2017 06 30 17.49.58

La Croix Mango Sparkling Water: Only the second flavor of La Croix I've ever had, the "mango essenced" sparkling water was worthwhile, with a high level of carbonation and punchy mango flavor. Doesn't have a salty aftertaste like other seltzers sometimes do. A solid, affordable flavored seltzer. 3.5/5.0

3.5 water sparkling mango lacroix drinks recommended
2017 06 29 21.21.17

Powder Matcha Shaved Ice: This Taiwanese shaved ice shop on Divisadero in San Francisco has a variety of Asian flavors like black sesame, matcha, and Vietnamese coffee. Having had their excellent black sesame on a previous trip, I opted for matcha, which was shaved into thin, overlapping ribbons. While I remembered the black sesame shaved ice being remarkably light, this one texturally was more dense, with the ice cream packing together less than 1/3 of the way through. The matcha flavor, though, is very good and ... (read more) 3.0/5.0

3.0 ice shaved matcha powder sanfrancisco taiwanese icecream recommended
2017 06 24 15.34.01

Dinosaurs Watermelon and Lychee Shake: Dinosaurs is a small Vietnamese sandwich shop bordering the Castro in San Francisco. It has reasonably priced, tasty sandwiches (I especially recommend the meatball bahn mi) as well as fresh juices. I love watermelon, and I also love lychee, so their watermelon and lychee shake was an obvious choice for me. Rather than being flavored like lychee, the lychee comes in the form of chewy and slightly crunchy lychee jelly - the same rectangular kind you find in boba tea shops. The watermelon ... (read more) 3.5/5.0

3.5 shake lychee watermelon dinosaurs drinks
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The Nobel Times Super Cola candy: While the packaging says "Since 2014," I have vivid memories of eating the lemon version of this sweet as a child. (The date is likely a result of an acquisition.) Inside are individually wrapped cola-flavored hard candies. Like Warheads, it induces discomforting anticipation of a largely unpleasant sour flavor at the onset; unlike Warheads, there is a much more mild sweetness after the coating wears off. I remember running the snack under the kitchen sink to rub off the salty-bitter exterio... (read more) 3.0/5.0

berkeleybowl 3.0 candy cola super thenobeltimes
2017 06 20 12.30.31

Nestle Lemon Splash: Quite simply terrible. No one should have to drink this. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. Horribly artificial lemon water. I took one sip and used the rest to water a plant. 0.0/5.0

0.0 splash lemon nestle drinks avoid
2017 06 17 17.59.39

365 Ranch Lentil Chips: While ranch snacks tend to be unhealthy, these 365 lentil crisps have the same satisfyingly tangy flavor with less fat and calories. The crisps are more like sticks, falling somewhere in the middle of the pretzel -> puffed snack spectrum. They have a light crunch and are dense enough to be filling. Would definitely purchase again. 3.5/5.0

3.5 chips lentil ranch 365 wholefoods recommended