The Amateur Food Nerd\’s Reviews

June 13, 2006

State of the Blog!

Filed under: Uncategorized — amateurfoodnerd @ 11:09 am

Well, school got out last Thursday and yours truly passed all his exams.  This, of course means a (hopeful) plethora of new blog entries and delicious recipes.  My summer project is to lose some weight, so you'll probably be seeing both some healthy products and recipes.  I'm really looking forward to getting this back in working condition.  I've said before that I want to change the layout, maybe I'll read up on it and make a custom one, although it's probably not my forte.



May 29, 2006

Gimme Your Stuff

Filed under: Uncategorized — amateurfoodnerd @ 10:28 am

A few days ago, Cybele over at my beloved Candy Blog posted about a new site called Gimme Your Stuff.  Gimme Your Stuff is a new "swap site."  These swap sites help people from wherever trade items (food, candy, CDs, whatever) special to their locale to people from other parts of the country or world.  Moving on, here is my swap list.

-The first thing that comes to mind is wine (I live about 2 minutes away from 10 or so wineries), but that's probably very difficult to ship internationally and I'd generally like to trade with Europe, where they already have lots of the good stuff.

-The next thing, is, of course, US candy.  That's pretty self-explanatory.

-A lot of people don't have access to the wonderful variety of herbs and spices here in the States, so I'd be happy to offer that, if anyone wants it.

-Magazines, newspapers and other printed items.
-Anything else you can think of.

In return, I would like:

-European or Japanese candy

-From France or Italy…Fanta (Greenz, Lemon or Red Emotion flavors) 

-Printed items (especially from France, as I'm learning French)

-French snack food, because it's so different.  I remember the time in France when I bought peanut flavored potato chips. 

May 23, 2006

The lack of content.

Filed under: News and Announcements, Uncategorized — amateurfoodnerd @ 2:19 pm

I'm sure you've all noticed that there hasn't been a whole lot of activity around here as of late.  However,the end of the school year is drawing ever closer, and that can only mean one thing…exams.  Luckily, I'm out of school for summer on June 8th, which means I'll have more free time on my hands than I know what do with.  Also luckily, when I'm bored, I hone my cooking skills.  So, you'll hopefully be seeing a lot of recipes on here starting in the beginning of next month.  As for the rest of May, there will be even less happening then normal.  

*waits for everybody to start yelling and rioting*

Oh, wait, no one reads this anyway.  Oh well. 

March 30, 2006

Maui CookKwees

Filed under: Uncategorized — amateurfoodnerd @ 8:15 pm

(Okay, yes, I am finally posting a review, for all 0 of you people out there waiting with bated breath.)

Last Wednesday, I returned from 5 days on Maui, so the next few reviews are probably going to be restaurants in the Lahaina area and a few products that are exclusive to the islands. Sticking to that, today's review is of Maui CookKwees. These are little, crunchy, shortbread-y cookies that are pretty much the standard size of cookies. They are packaged in cylindrical bags, which may make you think that they'll go stale if they remain open and unsealed, but these are crispy and resilliant enough to last quite a while in a cupboard. (I've had one bag of them open for a week and they are just as crunchy as the day I bought them.)

They come in an array of varieties, but the two I had were White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut. Both were very good; very crispy and crumbly with a good salty note (something I appreciate a lot in baked goods) and the added crunch of the macadamia nuts. I do have one beef with them, and that is that they don't have a lot of chocolate in them, be it white or milk. Each cookie only has about five chocolate chips in it, which is a little pathetic if you ask me. However, I still highly recommend these if you are going to Hawaii anytime soon as they are definately a unique product.

Price: $1.89

Place Purchased: Long's Drugs (Lahaina, HI)

Overall Rating: 7/10

As a last note, perhaps Marvo could comment on these if he's ever had them? They might be exclusive to Maui, but it would be hard to believe if they aren't sold on the other islands as well.

Blog at