Recently I was contacted by Michael Angelo‘s Gourmet Foods, which claims to have the best frozen lasagna. To prove it, they offered to provide me with a gift card to purchase one of Michael Angelo’s lasagnas and test it against one of their competitors.

My family eats a lot of frozen lasagna. My siblings love it and they can devour one of those large family-size pans in one sitting. So I was definitely curious to check out Michael Angelo’s lasagna and thought it would be a lot of fun too.

Michael Angelo’s is a family owned company. Michael Angelo is a third generation Italian, and founded the company along with his mother, Sara.

One of the reasons Michael Angelo’s believes their lasagna is so good is that it’s made in small batches. I picked up one of these small batches, and then also a Marie Callender’s one which seemed to resemble it in terms of ingredients, method (small batch), etc. I also picked up a family-size Safeway brand lasagna because that is actually the one my brothers love the most and usually buy.

I invited all the kids over along with their significant others and we had ourselves a frozen lasagna dinner party.

Michael Angelo’s

Safeway

Marie Callender’s

So I have some good news and some bad news about this recipe. I got this idea to make homemade avocado chips. I’ve made homemade potato chips and I’ve seen homemade chips made from other fruits and vegetables.

The good news: They actually crisped up; I was afraid they would be too moist and buttery to turn into chips, but they do. They also kept their bright green. And I even managed to avoid turning on the oven for hours by using the microwave as a shortcut.

Now for the bad.

Wufenpu (Taiwan)

It’s getting close to a year since my trip to Taiwan and I’m determined to finally finish posting the highlights of my trip. One of the must stops when we visit is a trip to Wufenpu (五分埔), a shopping heaven for women who like getting cheap deals on clothes.

Taiwan is full of day and night markets where you can get bargain clothes, shoes, and accessories, but all those vendors actually get their clothing supply from the suppliers located at Wufenpu, a wholesale garment market which is the largest clothing market in Taiwan.

The open market is full of hundreds of vendors and encompasses several streets. I’ve spent hours there on each trip but never been able to walk the entire market. After a while it does get repetitive because many of the vendors carry the same merchandise.

It’s especially great for women, as most of the vendors carry women’s clothing. I’ve found skirts, shirts, and dresses in the past (ranging from $3-8), many of which I still wear. You’ll see a lot of racks with clothes priced at 100NT which is about $3.

Like any market, there’s good food too.

Steamed Squid


This is one of our favorites. Freshly steamed hot squid pieces are served with a spicy dipping sauce. It’s so simple yet really delicious, even on a hot day.