2017 02 26 17.50.38

Berkeley Bowl Fig Newtowns: Berkeley Bowl sells an assortment of fig newtown-style cereal bars in their bulk section, from apricot to raspberry to, well, figs. I sampled both the raspberry and fig cookies and prefer the tart sweetness of the raspberry to the more ordinary, but still decent, fig. They're more dense and substantial than traditional fig newtowns, both in terms of the texture of the soft cookie and the fruit-chew-like interior. The fruit flavor overall is far superior than what you will find in other pa... (read more) 3.0/5.0

3.0 newtowns raspberry fig cookies recommended berkeleybowl
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Asha Tea Matcha: While I enjoy matcha-flavored snacks, it's rare for me to get matcha full on. I decided to give the matcha tea at Asha Tea in Berkeley a try and found myself reacting to the caffeine levels after only drinking half of the regular-sized portion. Symptoms including jitteriness and high distractibility. The matcha flavor itself was prominent and clean, but this drink is surely for those with higher caffeine tolerance than me. 3.0/5.0

3.0 matcha ashatea tea berkeley drinks
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Berkeley Bowl Coconut mango pomegranate organic chews: Power bites are the new granola bar. These soft chewy energy bites combine dried fruit, oats, and nuts - an ultra-portable trail mix. Coconut and mango add a tropical flavor while pomegranate provides a tartness that cuts through some of the richness. While they are super tasty, I don't find them to be very filling. If you have good portion control, you'll likely enjoy this treat. 4.0/5.0

4.0 chews organic pomegranate mango coconut berkeleybowl recommended
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Coppenrath Traveler Cookies on Tour: German cookies shaped as rectangular stamps each featuring a different city from Copenhagen to Istanbul to San Francisco. Favors European geography, but it's still quite fun to explore since there are at least 15 different countries represented - I rarely got the same city within a single serving. Exceptionally good value at $3 for a sizable bag. I purchased the caramel flavor, which had a sweet and buttery spiced molasses flavor. Would definitely purchase again. 4.0/5.0

german biscuits 4.0 tour cookies traveler coppenrath recommended berkeleybowl
2017 02 13 18.37.27

Forager Lemon Cashewgurt: Lemon (and perhaps citrus more generally) just never seems to work as well as other fruit-flavored yogurt. Its hydrous pulp segments risk watering down the yogurt, and their omission consequently leaves little room for texture. Though zest has the potential to provide a freshness that cuts through a creamy yogurt base, it can, in combination, lead to an overwhelmingly acidic and tart flavor. Rather than seeing lemon standing on its own, I'd like to see more yogurt incorporating lemon as a... (read more) 2.5/5.0

2.5 cashewgurt lemon forager yogurt berkeleybowl
2017 02 13 18.37.07

Forager Wild Blueberry Cashewgurt: While almond and soy are typically in the spotlight for dairy-alternative foods, San Francisco-based Forager utilizes cashews for the same range of products, including cashew milk and yogurt. Continuing my survey into non-dairy yogurts, I purchased several "cashewgurt" yogurt flavors from Berkeley Bowl during a recent sale. The organic Wild Blueberry flavor I tried first was the best. Its texture is slightly runnier than pudding (but not my much) and has a creamy and sweet flavor. It's mo... (read more) 4.0/5.0

4.0 cashewgurt blueberry wild forager berries recommended berkeleybowl yogurt