Monday, January 16, 2017

Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

Thanks to Yelp!, I got a free ticket to the Specialty Food Expo 2017, which was really the Gluten-Free food show, presumably rebranded to be more inclusive. The actual may-not-be-gluten-free section was just a small fraction of the floor.

One of the more interesting and unique products was Beiju, a sort of flatbread. Preparation is extremely simple and open to a lot of creativity.
The experience of the flatbread is very not-like-bread. The sample I got was very grainy and chewy, so depending on your filling you may want to cut it into more easily manageable pieces.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

To prepare, simply pour some of the flour mix into a hot pan. The heat will cause it to stick together into a flatbread. During this time you can add various things like seeds and spices.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 -

Once it becomes a single mass you can flip it to heat both sides, as well as add other things like smearing butter on it or drizzling maple syrup. Or do nothing to it and have an empty wrap ready to go for other fillings.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

















Sunday, January 15, 2017

Can't buy Mach 3 Razors at @realcdnss Real Canadian SuperStore

I dropped by the Metrotown Superstore today to TRY to buy Mach 3 razor cartridges. Turns out the cases were PADLOCKED (why?).
I looked around and found an attendant in the area, who said she didn't work that that particular department, and pointed me to another attendant even further away.
That second attendant also apparently didn't work in the department but at least came over to verify the issue and then said she'd call for someone to unlock the case. I told her I'd stay in the aisle with the cartridges.
Shortly after, she dropped by and assured me someone was on the way. That's when I secretly started the timer on my cellphone. I gave them 5 minutes, and when no one came, I left the store. Not gonna wait any more, PLUS stand in the usual interminable lineups to pay for it.

Strangely, SOME of the cases were not padlocked while others were. Hmm.

2017-Jan-15 Metrotown Superstore - products padlocked, cannot access

Friday, January 13, 2017

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

We had tried their Texas Toast and when Furlani Cheddar Biscuits came on buy-2 sale at SuperStore my mom was curious to try it, especially as we'd only recently tried the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix. Obviously these are meant to be a reasonable facsimile.

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Here is how the biscuits look like straight out of the frozen package. Notice the worrisome thick coating of butter on top.

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

After following the baking instructions,
  • They still looked undercooked but were not.
  • Quite tender so handle carefully if you want them plated nicely.
  • Tender, almost spongy interior!
  • NO buttery mess oozing all over despite the thick coat of butter on top. Apparently absorbed into the biscuit?
  • Tasted like butter. Don't count on any flavour from cheddar or herbs despite seeing evidence of both.
Depending on how much you bought it for, it works out to maybe 40 cents per biscuit. For 50 cents you can get a big bagel from Superstore so you aren't buying this to fill you up. Could make for a quick way to get nice, presentable biscuits to go with soup for guests though. Baking time is certainly very low at around 10 minutes.

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Furlani Garlic Cheddar Biscuits