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WPC – Earth, Sun, Flower – Photography

04/23/2017

 

sunflower, wpc, earth, life, sun

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Flower bridges earth to namesake.
All three together life does make.

Science March 2017 – Convinced Now?

04/23/2017

Science March, 2017, beer, street photography, protest

Science March 2017 – Found One!

04/23/2017

protest, Science March 2017, street photography

ALDI – Pepperoni – Mama Cozzi’s – Food Review

04/23/2017

ALDI, pepperoni, review, price, calories, mama cozzi, nutritionApril 23, 2017

The problem with this is finding it!  It’s not in the snack section.  It’s not in the meat section.  It’s in the Italian section, sort of around the tomato sauces and things like that.  Good luck.

Once found, this is a reasonable pepperoni.  It’s very thinly sliced like most other pepperoni found around.  The best way to get the most flavor out of it, is to slowly hold it in the mouth.  If popped in the mouth, chewed and swallowed quickly, much of the flavor will be lost.  As well as by itself, I also tried this on a homemade pizza.  On the pizza it was a little overwhelmed.  Perhaps a thicker cut would’ve helped.

pepperoni, price, review, nutrition, calories, ALDI, mama cozziPrice $2.09  Calories 140 per 30g (about an ounce or 14 slices)

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Sayanca Malbec 2016 – Argentina – Wine Review – ALDI

04/23/2017

sayanca, malbec, wine, Argentina, ALDI, 2016, review, priceApril 23, 2017

A fruity aroma escaped the bottle on first opening which quickly disappeared for good. This is a mildly dry and earthy Malbec from Argentina similar to the other two Malbecs (Gestos, Amancay)  recently reviewed.  Red wines generally need a few years to reach their peaks.  As a 2016 vintage, this is a red wine which has most likely not peaked.  But as a $5 wine, does anyone much care?

For me, this is an everyday table wine meant to be consumed with food.  The wine has a fairly strong flavor profile making paring with; red meats, strong cheeses, hearty sauces and of course pizza, obvious choices.  A burrito Jalisco and Jimmy John’s #5 worked well for me on separate days.

Alone, this is still a drinkable wine with sometimes a bit of a bad aftertaste that may make one wish they had spent another dollar or two for a better wine.  But still, this is not bad for the price and I’ve easily had worse.  Price $4.99

 

 

WPC – Don’t Be Surprised – Photography

04/15/2017

While we still have national parks, don’t be surprised.

WPC, desert, rattlesnake, sign, badlands national park

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Trader Joe’s X-TRA X-TRA Sharp New York Cheddar Cheese- Food Review

04/15/2017

Trader Joe, NY x=tra x-tra sharp cheddar cheese, review, price, nutritionApril 15, 2017

Of the cheddars reviewed here, this one is the best cheddar yet at Trader Joe’s, if you like an American-style cheddar.  Aged “over” 18 months, the cheese is just starting to get crumbly.  Over that time the flavor has matured into a nice tasting cheddar.  Compared to a Kraft sharp cheddar, this one is a bit tastier and definitely not as creamy.  Both those things are good if you’re looking for an aged cheese.  While tastier, the flavor is not overwhelming as the name might imply.  Calories – 110 per oz (28g).  Price $5.99 per pound.

Trader Joe’s – Sriracha Potato Chips – Food Review

04/15/2017

Trader Joe, sriracha potato chips, snacks, nutrition, price, reviewApril 15, 2017

Sriracha Sauce has had its 15 minutes of fame.  Like many other “instant” successes, Sriracha is still around even if not as prominent.   Many companies have gotten on the Sriracha bandwagon over the last few years with their own Sriracha labeled product variants.  Unfortunately many times these variants lose something in the translation.  This chip is one product where much of the label has made its way into the product.

Trader Joe, sriracha potato chips, snacks, nutrition, price, reviewIf you’re familiar with Red Hot Riplets chips, this compares in a tamer way.  Instead of “dumbing down” the Sriracha flavor and heat to meet the lowest common denominator of the purchasing public, this chip retains a unique flavor and a heat which is above average for a chip.  While spicier than most chips, the heat here is still in the mild to medium range.  The lattice cut also adds a nice firm crunchy texture to the chip.    Price   $2.29 – 7 ounce bag  Calories  150/ounce (28g) (about 13 chips)

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Wild Range IPA – ALDI – Beer Review

04/15/2017

ALDI, Wild Range, IPA, India Pale Ale, review, priceApril 15, 2017

This is a bitter, almost very bitter, ale.  If that’s not a problem for you, this one is a nice IPA.  Aside for the bitterness, this is a smooth drinking ale.  There are no bad tastes and as you progress through the bottle even the bitterness becomes less noticeable.  This ale has a creamier mouthfeel than a beer.  For a bottled IPA, the experience here is similar to a draft IPA.  Alcohol is 6.9% by volume.  That’s about twice the alcohol level of the weakest beer and about 35% more than even a strong beer.  Overall, this is a nice IPA.   Price  $6.99 – 6 pack

 

WPC – Security Dog – Photography

04/09/2017

wpc, security, dog, chihuahua

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