Little Caesars Pizza : Classic Italian Sausage

Little Caesars Pizza : Classic Italian Sausage

I wouldn’t call this Pizza a Classic in the aesthetic sense. It’s good stuff, but it isn’t up there with Pepperoni; rather an occasional alternative when you have a taste for something different. It actually reminds me of a surrealistic version of the pizza they used to serve at lunch when I was in elementary school here in America.

my rating : 4 of 5

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars : Oats And Honey

Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars : Oats And Honey

I like the taste of these Granola Bars. Oats And Honey go well together. It’s the texture I have an issue with. They’re Crunchy as advertised, which is fine, but they’re also dry and messy. You’d be best off eating them outside, perhaps on a hiking trip where the ants will appreciate all the falling crumbs, with a bottle of water in hand.

my rating : 4 of 5

video review : Missing 411 : The UFO Connection

video review : Missing 411 [ The UFO Connection ]

The bombastic prelude is a bit much, but thankfully things settle down from there. The most interesting parts of this documentary; the third in David Paulides’ Missing 411 series; are when people are simply telling their stories, which now have a UFO Connection.

Paulides seems to imply (believe) what they’re saying is true, but I’m much more of a skeptic. The Carl Higdon Incident; in which a hunter claims to have been abducted, fed and damn-near befriended by a talking alien named Ozo; is particularly questionable.

my rating : 4 of 5

2022

Little Debbie Unicorn Cakes Ice Cream

Little Debbie Unicorn Cakes Ice Cream

Little Debbie’s Unicorn Cakes look, appropriately enough, like something a little girl would create. Whether this Ice Cream version; a collaboration with Hudsonville; is more or less fantastical is a matter of opinion, but I certainly prefer it. It’s a sweet treat with emphasis on the word “sweet”. The ingredients list includes regular sugar, powdered sugar, corn syrup and purple sprinkles.

my rating : 4 of 5

audio review : Strung Out Johnny ( song ) … Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop stumbles between the first and second person perspective on this grunge anthem. It’s about a man named Johnny who happens to be Strung Out on drugs. “You can’t get enough,” he reflects, “Then your life gets all fucked up.” That bridge is the one bad part of the song. Every other part rocks, especially near the end when the chorus goes into full swing over 1980s power synths.

my rating : 4 of 5

2022

audio review : Every Loser ( album ) ... Iggy Pop

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes Ice Cream

Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes Ice Cream

Christmas Tree Cakes may look like nothing more than glorified Twinkies, but they sure make good ice cream. This is actually both a Little Debbie and Hudsonville product. Whether or not it tastes the same as crumbling Tree Cakes in Vanilla ice cream is the question, but I’d guess not because I can’t really detect vanilla here. It’s just sweet and tasty.

my rating : 4 of 5

Mrs Smith’s Original Flaky Crust Pumpkin Pie

Mrs Smith's Original Flaky Crust Pumpkin Pie

Though I question the addition of corn syrup and dextrose over just plain sugar, the ingredients list looks impressively simple. It’s apparently based on Amanda Smith’s Original recipe from a century ago. This Pie also tastes homemade; you have to bake it yourself; for whatever that’s worth.

The flavor isn’t what you might expect if you’re used to eating sweet potato; Pumpkin Pie isn’t quite on the same level; and follow the bit on the box about it being “best when freshly baked”. It actually tastes significantly better when you wait for it to fully cool and thicken in the fridge.

my rating : 4 of 5

Velveeta Shells And Cheese : Bacon

Velveeta Shells And Cheese : Bacon

Bacon can improve the taste of damn near anything. Macaroni (Shells) And Cheese is no exception. They refer to Velveeta as Liquid Gold, but that’s just promotional hyperbole. It is good though, especially with Bacon. Ignore the directions on the box and sprinkle the bits over the top instead of mixing them in for the full effect.

my rating : 4 of 5

audio review : Sunset On Rio ( song ) … Kingston Coalition

People who aren’t fortunate enough to watch the Sunset On Rio De Janeiro in Brazil can listen to this song and imagine. That’s if they aren’t too busy dancing to the beat; a deep house groove marked with pretty synth sounds where applicable. I don’t know what the girls are saying; I assume they’re speaking Portuguese; but their chants add a nice touch.

my rating : 4 of 5

1996

audio review : Sunset On Rio ( song ) ... Kingston Coalition

audio review : Move ( song ) … Beyoncé ( featuring Grace Jones + Tems )

This song doesn’t really vibe until the chords drop halfway in. That’s when it goes from just a bassy party anthem; the scene is the ballroom of a five-star hotel; to something special. It’s an example of how effective the addition of one music instrument can be, but it should’ve sounded that way from the start.

The queen is faultless though as she struts a path thru the crowd. The title is literally her telling them to get out of the way, though it also serves as a command to dance. She’s headed to the VIP section, but not before grabbing a glass of Champagne and sharing a kiss with some guy who doesn’t look like Jay-Z.

my rating : 4 of 5

2022

audio review : Renaissance ( album ) ... Beyoncé

audio review : More News At 11 ( song ) … Flavor Flav ( featuring Harry Allen )

It’s the beat, specifically that little piano riff, that leads here. Flavor Flav is more or less a backdrop. The first verse barely makes sense, though it does contain his best line about a man whose “turkey ain’t got no stuffing.” This is a rare example of a good song with a weak hook. Harry Allen, with his corny News reporter voice, adds authenticity to the concept.

my rating : 4 of 5

1991

audio review : More News At 11 ( song ) ... Flavor Flav ( featuring Harry Allen )