Ask and ye shall receive.
When I first posted about the weird and wonderful snacks I experienced in the United States, many of you requested more demonstrations of my inability to resist anything shiny on the grocery shelf.
So here you go: Part Two! Please forgive the dodgy photo quality; many of these were taken in a New York AirBnB “room” consisting of a mattress in a corridor with curtains pulled around said mattress from half a metre away.
VitaTops are intertwined in my mind with my time at UVA, and no flavour more than the Golden Corn. Fluffy sweet single-serving (until you eat three in a row, of course) cornbread with a side of nostalgia? Yes please I will thank you.
The Lifeway Pumpkin Frozen Kefir was the sister of the pomegranate pint I had during my midnight drive to Las Vegas, but alas! Not only did this pumpkin flavour fail to lead me to VIP treatment at a nightclub, it also tasted of nothing. Thumbs down.
Hurrah for bizarre fake meat products! I normally shy away from anything called barbeque in the US, as the word over there heralds a sickly sweet sauce. However, this locally-made-in-Austin White Mountain Texas-Style Barbeque Wheat Roast conconction had peanut butter in it, and thereby tasted satay-ish. Thumbs up.
Sometimes I buy things that I know, deep down, I won’t much enjoy, purely because nothing like ‘em exists in Australia. Case in point: ZenSoy chocolate almond milk pudding. If you like gloop and chocolate-flavoured things, go for it.
However, if you like scrumptious chips made from kabocha (sweet light crisp ethereal pumpkin-intense whee!), blue potatoes (so potato-y nutty salty whee!), and carrots (sweeter firmer so real whee!), then go for these Terra Exotic Harvest Sea Salt Chips.
This is my entry for “Dish Most In Need of a Green Herb Garnish”. It is Macro Vegetarian’s Vegan Turkey Salad atop coleslaw veggies. Very smooshy and not-zingy. I like zingy, and therefore prefer the Veggie Turkey or Soy-Tein with Spinach.
Kimchi on salad greens! Colour! Vibrant colour! See also: The Mindy Project, Lisa’s blog, and sweetgreen water courtesy of lunch with Gena. All Very Good Things.
Speaking of Gena, in an attempt to stretch out one of our lunches in D.C., she and I went for a wander around Whole Foods. Gena recommended these Dr in the Kitchen Rosemary Flackers, and they were fabulous. Rosemary-whispers, slightly-salty, apple-cider-vinegar-twang, crispy.
NadaMoo! Oh, vegan food puns. Second only to dad-style puns. Nadamoo!’s Mmm… Maple Pecan coconut milk non-dairy frozen dessert had a light coconut flavour and a nice level of maple and pecan butteriness. It was very fluffy yet rich, but a little too sweet for my tastes. If only I’d had a pinch of pink Murray River sea salt nearby…
(On a scale of 1 to 10, just how pretentious was that last sentence?)
I very much liked these Ed’s of Maine Nacho Cheese Raw Kale Chips, because the cheesy coating was vibrant and spicy yet didn’t overpower the kale. See, I actually like to taste my kale. This is why my absolute favourite kale chips of all time are the salt and vinegar ones I helped Lisa make in her kitchen last week:
You can find Lisa’s recipe here. Go forth and kale-ify, my dears!
P.S. I’m writing this from a Greyhound bus on my way to visit one of my newest fabulous soulsisters, Heathy, and I just saw snow outside my window. SNOW! It’s so pretty! But so cold. But so pretty! But so cold. But so pretty!
P.P.S. By the way, I’m ever so glad I awoke super early in order to get to the Greyhound station in Thunder Bay over an hour before boarding so that I could get in line for a seat. That was such a necessary move, considering no one lined up at all and there turned out to be only six people riding on this entire 55-seater bus. Go me!