 by
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Chocolate now falls into the category of “things that people can be snobs about” (joining including beer, wine and Terrence Malick films). While some might enjoy a fine aged 2010 Indonesian truffle-caviar infused truffle, I admit to “indulging” with a block of unsweetened baking chocolate or an unusually waxy Palmer chocolate peanut balls around Halloween and/or Easter. Different strokes for different folks, right?

On the heels of the recently vague news that “chocolate is healthy“, most likely more people have been justifying their chocoholism with a daily dose of Hershey’s or Nestle’s. No joke, as I was typing this, the radio announced another study regarding women eating chocolate and reducing stroke. But telling women to eat chocolate feels like telling them to read Twilight. Today we go to the source of everyone’s favorite addiction. Continue Reading »

Brown & Haley Factory Outlet in Fife

Comments Off on Brown & Haley Factory Outlet in Fife Written on October 7th, 2011 by
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If you’re a Washington State South Sound resident, I’m sure you’re probably aware of Brown & Haley. You’ve probably sampled some of their products, ranging from good ol’ toothcracking Almond Roca to blob-like Mountain Bars and seen their plant peeking out from underneath I-705. While I’ve been to the outlet store located right at the factory a handful of times (and picked up things like tasty Milk Toffee Roca Buttercrunch Thins) this time I ventured out to Fife, just a few miles down the highway where Brown & Haley just opened a new warehouse outlet in August (and where the headquarters is also now based).

I was pied piper by a highway billboard noting that the outlet was somewhere on 20th Street. Headlined by a giant ALMOND ROCA sign, it’s on the same road that features several warehouses and car dealerships. My GPS couldn’t find it so I cruised down the road (subsequently avoiding 4pm rush hour traffic going south). Trying to avoid dropping by for no reason at all and most likely purchasing 30 lbs. of Almond Roca for myself to eat alone in the apartment, I remembered that it was a relative’s birthday coming up. Yes! I had a valid reason to be at a discount candy store with $5 burning a hole in my pocket. Continue Reading »

Eight Reasons You Shouldn’t Rely on Me for Food Reviews

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Eight Reasons You Shouldn’t Rely on Me for Food Reviews (in no particular order)

1. I regularly eat unsweetened baker’s chocolate as a snack. I’m actually gnawing on a piece as I write this now. I wish it was as cheap as Hershey’s.

2. I really can’t tell the difference between fine wine and a five buck bottle. Granted I generally just drink $3 chuck or wine people randomly give me as gifts.

3. I didn’t start eating cheese until recently. I still have this weird thing where I usually won’t eat it unless it’s melted (though that’s slowly changing). I’ll move up from cheese sticks eventually. However, I’m slowly regretting going on the Tillamook Cheese factory tour last year and not trying any of the samples.

4. Apparently the average person doesn’t seem to enjoy the strong aroma of garlic 24/7 or eating bowl after bowl of kimchi.

5. I can’t get enough broccoli – only the bushy tops though. I’m George H.W. Bush’s worst nightmare.

6. I’ll never turn down a chance to eat a heaping spoonful of full-fat cream cheese.

7. Sent me all of your fruitcake. All of it. Please do not toss it (with a catapult or into the garbage) or use it as a doorstop.

8. I’d rather roast a pumpkin and eat its guts than carve a face into one.

9. I generally take my coffee black, whether from Starbucks, a local shop or instant at home. It always needs cinnamon though.

10. I ate a dollar “steak” last night (for science). It was literally purchased at the dollar store. I will say no more.

My new friends, Ficin and Bromelain

I think it’s difficult to relay a sense of humor or sarcasm when writing a blog about food. No sooner can you write about how succulent and mouth-watering a warm brown sugar Pop Tart is that someone comments that they’re loaded with trans fat or Pillsbury Toaster Strudels are better. Instead, people should compare it to the fine vintage flavor of a limited edition Gingerbread variety or the seasonal Pumpkin Pie flavor. The world needs more serious Pop Tart related discussions (did you know unfrosted Pop Tarts are vegan?).