Food Review: Perk!er Gluten Free Foods Saturday, Aug 2 2014 

After experiencing some bloating induced (I thought) by bread and pasta, I started dabbling with gluten free foods. Whether the bloating is down to genuine gluten intolerance or just being a bit of a piggie I still can’t say. However, reducing one’s gluten intake can never be a bad thing, as it’s said to contribute to increased energy levels, fewer stomach cramps, and less bloating. If you do decide to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet or even go completely gluten-free, the bulk of your diet should still consist of natural foods, such as fish, fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, and naturally gluten-free grains (like quinoa). Nonetheless, even those going gluten-free are only human, and will occasionally miss things like pasta, bread, and cake. While I’m still experimenting with this, I hear that Dove’s provides a good range of gluten-free flour, and I’ve had promising results so far with gluten-free pasta from a French supermarket brand, Carrefour.

As the gluten-free market gains traction, more and more brands are appearing to satiate people’s desires even while cutting out certain foods. Perk!er is one of these brands, and they very kindly sent me some of their gluten-free products to test recently. For breakfast, their golden syrup porridge pot – perfect for the road – and their apple, cinnamon and raisin box of porridge oats, for mornings when you have a bit more time. The porridge pot is a mere 230 calories per pot, so brilliant for those watching their weight, as it’ll keep you full for ages without the bloating while still delivering a hit of sweetness. At between £1.25 and £1.50 a pot depending on where you buy (Ocado, Tesco or Asda are your main choices), it won’t break the bank either and is comparable to the price of other porridge pots.

The ‘slow food’ breakfast option is equally promising, with the cinnamon, apple and raisin porridge box providing a satisfying start to your day. It’s tasty, healthy, and will keep you full without stomach cramps threatening to spoil your morning. However, as it has no added sugar, some people may find it’s not sweet enough for their tastes, so feel free to add a cheeky spoonful of honey or fructose if you like. At £4.25 a box, though, this is significantly more expensive than many other boxes of similar weight, so perhaps this is one to be bought more sparingly (although Tesco are currently offering 25% discount, so maybe it’s worth looking out for offers).

Finally, for those ‘naughty but nice’ moments, I was sent a pot of Perk!er’s Rocky Road Bites. At 59 calories per ‘bite’, these are comparable energy-wise to ‘normal’ Rocky Road, but encouragingly seem to contain far fewer ingredients than traditional recipes. Again, at around £2 a pot, these won’t make your wallet scream and are not a million miles away from the price of the usual products. They are also DELICIOUS (very important), and as with all of Perk!er’s products, you wouldn’t know they were gluten-free from their taste.

I’d therefore perhaps eschew the porridge boxes unless I could find them on offer, but would definitely go for the porridge pots and snack pots for healthier and affordable alternatives to traditional products. Thanks, Perk!er 🙂

The Breakfast Bible (Seb Emina et al) Wednesday, Jul 10 2013 

–The blurb–

“When it comes to the most important meal of the day, this is the book to end all books, a delectable selection of recipes, advice, illustrations and miscellany. The recipes in the robust volume begin with the iconic full English – which can mean anything as long as there are eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, black pudding, bread, potatoes and beans involved – before moving confidently on to more exotic fare such as kedgeree, omelette Arnold Bennett, waffles, American muffins, porridge, roast peaches, channa masala from India, borek from the Balkans and pães de queijo from South America. There are also useful tips like the top songs for boiling an egg to, and how to store mushrooms. Interspersing the practicalities of putting a good breakfast together are essays and miscellanies from a crack team of eggsperts. Among them are H.P. Seuss, Blake Pudding, Poppy Tartt and Malcolm Eggs, who offer their musings on such varied topics as forgotten breakfast cereals of the 1980s, famous last breakfasts and Freud’s famous Breakfast Dream. Whether you are a cereal purist, a dedicated fan of eggs and bacon or a breakfast-aficionado with a world view, The Breakfast Bible is the most important book of the day.”

–The review–

My husband often jokes that he did well to marry a Brit, as the breakfasts in other countries are rubbish. He says this while being French (so no “but what about croissants?” will change his mind) and while travelling extensively around Europe for work (so he has had plenty of time to be won over by other countries’ dubious displays of selections of ham and cheese). However, even he has to admit that the brilliantly-researched Breakfast Bible, by Seb Emina and co, will open up any reader’s eyes to a range of culinary possibilities from around the world.

Beautiful photographs are interspersed with witty (yes, really) puns, historical tidbits, food quizzes, culinary horoscopes and amusing diversionary lists (including songs to eat while cooking/eating breakfast – although somehow they forgot the blindingly obvious Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something). This, of course, does not stop the range of reliable and easy-to-follow recipes from being centre stage. As well as expanding on one’s knowledge of the full English breakfast (who would have thought that a mixture of oats, yeast and water would lift bacon and sausages to even greater heights?), other breakfast foodstuffs enter stage left to mix up our breakfasts throughout the week (for example, Persian eggs, made with saffron and halloumi, make a nice change).

So the book expands horizons, makes us laugh, and fills our bellies in even more ways than before. So what? What makes The Breakfast Bible different to other food books?

Seb Emina’s accessible and drily humorous style, along with that of his co-writers, is clearly part of it. However, it can’t be the only reason that this book never gets put back on the shelf, taking up permanent residency on our breakfast table to be consulted regularly. On the practical side, it also deals with cooking techniques, such as how to buy your raw ingredients to ensure you’re always getting food to fit your requirements. However, it’s Emina’s unique take on this that makes the book memorable: who else would tell you to not use an egg timer, but instead to cook along with a song, meaning that by the time it’s over your egg will be cooked just how you like it? Short essays on certain aspects of our British breakfasting history (such as class at the breakfast table) also help to give an even rounder and fuller understanding and impression of the meaning behind the meal. All of this takes place without ever feeling chaotic or losing readability. All tastes are also catered for, whether you’re on a health kick or throwing caution to the wind, whether you’re refined or trashy (Pac-Man cereal, anyone?), and whether you’re traditional or adventurous.

Perhaps more important, though, is the non-politically-correct yet inclusive view of breakfast presented by this diverse collection. Perhaps even in time it will help to draw my husband back to his own homeland’s breakfasts thanks to Emina’s recipes for pains au chocolat, croissants, and French toast. Meanwhile, him indoors is just grateful to have been steered clear of the Glamorgan sausage (suffice it to say that hard-core meat-eaters will be very disappointed by what sounds initially like a carnivore’s dream) – and as I sink back into a tea-induced stupor (tea from China, for what it’s worth), I’ll send you on your way with a simple bon dégustation – and a recommendation to buy this book.

cross-posted to Bianca’s Book Blog

Breakfast in…Philadelphia Sunday, Jun 2 2013 

Our first ever trip to Philadelphia, and we went there for breakfast. And what an excellent breakfast it turned out to be.

On a recommendation from a member of Fodors.com, we chose the Blue Cat Restaurant for its excellent brunch menu and its proximity to both the railway station and the Barnes Collection (a museum that we both wanted to visit). Located a short cab ride from 30th Street Station (you could walk, but being new to the city and having a timed ticket for the museum meant we didn’t want to take our chances), the Blue Cat Restaurant is bathed in sunlight thanks to enormous windows which give you an excellent view of the street – perfect for people-watching travellers like us. The staff are friendly, efficient and helpful, and we were soon settled with a large jug of iced water and a couple of menus. We were surprised that the place was relatively empty for 9.45 on a Saturday morning, but we figure it’s the city’s loss.

The memory of an excellent vegan soup at Au Pain Quotidien in 2012 meant that the Blue Cat’s selection of soups was definitely tempting – from spiced tomato and seafood soup to black bean soup with onion and lime, there’s something for everyone. Salads are also available, as are grilled sandwiches. However, we decided to go down a more traditional route, ordering ranch eggs and homefries (him), and cinnamon French toast (me). The staff are also flexible: I don’t like bananas, which the French toast normally comes with (I’m weird, OK?), so I asked if it could be served without. Not only did they accommodate this request by removing the bananas, but they also topped the toast instead with delicious strawberries, which made it perfect for me. Portions are extremely generous, too. Remember what your parents told you about never eating anything bigger than your own face? At the Blue Cat, you can forget that rule:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile the bread possibly could have been a tad chewier, the combination of flavours (maple syrup, strawberries, nuts, icing sugar, cinnamon…) was such a wonderful haze of sweetness, sharpness and spice that one can easily forgive them that. The ranch eggs also got a thumbs up, as did the fresh fruit juice – even though it’s $4 a glass, it’s freshly squeezed, and again the serving size is generous.

At some point the large winOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdows and beating sunshine became a problem, as it really did get quite toasty where we were sitting, but we were able to move without incident. The sunshine and background jazz, though, proved incredibly relaxing and satisfying in combination with the excellent food. We topped this off with an espresso each, which set us up for our trip to the museum (staff were even able to give us directions). Costing us $34 in total before tax, this also wasn’t bad value for money at all – especially as it kept us full for a good six hours, before we needed refuelling with snacks from the Whole Foods Market (more of which another time).

Overall, we enjoyed our short trip to Philadelphia so much that we are already planning another, longer visit in future, where we can explore even more of the Fodorites’ recommendations for brunch, which are as follows:

  • Rembrandts (741 N. 23rd St.)
  • Garden Restaurant @ The Barnes Collection (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
  • Sabrina’s (1804 Callowhill Street; 227 N34th St; 910 Christian Street)
  • London Grill (2301 Fairmount Avenue)

As for us, though, the Blue Cat definitely has a strong place now in our affections.

1921 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

www.bluecatrestaurant.com/

Breakfast in…DC Sunday, May 19 2013 

Our recent stay in Washington DC saw us breakfast in some of the city’s finest establishments. Here’s our rundown of the highs, and the lows, of our breakfasts.

Starting from the bottom:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACOSI (numerous locations). Despite its assertion that ‘life should be delicious’, the chain isn’t able to follow through with this consistently. While the flavour combinations presented in its porridge are positive, texture-wise it proved watery and gloopy. Fruit juice is of low quality and not kept sufficiently cold. Equally, while its bagels and Squagels (square bagels…in case you hadn’t twigged) are brilliant toasted and offer traditional flavourings as well as newer, more innovative ones (cranberry and orange, anyone?), staff look at you suspiciously if you just want a plain toasted bagel/Squagel with nothing on it, and the chain’s complex ordering system means that ordering can be confusing (as evidenced by trying to order a cinnamon/raisin Squagel at the same time as the bacon and egg Squagel…instead of getting the two separately, you may find that the order is combined into one revolting mixture). Staff do not always speak good English, making placing your order even more of a challenge. 3/10

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFIREHOOK BAKERY (numerous locations). This place is clearly known more for its biscuits and cakes than its breakfast thanks to its vast array of these items even early in the morning. (The sugar cookies are delicious, by the way.) This was perhaps evident in the quality of its muffins and pastries, which was slightly sub-par. Staff were also confused by the concept of me ordering two single espressos (yes…that’s one for me and one for my husband…who happens to be still sat at the table with our stuff…). A solid start that still requires further improvements. 5/10

AU PAIN QUOTIDIEN (numerous locations). Always a good mainstay while in the US – this place serves high-quality pastries and freshly squeezed fruit juices as well as a variety of take-home breakfast foodstuffs, such as granola. The atmosphere is lively and the decoration rustic. Service is fast-paced in some branches to accommodate the many commuters coming through the door, and this can mean that service is less friendly than in other outlets. Nevertheless, a good experience every time. We even forgive it for being Belgian. 8/10

G STREET FOOD (1706 G St NW). The best breakfast we had in DC combines old favourites, such as omelettes or bagels, with Vietnamese classics, such as Banh Mi. Coffee is among the best we found in DC, service is fast and friendly, and food is cooked right in front of you. The only criticism? The selection of fresh fruit juices perhaps needs to be widened. 9/10

So…moral of the story…go for the independent guys over the chains. You won’t regret it!

Oatcakes! Thursday, Mar 14 2013 

I’ve talked about Welsh cakes on this blog before, and also several other kinds of cakes (probably). But this morning I got served one I’d never tried before…a NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE OATCAKE. This is because my husband has been reading Seb Emina’s Breakfast Bible and getting ideas.

So what is an oatcake exactly? It actually has more to do with a pancake than a cake, with you making up a batter in a similar way. Mix together water and milk and separately prepare some yeast with sugar and warm water until frothy. Mix the yeast liquid with salt, flour and oatmeal before incorporating the water and milk mixture. Leave to rest for at least an hour in a warm place, so perhaps do this the night before if you plan on an oatcake breakfast the following day. Cook just like pancakes, but take 2-3 minutes for each side.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? We’d recommend making sure your pan is well-greased, as our first one stuck a bit this morning.

And the verdict? We noted several good things about oatcakes. They are more like savoury crêpes (what the French call “galettes de sarrasin”), so can be served with a variety of savoury crêpe style toppings, such as bacon, cheese, sausage, ham, or egg. I reckon a poached egg is a great idea so that you have a good combination of textures (the runny yolk of a poached egg hitting the crispiness of the oatcake must be a beautiful thing). The fact that oatcakes contain oats (WELL, OBVIOUSLY) also means they are uber-filling, so great for getting you through a busy morning at work while breaking up the monotonous routine of porridge, cereal or normal pancakes. Plus, speaking of busy mornings, the fact that they are so filling means that you only need one each, meaning less time spent at the cooker when you could be chatting at the table. And drinking tea. (Speaking of which…)

So go on – get your oatcake on 🙂  And if you try any new adventurous toppings, be sure to let me know 🙂

Cereal, French-style Sunday, Nov 11 2012 

One of the things we always stock up on when visiting the UK is cereal. With muesli in France typically costing a minimum of €3.75 for a large box of around 750g, and other cereals not coming in at much better (the lower-priced ones, even the supermarket own brands, tend to be either heavily commercialised or based on brand-name products, and are often full of sugar), the offers we see on cereal in the UK are very welcome (2kg of Jordans cereal for £4? YES PLEASE.).

So when I saw this cereal on buy-one-get-one-free on offer in our local supermarket recently, I jumped at it:

This is a form of Quaker Life cereal which doesn’t appear to be sold in Britain or the US. I normally like those cereals with the freeze-dried strawberries in, so felt hopeful. However, when I opened it this morning I was disappointed to find that it was just unbearably sweet: the cereal flakes on their own might be alright, but the strawberries seemed overly sugary and artificially flavoured, while the chunks of oats are probably fused together with sugar as well. Not what you would expect for a brand that is most famous for its oat cereals and which promotes a healthy lifestyle with a good start to the day (this cereal in particular also promises to lower cholesterol – but with the amount of sugar it must contain, I seriously doubt it would). I’ll be keeping this one to apportion into snack boxes to have when the 4pm munchies hit me, I suspect.

Worryingly this all makes sense given that the website for our local supermarket lists cereals and other breakfast foodstuffs under “épicerie sucrée”: namely, “sweet groceries”. That probably explains why the French think the concept of sausage sandwiches for breakfast is so weird.

So what do we usually have for our breakfast cereal here in France and what does it cost us? Here are the ones we most often go for:

MONOPRIX CORNFLAKES – €1,61/375g

Probably the cheapest option, this is the supermarket own brand version of Kelloggs cornflakes. My parents aren’t big brand-name buyers, but Kelloggs cornflakes is one of the few things they do always have in – and when they tasted these, their reaction was highly favourable. Definitely a good basic to have around – but sadly, the amount of air in any packet of cornflakes means a box doesn’t last as long as, say, muesli (of which there is usually more anyway, with muesli being sold here in boxes of at least 500g).

 

 

KELLOGGS CORNFLAKES – €2,02/375g

Basically the same as the Monoprix version, but 41 cents more. We only buy this if it’s on offer or the Monoprix own brand isn’t available.

 

 

MONOPRIX ORGANIC MUESLI – €2,22/375g

We should actually really get this one more often. With 25% fruit and 4 different grain types, it’s really quite filling and is possibly one of the most affordable mueslis out there (although at €5,92 a kilo, it’s actually more expensive than Jordans muesli kilo for kilo). It also comes in a handy pouring pouch that’s properly resealable, so is great for breakfasts on the go, and it’s probably this that you pay the extra money for.

 

 

JORDANS ORGANIC MUESLI – €3,45/500g

As with Quaker, Jordans’ range varies between countries, with a much wider offering being available in the UK (I went to their website to see if the organic muesli was available, and found that it wasn’t, but am still there drooling over their other choices). To my mind this is one of the best supermarket mueslis going, as it remains uncorrupted by those evil banana pieces.

 

 

JORDANS SPECIAL MUESLI – €3,75/750g

Yes, we are Jordans addicts in this house – and that’s even without the full range offered in Britain. This box obviously lasts us longer but enables us taking more of a hit at the checkout (as well us giving us a heavier box to carry home). Plus, even though it’s 33% fruit and nuts (definitely an advantage), it does contain the evil banana pieces for me to pick out.

 

 

JORDANS COUNTRY CRISP – €3,95/550g

The grandaddy of them all price-wise, it’s probably also the most sugary and the worst value for money, seeing as you only get 550g in the box. This box would probably last us about five days, meaning a last-minute dash to the supermarket on Friday night (NICE). While the pecan and maple syrup flavours are amazing, I’m not sure if it’s worth nearly €4 a box – especially as there’s also no dried fruit in this one, only nuts. And in the UK, this is priced at a mere £2 a box! How is that fair?!

Having surveyed our supermarket website to find our regular cereals for you, I’ve definitely learned a few things. Bigger branded boxes, or any own-brand box, is going to be better than the smaller offerings from the big names. A no-brainer really. Plus, some of the other supermarket own-brand cereals that I haven’t tried before now are definitely worth me checking out next time I’m there. I’ll be steering clear of Quaker Life for sure – but as I tell my husband every time I bring home something new and suspicious-looking, if we don’t like it, we don’t have to buy it again. Simples.

Battle of the bars Sunday, Jun 24 2012 

When I’m not Graze-ing, I have to find other portable, affordable, healthy snacks to keep me going while on French soil. Cereal bars here are typically the full-of-sugar type made by major cereal companies, with little available in the way of genuine alternatives. Of course I have tried plenty of these myself and often been left dissatisfied, even with products from brands whose normal cereals I usually enjoy.

So some of the bars below were recommended to me by friends, while others have been sussed out by me while trying to ignore the tunnel of love (a.k.a. the biscuit aisle*) in the supermarket. But which ones are the best? How much do they really cost, and more importantly, how much fat and sugar do they contain? Are you really getting a healthy alternative? (FYI, the percentages below refer to a woman’s guideline daily amount, or GDA, of sugar and saturated fat.) And even more importantly, do the healthiest actually taste nice?

Allow me to take you through a selection of my faves.

9 bars

How many varieties does it come in? 5: original, organic, pumpkin seed, nutty, and flax

How much fat and sugar? The original bar contains 5g of saturated fat (25%) and 13.1g (14.5%) sugar. These amounts obviously vary for the other bars.

Where can I buy them and how much do they cost? 9 Bars are stocked at a wide variety of UK supermarkets (including Waitrose, Asda and Tesco), but your best bet is to try Morrison’s or Holland and Barrett, who each stock 3 varieties out of the 5. On average, a bar costs about 99p (but you can get them as low as 87p a bar if you shop online).

How do they taste? Maybe not all of the seeds are individually detectable in their flavours, but their flavours combine to make a pleasing ‘whole’. The layer of carob is great for chocoholics who need a fix while on their diet! Slightly sticky (but not inconveniently so). Possibly too sweet for some.

NAKD bars

How many varieties does it come in? The ‘Nudie’ bars (i.e. their most basic line; see left) come in around 9 flavours (some places stock discontinued flavours): Banana Bread, Apple Pie, Berry Delight, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Orange, Pecan Pie, Ginger Bread, and Cashew Cookie.

How much fat and sugar? Obviously the cocoa ones are likely to contain more. The Berry Delight bar, for instance, though, contains 16g sugar (18%) and 1g of saturated fat (5%). I was surprised by the higher sugar level, but that (I hope) comes from the natural sugars present in the fruit used.

Where can I buy them and how much do they cost? They’re available in all major supermarkets, plus at Jonathan Graves and Holland & Barrett. At supermarkets you’re more likely to find the multipacks, but a narrower range of flavours, whereas the health food stores tend to sell single bars only, with no offers on them – but you get a wider variety. Prices start at 49p online, but rise to 75p as a minimum in shops. Multipacks start from £2.29 for a packet of 4.

How do they taste? Surprisingly, not as sweet as the 9 Bars, despite the higher levels of sugar. Packed with natural flavour. A slightly strange but pleasing texture somewhere between a jelly sweet and a biscuit.

Trek Bars

How many varieties does it come in? 3 – cocoa brownie, peanut and oat, and mixed berry.

How much fat and sugar? As these bars are made by the same guys as NAKD, let’s compare like with like, taking the stats from Trek’s mixed berry bar. This contains 30g sugar per bar (33%), and no saturated fat whatsoever. However, these weigh 68g compared to NAKD’s slightly-meagre-by-comparison 35g. In the end, there isn’t much in it – per 100g, NAKD’s Berry Delight bars contain 47g of sugar, whereas the Trek bars contain 44.

Where can I buy them and how much do they cost? The stockists are the same as above, but you’re more likely to find them at Holland and Barrett than anywhere else, where they’re £1.49 a bar.

How do they taste? The only one I’ve tried – the peanut and oat – carried both flavours through distinctively and successfully. Tasted natural and not too heavy or greasy. Sweet, but not overly so. A hint of an almost ‘caramelized’ flavour is present.

Original Crunchy Bars (Honey and Almond)

How many varieties does it come in?
Just the one you see here – although coconut and even butterscotch versions are rumoured to exist.

How much fat and sugar? Each bar contains 1.3g saturated fat (so 6.5%) and 8.8g sugar (9.7%). So these come in lower on the saturated fat scale than the other bars, but typically higher on the sugar content.

Where can I buy them and how much do they cost? They are occasionally available as single bars for around 45p. However, they are mostly available in multipack form, costing from £1.98 for 9 bars. Available at most major supermarkets, including Tesco.

How do they taste? The honey and almond flavours come through nice and clearly (although the former perhaps more than the latter). My only complaint is regarding the texture – these are very hard indeed, so don’t give them to any tiny people who might be on the cusp of losing a tooth.

Frusli

How many varieties do they come in? This Jordans creation is available in more variants than its crunchier brother: the six types consist of cranberry and apple, raisin and hazelnut, red berries, blueberry, tropical, and apple/cinnamon/sultana.

How much fat and sugar? At 8.9g sugar per bar, this contains nearly 10% of a woman’s daily sugar requirement. With 0.5g saturated fat, this amounts to 2.5% of a woman’s GDA.

How much do they cost and where can I buy them? These can start at a mere 40p for a single bar online, but again they’re most commonly spotted as part of a multipack – which starts at £1.50 for a box of six in most major supermarkets.

How do they taste? Fruity, but not too sweet. However, you don’t get the feeling of a really satisfying snack – it feels like they have a lot of air in them and the odds of going back for a second one are high.

So which ones are “the best”?

The more mainstream bars by Jordan’s cost less than the others, but this is probably to be expected when you pit a major cereal brand against smaller independent companies. In saturated fat terms, the Trek bar is the winner, with none whatsoever for its peanut and oat variety. I was surprised to see how much saturated fat the 9 bars had in them! The Jordan’s Crunchy bars contain the least sugar, which again surprised me. The Trek bar, which had the least saturated fat, also contained the most sugar, so I wouldn’t let these figures necessarily get in the way too much, as it’s likely to be swings and roundabouts. But for a combined total of GDA, it’s the Frusli bars that come out on top – their combined GDA of sugar and saturated fat is a mere 12.5% compared with the “worst” bar, the 9 bar, which has a combined GDA of 39.5%! Even if you eat 2 Frusli bars (which, as mentioned above, is likely), that’s still the equivalent of 1 NAKD bar in terms of combined GDA. So it looks like you’re best off going for Jordans or NAKD as an everyday snack, leaving Trek bars and 9 bars as more occasional treats.

Combined GDA (saturated fat + sugar) ranking table

9 bar                      39.5%

Trek bar                33%

NAKD bar              23%

Jordans crunchy   16.2%

Jordans Frusli       12.5%

But these findings don’t necessarily mean that this investigation is over. Oh no. I recently put in orders at both The Health Bay and Healthy Supplies to replenish my cereal bar stock, and these are the ones I’m looking forward to trying:

Tropical Wholefoods Apricot and Raisin bar (you’ll remember that they already won me over with their delicious and affordable dried mango pieces)

Beond Raw Acai Berry Bar

Oskri Sesame Bar with Date Syrup

O Bar Pomegranate and Raspberry

Fruitus Apricot and Oat

So it’s very possible that you’ll be seeing Battle of the Bars: Part 2 commencing within the next few months (depending on how fast I can eat them…), which all hopefully helps you to make more informed snacktime choices. YAY 😀

*Lamentably I cannot take credit for this little gem; for that, I point you in stand-up comedian Bill Bailey’s direction.