Pace Triple Pepper Salsa review

Pace Triple Pepper SalsaRoommate Jim l-o-v-e-s the salsa. He’d rather use salsa than any sort of hot sauce. He’d probably order salsa soup if a restaurant had it on the menu. Well thats good news for both you and me because that means more new product reviews! Today, we’re trying out Pace’s new Triple Pepper Salsa. It comes in a new style black label that makes it look like it was made in New York City, ironically enough. Who cares though, it worked and we bought some.

The first thing I noticed about the salsa is that it actually doesn’t mention how much heat it’s got. It does mention that it’s made of Green chili, Serrano and Guajillo peppers. So how hot is it? On a scale of 1 being ketchup and 5 being death(atomic wings from WingZone), these are about a 2. There is some heat, but it’s surprisingly sweet as well. It’s also a pretty thick salsa for those of you that have a preference. Not chunky, but thick.

Overall, I give Pace’s Triple Pepper Salsa a 4 out of 5 awesomenesses. It’s sweet with a little bit of heat.

 Rating= 4

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Happy Memorial Day from netfoodie.com! Happy BBQs!

Best burgers in Arlington, TXHappy Memorial Day everyone. Remember to take a little time to think about the guys and gals keeping us safe all over the world. Whatever your political views are, it doesn’t change the fact that these people are working hard for us. Fire up the grill and salute them!

Here’s a recipe for Smore Kabobs from my Easter BBQ in case you missed it, just replace the peeps with jumbo marshmallows! Click on the picture below for the article!

Memorial Day dessert recipe

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A good day for free food!

Today, you can go to McDonald’s and try out their new Southern style chicken sandwich for free if you buy a large or medium drink. It’s basically their version of a Chikfila sandwich, but free is free!

If you’re feeling a little sluggish, you can also check out Dunkin Donuts for a free iced coffee today. Click here for a store locator:

https://www.dunkindonuts.com/aboutus/store/Search.aspx 

Top the day off with some free sampling at your local warehouse club and you’ve got yourself a great day.

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I taste, therefore I am (still here).

Sorry again for the lack of updates. Finals are over so things should be much less hectic around netfoodie headquarters. I do want to mention that everything being expensive these days makes it a bit more difficult to review new foods. It’s hard enough to fill up my tank, let alone review the snacks in the gas station. Oh well, the show must go on!

If anyone is reading this and cares, we’re open to donations to our snack fund! If you’ve got some leftover scratch in paypal, click below to donate to the netfoodie fund! Any little bit helps keep the site afloat!


Peddling aside, expect a real update tomorrow!

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31 cent scoops at Baskin Robbins today!

Been busy with the end of the semester and all, but here’s a little treat for you loyal readers:

Baskin Robbins Cheap Ice CreamJoin us for 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin-Robbins®
and help us honor America’s firefighters.
Participating stores will reduce prices of small ice
cream scoops to 31 cents.* At some locations, you
may also have an opportunity to make a donation
to your local fire charities.

Wednesday, 4/30/08 from 5pm to 10pm.

http://www.baskinrobbins.com/Promotion/31cent.aspx 

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Rice is still damn expensive. Is there a rice shortage? Daily Show coverage

Why does rice cost so muchI got a call today from a friend that let me know that there were rice rations in the US starting up. I checked around and so far it looks like Sam’s Warehouse and other warehouse clubs are starting to limit the number of bags that can be purchased at one time. Sam’s is currently setting a limit of 4 bags per customer. While there is a rice shortage worldwide, the US isn’t feeling it as bad. According to some sources, most of the price crunch is from restaurants hording food in anticipation of higher prices.

This is such a big deal that even the Daily Show picked up on the story. Right before the Colin Firth penis photo story, Aasif and Rob compared the rice shortage between Africa and the local Costco. While it was a satire on American leisure, it was interesting that they picked up this story. It seems that The Colbert Report is also going to run a segment about the food shortage! I’ll update this article with what they had to say.

Update: The Colbert Report covered the rice ration on today’s show. Stephen joked about not being able to make his kiddy pool paella and set out “The Rice Stuff” interns to hit all the warehouse stores to get him rice.

So, it real world terms, what does this mean? Well, I went out to see what the rice situation was locally. I first went to Costco and they were completely sold out of bulk long grain white rice. I went to a local Asian market, Saigon Taipei Marketplace to see how they were affected. They were completely stocked and they even had some rice on sale for 17.99 for a 25 lb bag! Still more than it was a couple months ago, but better than the 20 bucks I paid earlier this month.

So there you go. A global, national and local look on the rice shortage. Happy eating and good luck!

Continuing coverage from our last rice post:

http://www.netfoodie.com/2008/04/10/why-is-rice-so-damn-expensive/

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Review- Airways Hamburgers in Arlington

Airways Hamburgers in Arlington, TX reviewSituated directly across the new Dallas cowboys stadium, Airways burgers is in a prime location to make it big! Seriously, you could almost throw a rock at the stadium(though, apparently, they don’t want you to try). So as part of our April search for the best burger under 2 bucks in Arlington, we gave them a try!

Airways boasts charcoal grilled burgers and a great atmosphere. They are well priced- most burgers about 3 bucks- but unfortunately, the only burger that meets our 2 dollar limit is the Jr Burger for $1.69. And boy is it junior. And it doesn’t make up for it in the flavor department either. The charcoal grilled patty came with mustard and pickles on a bun. It tasted like burnt meat, mustard and pickles on a bun. Come on, just because you use charcoal doesn’t mean you have to burn it to prove it.

And if you’re saying “well… it’s a junior burger, it’s meant for kids”, I have 2 things to say. First, kids like good tasting food too- though maybe with a slightly skewed palette. And B, I also had their Hickory burger which consisted of a bigger patty, chopped onions and bbq sauce on a bun. This burger was also burnt and the onions were entirely overwhelming. And I love onions. I couldn’t even finish it, even though I left hungry.

So to recap, the burger was burnt, tasted bad and small. Airways Hamburgers gets 1 out of 5. Not awesome at all.

Rating= 1

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How to make your own laundry detergent. Earth Day activity!

While it’s not necessarily food related, I found this article interesting enough to post here anyways. Plus, it’s just in time for Earth Day! Thesimpledollar.com has a tutorial on how to save money by making your own laundry soap! While it does cost about 7 bucks up front for supplies, it makes 312 loads worth of homemade laundry detergent!

Check out the tutorial with pictures here:

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/04/09/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/

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Ooh, something sparkly!

Sorry guys, I’ve been a little distracted recently and haven’t gotten as many snack food reviews as I normally do. And if you wanted to know what’s distracting me, well… it’s learning to make jewelry! Ok, before you revoke my man card, let me explain.

In my random internet searchings, I ran across this awesome site called Etsy.com. It’s kind of like an eBay for all things handmade. They have some REALLY cool stuff on the site. I fancy myself a creative person, so I signed up for a seller account. Woohoo, I can make stuff and sell it now! But what?

And that’s why I’ve been distracted. I’ve been learning to sew and make jewelry and other crafty goodness. Including ninjas! And ninjas are manly, so there!

Here’s a little link of what I have on my shop so far. Not much yet, but steadily growing! And I promise I’ll get some more reviews up!

Ninja Bean Bag

http://geekyglam.etsy.com

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Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale reviewBuh? That was the exact sound I made when I saw this at Target. I’m not sure what possessed them to put green tea together with ginger ale. I guess they’re kind of the same color. They probably got caught up the the antioxidant craze that’s been sweeping the food world. Next will probably be pomegranate ginger ale or even acaii berry ginger ale. Actually, I’d probably try pomegranate ginger ale!

You know what, this really wasn’t that bad! At first, it just tastes like a crisp carbonated green tea soda but you get the ginger ale on the back swing. It’s actually pretty good- we finished the whole 2 liter bottle in no time. Who knew! Maybe we should mix all like-colored drinks together! Wait, that sounds like what happens at a party when the bartender has had one four too many…

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale gets a 4 out of 5 awesomes!

 Rating= 4

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Cookie Diet? Mmm.. Cookie Monster like cookies! And yes, it’s real!

Cookie Diet real or fakeA little bit tastier sounding than the vinegar diet, the cookie diet seems to have alot more legitimacy behind it. It was developed 1975 by Dr. Sanford Siegal and has been used to treat more than 500,000 patients. It’s also been used by hundreds of other doctors with their patients.

Here’s how it works: You eat 6 special cookies throughout the day and a sensible dinner with lean meat and veggies at night. And by “special”, I don’t mean special brownie “special”. These cookies have a secret blend of amino acids that help curb hunger. The average patient loses 15 pounds in a month!

This diet has recently gain media attention because Madonna was interviewed saying that her husband, Guy Ritchie, reported a loss of sexual appetite while on the cookie diet. The cookie doctor fired back about it in his blog, saying that none of his over 500,000 patients has reported any loss of libido.

Check out the cookie diet website for more information:
http://www.cookiediet.com/

Source:
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/cookiediet/cookiedoctor/prweb855514.htm

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Freerice.com – really free rice or scam?

Why does rice cost so muchThere’s new site up called Freerice.com that claims to donate rice based on your interaction with the website. Of course, anything free always brings up suspicion so I dug a little deeper. Pleasantly, I found that this site is legit as far as I can tell. They’re aim is to fight world hunger and illiteracy! Here’s the scoop:

  1. You go to freerice.com
  2. You answer some vocabulary questions
  3. They donate free rice to the UN World Food Program.
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Recipe- Strawberry Lychee Vanilla Bean Frozen Yogurt

I visited a local farm right here in Arlington on Saturday. Gnismer Farms lets you pick your own strawberries for $2.50 a pound! We decided to throw a fondue party on Saturday(yeah, I know we’re weird) and I figured it’d be cool to get some fresh strawberries to go in the chocolate :)

Well, we apparently had way too many dippables available for the fondue and ended up with a decent amount of sliced strawberries left, which I froze. I had just picked up a free ice cream maker from a garage sale(thrown in free for buying a sewing machine and table with 3 legs for $4.35: ca-ching!) so I thought why not make a frozen strawberry treat on a Sunday afternoon ! We’re on somewhat of a health kick(minus the fondue) so we opted for some frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Here’s the recipe:

Strawberry Lychee Frozen Yogurt recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 tub(4 cups) of plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 podful of vanilla bean seeds (got a spectacular deal on vanilla beans a while back from Costco, you can use extract instead)
  • 1 cup of frozen sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup of canned lychees in syrup, drained and chopped (available at any Asian market or maybe the Asian aisle of your grocery store)

Instructions:

  1. Microwave the frozen strawberries for 30 seconds just to get them a little mushy. Chop into smaller pieces for easier mixing.
  2. Mix together the yogurt, sugar, vanilla and fruit thoroughly.
  3. Pour into your ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. When done, store in the freezer for 2 hours before eating.

Seriously, this is the BEST frozen yogurt I have ever had! The sweetness from the lychee perfectly matches the tanginess of the strawberries. And the tartness from the real yogurt is out of this world! I’ll definitely make some more later. And I never knew it was so simple to make. You take yogurt and freeze it. Viola, frozen yogurt!

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SNL Death by Chocolate videos featuring Ashton Kutcher! Updated with working video!

SNL Death by Chocolate
I missed this last night because I was having a fondue party. Luckily, Serious Eats had all the episodes! So here it is: all three of Saturday Night Live’s Death by Chocolate skits:

UPDATE: Videos went down, I got it back up for you guys!

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Why is rice so damn expensive?

Why does rice cost so muchFor those of you that don’t know, I’m Cambodian-American. I was born in Houston, but that doesn’t change the fact that I, like 3 billion other people on Earth, live on rice. Specifically, Thai Jasmine Long Grain rice. I have some with almost every meal and if I don’t, I’m often not satisfied until I do. So you’ll imagine my surprise to hear that the price of rice has almost -DOUBLED- in the last week or so. Instead of the ~$12.99 per 25 pound bag I’m used to paying, in some places it’s now $22.99! And that’s if you can even find some! Seriously, the Hong Kong Supermarket in Arlington only had one brand last weekend instead of their normal 5-6 brands. And that stuff looked like it was going fast. Ok, I can handle eggs and milk doubling in price. Or gas becoming a luxury that only kings can afford. But NOT my rice! Please?

So, why the sudden increase in price? Well, if you’re reading this… it might be your fault! Yes, there has been some speculation that demand is going to be more that supply. And the cost of food and gas are up in general. But a major factor in this price increase is public hoarding. Prices started going up and people freaked. Everybody and their moms (including my mom actually) started stockpiling rice like no tomorrow. Here’s an excerpt from a news article:

“There is enough rice supply for domestic consumption”, Mingkwan told reporters late yesterday in Nonthaburi province, near Bangkok. “The current shortage has been caused by some hoarding and panic buying on concern the price will rise further.” There is no need to reduce exports, he said.

Rice, the staple food for about 3 billion people, has nearly doubled in the past year on increased imports by the Philippines, the biggest buyer, and as China, India and Vietnam cut exports. Record food and fuel prices have stoked inflation, contributing to strikes in Argentina, riots in Ivory Coast and a crackdown on illicit exports in Pakistan.

So why is rice so damn expensive? Because the world hates you.

Source:

Bloomburg Asia

Telegraph.co.uk

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