Me And Goji Experience Review

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , |

I am loving reading all of your locked out and horrible roommate stories. Keep them coming! And if you need a pick-me-up yourself, go ahead and check them out because some of them are hilarious.

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get to try and review [me] & goji‘s custom artisanal cereal. By going on their site, I was able to custom build a cereal/granola that fit my tastes, and it was handmade by one of their employees and shipped to my door. After realizing I couldn’t give a typical product review because everything with them is custom, I thought I’d share on my general experience with the company and the product.

Me And Goji

Building Your Custom Cereal

As a custom cereal company, clearly the fun is focused on building your own mix. I found this the most difficult and amusing experience; with so many options, your brain really goes wild! They offer plenty of different bases for cereal or granola, including gluten free options. Mix-ins include all the standard dry fruits, nuts and seeds(although peanuts were noticeably absent), specialty health-food options like amaranth, and more “fun” options like chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate covered goji berries. One thing I really found neat was you can add the same mix-in multiple times so that you have a higher ratio of them.

For my own creation, I made a mix called “Chocolate And Berries” with vanilla granola, chocolate covered gojis, gojis, dried blueberries, dried raspberries, and chocolate covered peanuts. It was awesome to receive my own dream appear in the mail, and I thought they gave an impressive amount of mix-ins compared to store bought granola which is almost always mostly oats. My favorite by far was the chocolate covered peanuts, which were organic too so you know you aren’t getting some knock-off M&M. In fact, all of the ingredients are all-natural, so you know you’re getting quality there. Best of all, each mix has a unique code that you can use to reorder the exact same one. For instance, if anyone particularly likes my “Chocolate And Berries”, all they’d need to do is use the recipe ID 149666 to purchase it!

Chocolate And Berries Granola

From Production To My Door

The hardest thing I had to do here was wait, and even that didn’t take very long. I liked how the company kept me very well notified on the status of my order. I got confirmation emails after I created it and when it was shipped with a tracking number. And after that it was just a few business days.

Personability

I think my favorite part of all of this was how professional everything was handled, and yet with the care of a small company. [me] & goji is run primarily by 3 people, Adam, Alex, and Carl, who share their great story about how the company came to be. On your capsule of cereal, the person who put it together even signs their name(mine was done by Adam). For me in Massachusetts, this is somewhat of a local company. But even if it weren’t and I lived across the country, I can’t help but think it would still feel like a local company, and that says a lot.

Overall, as I’m sure you can tell, I had a very positive experience with [me] & goji and would definitely recommend them. They offer gift certificates, and I can’t help but think with the holiday season coming up that this would make a great and very personal present for any foodie. Build a mix for them or let them make their own because you can’t be sure what they’d want–either way you couldn’t go wrong. The fact that you can put pictures on their capsules make for the perfect holiday gift. Also, they are conducting a $500 sweepstakes on their facebook page www.facebook.com/meandgoji (American Express Gift Card of $500) which would be a joy to win. So stop reading and get mixing!

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Tomasso

Posted on July 19, 2009. Filed under: Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This morning I pumped out a record 6 times around the neighborhood(about 6.75 miles). My legs are barking after them hills–maybe I’ll just take an easy 5 tomorrow. Post workout eats:

Breakfast

Breakfast

Carrot Juice, an English muffin, 1/2 with blueberry peach cobbler and amaretto jam and 1/2 with mighty maple peanut butter, and a parfait with plain Chobani, 1/2 a peach, blueberries, and agave nectar. I’m glad I’m a slow eater because I do not want this to end.

Anyway, after posting yesterday there was a quick run to the store to get some Spicy Black Bean Morningstar Veggieburger because I was craving this:

Lunch

Lunch

A spicy black bean burger with grilled mango on top. This tasted as good as I thought it would; I feel oddly proud of myself for dreaming up this concoction and making it happen lol.

After that there was various shopping. I needed a new mouse for my laptop, grabbed 3 boxes of kashi granola bars while at Target(peanut peanut butter, trail mix, and honey almond flax ftw). Then we stopped in a little health food store I’d seen but never been in; it was basically all the natural stuff at Hannafords, but concentrated into one store. They didn’t have a great selection, but still some cool stuff. I want to get the soft snickerdoodle vegan cookies from there and see how they are(not homemade, but some brand I haven’t seen other places).

After that, there was some arm twisting and negotiating; basically I did not feel like eating out, but certain other people had been grouchy all day and were dead set on going out and insisting I come as well. So, for a compromise, I got to pick out the restaurant. I chose this Italian place near by that seemed pretty fancy to which I’d never been, called Tomasso

Tomasso

Tomasso

I loved the homey, Italian atmosphere. The chef was very friendly and quite knowledgeable about all the dishes(as he should be since they were his lol). We decided to get 2 antipasti and pizze to share for the whole table, which worked out perfectly because I was debating between which pizze I wanted.

Comocoro

Comocoro

Proscuitto e Melon

Proscuitto e Melon

Our antipasti were the comocoro and proscuitto e melon. Both of these dishes were absolutely remarkable. The comocoro had grilled watermelon with goat cheese and mint. The creaminess of the goat cheese blended beautifully with the warm melon, and the mint was a nice subtle back-flavor. The prosciutto e melon was ok but a little bland. The meat could have used a stronger flavor; I ended up sprinkling salt over the cantaloupe and eating it that way(does anybody else do this? I feel like it makes it 10 times more delicious).

Pizze con Fichi

Pizze con Fichi

Pizze Margharita

Pizze Margharita

Not only were the pizzi a work of art, but both were incredibly flavorful. The margharita had an incredible thin crust with a light tomato base, bufala mozzarella, and basil; it tasted just like my favorite pizze from Rome! And the pizze con fichi was in a league of its own; this pizze had black mission figs, goat cheese, and vin cotta. The figs were warm and went perfect with the sweet vin cotta. the goat cheese added a great saltiness and creamy texture to the dish. If you live anywhere in the Southborough area, please do check out this restaurant

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Product Review: Peanut Butter & Co.

Posted on June 16, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , , |

Remember when I showed you my collection of nut butters here a week ago? Well it’s gone through mitosis since then, and I’m sure I’ll post an updated picture at some time, but the important thing is that you learn of my new favorite brand: Peanut Butter & Co.

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It’s an addiction, but a healthy one at that, right? The two things I love about this brand are flavor and consistency. The names say it all; when you open each jar you get exactly what you might expect by the title, but the product also manages to retain it’s peanut butteriness. And the consistency is perfect: not entirely smooth but not stiff as a board, and it melts beautifully over a bowl of oats. But since each flavor is unique, I want to give you a unique opinion, review, and suggestion for each.

Mighty Maple: My first. My favorite. The maple syrup is present but not overpowering. Brown sugar dots the creamy texture of the peanut butter adding a delicious crunch. Suggestion: Put a pat over a bowl of oatmeal or some pancakes and you won’t go wrong.

White Chocolate Wonderful: As the name says, this is wonderful. The white chocolate gives a richness and depth to the peanut butter without effecting the flavor or texture. This smooth peanut butter will slide down your throat and into your heart. Suggestion: Over a bowl of vanilla oatmeal(Kashi instant brand preferred)

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl: This one is similar to the Mighty Maple without an imposing sweetness. The cinnamon adds an earthiness to the peanut butter. The raisins, however, are unfortunately dry and stale. Suggestion: Slather on to some Trader Joe’s whole wheat cinnamon raisin english muffins.

The Bee’s Knees: Smooth honey combines with peanut butter to form a sweet and salty combo. The flavor is more reminiscent of the peanut butter you find in candies than in a jar. PB lovers beware: the sweetness of the honey does overpower the original flavor slightly. Suggestion: Good for topping crackers or a milk chocolate Hershey’s bar.

Dark Chocolate Dreams: A thick blend of life’s two pleasures, dark chocolate and peanut butter. Believe it or not, I, both a peanut butter and dark chocolate fanatic, do not love this flavor. The combination of the two muddles the unique richness of both leaving you with a unique and distinct entity, neither dark chocolate nor peanut butter. Suggestion: Drizzle over vanilla ice cream or into yogurt. Alternatively, spend your money on some dark chocolate and dip it into a jar of regular peanut butter.

That’s my product, or rather company, review. PB&Co. also makes regular smooth and creamy peanut butters, which I do not plan to purchase since they probably taste the same as my 365 brand at double the cost. And they make one last flavor called The Heat Is On which is flavored with chili powder and crushed peppers. I’m more than willing to give this a try if I ever locate it but no luck as of yet. Do you like PB&Co.? Or do you have another favorite brand?

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