Universal Yums: October 2016 Russia

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The snacks in this box were interesting and while I enjoyed a few of them, this is my least favourite one so far. The candy was¬†pretty gross and there were too many flavours in one candy. A lot of people didn’t agree though, I got a few dislikes for what I said :p.

*Ruzik Vanilla Corn Puffs
*3 Korochki Holodets & Horseradish
*3 Korochki Salmon & Cheese
*Skazochniy Strawberry Mini Sponge Cake
*Red October Toffee Krepysh
*Russkoe Chocolate with Sunflower Seeds and Cranberry
*Mikaello Chocolate Covered Apricot with Walnut
*Rot Front Chocolate Vanilla Candy
*Blackcurrant Candies

BLT Pasta Salad

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Pasta salad makes for a great appetizer or picnic food and since I was going on a road trip, I thought this would be perfect to make! It’s VERY easy and mixes easily in one bowl.

Ingredients:
*2 cups Ditalini or elbow pasta
*2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
*12 slices bacon (1 package), chopped
*1-1/2 cups diced tomatoes
* 3 cups chopped green lettuce
*1 cup mayonnaise
*1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
*1- 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
*1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

Source: http://www.swankyrecipes.com/blt-pasta-salad-2.html

Green Tea Chlorella

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A lot of you are probably wondering what on earth is green tea chlorella?!

Studies have shown that chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies.

I thought I would give it a try but other then a faint bitter taste, it didn’t taste too different. Because it was a Korean brand, the noodles were thicker and extra chewy. I’ll let you watch the video so you can see what I thought.

Food Truck Festival Richmond Hill 2016

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They had a few food truck festival around the GTA this summer so I decided to check out the one in Richmond Hill. It was at Richmond Green which is a great venue. There were quite a few trucks and different types of food to choose from but nothing really stood out which was disappointing.

steak-poutine

This Steak Poutine was the highlight of the night. The fries were freshly fried and not starchy, the potatoes stay together and has a smooth texture. There was a good helping of meat and the melted cheese was the yummy glue that kept everything together.

purple-lemonade

This was supposed to be their Purple Lemonade but as you can see, it’s blue…

I was pretty disappointed not just by the colour but this was just blue Kool Aid. I didn’t even really taste the lemon…

pork-tacos

These Pork Tacos were pretty good but not the best I’ve had. The shells were cold and not as soft as I would’ve liked. There was also too much sauce so when I picked one up, it was all over my hand. The meat wasn’t dry at least.

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Ah, the best part, dessert! Me and my boyfriend shared this Strawberries and Cream Funnel Cake. I haven’t had a funnel cake in ages and since I had someone to share with, it was a no brainer! It was fresh like everything else and I like how they didn’t overflow the strawberry sauce. It could’ve had more ice cream though :p.

This intrigued me because it was a food truck festival but I thought it would have more interesting food. They had quite a bit of options but just your standard food trucks, nothing new and exciting. Maybe if I went to the Toronto one instead but I wanted to avoid a large crowd. I’ll know for next year!

Drift Away Coffee Monthly Subscription Box

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You guys know I love my subscription boxes and trying new things! The holidays are around the corner and these are great as a gift because who doesn’t love coming home to a box of goodies?

Drift Away was kind enough to send me a tasting kit of their coffees. This first box comes with one of each note; fruity, classic, balanced, bold. As you try each coffee, log into the iOS app or website and get ones that are catered to your taste. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the founders Anu and Suyog want to bring their passion of coffee into your home. This is perfect for that coffee lover on your list!

I’m more of a tea drinker myself but I brought my boyfriend along for this journey who has a cup of joe every morning. I also love that each bag is personalized and has the date and your name on it.

The Novice = Me

The Expert = The Boyfriend

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Each resealable package has 2oz of beans that you grind and filter over your cup.

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This “fruity” blend from Kenya contains grapefruit, cedar and melon. This is considered a light roast.

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Novice

“The colour is light and the smell is a bit on the faint side. The taste was also lacking in my opinion but then again, it is a light roast. Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I prefer my tea strong so this is not my “cup of tea”…hehe.”

Expert

“I don’t like this one. It tastes like cardboard to me.” (He had nothing else to say because he really wasn’t feeling this one)

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This “classic” blend from Nicaragua contains toffee, peanut and nut. This is considered a medium roast.

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Novice

“You can definitely see that these beans are darker than the previous ones. They’re also more fragrant. The hint of nut gives it a nice aroma for sure!”

Expert

“The hint of nut is mild but you can taste it for sure. I like it better than the last one.”

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This “balanced” blend from Brazil contains chocolate, peanut and citric. This is considered a medium roast as well.

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Novice

“Why are these beans lighter than the last but considered a medium blend…The aroma is nice and not as bitter in my opinion.”

Expert

“It’s not a strong aroma coffee and has a nice light taste. I can’t taste it as much but still better than the first.” (If you haven’t caught on by now, he really hated the “fruity” blend, lol)

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This “bold” blend from Papua New Guinea contains toffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. This is considered a dark roast.

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Novice

“These beans are so dark! It’s so fragrant and the taste is so smooth. I didn’t think I would like the dark roast but it’s my favourite out of the four.”

Expert

“I like that it’s more bold and the taste is strong in this one. (His mom had some and actually wanted to pick up a bag!)”

Oreo Krispie Treats

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Any recipe with Oreo instantly makes it 10x better in my opinion so when I saw this recipe I couldn’t resist! It’s super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. Follow along with me in the video above :).

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups regular Oreos, crushed
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows or 40 large marshmallows
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  1. Pour Oreos into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat marshmallows and butter over medium heat until only a few lumps of mallows are left.
  3. Pour marshmallow mixture over Oreos and mix well until all the Oreos are coated.
  4. Press mixture into an 8×8 inch pan and let sit until cooled.
  5. Cut into squares and serve.

Source: http://www.highheelsandgrills.com/oreo-krispie-treats/