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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pumpkin Spice 2014

IT'S TIME TO UNLEASH THE PUMPKIN KRAKEN.

Well to be honest, it's been unleashed for quite a bit of time now. But now is the time where I actually start posting about it. First, I would like to talk about this.


Starbucks decided to have a cute puzzle/secret password for those who absolutely couldn't wait to have their pumpkin spice latte (even though it was still 80+ degrees out). The idea was that you crack the code and show this screen to someone (the cashier?) at your local Starbucks, thus unlocking the long-waited PSL for everyone to enjoy early. Cute idea, but I was one of those who could wait. I wanted to take in my Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade as much as possible. (Speaking of which, is this a permanent item now? I hope so.) The tumblr page, therealpsl, is super duper cute and really gets me into the fall mood. WOO.


Now, for actual products. The first thing I spotted was this tea at Bed Bath and Beyond, which I encountered in the middle of August. Smooth. I'm looking at this picture now wondering why I didn't pick a box up. I vaguely recall enjoying the apple spice flavor from the same line, but then I remembered how improbable that was because I DON'T LIKE CHAI. ...If the temptations are strong, I still might pick this up. I know, I'm weak and I never learn from my mistakes. I've failed as a human being. Forgive me, pumpkin gods.

(Left: Pumpkin Spice Frappucino and Right: Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte)
Obligatory Starbucks PSL. There needs no explanation.


Mini review.
Iced Pumpkin Coffee: Really sweet, but actually tastes like pumpkin! Surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Medium is way too big for me.
Pumpkin Donut: Orange on the inside. No noticeable pumpkin flavor. However, cake donuts never fail to please.
Can you tell by the border and the filter that I already put this on Instagram?

Just some of the many pumpkin spice stuff I spotted at Target. I WANT ALL OF THEM.

I got the Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, which I'm 75% certain I had them last year too. Must not have been too memorable if I have to wonder if I've bought these before. They're definitely not bad, but don't remind me a lot of pumpkin. Or cheesecake.

My friend also got the Nestle Pumpkin Spice morsels to make cookies with. I contemplated getting then, but was at a loss of ideas for what to make with them. Luckily, I was able to sample a few chips off of her. They're really intense in flavor - the spices are evident and I am clearly reminded of a pumpkin. The texture isn't a smooth as a chocolate chip, differentiating it from a white chocolate chip with cinnamon. I can imagine these easily spicing up any cookie or blondie.


Anyway, I'm missing some stuff that I didn't really care too much for (Keurig cups, air fresheners) and if you want to see all the products from last year that are back, you can find them on my post #thehuntforpumpkin

I'll try (no promises) to add the stuff that I missed from last year, and obviously add stuff to this year's post. You can also keep up to date on my Instagram or under the hashtag #thehuntforpumpkin, which is also on Instagram.

Happy Pumpkin Spice Season, Everybody!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pies and Thighs

Like many other food places, this has been on my "must-try" places FOREVER.


 Pies-n-Thighs
166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
b/t Bedford Ave & Driggs Ave 

Neighborhood: Williamsburg - South Side
www.piesnthighs.com/
 
First of all, fabulous name. Do they mean thighs as in chicken thighs? Or do they mean thighs as in the ones that are a part of your legs that will probably expand after having their pie? The world may never know.

Secondly, COMFORT FOOD. Who doesn't like feeling all warm (even though it was spring/summer when I went) and cozy from good food? Nobody. That's who.

Thankfully for my good friends, I got to drag them here upon request for my birthday lunch.

Pictured: Outside; sign pointing to entrance.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lay's Do Us A Flavor Chips Review

What? A review on chips?? What happened to you?!?


Well, to be honest, I actually had another post in the works reviewing new (at that time) flavors of Triscuit crackers, but I supposed I waited too long and didn't get to it in the end. Also, they aren't nearly as intriguing or eye-catching as these new Lay's Do Us A Flavor chips that have been catching all the buzz. I guess I'm a little late to the party to these too >_>

Let's start with the Cappuccino one, since that's what you probably came here to read about.

With no specific cut or cooking method, the Cappuccino Lay's have a regular potato chip base, just like the ones you'd find in, well, a regular bag of Lay's. However, these are definitely way less salted and have a slightly sweet taste. As for the coffee flavor, it's not too strong but it does come off as coffee as opposed to anything else. Like what? I don't know. Coconut oil? Cinnamon? Gasoline? (Not gasoline.)


Overall, I would give these chips a thumbs up! This might be because I have an insane sweet tooth, and I'm that type of person who dips their fries into ice-cream. My mom, on the other hand, is not the biggest fan of sweet and salty combinations; however, she didn't seem to mind these. Wait - it's probably because she's a coffee addict. I had my friends try these too and I received mixed results - some adored them, others were confused. In the end, I would repurchase to mix into cookies and brownies - I can see these being great components in baked goods. YES.

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Next up, Mango Salsa. To be quite honest, I don't know what I was expecting. A few weeks ago, I finished up a jar of mango salsa that was slowly reaching its expiration date, so that must have been the reason why this appealed to me. I am curious of the result of dipping these chips into mango salsa.


One thing I don't understand - why choose Wavy Lay's for these? The only thing I have against wavy chips is that sometimes they're so big I can't shove them in my mouth (twss). As for the flavor, the mango is fairly mild. It doesn't seem as though the mango taste is in the seasoning powder (even though it probably is and that's just me going insane), but you can taste it and it's there. (P.S. - If you've ever heard of The Nosh Show, the people that run that podcast have recently reviewed them and Ryan could seriously not have explained it any better.) The flavor reminds me of a mango gummy candy rather than real mango, although some may disagree. I get no salsa taste from these. Overall, not awful, but I wouldn't repurchase these. Plus, these were my least favorite. :c

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Wasabi Ginger is up next. I passed by them the day before I picked these up because I 1. am not the biggest fan of wasabi and 2. am not the biggest fan spicy things. Imagine my surprise when I tried them - it turns out I really like these! Upon first bite, you are hit HARD with intense wasabi flavor. However, unlike sticking a glob of wasabi in your mouth, the spiciness dissipates and thankfully doesn't burn the hell out of your mouth. That is probably the main reason why I like these: the flavor keeps it interesting and doesn't numb my mouth after having a chip. Verdict: Fave.

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Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese. The flavor that will probably win, sadly. "Sadly?!?!" you shout, "These sound awesome!!!". I'm eh about these. I feel like we already have so many cheese and bacon themed chips in the market already; do we really need more? In my opinion, these weren't exemplary. Of course, they weren't horrible - how can you hate bacon or cheese? Compared to the other flavors, these just seemed so flat and dull.

Pictured: Some pretty orange chips

These chips are pretty cheese powder-y and have a slight bacon aroma - not unlike other bacon flavored chips (think cheddar bacon potato skins from TGI Fridays., if you've had them). Since I had these last, these were underwhelming to me and I kinda sorta hope they don't win. Sorry Matt Allen.

Alright, final results. If I had to list these in order of most to least favorite:
1. Wasabi Ginger
2. Cappucino
3. Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese
4. Mango Salsa

However, if I were to recommend these to a friend, I would switch #1 and #2, because I like making my friends feel uncomfortable and confused. Anyway, if you tried these, feel free to tell me what you thought!

[P.S. - I don't know why I didn't think to take a picture of the chips themselves. I AM DUMB. Hopefully I'll get around to buying more to photograph >_>)

Update: I got photos! No Wasabi Ginger though noooooooooooo!!!! I don't know how but they all went missing and I can't find any at the stores I've visited? I hardly believe somebody (that isn't me) is buying all of them. Hope they didn't toss them.

Pictured: On the left, each chip individually. Top to Bottom: Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Cappuccino, Mango Salsa

Monday, August 4, 2014

SOON

Image Credit: theimpulsivebuy.com

And so it begins... at the start of August. Back to school sales AND pumpkin spice. Actually, I've been seeing both ever since the 3rd week of July. Who knew? Get ready to see Halloween decorations as soon as a few more weeks, as I did last year

May the Fall be ever in your favor. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Popping in to say Hi

Hi!

Just here to say I haven't forgotten about my beloved blog :'(

My excuse again is testing so hopefully I will have stuff up by the end June!!!

I actually have some posts lined up but I actually need to write them T___T

Anyway, now for some real news...

Starbucks Happy Hour / Frappy Hour is back, starting from May 1 going on until May 10. Frappucinos are 50% off, as always, from 3pm to 5pm. For more tips, see my post about this event from last year.

Happy Sipping!

Pictured: My drink of choice: Coffee Frappucino with 2 pumps of Cinnamon Dolce syrup. REALLY GOOD (until you get down to the last sip, then it's blech)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Studio

This is one of the coolest (and maybe only?) studios I've ever been to in my entire life. Not only are the workers super nice (I'm talking about you Myles), but you get free shit too :D
There's a café with different pastries and juice/coffee.



And tablets where you can order from.


They make good use of their phones.

This is another one of their pastries; a nutella croissant, I believe.

Another one of the ordering tablets, filled out.

A 3-D printed shoe.

A Gif-making set.
 
Before they renovated and had the gif-making set, they had the photobooth, and this was a result of that after my first visit:

I even framed it :'>
 
Also, they'll occasionally play "Notecracker", which is basically charades, but you get a chance to win free stuff.

Of course, they have a variety of their products displayed for you to play with.

Okay, I'm gonna stop here because I do a terrible job at this, and because there's already a great post about this place at Terresa Ling's blog! I missed a lot of stuff about this place, so her post will cover all of it. Go check it out and visit the place before it closes!!!!



Monday, March 24, 2014

Chocolate Muffins Recipe



It's time for another rare recipe post! This one is for all you disbarred lawyers out there who are trying to get your beach bod ready for summer. Or those who are just looking for a delicious choco banalmond muffin recipe.

Let's start with the ingredients.
You'll need the ugliest bananas to mash because those are the best for baking, peanut butter (I usually use almond butter), vinegar, vanilla extract, and a plethora of dry ingredients.




Those dry ingredients would be flour (whole wheat or all-purpose), oats, so we can make oat flour, cocoa powder (or hot cocoa mix for added sweetness), salt and baking soda.





Like I said before, we're going to make oat flour, so whip out your magic bullet and grinding blade, or food processor.

MAGIC.





Of course, mix the goods into one homogenous mixture.

Now, PEANUT BUTTER.



Open it up.

Stick a spoon in it and put it in your mouth.

Measure it in your cool measuring cup that you saw Alton Brown use.


And now, bananas.

MURDER. 


Add ze chocolate peanut butter.

And now add the liquids.

And the dry goods. If you want, you can add chocolate chips like I did for extra goodness.

Scoop the batter into your silicone liners using your handy dandy ice-cream scoop disher.


If you're feeling roasted banana, slice up a banana and put it on the top, before baking of course.

Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Also, remember to preheat your oven before hand.


OMG puffy hot chocolate goodness.

Close up shots.

Enjoy!!

Recipe:
"Chocolate Banalmond Muffins" adapted from this recipe.
Makes 12 regular sized muffins.
-1 1/2 cup of flour. (I used a mix of AP and oat flour; use what you want)
-1 cup mashed banana.
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 tbsp vinegar
-1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter
May need some water if batter is too thick (depends on moisture in bananas)
Optional: chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grind oats if needed. Mix ingredients together.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Perform toothpick test.
4. Let cool. EAT.