Posts Tagged ‘Grocery Outlet’

Vino Solo

2 comments Written on September 20th, 2012 by
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Product: Vino Solo (2008 Cabernet Merlot, Petit Verdot)
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (North Tacoma/6th Ave.)

I’m writing this post at 2am because nighttime is the right time to write blog posts. Not the mention the bars right below my apartment start closing and the bleary-eyed, yelling-prone tipsy patrons start filtering into the alley just thirty feet below my window. Nothing like the smell of cheap cigarette smoke and drunken yells to lull your from a blissful, dream-filled sleep.

But I digress; I’m not bitter. In fact, one of the only reality shows I actually enjoy started back up again last Friday: Shark Tank. I’ll spare you the details about the premise (it’s like Dragons’ Den, for you international readers) since Wikipedia does a good job explaining. It’s my little dose of ABC television-produced schadenfreude – because what reader wouldn’t get a guilty chuckle from an “inventor” that says they’ve invested their life savings in a pillow for woman with breast implants or a product lineup for “cougars” (no, not the animal). Or if you’re looking for amusement, look up a little game called “BulletBall”.

One of the most infamous entrepreneurs is a guy who’s come back asking for money twice – for his single serve plastic wine cups with peel back foil tops.  Every time I saw a clip of him, I would eye my little plastic bottle of Vino Solo that’s been sitting on our shelf for probably about six months now. Why drink a single serve glass when you can drink the whole darn (little) bottle? I decided to test the bottle out last weekend.

According to the paper label, Vino Solo is “South Eastern Australian Wine” composed of “52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot [and] 6% Petit Verdot” or in my language “Cheap Red Wine” (it’s 13.5% alcohol by volume). Tangentially related, here is a reference image describing myself for your viewing pleasure:

The wine surprisingly isn’t offensive for a plastic bottled petit, just a bit mediocre (this coming from a strictly occasional Two Buck Chuck drinker). I don’t really see the practicality of drinking a single serve wine, though the argument of drinking one glass of wine and let the rest go bad always seems to come up. However, which is more depressing – having the remainder of a bottle spoil or drinking cheap red wine alone out of a glorified Solo Cup?

Biscoff Spread

9 comments Written on April 10th, 2012 by
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Product: Biscoff Spread (Creamy)
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (North Tacoma/6th Ave.)

America is all about recreating food into the most easily eatable forms. May I draw your attention to Easy Cheese, Wrigley’s Extra Dessert Delights Gum and of course, KFC’s Double Down. However, the product I’ll be reviewing this weekend is a little red-lidded jar that comes to us all the way from Belgium. Spoiler Alert: This, my friends, is creamy sugary delicious in spread form (no offense Nutella). This is Biscoff Cookie Spread.

As many products that originate in foreign lands, I was initially unaware of what Biscoff actually was before purchasing this product. They’re a small cookie that features sweet blend of cinnamon and caramel flavor that are great with coffee and let you sip and extend your pinky in proper sipping fashion. Now take that a step further: this spread is literally pulverized cookies in spreadable form so you can forget about even using those jaw muscles you have and the arduous task of eating cookies one bite at a time. The label/jar even suggest the truly outrageous idea of dipping a Biscoff cookie into Biscoff spread for a Biscoff explosion of flavor.

Since it mainly consists of dairy & egg-free cookies and oil for smoothing it all out, Biscoff Spread is also vegan and nut-free (it’s the same color as peanut butter but don’t be fooled). Everyone can enjoy sweet European indulgence! They also have a crunchy variety but I have yet to locate it in any local stores (hint to PR folks at Biscoff reading this).

You know how all the Nutella commercials have kids spreading the stuff on bread, waffles and other bland breakfast items? You don’t do that with Biscoff. You take a huge dollop directly from the jar and savor that while you veg out in front the computer or couch (Ben will know this).

Trader Joe’s actually featured a very similar seasonal product recently for Winter 2011 called Speculoos Cookie Butter. It’s the same concept using traditional European Speculoos cookie and pulverized into a creamy spread. If you can’t find Biscoff spread, I would suggest seeing if you local TJs has it. It’s been rumored it’s been reappearing…plus anything worthy of a Facebook Fan Page must be in high demand (Biscoff Spread also has one too).

According to Biscoff’s website, the spread is currently available at Walmart, Paris Grocery Seattle, Giant Food Stores and Cost Plus World Market (though at CPWM it costs $5 as I found out last week). Check it out!


Lucas Pelon Roller Tamarind

No Comments » Written on March 2nd, 2012 by
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Product: Lucas Pelon Roller Tamarind
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Lakewood)
Price: 8/$1 or around 13 cents each

I’d like to think I’m somewhat of an Andrew Zimmern of the grocery store, but instead of indulging in durian (me: done), snake penis (me: maybe) and balut (me: no way), I sample possibly expired treats, discontinued finds and occasionally unfamiliar territory. Also, Mr. Zimmern – you owe me big time for blatantly advertising your show right there.

I’m not too familiar with Hispanic candies, though I’ve browsed through popular choices like hot & spicy mango lollipops and those little tubs of flavored powder at our local market (they also sell pork rinds [chicharones] here at big as your forearm – Atkins dieters rejoice). So as something that’s previously unfamiliar to me, I’ll be using Google and Wikipedia to do some research; I’m also writing this at 5am so it’s a bit of déjà vu from my college years (thank you Wikipedia for helping me spell déjà vu right there).

What you may not know is, over the past few years a variety of candies have been removed from shelves due to possible lead contamination in the packaging. I noticed this list had “Pelon roller tamarind flavored syrup candy” on it – so I hope I don’t get an extra surprise with my purchase. For those of you worried about me, Wikipedia notes “As of July 2008, this and other similar Mexican candies are safe to eat.”

Tamarind isn’t widely used in American candy (then again, neither is spicy chili powder), but it’s the main component of this candy. The liquid tamarind roller candy is so popular it even has its own Wikipedia page.

Even those this candy is a liquid (sugar, water, glucose, chili powder, citric acid, xanthan gum, and tamarind extract), you don’t squeeze it into your mouth as much as you roll it with the circular application tip. Without risking this sounding like a set of tampon instructions, I’ll stop right there for my sake.

Contrary to the label that the candy is “Mucho Fun!”, it smelled and tasted like the sticky liquid you find pooled and encrusted underneath the ketchup, mustard and mayo bottles sitting in your fridge door. It was not an enjoyable experience, so suffice to say, it was no mucho fun. The brown color of the syrupy liquid didn’t really help that fact.

Now I expect to get some feedback from folks who have grown up with this candy and love it to death, but it really didn’t jive with me. I don’t care for the idea of any liquid candy and I think the tamarind flavor works much better in drinks and other foods.

Grocery Outlet (in Lakewood) still has a whole mess of these sitting in their candy aisle, waiting to be purchased by adventurous people like our dear readers. Try one if you’re inclined to roll a sticky, sour liquid on tongue (that’s all the innuendo you get for today). Happy Friday!


Iron Man Popsicle

No Comments » Written on February 9th, 2012 by
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Product: Iron Man Popsicle
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (North Tacoma/6th Ave.)
Price: 3/$1 or 34 cents

One of my cherished moments as a child was the neighborhood ice cream truck. And not just the truck itself – the thrill of hearing a constant repeat of “Pop Goes the Weasel”, “Turkey in the Straw” or the classic Scott Joplin piece “The Entertainer” becoming louder and louder as the truck traveled closer to my neighborhood. Mind you, the music didn’t mean we would be going to be visited by the truck, since our neighborhood was a looped dead-end that saw the truck less often than we did a new year.

When we (my brother and I) could confirm the truck was actually headed towards us, we made the mad dash of emptying pig banks, scraping through the couch and grabbing those quarters out of conveniently placed spare change dishes.

Looking back, the selection was always generally underwhelming: maybe some Ninja Turtles with bubble gum eyes or a Mickey Mouse novelty molded to include ears. In fact, most of the treats were just popsicles instead of actual ice cream. But jack up the price of those suckers by 1000% and you’ve got scores of kids chasing after your vehicle. A $1 treat from the truck always tasted better that a Fudgesicle from Fred Meyer that your mom bought in a 48 pack.

Oh boy, fat free with natural* colors and flavors!

Liquid Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup and Corn Syrup.

Sadly, now I’m too old to go chasing after ice cream trucks and buying things made of pure sugar that aren’t Starbucks Frappacinos. However, I am not immune to bright colors and movie tie-ins (the children’s cereal aisle is a no-fly zone for me) so I couldn’t resisted buying IRON MAN’S FACE – in popsicle form.

Contrary to my usual modus operandi, I actually have seen Iron Man 2, instead of catching it when it appears on Saturday night basic cable. I can appreciate Robert Downey Jr.’s sarcastic character and Scarlett Johansson’s skintight leather, though I’m not sure the target audience of this product would.


Iron Man’s big identity reveal in the film was a little more well-received that this unveiling. Poor frozen novelty Iron Man didn’t hold up too well after melting a bit in my grocery bag and refreezing in the meantime.

Iron Man’s face was a sickly syrupy sweet frozen mass of cherry and lemon. If you’ve ever had a “Firecracker” Popsicle, this pop was reminiscent of the first two cherry and lemon sections. All in all, a syrupy sweet artificial tasting frozen novelty that’ll make your heart race and possibly overload your Arc Reactor.

UPDATE – Last time I visited Grocery Outlet, the price of the remaining stock of these had been updated to 8/$1 or 12/$1, can’t remember which.

Yves Veggie Cuisine Shrimp Scampi

5 comments Written on January 30th, 2012 by
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Product: Yves Veggie Cuisine Shrimp Scampi
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Lakewood)
Price: $1.99

I recently remembered an intense conversation I had with a friend that took place years ago at a local popular Chinese buffet (shout out to Super Buffet in Dupont) on the topic of shrimp. As we peeled the clear shells off of our chilled crustaceans, she mused how gross it was to see the shrimp’s visible intestinal tract (now you know) before popping it into her mouth. Now even though that tube is pretty much filled with algae, plankton and other harmless goo, she just had to take it a step farther, splitting open the shrimp’s back and rubbing the brown innards between her fingers.

Recently, I picked up a box of veggie shrimp scampi (seen before) partly prompted by my buffet experience but also because I wondered what in the world faux shrimp could be made out of.

Now I am not vegetarian, but I’ve dabbled with all sorts of meat substitutes, just for experimentation. Things like the good old veggie burger/Gardenburger, Boca Burgers, weird soy based “ribs” covered with a goopy sauce, Chik’n nuggets but also less processed choices like tofu, seitan and TVP. These veggie shrimp are composed not of soy or grains, but glucomannan (used in lots of weight-control related foods), potato starch and whey protein. Nom nom.

Obviously creating shrimp from starches is gonna bump the carbs up and knock the protein down (an impressive 1g per serving) but nevertheless, it’s a low calorie meal at 200 calories per box.

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The box including the vacuum-sealed packet of “shrimp” (lovingly colored red with paprika extract) and a goopy packet of scampi sauce, made with garlic purée and canola oil. I’m glad they didn’t pre-mix them, because I can only take so much sauce with my meat-and-seafood free shrimp.

The contents.

Prep was pretty easy. The veggie shrimp is already pre-cooked so I took the liberty of using the fancy, non-bachelor route of actually putting the ingredients in a sauté pan as opposed to zapping it in the microwave.

This is another one of those products that I cannot find any official listing on the manufacturer’s site so I’ll go ahead and assume it’s discontinued, given the absence of information and the overabundance of these at my local Grocery Outlet recently (I saw the veggie tuna on sale last week for a measly 50 cents a box, so I might have to pick up one of those as well).

I cooked the shrimp until they were deemed “cooked” (lukewarm, in this case) and dosed them out on a plate. I did cook them with the included sauce, but only about a fourth of the packet, as to preserve the delicate glucomannan and potato starch flavor.

As far as the taste and texture goes, I was pleasantly surprised. The veggie shrimp successfully obtained a chewy, meaty texture without being too gummy or crumbly. They did have a slight fishy flavor, which I’m curious how this happened without using actual fish (anyone want to weigh in?).

I didn’t really care for the scampi sauce. Unlike the scampi I’m used to, it was mainly canola oil as opposed to butter which gave it a slick, greasy taste. Note that I didn’t eat the veggie shrimp with any sort of pasta or rice as suggested, but I imagine those would soak up a bit of the oil.

All in all, an interesting concept but looks like it didn’t catch on. I probably wouldn’t buy these again, mainly because I don’t feel real shrimp are that unhealthy (but I am a meat eater after all) and they’re definitely more filling due to the protein content. Worth a try though if you’re vegetarian and looking for something fishy.

Other Reviews for Yves Veggie Cuisine Shrimp Scampi:
Adventures in Fake Meat

(ICED) ENrG Frozen Bar Energy Supplement

2 comments Written on October 31st, 2011 by
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Product: (ICED) ENrG Frozen Bar Energy Supplement (Berry flavor)
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (North Tacoma/6th Ave.)
34 cents or 3/$1

While Halloween would seem like the ideal time to write about some discounted candy or some weird chocolate we recently found, sadly I’ll have to disappoint you this year. Admittedly, all chocolate products in this household are generally consumed within mere hours of its arrival here and the only candy I have is some mint gum (trick-or-treaters, you’ve been warned. Thankfully it’s not feasible to egg just one apartment door).

Under the neon lights.

In the meantime, I picked up this frozen bar last week and spent sometime researching it. This is a bad habit from my college days, with just a dash of obsessive-compulsiveness mixed in. Who made this product? Why is it only 30 cents? Who in the world thought an energy popsicle ice pop (Popsicle is a brand name) was a good idea? I could probably make it as an investigative journalist, but I’m afraid I’m much too non-confrontational and timid to do anything like that.

Curiously enough, I found no official product page from Dreyers/Nestle (the maker of the product) for the (ICED) ENrG. The only references I found online were some other reviews (linked at the end of this article) from late 2010. A couple of these websites also mention the complete lack of marketing. I ever went as far as emailing Nestle last weekend for an answer but no response yet. It’s apparently one of those products that’s been banished to the product marketing black hole. Keeping this in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised if a huge batch of these were produced in late 2010 (perhaps around November, judging by the best buy date) and quietly phased out shortly afterward.

I'm gonna "RECHARGE"

Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of popsicles ice pops. They’re simply a lower calorie alternative to ice cream bars without the creaminess of dairy but still the pancreas-seizing amounts of sugar. But an energy popsicle ice pop? The (ICED) ENrG Frozen Bar Energy Supplement has caffeine (45 mg), taurine (150 mg) and some vitamins and additives (like Vitamin B, C and niacin). It also qualifies as one of the most annoying product names to type, since I don’t have time to superscript the R or insert superfluous parentheses (part of its downfall, perhaps?)

The (ICED) ENrG pop is “berry” flavor, though whether that’s raspberry, blackberry, blueberry or the ever mysterious mixed berry, is up for discussion. but the ingredient list only includes “pomegranate fruit juice concentrate, vegetable and fruit juice colors” and “natural and artificial flavors”. Fun fact: see “Karaya Gum” on the ingredients? Wikipedia notes it’s “used as a thickener and emulsifier in foods, as a laxative, and as a denture adhesive”.

The pop is slightly larger than the norm, with a plastic stick instead of a wooden one (and no eye-roll worthy jokes either) and it tastes like pomegranate-raspberry followed by a slight chemical-like bitterness, most likely from the energizing additives. If anything, it was a strong recollection of chomping down on a purple Chewable Flinstones multivitamin as a kid. Nowadays, kids are spoiled with gummy vitamins, so they’ve never had to deal with that acrid, medicinal flavor of lots of vitamins and minerals attempting to hide in a sugary package.

The back recommends “Suggested Use: 1 Frozen Bar Daily”. (ICED) ENrG also warns that it’s not recommended for kids of pregnant women, though I can’t see anyone other than a kid trying to get a serious energy boost from something like an ice pop. At 24g of sugar (equal to an 8oz glass of orange juice) and 45mg of caffeine (same amount as a Diet Coke), you’re probably better off sticking to your morning joe than unwrapping this sticky mess.

Other Reviews of (ICED) ENrG Popsicle:
Caffeine A Holic
ED Junkie
Possessed by Caffeine

Smucker’s Plate Scapers

3 comments Written on October 14th, 2011 by
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Product: Smucker’s Plate Scapers (Vanilla Flavor)
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Lakewood)
Price: 10 cents

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.

Thank goodness Smucker’s introduced Plate Scapers, a tool for my land…er…platescaping needs and packaged in a convenient squeeze bottle as well! Never would I have considered an edible white goo as part of my building plans (unless you count Elmer’s glue as edible). I’ve actually had this stuff on hand for a while now, but was mulling over what exactly I would use it for. Would you believe Grocery Outlet had a giant cart full of bottles, only for 10 cents?

In addition to Vanilla flavor, Plate Scapers also come in Caramel, Chocolate, Chocolate Fudge, Lime, Raspberry and Strawberry. Never would I have spent $10 per tube of paint in college if I knew I could get all my colors from Smucker’s and eat them too.

However, if a quick Google Search is any indication, the general population thinks this product’s name is “Plate Scrapers” (about 378,000,000 results) instead of “Plate Scapers” (about 11,700 results – “Did you mean: smuckers plate scrapers”) prompting me to think that people assume that swirling around sweetened goo on your plate with your regular slop make it that much more appealing and delicious, literally causing you to scrape it all into your mouth.

Platescaping for the novice, skilled and expert.

Good news, it's gluten-free!

Unfortunately, Smucker’s was not available to comment on this naming snafu, though I feel this product has a bit of an identity crisis. One on hand it’s advertised as a dessert topping on their main site yet the bottle specifically notes it’s for “plate decorating”

Vanilla Plate Scapers consists of:

Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, fructose, glycerin, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean and cottonseed oil), salt, carrageenan, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate added as a preservative, titanium dioxide added for color, sodium citrate, disodium phosphate, locust bean gum, soy lecithin.

It’s as delicious as it sounds.

Despite my displeasure with the taste (a delightful mix of chemicals, corn syrup, oil and a hint of dairy), the real test was to gauge how good this stuff could scape my bare plate.

I’ll think I’ll stick to leaving my plates…unscaped. Saves me some time washing the dishes too.

Scharffen Berger Roasted Cacao Nibs

4 comments Written on October 12th, 2011 by
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Product: Scharffen Berger Roasted Cacao Nibs
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Lakewood)
Price: $3.49

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.

Pre-nib cocoa bean – thanks to my bro for being some back from Costa Rica.

Cacao nibs are the little pieces of the crushed cocoa bean, to which cocoa butter, sugar and other things (nuts, fruit and the like) are added to make the final product. They’re about the size of an almond, but a little fatter. If you’re interested in learning more about the bean-to-bar process and you’re in the western Washington region, I would highly suggest visiting Theo Chocolate in the Fremont area of Seattle and taking their factory tour. They’re an organic, fair-trade chocolate maker that do all their roasting in-house. It’s $6.00, but you get more chocolate samples than a human should eat at a time including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, spicy chocolate and even handmade truffles (mine had an infusion of jasmine pearl tea).

Anywho, one of the samples on the tour was a handful of cacao nibs right from the roasting room. After enjoying them on the tour, I was excited to pick up a bag of Scharffen Berger nibs at Grocery Outlet. Scharffen Berger (I’ll occasionally refer to it as SB to rest my fingers) is based in Berkeley, but purchased by Hershey’s in 2005. While I’m pretty indifferent to Hershey’s own milk chocolate bar, I’m a fan of SB’s dark chocolate, which we occasionally see at Grocery Outlet in either bar or baking bit form.

If you’re wondering the difference between cocoa and cacao, long story short: cocoa = powder or butter, cacao = tree, pod or bean (or something entirely different if you watch Portlandia – link is NOT work safe/for the kiddies).

Now if you like chocolate, I’ll have to warn you that cacao nibs are a very different animal. Instead of the sweet, creamy melt-in-your-mouth square, the nibs are more akin to a gravel-like potting soil, in both texture and color. They’re a bit slick and shiny from all the delicious saturated fats in the cocoa bean.

I would describe the nibs as earthy, somewhat bitter and a fermented taste that reminds me slightly of red wine. They’re bit of an acquired taste and something you might have to adjust to. Over the past couple years, I’ve trained myself from eating milk chocolate to easing into 85%-100% cocoa content bars. Then again, I’ve been told I’m a chocolate Jedi.

If the non-sweetened nibs are not your cup of tea (or cocoa), I suggest trying Scharffen Berger’s Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate nibby bars or even Chocolate Coated Cacao Nibs (CandyBlog. net review here) that include sweetened chocolate to take some of the edge off. You can also use them to add crunch to banana bread or mix them into a homemade granola. For those who want a more savory nibby alternative, Scharffen Berger has an alluring “Cacao Nib Rub on Tri Tip Roast” with brown sugar and red pepper flakes. What’s a more perfect combination that chocolate and steak (maybe chocolate and bacon)?

Bonus tip for our Tacoma-area readers: if you’re hesitant about purchasing an entire bag of cacao nibs in fear you won’t like them, I have it on good authority the newly opened Tacoma Food Co-Op carries them in the bulk section. That way you can feel free to purchase as much as you’d like (and you don’t have to be a member to purchase, but you should join!).

Ever tried cacao nibs? What’d you think?

Buy Scharffen Berger Cacao Nibs on Amazon.

This Week at Grocery Outlet

No Comments » Written on October 10th, 2011 by
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Since we’re getting back into the swing of things and every week we see stuff in the store we’d like to try but don’t always purchase, we’re starting a little section featuring some interesting products we’ve seen during our weekend shopping trips. We’ve already got a handful of potential review material in the queue/fridge at all times, but this is a chance to let our friends in the Tacoma/South Sound area about some neat eats. It’s like a mommy coupon blog minus the coupons and maternal wisdom.

We stopped by Grocery Outlet on 6th Ave. yesterday evening and found some good candidates…

1. Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water – $1.99 (4 pack)

Back in March we tried Fever-Tree’s Naturally Light Indian Tonic Water and Ben was instantly hooked. It’s a constant fixture on our gin-dominated drink shelf (which happens to be an IKEA Billy Bookcase), especially when we find it on sale. A pack of the UK-based tonic normally seems to retail for around $6-8 so if you’re looking for a decent tonic, I’d suggest trying some out. If you don’t trust our admittedly unrefined palates, it’s got some rave reviews on Amazon as well. Availability in the states seems to be limited – I’ve only seen it sold at Whole Foods and

Bonus food photobomb: Little boxes of Silk PureAlmond Dark Chocolate – 2/1.00. Includes sippy straw to make you feel like a big kid.

2. Batter Blaster, Whole Wheat – $1.99 (aerosol can)

Okay, I admit: I’ve never tried this product and the novelty of making pancakes using something called a Batter Blaster is terribly amusing, much less downright lazy. But I know that deep down, every person who bashes this product secretly wants to get in on that batter blasting action. Plus I imagine it makes creating pancakes words and phallic flapjacks that much easier.

Plus it’s organic! And has whole wheat! And brown sugar and cinnamon! And CO2 goodness!

3. Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream, Strawberry Darling and Capraccino flavors 

- $2.99 each

While normally I wouldn’t get terribly excited over ice cream at a great price (okay, I get really excited), Laloo’s piqued my curiosity. First of all, because it’s goat milk-based ice cream. While my last experience with anything goat-related was petting one at the Puyallup Fair, goat milk ice cream is something I’m not opposed to trying. Secondly, the Strawberry Darling flavor is not your typical Baskin Robbins fare. It’s strawberries combined with a balsamico syrup in a sweet and tangy combination that I absolutely recommend next time you want to living up a green salad.

Apparently a pint of this stuff normally cost ~$7 at Whole Foods, according to my sources. Additionally, it earned an A+ review from our friend Rodzilla (and he’s pretty discerning when it comes to ice cream). I may have to do my own taste test in the future before this stuff sells out.

So readers (Pierce County or otherwise), seen any good deals lately?

Bake With Me! (Sorry, Not the Latest Stoner Comedy)

No Comments » Written on August 26th, 2011 by
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Product: Arrowhead Mills Bake With Me Organic Sugar Cookie Mix
Purchased at: Grocery Outlet (Lakewood)
Price: $1.99

There’s no better way to kill time bond with a loved than a lazy Sunday afternoon than baking your own sugar cookies. What’s even better is when the mix is all made up for you and you only have to add an egg (or if you prefer, an egg substitute) and some butter. While I’ve glanced over many boxed sugar cookies mixes in the past, this one caught my eye because it includes a cookie cutter. And not just any cookie cutter. It’s a duck.

A fun afternoon to spend with your child/significant other.

Oh, plus the mix is organic and has whole wheat and stuff so you won’t feel as guilty as you bite the heads off your newly baked duck cookies.

I’ve included some of the instructions from the back of the box below for your enjoyment:

“Let’s make sugar cookies! and Create Fun Duck Shaped Cookies!”

  1. “Let’s preheat the oven so the cookies bake properly and butter the pan so they won’t get stuck! Preheat oven to 350? F. Have your child lightly butter an 11×15 cookie sheet using some melted butter & pastry brush.” (We used a Silpat cause that’s how we roll).
  2. “We mix the ingredients according to the directions so that we can make the cookie dough taste yummy. Let your child (in this case, Ben) beat the eggs & melted butter in a large bowl. Add the Cookie Mix. Mix with an electric mixer on low until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough slightly to form a small ball. Use immediately or chill for up to 24 hours.” (We used some of that pasteurized egg product courtesy of Costco so we got to eat all the uncooked dough we wanted. We probably would have eaten the raw dough with a real egg anyway).
  3. “Isn’t it exciting to roll out the dough and cut it with our new cookie cutter?” (Actually it was a pain in the ass to remove all the dough scraps from around the duck shapes we cut out. Additionally, we used regular evil corporation flour to roll out the dough instead of the Arrowhead Mills Organic Pastry Flour the box instructed. Our cookies were corrupted from the start.)
  4. “These fresh baked cookies taste delicious! I love spending time making fun desserts with you!” (Ben & I went through a trial separation following the baking of the cookies and he got full custody of them).

There was also a little booklet including some “games” (maze and coloring page) and an offer for a free apron if we sent in a bunch of UPCs and shipping costs. Sadly, we had to decline.

Enjoy the following photos documenting the process.