Friday, July 31, 2009
- FREE CAKE!
- Funny (and sometimes just saaaaaad) cakes - in book form!
- Cupcake Wreck contest is being held at each book signing- enter, or just cringe at the entries at the event!
More info here about the specific locations and dates. If anyone wants to come along with me in October, let me know :0)
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Washington Post has taken some of the guesswork out by compiling a list of crab cake ratings for a bunch DC Metro area restaurants. Seems like a good guideline, or at the very least, a list to keep in mind next time I find myself at any of the places listed.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I've been severely lacking in my Rita's Water Ice intake since moving to this area, since I never seemed to come across any around here; compare this to NJ, where water ice shops in general seem to be abundant.
However, a quick online search yielded a Rita's Water Ice not too far from my work- huzzah! My favorite flavor is Mango for sure- I've tried a few other flavors but those always taste a little "off" for me.
It might seem a little excessive for me to buy the quart-sized tub shown above; however, it's a cost-effective and deeeeeeelicious way to have Rita's basically whenever I feel like having it at home. If you want to switch it up a bit they will do 1/2 and 1/2 of 2 flavors- halfway through the tub, it's like buying a new container of water ice, sweeeeeet.
Sidenote: The Vanilla Custard is also omgamaaaazing if you're more in a creamy sweets mood.
Rita's Water Ice
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'll be headed to Oakville Grille & Wine Bar on Thursday for lunch, will report back on how they do RW!
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Free Chocolate: Another Friday, another free chocolate coupon!
- Corn-free Week: An interesting look at one person's week without corn-derived foods.
- Studio Living: Tips on creating a nice Studio apartment space.
- Need An ENTIRE Apartment?: Via Apartment Therapy, a Craigslist posting for a full model 1BR apartment... I wannnnnnnnnntttttttt.
- Going Green & Sassy: These bags cracked me up.
- Free Concert Tickets!: Enter to win 3-day passes to the All Points West Music & Arts Festival next weekend in Jersey City, NJ.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
- Cheesecake Factory: On July 30th, all Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes are 1/2 price, to celebrate National Cheesecake Day (Note: dine-in only). Also, this is the day that the Red Velvet Cheesecake debuts!
- Uhmm.. alright: Hate the whole Jon & Kate debacle but this group was just too random.
- Top Chef Masters: Serious Eats' recap of last night's episode.
- Potbelly's: A quick look at some of the menu options at Potbelly's (I may get something besides the Wreck now, haha).
So, if it's your first time hearing this or the millionth, guaranteed it's a fun, cute video that's perfect for summer :-)
Cobra Starship f/ Leighton Meester: Good Girls Go Bad
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
First off, the smell... a Rosemary + Mint combo that smells really fresh and pleasant, so it doesn't smell like you're spraying a ton of stuff in your hair. It helps your hair smell v. fresh when you went out the night before and don't have time to shower.. ahem, like last Saturday, ha.
I've been coloring my hair since the beginning of high school, and I am always soooooo lazy about getting my hair colored in a timely fashion. This is supposed to help keep the color looking good - can't help my roots from growing in, but at least this keeps my hair from turning orange!
I'd recommend this product for anyone that colors their hair- or even if you don't, anyone that spends time outdoors and doesn't want their hair to fry. Good for the pool, beach, and just walking around outside for the day.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
After lots of hype from me (seeing Pumpkin Pancakes on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives), we ventured out Saturday morning for brunch at Dor Stop. As luck would have it, all that greeted us was an empty restaurant + a sign indicating they were on vacation for a week starting THAT day. Boooo. We went to Pamela's for some fab hotcakes instead.
Having tried Dozens on our last Pittsburgh trip, we tried out Vanilla this weekend. General consensus was positive, one highlight was definitely K's choice of the Cosmo cupcake. My Red Velvet was alarmingly red, and appearance-wise, not like any other Red Velvet I've ever tried. The cake was moist, the frosting was pillowy and sweet, and the little sprinkles added a nice touch of texture. I really liked the layout of the bakery, especially the window that looks into the actual Bakery portion- pretty cool to see the bakers and decorators at work!
Of course I couldn't pass up another chance to have a Primanti's Sandwich while in Pittsburgh. We got some at the Pirates game on Saturday night- while it wasn't the same as eating at a real Primanti Bros., it was perfect ballpark overload food, especially that cole slaw that I love so much.
Yes, a non-food photo for you, haha. This is from walking around the stadium prior to the awesome fireworks show!
Sunday consisted of sleeping in and a trip to Eat n' Park before heading back to DC. Of course the food there was secondary to the famous Smiley cookies, although clearly I couldn't resist the other gifts they had there too. Can't wait to use my mug!
Once again, a fab time in the Steel City. Thanks B and K for an awesome weekend, it was great to see you both!
NYMag's Daily Intel has a really funny story about one girl's encounter with THE Chuck Bass, aka Ed Westwick, aka Isn't That Hot but Somehow Still Really Hot from Gossip Girl.
The reason why I enjoyed reading this so much is because I could literally see myself doing exactly what the girl did, haha.
- Mmm..Hammy: Serious Eats tries out a US-based Surryano ham.
- Top Chef Masters: TVGasm's recap of last week's episode.
- Lucky Magazine: Enter to win stuff from their August issue.
- Street Sweets Truck Top 5: List from Midtown Lunch.
- Awwwww: A baby Red Panda courtesy of Cute Overload.
- Not CakeWrecks: Awesome Harry Potter cakes.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- Vanilla Pastry Studio: Cupcakes, cakes, etc. Cute store with yummy cupcakes.
- Pittsburgh Popcorn Company: I don't even like popcorn but the smell (and samples) were omgunbelieveable.
- Eat n' Park Smileys: Of course we couldn't leave without some of these cookies.
- Heinz History Center: Includes an extensive sports museum (surprise, surprise).
- Primanti Brothers: Got these at the Pirates game, not as good as the restaurant but still tasty (love that coleslaw!).
- O-s-c-a-r C-r-a-s-h: Almost too crazy to be true.
- Peeps in the DC: Never thought this was necessary, but a Peeps store will be opening in DC.
- Julie & Julia: Behind the scenes at the food of Julie & Julia.
- Next Food Network Star: Recap from last night's episode.
Friday, July 17, 2009
- Daily Candy Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a Pond's Travel Kit.
- De-Starbucking: Seattle Starbucks' to undergo some changes.
- Mars Candy Giveaway: Once again, today's a day to win free candy!
- Chocolate Chip Cookie: Cakespy's look at the history of Chocolate chip cookies.
- Celebs a la Wax: Pophangover's list of the worst Celeb Wax figures, hahaha.
- Hello Kitty...kinda?: Dubious looking Hello Kitty cakes, courtesy of CakeWrecks.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
- NYC's Highest-Grossing Dishes: Courtesy of NYMag. The Pork Buns and Fries are definitely on my To-Eat list.
- Caveman Kitchen Tool: Pretty funny, buy one for the Geico caveman perhaps.
- Since I Just Saw It: Willis Tower just doesn't have that same ring.
- Ask Ausiello: EW's entertainment gossip from yesterday.
- Free Georgetown Cupcakes!: How to enter, via the Delleicious DC blog.
- I Paid: ~ $4.00 (with a coupon) at Giant
- Description: Light Four Cheese Ravioli
I have to admit I had a somewhat random reason for buying these, since I normally never buy these refridgerated pastas (too expensive for what they are, in my opinion). In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine, there was an ad for Buitoni, that said you can get a pair of bamboo pasta/salad servers with proof of purchase of a Buitoni product. Let's not pretend to be so surprised that I fell for an obvious marketing schtick, shall we? (Also, this explains why I don't know the exact price of the pasta- I had to send in the receipt as my proof of purchase.)
Since I had to get one anyway, I figured I'd try out the only "Light" version they had available at Giant. The four cheeses, according to the nutritional info, are: Cottage Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, Romano Cheese, and Fontina Cheese. Could I have told you that just from eating these? No freakin' way.
These alleged "four" cheese pillows just need to be boiled for 7-9 minutes. While that was going I figured I'd make the sauce a little interesting at least and cooked some fresh minced garlic, chopped Amish farm sausage, chopped bell pepper, and some spices to a jarred tomato sauce. Once the pasta seemed about done I strained it and added it to the sauce mixture.
Final verdict? These weren't too shabby, especially for 1/2 the fat of Buitoni's regular ravioli. If you're going to be eating these anyway, I figure it's better to get the ones slightly better for you, since these don't taste particularly "low-fat" or anything. It's a good item to have on hand when you want a quick meal. Just by themselves they are pretty bland (again, with the alleged "four" cheeses which really tastes like one cheese square), so I would definitely recommend a strong sauce to go with these. The serving size seemed off to me, but maybe they're thinking like large dinner portions (says it'll make 2.5 servings). It made me 4 servings, which I'll have to eat for consecutive meals since I'm going away this weekend.
More importantly, I better be getting my bamboo salad/pasta servers soon, Mr. Buitoni.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
1) The aforementioned Keebler Magic Middles. These were so so so so good. I remember heating them up for 5 seconds in the microwave for the extra chocolate goo factor.
2) Keebler Sweet Spots, which were round shortbread cookies with a faux Hershey's kiss on top. These were pretty dry as I recall but it was like getting 2 snacks in one, and came in a unique 4-pack in a paper sleeve.
3) Jell-o Pudding Pops, which apparently contained no actual pudding (who knew?) but were so delicious in that sickening artificial way. I personally liked vanilla the best and always wished they sold them in the non-variety pack, but alas.
4) Giggles Cookies. I. LOVED. THESE. Now that I see them they look straight out of some horror movie promotion and are really friggin creepy-looking, but these were SO awesome when I was younger. And they came with stickers!
Anyone else even remember any of the ones I've listed? Or have more to share from your childhood? Let me know!
- Bliss Spa DC!: A quick look around at the new Bliss Spa in the DC W hotel.
- Gossip Girl Break-up : ...well, a real-life roommate split, haha.
- Starbucks 'New and Improved': Taste testing the updated Starbucks food items.
- Real World DC: Stalking the cast as they are spotted all over DC.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Frontera Grill is highly recommended- the food was fresh, tasty, and not too pricey. I especially liked how the tacos came with so many sides, including beans, guacamole, 2 salsas, and fresh tortillas. I would love to come back again and try it out for dinner. Sadly no Rick Bayless sighting, but maybe next time, haha.
Saturday Brunch: Pork al pastor tacos, Frontera Grill
A lot of walking around over the weekend, got to see a good chunk of city including the "Photo Op of Chicago..." Cloud slash Bean.
Cloud Gate slash the Bean
Lots of drinking Saturday night, starting off with Bye Bye Liver, and then to the top of the Hancock Building. Finished off the weekend with a little treat- H had heard about More Cupcakes and it was conveniently right by where we had lunch, after the Architecture Boat Tour. Lots of interesting flavors were listed on their menu, including Salted Caramel, Herb-based cupcakes, and even a BLT cupcake. These cupcakes were $3.50 each, but I think anyone looking for some interesting flavors that you can't get everywhere else would find these worthwhile.
Cupcakes from More Cupcakes
(More/"Hostess cupcake", White Velvet, Red Velvet)
- Ginger Beer Taste Testing: Serious Eats tries out 6 ginger beers. The only one of these I've ever had (Reed's, available at Trader Joe's), was on the "good" list, woo!
- Nordstrom Sale: Women's and Children's Sale starts this Friday (7/17).
- Shake, Shake, Shake: Photo gallery of yummy-looking shakes, courtesy of CHOW.
- Food Network Pros and Cons: Brought to you by Food Network Humor.
- Mmm.. Bacon: Low and Slow, according to The Kitchn.
- Tori + Britney: Tori Amos' version of Baby One More Time, via Perez Hilton.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I got the Thick Rice Noodles with Beef ($9.99), which was a generous portion of sliced beef, Chinese broccoli, flat wide rice noodles, with a slightly sweet brown sauce. The beef was tender and the veggies were cooked just the right amount- still crunchy but not bitter/raw-tasting. Service was quick and pleasant, and the restaurant is located on a quiet corner of the Town Center, just a block away from the busier central area if you feel like walking around after your meal.
Final verdict? Definitely will be added to my list of work lunch restaurants. Enough food for 2 meals, which is always a plus.
Taste of Saigon- Rockville Town Square
20 A Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Street or Garage parking nearby
- Free McCafe Samples: Not a huge McD's fan, but every Monday (through 8/3) get a free sample of iced or hot McCafe Mochas.
- Next Food Network Star: Food Network Humor's live blog from last night's episode.
- Airplane Tips: Some interesting tips on avoiding being stuck on the tarmac after a flight lands early.
- Project Runway Contestants: The new lineup for Project Runway's next season, which begins later this summer.
Friday, July 10, 2009
- Don't let this happen to you!: MSN Careers looks at how social networking + work can get ugly.
- Free Chocolate: Don't forget to register today (and every Friday) for a free Mars chocolate product :o)
- G-bye Erin: Erin, Whitney's BFF on the City, will not be returning next season.
- And now you know...: Don't wear a costume in NYC (without a license) friends! ha.
- GG filming in SoHo: Random snapshots via NYMag.
- Mmm... Salsa: Yummy-looking salsa recipe, courtesy of Serious Eats.
- Spicy Lemonade Mix vs. Homemade: Includes a recipe for a Jalapeno Lemonade that I want to try, sounds interesting.
Looks like they have a new "younger" collection called Frill out now (in stores and online). The names are re-dic-u-lous and not in a good way. Seriously? TXT speak as the product names? Groooooooooaaaaaaaan. But I guess since it's "younger" this is what the brilliant Marketing group came up with, huh. I will say though that I really like the "SOI" bag (PS- why would you call something you want to sell "So Over It"? Just asking.) - I really like the shape of this and think it'd be good for carrying books, magazines, a light laptop, or for work with folders and stuff. I'll have to check it out next time I go to a VB-selling store.
*Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with nor getting paid by Vera Bradley for this plug. I like the brand and I just got an e-mail about the Frill collection, so I just thought I'd pass it on :-)
- I Paid: No idea (got these a while ago, honestly)
- Product Description: Klondike Slim a Bear 100 Calorie Sandwiches; Low Fat; 1.5g of Fat
I can't really remember why I bought these to begin with really, but I guess I was intrigued enough by the packaging (cue Jim Gaffigan "food packaging" skit, haha). I am actually a pretty big fan of those old-school rectangle ice cream sandwiches, so I figured I'd give these a try.
First impressions- that Slim a bear is CREEPY. In the same vein as how I feel about the Skinny Cow mascot. I mean, I get it- they're not eating the fatty ice creams so they are slim, but it's like Kelly Choi from Top Chef Masters: How can I trust someone THAT skinny when it's about food??
Ok, after unwrapping the single sandwich and taking a bite, I didn't have so much distrust towards the Slim a bear. It had a pleasantly familiar texture of the aforementioned ice cream sandwich, including the squishy "cookie" that sticks to just about anything- your fingers, the napkin, the plastic wrap, etc. Add to that a sweet vanilla-flavored whipped ice-based product (haha, but seriously, this wasn't ice cream) and it makes for a decent couple of bites.
Final verdict? This was pretty good considering it is 100 calories and low in fat. I'd recommend it for anyone that is need of portion control ("one bowl" of regular ice cream can vary depending on who's scooping, haha). If you're a fan of those generic ice cream sandwiches but trying to watch calories, then you'll probably like this one too. I still don't like the Slim a bear though, not to mention it would totally get its butt kicked and eaten alive by the far superior original Klondike bear (mmm, square-y and sorta metallic-y tasting ice cream...)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Due to its increasing popularity, I believe it's become available to a wider audience now since its debut. To help get the word out, Chipotle is sponsoring free screenings nationwide, which I think is pretty cool. Looks like it'll be showing Bethesda & DC next week (15th and 16th, respectively). Thanks to M for sending this in to me!
If any of you are interested in seeing this movie, I highly recommend it, free screening or no free screening. It's not perfect, and it might not have covered all of the issues, but I definitely appreciated the general message and how they chose to cover the issues that they felt were important.
Here's the complete rundown of the chefs that will be competing in Season 6 of Top Chef.
Top Chef: Las Vegas begins August 26th at 9pm on Bravo.
- Generous drunk Brit: I wish they had a photo of this guy, apparently he "looked like a tramp", haa.
- HELLO Chris Pine: Chris Pine, being, well, Chris Pine-ish. Cuuuuuute.
- Top Chef Masters: TelevisionWithoutPity's recaplet of last night's episode.
- It's BRUNO: Bruno's most memorable fashion moments, via NYMag. Personal fave- the Spain Bull outfit, ha!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
My personal favorite isn't really even the most complicated one, but the smaller one of Doraemon. One of the most notable cartoon characters in Japan (not counting that cat you might have seen before), he's one of the cutest cartoon-cat-robots to come from Japan :o)
What I really like about Trader Joe's, oddly enough, is their packaged and frozen items the most. This might seem weird since normally I'm not a fan of frozen foods (except for ice cream, ha). But they have such a HUGE variety of random items that you probably can't find elsewhere. Also, I like the atmosphere and the easygoing returns policy- if you don't like something, just return it. Easy peasy.
Some standouts in my book:
- Trader Joe's brand Greek yogurts
- Whole-Wheat Low-Carb Tortillas
- Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
- Frozen Soycoutash
- Coffee Ice Cream
- Strawberry Fruit Floes (frozen fruit bars)
- Garlic Naan Bread
- Frozen Korean BBQ Short Ribs
- Frozen Mac n' Cheese
I really could go on and on. Also, I like that they have "other-brand" stuff there for less $$, like the No-Pudge Brownie mix and Fage yogurt.
I will say this though: I personally cannot shop just at Trader Joe's and be able to get everything. I like going to farmer's markets and regular grocery stores, and Trader Joe's can't replace either of those completely. You're not going to be able to get EVERYTHING at Trader Joe's, especially if you have brand loyalties elsewhere. But, what you can get there is fun, cheap, and tasty for the most part.
By the way, the reason why I posted all this in the first place is because I was browsing through this site: Trader Joe's Fan. It's a comprehensive site of all things TJ's, and a good resource if you're considering buying something new on your next trip.
- Unhealthiest Drinks: Men's Health put together a list of the unhealthiest drinks...umm WOW!
- NYC Prep is Annoying: Daily Intel's look at NOT Gossip Girl.
- Serena, Serena, Serena: Ummm ok, not the first time a celeb has said they don't work out.. but really??
- Funny Celeb Twitpics: From People magazine online.
- Food Network Humor: Food Network hosts' theme songs if they had one.
- Jose Andres Knows His Iberico: Love this guy, haha.
From Bravotv.com, "“Top Chef Masters” brings together distinguished chefs Anita Lo (Annisa), Douglas Rodriguez (Alma de Cuba), John Besh (Restaurant August) and Mark Peel (Campanile). The Masters find their hands tied in the quickfire challenge as they must cook an egg with one hand tied behind their back (All Stars Challenge, season three of "Top Chef"), and then must create culinary magic to awe their high-profile guests which include Neil Patrick Harris. One chef moves on to the Champions Round."
Also, Thursday night at 9pm is a Real Housewives of NJ Lost Footage special, woo!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
- MTV VJs Now: Remember when they used to need VJs to show videos?
- Men + Skinny Jeans: Could look good on some but make sure you can walk, guys!
- Huh-llooo: Sacha Baron Cohen's many memorable moments.
- Best Home Cleaning Wipes: From Real Simple magazine.
- Awww: Cute, especially since I didn't have to deal with it, I can just look at it, haha.
- Next Food Network Star Live Blogging: I enjoy these more than the actual episodes, you probably will too.
- 50 States, 50 Burgers: Food Network's best burgers in each state.. YAY Ray's Hellburger!
And here we are with the star of the show- the LOBSTER ROLL ($23.00). I had high expectations for Hank's version of a classic, and this did not disappoint. Huge chunks of lobster with just the right amount of mayo and other crunchy fillers (celery? onion? Not 100% sure), on a buttered split roll....yummmmmm. I got the roll with Old Bay fries, but you can substitute any of their sides (T got the collard greens). The fries were ok, not great, next time I get this I will try it with a different side. It might seem like a lot to spend on, well, a sandwich, but this isn't just any old sandwich my friends, it's fabulous, delicious & juicy, and I Love Love Love it. (Channelling my inner Teresa from RHoNJ).
Hank's does not offer dessert but will bring out a little dish of broken up chocolate for each table with the check. Clearly that didn't stop us from going to Mr. Yogato right around the corner from Hank's.
I got the original tart with fresh strawberries, and T got the chocolate-hazelnut with Cookie Crisps. I was way too full to finish all of mine but it was a great end to the meal! Works out really well that Hank's doesn't serve dessert, since you can walk 10 feet to Mr. Yogato, grab some froyo, and walk around Dupont. Definitely want to come back to Hank's again this summer for another Lobster Roll!
- Hank's Oyster Bar
1624 Q Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.462.4265 (No reservations; call ahead to put your name on the seating list)
- Mr. Yogato
1515 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Monday, July 6, 2009
- To Pantsuit or Not Pantsuit: The pros and (mostly) cons of what I believe is a v. tricky and confusing outfit choice.
- Leighton Meester's New Single: Via Perez Hilton, Leighton's new single.
- Bruno vs. Celeb Style: Bruno's style vs. Celeb styles- haha!
- Monsieur Manatee: Made me laugh.
- Momofuku Breakfast Sandwich: I don't even like breakfast foods and I would DESTROY this.
The Strawberry Cupcake ($3.50) was one of our favorite cupcakes from the previously mentioned Cupcake Crawl. The Brownie Cookie ($1.50) sounded interesting, and it was small enough to justify buying it too. Before you think, "Wow, you ate all that by yourself and then had dinner? Ew.", I wound up going to S & D's abode for dinner, so I brought these along as dessert for us to share.
The Strawberry Cupcake does not disappoint- it's got chunks of fresh strawberry in the vanilla cake, and a hefty coating of strawberry frosting with sprinkles on top. I also liked that the way they wrap these cupcakes makes it good for transport- didn't lose any of the frosting from it hitting the inside of the box. The Brownie Cookie was also v. good- a regular cookie base with chunks of brownies mixed in. Only complaint might be there was no textural difference between the brownie and the cookie, maybe if one component had walnuts or something it would be more interesting.
S says, "I thought that the brownie cookie was very good. It was moist, which is a very important factor for me and cookies, tasty and totally hit the spot. In regards to the cupcake, I thought that the strawberry frosting totally made the cupcake what it was. The frosting had a great texture, consistancy and had just the right hint of strawberry flavor."
I'm assuming D liked it since he snagged the last 1/4 of both the cupcake and the cookie.
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
We had some great food courtesy of I & B:
A fantastic time tailgating and seeing the Phillies play the Mets on Saturday:
A weekend filled with good friends, wine, Catch Phrase, pool lounging, good food, and fun times all around.
Thanks again I & B for hosting!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I love Bliss stuff and this kit is really good for travel, but also for testing out some of their most popular products. You can use it for a week or two and decide if you want to get the full-sized one or not.
Oddly enough, this free gift is listed as a $45.00 value, but is on sale right now for $28.00. If you want a few of these kits for travelling or as travel-related gifts, I would personally recommend you buy one of these ($28.00) plus a bliss sinkside six-pack ($25.00). Then you'll get 2 trial and travel kits + 1 bliss sinkside kit = $53.00 (plus tax/shipping). Whenever there's a minimum dollar amount for the free gift, I usually look around to try to get it as close to the minimum amount as possible.
*Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with nor getting paid by Bliss for this plug. I like the store and I just got an e-mail about their sale, so I just thought I'd pass it on :-)
From Eater: "Please check out the "food porn" pictures on Baoguette Cafe's website. Yes those are otters. Apparently, instead of copying the images to their own server, the restaurant is using the image files that were on Serious Eats' site. SE saw, and changed it. Well played."
The Baoguette Cafe Menu
Surprise surprise, the Baoguette Cafe site is currently down.
- Conecakes, v. 2.0: Treats Truck conecakes, now with more frosting! I actually like this idea for home conecake baking also, good to know.
- Food Network Hosts: Food Network Humor's Guide to the FN hosts, funny funny.
- Daily Candy Giveaway: Daily Candy's 100-day giveaway.
- TP Wedding Dress: WOW- ok if it hadn't said "Toilet Paper" I would've believed the winner was wearing a real dress.
- BANANAS: Rachel Zoe (I'm weirdly obsessed with her show on Bravo, go figure) is launching a newsletter soon.
Now with 30% more RED!
- I Paid: ~$1.99 (with a coupon) for a 3-pack at Target. I bought these a while ago so I don't know for sure.
- Description: Soft Center; Red Fruit, Lime; 15 Pieces; Artificially Flavored/Sugarfree Gum
I normally stick with Orbit gum (Citrusmint is my favorite) whenever I go out to buy gum, but I figured I'd try something new, especially if I can get it for $1.00 off with a coupon. I didn't have to waste any time pondering which flavor to get, as this was the only Mentos gum available at the Target I went to. Apparently for this review, I will be writing about Red Fruit (WTF?!?!) with a Lime Soft Center (.....ok again, WTF?!?!)
Before I tell you how it tastes, I have to indulge in a random thought (isn't that what this whole "blog" business is FOR?) Do you ever get like, food deja vu? It's like when you smell or eat something, and you can totally place it with something that happened a long time ago. It sounds sort of weird but if/when it happens, you'll know it, haha. Well, Mentos to me totally took me back to this day camp that I went to one summer when I was in elementary school. I was allowed to get one box/display pack of Mentos rolls to eat for the summer, although they never lasted that long. I'd trade them for different flavors that other kids brought into camp, and it was an all-around Mentomania festival those days. So, when I opened this tube of Mentos gum (more on that later) and shook out a few, I totally got like, a flashback to summer camp with all the Mentos I ate and traded with others. Weird, right??
Ok, back to the Mentos at hand. Remember that time I said I opened the tube of Mentos gum? Yeah, like 10 seconds ago? (slightly altered Family Guy/Timeshare boat reference, anyone catch that?) I swear to you, if we want to have real child-proof, adult-proof, everyone-proof bottles, all drugs should come in these Mentos gum tubes. It was the kind where you pull off a tab from the side and then pop open (much like a plastic milk jug), but I had a really hard time opening this. I had to resort to jamming a scissor blade across the tab in order to get enough off to pull on. Maybe it was a fluke and/or I'm an idiot? When I open the 2nd and 3rd tubes I will find out.
The Mentos gum looks like squared off, smaller, thicker versions of regular Mentos- like as if someone tried to make Mentos from scratch and couldn't quite get the shape right. Allegedly there is a lime "goo" center but as you can see from the piece above, it's either non-existant or off-center and I just didn't get it with my bite. It's like a Chiclet in terms of texture- hard shell outside, chewy gum inside. The elusive "Red" fruit flavor doesn't last very long, which might be why they give you a handful of them in a tube- so you can chew multiple pieces without unwrapping each one, like regular gum. Not to mention- Hi, what is the actual FRUIT being used aside from being RED?! Off the top of my head I think of Strawberries, Red apples, Watermelon, and Tomatoes- turns out I got 1 right- the only fruit juices listed are from Lemon, Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blackcurrant... ok only 2 of these are even RED!!!
Final verdict? Thanks, but no thanks. It tasted like sugary fruit syrup one minute, and then bland wads of boring after about 5 minutes. The tubes are cute- I might reuse them to keep other candy in for easy transport in my purse. Now, if I brought these into summer camp? That would be a different story- I'd totally make bank trading on these brightly colored, allegedly goo-filled Mentos balls. Alas, alas.
- I Paid: NADA! I got this for free, courtesy of an online magazine contest. (Retail price online is $16.99 at Target)
- Description: With smashed brown sugar and sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia nuts
As most of you know, I enter a LOT of online contests. Hey, you can't win if you don't enter, so I might as well, right? Fortunately for me, I have actually won a good number of these said contests, which is a fun little surprise in the mail. By the time I've won something, I've usually forgotten all about the contest.
Soap & Glory may look familiar to those of you that peruse the toiletries section at Target- it's a cosmetics/toiletries brand founded by the founder of Bliss spa products. I love Bliss products and spas, and it's easy to see the similarities (yummy scents, fun names, a variety of targeted trouble spot solutions) between Bliss and Soap & Glory. Soap & Glory is more affordable and more accessible in general, being that it is sold in Targets in the US. That being said, I have never bought any of the Soap & Glory products before, so it was nice to receive one for free to try out myself.
First off, this tub is HUGE. A hefty 15.2oz tub of body scrub; this will last a loooonnnnnng time, haha. I liked that it had a thin plastic resealable inner seal- I don't like the paper/foil seals that a lot of body scrubs have, especially if you are opening it while you are actually IN the shower. Texture-wise, it was definitely thicker, and goopier than any other body scrub I've used. Instead of it being only grainy, it was more like a thick honey with stuff inside it. Not better or worse, just different. The smell was like a lime creme brulee, or a warm brown sugar scent with some limeade on the side, so to speak. It smelled really awesome, but wasn't overwhelming which was good for me. I used it on my hands and feet, and both my hands and feet were left smelling great and felt much softer as well.
Final verdict? Definitely a fun freebie to get in the mail- an extra bonus is that I'm actually going to use it! I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a body scrub to try out- it's widely available and not too expensive, especially for the big tub that you get. A great summertime home pedicure staple!
- Extreme plot gaps always sort of bother me. For example, the guys were spending 1 night in Vegas, yet somehow they manage to go in and out of their Villa for the entire duration of the movie, which is a whole weekend, not just 1 night. Not to mention no one at the hotel, housekeeping or otherwise, seems to have noticed the disaster that becomes their Villa....huh? When I've been in Vegas you were lucky if Housekeeping didn't bust in at 9am, and even a "late checkout" was 11am! Hmph.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- Britney's video for "Radar": Not my favorite song on the cd, but still catchy.
- Um.. maybe good for Halloween?: American Apparel makes flashy leggings for babies now.
- Worst Restaurant Names: Food Network Humor's list of bad, bad restaurant names, haha.
- The New Face of Disapproval: From Cuteoverload.
- Cakewrecks a la 4th of July: An early chuckle for the upcoming 4th of July weekend.
- Locanda Verde, NYC: I don't even like breakfast foods, but... WOW. Looks awesome.
- Video- The Awkward Orderer: There's always one at the table, haha.
This belt is great!! First of all, this belt (plus many similar skinny belts) were all on sale for $19.99. Second, it's got a little something different with the triple-strands that I think makes it more interesting than a plain leather belt. I've been wearing this over dresses for work, and could see wearing it over an unbuttoned cardigan later in the fall. If I can get to another J.Crew soon, I am definitely going to look more at what other colors are available, because I see this as a surefire "staple" accessory for anyone.