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WPC – It Wouldn’t Be . . . Without (fuzzy) Lights – Photography

11/26/2016

Around holidays there are always decorations of lights.  The same lights can look entirely different depending on your perspective,  especially when your perspective is the morning after the holiday office party.

bokeh, lights, holiday

lights, holiday

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Trader Joe’s – Pineaplle Salsa – Food Review

11/26/2016

Trader Joe's, Pinapple Salsa, review, priceNovember 26, 2016

I wonder if the jar was mislabeled?  Except for on the label, what seems to be missing is the pineapple. There are plenty of references in the ingredients to pineapple.  But if they’re in the jar, I missed them.

To be fair, wash away the red stuff and there really are pieces of pineapple in the salsa. Take a spoonful of the salsa by itself and there’s an interesting complex blend of flavors. On a chip, the complexities are muted.

I was expecting a sweet-hot salsa experience. What seems to be in the jar is a very mild tomato based salsa.Trader Joe's, Pinapple Salsa, review, price, nutrition

Aside from expectations, this is a nice tasting mild salsa.  If that’s what you’re looking for give this a try.  But if you’re expecting a pineapple experience, move on.

 

Calories 15 per 2 tablespoons (30g)        Price $1.99 -12 ounce jar (340g)

Président® Madrigal (French Baby Swiss) Cheese – Food Review – Trader Joe’s

11/26/2016

president, madrigal cheese, france, trader joe's, swiss-styleNovember 26, 2016

It’s Swiss, but it’s French.  Hmm?  Well it’s a Swiss-style cheese made in France.  But saying that would probably get me thrown out of the country.  Both countries!

Let’s just say that if the word Madrigal was misread as Magical, that would be a good description of this cheese.  At $5.99 a pound this is a very good semi-hard cheese that actually tastes like a Swiss-style cheese, albeit a milder Swiss cheese.  The only thing to be careful about is the thin wax covering that sort of blends in with the cheese and tends to stick between the teeth if measures aren’t taken to avoid it.  Don’t ask me how I know.

Calories 100 per ounce (28g)
Price $5.99 -per pound

WPC – Magical Elixir – Photography

11/19/2016
 coca cola, burger, diner, street photography, magic elixir

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Trader Joe’s Bolivian Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

11/19/2016

coffee, trader joe's, Bolivian Blend, medium dark roast, fair trade, organicNovember 18, 2016

The medium-dark brown fairly oily beans produce a nice aroma on opening the can.   Once brewed, the coffee produces a strong taste which is mildly bitter on the tongue.  As it cools, the coffee transitions to an earthy taste and the bitterness declines.  The bitterness is a good bitterness, like a good beer has some bitterness to it.  However as with many things, bitterness is an acquired taste.  If you’re adverse to bitter tastes, this may not be a coffee for you.  There’s some sense of acidity on the roof of the mouth and in the stomach.

This is a good coffee for people looking for a stronger tasting coffee without going over the edge.  The coffee is labeled as both organic and fair trade.   Price  $7.99 (14 oz can)

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Liqueur Cherries – Food Review

11/19/2016

trader joes, dark chocolate liqueur cherriesNovember 18, 2016

Dark chocolate covered liquid center cherries are my favorite treat.  Come gift-giving holidays, the family gets off cheaply as this is my usual present.  But no complaints.  Will the addition of alcohol to the mix make these even better?

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Trader Joe’s – St. Donatus Balatonboglari Merlot – 2015 – Wine Review

11/19/2016

Hungary, Merlot, semi sweet, St. Donatus, Garamvari, balatonboglariNovember 18, 2016

This one is different.  Read on.

There’s very little aroma when first uncorked.  On first pour, the wine is ruby-red and much lighter than a typical red wine.  The first sip reveals a mild semi-sweet fruity wine as the bottle claims.  There’s nothing intricate in the taste and at the same time nothing bad in the taste.

This wine is all about your expectations.  If you’re looking for something to savor and spend the night discussing the intricacies of Merlots and where this stands in that continuum, this wine is not for you.  If you’re looking for something to have at home with dinner, or just want something to sip, relax with, and not have to in any way think about what’s in the glass, this will serve that purpose.  With some mild red-sauced pasta, the wine worked well.

The key difference here, if you haven’t picked up on it, is the word semi-sweet.  This is a style of wine not usually found on the shelves outside of Hungary where this wine is made.  The sweetness of the wine is noticeable but not sickeningly sweet like some really horrible wines.  This is a nice good quality wine with a different flavor profile.  Price $5.99

WPC – Tiny Droid Garden Gnomes – Photography

11/12/2016
garden gnome, cyborg, statue, tiny
garden gnome, cyborg, statue, tiny
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ALDI – Clancy’s Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips – Food Review

11/12/2016

aldi, clancy's, potato chips, sour cream and onionNovember 12, 2016

I needed to buy two bags of these chips to do this review.  The first bag had very little seasoning. The second bag had more seasoning, but still on the light side.  In other words, there wasn’t very much of that sour cream and onion flavor in either bag.  Other than the seasoning, these are nicely done chips – thin, cooked perfectly, and not very salty.  At $1.39 per bag they’re not much more than a 1 ounce bag from a vending machine.  But if you’re looking for that sour cream and onion flavor, you may be disappointed with these chips.  Calories  150/1 ounce (about 13 chips)     Price $1.39 per 9.5 ounce bag

aldi, clancy's, potato chips, sour cream and onion, nutrition

Specially Selected Colombian Popayan Ground Coffee – Food Review – ALDI

11/12/2016

ALDI, Colombian coffee, ground, specially selected, Popayan11/12/2016

Can single origin, 2 ounces less, 30 cents more, and a map of South America make a better cup of coffee?  In short, yes if you follow directions.

There’s not much aroma coming from the bag when first opened.  There’s not much aroma coming from the cup when brewed.  There’s not a horrible taste coming from the cup, but not much of a coffee taste either.  There’s a strange earthy/woody taste on first sip ending in a slightly bitter taste on the tongue and a little bit of acid feel in the stomach.  It’s not the best cup of coffee on the planet, but it’s entirely drinkable especially when taken with food.  Based on memory, compared to the other ALDI coffees reviewed here this is a better cup of coffee.  Price: $4.29

About directions:  I used too much coffee brewing my initial cups.  When I cut the amount down to just a little more than what’s recommended on the bag, the coffee was much better as reviewed above.


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