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Bet You Can’t Eat More than One

WritingI had originally planned on making a vlog about this, but I need to figure out a better way to do that because my camera software was giving me really cruddy quality, so much so that it would have been embarrassing to post something that bad. So instead I’m writing up my opinions. It’s not as fun, especially since you don’t get to hear me loudly swear after having one of those chips (guess which one), but we do what we must. Hopefully, I can later get the webcam working properly and do some more vlogging. Not abandon this blog at all, but rather supplement it.

Anyway, a little background: Last year, Lay’s potato chips ran a contest for new flavors with three choices. The winner was “Cheesy Garlic Bread,” which was okay but tasted too much like a lot of other chips on the market. Then again, that was probably why it won. It had the most universal appeal. The other choices were “Sriracha,” which was spicy but good (although I love Sriracha anyway) and…”Chicken & Waffles.” The Chicken & Waffles chips were vile on the first taste, but it was also probably because it was hard to anticipate what they would taste like. It was hard to tell. They were mostly sweet and salty, but in a weird way (definitely more sweet than salty, like they had been soaked in syrup). However, they quick fell prey to the Lay’s curse (“Bet you can’t eat just one”), and while they didn’t really get better, they became very addictive. One of the ingredients must have been crack.

This year, Lay’s is at it again, this time holding the contest with four contenders: “Bacon Mac & Cheese,” “Mango Salsa,” “Wasabi Ginger,” and “Cappuccino.” I got my hands on all of them, as seen below, and tried them in the above order, going from what seemed the most normal to the most bizarre.

Lays Chips

Now for a quick confession. I actually tried the Bacon Mac & Cheese chips a week ago at a friend’s house, so I already knew what they tasted like. And they taste fairly normal. They use the potato chip as the starch base (the Mac part of it) with the cheese flavor. What makes it different is that it has a bit of a smokey taste and just a hint of savory. Overall, it meets expectations and seems fairly normal. Basically this year’s Cheesy Garlic Bread.

Next came the Mango Salsa. Now, I’m not sure what I expected this to taste like. First, it only comes in the Wavy variety of Lay’s chips, so it’s a little thicker. After putting it in my mouth, I audibly cursed, to give this a G-rated phrasing. These chips are sweet. Way too sweet with a weird flavor that seems like they were trying to mimic the taste of mango salsa but failed miserably, overly sweet rotten tomatoes. It was like eating diabetic vomit. These chips need to be avoided at all costs.

Third on the list was Wasabi Ginger. This one only comes in the Kettle Cooked variety. I was confused about what to expect. This was basically a sushi restaurant chip, except that there’s one problem: To my understanding, you never eat the wasabi and the ginger together, or at least I never have. The wasabi flavors the food while the ginger cleanses your palate for the next bite. So seeing them together was odd. And it tastes just as weird. Not necessarily bad, but definitely weird. First, there is a definite wasabi taste, although it doesn’t have the spiciness that I would typcially associate with wasabi (which I should have been able to tell because, on opening the bag, I was not hit in the face by a pungent aroma as I expected; in fact, the bouquet was very subdued), although I should note that my wife disagrees with me about the spiciness. Where it getting very confusing is the ginger. Ginger tends to have a bit of a kick to it, but in this case it’s just sweet. So altogether, this chip is like a sweetened wasabi that’s been sitting out too long and has lost its potency. Ultimately, it did not meet my expectation, and I was rather disappointed. A weird and unique flavor, to be sure, but a bit of a letdown.

Finally came Cappuccino, one that I had no expectations for because, well, how does one get a potato chip to taste like cappuccino? To their credit, they actually did. It tastes like a sweet cappuccino with the taste very reminiscent of the foam on top. Unfortunately, it has two problems. The first is that it’s too sweet for my tastes. The second is that the cappuccino taste is immediately followed by the potato chip taste which doesn’t mix well. It’s a flavor that’s too confused about its own identity to be good. Admittedly, it’s not as bad as I was expecting, but it still has major problems.

So, to sum up, from best to worst I rank them as Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wasabi Ginger, Cappuccino, and Mango Salsa. And the Bacon Mac & Cheese still seems to hover around average as far as potato chip flavors are concerned. Excessive sweetness seems to be a common theme with the other flavors.

Kind of a disappointing year for chip flavors, come to think of it.

Update: My niece and nephew tried them and had similar reactions. In fact, my niece had to run to the trash can and spit out the Mango Salsa chip. Yeah, they’re pretty bad.

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Geek Out: Night of the Doctor

WritingIf you’ll forgive me, I need to geek out for a moment. As many may know out there, I’m a huge fan of “Doctor Who.” Not just the new series. I was a fan of the show all the way back with the classic series. We’re approaching the 50th anniversary of the show, one week from this posting, and a couple of days ago, we were given a big surprise: A prequel to the 50th anniversary special called “Night of the Doctor.” And, oh boy, was it a big surprise:

While it’s cool, when put into the context of the original series, it becomes very chilling and could have serious implications for the series to come.

First, we get the return of Paul McGann, the Eighth Doctor. This is something fans have been clamoring for since the series restarted in 2005, especially since it was confirmed that his Doctor is considered canon to the series. So people have wanted closure with his Doctor. They’ve wanted to know what his Doctor did, how he died, and any details of his adventures. We get this in droves with this special.

Not only do we see how this Doctor died, but the Doctor confirms that the Big Finish audio productions are canon by naming his companions during those adventures. This is where the trouble begins. Up to now, the audio stories have not been considered canon to the series. So if those are now a genuine part of the story, does that mean that the Virgin New Adventures novels are also part of the story as well?

If they are, this spells a lot of trouble for the Doctor. In “Night of the Doctor,” we also get the return of the Sisterhood of Karn from the 1976 story “The Brain of Morbius,” keepers of the Sacred Flame and the Elixir of Eternal Life. The Sisterhood had a relationship with the Timelords, where the Timelords would sometimes need their Elixir, at least according to “The Brain of Morbius.” But in the Virgin New Adventures, that connection went deeper. In the books, Timelord society as it was seen in the classic series rose after overthrowing the matriarchal religious society under their ruler Pythia. When they were cast out, they fled and settle on Karn, their remnants becoming the Sisterhood of Karn.

So, if this is true to the story, as it’s now indicated that it might be, that means the remnants of Pythia were responsible for setting the Doctor up to destroy the Timelords, the society who rebelled against them and cast them out. This could potentially have far reaching implications for the show.

Geek moment over.