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2016 12 17 18.35.42

Trader Joe's Pfeffernüsse: German cookies with a hard coating dusted in powdered sugar. The white exterior is strongly spiced, reminiscent of wintermint, which I find to be overly strong for the more neutral gingerbread-flavored cookie. They are a mess to eat and require a plate to avoid crumbs and dust ending up all over yourself. The packaging suggests pairing with a hot beverage, which I believe would help, but on their own, these snacks are a pass. 2.0/5.0

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Arrowhead Watermelon Lime sparkling water: I purchased this beverage because I needed a container to use with my homemade carbonator. Though it contains 100% natural ingredients, the watermelon is reminiscent of watermelon-flavored Blowpops. Overall, it's a difficult flavor to imagine pairing any food with this drink, and it's not desirable enough to have on its own. 2.0/5.0

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2016 11 26 20.35.53

Mashti Malone Cucumber Sorbet: After getting a scoop from Saffron & Rose, my sister and I stopped by Mashti Malone to compare. Half of Mashti Malone has regular American ice cream, while the other has more interesting Persian options. The difference in quality between S&R and Mashti is immediately noticeable, though, even before tasting. While the cucumber sorbet I tasted had an interesting savory vegetable flavor, it was more of an italian ice than a sorbet, with a very icy texture. When it comes to Turkish flavors, ... (read more) 2.0/5.0

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2016 10 28 07.59.20

Norr Skyr Organic Gooseberries Yogurt: The clean design and Scandinavian gooseberry flavor made me very excited to try this brand of yogurt. Overall, though, the product was underwhelming for several reasons. First, the texture is much thinner than Siggi's and surprisingly loose for a skyr. Next, the gooseberries (which were cubed and on the bottom of the yogurt) had almost zero flavor and seemed to be present merely for texture, though it was mushy at that. Disappointing. 2.0/5.0

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U Cha Barley milk tea with boba: Continuing my bubble tea taste test across Berkeley, I found myself at a popular tea shop named U Cha on Bancroft. Their expansive menu has the fruit and milk tea flavors you expect from a Taiwanese-style chain. I ordered their barley tea with boba at 20% sweetness with little ice. The flavor was familiar but watered down and over-sweetened; the boba was too chewy. With better options, this one is a pass. 2.0/5.0

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Gina Mango nectar: Containing less than 25% juice, this thick mango flavored beverage has an aftertaste anyone that has had artificial mango bubble tea will recognize. Very sweet. Not recommended. 2.0/5.0

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