Trader Joe’s continues the delicious flavor appropriation and just announced they’re selling an air-popped butterfly popcorn under the incredibly sexy profile of: Baconesque White Cheddar Popcorn.
The popcorn is supposedly air popped n a rotating drum, tossed with a Cheddar cheese seasoning made with real Wisconsin white Cheddar cheese, a bacon-ish natural smoke flavor (thus baconesque) and sells in a five-ounce bag that will run you $1.99.
Because nothing says Halloween better than grocery store snack foods, Cheetos is introducing their limited-edition Bag of Bones White Cheddar snacks. It’s literally a bag full of bones. Y’know, just snackable.
Instead of your typical non-spooky cheese puffs, Bag of Bones will be filled with white cheddar bone pieces that are scary as shit. They come in four different pieces (skulls, rib cages, bones and hands), allowing consumers to assemble and play with their Cheetos just a little bit before devouring them. Assembling a Cheetos skeleton army has just become a very real possibility, people.
Bag of Bones White Cheddar Cheetos will be available at retail stores in a party-size 8-oz bag for $3.49, though prices may vary depending on location.
Because of the million things to accomplish in the FOODBEAST offices in any given day (shooting cap guns, discussing why Instagram should or shouldn’t be on Android, maintaing our push-up and sit-up regimens, etc), our staffers rarely get the chance to experience non-LA/OC cuisine during the tumultuous disarray of our work weeks. So when the opportunity came up to take a mini-day-trip down to San Diego for Carnitas’ Snack Shack (“The Shack”)– we obviously jumped at it.
It remains to be seen if word-of-mouth communication has been enhanced or slandered by the advent of social media — but regardless of the medium — the best of the best seems to still rise to the top. In this case regarding The Shack, it made our bellies full and hearts warm.
Menu is a big deciding factor in measuring excitement for a new restaurant. Carnitas Snack Shack seemed to have all of the elements for a successful and trendy establishment — farm-to-table menu offerings, a distinct specialty (pork), interesting kitchen and seating layout (literally, it’s a shack with awesome outdoor seating) and price points that don’t break the bank.
None of that answers the most important question: Is the food awesome?
First up, the Foie Gras. We know there’s an ongoing controversy about Foie Gras, and we respect both sides of the argument. But plain and simple, we’re going to eat what’s in front of us. And it was delicious:
The BBQ Pork Belly came up next. And to be quite honest, it was probably the fattiest thing I have ever eaten. Quite possibly a quarter inch layer of fat throughout the entire portion. Bad for those with potential congestive heart failure issues. Great for those who don’t give a f–k:
Onto the ‘Triple Threat’ Pork Sandwich or as Yeezy would proclaim – Pork on Pork on Pork. That’s right pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork AND bacon topped with CSS’s pepperoncini-pickle relish and shack aioli. Barely fits in your mouth. #pause
And then the Steak Sandwich. And I know you’re thinking, ‘didn’t you say that this was a pork place? Why do they have a steak sandwich?’ BECAUSE THEY DO WHAT THEY WANT. And you’ll want one too once you take whiff of that cheddar toast its placed on.
The Grand Finale. Poutine with Vengeance. The gravy alone takes 5 hours to prepare, and did we mention it’s a bacon white cheddar gravy? CSS meets Epic Meal Time when they add MORE BAAACCCCCOOOONNNNN on top of the seasoned fries with the gravy. It’s not a tradtional poutine, and nobody cares because if they don’t immediately start diggin’ into the fries, the plate will be empty in 30 seconds. They don’t always have this on the menu, so make sure to stop by on a day that they do:
If you’re in San Diego and you have a hankering for all your food to be laced with some quality pork, look no further than Carnitas’ Snack Shack. The price points settle between $7 – $12 per menu item, and for the amount and quality of food you get, you definitely can’t go wrong.
Wait until that poutine plate comes out, your heart will skip a beat. Both figuratively and literally.
‘Black truffles are prized throughout the world for their unique musky aroma and distinctive flavor. 479 adds a light drizzle to their crunchy popcorn with premium truffle oil and finish it with organic white cheddar for a rich, indulgent taste experience to satisfy even the most sophisticated snacker. They hope it brings you comfort as you watch the euro skyrocket and decide to postpone your vacation to Tuscany for one more year.’