Drink with Me: Pepsi Sakura

Hello! So I was pretty upset when I found out Pepsi released a ‘Sakura’ flavour in Japan for Spring after we returned back to Melbourne. Thus I was super excited when I found a bottle at Tokyo Hometown, which by the way is an amazing Japanese store in the CBD that can cure post-Japan snack cravings haha ♥

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While the drink was a super cute pink with a pretty design, the taste unfortunately did not live up to its hype.

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting but the resulting flavour of Pepsi and Cherry Blossom ended up tasting rather odd. At first sip, you are met with the familiar fizzy sensation of Pepsi, but are then suddenly left with an overwhelming taste of too much sugar and a tinge of a peach aftertaste.

Overall, I was quite bummed by this but hey, it was a fizzy drink and I still ended up finishing the whole thing ♥

 

Eat with Melody & Irene: Giant Pocky!

Hello hello! If you follow my instagram, you would know that I went to Japan earlier this year with Ash. Being the food-crazy person I am, I came home with a suitcase and 8kg shipped package filled with snacks hehe. While I have heard not so great reviews about the Giant Pocky …it was too much of a novelty not to pass up.

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So here’s another Eat with Me post, featuring one of my coolest friends, Irene ♥ Her thoughts and opinions will be coloured in purple. 

For those travelling to Japan, you can buy Giant Pocky at the Glico Store, located at Tokyo Station. I definitely recommend checking out Tokyo Station to see all the wonderful and delicious souvenirs you can buy. I actually visited Tokyo Station alone, as Ash was too busy exploring Nakano Broadway, so I had no one to control my crazy shopping spree hehe. It was definitely awkward carrying so many bags on the train ride back woops.

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From left to right, we have Chocolate, Melon, Grape, Strawberry and Matcha. All pretty normal flavours hey?

As you can see, the giant pocky are individually wrapped in colours that represent the tasty flavours inside. You get 3 of each flavour, so there’s a total of 15 Giant Pocky in a box! Keep that in mind if you were planning on sharing it or not!

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First up, Grape and Matcha! Of course, the Matcha was delicious and reminded me of the good ol’ normal sized versions. Except with considerably more biscuit in a bite.

Grape tasted just like someone had taken a grape candy, melted it, and then dipped a pocky biscuit stick into it. Which wasn’t altogether a bad thing, once you got over the slight strangeness of a ‘grape biscuit stick’. While I agree with Irene, I actually really liked the unique flavour of Grape instantly – although this may be because I love grape candies too heh. The grape pocky was tangy, and also had tsubu tsubu on it, which are like little clumps of (?flavour) over it which gave the pocky an interesting texture.

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Next we have Chocolate and Strawberry, both which are flavours that are already quite well known. Like matcha, both of these taste like their regular sized versions, just in jumbo size and more biscuit. The strawberry pocky also had tsubu tsubu, which always gives it an extra layer of texture and taste! I definitely always prefer pocky that have tsubu tsubu over any smooth coated one.

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Finally, we have the strangest flavour in the box …melon!

Melon was the same as Grape – it tasted exactly how it was meant to, and was quite nice, though after trying it it became clearer why matcha, chocolate and strawberry were the standard flavours. This definitely wasn’t one of my favourite flavours, but as Irene said, it tasted how it was meant to – fruity and melon~y.

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So there you have it – 5 different flavoured pocky in jumbo size! Would I buy them again? Probably not for self consumption, but maybe as a novelty gift or souvenir to bring back from Japan! As the matcha, strawberry and chocolate (not sure about grape) are all readily available in Australia in regular sized form (which is definitely more of a convenient size for snacking), I think I’ll just with that for now!

Overall, a very exciting foray into the exciting world of pocky variations.

Eat with Melody: Frico Cheese!

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Frico

Hello hello! How have you been? As you can see I’ve just been stuffing my face as usual…..
So, ofc when I heard about Frico‘s cheese campaign, I jumped on it, not wanting to miss out on the chance to eat.

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Being expert cheese makers since 1898, Frico creates a range of high quality Dutch cheeses, all which are made from the milk of Friesian cows (and goat!). I’ve personally never had the opportunity to taste Dutch cheese, so I was very excited when Frico sent over 5 different cheeses for me to taste hehe. Of course, I included Ash in my cheese tasting and we came up with a few different recipes to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable!

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With the huge range of cheeses available, there was NO way that Ash and I weren’t going to whip up some burgers! But before I get to that exciting part of the post, here are some other delicious concoctions I made with Frico cheese.

Reuben Sandwiches using Frico Maasdam Cheese

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Since Maasdam is the Dutch interpretation of Swiss cheese, we thought Reubens would be a good idea to chuck them in, which was perfect as they were pretty delicious melted over some corned beef brisket. We made these in a hurry (as we were late to something woops), and we were finished in about 10-15 minutes. So definitely recommend giving this is a shot if you’re after a quick and delicious lunch/dinner.

To make, butter up some Dark Rye bread on the outside, then add in corned beef brisket, sauerkraut, russian dressing (or thousand island like us if you live in Aus and can’t find any) and Frico Maasdam cheese. Stack it up and grill in your sandwich press until ready. Easy! (NB: In the picture above, the cheese slices are cut a bit too thick, so if you’re going to give this a shot, we recommend doing it thinner so they melt more)

Baked Pastries using Frico Chevrette Cheese

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This is mild Chevrette cheese, which is in Frico’s premium line of goat cheeses. Now, don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love cheese, but I really just can’t stomach goat cheese ….in fact, I can’t stomach goat anything to be honest lol! THANKFULLY, Ash ain’t so picky so he enjoyed these Chevrette filled pastries by himself hehe.

To make, cut some puff pastry in to squares. Then fill with diced bacon, spinach, seasoning and Frico Chevrette cheese. Fold pastry over in to triangles, then give it a good egg wash! Bake in the oven at 180°c for 25 minutes or until golden.

Chicken Quesadillas using Frico Dutched Spiced Gouda Cheese

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Frico’s dutch spiced gouda was probably one of my favourite cheeses, and thus this meal is easily one of my favourites and I will definitely be making it again (already had it for lunch and dinner the following day lol). The gouda is cleverly infused with aromatic cumin, and thus gives a unique spicy taste. I saw a recipe that paired cumin, chicken and gouda, so I was like HEY, I have two of those ingredients in ONE lol. Anyway..

Spread some sour cream on half of the wrap, then add in some cos baby lettuce, shredded spiced* chicken fillet, chopped tomatoes, salsa sauce (I used a bottle of Old El Paso), and Frico’s Dutch Spiced Gouda. Fold it over, and chuck it in the sandwich press until the wrap is crunchy. Serve hot!

*I seasoned the chicken fillet with corn flour, paprika, chilli powder, oregano, garlic powder and black pepper. 

Beatbox-inspired Burgers using Frico Gouda Cheese

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Now, I must say that these are Beatbox’s Raph-inspired burgers because of a few things. Firstly, Raph doesn’t add bacon but we lovee our bacon so we decided to add that in anyway. He also doesn’t garnish with pickles, but pickles are awesome so whatever! And lastly, we screwed up making Raph’s stereo sauce due to a lack of mechanical whisk and lack of man power to manually whisk lol. Alas, since Frico did supply us with Gouda, and Beatbox burgers use Gouda, we decided to made our own interpretation of the Raph burger anyway.

Before assembly, get your bacon crispy and melt a slice of Frico’s Gouda cheese on your beef patty while grilling it. Starting with your bun, lather some burger sauce*, beef, cheese, bacon (optional), onion, tomato, lettuce, then ending with your top bun. Optional: Serve with healthy-ish fruity drinks that have 50% fruit juice cos this burg has SALAD in it and is therefore considered healthy in our books lol!

*Due to my legal binding obligations to Ash as a girlfriend, I cannot reveal the ingredients to his secret burger sauce.

Very Cheesyburgers and Loaded Cheese Fries using Frico Smoked Processed Cheese

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So out of the pack we received, we were most excited to try the Smoked Processed Cheese, which yes, has been smoked in the traditional way (unlike other smoked cheeses we’ve tried)! Reminiscent of Ziggy and Mr Burger, we attempted to whip up some cheese sauce burgers and, my favourite trucker fries! As this meal was a lot more unhealthy than the previous one, we accompanied it with some good ol’ Dr Peppies.

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Starting with the bun, chuck in your beef patty, bacon, onions, pickle, cheese sauce*, and finish with the top bun.

*Created by melting down some grated smoked processed cheese with corn flour and evaporated milk. Frustratingly, our cheese sauce was a little clumpy due to our inattention to the melting process, and a potentially insufficient amount of evapo milk (read: very insufficient).

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To make these delicious and unhealthy loaded fries, cook your fries until golden and crispy. Season them before drowning them in the same cheese sauce as above, burger sauce and delicious diced bacon.

Verdict? I’m definitely gonna try make these loaded fries again… with more evapo milk haha.

Woah! Now that was a whole lot of cheesy cheesy meals that I just wrote about hehe. If you’re going to grab a packet of Frico cheese, you can head to your local Woolworths to find them in the deli section! Please let me know in the comments below if you whip up something fun and delicious ♥