Skoshbox February 2016 Review

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Feb 2016

Pucca: Chocolate Crisps

These are fish-shaped pretzel shells with chocolate filling, similar to the koala cookies you may have eaten. The pretzel gives it a nice crunch and there’s a good amount of chocolate in there.

Chibimaruko Marshmallow (Grape)

I didn’t like these too much. They’re basically marshmallows with a grape jelly filling. It’s a little bland but that might just be my opinion of the white puffy things in general lol.

Pekochan Parosol Choco (Chocolate Umbrella)

I thought this would be a cheap chocolate you find when you get these gimmicky treats but it’s actually a high quality chocolate that’s pretty creamy too.

Coffee Beat

These look and smell exactly like coffee beans but it’s 100 per cent flavoured chocolate! I had a few at a time and it comes in this cute tube that keeps it fresh-ish.

Veggie-Ottotto 

I LOVE these puffed crispy veggie chips! There are Japanese and Korean variations but both are identical. It’s a very unique texture like no other and they’re shaped like animals but are hollow inside. It’s full of flavour and so addicting!

Soft Oreo: Vanilla Cream

This is more of a soft Oreo cake than a cookie. It’s like a giant whoopie pie and the filling is a smooth cream and not icing. You get two but be careful, they get a little messy.

Fresh Off the Boat Review

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404 Queen Street West

(416) 603-3333

www.fotb416.com

Price: Average

Cuisine: Seafood

Type: Finger Food/Fast Food

Rating

Food: 9/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Fresh Off the Boat Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

When Fresh Off the Boat first opened a few years ago, everyone was raving about their lobster rolls. I finally made the trek downtown one day and while I waited a bit, it was fresh.

Lobster Roll

I had to go with their well-known Lobster Roll and it was amazing! They toasted the bun so that it was warm and crunchy. There was more than enough lobster and it didn’t have many fillers so you’re getting what you paid for. The coleslaw was also flavourful and crunchy, not soggy and wilted like other restaurants. And the hand-cut fries just came out of the fryer!

Mediterranean Shrimp Sandwich

Their Mediterranean Shrimp Sandwich doesn’t look like much when you open it up but it’s got a bit of shrimp and flavour. The bread also isn’t that thick so both balance out. What I hate the most is when you have extra bread on a sandwich or bun.

I would go often if I lived/worked in the area but because I’m up North, I might not get to and there are many more food places to try!

Skoshbox January 2016 Review

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Jan 2016

Puccho: Hoppe-Chan Gummies (Japanese Cherry Flavour)

These are the hard gummies and each are the size of peanuts. They’re sweet but not overpowering. The cute pink packaging is a plus as well :).

Sakupanda Zed (Double Chocolate Panda Cookies)

I love these panda cookies! I’ve been collecting the boxes since day one. These are just as good and it might just be me but the cookies on these ones seem more put together, less crumbly. The chocolate is also bittersweet which is great since this means you get more of the cocoa and less of the sugar.

Gaburi-Chu Cola Stick

This is a soft candy stick and was quite interesting. It’s essentially a cola flavoured chewy candy shaped like a stick when you think about it. The taste is pretty strong so it’s very satisfying.

Ao-Be Soda Gum (Mouth-Staining Gum)

I actually had no interest in this one and left it too long so it became a bit stale…Sorry!

Korokoro Sugar Rusk (Crispy Sugar Rusk Cubes)

The name makes it sound really sweet but it isn’t really. It’s baked cubes of bread with a thin layer of sugar. It’s different and I would eat this again.

Yakitori Umaibo

What can I say about this puffed snack that I haven’t already? I love it and while this one doesn’t really mirror yakitori, it’s still salty and savoury.

LA: Other Foods from LA

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Here are the other foods from my LA trip that I didn’t have enough for their own post but were so yummy I couldn’t leave out!

In-N-Out Chocolate Milkshake

If you’re ever in the West Coast, I highly recommend you try In-N-Out. They have amazing food for a takeout burger joint. I started off with their In-N-Out Chocolate Milkshake. It’s so thick that I had to let it settle because I couldn’t suck it up initially! But it keeps it’s texture throughout.

In-N-Out

You can’t go wrong with a Cheeseburger and Fries but they also have a secret menu that I’ll tackle next time I’m in LA :).

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is a market I WISH we had here in Canada. It’s a cross between Whole Foods and No Frills; most things are healthy and don’t have preservatives but the prices aren’t through the roof and very affordable! We stopped by to get some breakfast items and I grabbed some snacks and such as well. (All yummy by the way!)

Dylan's Candy Bar

I always go to one of these when I’m in the US; Dylan’s Candy Bar. You’ll find people of all ages in here and there’s so many different variations and funky flavours as well. It’s also fun to just go around.

Dylan's Candy Bar Chocolate

You can also mix and match since it’s all counted by weight. I got some chocolate gummy bears and rice crispies, chocolate raisins, mint chocolate chip malt balls, etc.

Coconut Milk and Sticky Black Rice Pudding

We passed by a Chinese restaurant that sold desserts so I picked up a Coconut Milk and Sticky Black Rice Pudding. It was so good and creamy, like a mousse.

Processed with MoldivI don’t remember the name but this is an amazing soon tofu restaurant where the tofu is organic and everything tastes so fresh. Everything is cheap too, $10+ depending on which one you get.

Jurrassic Cafe - Turkey Leg Combo

At Universal Studios theme park, we stopped to eat at the Jurrassic Cafe. I was craving the Turkey Leg Combo and it was HUGE! Here’s my cousin’s hand as a comparison. It was good but a bit salty halfway through.

Fat Tuesday

While in LA, we took a road trip to Las Vegas. It is legal to drink while walking around and you can get your daiquiri fix at Fat Tuesday. We both got Bellini because there’s nothing better than that!

Verde with Mushrooms

For dinner, we went to this artisan pizza place with a wood oven. I had the Verde with Mushrooms and it was great; the crust was soft and fluffy and there were plenty of mushrooms.

Vege

My cousin, who loves her vegetables, got the Vege. It has spinach, artichokes and cheese.

Popeye's 2-PC Chicken

On the way back, we wanted something simple and who doesn’t love Popeye’s fried chicken? Their 2-PC Chicken Meal is just the right size.

Big Olaf's - Cookies and Cream

On a trip to Catalina Island back in LA, we stopped by a famour ice cream parlour called Big Olaf’s. My got my go to flavour, Cookies and Cream. While the waffle cone was fresh, I would’ve liked there to be more cookie chunks.

Garrett's Popcorn

While I had a layover in Chicago, I had to stop by Garrett’s Popcorn and grab some bags of their famous Chicago mix (caramel with cheddar popcorn mix). I don’t know if its because of the way it’s made but it’s so GOOD!

LA: Boiling Crab Review

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3377 Wilshire Blvd #115 (Los Angeles)

(213) 389-2722

www.theboilingcrab.com

Cuisine: Cajun Seafood

Type: Finger Food

Pricing: Somewhat Pricey

Rating

Atmosphere: 9/10

Food: 9/10

Service: 8/10

The Boiling Crab Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

While I was there, my cousin mentioned The Boiling Crab on more than one occasion. That and I LOVE seafood so we made it a point to go sometime during my time there. We got there half an hour before dinner service and it there was already a short lineup. If we got there any later, we might have had to wait longer. This was a good sign because this meant the food was going to be bomb. (And it was!)

Tools

They provide you with two tools; the top one is to crack hard shells while the blue plastic one is used to slice through soft shells. It’s not sharp at all but if you apply pressure, it glides along and opens it in seconds!

Raw Oysters

Can’t go to a seafood place without ordering Raw Oysters! They were fresh and went down nicely! To be honest, I’ve never had bad oysters. What made the difference for me was what they provided to put on top. Lemon juice and their mild Tabasco mixture sauce did nicely.

Potatoes with Rajun Cajun

My cousin loved their Potatoes with Rajun Cajun and I could see why. The sauce was bursting with flavour and the potatoes were smooth and weren’t starchy at all! And that corn was so sweet!

Pound Shrimp with Rajun Cajun, Non-Spicy

Each order (bag) comes in pounds and we had a few of their Shrimp with Rajun Cajun. Again, full of flavour and they were a good size. I loved how the gut line was removed too. By cutting it that way, it makes the shells easily to remove too.

Pound Snow Crab Legs with the Whole Sha-Bang!, Non-Spicy

We also had a few of their Snow Crab Legs with the Whole Sha-Bang! With that blue tool, it took 3 seconds to open each leg. I loved how there was extra sauce so you could dip it as well.

Shells

These are all the shells and it seems there were clams as well but I must’ve missed them since I was enjoying myself too much. Oops :),

LA: Bubble Tea

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LA has a lot of bubble tea (or boba) places/chains that are quite popular. Last I checked, some of them are making their way to Toronto but I thought these were worth mentioning.

Processed with Moldiv

This is probably a bad start but I don’t remember the name of this one but it’s in the back of a downtown Thai restaurant. They specialize in alcoholic boba but you can also get some without.

The one on the left is the Bobagasm with Irish cream, Kahlua and honey boba. On the right you have the Mango Fett with soju, margarita, mango flavours and lychee jelly. They aren’t enough to get you drunk but it’s pretty strong so you’ll taste it.

Fresh Milk Green Tea

This one was my favourite, the Fresh Milk Green Tea from Half & Half. The milk tea was creamy and smooth and the boba was chewy and cooked just right. The only downside is the cups are shorter and wider so it won’t fit in your cup holder as your driving.

Oolong Jade Milk Tea w:Grass Jelly and Honey Boba

This is the Oolong Jade Milk Tea with Grass Jelly and Honey Boba. It sounds sweet but oolong is considered a bitter tea and grass jelly is quite bitter as well so they balance the honey boba out.

Jasmine Milk Tea

Coco was another favourite. They are a Taiwanese chain that just started opening up stores in the GTA and Markham this year. This is their Jasmine Milk Tea. Like Chatime, you can customize the amount of ice and sugar you want.

Milk with Red Bean and Pearl

The Milk with Red Bean and Pearl was a good mix because the sweet red bean gives it an extra sweetness and something extra to chew on. Although the contrast between the two textures might not be to everyone’s liking.

Three Buddies - Coco

Coco round two! This is their Three Buddies, which is pudding, grass jelly and boba. With three toppings, it’s actually quite heavy but how can you turn it down?