Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lay's USA Chile Limon

Hope you all ate a ton of chips this past Memorial Day! There is no better excuse for potato chip feasting then a sunny BBQ friendly holiday! My friends and I had a great poolside snack session that included another bag of Lay's I hadn't tried yet. This was my first adventure with Chile Limon. In the past I have made it pretty clear that I hate the plain Limon flavored Lay's (grossss) ... BUT these are the BOOOOMMMMBBB!
They are sooo YUMMY!
The word "Chile" had me scared, but these aren't really all that spicy. They have a decent bit of kick, but nothing extreme. When I see that red bag and red seasoning I immediately think of "Flamin Hot" (eeeep!) but the bag is FAR more intimidating than need be. These were like the American cousin of the Adobada flavored chips from Mexico had a spicy baby with a Lime. They have a complex Mexican style seasoning that reminds you almost of Red Enchilada sauce, that little bit of kick, and then a perfectly complimentary tang of Lime. MMM. These are fantastic with Carne Asada on the BBQ and a Corona or Pacifico! The quality of the chip is great and doesn't fight with the seasoning. The seasoning is evenly applied and offers a ton of flavor without being heavy handed. The Limon in particular just comes in at the end to give tang, it isn't overwhelming like the Limon bag. All in all, I would highly recommend these bags. This is the ideal bag for a Southern California, poolside, Cerveza, kind of day! Great bag!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Walkers UK Pickled Onion

Dude, Brits must love their onion because I just realized that Walkers makes Cheese & Onion, Steak & Onion, Sour Cream & Chive, and this bad boy; Pickled Onion.
I don't know why, but I've been eager to review this flavor. I'm not a big pickle eater, so I've never tasted pickled onions in real life to compare with these. But I do LOVE a good bit of onion in my food so this flavor had me intrigued. I would say this bag, at first, really reminded me of sauteed onions; soft and a bit cooked down. But not grilled... they still permeated with that slightly fresh onion smell. They were really vinegar-y compared to the regular Walkers Salt and Vinegar combo. As I ate more, the onion became less and less aggressive and the bag became more of a marriage between the onion and the vinegar. The potatoes are the perfect bomb delicious chips Walkers always makes, and the hearty potato flavor does meld with the other two flavors. Just be aware that this is Vinegar and Onion we are talking about, two power players! The potato stands very little chance of standing out in this combo. In all, it was really yummy and interesting. I am a sucker for acidic potato chips and by the time I was done I was thrilled to have tried these. They aren't for the faint of heart, if onion terrifies you (mom!) then you won't be happy with this bag. But if you want to try a flavor that is different and can hang with the big boys then you should track this down at a local British Market. Yum!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gotta Get At This: Lay's Arabia Flavor Me! Contest Winner

Lay's Arabia has had an ongoing contest called "Flavor Me!" in which people submit what they would like the next Lay's Arabia flavor to be. Voting and submissions have been going on for some time now, but it looks like the people have finally made there choice! The winner was declared to be... PIZZA!!

Ok, it's not super original, but hey, it is unique to the region and this does open the door for the next "Flavor Me!" winner to be even more interesting. So yay for PIZZA!!

If you have access to chips from the region served by Lay's Arabia (Emirates etc.) then you should be seeing these soon. They posted the photo below with the caption "Coming Soon to you." Looks like they are already being shipped to stores. I'm gonna try and get my hands on these. mmm.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WTF? of the Day

Finally, another picture worthy of a WTF?
I don't know where this girl is going, but I'm confident it's not a formal event. Although, I would love to be invited to a potato chip gala. I bet the food would be delicious.
Anyway, Thank you Lay's Turkey for posting this on your facebook page and giving me a good giggle.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sabritas Mexico Limon

Well, well, well. Here's another bag of Limon chips... my arch nemesis. If you haven't read my review of the puke-worthy Lay's Limon bags then feel free to track it down and read it to catch my reference.
I've put off eating this bag of Limon chips from Mexico just because of how unfortunate the other bag was. Luckily, I am now once again a believer that a Lime flavored chip can work; but these are by NO means perfect. If given a choice between the two I would pick these. To begin, I realized with this bag that Sabritas have a weird "mealier" taste/texture when compared to Lay's. The Adobada flavor chips I had tried from them had the same problem, but I didn't think much of it (I called it Baked Lays and Regular Lay's had a baby). I can clearly say now that I think the quality of chips produced by Sabritas is the poorest quality chip I have tasted among countries because of this weird texture. (Not to mention it's pretty low on Potato flavor.) However, if you can get passed that, it tastes close to US Lays and is a hair less greasy. Now, the seasoning seems to me VERY similar, if not the same, as the US Limon seasoning. But, in my opinion, there is WAY less of it on the chips. Now, for all my nitpicking, I ate half of the bag and I kind of enjoyed it. I would say the chip is lacking, but if you like Lime; the seasoning is spot on! And for that reason I consider them to be the more preferable chip. If Lay's could take their chip (Or better yet, Walkers) and applied this seasoning, in this manner, we could build the perfect Lime chip. (or just eat Lime Tortilla chips... mmmm).  If you must have a Lime flavored chip, try to get these, but I wouldn't consider these worthy of a trip across the border.