Mango Juice vs Mango Juice

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Let’s begin by saying, it’s going to be hard not to be a bit biased with this showdown as I’ve grown up drinking Gina Mango Nectar Juice.

I recently saw this brand at the oriental store during our regular weekly groceries – Philippine Brand Mango Juice Nectar.

The 2 are both delicious.  I would pick either one of these 2 brands anytime to get my mango juice.  However, if I have to pick 1 winner.

I will have to choose the Gina Mango Nectar Juice for the following reasons:

  1. It has a richer mango taste.
  2. The texture is a bit thicker and tastes like it’s almost like a blended mango smoothie but not quite.
  3. The sweetness is closer to what it would naturally tastes like when you’re eating a naturally ripen mango.

The Philippine Brand Mango Juice Nectar was just a little bit sweeter for my taste.  But I do want to say that I have my other favorite flavors from this brand.  I will post those soon!

But please do not take my word for it, in picking the mango juice that you would buy.  If you happen to get either one of these, then you can be sure that you are getting a really good mango juice from the Philippines.  You might also prefer one over the other.   If you do get both and prefer the one brand over the other, then please make sure to leave a comment to let me know.

ASL 04.28.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure Quick Review

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Hello Kitty Choco Treasure (Chocolate + Toy Surprise) Quick Review:

  • Chocolate is on the plastic egg shell
  • It was enjoyable to unwrap the Hello Kitty wrapper
  • Chocolate taste was ok, nothing to be excited about.  I think kids would like it.
  • The prize is a roll of Hello Kitty stickers.

I don’t know if all prizes are stickers though.  I can tell you that I won’t buy another one to find out.  If I have a kid to give to, then I would reconsider.

ASL 03.15.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Marshmallow Matcha Flavor

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Hello Kitty Matcha (Green Tea) Marshmallow

The marshmallow has a firmness to it.  The filling inside is the matcha (green tea).
This was a bit too sweet for my taste.  I only ate 3 of these and had to put them away.  It really tasted just purely sugar.  Kids would seem to like it because of it being so sweet.  I say skip this if you see it at your local oriental store.

ASL 03.15.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Chicken BBQ Marinated in Sprite

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Chicken Barbeque (Filipino Style)

Before grilling, we marinated 4 chicken leg quarters with the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lemon – squeeze all the juice out
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • a drizzle of salt
  • 1/4 cup banana ketchup (yes, banana not tomato)
  • 3 cups of sprite (yes, the soda!)

Let it sit overnight in the fridge then grill the following day.

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Eat with rice and dip in spicy soy sauce vinegar.

Spicy soy sauce and vinegar (dipping sauce):

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sugarcane vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of dried chili pepper – or – use fresh chili pressed against into sauce using fork.

You can also drizzle the dripping sauce on the white rice.

ASL 03.04.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty 3-Piece Cookie Set

Hello Kitty 3-Piece Cookie Set from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck 
Price:  US $13.00

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As you have read in my previous blog, I’ve been trying to avoid eating the Hello Kitty cookies.  Two week later, I finally have taken the cookies out of the box and unwrapped them.

Please keep in mind that I ate it 2 weeks after I had bought it.  So my opinions below may have been a bit better if I had eaten it right away.

It is as pretty as what a Hello Kitty cookie could be.  I didn’t have that much expectation as you may have previously read, I saw these cookies as novelty items rather than actual food.   The experience of eating something so cute!  That type of novelty!

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I have finally taken a bite.  A few bites later, I had to put it down.  Let me explain…

The cookie was really sweet. It’s too sweet that it would be good to drink coffee to complement its sweetness.  I took a few bites and I had to put it down.  It was just really sweet for me.

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The cookie itself was crumbly.  Not as fresh as I had hoped.  But then that’s my fault for not eating it right away.  Maybe next time I’d eat it right away.

Overall I think the cookie was still ok.  But if I had a chance to go back to the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, then I would prefer to buy the Hello Kitty Macarons again instead of the cookies.

But I got to admit though, these cookies are much cuter than the macarons!

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ASL 03.02.2019 (Clearwater, FL)

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Hello Kitty Cookie Update

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A quick update on the Hello Kitty Cookies, that we’ve purchased this past Saturday, Feb 16th, are still inside the box and have not eaten.

I have been tempted several times to eat it.  But I want to wait to make sure I’m able to sit down, take pictures and really savor it.

We’ll see how long before I finally give in and answer it’s sweet calling.

Hello Kitty Macarons

Hello Kitty Macarons from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.
Price:  $16.00

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Hello Kitty Macarons

These cute macarons, not macaroons, didn’t stand a chance!
We thought we could wait before eating them because they were just so cute.  Nope!  I took one look and then hurriedly took a couple of photos.  Then that was it!  We ate all the macarons.  All 5 of them! I love Hello Kitty but I guess I love food more.

They were delicious!  I admit that at the beginning I didn’t expect much on flavor because I considered this food more of a novelty (edible) item, rather than actual dessert. I was surprised when I took my first bite.

Chris and I were splitting each macaron so that both of us could try each flavor.  So after my delightful first bite, I had to stop myself from eating the whole macaron before Chris could try it.  Now, I’m not saying that they have the best macarons because that would be an exaggeration.  To be honest, I haven’t eaten that many macarons in my life. However, I have had several macarons that were better than these cute pastries.  The bottomline is they were good and I would surely have them again.

Chris and I were not sure of the macarons’ flavors.  But here is a list of what we both believe to be the possible flavors:

  1. Red – Strawberry
    • It tasted like strawberry.  If we’re wrong, it could be cherry.  But our final answer is strawberry.
  2. White – Vanilla
    • I would really say that at first bite it tasted like vanilla.  But this was the one that has the subtlest of flavors among the 5.
  3. Blue – Chocolate
    • The filling tasted like chocolate.  It was really delicious.  I would want to eat another one of these.
  4. Orange – Pineapple
    • It’s a little bit tarty.  It tasted familiar. But the sourness made us lean towards pineapple. The second choice was mango, then orange was the very last of our guess.  But we both agreed with pineapple.
  5. Green – Green Tea (Matcha) or Pistachio
    • At first bite I thought it was green tea (matcha) but a few more small bites and it tasted a bit nutty. That’s why we thought that maybe this is pistachio and not green tea.

My favorites are:

  • Based on flavor:   Blue and Green Macarons — Strawberry would be the 2nd runner up.
  • Based on design:  Blue and White Macarons.  I love the shade of blue that they used on the blue macaron and I love the simple design of just having a cute bow on it.  The white one can’t be missed on design as to having the Hello Kitty face on it.
  • Both design and flavor:  The blue macaron came out as the winner for having both delicious flavor and cute simple design.

At the time of this writing, we have not eaten the Hello Kitty Cookies yet.  As soon as we get to eat them, I’ll try to post how they tasted.  I’m hoping it’s as good as this one.

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ASL 02.16.2019 (Tampa, FL)

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