Tuesday, April 19, 2016
UPDATED TO ADD: I'm not sure how widely available this product is, but I found the website for the parent company, "Say Cheese Gourmet" in East Rockaway, NY. You can visit their website at this link: http://saycheesegourmet.com/guilt-free-creations
Posted by Lisa Yak at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Sure the explosion of The Death Star into millions of tiny fractals was impressive, but it is nothing compared to the infinite trail of fragmented destruction left in the wake of one errant tissue left in the laundry. #somanypieces #ONEfrickintissue #allergyseason
Posted by Lisa Yak at 7:31 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2016
I confess, I'm not a big ice cream fanatic, especially when it's cold outside (Spring, why has thou forsaken the Northeast?), but I've been wanting to try these for a long time, and I had a great coupon from ShopRite (buy 4 pints, get $1.50 off) so I picked up a pint of each for a quick taste test (and a pint of The Tonight Dough, just because).
First up: Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core
Description: Chocolate & Cheesecake Ice Creams with Chocolate Cookies & a Cheesecake Core
First impressions: The cheesecake core was frozen solid, and looked almost like someone stuck a mozzarella stick into the center of the pint. Yikes. The cookie pieces were large, though.
Taste test: I soooo wanted this one to be good, and it just...wasn't. The chocolate ice cream was perfectly fine, as you'd expect, but the cheesecake ice cream didn't taste like cheesecake, or any other discernible flavor--it was like vanilla ice cream minus the vanilla flavoring. Odd. And the cheesecake core? Meh. Again, not much in the way of cheesecake flavor. The cookie pieces in the ice cream were the saving grace for this one: they're more like mini-brownie bites than cookies, with a rich, dense chocolate cake texture that was wonderfully decadent.
As a combo, the two ice creams do compliment one another, but overall, this one was nothing special.
Description: Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams with Fudge Brownies & a Brownie Batter Core.
First impressions: At first, it looked like there was barely any "core" to be had, but once I dug into it with my ice cream scoop, it revealed a velvety-smooth ribbon of chocolate at the center, more the consistency of hot fudge sauce than brownie batter.
Taste test: I expected this to be a fairly straightforward, standard dessert offering, and that's about the best way to describe it: basically a fudge sundae pre-made in one container. The brownie bits were suprisingly smaller and less brownie-like than the cookie bits in the Cheesecake Core flavor, and the consistency of the "batter" was much smoother than I thought it would be. The core reminded me of Bosco chocolate syrup far more than batter. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this flavor, but it's not exactly revolutionary: the vanilla ice cream tastes like it's supposed to, the chocolate tastes like chocolate. There's syrup mixed in. Yawn. If anything, it felt like it was missing the cherry on top. I think this could have been a home run, if they'd made the Brownie core a bit thicker and more textured, but they played it a little too safe.
Verdict: Tasty, but Boring.
And finally: Coconuts for Caramel.
Description: Caramel & Sweet Cream Coconut Ice Creams with Fudge Flakes & a Caramel Core.
First impressions: Oh my--as soon as I opened the container, and saw the thick, buttery caramel core sticking to the roof of the container, I was in love. The only thing I love more than a little caramel is a LOT of caramel.
Taste test: This is the one I was most excited to try, and it did not disappoint. The coconut ice cream has a ridiculous amount of coconut flakes in it. I happen to love coconut, so there's no such thing as "too much"of it, but I could see where someone who is less coconut-obsessed might find it a tad overdone. To which I say: good, don't buy this, so there's more for me! The caramel ice cream also had a pleasing caramel flavor without being overpowering, and the caramel core was gooey, buttery perfection.
Verdict: A Coconut Lover's Dream. Seriously, I want to buy a case of this stuff. DELICIOUS!
Posted by Lisa Yak at 11:07 PM
Oh, how I wish EVERYONE would read this article by local food critic Elisa Ung, on "How to Make Food Photos Yummier. There's nothing better than some honest-to-goodness "food porn" photography, and there's nothing worse than a well-intentioned friend posting a horrific picture of their half-eaten salad and dirty fork with the caption "OMG this is so good!" Yuck! So kudos to Ung for writing this much-needed article.
I love capturing shots of great food, especially when I'm out at a restaurant, because I do believe in the expression that "you eat with your eyes first." Plating food is an art unto itself, not quite as important as the flavor, but pretty darn close. A photo helps capture the memory of not only the wonderful meal, but the time you spent enjoying it with friends and family. (And yes, I know some might find the practice annoying, but to them I say, "If that's enough to push your buttons, you need to get a hobby.")
I'm definitely guilty of using the "overhead shot" way too much--something I'll be working on. The tight shots
Posted by Lisa Yak at 5:39 PM