ALDI – Clancy’s Guacamole Tortilla Chips – Food Review

05/31/2017 by

ALDI, Clancy's, Guacamole Tortilla Chips, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceMay 31, 2017

If you need a guacamole fix, these are unlikely to satisfy.  As a chip, they’re okay and in some ways sort of a mild Doritos.

Rather than have the flavor sprinkled on as an afterthought, these chips seem to have the flavor “baked” into the flour of the tortilla.  In addition there’s still the traditional sprinkle of seasoning coating the chips.  There’s a faint hint of guacamole in the flavor.  As a flavored chip, the flavor is not objectionable. These, or at least this bag, do not taste overly salty.   And like almost any chip, you’re likely to eat many more of these than you should.

ALDI, Clancy's, Guacamole Tortilla Chips, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceI suspect these are a seasonal item.  Although they showed up well after Cinco De Mayo, which one would think is the appropriate time?  For me, a regular tortilla chip dipped in some real guacamole is the way to go.

Calories  140 per ounce (28g, about 11 chips)     Price $1.99 per 12 ounce bag

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ALDI – Roasted Nut Bar – Almond Crunch – Food Review

05/20/2017 by

ALDI, Roasted Nut Bar, Nutrition, Review, Calories, Price, SnackMay 20, 2017

In a seemingly endless number of nutty snack bars, here’s one more.  To the possible delight of many readers, if this one becomes a permanent resident on the ALDI shelves, this bar seems to be a variation of the very popular but short-lived Simple Nut Bar.

Without having a Simple Nut Bar present for a side-by-side comparison, this Roasted Nut Bar seems very similar.  From memory, my preference would be the Simple Nut Bar.  But I could easily live with this one.  Like the Simple Nut Bar, this one is mostly nuts.  Comparing the back of the boxes (see Simple Nut Bar box here), the ingredients are very similar.  Both are products of Canada.  That leads me to believe these are produced by the same company and are just variations of the product formula.

ALDI, Roasted Nut Bar, Nutrition, Review, Calories, Price, SnackThere’s a minimal amount of sticky binder to hold all the nuts together (almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds).   If you’re looking for sweet, or chocolate, this is not for you.  As the bar is mostly nuts, it is hard and crunchy.  For a snack food, this has a reasonably good nutrition mix.  Of course, being mostly nuts, a high percent of the calories come from fat (most likely the nut oils).  Carbohydrates are lower than many other snack bars.  While not a high power protein bar, these do have an okay 6 g of protein.  Calories  180 per bar    Price $2.79 per box (6 bars in a box)

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WPC – Heritage – SS Graf Waldersee – Photography

05/20/2017 by

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Most of us in the US originally came from some other place.  Even though many of us seem to have forgotten, it’s important to remember that fact.  This is the ship some of my ancestors came to America on.  This is part of my heritage.
Photo from N.Y. Public Library, via Wikimedia Commons.

Trader Joe’s – Lys Kaffe – Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

05/20/2017 by

trader joe, review, price, whole bean coffee, lys kaffe, light coffeeMay 20, 2017
The beans are light brown with no oil.  Lys means light in Norwegian and Kaffe means coffee. All  the pieces fit together to support the claim on the package of “light roast”. The advantage of a light roast is that the  more delicate flavors in the coffee are brought to the front. They are not hidden behind stronger flavors brought out by a dark roast.

Made in a press, the coffee is on the thin and watery side. After all it’s a light roast by design. Once the mouth adjusts to the fact that this is supposed to be a light roast, there’s a nice flavor to the coffee. When cooled some there’s a bit of sourness.  There’s little to no acid and no bad tastes, making this a very smooth coffee. It’s a different experience and an enjoyable one at that. The coffee reminds me of the Jacobs Kronung coffee reviewed a long time ago.

While the taste is different, for comparison purposes, the “strength” of the coffee is somewhere above a strong tea.  For people who don’t like coffee, this may be a gentle way to give coffee a try.  For an everyday dark roast drinker, this is a way to take a break and clear the taste buds – think of  it as sort of a colon cleanse for the mouth?  Price $7.99 (12 ounce can).

For another reviewer’s thoughts on this coffee, see Become Betty here.

WPC – Reflecting On A Long Career – Photography

05/12/2017 by

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Chateau Poyanne – Bordeaux 2015 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

05/12/2017 by

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There’s a very nice, strong aroma coming from the glass on first​ pour which portends a full-bodied wine.  The wine is fruity and dry at the same time in the mouth.  There are no real negatives.  Although for the very critical among us, there are hints of things to complain about.  This is a blend of mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, according to the internet.

Generally this wine is a love or hate affair when reviewed on the web.  About 2/3 of reviewers like this and think it’s a great value wine.  The 1/3 of reviews which hate this may be due to some “bad” bottles. Although my guess is those bad reviews are prompted by personal preferences. Most of the reviews were for earlier vintages.  There were very few 2015 vintage reviews.

While this is not a great wine, and would anyone really expect a great wine at this price, if you’re not afraid to challenge yourself by adding some complexity to a wine, this is an inexpensive way to do that.  And you just might like it.  I did.  Price $5.99.

ALDI – Bremer – Gravy & Salisbury Steaks – Food Review

05/12/2017 by

ALDI, Bremer Gravy and Salisbury Steaks, Nutrition, Review, Calories, PriceMay 12, 2017

This isn’t a well-aged prime New York strip steak to be dabbled with ketchup.  And really that wasn’t expected.

This is something for the person who worries about food wastage or worries more about being able to eat this evening.  With the primary ingredients of the steak being; mechanically separated chicken, beef, pork and soy protein concentrate, this product seems very old school.  By old school, I mean, don’t waste any ingredient or any part of any ingredient.  While we don’t exactly know which parts of what went into the grinder, we can evaluate what came out.

What came out of the grinder are six Salisbury steak patties and a whole bunch of gravy.  The steaks are bland.  The gravy has a touch of beef flavor to it.  The texture of the steaks is somewhere between chewable and gumable.  There’s nothing especially bad about the taste, and there’s nothing especially good about the taste.  For hungry people on a budget none of this is going to matter because it’s also warm and filling.

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WPC – Net Neutrality In Danger! – Photography

05/08/2017 by
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May 8, 2017
You can help, Now!  To add your comments about this issue before it’s too late, go to this link US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) comment page.  Once there click on Express (upper right side) to add your comment (17-108 is the proceeding number).

As a blogger this is important to you.  We all depend on the Internet to fairly present our content to the world.  The rules which now require Internet Service Providers (ISP) to treat all content equally are about to be stripped away.  If the rules are stripped away that leaves it up to the various ISPs (ATT, Verizon, Comcast, etc.) to decide which content gets priority through the Internet.  Priority could be tied to who pays the ISP more to deliver content.  Or it could be tied to the ‘importance’ of the content.  Or it could be tied to, “that ISP just doesn’t like you.”  In short, what is now a fair system that operates without technical problems, can be changed to one that controls what goes over the Internet.  You’ve probably read about how that kind of control is applied in other countries.

So take a few minutes now to express your thoughts to the FCC.  I know they’ll appreciate them.

Read my submitted comments below.  This post was in response to WPC Danger!.

P.S. – As I’m about to post this, the FCC site is experiencing difficulties.  Maybe they haven’t paid their ISP?
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Trader Joe’s – Dutch Smoked Cheese – Food Review

05/08/2017 by

Trader Joe, Dutch smoked Gouda cheese, review, price, nutritionMay 8, 2017

The aroma and flavor are pleasantly smokey, reminiscent of a barbecue.  The cheese is semi-soft to cut and creamy in the mouth.  The smoke flavor is a nice contrast to the texture of the cheese.  For $4.99 a pound this is a nicely flavored smoked cheese from Holland. If you’re in need of a smoked cheese and in or nearby a Trader Joe’s, this is a good and surprisingly economical choice.

Price $4.99 per pound   Calories  90  per ounce (28g)

ALDI – Priano Four Cheese Alfredo Sauce – Food Review

05/08/2017 by

ALDI, priano, four cheese alfredo sauce, nutrition, price, calories, reviewMay 8, 2017

The second ingredient is cream.  That’s a good sign as that’s what an Alfredo sauce is all about.  From the jar the sauce is a little watery, as water is the first ingredient.  However it thickens some when added to warm pasta.  Even better is heating the sauce either before the pasta is added or after the pasta is added.  To save a pot, and some cleaning, I added sauce straight from the jar to the cooked warm pasta and then nuked the plate in the microwave for about a minute.  That thickened up the sauce and made it stick to the pasta nicely.  There’s a suggestion on the jar which hints at the need for heating the sauce to thicken.

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