Friday, December 05, 2014

Seed Stacked Flapjacks

On a recent business trip to Europe, I not only experienced plenty of food at restaurants, I also partook in the local snack foods, because, you know me and my love of trying new things!

Seed Stacked is a company in the UK, that makes two product lines focused around seeds, one is packets of seasoned seeds, called "Sprinkles", which I did not try, and the other are bars, or, as they are known there, flapjacks.  While I still don't usually like bars that I try in the US, I was fascinated by my only other experience with flapjacks (part of my Graze box, yes, a company that started in the UK as well), so I was eager to try them out.

When I had my first flapjacks from my Graze box, I thought they seemed less like a granola bar, and more like a healthy oatmeal cookie.  I wasn't quite sure when in my daily eating schedule they made sense - were they ok for breakfast?  Just a snack?  They weren't quite a dessert ...

Luckily, Seed Stacked cleared it up for me: "great for breakfast, lunchboxes or a snack in the afternoon".  Aha, yes, basically acceptable whenever.

Their flapjacks are available in three varieties: original, or topped with yogurt or carob.  Their marketing line is "indulge yourself in health", which sounds a bit silly, but, I actually understood this phrase.  The bars are pretty healthy, as they really just are made of oats (22%) and seeds (47%), plus honey (29%) for sweetness, yet they do feel indulgent.  I can't really explain it, as I'm not one to generally get into healthy bars.

I enjoyed the flavors I tried, and wish I'd snagged some for my trip home.  Oh, they are also gluten-free.
Original Flapjack.
"Handmade pure oat bar with seeds and honey".

I started with the original, literally a bar of oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds, lightly sweetened with honey.  Or if you prefer their marketing: "Our deliciously healthy Seed Stacked Flapjacks are a mouthwatering combination of gluten free rolled oats and Mother Nature’s wonderful sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and flax seeds all bound in a perfect soft, sweet package with natural honey and no added sugar."

I was skeptical.  I don't care for flax seeds as they are generally too bitter for my taste.  I doubted how a simple bar of seeds and oats could possibly be worth eating.

Yet ... it was truly satisfying.

The texture was similar to the other flapjacks that I've tried, soft, almost like an oatmeal cookie, rather than a granola bar.  Slightly crumbly, but not messy.

All of the seeds were incredibly flavorful.  The level of sweetness from the honey was perfect.  I was shocked, but I quite liked this, and would gladly eat more of these.  I also think they'd make great little snack size nuggets too!
Carob Topped Flapjack.
"A delicious, gluten-free, pure oat bar with seeds, honey and a smooth carob topping."

Next I moved on to the one with the carob topping.

The texture was about the same as the original, soft, yet crunchy.

I loved the crunch for the assorted seeds, and, surprisingly, the bitterness they added.  The flavor was balanced by the sweetness of the honey, which was as strong as you'd expect given that it made up more than 25% of the bar.  It really was all in balance.  I normally dislike flax seeds, but I didn't really taste them in here.

On top was a layer of carob, which did taste a bit like chocolate, making this feel even more like an indulgent cookie rather than a fairly healthy choice.  The thickness of the carob layer was just right too, enough to taste it, not overwhelming.  The balance of everything in this bar was done really well.

I liked this much more than I anticipated, particularly the texture.  I'd gladly eat another, anytime of day.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Luques Restaurant and Bar

Have you ever heard of, or even noticed, Luques Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco?  Probably not, as I certainly hadn't.

Luques Restaurant and Bar is the restaurant inside of the Chancellor Hotel near Union Square.  I had zero expectations about it being any good, but they had a whopping $5 credit on LevelUp, so I went to check it out, for breakfast one day, back when I was using LevelUp as an inspiration to try new places.

Luques looks like pretty much any generic hotel restaurant, with fairly shabby furniture and clientele.  It was filled with tourists having breakfast while chatting excitedly about their plans to go to Fisherman's Wharf.  The menu contains farro porridge, and literally every table around me asked the server what farro was.  Clearly not a place that that locals go.

Yet ... it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  I returned several other times, and on all visits, service was very friendly, efficient, and polite.  And the food ... really not bad.

Luques is certainly is not a destination restaurant, but if you are in the neighborhood and want a simple breakfast, it really isn't bad, and I'd return.
2 Eggs Over Medium.  $4.
On my first visit to Luques, I was on my way to a chocolate tasting, so I figured I should get some protein in my system before gorging on chocolate.  But I also didn't want to fill up on breakfast food.  So, I went for the most simple protein source: eggs.  Eggs are available any way, and I went for my favorite preparation, over-medium.

Now ... over-medium is a hard ask, I know this.  When I order over-medium, I usually get eggs that are basically over-easy and far runnier than I want, or else they are cooked all the way through, resulting in hard nasty eggs.  I want something right in the middle, with the yolks set but perhaps a little bit runny, and the whites not tough but actually cooked.  At IHOP, the last place I ordered eggs this way, one set came out way under cooked, and another came out way over cooked.  No where has ever really gotten this right in recent memory.

But ... Luques delivered!  The eggs were cooked pretty much exactly as I'd like.  One yolk was slightly runny, the other just barely firm.  The whites were fully cooked, had some nice crispness going on, but weren't tough.  Probably the best execution of over-medium eggs I've ever had.

They also weren't oily, like the IHOP ones.

Amusing, the eggs were served with a random little garnish of an orange slice.  I used it to end my meal on a sweet note, but I'm not really sure if I was intended to eat it or not.  Ketchup and hot sauce were offered on the side.

The eggs were served piping hot, clearly delivered to me within moments of coming off the grill, points for the staff.

Clearly, these were just eggs, but they were done pretty much perfectly, and I'd gladly get them again.  $4 was a fine price.
Short Stack of Buttermilk Pancakes.  $5.25.
On my next visit, I decided to go for a full meal, since they impressed me with the eggs.  I picked a classic: pancakes.

They were decent pancakes.  Very large size, slightly fluffy, crispy on the outside.  They had a decent tang from buttermilk, and were dusted with powdered sugar.  Fairly generic, but clearly freshly made to order, and like the eggs, delivered to my table hot and fresh.  The kitchen and serving staff really do get food out quickly.

Also like the eggs, they came with a slice of orange on the side.  I didn't eat it this time, it didn't look all that fresh.  There were also two foil wrapped packets of butter on the plate.  This was striking to me, as I haven't been anywhere where my butter came in packets in a long time.  I appreciated that the butter was not on the pancakes already, so I could add as much as I wanted, unlike IHOP, where my pancakes came swimming in scoops of butter.

The pitcher of syrup was the only disappointment.  It was clearly not real, and tasted like nothing but corn syrup.  You may recall that I am from New Hampshire, and that my godfather makes his own maple syrup, so I was raised on the real stuff, and generally don't care for fake syrup, but this was worse than usual.  Since I didn't want the syrup, but still wanted something to enhance the pancakes, I tried out the jams on the table.  There was an assortment of standard Smuckers: strawberry, grape, orange marmalade, again in little packets.  I haven't had any of those in ages either, since my mom makes her own jams, and we never had namebrand stuff.  As you can imagine, I didn't like them at all either.

Overall, the pancakes were a good execution of a standard pancake, but they needed better accompaniments   Luques does offer a pancake special that had nuts (I think walnuts? pecans?) and bananas, which looked much better, but was not available as a short stack, and I didn't want a full stack.

I wouldn't get these again, but $5.25 was a fine price.
Homefries.  $4.
So this is random.  One day, I was craving potatoes, particularly, something like homefries or hashbrowns.  It was morning, I was near Union Square running errands, and since everything else I'd tried from Luques had been fairly successful, I decided to try out their homefries.

I got them togo since I literally just wanted the homefries and felt silly ordering them to sit down in the restaurant.  They came boxed up, garnished with a mint leaf, and yet another slice of orange, buried under the potatoes.  They really have to get over these garnishes!  They also included ketchup packets in the box.

The homefries were totally and completely unremarkable.  Chunks of potato, skin on, decently cooked (not too mushy, not undercooked).  There was some seasoning, but not very pronounced.  A few bits of onion mixed in.  Not anything special, and they didn't satisfy my craving.

$4 for side of homefries seemed about right, but I wouldn't get these again.

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Decaf Coffee.  $1.90.

On the visits where I dined in, I also ordered coffee, decaf.  It was not bad.  It wasn't amazing, but it was very inoffensive and better than most random restaurant coffee.

Interestingly, on the tables in the restaurant, they only have sugar, Equal, and Sweet'N Low available as sweeteners, but in the lobby, where they have coffee for hotel guests, they have Splenda too.  I watched a server come replenish the sugars in the restaurant, and the basket she was filling from had Splenda, but she didn't add it to any of the tables.  So strange.  I prefer Splenda.

In the lobby area, they also have milk, half and half, and soy milk to add to the coffee.  I was really impressed with that setup, particularly because even a lot of cafes don't have soy milk readily available.  They also had a large variety of quality teas, and both togo cups and real mugs.  And .... they also had assorted cookies!  Being a cookie monster and coffee lover, if I needed a hotel in San Francisco, these little perks would go a long way for me.  I did think it was interesting that the coffee/tea were complimentary in the lobby, but not in the restaurant.  I wonder how hotel guests dining in the restaurant feel about that, given that they could walk outside the restaurant door and get coffee for free.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookie

A staff member saw me eyeing the cookies (I was just doing research, while waiting for my togo order, honestly!), and told me I was welcome to one.  Score!  It was fairly generic, but a nice soft style with a buttery taste.  It was loaded up with dried cranberries, slightly tart.  A nice hotel perk for sure.
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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Galleries First Class Lounge, Terminal 5, Heathrow

On my first visit to Heathrow while en route to Barcelona, I didn't have much time to spend lounge hoping, as my friends were waiting for me to sit down to a (dissapointing) formal lunch in the Concorde room, as you read about two weeks ago.  But I couldn't leave my curiosity unsatisfied, so I did a very quick swing through the other First Class lounge, the Galleries.  The First Class Galleries lounge is located directly next to the Concorde room, on the other side of the spa, so it was easy to pop over there, but I really had only a few minutes to quickly snap some photos and take brief notes.  Sorry, I didn't get a chance to try all the cuisine!

My next visit to Heathrow was longer, and once I realized that the Concorde room, though lovely, didn’t have food offerings I was interested in for breakfast, I decided to check out the Galleries again.  When I breezed through briefly on my previous visit it was daytime, so I had no idea what they’d have for breakfast. 

When I presented my boarding pass to enter, I was of course informed that I could use the Concorde room.  I acknowledged this, and said I just wanted to see the lounge.  I was welcomed in, and told I could go back and forth as many times as I wanted.  I was glad to hear that I wasn't being strange for wanting to check out both lounges!

The Galleries First lounge has a lot going for it.  It was more my style than the Concorde room in many ways, allowing me to help myself to things and sample what I wanted, when I wanted.  The selection is large, for both food and drinks.  And if you prefer made-to-order plated options, they do that too.  The lounge is huge, and well laid out into separate sections, so it never felt crowded.  The only real downside is that it doesn’t contain all of the premium food and beverage options from the Concorde room.  If I’d never been in the Concorde room, I would be completely satisfied with this lounge, and it was definitely steps above the Business lounge (more on that next week).
Seating Area.
The Galleries lounge is much larger than the Concorde room, and was largely vacant, on both my visits.  I guess most people flying in First use the Concorde room, and those flying in Business use the Business lounge, so this lounge really is just a catch-all for those with status not flying in First class on that particular day.  The decor and furniture were nice, but didn’t have quite the same relaxing feel as the Concorde room.  That said, it was spacious and just as calm, as there was barely anyone inside.
Bar and bar snacks.
The far end of the room is a bar and snack area.  It was the same at both breakfast and daytime service.  An impressive bar selection, plus two types of Kettle chips and bar snacks to munch on.
Bar Snacks.
The bar snacks were Taiwanese Crackers, "BA Savory Mix", BA Dried Fruit Mix.  I tried all of the snacks, and found them all very standard.  The jars were cute, but rather obnoxious to open and close.
Coffee Bar and cookies.
The coffee bar area was also the same on both visits.  A few magic coffee machines, a large selection of tea, soft drinks, and jars of cookies.  The cookies were hard style, and didn’t look appealing, even to a sweet tooth like me.  I didn’t try any.
Champagne bar.
The champagne bar and wine bar were well stocked at all times of day.  I didn’t look into these areas much however.
Drinks at Breakfast.
The alcoholic selections were quite impressive, but so were the non-alcoholic.  Many choices for soft drinks, juices, and assorted waters.  I saw people constantly grabbing drinks, yet this area magically stayed replenished at all times.
Drinks during day: sandwiches, desserts.
During the day, the bottom tier of the drink station converted to have some pre-made sandwiches and desserts.

The sandwich selection rotates, but on my visit it was chicken and guacamole, poached salmon & rocket, egg mayonaise & sun blistered tomatoes.  I didn't try these.

Desserts were chocolate profiteroles and blackcurrant cheese cake, neither of which I tried.
F Lounge Breakfast Menu.
Since I wasn't planning to actually sit down and spend time in the lounge, I was in the lounge for one reason: to do a little "research".  I was shocked to discover that on the tables were dining menus, with made-to-order items.  There were still buffets, there were also many dishes available to order, just like in the Concorde room, albeit without the formal dining room to go along with it.

The breakfast menu contained a subset of the items available in the Concorde room, nothing extra (darn it!  I was still hoping for pancakes or french toast to show up somewhere!). The menu had a few of the same egg dishes, and none of the premium offerings, like smoked salmon.
F Lounge Daytime Menu.
During the day, the menu was more varied, and the Galleries First lounge had things like mac and cheese that were absent on the Concorde room menu.  On my visit the menu was:
  • Soup of the Day
  • BLT: A warm sandwich of British back bacon, tomato, lettuce and mayo served with lightly-salted kettle chips.
  • Smoked Salmon: A deli plate of Severn and Wye smoked salmon, cream cheese, salad leaves, and grainy bread.
  • BA Burger: Made with Birchstead 21 day aged beef burger, and served in a glazed bun with twice cooked chips. Ask your host if you would like the addition of crispy back bacon or Emmental cheese. 
  • Chicken Ramen: A Japanese-inspired soup with chicken, chillies, water chestnuts and fresh coriander in a warming chicken broth
  • Caesar Salad: Baby gem leaves with Parmigiano-Reggiano, croĆ»tons and a creamy Caesar dressing. Ask you host if you would like the addition of a smoked chicken breast
  • Macaroni Cheese (v): Pasta with a rich Red Leicester, British Cheddar and English mustard sauce glazed with a fresh herb crust.
The soup of the Day, the smoked salmon plate, and the burger were the same as in the Concorde room, but ramen and mac and cheese replaced the fancier main dishes, and caesar replaced the tomato and mozzarella salad.  Honestly, the mac and cheese sounded quite tasty, and if I wasn't planning on a formal meal with my friends over in the Concorde room, I most certainly would have ordered it.
Breakfast Hot Buffet
The lounge had a large hot buffet, with toast, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, hashbrowns, scrambled eggs, grilled British back bacon, Dingley Dell pork sausage, and black pudding.  These items were all available in the Concorde room as an English Breakfast platter, so presumably you could have ordered just a few items individually as well.

Of the hot items, the only thing I wanted to try was the hash browns. I love good hash browns.

As you'd expect from a buffet, they were completely unremarkable, about the same as any I’d buy frozen and bake at home.  Clearly not pan fried or crispy, although they were oily.  I always love my hash browns with maple syrup on them, but because they had no pancake/waffle/french toast items, they didn’t offer any syrup.  I settled for ketchup.

The hot buffet seemed very skippable, although the business lounge has no hot food offerings, so this is a step up for the First Class lounge.
Breakfast Pastries.
On one end of the hot buffet was an array of pastries: croissants, chocolate croissants, cranberry twirls, raisin swirls, and brioche.  Finally!  This is what I was really missing in the Concorde room.

But ... they were not warm.  They didn’t look good.  (Interestingly, I’d later discover that the business class lounge had some of these same items, but there, they are kept under a heat lamp.  Why would business class get warm pastries, and not First?  It made no sense).  Of course, business had a smaller selection of pastries, but, in both cases, none looked very good, and even baked goods loving me didn't try any.  The brioche roll was the same one I ordered in the Concorde room.
Lunch Hot Buffet.
At lunch, the hot buffet was loaded with options.

Front row:
  • Mustard
  • Warm jus
  • Dingley Deli pork sausages with candied red onion
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Parmentier potatoes
  • Cabbage, leeks and peas
  • Steak and ale pies
Back Row:
  • Pasta dish ... don't know what it was.
  • Thai green chicken curry
  • Another curry
  • Vegetable rice
Since we were having a formal meal in the Concorde room, I didn't try any of this, but it didn't look particularly good.  If dining in the First lounge, I'd certainly recommend ordering a made to order dish.
Breakfast: Porridge, crackers, jams, meats, cheese.
At breakfast, along the wall opposite the hot buffet was a selection of cheeses, sliced meats, crackers, and jams.  Some of the cheeses actually looked quite good, and, if it was later in the day, or if I was in the mood for cheese, these would have been a nice option.  Business class did not have these items, nor did the menu for the Concorde room.

Next to the cheese and meat was porridge.  I found the placement of this a bit odd, but it looked hot and fresh, and had a few items available to mix in (raisins, cinnamon, honey).  The business lounge also had this offering, which you'll hear about next week.
Lunch: Soup, Meats, Cheese.
During the day, the setup of this station was nearly identical, with the same deli meats and cheeses, but the porridge subbed out for soup.
Breakfast: Cereal, Fresh Fruit.
On the other end of the meat/cheese area at breakfast was 4 types of cereal, and some whole fruit.  I tried some of the granola, and actually quite liked it, it was crunchy, a tad sweet, and loaded with dried fruit.

It was interesting to later see that business lounge had only two types of cereal offered.  It makes sense that the business lounge has reduced offerings, and leaving out the hot food and meats and cheeses made sense, but cereal and pastries?  Those can’t be premium items.
Daytime: Scones, Cakes.
During the day, the fresh fruit remains, but the cereals are replaced with a dessert station featuring sliced cakes, scones, and jam.  I wish I'd had time to try those, although of course, BA served me plenty of scones on all my assorted flights, like the afternoon tea service on my Club Europe flight from Healthrow to Barcelona.
Breakfast: Fruit and yogurt bar.
The final section at breakfast was yogurt and fruit: one plain yogurt, one fruit yogurt, and a couple of types of sliced fruit to mix in.  In fear of melons, I skipped all of this, because the label just said “fruit salad”, and I had no idea if there was melon included, and I am deathly allergic.
Daytime: Salad Bar.
During the day, the fruit and yogurt was replaced with a salad bar.  It contained:
  • Poached salmon
  • Grilled chicken
  • A bunch of composed salads: coleslaw, five bean salad, beetroot and carrot and pumpkin seed salad, Morroccan bulgar wheat and chickpea salad, and pasta salad
  • Basic salad ingredients: mixed lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes
  • And ... lemon wedges?
I only tried the coleslaw.  It was creamy,  with a bit of tang from horseradish.  Not bad.
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Monday, December 01, 2014

Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile Food Truck

I don't exactly seek out food trucks.  But, my blog has an entire label devoted to reviews of them, so, it turns out, I do encounter them a fair amount.

Recently, one of the cafes at Google's Mountain View campus was undergoing renovations, and to handle the displaced diners, they brought in food trucks from the surrounding towns.  I'm not in Mountain View very often, but when I was, this seemed like a great opportunity to try out some different local cuisine!  Who knows, if I found a truck that was awesome, maybe I would seek it out.

The first one I encountered was Oaxacan Kitchen Mobile, based out of Palo Alto.   I'd never heard of them, but they have been around the South Bay in several forms, starting as a stall at local farmer's markets, and then operating a full service restaurant, Oaxacan Kitchen, in Palo Alto.  It has since closed, and the food truck is the only remaining business.  They serve the South Bay and are also available for catering, cooking classes, and team building events.

Their featured product is their Oaxacan Mole Negro, which you can also buy online, and is what started the business at the farmer's markets.  It wasn't available on the menu the day I visited however.
Grilled Wild Salmon with Mixe Glaze, Oaxacan Black Beans, Mexican Rice.
I eagerly ordered the Grilled Wild Salmon, as I love seafood, particularly glazed seafood.

"Fresh Wild Salmon grilled, served on a bed of organic vegetables and a fragrant house made glaze."
I opened my box, and was immediately confused.  I expected a large salmon filet and a generous portion of veggies.  Instead, my box contained more Oaxacan black beans and Mexican rice than anything else, and these items were not even mentioned in the description.  I don't like beans, or rice, so I didn't even try these, and wouldn't have ordered them.  Describe them as "Our famous black beans and Mexican Rice".  So, uh, I guess they are famous?

The "bed of organic vegetables" was a scoop of kale, butternut squash, and sweet potato.  The squash and sweet potato were in small cubes, the kale a bit nonexistent.  The veggies were unremarkable, the only thing to note was that they were barely lukewarm, and thus, not very tasty.

But I ordered this for the main dish anyway, the salmon.  It was a really thin strip, with some skin on.  Like the veggies, it was also barely warm.  It was very fishy.  Covered in albumin (that white layer that you sometimes get on poorly cooked salmon).  And the glaze?  To be fair, I don't know what mixe glaze is supposed to taste like, but I did not like this.  It seemed to have soy sauce, tomato, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon, mace, and star anise ... a very strange combination for my palette.  I was hoping it would taste more like teriyaki.

I didn't like anything in this.  The biggest flaw was the fact that it wasn't hot, but even so, it really wasn't my thing.
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

See's Chocolates

See's is a mid-sized California based candy and chocolate maker.  They have a huge assortment of truffles, with pretty much every sort of filling you could want.  They also always have fun seasonal varieties.  And they always give you a sample while you browse.  While they aren't amazing, they are certainly better than Godiva or Lindt.

Milk Chocolate

Milk Peanut.
"Roasted and salted peanuts covered in smooth milk chocolate."
Milk Peanut: Inside.
The peanuts, just like the almonds in the previous one, were left whole, which I liked for so much crunch.  Although the description says they were salted, I didn't taste any salt, and it was really missing from this.

Overall, very bland, as it was just mediocre milk chocolate and plain peanuts.  Salt or some other complexity needed.
Almond Square.
"Roasted California almonds held together with buttery caramel and dipped half way in smooth milk chocolate to show off the delicious center."
Almond Square: Inside.
I like everything in this, but I didn't actually like it.  The caramel was too thick and chewy.  Nuts usually add great crunch, but since the whole thing was too chewy, they seemed like too much work too. Meh.
Milk Patty.
"Buttery caramel covered in smooth milk chocolate."

Creamy milk chocolate, much better than standard candy.  The caramel was somewhere in-between chewy and gooey, rather perfect actually.

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Almond.
"Roasted California almonds smothered in rich dark chocolate."
Dark Almond: Inside.
The almonds were left whole, decently roasted.  Dark chocolate unremarkable.  This was just fairly standard, nothing wrong with it, but not very exciting.

Previous tasting notes: the almonds have nice flavor, and there were tons of almonds.  The chocolate was pretty standard though.

Scotchmallow® 
"A layer of caramel with a layer of honey marshmallow covered in rich, dark chocolate."
Scotchmallow®: Inside.
This was the item I was most excited for.  I love marshmallows!

Sadly, it wasn't awesome.  Same mediocre dark chocolate, caramel that was too chewy.  The marshmallow was lost amongst everything else, and didn't really seem very fluffy.


Dark Nougat.
"Chewy nougat with honey, roasted California almonds, angel flake coconut and vanilla covered in rich dark chocolate."
Dark Nougat: Inside.
Quality dark chocolate, smooth but with a slight bitterness.  Very chewy nougat that reminded me more of a caramel due to its sweetness and chew factor.  A bit too chewy for my liking.  Whole almonds for good crunch.  I didn't taste the vanilla, and maybe saw a few flakes of coconut, but did not taste them.

Overall, it seemed just like a fancier version of a dark chocolate almond snickers.  The chocolate was the best part.

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Dark Chocolate Butterchew

"Buttery brown sugar caramel with vanilla covered in rich dark chocolate."

The caramel is smooth and very buttery, really nice consistency.  Very sweet overall, but pretty delicious when paired with bitter coffee.

Subsequent tasting notes: Too much sweet, not enough interesting flavor.  Decent caramel, decent dark chocolate, goes well with bitter coffee.

White Chocolate

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Divinity Puff

"Fluffy white chocolate center with English walnuts covered in white chocolate."

Very, very sweet.  Nuts and white chocolate do go together well, but they are lost in the sweetness.

Truffles

"Delicious masterpieces featuring luxurious, rich flavor. See's Truffles are made with only the finest ingredients of dairy-fresh butter, heavy cream, real fruit, and of course, our famous chocolate."
  • Pecan Pie Truffle: "Our Pecan Pie Truffles start with a rich buttercream filling with only the freshest pecan pieces folded in, then they're surrounded by See's white chocolate and topped with an extra large pecan half."  Tasting notes: too much white chocolate, just sweet.
  • Egg Nog Truffle: "White chocolate covered eggnog flavored buttercream."  Tasting notes:  just sweet, not good, not even that eggnoggy.
  • Apple Pie Truffle: "Rich, creamy truffle center of white chocolate, Granny Smith Apples and a touch of cinnamon covered in white chocolate and decorated with white chocolate lace."  Tasting notes: apple pie center is very, very flavorful.  White chocolate is meh.
  • Cranberry Orange Truffle: "The center, a fusion of airy white chocolate, citrusy orange and real cranberry pieces is enrobed in See's rich, luscious dark chocolate and finished with delicate striping".  Tasting notes: Like the others, very flavorful center, chocolate meh.  Center does have a very strong orange flavor though that is nice, dark chocolate is kinda lost and meh, not much cranberry flavor.
  • White Mint Truffle: "Truffle center of white chocolate, cream and peppermint covered in white chocolate and decorated with white chocolate lace."  Tasting notes: sweet white chocolate, mint ganache inside is too subtle, really flavorless overall.
  • Orange Cream Truffle: "Creamy soft center with oranges, covered in smooth milk chocolate." Tasting notes:  Very nice creamy milk chocolate, intensely orange flavored center.  Too bad I don’t like orange.
  • Pumpkin Pie Truffle: "Truffle center of white chocolate, pumpkin, allspice and cinnamon covered in milk chocolate.".  Tasting notes: Decent spices and creamy inside.
  • Mocha Truffle: "Creamy center flavored with coffee and cream covered in smooth milk chocolate and decorated with chocolate rice." Tasting notes: better than Godiva truffles but not really amazing.
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