Archive | June, 2011

South Padre Island Farmer’s Market Melon Tasting Contest

28 Jun

Gwen and myself, along with a couple of close “friends”, were given the great opportunity to judge the first annual South Padre Island Farmer’s Market Melon Tasting Competition this past Sunday.

Here’s the situation: There were two farms that claimed to have the best tasting melon, so what better way than to bring in a group of un-biased individuals to give their honest opinion? A post was made on the farmers market Facebook page asking for volunteers, so I decided to offer my taste buds! In no time at all I received a message from Mr. Jack Moffitt giving me the details.

We were asked to round up a group of our friends and given free reign over the rules and judging criteria.

Gwen and I were so very excited, we forgot to find the correct time.

So with our trusty team of hungry judges we set out to the Island at 10:15am, thinking that we were going to be amongst the first to arrive. It turns out that we were wrong about it starting at 12pm. We arrived on South Padre around 11:30am, and then we realized that we had NO idea where we were supposed to be. After circling Padre Boulevard, the main road, multiple times, and a few calls to Mr. Moffitt, we arrived and were guided to a shade tent, table and chairs set up for us, and this sign!

An announcement was made that the judges had arrived, calling all entries to the judges table for tasting. We received two melons. Bayview Veggies entered a beautiful “Napoli” from NESeed Co., and Acacia Farms entered a similar melon a “Sivan” melon. We scored the melons based on flavor and texture.  Below is a picture of the two.

Bayview Veggies on the left, Acacia farms on the right.

It was a tough choice because both melons possessed not only an amazing texture, but great flavor. It was a close race, but in the end Bayview Veggies was the winner.

The winning melon!

We would like to thank the South Padre Farmer’s Market, and Mr. Jack Moffitt for allowing us to partake in this fun competition!

The market is open on Sunday’s from 11am-1pm at 8605 Padre Blvd at Shores, South Padre Island, TX 78597. Go visit them and see all of the wonderful produce and products they have to offer!

SOUTH PADRE FARMER’S MARKET ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/South-Padre-Island-Farmers-Market/240120627092?sk=info

BAYVIEW VEGGIES ON FACEBOOK:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bayview-Veggies/204613428080

ACACIA FARMS ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Acacia-Farms-Growing-in-Harmony-with-Nature/208925871227

Big thank you to Odie, Shane, Alicia, Lauren Laughlin, and our mystery volunteer for helping us judge!!

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Saucy Mama’s Champagne Honey Mustard

20 Jun

Saucy Mama Cafe recently sent Sam and I a variety of their mustards and dressings to try out. There were so many of them, we knew the most efficient way to try them all was to split up the load, and I was lucky enough to snatch Saucy Mama’s Champagne & Honey Mustard before Sam could call dibs.

Barhyte.com, where you can purchase Saucy Mama’s Products, describes the Champagne Honey Mustard as:

Delicate and delicious, try it with cold cuts, sausage, cheese and crusty French bread. It’s a great secret ingredient in salad dressings!

And I must say, they are absolutely correct! I have been trying it in a variety of ways: in place of the Heinz honey mustard I use in one of my favorite fish recipes, on hotdogs, corndogs, burgers, and sandwiches! This mustard has a wonderful smoky-sweet flavor, and when I spreading it on my fish the first time I tried it, the whole kitchen was full of the aroma. It was delicious.

The one and only time I did not like the mustard, is when I tried it on corndogs. I don’t know about you, I love lots of mustard on my corndogs. It’s the only time I go overboard with condiments. However, the Champagne Honey Mustard has such a strong flavor, you only need a little bit to taste it, and the amount I used for my corndog was way to much. So, completely my fault, not Saucy Mama’s, and I will continue to use this mustard on every sandwich and burger I eat until the bottle is empty. Then I will mourn the loss of a delicious mustard, and purchase another bottle!

Overall Rating: 9 out of 10

While this mustard isn’t your standard all-purpose mustard, and can’t be used for everything it is still wonderfully delicious! Besides the fact that you can easily overpower yourself if you use too much, there have been no complaints from my home.

Currently you can buy Saucy Mama products online at Barhyte.com, and you can visit Saucy Mama Cafe for recipe ideas and so much more!

And, hey! Don’t forget the Candwich contest! Only two and a half weeks until it’s over! Enter to win over here! (click the link)

Zone Perfect Sweet & Salty Bars

14 Jun

If you were to walk into your local grocery store with the intent on purchasing a ‘bar’ to have around for a snack, or when you’re on the go, the choices may be a tad bit overwhelming.  Some bars are disgustingly sweet and offer scant traces of nutritional value, while others are healthy as can be but taste as if you are eating textured cardboard.  Up until recently I had given up on the search until I heard about the new Zone Perfect Sweet & Salty bars.

They offer two exciting varieties:  Trail Mix and Cashew Pretzel (both pictured below)

Trail Mix

Cashew Pretzel

We were sent one of each to try and let our readers know our opinion.


Trail mix (top):

This was not only my favorite but Gwen’s as well. Our first impression of the texture was quite good, the bar was not tough, nor was it soggy. It kept its shape as we ate, and did not leave any residue to act as paste on our fingers. Peanut butter is the dominant flavor in this variety, but we were still able to enjoy the accompanying flavors as well. The only issue that we seemed to have was the lack of raisins.

Overall: 8 out of 10

Cashew Pretzel (bottom):

As soon as the package was opened we seemed to be surrounded by the aroma of coffee.  Initially we both noticed a very bitter taste followed by a mildly sweet, yet pleasant caramel flavor. The pretzels were amazing, maintaining their crunchiness along with the cashews, while the caramel added a great contrast. This bar would be a great choice for someone with a sweet tooth, looking for an interesting twist.

Overall: 6 out of 10

We would like to thank The Zone Perfect for allowing us to try there wonderful product. It was agreed upon by Gwen and myself that these would be perfect for a snack at work, on the road, hiking, or while at home looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips or candy.  Both varieties were wonderful, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Pick up a box at your local Supermarket and tell us what you think!

Sandwich in a can? And a contest!

5 Jun

Hello! This is Gwendolyn! I am super excited to be working with my great friend Sam on this blog! The first review of the relaunch, which we did together, was of the Candwich.

Sam had contacted Mark One Foods back when she first started the blog. At the time they didn’t have any samples for her, but sent us this box a week before we relaunched. Perfect timing!

Sam and I got together over the weekend to do a bit of planning, and try out these sandwiches. We were, as you could imagine, more than a little apprehensive to try this product. After a bit of research on my part, a few reviews said the ingredients were sub-par and barely palpable. However, I don’t know what Candwiches these people were eating, because we rather liked ours.

We were sent a 4-pack of Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly. Unlike we first assumed, the Candwiches do not come pre-made, everything is separately packed inside the can.

After popping the top of the can and pulling everything out, we decided to try each item separately (except the Laffy Taffy because we both like our teeth).  The bread was a bit on the yeasty side, but good overall. However it was not pre-sliced, leaving me to butcher it with the included plastic knife. It’s never easy to cut anything with a plastic knife. The peanut butter was thick, but mild. And the jelly was flavorful but not too sweet. The foil packets they came in, however, were rather difficult to open. The “Easy-tear” wasn’t so easy, and we ended up needing scissors (because, again, we like our teeth).

After we assembled the sandwich, sliced it in half, and began to eat, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted exactly like the PB&J’s we would make at home. It left my mouth a bit dry, but almost anything will, and Sam didn’t have any problem with it at all. The combo of peanut butter and jelly masked the yeastiness of the bread nicely. It made for a very good sandwich.

The few problems we had with it were all personal preferences. As mentioned before, pre-sliced bread would have been nice (especially if packing it as a lunch for a young child) and our fingers got sticky from opening the packets, so a wet-wipe included in the can would have been awesome. Also, the packets would have been very hard for a child to open. Though! As somebody who is a bit clumsy, and cuts herself on everything (even if it isn’t sharp) I was excited to see that the pop-top on the lid was lined with some sort of wax seal, so it’d be almost impossible to cut yourself (believe me, I tried!)

Overall Rating:
      

7 out of 10!

Now on to the contest!

Since quite a few of our facebook friends have shown an interest in the Candwich, Sam and I decided to give a chance to two of our readers to try it for themselves. Leave a comment saying where you would eat your Candwich, like us on Facebook, and like Candwich by Mark One Foods. Sam and I will get together to pick our favorite two comments for the winners, so make it a crazy one!

Contest ends in a month, on July 6th, so good luck!

Welcome back & Welcome to the family!

1 Jun

Just a short post to let you know that EdibleReminiscence is back, and better than ever, with a new member of the family!

Please join me in welcoming my new partner in crime Gwendolyn McCormack!

Thank you to everyone who has been so patient! Keep your eyes peeled for new entries on a regular basis from now on!

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