Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Deep Fried Ice Cream - Meh...

Belgian Fries on Urbanspoon

I finally got around to getting myself some deep fried ice cream from Belgian Fries on Commercial Drive (incidentally, the chain has a completely useless website if you're looking for, say, their current menu). The last time I had it was over 20 years ago, and I'd been looking for it for a while. Apparently in all the wrong places because my companion last Saturday said it was commonplace with Mexican restaurants.

Anyway, there it was, deep fried pecan ice cream. It was a largish lump of ice cream, roughly earth-shaped and about the size of an orange. It was coated in what appeared to be cornflakes, deep friend, then striped with some red sauce, possibly a strawberry syrup or the like.

When I had it way back when -- and I was just a kid then, so my perceptions might have become rose-coloured with nostalgia since -- it was much smaller, almost bite-sized, and the warm exterior was nicely contrasted with the soft, cool interior.

What I had on Saturday was probably best described as ice cream with soggy cornflakes on the side.
The crust was indeed deep fried and crispy, at least at the start. But the cold ice cream core soon rendered it wet and yucky, tasty sauce notwithstanding.

The interior was a large lump of icecream (about, say, 1/8th of a 1.65L small tub of President's Choice "Loads of Ice Cream", on sale this week for $5.00 if you missed their under-$5 Breyer's ice cream sale last week). Though for $5.25, it really could have been larger -- or they could have charged less.
And the deep frying did nothing to soften it, so it was exactly like eating a big scoop of ice cream.

Obviously, if they'd fried it longer, the outer part of the ice cream scoop would have melted into some gross vanilla milk thing while the deeper core remained hard.

The point is, deep fried ice cream, as presented by Belgian Fries, is a complete waste of time. For $5.25, you had an overpriced scoop of ice cream and cornflakes which you may or may not want after it got wet.

If they had used a softer Italian style gelato ice cream, maybe you could have had a sample of the mixed temperature and texture of crust and ice cream. They'd probably need to make it in multiple smaller portions (bite-sized, perhaps, to fit one whole ball in your mouth in one go).

Monday, July 19, 2010

Even more pizza stuff...

Alrighty! The Save-On-Foods Delissio pizza weekend was last week, and here's the fallout:
  1. My mom liked the rising crust chicken-meat ones (something about the mix of spices, I think), and they were still as they were. (Hawaiian? meh...) However, she also got all carb-conscious on me and wanted thin-crust. Three kinds were available, and sad to say, toppings were skimpy (it always looks better in ad copy...). Half the weight, less toppings, but same price. You figure it out. Delissio, formerly owned by Kraft, is now owned by Nestle, apparently. Change in management -> reduction in toppings? (-_-;)
  2. There was also frozen pork tenderloin at $1.99/pound. I saw some seniors really raking these in. It didn't look like many people bought them, but when they did, they hauled home 10+ packs! They aren't afraid of cooking, I guess. (^_^)
  3. My sister popped by just yesterday (Saturday July 17th) and brought over frozen Costco pepperoni pizza. Yes, you have to be a member (or at least just one person you know needs to be a member), and no, not everything at Costco is cheap. But the pizza was SUPER cheap! $21 for 2 packs x 3 pizzas per pack = $3.50 per pizza! Same size as the frozen pizzas in Superstore and Save-On-Foods, but over a dollar less. It was pretty tasty, so naturally it scores a D- for nutrition. (^_^)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cheap Eats Continue - Frozen Pizza

Hi Everyone!

Months ago I wrote about "frozen pizza wars" between Superstore and Save-on-Foods, with Kraft Delissio pizza being sold at under $5. Well, super-cheap pizza is back!
This weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun), Save-On-Foods at Metrotown is offering Kraft Delissio at $2.20 off their regular price -- $4.79! Limit 2 per person, and there's typically a wide selection unless the rush is over and the shelves are more or less bare.
If you hunt around a bit, you will also probably be able to find thin-crust versions of each pizza. Handy if you're on a carb-conscious / crust-conscious diet.

What with the HST in place and prices going up in various ways, thank God for cheap, delicious, pizza!