February has been a bit of a weird month for me. The weather has been strange in my little corner of the world, I’ve been ill a couple of times (highly unusual for me), plus some other personal drama has made this month one for the record books. So forgive me if this month’s chat is all over the place; that’s a bit like what my life has been recently.
We all make mistakes. We’re only human. We hear these statements frequently, and they are true. Everyone really does mess up every now and then. Even well-established companies that have been issuing a yearly restaurant guide that has a pristine reputation. See, what happened was that the Michelin Restaurant gang that decides who gets those hotly coveted stars made a little oopsie and issued a star to a small 20-table brasserie. That’s only open for lunch. And serves hard-working middle-class French folk. It apparently shares its name (Bouche a Oreille) with another restaurant that is about a two-hour drive away and remarkably, is located on a street whose name is very similar. The owner of the little brasserie took it with a great sense of humor, and good for her, I say. I know the whole affair gave me a little chuckle. Hey, it happens, Michelin. Don’t take it too hard. (Eater.com)
Peeps lovers already know what I’m about to tell you: the company has expanded their line of flavors for 2017. I know that there is a love/hate status with this marshmallow treats; you love them and could eat about 1,000, or you think that they’re a product of the devil, made from some form of industrial plastic and intended to bring down civilization as we know it. Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but I truly cannot handle these things. I mean, they’re cute and all, but there is very little about these that are marshmallow-y. I love marshmallows. Marshmallow-flavored items; S’mores are practically my spirit animal. But I just can’t do Peeps. But enough about me; there are twelve new flavors in the expansion, and the options are pretty intriguing. They include Lemon, Coconut, Strawberry and Vanilla Caramel. They are available nationwide at Target stores (and probably other places as well.) I appreciate all the hard work of their R&D department, but I’m still not going to eat them. (Sierra Fantozzi via Delish.com)
I feel like I am part of a rather particular niche group of Americans who have a not-so-secret fondness for sweet treats from other countries. May sound a bit weird, but I love candies, cookies and chocolate from countries like Australia, Japan, Canada and especially England. So quite a few of you out there may be familiar with Tim Tams, the cult favorite cookie that is basically the Oreo of Australia. They have a solid following among celebrities, and the original flavor can be found in many supermarkets in the “international foods” aisle. But they are making a larger showing in American markets, and I think it’s worth mentioning because if you haven’t tried these things, you simply must. Flavors available to us include Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate and Caramel, although they also apparently have a running list of limited edition ones as well. There is also a special method of eating them as well that involves biting off each end of the cookie and dunking it into coffee, the same way we dunk Oreos in milk. So if you happen by these on your next grocery trip, grab a pack and join in the fun. (Candace Davison via Delish.com)
There are a lot of things that we associate with February: cold weather, President’s Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. But let us not forget that it is also prime Girl Scout Cookie season. All those sweet young girls with their sweet treats are out and about spreading the cookie love, and I certainly don’t mind supporting them. I personally have a niece who is in Girl Scouts, and we did our part and contributed to the cause this year. Classics like Samoas (Caramel Deelites) and Thin Mints are perennial favorites, but I also jumped in and grabbed the new S’mores variety cookie that they introduced this year. There were two presentations of the flavor, and your location in the U.S. determined which one you received; we got a graham cookie dipped in a lightly marshmallow-flavored chocolate. They were very nice, although I would have loved a stronger marshmallow flavor (as stated above.) And of course Tag-Alongs (Peanut Butter Patties) cannot be left out. They have even released Girls Scout Cookie cereal to the market, which I have yet to sample, but have been toying with the idea of Girl Scout Cookie Cereal marshmallow treats. Hmmm….
And that’s the long and the short of this month for me. Lots of sweetness, but hey, it is February. Be sure to comment below with anything food-ish that was on your mind this month, and any thoughts/opinions that you have on what I talked about. I’ll be back next week with a new product review. But in the meantime, happy eating!