Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishes of a Merry Christmas 2010

To all the readers of this blog and their families, I wish a Merry Christmas 2010 with lots of good things.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Anthon Berg Strawberry in Champagne

I could start by saying that marzipan is not one of my favourite things, but years ago I bumped into this box that had written "Strawberry in Champagne" and I thought: mmmm this must be good. Moreover it got chocolate, which is obviously a plus.

Maybe the marzipan wasn't that much, I thought, and decided to give it a try. Afterall a product from Danmark and from a company establish in 1884 and still going on could not be bad.

First bite: the chocolate is good and the combination of the strawberry (11%) with the champagne (2%) contributes to enhance the taste. The marzipan taste (10% of almonds) is noticeable, which is a good thing for its appreciators, while for those like me who don't like it much is greatly compensated by the other elements.

The chocolate and marzipan count for 38% and the filling counts for 30%, the rest goes for the usual ingredients in these kind of products.

The fact that the brand has been appointed as purveyor to the Royal Danish Court confirms its quality, evident in these Anthon Berg Strawberry in Champagne from their Fruit & Marzipan line.
My opinion is obviously positive.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Twinings Infusions Selection (Fruit Flavour and Herbal Infusions)

Among the brands of tea and infusions that I've tried, which aren't many, Twinings is one of my favourites, not only for its quality but also for its variety.
For people who don't get along well with caffeine, infusions are a good option.

Twinings offers different infusion selections and the one that I've chosen to review today is Fruit Flavour and Herbal Infusions.
The box contains 25 bags equally devided in 5 flavours: Lemon Twist; Strawberry & Mango; Peach & Passion Fruit; Raspberry & Echinacea; Blackcurrant, Ginseng & Vanilla.

I can tell you that I'm the kind of person who will eat anything, but I'm a bit more selective with what I drink, and one of the worst things that can happen is when a food or drink has a noticeable artificial taste.
Until now Twinings has proved itself worthy of my purchases and this Infusions Selection (Fruit Flavour and Herbal Infusions) has confirmed my trust, with all the flavours being tasteful, although I keep thinking that no boxed lemon infusion can beat a natural lemon one made directly from lemon peel.

If like me you like to drink a cup of tea or enjoy a new infusion, this selection should be on your list of things to try.
There's no link on this article to the product because I could not find it on Twinings official websites; of course that I didn't try all the countries.

Monday, October 18, 2010

NewTree Eternity Chocolate: Cassis (Blackcurrant)

Created by Benoît de Bruyn and made in Belgium by Newtree S.A. this blackcurrant natural flavoured chocolate contains quality ingredients that include pure cocoa butter ( this one is for me a real plus in comparison to vegetable fats) natural grape extract and sugar - yes I prefer sugar - besides other ones that include of course the obvious.

The NewTree Eternity is a dark chocolate with 73% of cocoa and therefore rich in antioxidants and flavonoids.

With a pleasant blackcurrant bouquet and smooth degustation, it's a chocolate to eat parsimoniously and not like a chocolate bar that you eat in five or six bites. Besides in my opinion any dark chocolate is to be consumed moderately.

This chocolate is a good one, but for now it stays out of the group of my favourites, mostly because I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate, however its quality has convinced me and it's more that likely that I'll try another of the several flavours from this brand that has already conquered some awards.
I cannot recomend a flavour, since I've only tried one, but it's a chocolate brand that I can recomend you to try, especially if you are an appreciator of flavoured dark chocolate.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pur Natur Bio Blueberry Yogurt

If you are a usual reader of this blog, you've already noticed that I like yogurt and buy it often.
One of my latest try outs are these organic yogurts from Pur Natur.
Today I'll let you know my opinion about the blueberry one (referred as billberry on their website)
Creamy towards solid, the consistency of the Pur Natur organic blueberry yogurt is similar to others of the same kind and quality.
Its taste, before reaching the fruit and if you don't stirr it, is a bit more sour than usual, which for me is a good thing since I'm of the opinion that nowadays yogurts have too much sugar.
When getting to the bottom of the glass pot where the fruits are, my opinion turns quite positive, influenced by the great flavour of the juicy blueberries.
I can't remember eating fresh blueberries, but I believe that these compare quite well with other fruits found inside other quality yogurts.
I haven't tried it stirred from the begining, but I'll do it soon since I have a unit inside my refrigerator.
The Pur Natur Blueberry Yogurt is a must try for any appreciator, even if the price tag is somewhat expensive in my opinion.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Milka Champiolade - For a Limited Time Only

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, many are the companies bringing related products into the market.
Milka (a Kraft Foods company) has released a limited in time edition named "Champiolade".
Featuring a football (soccer) ball over each square, this alpine milk chocolate contains a creamy milk filling with butter caramel taste and rice crisps.
In the center of each square, one finds a crispy cocoa rice ball.
The chocolate keeps itself faithful to the quality of the other Milka chocolates, which is something that is up for you to decide about.
As for what I think and considering that I find the brand a good one taking into account the price/quality ratio, this Milka Champiolade doesn't have a noticeable chocolate taste, which is not caused for a lack of quality but only due to its characteristics (45% is filling), however it has a pleasant buttery taste and a good crispy feel to it.
I found it just a bit too sweet for my taste, but I've already received positive comments from other people who are picky about chocolates and even prefer dark ones.
Even if not among my favourites, this chocolate deserves a positive score and I think that will please to most people with a sweet tooth.
We're looking forward to read your opinion about it.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Making OeuF" by Alexandre DUBOSC

Once in a while you may spot some videos on this food and drinks review blog.
These are chosen for their creativeness and relation to this blog's theme.
After the amazing animation "Western Spaghetti", My Gourmet Guide presents another quality stop motion animation entitled "Making OeuF" by Alexandre DUBOSC for the Food about you - Concours Festival d'Annecy 2010.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Andechser Natur Mango-Vanilla Bio Yogurt

Usually organic products are considerably more expensive and therefore I seldom buy organic or also called bio yogurts.
However from what I've seen, the german products are not as expensive, namely yougurts.
So, I've decide to try some from from a company named Andechser Molkerei Scheitz GmbH, afterall it was established in 1908 and if it still exists it must mean something.
I've tried a few flavours, including a stracciatella one that I found quite good.
But the one that really came up as the most positive surprise was the mango-vanilla one (mango-vanille in german).
This organic yougurt features the flavours of mango and vanilla in the correct quantities and its consistency is quite pleasant.
Besides the obvious ingredients, this bio yogurt contains L-type lactic acid and raw sugar (which I prefer to sweetners) It's also glutenfree.
If you like yogurts, I trully advise you to try this brand, especially the "Mango-Vanille".

Friday, April 30, 2010

Stamp Out Hunger 2010 - Special Article

The articles that are presented to the readers of this blog are usually about food and drinks, however some exceptions can and will happen, and what better reason than a good cause ?
On the 8th of May 2010, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food items donated by individual households, left by the mailbox.
This massive one-day food drive campaign has started in 1993 and since then many starving individuals and families have received precious nourishment.
It's important to emphasize that many people are going through serious difficulties, many of them were working and have recently lost their jobs.
These people are often ashamed to ask for food, just as many of us would probably be.
Implemented by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the 2010 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be organized in partnership with Feeding America.
Facebook users can also help the cause by clicking the "Like" button that can be found on the Stamp Out Hunger website, since Campbell's Soup will donate up to one million cans of soup to Feeding America for each fan.
So, if you want to be a fan, be a fan of a good cause.
Don't forget, it's on May 8, 2010 and you can sign up for e-mail or text message alerts to remind you to leave your food donation by your mailbox.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tagliatelle Egg Pasta Delverde

If there's something that I eat alot, that's pasta (here in Portugal we say massa).
Although I suppose that we have some portuguese brands of good quality, the italian ones are indeed superior and obviously me preference goes toward them.
I know this brand for a couple of years, but it's been some time that I've seen it, since it's usually not avaiable in the supermaket that I go to.
Yesterday I saw it there and bought it right away, namely because I needed to buy some pasta.
I bought the tagliatelle egg pasta n. 91, in the form of a nest (tagliatelle al'uovo a nido nº 91).
Like any good italian pasta, it keeps its consistency quite well and it's especially suited for those who like it "all dente".
Usually I like to cook it during a bit more time, but even so it doesn't get mushy.
Comparing with the brands that I know, this one can be placed side by side with the best ones, but that's my opinion.
Have you tried this brand ?
Let us know your opinion.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Emmi Choco Latte Original

With 84% swiss skimmed-milk and 14% swiss chocolate, the Emmi Choco Latte Original is a drink that will please most of those who, like me, like to drink chocolate milk.
Usually I don't buy these kind of drinks, since I prefer to buy the chocolate in powder and mix it with the milk, but a couple of months ago I was given a coffee version of this brand and I was nicely surprised, namely because I'm from a country where coffee is one of the best in the world.
Besides, I also know Emmi's yogurts and I thought that it wouldn't do any harm to try it.
I won't say that it was the best chocolate drink that I've tasted so far, but this Emmi Choco Latte does have a good chocolate taste and deserves my positive opinion and recomendation, even if I find it to be a bit expensive for the portuguese market.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alvalle Zumo de Tomate (Tomato Juice)

I've always enjoyed tomato juice and it has been one of the few kind of juices that one can find without too many "strange stuff" added.
This tomato juice from Alvalle is proposed in a 750ml cardboard packing featuring an attractive layout.
According to the maker, the juice is made with fresh tomatos (95%), extra-virgin olive oil (1.8%), lemon juice and salt.
As you can see, the ingredients are as good as one can ask for, although I like the tomato juice with a bit of pepper, but lets taste it: this tomato juice has a lighter colour that the ones that I'm used to, which I believe means more quantity of tomato than usual, something manifested by it's thickness.
Its flavour is not what I expected, since for my taste it lacks a "je ne sais quois" to make savoury (maybe a bit of pepper) and besides I had the impression that a slight taste of cardboad was noticeable.
I believe that Tropicana Alvalle S.L. has elaborated this tomato juice with the best intention to bring a good natural product to the consumer and although I didn't appreciate it (especially for the supposed cardboard taste), I cannot suggest to avoid it due to the quality of its ingredients.
Maybe they should use different agricultural procedures and develope better fruits.
Having your opinion about this juice would be very important to the readers of this blog.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Quaker Cruesli Chocolate

I know the Quaker Cruesli brand for more than 20 years and has always been one of my favourites.
Some years ago they introduced the chocolate version into this breakfast cereal line, but only now I decided to try it since I may like chocolate, but for breakfast I prefer other flavours.
My outlook was positive, but at the same time I was aprehensive since the chocolate could mean that I could find it too sweet.
So, I opened the package and put some Cruesli on a plate (some chunks may seem to big, but that's ok), to which I added milk (cold or room temperature).
The cereals, which are mainly constituted by oats, revealed themselves crunchy as is usual with this brand and the bits of dark chocolate, supplied in a generous quantity, have a good flavour.
The chocolate doesn't have that pronounced flavour usually found in chocolates, in fact I suppose that most cereal brands are the same, which in my opinion is a good thing because it would make it too sweet for a breakfast cereal.
Other included ingredients are: wheat, cinnamon, dried coconut and molasses.
Cruesli Chocolate from Quaker Cruesli will satisfy kids and grown-ups who like breakfast cereals and chocolate.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Grove Fresh - Apple & Mango Organic Fruit Juice (Grove Organic Fruit Company)

Recently I saw a brand of organic fruit juice that I haven't seen before here in Portugal.
Since I like things as natural as possible, especially what I eat and drink, the product deserved my attention.
The apple and mango mix seemed a good combination and after skimming through the ingredients' list (94% of pure organic apple juice and 6% organic mango puree), I thought that it might be a good idea to give it a try.
Usually apple juices tend to be too sweet for some people and the mango balances that quite well, besides handing its characteristic flavour.
That is for me one of the most relevant facst of this organic fruit juice.
Although pleasant and certainly deserving a positive note, I feel that something is missing and in my opinion what is missing a more fruity taste.
I believe that this is something that Grove Organic Fruit Co (Grove Fresh) and most companies of its kind would have some difficult to improve because fruit nowadays, even organic, doesn't taste as it used to, namely due to the use of green-houses and lack of enough sunlight for a good photosynthesis.
However I suppose that the orchards from which the apples are picked for this juice are not in green houses and catch natural light, so maybe the region where they're from is not as good for fruit as lets say a mediterranean or tropical one.
Nonetheless I can advise you to try this juice, not only for its good taste, but also because it's an organic juice.
One positive thing that I must mention is that the contacts are easily available, something that transmits that they care about their customers' opinions.
Carrying the Soil Association logo on its pack (the brand displays it since 1993), this apple and mango juice is made by Grove Fresh Ltd, UK.
Please note that the juice reviewed in this article is part of the rebranded Grove Fresh, now Grove Organic Fruit Company.
Nonetheless the only difference that I've noticed is the percentage of the mix (the one on the website has 91.5% apple juice and 8.5% mango puree.
A case study about this company founded in 1994 by John Taylor, can be read here.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gerblé Omega 3 Orange and Chocolate

I'm not the kind of person who buys food supplements, but a couple of years ago I saw this box that grabbed my attention because of its layout.
It featured a cereal bar with bits of orange and partially covered with chocolate.
Now, I guess that most of us thinks that chocolate and orange is a great combination, moreover with the benefit of cereals, what could I do besides giving it a try.
Part of the Gerblé's range "Objectif Santé", the orange and chocolate omega 3 cereal bar (barre omega 3 orange chocolat) includes in its relevant ingredients: B9 and E vitamins, wheat flakes, puffed wheat and rice, bits of confit orange and lemon peal, dark chocolate and a soy phospholipids complex that Gerblé has registered with the name Cérocholine.
But how tasty is it ?
Well, for me it was love at first sight.
The combination of orange and dark chocolate really works and the consistency of the cereals is good too.
In my opinion, the ingredients are used in a adequate quantity, resulting in a well balanced and really pleasant result.
Like I said, I'm not the kind of person that buys food supplements and I don't really care if these bars perform as they are intended to, but as long as they don't hurt me, I'll buy them once in a while.
As for their price, I must say that I find them a bit expensive (at least here in Portugal and taking into account our wages), but I don't know about that elsewhere.
So, my final conclusion is: positive.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wild Strawberries Yogurt by Swiss Delice

I know the Swiss Delice brand for some time now and although not one of the most accessible ones in the genre, once in a while I buy their products.
Made in switzerland and without (at least it's not mentioned) those E aditives, I believe that it's a healthy option.
But lets talk about the Wild Strawberries flavour from their "Excellence" line.
The eventual difference between the strawberries that one buys at the supermarket or at the local grocery and the wild ones got me curious and I thought that it might be something that the readers of this blog would like to know about.
I have to say that from the strawberries preparation of 19%, only 6.5% are wild strawberries, while 5.5% are the other ones. It has a 75% of cream yogurt.
If you add 75% plus 19% it doesn't sum 100%, but don't ask me what's missing.
Now it's time to write if I liked it or not.
The answer cannot be positive, since I found the taste a bit artificial, although the ingredients are natural. It has a kind of a chewing gum taste that I didn't like.
Maybe wild strawberries are just like that.
Of course that I'm not going to advise you on buying this flavour or not, since it's the first time that I've tasted it and cannot compare with others.
In the future I'll review other products and flavours from Swiss Delice since it continues to deserve my trust and I like other products that they have.
If you have tried this flavour, let us know your opinion.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cuétara Krit Canapé Mediterráneo (Black Olive)

About a week ago I went to the supermarket and saw these biscuits that caught my attention.
Made by Cuétara, the Krit Canapé Mediterráneo contains black olives and olive oil.
Soon after having the first one, I realized that it wouldn't live up to my expectations.
The taste to black olives is practically imperceptible and I also found it to be excessively sweet (especially for a thin cracker that supposedly is an appetizer) and greasy.
If you decide to try these or already have, please share your opinion with us.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gullón Mega Duo Chocolate Biscuits

Most of people like biscuits and most of people also like chocolate, thus biscuits and chocolate is bound to be a winning combination.
Of course that many of us have had some less satisfying experiences, but let me reassure you that this is not the case.
Produced by Galletas Gullón, S.A. in Palencia (Spain), these sandwich biscuits filled with chocolate are a really good option.
I haven't bought them, so I don't know the price, but I know Gullón for many years and their products carry a price tag that usually shows a good relation between price and quality.
But lets talk about what really matters.
I will not say that these biscuits are at the same level as the top brands, but then again you'd have to pay three or four times their price, or even more, but I can tell you that they are enjoyably crunchy and have a decent quantity of chocolate that really tastes like chocolate.
Therefore I will give these chocolate biscuits a positive note.