Lay’s Passport to Flavor

I picked up the 4 new Lay’s flavors on my annual trip down to Columbus which coincides with the release of the new chips.

Chinese Szechuan Chicken, Indian Tikka Masala, Brazilian Picanha, Greek Tzatziki

Greek Tzatziki

In Canada, we had the tzatziki flavour before in a kettle cooked chip, so the taste was not new. However, with the wavy chips, something changed. It actually works a bit better as a wavy chip than a kettle chip.

Brazilian Picanha

Ruffles has a steak flavoured chip available here and I wasn’t able to pinpoint what it was supposed to taste like. Ruffles usually gets the flavour right, especially since they specialize in wavy chips and can load the ridges with flavour. But for the steak flavour they had, I just wasn’t tasting it. The same goes for the Brazilian Picanha chips.

Indian Tikka Masala

I don’t think I’ve ever tried the real thing. Indian food is known for its use of spices and this one was no different. It was an interesting taste, a lot stronger than what I had anticipated. Out of the 4, this one is the most flavorful chip.

Chinese Szechuan Chicken

Another chip where I haven’t tried the real thing to compare to. There was a bit of a kick to this chip, which is always welcome but I’m not a fan of spicy.

 

The next post will be the Canadian World of Flavours chips, and a bonus flavour that came out this week that should have been the Canadian flavour.

Ohio Trip

Long time no post, I’ll have a detailed blog post about the lack of updates. In short, addiction.

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Starting with salt, Lays has their world of flavors contest earlier this year and these were the 4 winners in the states. Memphis BBQ is a new flavour for me so I picked it up. The taco one is an oldie.

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Now to sweets, the big draw for the weekend was the Swedish Fish Oreos. Everything else was picked off the shelf if I haven’t tried it before.

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I’m impressed by the amount of Gatorade I haven’t tried yet. Didn’t go too crazy on the drinks this time around. The Iced Vanilla Java Mio Energy is probably the best out of the bunch.

Much longer post will be out soon with some reviews of the stuff I’ve tried.

USA Visit 2016 #1

I made a visit to State College during the middle of March for my annual card game tournament. It’s also more than half a year since I last crossed the border for personal shopping and hunting weird American flavours.

Here’s a picture of the top half of our combined haul in the trunk coming back.

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I haven’t formally calculated how much I spent, but my estimate is about $200 USD.

Here are the salty snacks:

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In no order:

  • Doritos Mix Taco Explosion
  • Cheetos Sweetos Cinnamon Sugar Puffs
  • Utz Chesapeake Bay Crab Chips
  • Utz Bacon Horseradish Chips
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper
  • Lays Kettle Cooked Olive Oil & Herbs
  • Lays Smoked Gouda
  • Lays Korean Barbecue
  • Pringles Bacon
  • Pringles French Onion Dip
  • Lays Lime (Limon)
  • Trader Joe’s Sriracha Lattice Kettle Chips
  • Trader Joe’s Partially Popped Popcorn
  • Herr’s Crabfries
  • Popcorn Indiana Dark Fudge Sea Salt Caramel Drizzlecorn
  • Tops Jalapeno
  • Tops Cheddar and Horseradish
  • Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Dill Pickle
  • Cinnamon Apple Snack Sticks

My sweet foods:

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  • Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookies
  • Cinnamon Bun Oreos
  • Oreo Megastuff
  • Red Velvet Oreos
  • Cinnabon Cereal
  • Lindt Citrus
  • Crunch Snoopy Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Oreos
  • Twix Egg
  • Herr’s Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
  • M&M Peanut Butter Eggs
  • Lindt Cookies & Creme Chocolate Sticks
  • Lindt Caramel Chocolate Sticks
  • Crunch Eggs
  • Chip Ahoy! Soft Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Big Sour Patch Kids
  • Mega M&M’s Peanut
  • Mega M&M’s Chocolate
  • Twix Eggs
  • Butterfinger Heart
  • Twix Heart
  • Snickers Heart
  • Trader Joe’s:
    • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Salted Caramel Truffles
    • Fleur De Sel Caramels
    • Cookies & Creme Cookie Butter
    • Cookie & Cocoa Swirl Cookie Butter
    • Milk Chocolate Truffle
    • Dark Chocolate Truffle
    • Cookie Butter Bar
    • PB&J Bar
    • Caramel Cookie Bar
    • Cookie Butter Cookies
    • Fireworks Bar
    • Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar

And the sodas:

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  • Dr Pepper (cane sugar)
  • Diet Coke
  • Trader Joe’s Brewed Ginger Beer
  • Maple Cream Craft Brewed Soda
  • Ryan’s Delicious Ginger Ale
  • Reed’s Ginger Ale
  • Vanilla Creme Soda
  • Mexican Orange Crush
  • Virgil’s Real Cola
  • Virgil’s Cream Soda
  • Sprecifer Root Beer
  • Ginger Beer/Peach Pear Soda/Root Beer/Pluot Soda/Cream Soda
  • Seagram’s Ginger Ale

Pretty decent haul, many thanks to my friends Marcel and Amanda for graciously driving me back home with the mountain of goodies. I will review them as I share them with the guys at work.

Boardgames took a 2 week break but I should be able to do a double post after this Thursday’s gaming session.

Board Games February 04

We added a 5th member to our board gaming group! Our colleague Daniel finally had time to join us last Thursday and we decided to start off slowly with relatively easy games to teach/play.

Camel Up

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This is one of the games I had purchased over the Winter holiday. The game involves betting on 5 camels over the duration of the race. You can bet on which camel will finish ahead of the others after all 5 dice are rolled, you can also bet on the overall winning/losing camels. Extremely fun game, very simple to explain. I was playing it a bit wrong with my cousins.

King of Tokyo

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My family also owns this game, it’s a dice rolling game which you become a monster and either try to score victory points or try to kill off all the other monsters. You earn points by rolling certain dice, by entering/staying in Tokyo, or other effects from cards. You lose health if monsters attack you while you’re in Tokyo or if the monster currently inside Tokyo attacks you. Another very easy to explain game.

Tsuro

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Tsuro is a game where you place tiles on the board and your character piece moves along the paths the tiles make. That’s pretty much 90% of the rules. Your piece continues moving if a new tile is placed in front of it even when it’s not your turn. And you die when your character reaches an edge of the playing space or collides with another piece. Another very easy to explain game.

And we ended the night with Fluxx.

Food……..

I should be getting the Cinnamon Bun Oreos soon, as well as the Filled Cupcake ones that just came out today. There’s really not much I have to review but I will have Batman/Superman cereal sometime this week and it should be quite delicious.

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Bao Sandwich Bar

A recent post on Reddit came to my attention yesterday and I knew I had to pay them a visit. They sell banh mi, the Vietnamese sub, as well as bao and a few other items, but the banh mi is why I went.

It’s a comfort food, I’ve eaten too many of them to count since my childhood. It’s so simple: french bread, pate, mayonnaise, cold cuts, carrots, daikon, cucumber, and cilantro.

I was running errands today and decided to end my trip at the shop, which is conveniently located near Wilfrid Laurier, but not the easiest to find. It’s in the back of a building and you have to walk all the way around.

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Five Spices Pork
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Crackling Pork

There was some confusion when I ordered my sandwiches. I thought there would be some kind of traditional meat available but the “banh mi 2.0” style is with much different meats. I got the Five Spices Babe and Crackle Belly on banh mi. Both of them were quite good, I liked the Crackle Belly more than the Five Spices sandwich. Looking at their menu again, I should definitely give the Dynasty Duck and Seoul Beef one a try on my next visit.

Quick preview of my next food post:

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