Monthly Archives: January 2013

Special K Cracker Chips

special k cracker chips, sour cream and onion flavor

special k cracker chips, sour cream and onion flavor

Special K by Kellogg’s has just come out with these Cracker Chips.  Are they crackers, or are they chips?  Zach wanted to find out, especially if these could be a healthier alternative to other crackers and chips.

Sour cream and onion is a great snack flavor combination, and we were curious about the flavor impact in a product branded as “healthier,” since too often healthy can equal bland.  The flavor of these is salty, sweet (from the onion), and tangy (from the sour cream), and it balances well with the texture.  Crispy and light, the best way to describe the texture is like Pringles – softer than a traditional chip, but still with crunch.  If you want to try a new, healthy snack, Zach highly recommends these.  Let us know what you think of their other flavors!

Shorty’s Revenge by EJ Phair

(Always drink responsibly.  Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you.  For readers of a legal drinking age.)

shorty's revenge

shorty’s revenge

This beer, although hoppy, had a good edge to it.  The flavor of this amber was mild and paired well with my meal at EJ Phair.  Because it’s super specialty/local, it will take some searching for anyone outside of the East Bay to find any, so if you happen to see it, try it!

EJ Phair, Concord CA

With its own brews to support its restaurants, EJ Phair is one of the highlights of Todos Santos Plaza.  We come here often enough to have established our favorites.  Tonight we had a friend with us and wanted to share this place with her.  What made our evening more interesting was the trivia games – we had no idea Tuesday nights were Trivia Night!

lumpia

lumpia

We started with lumpia, one of the day’s specials.  EJ Phair’s version of lumpia was more like a fusion of the filipino staple with a Chinese egg roll.  The sauce was sweet and spicy, kind of like a typical sweet and sour sauce, but house-made.

french onion soup

french onion soup

The French onion soup was our favorite part of the meal.  Made with EJ Phair’s own IPA, it was well seasoned, had a great balance of salty, sweet, and savory, and the onions were tender.

caesar wrap

caesar wrap with garlic fries

Our friend ordered a Caesar wrap with chicken.  She asked for garlic fries instead of regular fries, and the garlic was fresh.

fish and chips

fish and chips

Zach ordered fish and chips.  Usually he gets jägerschnitzel but tonight he wanted to be different.

jagerschnitzel

jägerschnitzel

August got the jägerschnitzel, since she loves it too.  With a breaded, pounded pork loin, stewed cabbage, spätzle, and mushroom sauce, this is a fully house-made plate with lots of flavor.