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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Yet more Oreo specialty flavors

Left, Kettle Corn Oreo gets its creme texture from puffed millet pieces, and its undeniably sweet like kettle-made popcorn. Might even say it sorta tastes like it too; I’m not that fond of kettle-made popcorn. Center, Cherry Cola smells like the real deal, but the flavor of the creme is too ‘soft’ despite a sprinkling of Pop Rocks to simulate effervescence. And I swear I’m tasting hints of Hot & Spicy Cinnamon. Smooth flavored cremes are at the center of these Chocolate & Peanut Butter & Pie Oreo, right. A little too smooth as the graham cookie overpowers; altogether it tastes like cookie butter with cocoa. Tasty but not remarkable.

Aromas of warm cookie and tropical fruit entice when I opened up a package of PiƱa Colada Oreo Thins, left. Smooth pineapple, coconut flavors do not disappoint. The flavor of the creme in these Pistachio Oreo Thins, right, at first reminds me of Lucky Charms marshmallow bits; pistachio comes soon enough to compliment the marshmallowy base. Thin chocolate cookie does not overbear. Quite good!

Left, Strawberry Shortcake smells like Crunch Berries. The creme is quite smooth and decidedly sweet, while the cookie is studded with ‘strawberry’ bits. I like the cookie a lot more than the creme. Probably just fine for the kids. Rocky Road Trip, right, sports a cookie dotted with marshmallow bits and rocky road-flavored creme with “soy nut inclusions.” Texture wise the marshmallow bits are interesting enough and tend to get stuck in your teeth. The creme is soft and rich in cocoa and marshmallow flavors. The “Soy nut inclusions” add a wee bit of crunch to the creme but offer little much else. Not to mention the name is weird. Sounds like a male-specific medical condition, IMHO. Why not just give us almond bits?

Great Moments in Advertising

Left, The word ‘fresh’ applied to Mountain Dew seems a bit of a stretch. Right, Because Doritos degrade so quickly; Nacho Cheese is practically inedible within a week.

Left, Mountain Dew and “dialysis treatments” are a natural pairing. Right, #ErinGoWTF.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

East Village Eats: Scenic Route Bakery, Gong Fu Tea

A delicious spinach and feta croissant, left, and a feta, onion and cracked egg bialy, right, from Scenic Route Bakery. I love how the whites have spilled out of the bialy and turned crunchy, with a hardened yolk nestled inside the pastry.

There’s hundreds of quality teas to enjoy at Gong Fu Tea, but I’ve narrowed it down to Black Current, left, for my favorite iced tea. “A blend of fine Chinese black teas …delightful in its berry-based richness.” Right, Enjoying a balanced breakfast with iced tea, horse (fava) beans, grapes, tomatoes, and wasabi peanuts.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Gateway Eats: Centro, Fighting Burrito

A well made Boulevardier cocktail at Centro, left, made with Knob Creek bourbon, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Right, A George’s Favorite calzone with Graziano Brothers' Italian sausage, red bell pepper, red onion, and mozzarella, plus a side of red sauce.

Thinking outside of the tortilla at The Fighting Burrito with a Jesse Owens featuring wild rice, black and white beans, grilled peppers and onions, guacamole, both classic and tomatillo salsas, and a squeeze of lime. Also with added vegetarian [soy]Rizo and queso. Really enjoyed the flavor of lime, plus cumin which I suspect came from the Rizo.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Random Sips in the DSM

Left, Found this Bromper hazy New England-style IPA from Fox Brewing at El Bait Shop. Nil bitterness, a good ‘temperate summer’ brew. 5.4% ABV. Right, East Side Attitude from Confluence Brewing is a malty quaff upfront with a wee bit of hops and caramel on the back end; sweet is soon replaced with carbonation after a few mouthfuls. 5.9% ABV, 29 IBU.

Left, Shot glasses this size saddens me. It kills any incentive to offer an added dollop beyond the literal measure. In these times we all need that lagniappe to get us through to the next moment. Dehner Distillery of Clive offers a superior trio of value-priced clear spirits, center, that piques my interest in all their products. I purchased these from the Southridge Hy-Vee. Right, Down with Mr. Brown iced coffee from New Oriental Food Store in the East Village. Six flavors to choose from!