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deepriversnacks

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Product Description:

These Deep River Snacks Rosemary & Olive Oil chips are delicious with various Belgian and German premium beers.

I received a bag of these potato chips in my September Knoshbox.

Tea Suggestion:

Because this month’s Knoshbox is all about “Perfect Pairings” I read the product card before tasting these chips and tried to choose a tea according to what the curators of the Knoshbox recommended.  For these chips, Knoshbox recommended Allagash White wheat beer from Maine because it has “balanced notes of coriander, orange peel and clove” … which does sound rather intriguing but, I’ve found even with the most intriguing sounding beer, when it comes right down to it, I’m often disappointed with a beer.  So, instead, I did a little investigation into my tea collection, and came up with this Market Chai African Redbush Tea from MarketSpice, and I brewed some of it to enjoy with these chips.  Nice!  There are delightful citrus notes, and warm notes from the cinnamon and ginger, and a pleasant nutty flavor from the nutmeg … and all the delicious flavors of the chai melded quite nicely with the flavors of potato, olive oil and rosemary.  A really delightful, spicy-sweet, savory treat!

What I Think:

These are really tasty … so tasty in fact, I found it difficult to stop munching on them long enough to start typing out my thoughts about them.  The bag is nearly gone now!

The potatoes have been slightly thick cut – these aren’t the thickest cut potato chips I’ve seen, but, they’re thicker than your average potato chip.  And they’ve been kettle cooked to give them that hearty crunch.

After they were cooked, they were flavored with rosemary and olive oil.  I like how these are flavored … nothing overwhelming.  I like the combination of the olive oil and rosemary.

Rosemary can be a very aggressive herb and take over the dish that it flavors, and because the description on Knoshbox’s website suggests a robust rosemary flavor, I thought that the herb might overpower the chip, but it is balanced nicely here.  I taste resin notes and notes of pine.  It’s a very pleasant flavor and I like the way the rosemary is presented here.

My Final Thoughts:

A delicious, savory chip, and even though I didn’t pair it with the beer they suggested, I found that the flavor profiles they described helped me immensely with the choosing of the tea suggestion for this snack.  I don’t usually choose a chai to drink with potato chips, but I’m glad I did today!

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Product Description:

These Deep River Snacks Rosemary & Olive Oil chips are delicious with various Belgian and German premium beers.

These chips are available at Knoshbox.

Tea Suggestion:

Well, as you probably guessed, I didn’t eat these chips with beer.  When it comes to alcohol, I am a TeeTotaler (a TEAtotaler!) … but not for religious or other reasons … just because I don’t like alcohol all that much.  I do not completely abstain, I take an occasional sip or two… but, for the most part, I’m just not all that fond of the drink … unless that drink is TEA!  So instead of a dark beer, I chose a black tea to drink with these tasty snacks … specifically, this Black Tea Merlot from Vintage TeaWorks!  And while I wasn’t too sure about the combination, since a beer was the suggested beverage with these chips rather than a wine, but, I really like these two together.  The rosemary seemed to compliment the currant flavors in the tea … and I could really taste the olive-y notes in the chips much better WITH the tea than when I munched on my first few chips without the tea.  A really delicious pairing!

What I Think:

I am LOVING these chips.  I don’t know that if I saw “Rosemary and Olive Oil” flavored chips on the shelves at my supermarket that I’d be enticed to grab a bag … then again, I might, just for the sake that it is a DIFFERENT flavor … one you don’t see every day.  You’ll see a lot of sour cream & onion and barbeque flavored chips, but not so many Rosemary & Olive Oil!

These are “kettle” style chips, they are a little thicker cut, and are cooked until bubbly and crispy.  They have that hearty CRUNCH to them.  They aren’t those wispy little potato chips.  These are substantial!

And so is the flavor!  The rosemary starts off rather delicately (at first they smell more rosemary-ish than taste it), but as you’re nearly finished with the serving the rosemary really comes through – tasting slightly lemony with just a hint of resinous pine.   They are salty, but they don’t taste overwhelmingly of salt.  The olive oil comes through very nicely too, I can taste the faint flavor of olive, it’s really quite tasty!

On the downside, these are a little on the greasy side.  I poured out my serving onto a piece of white paper just to gauge the oiliness of it, and some oily specks did seep into the paper.  I would like them to be a tad less oily… but then, they are “Olive Oil” flavored … so I guess some oil is to be expected?  I don’t think they are any more greasy than a typical mass-produced potato chip, in fact, I’d say these are probably a little less greasy than the thin-cut, popular brand from the grocery store.  And they taste better … too!

My Final Thoughts:

These are deliciously different – a nice alternative to the tired old flavors that you find in the grocery store.   I could taste the rosemary, I could even taste the olive oil!  Tasty … but probably not something I’d indulge in on a regular basis.  But that’s what I love about the Knoshbox, I get to try a lot of different, delicious food in small portions, stuff I wouldn’t normally buy for myself.

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Product Description:

This hot, crunchy condiment is a quick and easy way to add flavor to your meal with the combination of garlic, onion and the slightly smoky heat of chile de arbol. Although Mexican in origin, its blend of flavors make Chile Crunch a greart addition to most cuisines, from Italian to Asian. It is delicious directly on meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, pasta and pizza, or in soups, dips and marinades. The possibilities are endless!

Learn more about Chile Colonial on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

When eating this stuff, whether it be as a dip on crackers or chips or as an accent to a meat dish, you will not just want, but NEED, a tall glass of iced tea nearby.  I suppose just about any tea that you like iced will do.  I found myself enjoying a glass of iced Moroccan Mint from Tiger Spring Tea while eating this as a topper on my roasted chicken breast.  The crisp, cool taste of mint was quite a refresher to my palate which was searing from the heat of this salsa.

What I Think:

I can see why Rob and Emily at Foodzie love this stuff so much (so much that they created a tasting box around it!)  It is addicting.

But… make no mistake.  This stuff is HOT!  You’d think that the heat would be unbearable, as I tears are running down my cheeks and I am literally sweating while I eat this stuff, but I can’t seem to stop eating it even though my mouth is on fire.  I keep adding more fuel to it as it becomes some out-0f-control inferno!

I don’t know what it is about this.  Is it the heat?  Or the crunch?  Or the fact that even though it is hot, I taste the fruit notes of the chile de arbol and the hint of sweetness from the onion, and the intensity of the garlic.  It just tastes so darn good!

I first tasted these as a salsa dip for tortilla chips, and it was delicious.  So good that I finished the bag of chips before I was ready to be finished tasting it.  So, I promptly heated a couple of flour tortillas under the broiler, getting them just slightly browned and soft, and I started spooning the Chile Crunch onto a bit of tortilla, and rolling it up like a mini burrito which contained nothing but the Chile Crunch and the tortilla itself.

The next time I tried it, I purchased a box of Nabisco’s Garden Vegetable Wheat Thins to accompany it.  YUM!  Then, I actually visited the Foodzie website to read more about this, and it suggests to

Think of this salsa less as a chip-dipper and more as a condiment for meats, grains, pasta or even a refreshing tomato granita.

OK.  So, before finally writing a review of this stuff, I decided to take Foodzie’s advice and use it as a condiment for some left-over chicken breasts.  I had a couple of left over chicken breasts from dinner the other night, simply roasted with a little Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper and a light sprinkling of another favorite Foodzie product of mine:  Bourbon Smoked Paprika.  I seem to be using this paprika on just about everything these days.  The chicken was delicious, and since I was pretty much dining on my own last night, I decided to warm one up for my dinner, and I topped it with a bit of this Chile Crunch.  Wow!  It turned a simple, rather humble chicken breast into something that was a bit like firecrackers going off in my mouth!  The crunch, the heat, the amazing flavor!  Wow!

My Final Thoughts:

Left-over chicken will never be boring again as long as I have some of this stuff on hand!  It is really tasty, although, again, this stuff is NOT for wimps.  If you find yourself cowering at mild taco sauce from the fast-food taco joint, don’t even think of trying this stuff.  If, however, you like things on the spicy side… this stuff will amaze and delight you!

 

 

Where to Buy:  Bari Olive Oil Company on Foodzie

Price:  $11.49 for a 250 ml bottle

Product Description:

Bari Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a pungent and very aromatic oil and is appreciated for its green, grassy flavor and piquant spiciness. This oil is the connoisseur’s choice and is often used as a condiment drizzled over foods just before serving.

Recommended for bread dipping, bean dishes, hearty soups, baked potatoes, grilled bread, vegetables, antipasti and boldly-flavored recipes. Perfect for grilling and drizzling.

What I Think:

In my email inbox this morning, I had a notification that my Foodzie Tasting Box for August had been shipped, so, I figured that it was high time that I review the last product from my July box.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how to approach this review.  I am not what one would consider an olive oil connoisseur.  Not at all.   So I decided to do a bread dipping taste test.  I have a delicious bit of sourdough bread from Chuck’s Produce here, and I’ve cut it into chunks to not only taste this olive oil, but also to compare it to the extra virgin olive oil that I happen to have on hand.

Because I’m not that “in to” olive oil, I don’t really pay attention to which olive oil I usually purchase, I just look for “extra virgin”  (why?  I don’t know, maybe because it’s what Rachel Ray uses), and then I compare prices and purchase the most reasonably priced bottle…whichever that happens to be.

So, on with the tasting.  The Bari’s Olive Oil is quite tasty.  I can taste the notes as described in the above description.  I taste the grassy notes, as well as a hint of spiciness.  I can taste the olive.  It is light, but it also has a rich taste to it.  After eating a chunk of bread without oil (to cleanse the palate), I tried my “on hand” olive oil.  This one has less grassy taste.  What I taste primarily here is olive.  It is a very strong olive taste, and it is much heavier on the palate than the featured Olive Oil.  In comparison, there is very little complexity to my on hand product.

My Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for an olive oil with a pleasing complexity that would stand on its own as a condiment, you’ll do well with this Bari’s Olive Oil.  Will I buy it again?  Probably not.  While I did enjoy the taste of this olive oil very much and am amazed at the different flavors it presented, I’m afraid that olive oil just isn’t my thing.  I generally only use it as a cooking oil, and use it as a component to salad dressing for my pasta salad.  But I am glad that I had the opportunity to try this, it was a very pleasant experience.

Yay!  My July Tasting Box from Foodzie is here!

I must admit a little disappointment in finding no chocolate in my box (I am a chocoholic, remember?) but I also understand why.  This IS summer, and I can only imagine what would happen to something chocolate-y during transport.  And since we eat with our eyes first – it’s important that everything look as fantastic as it tastes.

And just feast your eyes upon all goodies I received in this month’s box!  This box includes:  Black Truffle & White Cheddar Popcorn from from 479° Popcorn, Fleur de Sel Peanut Brittle from Morning Glory Confections, Dried Cherries from Benjamin Twiggs, Organic Heirloom Emmer Farro from Bluebird Grain Farms, Organic Olive Oil from Bari Olive Oil, and Fennel Pollen Shortbread from Botanical Bakery.  What a culinary adventure this box promises to be!

The box also included the map card as well as a recipe card for Kale Salad which will utilize not just one of the ingredients in this month’s box but two of them!  Here is a scan of both sides of the map card (just click on these smaller images to get to a larger image) …

I am very excited to dig in to my box!  Be sure to tune in to this blog to read my reviews of each item as I sample them!  But for now, let’s eat!

Where to Buy:  SeaSnax on Foodzie

Product Description:

The Classic Grab & Go is a small convenient version of the Classic Single – grab it & throw it in your bag or lunchbox! It’s the same great Classic ingredients: seaweed, olive oil & sea salt.

What I Think:

Of the many items that comprised our May Tasting Box from Foodzie, this was the item that intimidated me most.  The last time I tasted something like this was a good many years ago (more years than I care to admit to), when a co-worker came into the office with a jar full of seaweed sheets.  He gave me a piece and I did not like it.

Well, not much has changed, I’m sad to say.  This is the first item from a tasting box – since I subscribed in February – that I did not enjoy.  But, I will try to be objective in this review…

The package contains ten small, extraordinarily thin sheets of SeaSnax.  These are so thin that if you hold them up to light, you can almost see through them.  I say almost because even though they’re very thin, they are not translucent.

When I bite into it, it reminds me of the texture of the membrane of an onion.  You know those thin sheets between the onion layers?  Kind of dry yet slimy?  To the tooth, it is almost like lettuce that has been severely wilted and then dried.

But even more bothersome than the texture to me is the taste.  Seaweed must be quite an acquired taste, and it is one that even throughout my years of drinking green tea, I’ve yet to acquire.  It is highly vegetative and quite salty.  I can taste the note of olive oil in these, as well as a roasted flavor in the background.

It is actually the roasted flavor that I am enjoying most about these.  Unfortunately, it is not strong enough to overpower the strong vegetative taste and that is quite off-putting for me, I’m afraid.  The olive oil is also a nice note, but, again, it isn’t enough to offset the seaweed taste.

So, I didn’t like these, but, I would hope that you don’t let that persuade you.  We all have different palates, and appreciate different flavors.  This may be right up your alley – it just isn’t my thing.

My Final Thoughts:

I think I probably would only like these if they were dipped (heavily) in chocolate.  Sorry.  If you liked them, please comment here – I’d love to hear from you!