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La Brea Bakery – Take & Bake Holiday Stuffing Rolls

Posted in Bakery, Bread

Good Morning Friends!

While wandering the aisles of Safeway yesterday looking for anything new gracing their shelves, I was starting to become a little disheartened that I hadn’t found anything that piqued my interest. It wasn’t until I made my way over to the bakery tables that I spotted these little babies tucked into the corner. Holiday food already eh?

If you aren’t familiar with La Brea Bakery – you should be. They are and award winning bakery that got its start in the Los Angeles area of California. Known for selling out of their bread every day, they have since expanded their operations offering take and bake items through grocery stores as well as opening cafes across the country serving up their tasty chewy bread that is still made from the original starter.

Back to the holiday portion that I mentioned – this is about the time of year that I start taking bets of when the first holiday ad is going to pop up. Upon discovering these yesterday I immediately called my mom, overly excited. I mentioned how I thought it was a little strange that I found Holiday Stuffing flavored anything in stores already, but she mentioned that she thinks she might have seen an ad in a recent printing of an AARP magazine for something Christmas related. Hey companies, its only May – stop it with the Christmas creep.

One thing that I love at Thanksgiving is stuffing – and one thing that I love ANY time of the year is bread. Thanksgiving stuffing AND bread mixed together? SIGN ME UP. I guess one could argue that stuffing is made of bread but that’s neither here nor there.

My toaster is a bit temperamental and went a little scorchy on this roll, but this was not going to stop me from enjoying this tasty sage-y, celery-y, thyme-y, pepper-y cloud of heaven. I may or may not have tried to also cut my thumb off slicing this roll – yikes. Dressed this guy up with a little bit of butter and went in for the first bite.

This bread is deliciously soft an chewy. My mother would no doubt turn these into hockey pucks, but they are the perfect texture. However, despite the delicious taste, I was completely underwhelmed. Despite all the flavors boasted on the back of the package, I did not really taste much of them. I was expecting a robust mixture of flavors but was met with a whisper. Maybe if I bake them in a normal oven the flavors will develop a little more but I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, the rolls are really good, but I was just expecting something more flavorful. I think I will whip up a small batch of cranberry jam, some instant potatoes (since I can make those in a really small batch) and some turkey to make myself a small Thanksgiving sandwich. Now I am drooling again.

Found at Safeway

May 16, 2018
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Ihop – Limited Time – Cinnamon Toast

Good Morning y’all! Normally I don’t review food from eating establishments or fast food places but I had this plate of cinnamon-y goodness and thought I would at least have to tell the internet about it. Ihop has a Kings Hawaiian Limited Time menu insert until the middle of June this year. The other day I was talking to a coworker and told him about the deliciousness that I was excited to partake in, and he revealed a really unsettling truth to me – he had never had Kings Hawaiian bread before. UHM EXCUSE ME?

Surely he was mistaken and I frantically brought up a picture of the fluffy, soft, tasty, delicious, buttery, tasty bread morsels for him, thinking maybe he didn’t know what he was saying, but NOPE, never in his life had he heard of Kings Hawaiian Bread. While I quietly grieved for him, I fantasized of the tasty bread in french toast form.

Now, I don’t really frequent Ihop – I find their food to be okay on the scale of delicious breakfast food, especially for the price. Don’t get me wrong, I am all about paying premium dollar for a tasty meal, but Ihop just doesn’t really do it for me.

There are three offerings using the Kings Hawaiian Bread sweet rolls, Strawberry Banana French Toast, Kings Hawaiian French Toast (duh), and Cinnamon Toast. The difference between the Kings Hawaiian French toast and Cinnamon Toast is that they add a cinnamon smear (gross terminology there guys) and cream cheese frosting to the Cinnamon Toast. I oped for the over-the-top, coma inducing Cinnamon Toast because why not?

I was unprepared for the plate that was being presented to me. I think mostly because I was expecting something slightly different looking due to the picture in the menu. Expectations vs. reality, I guess? The portion sizing on this was decent as this was very rich and sugary. It is made with two Kings Hawaiian sweet rolls cut in half and then doctored up with french toast coating and the above mentioned smear.

Overall I thought that they were pretty good. I was slightly disappointed because the smear, cinnamon, frosting, whipped cream, etc. really overpowered the Kings Hawaiian Bread flavor. The french toast was light and fluffy, which was really nice but you probably could have served me any soft dinner roll prepared in the same way and I wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. Overall I probably wouldn’t get this again. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but it was WAY too rich for any meal of the day (I had it for dinner). And this is coming from a person that will (and has) eat plain sugar from a jar. If I were to order it again I would probably ask that the toppings be served on the side so that I could prepare this to my liking. I actually have an idea of how to prepare something with Kings Hawaiian Bread based on this idea – we shall see if I actually execute it. Until then… Mahalo my dudes.

April 22, 2018
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Ohh how I wish…

Posted in Bakery, Bread

Ever see something put out by a company on April Fools Day that you wish was real? OH BOY DO I WISH THIS WAS REAL – maybe not as a perfume, but how about a Yankee Candle? I received this via email today from Boudin Bakery and immediately took flight in a day dream of tomato soup in a bread bowl. Maybe that’s tomorrows dinner. Mmmmm. Totally not sponsored, but totally salivating.

April 1, 2018
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Peeps – Marshmallow Gingerbread Men

Posted in Confectionaries

Want to know a fun fact? Everyday I review something, I try the food that day. I don’t sit at home and have magical feasts of junk food to write about later. I must say though, I had a huge dinner of tacos and garlic bread (don’t judge me) and eating something afterwards was a little rough. I currently don’t think I will be able to move from my current spot for a while. My everything hurts… someone get me a wheelchair.

I am pretty sure that these Peeps Marshmallow Gingerbread Men are not new, but I don’t recall ever tasting them despite my undying love for Peeps. I decided to pick these up not only because they are Peeps but GINGERBREAD! YEAH! Gingerbread is the new pumpkin guys (maybe)!

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Let’s not pretend that we don’t all first notice the sad state that is their faces and other features made of icing right now. Protip: Don’t put a picture of what your product should look like if infact, does not look anything like it at all. Something must have been really amusing to the left as most of them are looking and smiling in that general direction. Come on, a first grader could have piped these better. When I opened the packaging I was immediately hit with the smell of brown sugar – what? I kept smelling and finally picked up a hint of ginger. Despite the pungent aroma, the gingerbread taste to these is rather underwhelming. They are good, but the gingerbread flavoring is not in your face by any means. I do however think that these would be delicious lightly toasted and sandwiched between a graham cracker and a small hunk of white chocolate.

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Texture: 3/5 – These have the texture of a normal Peep. Light fluffy inside and pseudo crunchy exterior from the sugar coating on the outside. The icing features do not add anything to the textural experience.

Smell: 3/5 – The smell of these were a little deceiving. I don’t really know where the brown sugar smell comes into play, but it smells good. Another smell that Yankee could make into a candle and I would buy, thats for sure. Dear Yankee, if you do end up using these ideas, please cut me a royalty check.

Appearance: 2/5 – I like that Peeps went with a gingerbread man shape vs the standard Peep shape like they did for the Sugar Cookie version. However, those icing features? Someone needs some practice for next year.

Taste: 3/5 – Despite the subtle gingerbread flavoring to these Peeps, they are good. My guess is that they did not want to make the flavor overbearing because they want you to eat the entire tray – I’m on to you Peeps. I think these would be delicious as s’mores, as I said before, and the casual indifferent gingerbread lover will like these. Diehards? Stick to the real thing.

November 18, 2012
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Limited Edition Oreos – Gingerbread

Posted in Cookies

Hello you beautiful cupcakes! I know I promised a proper review yesterday but truth be told, I have come down with some sort of creeping crud Halloween sickness. It started Monday and I like to think that the worst was yesterday. I was in bed by 8 and out cold by 8:15, not to mention my nose was so stuffed up I wouldn’t have been able to taste anything to review for you guys anyways.

So! How was your Halloween? Get any good candy?

I think gingerbread as a flavor is going to be the breakout star this year. I’m hoping for gingerbread English Muffins, gingerbread bagels, gingerbread cookies everything. Gingerbread ALL the things! Look out pumpkin – we are coming for you. Despite the fact that ginger gives me instantaneous heartburn, I subject myself to this delicious treat anytime I can.

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I saw a review of these pop up on FatGuy Food Blog and started getting antsy to try them. With the unicorn that is Pringles lately with their fancy new holiday flavors that are no where to be found, I was getting nervous that these would be snatched up before I could buy them. Luckily I received some local intel that they were in stock at my local Walmart and there was a large display of them. No way that I would miss out!

Upon arrival I was torn between looking at the 50% Halloween merchandise for everyday household items (I am weird like that) or looking for these cookies. I chose the latter. Low and behold, there was infact a glimmering Nabisco castle in the middle of the main walk way of the consumables section, stocked fully with gingerbread goodness. No joke on the castle y’all – its real, I promise.

I honestly wanted to rip these open in the car, but I was rather full partially from the food that I shall be reviewing tomorrow. I needed some time for everything to settle and enjoy the in the comfort of my own abode, you know, incase I needed a moment or something.

Oreo kind of let me down with the whole Lemon flavor limited edition episode, so I knew that it was their time to shine. After settling in at my makeshift desk of a tv tray and a 56 quart storage bin that I have managed to fall into more times than I would like to admit, I opened these delicious treats up.

The smell was rather inviting. You could definitely tell that these were going to be good. I think someone forgot how to count when stocking my package though, and they were jammed in there so tight that they sprung out like a can of snakes (no food was harmed in the making of this review). My first curiosity was if the creme was going to be squishy like the lemon flavor or more firm like the classic creme. It was indeed more firm, which I enjoyed. It is the perfect balance of gingerbread and buttery golden Oreo cookie when eaten in its entirety, but sampling the creme by itself, its a smidge weak. I might just eat these for lunch tomorrow. I wish that there was a little more spice to it, but all in all these are VERY good.

I really enjoy the gingerbread cookies from Trader Joes, but I think they might ride the bench this year in favor of these Oreos.

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Texture: 4/5 – The creme constancy returns to the familiar territory of classic Oreos. If you’re the type that enjoys twisting open the cookie and eating the creme first, these will work much better for you than the lemon flavor.

Smell: 5/5 – When opening these, I wanted to dive right into the package. The smell was so good!Yankee, make this smell into a candle and I will buy all of them.

Appearance: 4/5 – These could easily be mistaken for peanut butter to the unsuspecting person. A holiday stamp in the cookie would be helpful to differentiate them from regular ole Oreos, but all in all they fit the Oreo bill.

Taste: 5/5 – These cookies are dangerously good if you are a gingerbread fan. I was skeptical at first because of my love of gingerbread, but these are a definite home run. Guaranteed better presents to anyone who leaves these out for Santa.

November 1, 2012
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Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins

Posted in Bread

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Raise your hand if you are tired of pumpkin flavored items yet? I am not one of those people. They could honestly make pumpkin flavored water and I would most likely drink it (that sounds really gross by the way, so don’t get any ideas food companies!) I spotted these English muffins at my local Walmart and had to give them a try. Apparently they were available last year, but I never had the opportunity to try them. I really love anything bread, and I think that if I had to choose one item to eat for the rest of my life, it would be a tough choice between chips and bread. I also like my bread lightly toasted (contrary to my mother, who enjoys her bread toasted to the point of cremation) I will literally hover over the toaster checking to see how brown the toast is getting. Now I sound like a crazy person. Anywho – the muffins!

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These had all the features of a regular English muffin. Odd shape, crumbs all over the bottom that get EVERYWHERE when eating them anywhere except standing over the trashcan or sink, nooks and crannies (remember those commercials?), and delicious flavor. I honestly failed to taste the pumpkin flavoring in these. I could definitely pick up the spices in pumpkin items. They mostly tasted like a regular English muffin with nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon added. I would enjoy these year round as an alternative if they offered them. Despite the claim of real pumpkin on the packaging, I’m still searching.

Texture: 4/5 – These have the same texture as a regular English muffin – with a small exception of small mushy spots where I think is the possible pumpkin that I am not tasting.

Smell: 4/5 – These babies smell delicious! But I also love the smell of ‘fall flavors’.

Appearance: 4/5 -These could easily be confused for wheat English muffins had I not seen the outside labeling. Nothing special about them, though I still hate the crumblies on the bottom that get everywhere.

Taste: 3/5 – I am disappointed at the lack of full pumpkin flavor – If you like your English muffins with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, you will really enjoy these. I would eat them again.

October 22, 2012
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