2017 05 29 21.09.37

Kashi Coconut Cashew Macaroon Chewy Nut Butter Bars: Kashi has not fared well on Tasty Snacking, averaging a score of 2.6 for products that fall too far on the "health food" spectrum of healthy snacks. With this new line of Chewy Nut Butter Bars, Kashi seems to have realized the limited marketing appeal of wholesome and nourishing ingredients, instead capitalizing on America's love of junk food, all while maintaining a consistent brand strategy. Take a look at the packaging: If you strip away the Kashi logo and minimalist typography, you're ... (read more) 3.5/5.0

3.5 bars butter nut chewy macaroon cashew coconut kashi recommended
2017 05 29 16.24.08

Loving Cup The Dude Abides Frozen Yogurt: Loving Cup is a small frozen yogurt shop in Russian Hill serving blended-to-order non-fat vanilla or chocolate yogurt with your standard set of mix-ins, including gummy bears, Oreos, and junior mints. Unlike the tart and lighter fro-yo you might get at Pinkberry or Red Mango, Loving Cup's yogurt is thick and creamy, making it much more akin to regular ice cream. I ordered a mixture of almond butter (Costco organic) with english toffee, substituting vanilla yogurt for chocolate, in what the... (read more) 4.0/5.0

4.0 yogurt frozen abides dude the lovingcup froyo sanfrancisco icecream recommended
2017 05 27 13.17.52

Bob's Red Mill Fruit & Seed Muesli: I am a recent museli convert, enjoying their versatility to be transformed into a warm bowl of cereal or chilled overnight oats. This particular "European Style" flavor has dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries), sunflower and pumpkin seeds, almonds, and coconut flakes, along with several types of grains and oats. A single bag has two weeks worth of servings. A healthy and tasty breakfast option. 3.5/5.0

3.5 muesli seed fruit bobsredmill berkeleybowl recommended
2017 06 16 21.13.08

Secret Scoop Thai Gelato Thai Iced Tea and Roasted Coconut Gelato: Just a few paces away from the Trader Joe's in Berkeley is a small ice cream shop specializing in Thai-inspired flavors ("Thai Gelato" refers to the unique flavors rather than a specific style of making gelato). Their curated set of gelato and sorbets range from chocolate lemongrass to soursop, originals you're unlikely to find elsewhere, even in a diverse, food-minded community like Berkeley. The Thai iced tea gelato is easily the best I've had; it's very lightly sweetened and tastes stro... (read more) 4.5/5.0

4.5 gelato coconut roasted tea iced thai secretscoopthaigelato exceptional berkeley desserts sweets icecream
2017 05 27 20.16.19

Petitpot Salted Caramel Pot De Creme: Since I found this jar in the yogurt aisle, I picked it up on sale expecting it was yogurt and only discovered that it was pudding when I got home. By now, I have a bit of an allergic reaction when I see "California cuisine" on packaging, which essentially translates to organic ingredients, high marketing / branding expenditures, and consequently high prices. But I am guilty of purchasing it, and I blame that on the cute mascot. The dessert itself is made of simple ingredients: milk, crea... (read more) 3.0/5.0

3.0 creme de pot caramel salted petitpot berkeleybowl pudding desserts
2017 05 27 11.24.16

Yama Moto Yama Hot'N Spicy Teriyaki Nori Roasted Seaweed: This snack and brand is a staple in Asian grocery stores, and I ate it countless times growing up (though usually in the single-serving plastic packages, rather than the resealable container). This is the first time, though, that I've had the spicy version, which on first take is seemingly mild but quickly escalates to surprisingly high levels. Not as crispy as many of the Korean takes on seaweed crisps, which I've grown to prefer. 3.0/5.0

3.0 seaweed roasted nori teriyaki spicy hot'n yamamotoyama japanese