Food Photo’s Friday

Just a disclaimer…none of these pictures are going to be well taken. They were just some quick snaps before running out the door or before anyone could catch me taking a picture of my food.  But it is basically everything I ate today!

So I started the day off with the breakfast of champions…BUDWEISER!! Didn’t I tell you guys? It’s part of the cleanse…..

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Tea was my best freakin friend today at work. And I know…it’s not homemade almond milk, but I figured since I’m trying to eschew nuts I would just avoid dealing with them altogether so I don’t get tempted.

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This stuff is seriously good. With some almond milk and stevia it smelled like a chocolate brownie.

2013-07-26 20.32.14I know…this is SERIOUSLY not pretty. The green guck is an avocado, lime with a big tomato and salt and pepper. The tomato was obviously bigger than the avocado and could not hold up its end of the guacamole.

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These are the tomatoes I’ve been noshing on. (Yea…I ate a whole container yesterday…don’t judge!)

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For dinner I had some leftover vegetables that needed to be cooked so I dry roasted some onions and green beans in the oven with salt, pepper and garlic…

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…and did the same with these brussels sprouts…might have forgotten about them though…The other bowl is some whipped avocado. I used it to mask the burnt-ness. :/

20130722_214107I would normally be having this deliciousness for dessert…which is just frozen bananas with some sunflower seed butter and chopped almonds and chocolate chips on top. All that burned dinner really made me crave something sweet. 😦

20130722_214110I mean, just look at it…

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LOOK AT IT!!!

So luscious and creamy…

This cleanse is not making me crazy I swear!

Happy Friday!

Food Photo Friday

A few pics from my 4th of July..

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Some awesome cuban corn in the making

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Wine, cilantro and queso blanco.

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Beer and meat…I don’t eat either!

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Bunny food and guac…that’s more like it.

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Not gonna lie though…I pulled the bacon off a few of those jalapeno poppers and had a few of those bad boys. Sometimes you gotta live dangerously.

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To the 4th and to the weekend!

Divine’s Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate

I’ve been on a roll with Divine’s chocolate lately…it was on sale at Wegmans, and then while I was walking to class the other day, I noticed my university was offering it in vending machines! And for how much? Two bucks! So tight. Best believe I stocked up on that.

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Taste: A

Ever so slightly lighter (at 68% cocoa minimum) than my usual 70% dark chocolates, this was smooth and sweet (sweeter for a dark chocolate lover). The almonds added a crunchy texture and the sweetness of the currants cut the bitterness of the dark cocoa. It was a bit softened because it was kept in my backpack in my warm car, but I think that actually helped! The bar wasn’t melty, but bendy…if you have ever experienced that with your chocolate. Haha. I think I might have a new way to enjoy chocolate. Anyways, I certainly recommend this crunchy, fruity bar to anyone!

I mean, just look at that texture…

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Look at it!!

Presentation: A

Like I’ve said in my previous reviews of Divine’s chocolate, this is no different.

Price: A/B

Well, if you go to a college that sells this chocolate in a vending machine for $2 bucks, then you got yourself a nice deal pal. However, I have a feeling most of you lovely readers will be getting this from a supermarket, where it ranges from $2.50-$4.

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Ethical Bonus!

Divine’s slogan is “Heavenly Chocolate with a Heart” and as I stated earlier the script within the wrapper not only explains how the company was started, but also how it is a Fair Trade Certified company.

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One more time 🙂

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Divine’s Mint Dark Chocolate

Ahh I got a whiff of minty freshness as soon as I tore open the wrapper!

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Taste: A

 

Unlike their Orange and Ginger flavor, this mint specks in this bar are crunchy and light, so you don’t have to worry about them sticking to your teeth and trying to wedge them out with your tongue! The chocolate was dark and smooth, and the crunchy bits of mint added a great texture without taking away from the experience. It was a light velvety smooth, and almost evaporated in your mouth. I find it amazing that Divine can accomplish this with dark chocolate. This is great for a peppermint lover, but if you don’t like mint, stay away!

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Presentation: A

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Just as I said in my previous post, I like their eye catching designs and gold foil (who doesn’t like shiny things?). The designs apparently are traditional west African symbols that are used on hand made crafts and each has its own meaning. It’d be interesting to know what each meant (probably subliminal messages…EAT ME, HERSHEYS SUCK ETC).

 

Price: B

 

$2.50 – $4.00 a 3.5oz. bar, depending on where you buy from.

 

Ethical Bonus!

Divine’s slogan is “Heavenly Chocolate with a Heart” and as I stated earlier the script within the wrapper not only explains how the company was started, but also how it is a Fair Trade Certified company.

 

 

Reader Feedback: Have you ever tried Divine’s Mint Dark Chocolate? If so, tell me what you think!

Trader Joe’s 70% Dark Chocolate Coconut Caramel

I love that this line of TJ’s chocolate is all 70% or more. Lately I’ve been striving to get chocolate with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more because I’ve been cutting back on my sugar and after 68%, a very good amount of that bar is cocoa as opposed to sugar. Plus, you get more of the actual benefits of cocoa if more of the bar is cocoa anyways!

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Ingredients

Taste: A

The chocolate itself was smooth, but a significant portion of the bar was caramel and coconut! That definitely defeated the purpose of my 70% cocoa goal, but that does not mean I didn’t enjoy it! The dark, richness of the chocolate melded deliciously with the creamy, slightly salted caramel and coconut flakes. The coconut flakes add texture and an ever so slight crunch. I would recommend this bar to someone who occasionally dabbles in dark chocolate (because the bitterness of the cocoa is offset by the caramel and coconut, so it is easier for someone whose palate is used to a milkier fare) and anyone who loves caramel!

Caramel-y blocks

Yum

The coconut caramel filling was very melt-y, so make sure you are close by a napkin or wet wipes. You can’t tell by the picture because I had it in the freezer, but take my word for it!

Presentation: B 

Plain foil wrap sorta takes away from the quirky, cute box.

(*Note: My take on presentation is solely for sh*ts and giggles. Like it even matters when you finish the thing in 3 minutes anyways?)

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 Price: A

At $1.99 for a 3oz. delicious bar, you can’t beat that.

Get yourself to a Trader Joe’s ASAP!

Reader Feedback: Have you ever had Trader Joe’s 70% Dark Chocolate Coconut Caramel? If so, tell me what you think!