Papa Luna’s, which open late last year, specializes in empanadas, offering more than 20 different filling varieties. The shop has been on my to-do list for quite some time.
We had purchased one of those online offers which was good on a carry-out order, so I sent DH off to go bring us home some empanadas after placing our order online.
There are quite a range of fillings to choose from, with flavor inspirations from all over the globe, but we finally settled on four.
Each empanada is placed in a bag which is clearly marked with a letter so that you are not left guessing which one is which.
Carne Molida (ground beef, green olive, potatoes, raisin, hard boiled egg)
The ground beef filling had a Middle Eastern feel to it. I wasn’t particularly a fan of the raisins or green olives.
Turkey Dinner (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and served with gravy)
This was my absolute favorite of the four and tasted just like described. The homemade gravy was particularly enjoyable and DH even used it on the other empanadas too.
A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for ridiculously easy homemade fruit snacks. As promised, I’ve been busy working on variations, including getting rid of the Jello package for a more natural taste.
I went through a couple of runs. I tried using fruit juice, using a fruit juice and tea, and finally my favorite version: using frozen fruit juice concentrate.
Since the end of Lent, I’ve been consuming chips like crazy. There have been so many new varieties and campaigns going on. Lay’s Sriracha chips, Doritos Locos Tacos flavored Doritos, Doritos Jacked, Cheetos Mix-Up, and Pringles Honey Mustard are just a few of the massive amount of chips I’ve consumed recently.
Here’s a round-up of some of the new chips I’ve tried.
Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos
After the massive success of Doritos Tacos at Taco Bell (I’ll admit it. I love the Cool Ranch one. I’ve been eating them whenever we pass by a Taco Bell.), Doritos recently announced that they were taking that taco flavor and turning it back into a chip. It all sounds very confusing. From chip to taco back to chip. Also since the new chips bear the same name as the Taco Bell tacos, it gets confusing when you’re discussing it.
Like the tacos, there are two flavors: Nacho cheese and Cool Ranch. Each bag contains two types of chips. There is the chip (lighter colored) that is supposed to taste like the outside taco shell and there is the chip (darker colored) that is supposed to taste like the seasoned ground beef filling. The idea is to eat them together or at least one after another to get the full effect.
I read really positive reviews before purchasing these chips. Reviewers claimed to taste the lettuce and other fixings normally present in the tacos. I didn’t think they were that brilliant, but they tasted pretty good. The darker chip did taste like the ground beef mixture in Taco Bell tacos and when eaten with the outside chip, you do get the sensation of eating a Doritos Locos Taco.
Having to constantly search for matching pairs was a little annoying. I usually am not looking at the bag when I’m munching on chips. And if you in blindly, the flavor gets a little weird if you end up with too many of the ground beef ones in a row.
While I thought Doritos did a decent job at recreating the taco taste, I still would rather just eat the taco instead of the chips flavored to taste like the tacos.
Lay’s started a popular campaign a few months ago, letting the consumer choose the next chip flavor. The chip flavor contest was narrowed down to three entries: sriracha, cheesy garlic bread and chicken and waffles and you are supposed to vote for your favorite after sampling the chips.