And we’re continuing from Part 1 of this recap…
Stuff that piqued my interest and tasted great
SEVA Maple Water
I’ve never heard of maple water prior to this. It’s basically treated maple sap, which is what maple syrup is made from. You can think of it as diluted syrup, to the point where you barely taste the sweetness.
It’s being marketed as an alternative to sports drinks and coconut water, and I can see the appeal. It tasted quite light and refreshing, but still made a little dance on my taste buds.
Cheese from the Village Cheese Company
What used to be the site of the Armstrong Cheese Company, Village Cheese Company now produces small batched “artisan cheese”. The difference in taste and texture was significantly better than most of the commercially available stuff I’ve tried. I would be looking for products from these guys in the future.
Other interesting things
Pepperidge Farm Coloured Goldfish
The Goldfish was a little scary to look at, but the kid in me loved everyone of them. I named the red one Gopher.
Don’t worry, the colours are from natural ingredients, not artificial colours.
L’Ancetre Lactose Free Cheese
Their cheddar was actually quite good, but their mozzarella didn’t really taste right. Either way, for those who are unfortunately lactose intolerant, here’s your solution!
Keurig Cold Drinks
Let me start by saying I like these Keurig machines. But when your directions to make a cold drink is to fill a cup with ice, then pour steaming hot liquid into it, you are making everyone look like idiots.
Problem A: Not everyone has ice makers.
I don’t have one of those fancy double door ice-maker-equipped fridges. I have two plastic trays for which I have to fill up with water, and leave in freezer for a few hours to make ice.
This means either I will have to buy more ice trays, or keep making ice over and over, and hope I don’t get too many guests over in the summer.
Problem B: People like their iced drinks cold.
I know this sounds like a crazy concept, but when I ask for an iced drink, I like it cold.
You know what happens when you pour steaming hot liquid into a cup of ice? Well for the first couple minutes, you are holding a cup of warm liquid with ice floating in it. And if you are patient enough, you will be holding a room temperature cup of liquid in a few more minutes.
And this wraps up my two-part recap of the Grocery Showcase West. Hopefully this gives you some things to look for when you do your next grocery shopping!