If you are like millions of other Americans when you were a child you ate bags of Dorito chips. We would ride our bikes to the grocery store a couple of miles away and get cans of Coke and a bag of Taco Flavor Doritos. Mexican food was not on every street corner where I grew up on the East Coast like it is now. Sure there was Taco Bell and mom made those crispy Old El Paso taco kits you got at Safeway but that was the extent of our exposure to real Mexican food. Until I moved to the west coast as an adult did I really understand how interesting and diverse it can be.
I absolutely love Korean food. I love the spiciness of so many of their dishes and the wide variety of condiments you get with dishes like Bibimbap. As a kid, my father used to drive to a Korean market outside of Washington DC to buy kimchee because back in those days you couldn’t buy it at Safeway. He used to make Bulgogi at home all the time. We just ate it with rice and kimchee.
Trader Joe’s Tteok Bok Ki, Korean Spicy Stir Fried Rice Cakes Review – Trader Joe’s always searching the ends of the earth for the latest and greatest food trends. This time they turn their attention to Korea for a dish called Tteobokki (Although Trader Joe’s splits up the name as Tteok Bok Ki, according to people that know, either will work). This was all the buzz on Reddit a few weeks ago. People were freaking out about this product because from the packaging it looks awesome. Plus it’s VEGAN which is always a plus.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Feta Cheese Alternative Review – You know Trader Joe’s keeps pushing the Vegan envelope constantly. They keep pushing out a large variety of Vegan cheeses and to be honest I didn’t think they could pull off a decent Vegan Feta cheese but here we are and this is really a good clone to real sheep’s milk Feta cheese.
Trader Joe’s Vegetable Panang Curry Review – When I was a child, we lived in Thailand for two years. My father was working at the American Embassy in Bangkok. It is an experience I will never forget. Growing up in Maryland was an odd experience for a little kid. Things were so different than our cushy suburban life. It was very exotic to me. The smells and the food were what stood out to me the most. Even as an adult I can walk into an Asian market and get transported back to Thailand by the smells or the taste of a particular food. Those memories have never left me and it’s probably why I still eat Thai food whenever I can get the chance.
When I was growing up we ate a lot of margarine. We didn’t have a lot of money and butter was more expensive than the no-name margarine at the grocery store, plus there was a lot of bad press about how butter was clogging all of our arteries back then. Sugar was good. Fat was bad. This was the middle of the no fat movement and rice cakes and all those no fat products that tasted awful. Eventually, scientists figure out that many things like butter and olive oil can contain healthy amounts of fat and we moved back to butter and other fats.