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Boysenberry Festival 2018

I went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my sister for the Boysenberry Festival. We went after I got out of work. I knew it would be crowded, but wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it was. It was spring break for many schools, which explains why the parking lot was almost completely full when we got there a little after 2pm. I’m sure the fact that Disneyland keeps raising their prices also led more people to go to Knott’s Berry Farm. I wasn’t too bothered though, since we only went to Knott’s to try out the food. We happened to go on Boysenberry Day, April 3, 2018. They were giving out buttons to everyone who went. This might have been another reason that Knott’s was so crowded.

This year was my fourth year going to the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. It is my favorite time of the year to go to Knott’s. I bought the tasting card again this year. The tasting card is $30 and it allows you to try a variety of things. It is definitely worth it to buy. You get to try things that you wouldn’t have otherwise bought. Here are the things I tried.

Boysenberry Boba- 6/10
I love drinking boba. This was a little bit disappointing for me. It wasn’t bad, but the boba balls at the bottom weren’t very soft. Also, the boysenberry taste was too subtle and it ended up tasting bland.

Boysenberry Chicken Wings- 10/10
The boysenberry chicken wings are the best. They use Boysenberry bbq sauce on the winga, but they aren’t too sweet . These are a family favorite.

Boysenberry Ribs- 8/10
The ribs were good. A bit greasy, but good. These were made with beef rather than pork. The rice mixed with the ribs were good , esp because the ribs were very tender.

Boysenberry Pierogis- 8/10
First time ever trying pierogis. I thought they were good. The pierogis had cheddar cheese inside and came with a side of grilled onions and smoked bacon. I especially loved the boysenberry sour cream. I would love if these were offered at Knott’s year round.

Boysenberry Elote- 9/10
I love eating elote aka corn on the cob so I was very excited to try this. It was really good. I liked the boysenberry butter and boysenberry mayo. My only complaint is that they put too much of the cheese, which im not a fan of.

Sausage on a Bun-5/10
Disappointed by this. The sausage itself was ok, but I didn’t like the fact that they only had relish and mustard as condiments. There was no ketchup or mayo.

Forgot to take a pic of this

Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon-9/10
I love coconut and boysenberry and I have a sweet tooth. This was one of my favorite treats.

Boysenberry Icee Float- 10/10
This was my favorite thing I tried. The icee float came with boysenberry icee and they put boysenberry ice cream on top of that! It took me a while to finish but it was so good!

Boysenberry Hummus with Pita Bread-7/10
I am such a big fan of hummus, but this was disappointing. I also didn’t like the fact that they grilled the pita bread.

Boysenberry Quesadilla-7/10
The quesadillas were good. I wish they would have given us boysenberry sour cream rather than just plain sour cream. The salsa was good, but too spicy for me. I like the fact that the quesadillas were purple. Didn’t like the cotija cheese that was used for the quesadillas.

Boysenberry Jelly Beans-10/10
Jelly beans are my favorites. These were really good. Perfect for anyone who has a sweet tooth like me.

Some other things I bought were boysenberry butter (which I haven’t tried yet), boysenberry lip balm (smells really good), and a boysenberry festival shirt that came with a collector’s pin (which is great because I collect pins). We didn’t go on any rides, but since we have the annual season pass, it wasn’t such a big deal. We really did only go for the food. Next year, I plan to go to Boysenberry Festival at least twice. It was fun for me to try new things and eat favorites.

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Whole Foods Mini Grocery Haul

Over the weekend I went to Whole Foods in Pasadena for the first time. I always heard people making jokes about how expensive it is and how you spend your whole paycheck there and things like that. I was curious to see what it was really like.

My first impression of it was wow!  Started off on the first floor and was overwhelmed by all the choices they had. I loved their bakery which had so many desserts for less than $5! They had cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, macarons, the list goes on and on! I wanted to try everything, but in the end I only got a salted caramel mini cheesecake which was really tasty.

I went upstairs and saw they had little sections where you could buy food. I didn’t get anything, but they had tacos, salads, fresh juices, and so many other choices. Next time I go, I will definitely try their tacos with jackfruit and pineapple. 

I am trying to eat less meat and more vegan/vegetarian food, so I was very happy to see the selection of vegan food they had at Whole Foods. Everything I bought that day was at least vegetarian, if not vegan. They had non dairy cheeses, milk, cream cheese, etc. They also had many different types of mock meat. 

It is definitely a bit pricey, but so worth it with all the healthy options they offer. I will definitely go back to this Whole Foods again, though it might be a while from now. 
Here are a few things I bought.  I also bought raspberries, a mini cheesecake, and veggie burgers (Beyond Meat brand), but I ate them before I took a picture of them lol

 

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My All Time Favorite Oreos

Almost everyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with Oreos! Not many people know that my obsession only started a couple years ago though, around summer time. I do like the normal Oreos, but I like the seasonal, creative Oreos even more! So I decided to mak a list of the best flavors I’ve tried.

My Favorite Flavors
1. Smores
I love anything smores flavored and this cookie is no exception. It is by far my absolute favorite Oreo ever!
2. Caramel Apples
One of my favorite things about October is that there are so many caramel apple flavored treats, including Oreos. I just wish they were available year round.
3. Red Velvet
These tastes just like the cake. Just the right amount of sweet, makes it hard to eat just one.
4. Cotton Candy
Almost a little too sweet for some people, but I like them and they actually do taste like cotton candy!
5. Lemon
Not too many people like lemon flavored things. Maybe they don’t like sour things. This one of the few lemon flavored foods that I like. It’s a little tart and but also a little sweet, the perfect combination.
6. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Not much to say about this one, but if you like the peanut butter and chocolate combo, this one is for you!
7. Gingerbread
Not the most popular flavor, but I like it because it reminds me of Christmas time.

Flavors I Would Never Eat Again

1. Brownie Batter
If you LOVE chocolate, this cookie is for you. But if you’re like me, this might be a little too sweet and a little too much chocolate in one small cookie.
2. Cinnamon Bun/Roll
Was looking forward to this one for months! Sadly, I was very disappointed.

Flavors I Would Not Ever Try

1. Pumpkin Spice
I don’t like anything with pumpkin, tbh, I don’t understand everyone’s obsession with everything pumpkin spice

Flavors I Wish I could’ve Tried

1. Root Beer Float
I love root beer floats, so I was very upset when I heard they had come out with root beer flavor Oreos!

2. Watermelon
3. Birthday Cake
4. Strawberries and Creme
5. Cookie Dough
6. Birthday Cake
7. Candy Corn
8. Banana Split

Flavors I Wish Existed

Sometimes I feel like the United States gets left out when it comes to interetsing food items. For example, countries like China, Japan, England, to name a few, get different flavors that we in the United States could only dream of! Here are some flavors I wish existed, they might be real outside of the US, but I have yet to see them.

1. Pomegranate
2. Dr. Pepper