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Izze Sparkling Pomegranate Drink

2 Feb


Let’s call this one a near miss. Pretty good product, but we think it could use more pomegranate juice and less grape, pear and apple juice. Try adding some good pulpy orange juice to this sparkling water – that should “get it up on its feet.” 

Here’s a brief blurb from the Izze website:

Made with 70% pure fruit juice, a splash of sparkling water, and containing no refined sugars, no caffeine, no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors – IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate is refreshingly different!

Fruit Lore:
Jam-packed with ruby-red seeds, pomegranates have been cultivated since prehistoric times. They feature richly in mythology as a symbol of birth and eternal life, and it was even once believed that a diet rich in pomegranates purged the system of envy and hatred. So you might want to share a bottle with your boss.

Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

2 Feb


These things are amazing — get some ASAP …

Lightly sweet with a hint of dark chocolate flavored cocoa powder – A light chocolate flavor and big crunch – without the calories and fat of chocolate-dipped nuts – Baked-in flavor = no mess! – Only 150 calories per serving: the same number of calories as a handful of regular almonds! – Excellent source of Vitamin E – No trans fat – Low sodium – On-the-go canister fits in car cup holder – Twist-on lid locks in freshness – Lid measures 1.5 oz serving of nuts* * FDA daily recommendation for heart health – Patent pending process

Dining Around in West Palm Beach

2 Feb


Checked out Bagel Boyz while visiting the Palm Beach area. We snagged a 1/2 dozen bagels including blueberry (2), sesame, sun-dried tomato, everything, and onion. They were good and fairly priced at 85 cents each, but I cannot say the bagels here were really any better (or worse) than Einstein Brothers or any other big chain bakery we have visited.  


I should add that we also dined at La Bamba Mexican & Spanish Restaurant on Saturday night and picked up a couple of pepperoni pizzas at Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza on Super Bowl Sunday.

My Enchilada Verde at La Bamba was about as good as it gets — shredded and well-seasoned chicken breast meat housed in corn tortillas and smothered with green sauce, white cheese, and a dab of sour cream. The plantains I ordered for my side dish were also expertly fried up.  Nice clean, family atmosphere at this rather new eatery, which looks like a cross between a Mexican restaurant and a sports bar.

The pizza at Anthony’s was first rate and loaded with thinly sliced pepperoni. I dig (wink wink) coal-fired pizza — the crust gets ever so slightly burnt and crispy/chewy. And I mean that in the best way possible. I’m not a big NY Yanks fan, but I marveled at their excellent collection of Yankee and NYC photos, signs, and memorabilia. Cool place — tell ’em we sent yoooz guys!

Slim’s BBQ in Arcadia FL

2 Feb


 Stopped at this locally owned BBQ joint on our way to West Palm Beach.


 There were lots of cars in the parking lot – always a good sign!


The chow was not bad at all. Good BBQ is hard to find in the Sunshine State and these folks are trying hard. The Q is smoked with local Oak and my BBQ 1/2 chicken platter was pretty darn good. Nice smoky exterior with plenty of tasty, not-too-dry white meat inside.  The slaw and garlic toast were nicely prepared and the beans tasted right even if they were a tad on the mushy side. I’ll have to ask them about what kind of beans they’re using. They seemed very small and delicate — almost like zipper peas??? I was shocked to see Cumquat Pie on the dessert marker board. We were highly impressed with that, but just too full in the gut to give it a shot. Gotta believe it tastes something like Key Lime Pie.

The help was friendly and we spotted plenty of old dudes sporting western boots, Wrangler jeans, and camouflage lids. In fact, I had a bit of a Texas flashback during our brief visit at Slim’s. There really aren’t that many non-chain dining choices in this town, so we would suggest that you can dine at Slim’s with a certain degree of confidence. We hope to try Gladys’ Restaurant in Okeechobee the next time we travel this rather unpopulated stretch of highway between Sarasota and West Palm Beach.