Monday, 20 August 2018

Today’s Review: Food Menus On TV Screens

Ordering food can be a stressful situation. If you’re not a regular and want to peruse, there are many things that worsen the situation. Overworked employees, queues of people, your hangry companions. My point is, it’s already bad enough perusing the menus, finding out they’re on TV screens is just so much worse.

I love technology, I can’t get enough of it, but I think some things were fine how they were, and fast food menus are one of them. I get it, sometimes there’s not enough space to display everything, though that’s rare. Most of the time every item is displayed over several screens, with a brief interlude of the latest special item flashing up, normally as I’m trying to read something. It’s just not necessary. If you want to sell me the new double triple whatever, just put up a paper sign, don’t interrupt the ordering process.

I think the worse one I encountered was at Jump Street the other day. Their cafe is not exactly known for its haute cuisone, and their food items fit on once screen, their drinks another. Behind the counter are, you guessed it, two screens. But still, each screen cycled through the menus with transitions that would make an 11 year old PowerPoint amateur weep tears of pride. But why? Just leave the things static, they were changing at a rate that left me gaping cluelessly at the thing for a full 3 minutes, and that’s not helpful by anyone. Ditch the screens. Just give me a menu I can read through.

My rating: 0/5

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Today's Review: Oasis Aquashock Chilled Cherry

Ah, you can always count on Oasis to deliver refreshing drinks in tasty flavours, so when I saw they’d brought out flavoured water, I had faith that they’d carried on their trend of success. Here we have Aquashock, a zero sugar water! So really, just regular water with low calorie sweetener chucked in. But this bottle promised chilled cherry, and I was interested to see what a cherry oasis would taste like. 

Well, this cherry is particularly chilled, to the point where it doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all. There’s a little hint of something, a little sweetness, but all in all it’s just a very lightly flavoured bottle of water. The only Aquashock here is the fact that Oasis disappointed me.

My rating: 1/5

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Today's Review: Krispy Kreme Caramel Swirl

Krispy Kreme have brought out some new caramel based flavours, and they've gone all the way with this one. It's filled with salted caramel sauce, topped with caramel frosting, a caramel cube and a caramel drizzle. But is there such things as too much caramel? Well, yes, when you're trying to differentiate between different types, it's a bit of a muddle. The salt in the filling is lost when trying to compete with the three other caramel elements going on at the same time, and despite everything going on, this just tastes like a regular old caramel filled donut. There are far better Krispy Kreme choices that incorporate many flavours, so while this one is quite good, it didn't blow me away.

My rating: 3/5

Friday, 17 August 2018

Today's Review: Kettle Discoveries Patatas Bravas

The next bold flavour that Kettle have decided to bestow upon their potato chips is... potato? Yes, potato flavoured potato chips, but not just any potatoes.Here we have the patatas bravas variety, which promises paprika and aioli. Not exactly the most ambitious flavour, but sometimes less is more.

Well, they got the potato part right, seeing as these things are mostly potato. So there's a good base there, upon which is piled a pretty nice combination of flavours. There's the smoky, slightly spicy hint of paprika, and an element of garlic chucked in for the aioli. The garlic does seem to hang around a bit more than anything else, so the balance is a little off there. These are better than I thought they'd be, but all in all they're still a bit bland. Potato flavour potato chips may be a safe bet, but they're not terribly exciting.

My rating: 3/5

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Today's Review: Oreo Joy Fills Choco Caramel Creme

While I was sorely disappointed in the last bag of Joy Fills I got, I figured it was worth trying out the Oreo themed ones. Unfortunately, there's not much more I can say, as they're pretty much the same, but with a chocolate shell. I guess you're supposed to be able to pick up hints of that Oreo creme in the outer layer, but it's very dry and not particularly flavoursome. The insides are a bit better, but they're not exactly packed with caramel flavouring. I mean, all the signs point to suggesting these are eaten straight out of the packet, but they are a lot better with some milk, Krave style. That kicks them up a notch point wise, but I wouldn't suggest grabbing a dry handful, they're way too dry. Not a great snack, despite the varied flavours.

My rating: 3/5

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Today's Review: Popchips Ridges Sea Salt & Vinegar

Carrying on the theme of disappointing salt and vinegar versions of really nice spicy crisps, here we have Popchips Ridges, which have a "crazy hot" flavour that was actually sort of crazy. These ones, however, are pretty underwhelming. That ridged texture does give it abit more oomph in the flavouring department, it's just a shame that neither the salt nor the vinegar are very strong. One day I'll find some that will burn my tongue from my mouth, but today is not that day. Not worth it, get those popped spicy ones instead.

My rating: 2/5

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Today’s Review: Hula Hoops Salt & Vinegar Flavarings

After trying out the spicy Flavarings, I just had to go back and grab these salt and vinegar ones. Unfortunately, they’re not quite as good, but they’re still a fairly decent bag of crisps. These are some fairly sizeable chunky rings of salt and vinegar, not quite as caustic as I’d hoped, but there’s a decent amount of flavouring chucked onto each one. It does build up as you go, but doesn’t quite reach the peak that the spicy flavour has. Worth a try though.

My rating: 4/5