Archive for October, 2009



10
Oct
09

Something for the snack drawer at work

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These are like Nestle Crunch meets Pringles by way of Belgium: high-quallity Belgian chocolate wafers with rice crunchies. The Pringles shape is a nice touch, as if ergonomically designed to melt on your tongue. They’ll run you $2.49 for a pack of 36 at Trader Joe’s.

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10
Oct
09

Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s

I know that there’s no comparison when it comes to say, the quality of produce or product selection–Whole Foods wins, hands down. But when it comes to other categories like frozen foods, Trader Joe’s whoops some serious WF butt. This tart was $5.99, what you’d pay for just a slice at a restaurant or patisserie. At Whole Foods, the nearly identical made-in-France tart was $9.99 over the summer. Ouch.

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10
Oct
09

Whole Foods pineapple upside-down cake

Yet again I victimize my wallet by going shopping hungry. Well, I must’ve been ravenously hungry, because pineapple cake isn’t something I usually go for. I believe this was $3.99 for a mini cake. It’s not bad, but not crave-worthy. After 4 days, half of it is sitting in my fridge.

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09
Oct
09

Win all the white chocolate mousse froyo you could possibly eat

TCBY is a sentimental favorite. First, it’s been around since the early 80s, looong before Pinkberry was even a thought in its founder’s head. Second, there was a TCBY in my hometown that I frequented as a pimply teen, and I’ve never gotten sick of their white chocolate mousse flavor. (Note: If anyone from TCBY happens to be reading, please defrost your fruit toppings before serving them!)

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Which leads me to the TCBY store giveaway. Make a video and you could win your own store. Which means, if you wanted, you could stick your head under the nozzle and dispense the stuff directly into your mouth. I can think of nothing better right now.

09
Oct
09

DIY healthy vegan muffins

DailyCandy featured this line today, Purely Elizabeth, whose muffin and pancake mixes are free of dairy, wheat, gluten and sugar. It’s a line started by a holistic nutrition counselor, available online and in health foods stores.

Incidentally, I was reading this morning about the new Alicia Silverstone lifestyle book that, like Skinny Bitch, encourages a vegan diet. Silverstone insists that you don’t have to give up on flavor by going vegan. Hopefully this muffin mix proves that to be true. Sometimes it seems the bar is so low for vegan treats that my vegan friends end up gushing about any halfway-decent goodie, simply grateful for its existence. So I feel for them.

Meamwhile, don’t mind me while I keep on scarfing down my unhealthy buttery, sugary, egg-based baked goods.

http://bit.ly/21L8ND

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09
Oct
09

Sir Francis Bacon Peanut Brittle

The week wouldn’t be complete without a bacon treat of the week. So as we go into the Columbus Day weekend, I present to you baconized peanut brittle. These are available online and at Dean & Deluca. Check out the great logo.

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06
Oct
09

In defense of the ugly stepchild of desserts (pie)

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As the cake lover, I shouldn’t be the one posting this article from salon.com, but hey–the guy loves pie enough that he had a wedding pie made in place of a wedding cake. I can respect that kind of passion.

As for calling pie the ugly stepchild–those are the author’s words, not mine.  

From Pie (in the name of love), by Vincent Rossmeier:

“Pie is moist where cake is too often arid; it’s complex where cake is too often banal. Pie offers me lasting contentment, whereas all cake can tender is a cloying sugar rush. In a subtle, supple flake of pie crust there is more of heaven than in all the world’s slabs of cake combined.”

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2008/12/20/pie_love/index.html

BTW, I bought my first pumpkin pie of the season, a mini from Whole Foods today, along with some whipping cream. I need to get my fill while the season lasts.




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