The Confectional- mini cheesecakes that’ll make you hug your delivery guy.

Confectional Cheesecakes reviewAll I want for Christmas is a box full of cream cheese and love. The Confectional is a company based out of Seattle that’ll ship a heavenly(and surprisingly heavy) box of mini cheesecakes straight to your door. All they ask in return is that you confess your love for cheesecake. And these aren’t your average cheesecakes either! With a whopping 16 flavors right now, this is a great gift for any discriminating foodie in your life. You can mix and match as little of a box of 9 and as large as 20.

For our box, we chose an assortment of Seattle’s NY style, Caramel, Triple Berry, Mexican Chocolate and their in season Pumpkin cheesecake. Here’s our thoughts on each flavor:

Seattle’s NY Style- we had to of course start off with a NY style as a base. The cheesecake was sweeter than expected, but not overly sweet. You know you’re eating dessert and not a bastardized quiche-y concoction. It’s dense and creamy, how a cheesecake should be. Just enough crust- I hate a cheesecake that tastes like half crust.

Pumpkin- this is their seasonal flavor and the most anticipated one in Angela’s opinion. The pumpkin cheesecake was denser than the NY and had almost the texture of a pudding cake. It was well spiced, but the pumpkin by itself was somewhat underwhelming. Fortunately, their signature sweetened sour cream topping gave it a nice tart contrast that tied it together very well. I loved the little green stalk!

Confectional Cheesecakes reviewCaramel- this is a great choice if you prefer your cheesecake sweet. It has a caramel flavor blended into the cheesecake and also seemed to have a layer of caramel between the cheesecake and the crust. Some parts of the crust had a satisfying candied taste and crunch. Here, the crust tastes like a cookie!

Triple Berry- this one is my favorite! It has strawberries, blueberries and raspberries mixed into it. I really appreciate the whole berries in the cheesecake. The berry flavor is very prominent. It all rests on a chocolate crust. I’m usually not a fan of fruit and chocolate, but I was pleasantly surprised! The netfoodie favorite!

Mexican Chocolate- we ordered this one as test of one of their more wilder flavors. It’s a chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a sprinkle of cinnamon and cayenne to give it a little kick. You get more of a spiciness than I expected, towards the end. The chocolate cheesecake was well balanced and wasn’t overly chocolaty unlike many competitors. Very creamy!

Confectional Mini Cheesecakes review

Overall, these The Confectional’s mini cheesecakes are a great indulgent treat for you or an awesome gift for a friend. 4 out of 5 awesomes!

Rating= 4

You can check out the other flavors and place your order at http://www.theconfectional.com/

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Elotes- corn in a cup and so much more…

Elotes mexican roasted corn in a cupThis is a revisit of an older post that I liked and thought deserved another view. The revisit is one part getting an engaging post/picture to the first page and two parts trying to get my busy(read LAZY) ass back into more frequent updates. Enjoy the blast from the past!

This is one of those things that I’ve been wanting to review for netfoodie since the site started. I’ve had it before, but I’m sure many of you out there haven’t. Elotes are a popular Mexican street food. I got mine from a cart in front of Fiesta mart for 2 bucks.

Roasted corn in a cup, big deal you say? The thing that makes this treat different is what you put on it. And that’s just about everything.

List of elote toppings:

  • Heavy mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot chili sauce
  • Lemon pepper (this one’s a Texas thing)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

And of course, I went for it all! Yes, I got a styrofoam cup full of EVERYTHING!

Taste? Yes. Man this stuff’s got a lot of flavor. Each bite is a little different than the last. Here’s a sample of what to expect. First you taste the sourness of the sour cream and lime juice. Then the creaminess of the butter and the mayonnaise. Then you taste the cheese. Then it’s spicy from the chili sauce and the pepper. Then you get the sweetness of the corn. And that’s all in one bite!

And yes, I’d get it again. It’s kind of like an cow exploded in your mouth while eating some corn. Dairy is part of the food pyamid… And hey, corn is a vegetable, right?

Elotes get a 4 out of 5!

Rating= 4

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Elotes: Roasted corn in a cup and so much more…

Elotes mexican roasted corn in a cupThis is one of those things that I’ve been wanting to review for netfoodie since the site started. I’ve had it before, but I’m sure many of you out there haven’t. Elotes are a popular Mexican street food. I got mine from a cart in front of Fiesta mart for 2 bucks.

Roasted corn in a cup, big deal you say? The thing that makes this treat different is what you put on it. And that’s just about everything.

List of elote toppings:

  • Heavy mayonaise
  • Sour cream
  • Butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Hot chili sauce
  • Lemon pepper (this one’s a Texas thing)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

And of course, I went for it all! Yes, I got a styrofoam cup full of EVERYTHING!

Taste? Yes. Man this stuff’s got a lot of flavor. Each bite is a little different than the last. Here’s a sample of what to expect. First you taste the sourness of the sour cream and lime juice. Then the creaminess of the butter and the mayonnaise. Then you taste the cheese. Then it’s spicy from the chili sauce and the pepper. Then you get the sweetness of the corn. And that’s all in one bite!

And yes, I’d get it again. It’s kind of like an cow exploded in your mouth while eating some corn. Dairy is part of the food pyamid… And hey, corn is a vegetable, right?

Elotes get a 4 out of 5!

Rating= 4

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Lucas Skwinkles / Sopeados Review- Gummie worms and chili sauce??

Lucas Skwinkles gummie worms and chili sauceI ran across these Skwinkles at Fiesta mart for 50 cents. They were awkwardly positioned next to the dog food, so I had to make sure I was eating people food. Check! These Skwinkles are these little inch long gummy worms with a chili dipping sauce. Hungry yet?
Lucas is a candy company out of Mexico that makes all sorts of Mexican treats. They’re headed by a cool duck with sunglasses. Maybe if I eat more candy, I could be as cool as him! I mostly remember them from their Lucas Limon Salt- basically a shaker of really sour salt. And you eat it straight up as candy. What the hell was I thinking when I was a kid?! Actually, they were really popular at my school and actually garnered a news station to have them test. The results showed them to have an unhealthy acidic level for kids. Yum! Who would have thought ingesting super sour salt was bad for you?

Lucas Skwinkles gummie worms and chili sauce

Anyways, the implied directions are to take the gummie worms and dip them in the dark red chili sauce. The gummie worms look like sour “nightcrawler” worms, but feel firmer. Once you bite into them, though, they’re much softer and have a light sweet flavor. The sauce is super thick: between syrup and a paste. It looks like it’d take some planning to not make a mess before you finish the candy. It has a sour/salty/sweet flavor-in that order- with a low dry heat to it. Not spicy, but definitely chili. Together, you get the sweetness of the gummie worms and the tartness and saltiness of the chili sauce. Overall, they work well together and are super flavorful.Overall, it’s definitely flavorful and definitely different. Not something I’d eat everyday, but not bad. I give Lucas Swkinkles a 3 out of 5 awesomenesses.

Rating= 3

Roomate James says, “It tastes somewhere between putrid and sweet.”

 

 

 

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Cheesy Enchilada Cheetos- Dangerously Awesome Review

What makes Cheetos so dangerous? I haven’t read any news articles blaming Cheetos for crime rates like the iPod. Maybe we should blame Cheetos. That cheetah is up to no good. Just watch the latest commercials for Cheetos. Chester is sneaking in and out of the shadows, enlisting innocent people to perform acts of civil disobedience. We’ve got to stop these random acts of Cheetos. And I’ll thank you not to shove Cheetos in my nostrils, Chester. Cheetos belong in my mouth.

Cheesy Enchilada Cheetos reviewEspecially these new Cheesy Enchilada Cheetos. I picked them up at Kroger- 2 bucks on sale- and DAMN are they good. For the cheese-puff-related record, here’s how I prefer my Cheetos. In order from favorite to least: Cheddar Jalepeno, Flaming Hot, Puffs, Classic. Yes, I put old school crunchy at the bottom of my list. These jump right on up there, right smack even with Flaming Hot. Tied for second!

They’re your classic crunchy form of Cheeto, with an extra kick of flavor. I actually don’t do enchiladas that much, so I didn’t expect much out of these. But these are great! They’ve got a dash of chili and cumin; not enough to be spicy, but enough to be freaking awesome. Repeat munchability factor is high.

Perhaps that cheetah is onto something. Maybe I’ll join the Orange Underground. You think they give you free Cheetos?

I give this a 4 out of 5 on the awesomeness meter!

Cheeto’d meter 4

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Battle of the gas station chicken taquitos!!! Seven Eleven vs. Quick Trip

You’ve all seen them, spinning over and over on their grills. Lazy taquitos. Today, we’ll put 2 of them to work when we pit them against each other: Seven Eleven’s Buffalo Chicken taquito (2/$2) and Quick Trip’s Spicy Chicken taquito(99 cents). Who will emerge from battle alive?!?

Taquito Battle: Seven Eleven versus Quick TripAt first glance, QT’s taquito has a clear early advantage. It’s got a clear 2 inches on the competition. Next task is to check out their guts. Ooh, the carnage! They both look similar in composition, chunks of chicken floating in some kind of flavor paste, yum! Color is definitely different, since 7-11′s taquito is Buffalo flavored(closest match to QT’s only chicken flavor).

A taste of our competitors is very revealing. The 7-11 taquito doesn’t have much of a crunch, very important for taquitos. As for taste, it’s mostly a hot sauce flavor and you don’t really taste the chicken. The QT taquito has a very satisfying crunch. The filling is reminiscent of 3 for a dollar chicken burritos, but you can taste and feel the chicken inside.

Taquito Battle: Seven Eleven versus Quick Trip- gutsSo here’s the count:

  • Cost: Tie. QT edges 7-11 out by a penny, but 7-11 has a “give a penny, take a penny” tray, so it’s ok.
  • Size: QT‘s taquito is the victor here by far!
  • Crunch: QT has much more of a crunch- and much more of a mess!
  • Flavor: QT wins here because you can actually taste the chicken instead of hot sauce paste.

The winner: Quick Trip’s Spicy Chicken taquito wins by a landslide! The loser will be fed to a hungry roommate.

P.S.- Sorry about the bad pictures. My camera’s taquito mode doesn’t work very well.

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Taqueria Mexicana- Arlington, TX Barbacoa Gordita review

Taquiera Mexican Arlington GorditaWhen I’m in the mood for Mexican food, and I really mean MEXICAN- not tex-mex, I drive around looking for a mom and pop type establishment. What that usually means is that you’ll have a very low chance that someone there speaks English. That’s okay because food is a universal language! If there is someone that speaks English well there, you have about a 1 in 3 chance that the person will be the cashier AND under 13 years of age. That’s when you know you’re going to get some good food at a good deal! Seriously, no sarcasm implied!

Here in Arlington, that place for me is Taqueria Mexicana in downtown-ish Arlington on Collins St. They’re right across the street from where they’re building the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. That means they’re either going to get LOTS of business OR they’ll get bought out. I hope it’s the prior option. They have great food at awesome prices and they’re even open till 3am on Friday and Saturdays! Their menu does have some English on it, enough to pick out what you want. I usually just drop by and get a few tacos- $1.35 each. With tacos, you get a choice of flour or corn tortillas. I was a flour guy, but recently have started delving into the corn tortillas and they’re pretty tasty too. They’re filled cilantro and onions(optional) with your choice of meat- asado(steak), barbacao (mexican bbq- more of a stewed beef), chicken, fried pork, chicharron(pork rinds cooked in spices), lengua(tongue) or intestine. I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to try the last 2, but I’m sure they’re tasty too. I have tried the chicharron though and it’s pretty good. I like to order 1 with other tacos because it adds a little “moisture” to my meal. And by moisture, I mean fat. They include limes and green salsa to add to taste. Add them.

Last night, I decided to venture away from my usual tacos and try a barbacoa gordita. Only $2.50! Now some of you are thinking, “Oh, Taco Bell has gorditas too!”. Wrong. Taco Bell uses what seems to be a warmed up pita. The gordita I got was a really thick corn tortilla, grilled, split and stuffed with barbacoa meat, beans, lettuce, tomato slices and avocado slices. Squeeze a little lime on it and add a little green salsa and you’re set.

The Gordita ExperienceEating the gordita wasn’t something I’d want to do in a car. It was definitely a messy ordeal. First, I tried a fork and knife but everything seemed to be falling apart using that method. I reverted to just picking up the entire thing and eating it like a burger. Check out the pictures for how that worked out for me. The gordita was savory from the meat, chewy from the tortilla and creamy from avocado. I did need to add a little salt, but that was probably from my choice of barbacoa. I’d probably go with asado or something else more flavorful next time.

If you’re looking for real Mexican food at great prices, definitely check out Taquiera Mexican. Wherever you go, be sure to keep your eye out for the little mom and pop places. That’s where you get REAL food. And if you don’t know any Spanish(I took a little in high school), just point at something on the menu and odds are you’ll get something good. I’d steer clear of the tongue and intestine for right now, though.

Taqueria Mexicana in Arlington

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