Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Movies According to Juju

I stopped by the library on the way home from work today and picked up a few DVDs.  (The library is great, like a poor man's Netflix.)  Juju, my 4-year-old, asked to see the movies.  After inspecting the cover of each one, he came up with these alternative titles:

"Golden Man"

"Rock 'N Roll Man"

"Saw Man"

"Kissy Man"

Monday, July 23, 2012

Product Review: Great Value Buffalo Wing Potato Chips

It's been another long break between blog entries.  One reason for this is I've been busy.  Another reason is I've been lazy.  And, believe it or not, as The French Ghost is getting closer to 40,  I am slightly concerned about my cholesterol.  But only slightly.  ;-)

I was offered the remainder of this bag of Great Value Buffalo Wing chips by one of my coworkers.  After sampling them, I can see why she was eager to get rid of them.

I didn't think it was possible for something to be both spicy and bland at the same time, but they nailed it.  Another coworker (who is a known vegetable enthusiast) described the flavor as "spicy lard."  I find that pretty darned accurate.

The bag was priced at one dollar. At that price, if you're craving chips and only have one dollar... find another dollar in your sofa cushions and buy something else.  Or, forcibly take a dollar from an old lady.  She'll understand.

Rating: 1 out of 5 ghosts.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Product Review: Lay's Spicy Ketchup Potato Chips

I've heard for years that ketchup flavored chips are huge in other countries, like Canada.  Now, I've started noticing them more and more on U.S. soil.  I've tried the non-spicy variety before, so I was pretty excited to see this new offering from Lay's in my local grocery store.

These chips are definitely spicy.  My tongue had a good after-burn going for several minutes (which if you read this blog regularly, you know I like the heat.)  Outside of the spice, though, I was pretty disappointed.  I really didn't get a solid ketchup flavor.  To me, they tasted too much like regular BBQ chips, lust a little less tangy, and with a blast of heat on the finish.  Which is even more unfortunate because I don't really like plain BBQ chips.

Bottom line: If you're really wanting ketchup flavored chips, I would recommend Herr's Heinz Ketchup chips.  These Lay's Spicy Ketchup chips aren't terrible, just not my thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 ghosts.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Be Careful What You Wish For.

"I Wish I Could" by Dean Walley was one of my favorite books when I was a little boy.  The story is about the different wishes the narrator, a young boy, would like to come true: to be able to fly, or to be a friendly giant, to be able to turn invisible, etc.  Fortunately, my parents kept this book so I could read it to my own kids someday. Which I do.

So, the other night when I finished reading it to my 4-year-old, Juju, I asked him what his wish would be.

He replied, "I wish I had a blowhole on my back that sprayed water.  I would spray water all over everybody.  Then, the water would make a giant splash park, and everybody could play!"

Gross, but still kind of sweet.  I guess it's the thought that counts, right?  Right?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Product Review: Herr's Classic American Hot Dog Chips

I have not blogged for a few weeks.  We started watching the show "Lost," and discovered it is called "Lost" because I lost all my free time, and I lost all motivation to do things other than watch "Lost."  I actually have a long history of watching shows and movies long after they are culturally relevant.  The next thing I'm going to see is some movie about a boat.  I think it's called something like "Ty-tanick?"  I have no idea how it's going to end, so please... no spoilers!

The good folks at Herr's have done it again!  Just in time for the 4th of July comes Classic American Hot Dog potato chips.  I can feel the tension in the air, so I'll cut right to the chase: Do they really taste like hot dogs?

Yes.  Yes they do.  I don't know how they did it, but there is a smokey, meaty-garlic taste, like a hot dog, followed by the flavors of ketchup and mustard on the finish.

Ok, so they do taste like hot dogs.  But, having said that, do they actually taste good?

Again, yes.  Yes they do.  I really like them.  And apparently I'm not alone in this.  I have a friend who is quite a well-known hot dog enthusiast, so I went back to the store to buy him a bag for his birthday.  To my chagrin, they had completely sold out in a matter of a few days.  Doh!  I have not seen them since, either.

Bottom line: I really liked the flavor.  If you come across them, I recommend you pounce on that bag like a ravening wolf.  A wolf draped in an American flag.  These colors don't run baby!  Aw-roooooooh! U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!  U.S.A.!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 ghosts.