Sunday, September 6, 2009

WWBBM? and Other Random Things

Happy Sunday, all! It's a glorious sunshiny day. I'm sure when I step outside my joy will be ruined because it will feel like armpit. Go humidity!

So, yesterday I had Food Network playing in the background when something caught my attention. I don't know if you've ever seen What Would Brian Boitano Make, but that show is absolutely hilarious. It's got the insanity of Alton Brown without all the science. It's out there, and I love it! It was really bizarre that the first episode I saw was about freaking bacon, though. I think I like him enough to continue to watch.

Anyway...I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do at stores is to try new items. I don't eat processed stuff too often, but every once in a while I'll try something new. On a trip to world market last month, I stumbled upon melon flavored Ramune.

Stupid me for not getting a pic of the top because that's the best. If you've never had it, it's a Japanese carbonated drink that you open by tapping a marble into the bottle. The marble gets lodged into a chamber so it's completely safe and super awesome. I have to say that melon is my favorite one now. So delcious and refreshing.

Whenever I get to go to my vegan store, I usually get one new thing to try. This time, I really wanted to try soy free and gluten free stuff. Then I saw the knishes! Sweet lord. If you've never tried Klassic Knish they are super good. I really like the spinach one. I also tried Coconut Bliss Cherry Amaretto ice cream which was creamy but not too rich. I thought the cherries could have been more prominent, though. I think I like Turtle Mountain's coconut milk line better because it has more flavor.

I also got to try Enjoy Life's soft baked chocolate chip cookies. I remember stumbling upon this brand about 2 years ago in Texas. The company is gluten, soy, nut, dairy, and casein free. A lot of their products are vegan which makes me happy.

Going mostly gluten free and becoming less soy dependent is not unlike going vegan for the first time. It was seriously overwhelming until I calmed down and saw that there are options. I'm still looking for gluten free flour, though. I know that Bob's Red Mill sells one, but does anybody know about a homemade recipe using a combo of different flours?  That would make my life easier because I can't find the premade stuff anywhere.

Now, I leave you with this kick ass Isa tester (for her weight loss/healthy eating book).  This was delicious!

Caribbean Curry Black Eyed Peas With Plantains and Jerk Asparagus

I'm gonna test some more Isa recipes today and tomorrow so more to come...  Have a safe and happy weekend.


Stacy said...

I love those sodas with the marbles in them, but haven't had one in so long. Did yours explode with fizziness when you opened it? That can be fun.

On a somewhat unrelated note, I was once enjoying some yummy Japanese strawberry soda when I noticed it contained carmine(from boiled insects) for color. EWWWWW.

Mihl said...

So many people are testing recipes for Isa's new book these days, I am really jealous.
That drink sounds funny. Maybe I can find it next time I go to the Asian store.