I’m back! Though you may not have even realized I left since I had a semi-regular post schedule going. Anyhow, I’m slowly trying to catch up on life again after two weeks of vacation. I ate a lot, relaxed, and took thousands of pictures which I hope to share on this blog once things settle down.

First up, is this quick post on various potato chip flavors offered in Taiwan. This is a post I’ve been wanting to do for years because one of my hobbies is collecting and trying various chip flavors not offered in the US. This time, I made sure to take a pictures of displays and bring some chips back.

The popular brands like Lay’s, Pringles, and Doritos are available in Taiwan, but with different flavors. I like a lot of the flavors offered in Taiwan and wish they would bring them to the US. Oh well.

As part of the Foodbuzz publisher program, I recently was selected to sample Sargento’s Natural Cheese slices and see how they compare with processed cheeses. We were given a $25 giftcard to buy a pack of Sargento cheese slices, a processed cheese for comparison, and an accompaniment for the cheeses.

I’ve purchased Sargento cheese in the past whenever it is on sale, but I never really paid attention to it enough to determine whether I like it better than other cheese brands.  After much debating, I decided to try a mozzarella cheese.  One of the reasons was that I was able to find a processed version that was sliced similarly, so that we could do a blind taste test.

A few weeks ago I got to attend the opening party for Smashburger in Kearny Mesa, the 6th Smashburger location to open in San Diego this year.

Like previous preview parties, guests were invited to try out the entire menu for free. The only thing we couldn’t order were the Haagen Daaz shakes, as samples of the shakes were being passed out.

After learning about the secret menu “Sin City” burger, I was set on ordering that.

Sin City Burger: egg bun, topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, melted American cheese, grilled and haystack onions, and the signature smash sauce.