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Trying Tim Tam’s

23 Mar

I’m a member of BzzAgent, a site that allows you to sign up and then get free samples in return for reviewing them on the BzzAgent site (and optionally interacting with the brands through blogs and social media).   I don’t review most items that I get here on the blog, but when it’s food related and as good as Tim Tam’s, I have to share it with all of you.

I’ve heard a lot of whispered conversations about Tim Tams and how they were a great international treat.  I never got a chance to try one, so I was excited to be offered a sample pack to try.  I also assumed they were not available in the US since they are produced in Australia.  Now, however, apparently they ARE available at Target (which gives me more motivation to go to a Target to try that caramel flavor).

I was not expecting to like a packaged snack as much as I liked this.

They are a sturdy, satisfying size…


And the inside is kind of the consistency of a Twix bar but with chocolate, and then the layer of chocolate cream inside is very tasty, and the chocolate on the outside tastes like premium quality chocolate.


I am SUPER picky about my chocolate, so I was impressed. I also don’t LOVE eating most packaged snacks, but I would go out of my way to eat these.

I also saw that the “thing to do” is to bite off an end, put it in a hot beverage, and sip that through the cookie like a straw. I do not entirely understand, but I’m intrigued!

“Straw” or not, I loved these things (and Mike agreed).  I blame the pregnancy… but our package was gone in less than 2 days.  WHOOPS!

Thanks for sending me a free package, BzzAgent!  While I did get this for free, I was under no obligation to write about it at all. I just enjoyed them that much.  #GotItFree


Godiva Coffee Sampling

13 Dec

This post is long past due.  I was selected as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program to receive 2 bags of Godiva coffee for free.  I was actually so excited about this one, that I even did my own little photo shoot (thank you to Great Grandma for the awesome scale I inherited).


I received a bag each of Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Pecan Bark.  Both are awesome.  They are packed with flavor and taste indulgent.  I really loved the Pumpkin Spice since I think cinnamon is awesome in coffee (Mike, who is not a cinnamon fan, also wasn’t a huge fan of this).  The Caramel Pecan Bark, however, is SOOOOO good and we both loved it.  It was smooth and silky and reminded me of when I used to drop a chocolate truffle into a cup of coffee and let it melt.  Mmm Mmm Mmm


Thank you Godiva!

Mushroom Growing – NYC Style

1 Dec

It took me a long time to like mushrooms, but once I found their virtues, I was hooked.  I would now classify them as one of my favorite foods.  I also grew up with a dad that took me to things like “Fungus Fest,” so I guess it is not a shocker that I got all excited when my “Back to the Roots” grow-your-own mushroom box came in the mail (thank you OpenSky).  I would love to grow things like herbs, however, I live in a NYC apartment with no outdoor space and little light… so… mushrooms it is.

It comes in a box with a fully seeded (spored?) bag of mushrooms.  You cut slits in the bag and then soak it for 24 hours.  Then you put it in a box, in a window with a little light (but not direct), and then spritz it with water (a spray bottle comes with the kit) in the morning and at night.

After about 5 days… we started seeing a glimpse of little mushrooms poking out.


And then a day later, there were more.


And within 10 days of starting the pack, we had a mushroom forest on our hands!


We actually wound up leaving them a few days too long and they got a little dried out, but after harvesting them (you just pluck them right off), we soaked them in water and they were plump and delicious in about an hour.


We used them in a veggie and chicken stirfry and they were delicious.


Next time I hope to use them in a dish all their own to highlight them (their flavor got a little lost in the stir fry).


So I turned the kit around to the other side and already we have a new little crop.  They expect 3-4 growths out of each package… which is super awesome.