Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Song of the Day: Sun Kil Moon "Carry Me, Ohio"

After receiving some complaints about the lack of music on my blog, I've decided to add a song that I've recently become obsessed with: Sun Kil Moon's "Carry Me, Ohio."  Please... enjoy!

(BTW, this is audio only)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Product vs Product: Sweet Heat Battle!


 You are in for a special treat, folks!  Because I was given two similar themed bags of chips, I decided to do the first ever product versus product battle royale!  Prepare for... SWEET HEAT BATTLE!!!!!!!!!  Sylvia's Restaurant Honey Jalapeno Chips vs Cape Cod Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Kettle Chips.

Round 1: Texture.  Sylvia's chips were light and crispy.  The Cape Cod chips are "kettle cooked," which are thicker and crunchier than your standard chips.  I'm a fan of kettle chips, so this round goes to Cape Cod.

Round 2: Flavor.  Both of these chips had a decent afterburn from the jalapeno.  The main difference is found in the sweet aspect.  Sylvia's chips have a surprisingly strong flavor of honey, which, also surprisingly, paired extremely well with the spiciness of the jalapeno.  Cape Cod, however, really had no overt sweetness to it, just that faint, mild sweetness most kettle chips have.  This round goes to Sylvia's hands down.

Winner:  Sylvia's Restaurant Honey Jalapeno Chips by a landslide!  So good.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Product Review: Wise Cheez Waffies

This is the first time since I started this blog that a snack actually made me recoil in disgust.  The bag has the audacity to display the phrase "deliciously crispy."  Lies.  LIES!!!

The "cheese sandwich" consists of two sweet, waffle flavored chips with a quarter-inch thick layer of artificial, neon orange "cheez" in between them.  (see below)
The "cheez" is just plain gross.  The texture of it made my stomach turn.  On top of that, the flavor was just so super-tangy and artificial... I'm actually shuddering at the memory.

The "cheez" failed, but the waffle chips themselves were actually pretty tasty.  Very light and thin, with a sweet, sugary flavor. They should just sell the chips by themselves.

If you are willing to take the time to scrape off 95% of the orange abomination, this might be tolerable.  Might.  Unfortunately, I am not willing in the slightest.

Rating: 1 out of 5 ghosts.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Product Review: Herr's Old Bay Potato Chips

This is a pretty straightforward offering from the good folks at Herr's.  Potato chips seasoned with Old Bay seasoning.  Boom.  The challenge for me here is how to describe the flavor of Old Bay to somebody who has never tasted it.

There are a lot of strong flavors going on in each chip.  Vegetable (tomato), citrus, vinegar, and paprika definitely stand out, as well the standard saltiness found in all potato chips.

The first 3 or 4 handfuls tasted really good.  However, after that, the flavoring became so strong that it began to taste unpleasant.  My wife experienced the same thing.  I wound up taking the rest of the bag to work, and my coworkers all said the same thing.  I guess there really can be too much of a good thing.

I have a friend who puts Old Bay seasoning on everything.  If you are that guy, then you need to try these chips.  Otherwise, I recommend you eat these in moderation. 

Rating: 3 out of 5 ghosts.