Monday, November 05, 2012

Orange Flavored Holiday M&Ms

Milk Chocolate M&M's. Orange. With Other Natural Flavors

Milk Chocolate. Orange. With Other Natural Flavors. Also Check Out (other side: Mint M&Ms). Doesn't list what type of orange it comes from or what the other natural flavors are. 

Pieces are dark orange, light peach-ish orange and white in color. They're all the same flavor of orange, as far as I can tell.

Yesterday I was browsing the seasonal candy aisle at Wal-Mart. I was intrigued when I spotted some holiday bags of M&Ms Orange Milk Chocolate. Normally I hate orange mixed with chocolate; I prefer lemon + chocolate or lime + chocolate. But I decided to give these a try anyway. 

Orange M&Ms have a lightly sweet, pleasant scent that wavers between orange sherbet and candied chocolate oranges. The shell has a light orange taste. I was worried it would taste like orange Runts, but I was thankfully proven wrong. When I bit into the chocolate center, I got a burst of tart, refreshing, realistic orange flavor. I even felt that sensation you get after you bite into an orange and a tart, wet bite of juice hits it. I don't know how they managed to mimic that feeling in M&Ms, but thumbs up! Orange Milk Chocolate M&Ms are a must have item for the holidays. 

Bimbo Rebanadas Frosted Toast


"Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It's two slices of Bimbo's popular Toasted Bread with a sweet creamy vanilla spread in the middle."
While I was in line at a gas station today, I got distracted by a display of cashews and dried fruit. So I got out of line to browse the racks again. On the back of the display was Bimbo Rebanadas Frosted Toast packs, plus other Bimbo Bakeries products. My reaction was "This sounds ridiculous. And it looks like a not very appetizing cream cheese sandwich. But I have to try it anyway. I'm dying to know how this tastes." The cashier who rang me up gave the pack the side eye. He said "You'll be the first brave one in here to try this."

The banana shape is actually some sort of glimmering decoration on the bag. It's not a  shadow from my camera or lighting. 

Each wrapper holds two sandwiches. Note the frosting coming out of the bread.

Which are each the length of half a bag of holiday M&Ms

Yep, they weren't kidding about it being frosted toast. The bread is basically toast that's sat out too long and started to harden. The frosting has a tantalizing buttercream scent. The smell really lingers in the room once the wrapper is opened up. It's gritty and sweet tasting frosting, in a cheap, satisfying, random vending machine indulgence kind of way. Paired with the bread, though, it was an unsatisfying combination. All I could think was "I'm eating frosting. On bread. Why, self, why ? I can't with this nonsense. Peace out."

I was only willing to taste a small bit of Frosted Toast. I couldn't justify eating a whole lunch of frosting on toast. I know logically that Frosted Toast is butter, sugar and carbs. Which is neither better or worse than having your butter, sugar and carbs come from cake. All I know is that my instinct was telling me not to buy this again.  It's like when you see Krispy Kreme burgers on the Food Network or cookie brownie cheesecake sundaes on Pinterest; it makes you think "Holy cow, that is so unhealthy. Okay, I would take a tiny bite just to say I tried it, but that's it. Goodness, I need a salad now to feel less icky." 

Spotted at a restaurant

A friend and I were waiting in a parking lot for a restaurant to open for lunch. We were the only customers around. I noticed the truck pictured below a few feet away. I said to him "Look over there. Is that rolls of quarters on the dashboard?" I got out of the car to look, because I thought I must be seeing it wrong:

Yep, a dashboard full of rolled quarters. Hope that money doesn't belong to the restaurant 0_0 I'll refrain from naming the restaurant; don't want someone to get fired (it's not one of the restaurants I've reviewed on here). I'm just saying, be a little more careful about not leaving money sitting out, Mr / Mrs Truck Owner. 

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Nicole's Cafe: Middleburg, FL

Nicole's Cafe In The Country
2216 South Mimosa Avenue 
Middleburg, FL 32068

As a follow up to this post : I had breakfast at Nicole's. I ordered French toast, bacon, eggs and hash browns. Here's the break down:

-French toast = Homemade and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Definitely not pre-made French toast from a box! It had a cinnamon scent
- Bacon = two super long, crispy strips cooked just right
- Eggs = Large portion of fluffy scrambled eggs. If you have a big appetite, you'll be mighty pleased!
- Hash browns = Big helping. Hot and crisp

Nicole's has a very good breakfast. It was hearty, down home and filling, without being heavy or greasy. Definitely worth having breakfast there again.

*11/04/2012: The cheeseburgers at Nicole's are huge and delicious. You could split one with a friend or take half of it home. Their moist carrot cake is homemade. The bottom of the cake has a satisfying slightly sugary crunch. It is topped with cream cheese frosting made from scratch. This is not that sad box mix carrot cake you've had at Golden Corral, where they've tossed in some carrot strips and called it a day.

-Grilled shrimp and grilled catfish = Delicious and well seasoned. Shrimp were plump. Fish was tender and tasted fresh. Comes with two hushpuppies.
-Banana pudding = Not homemade. But then again, I've yet to see any restaurants out here that make it from scratch anyway.
-Big plate of tuna salad and chicken salad = Served with greens, carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. Plentiful portion. Very tasty salads. Not too dry or too mayonnaise-y. Only suggestion is that they should add in a pinch of nuts and fruit to the chicken salad.
-Field peas mixed with green beans = Seasoned with ham pieces. It's got just the right amount of salt in it. Perfect for the cold weather.