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Your tastebuds may feast on ice cream, lamb skewers

<p>Since this weekend marks the Taste Of The Danforth, it’s a great time to talk about lamb. (Um, yes, I realize this is an Italian Dish. Ahem.)</p>

But Compagnie teas strictly for mature palate





• President’s Choice Lamb Spiedini Mini-Skewers:

*** 1/2 (out of five)



Since this weekend marks the Taste Of The Danforth, it’s a great time to talk about lamb.


(Um, yes, I realize this is an Italian Dish. Ahem.)


When taken out of the box, the 14 skewers look like a crazed archer overkilled two medium-sized clumps of meat. But scissors aren’t required. As the lamb is barbecued, cuts between the skewers start to appear and the little spiedinis start to come apart as they’re flipped.


No sauce required, as they are tasty as is — salt, herbs, olive oil and, mmm-yum, lemon juice powder are listed as ingredients. They’re somewhat fatty (5 g of fat for two skewers or 50 g of meat) but you’re eating lamb, so whaddayawant? These skewers are grill-at-home good.


Price: $8.99 for 350 g


Where available: Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Fortinos, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Valu-mart.


Try/buy again: Yes.






• President’s Choice Caramel Chocolate Chocolate Fudge Crackle Ice Cream


**** (out of five)



Anything that lists fresh cream as its first ingredient has me at hello.


The caramel ribbon and chocolate-flavoured ice cream is adequate, nothing special. But the unsweetened crackle gives a subtle contrast to a lot of sweetness (17 g of sugar in a half-cup, or 125 ml) and puts this flavour over the edge of mediocrity into the realm of special yum.


The 10 g of fat (including 0.3 transfats) helps a lot, too, I’m sure. Your abs will curse you, but you’ll please your tastebuds.


Price: $4.99/1.65 litres


Where available: Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Fortinos, Your Independent Grocer, Zehrs, Valu-mart.


Buy/try again: Yes.






• Compagnie Coloniale (Tisane Estivale, and Minceur Slimming:

** (out of five)



Watching France knock off football powerhouse Brazil then march to the World Cup final was a real pleasure this year.


But receiving The Headbutt Heard Around The World would have been more fun than trying Compagnie Coloniale's imported iced teas.


Sacre bleu!


I’m probably the wrong guy for these very aromatic drinks — I’d rather sniff them than gulp them. Basically, if you like the concept roses, hibiscus, rose hips and a drop of lemon juice in a bottle … oh, and a hint of apple! … then you’ll love Tisane Estivale.


Or how about a swig of whole leaf green tea and lemon grass from the Minceur Slimming? Delish? Non!

Healthy? Sounds like it — low in sugar, no preservatives or colourings, made with spring water, reads Compagnie’s literature.


If you like pretty colours and need a lot of kumbaya to calm your ass down, by all means. But otherwise, stick with your standard everyday chamomile tea. (Cheaper that way, too.)


While Compagnie Coloniale recommends you serve this cold, I found them more drinkable when left out of the fridge overnight (that earned them two stars over one). But you probably shouldn’t do that for too long since, again, they don’t have any added preservatives.


Price: 9.90 for 470 ml


Where Available: Retail and specialty stores across Canada, or order some at www.epicureal.com.


Try/Buy Again: Jamais.



aonghus.kealy@metronews.ca


 
 
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