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Trader Joe’s Mushroom Rice Noodle Bowl

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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Trader Joe's Mushroom Rice Noodle Bowl

There aren’t any Trader Joe’s in my area, so this edition of Food In Real Life comes to you courtesy of reader Emily Tanoury. Thanks Emily!

Looks: “Definitely no corn (although the written description on the back of the packaging never lists corn in the description) and you don’t really see those bits of rehydrated mushrooms. Also, there is not as much separation of the noodles and liquids as the picture depicts. These rice noodles suck up the broth, and the broth and the noodles are all the same color. In the picture the broth looks a little more of a rich brown.” 3 out of 5

Taste: “Wonderful-ness. Not overly salty, but definitely had a mushroom taste to it and the seasonings were quite good as well. The noodles absorbed most of the liquid, but it made it easy to eat with chop sticks. If you are looking for a soup, these noodle bowls definitely are not it, but if you are looking for sticky noodles, these are the best way to go. Missed the corn though.” 4.5 out of 5

Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

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Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken

These photos and descriptions come courtesy of reader Amy Hill.

Looks: “There’s some room for variation here, since you have packets of sauce/rice/chicken/vegetables and have to put them together yourself, so if the chicken doesn’t get as brown as on the package that might just be your fault for not following directions. Still, it looks almost exactly like the package (note that the IRL photo shows only one serving, while the package shows two).” 5 out of 5

Taste: “Sweet and spicy sauce; good amount of vegetables; not greasy at all. Better than a lot of Chinese takeout, even. My one complaint is that the servings are a bit small for the price.” 4.5 out of 5

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Kellogg’s Cinnabon Bar

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Today’s Food in Real Life submission comes from member Razor512:

Kellogg's Cinnabon Bar

Looks: “Compared to the packaging, it looks pretty close. The amount of filling looks accurate and apart from slight discoloration of some of the icing (due to it absorbing some of the oils from the pastry layer), the icing looks accurate also. Only downside for the look is that it looks smaller in real life than on the packaging (due to the perspective of the pastry shown on the wrapper as well as there being more horizontal rows of icing on the pastry).” 4.5 out of 5

Taste: “It tastes pretty good; the icing is slightly crispy while the rest of the pastry is soft. It has a good balance of flavors (where none are too overpowering compared to others).” 5 our of 5

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Healthy Choice Sweet Asian Potstickers

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Reader Dena Struchtemeyer sent in this review of Healthy Choice’s Sweet Asian Potstickers:

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Healthy Choice Sweet Asian Potstickers

“I recently tried Healthy Choice’s ‘Sweet Asian Potstickers’ meal. That was a mistake. Notice how the ‘sauce’ looks like sewage? Not a coincidence. By the time the meal was cooked, the rice, carrots and potstickers had become thoroughly soaked in the sauce. As a result, the entire thing tasted like a sickly-sweet soy sauce. Except that is, for the stuffing inside the potstickers. The concoction was so dry that it seemed almost shocking compared to the other soaked parts of the meal.”

“The potstickers aren’t even the same shape or color as on the box and the potsticker casing is so chewy that I almost flung half the meal across the room trying to eat it. That nice creamy on sauce on the box? It’s nonexistent. The nicely chopped green onions? They’re nonexistent too. The large chopped pieces of bell pepper? You guessed it, nonexistent. The whole thing was awful.”