Thursday, 19 July 2018

Today's Review: McVitie's Moments Salted Caramel Billionaire

Yes, I'm back for more McVitie's Moments. I was slightly disappointed by the Rocky Road edition, but I figured I'd dive back in for some salted caramel goodness, in the form of these billionaire squares. These feature a a chocolate topping and a salted caramel layer on top of some crushed Digestives squares.

These are good, not perfect, but pretty good. I mean, I enjoyed these more than the Rocky Road, but they are still a little on the dry side. The chocolate is nice and thick, with a smooth, sweet sauce underneath, which has a nice salty kick to it. The sauce permeates well into the Digestives, allowing the flavour to carry through, I just think it could have done with a bit more caramel to perfect that balance. Some nice little cakey squares.

My rating: 4/5

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Today's Review: Haribo Tangfastics Fruit Spritzers

I do like these yearly variations on the classic Haribo bags, even if they're pretty much different combinations of fruit. So there's not too much to say about these if you've had any of the other "Frenzy" bags. Here we have quite an eclectic mix, featuring pomegranate, lemon, blueberry, apple, pineapple, all in strange combinations. For the most part the fruity flavours are pretty authentic, though some of the mixtures are a little off. Still, a decent twist on a classic formula, and it's nice to see they're not just rehashing their Frenzy flavours from last year. Worth grabbing while they're around.

My rating: 4/5

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Today's Review: The Dripping Tap In My Kitchen

Someone hasn't turned off the kitchen tap properly. I can hear it, every now and then, water droplets landing in the sink. It's annoying, grating, and the flow always steadily increases to the point where I can't take it anymore. The problem is, I'm quite lazy, so a slightly dripping tap isn't quite enough to make me get up and turn it off, even with the potentially wasted water. But I know that with this tap, it will keep dripping and dripping, faster and faster, until I have no choice but to leap from my seat and end the nightmare. So I resent the tap, though I do applaud it for its ability to put an end to my laziness. Now I've stalled long enough to write this, I do believe it's time to turn off that tap.

My rating: 2/5

Monday, 16 July 2018

Today's Review: Rustlers All Day Breakfast Sausage Muffin

Not content with providing a wide array of microwaveable burgers of dubious quality, Rustlers have decided to tackle the breakfast market, with their take on the classic Sausage McMuffin. Where a McDonald's breakfast is a haven for the lazy and hungover, it seems this is for those who are one further than that. It's a quick fix breakfast, a sausage patty in an English muffin, that you can chuck in the microwave for a minute.

You know, this isn't too bad. I mean, it's not fantastic, but it contains a substantial, satisfyingly meaty patty, and while the muffin isn't much to write home about, it's pretty alright for microwaved bread. The cheese and ketchup are a welcome addition, even if they are rubbery and watery respectively. So yes, this is by no means gourmet food, but it's a decent attempt at a quick breakfast, allowing you to nuke and leave. 

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Today's Review: Tesco Corndogs

I've tried corndogs but a few times in my life, only while visiting America. But now you can get them in Tesco. I never thought this day would come, I figured they were so distinctly American there would never be a market for them anywhere else. For those who don't know, corn dogs are basically hot dogs on a stick, covered in a corn based batter. They're disgusting by nature, but also so good, a fatty, calorific feast of everything that makes all that over the top American food so good. But how do these stack up?

These corndogs are ones you oven bake from frozen, while the ones I bought over in America were microwaveable. As such, I'm not sure if I gave these the perfect time required in the oven, but they came our with a crispy corn shell, compared to the softer batter I tried in the States. It's no biggie, the flavour is still there, a nice corn based dough that complements the hot dog quite well. The dog in the middle is decent, fairly meaty, not your most disgusting level hot dog. I would say I'd prefer a softer outer layer than the crispy one I got, but overall these were like a blast from the past. It's a shame they're only in miniature party form, I'd love to snack on a full size corndog one of these days. Oh well, this is a step in the right direction. Now if only Tesco could start making peanut butter and jelly...

My rating: 4/5

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Today's Review: Incredibles 2

I've only been waiting for this movie for 14 years. No biggie. I mean, for most of that time it was officially stated it wasn't coming, but its announcement a few years back made me more than excited. Now it's here, Incredibles 2, the sequel to movie that turned the superhero genre on its head before the superhero genre had really found its feet. Before the Avengers, Pixar had a whole family fighting together with complementary super powers, and had addressed the problems of supers on the loose long before Captain America: Civil War.  

Incredibles 2 starts where the first left off, literally, with the super family taking on the Underminer. After taking care of business, the Parrs once again find themselves on the wrong side of the law, but Elastigirl is soon offered a job that will hopefully change how super heroes are perceived. So off she goes to save the world, leaving Bob with the kids...

Okay, I get some of the criticisms for this movie. In terms of story beats, it's somewhat similar to the first. I guessed the twist before it happened, there's nothing particularly new in terms of social commentary, but still, it's a solid plot with a few twists and turns. Where the story falters, the action more than makes up for it. With the first movie establishing the characters, this one just lets them loose, all the powers working together in some truly awesome action set pieces, with some new super heroes chucked in for good measure. Someone's been paying attention to the Avengers, the fights in this movie are just great. 

The visuals have received a fantastic update (no surprise for 14 years later), everyone looks great, and most of the old voices are back, as well as a fantastic score from Michael Giacchino. As always, that Pixar charm is ever present, some great comedic moments alongside the pure, beautiful action.

The plot may be simple, re-hashing some of the stuff from the first movie, but this is a very entertaining update on the original, a new Incredibles for a new generation. I had a blast, and I would be very happy to see it again. Pure enjoyment.

My rating: 4/5

Friday, 13 July 2018

Today’s Review: Supermarket Aisles Changing

As you may have guessed, I like food shopping. It allows me to look for all the interesting new snacks on offer. But despite my love for new things, I still go into the supermarket with a specific order in mind. I know the layout, which aisle holds which foods. So imagine my horror when yesterday I turned the corner expecting to find cereal, and was instead met with chocolate.

It bewildered me. Not only were the aisles completely changed, they were still in the process of swapping them around. In the process I somehow managed to not pick up any crisps, it was horrible. Why mess with the formula? I get the need for merchandising changes, but something this drastic makes for a jarring shopping experience. I have a route, an agenda. I’m still getting over the time they moved the cucumbers to an end cap instead of next to the peppers. Now I have a whole new route to plan out, and it’s awful.

My rating: 0/5