Yum…doesn’t this granola bar look good??!! Well, it does taste good and overall this “special” Special K Dark Chocolate 110 calorie bar rates top in taste for granola bars. My gripe of this bar and really most granola bars are how they are so small and unfulfilling.
I am sorry to say, but yes I am a skinny girl who does NOT eat salads for dinner, and I feel extremely sorry for those who regularly have to. I am very active and was genetically blessed with a high metabolism to be able to eat more than most linebackers at one meal, and yes I don’t care (well most of the time) that I have a forever stomach pooch and might never have a flat stomach or four pack abs because of all the carbs I eat.
So, this is why I am completely insulted by these Special K granola bars. I guess I’ve been fixated on these particular bars because Steve decided it would be a good idea to buy a box of 30 bars from Costco, so they have been laying around in abundance.
I keep “emergency food” around my car and in my purse, so when I need a quick snack while running around town I can satisfy my hunger. These 110 calorie bars are really a joke because when I am hungry I eat one in about 1- 1/2 bites, and my stomach isn’t even tickled by these 110 calories of air.
So who eats these and is actually satisfied? You need to eat like 3 of them for a snack to even bring up your blood sugar. And I guess if you’re on a diet (I do feel sorry for you if you are) then these will really not work because you will eat one, feel nothing, and later make a trip pass the malasada truck so you don’t pass out from hunger.
Kellogg’s and other granola bar makers need to be a little more realistic. I thank you Kellogg’s for the generous amount of dark chocolate on the bar and for this particular bar to not taste like cardboard, but come on! Have granola bars gotten small or what?! 110 calories, 4g of protein, 4g of fiber = hungry Taryn…I’ll pass!
I spent a couple nights in Kauai over the weekend and explored the entire island soaking up the sun, surf, and of course the food! Kauai seems to be hit or miss in the food department with a mix of gourmet spots and local dives. Steve and I had some really good meals and some not so good ones. While grabbing a bottle of wine at the Whaler’s General Store in the Poipu Shopping Village, we spotted Puka Dog.
Puka Dog, a “Hawaiian style hot dog” made its claim to fame on the Travel Channel after Anthony Bourdain featured the Waikiki spot on his show. Steve and I remembered that show and really wanted to try one.
This little hot dog stand resembled a tired beach shack with a couple tiny tables. There was a huge list of sauces and relishes that you could put inside your hot dog or polish sausage. We stood looking at the menu blankly at all the choices and didn’t get much help from the young kid behind the counter. We finally decided on a polish sausage, mild garlic sauce, pineapple relish, and Dijon mustard. $6.25 and about a minute later, this is what we got…
Let me first start off by saying that the amount of bun is ridiculously huge, in a bad way, and it took me about three bites before I hit polish sausage. Small sausage or too much bread? I dunno, but I felt like I was eating a loaf of bread with a side of sausage. The sauces and relishes inside were very bland and the “garlic lemon secret sauce” was hardly notable and tasted like mayonnaise with a slight hint of garlic in it. The pineapple relish tasted like a pineapple sauce that just made the puka dog taste sweet. The Dijon mustard got lost somewhere in the bun, so who knows if it was even in there?
Overall, Steven (the hot dog expert) and I were disappointed in our puka dog, especially with a high price of $6.25. Costco offers a better polish dog for $1.50, and the polish sausage is probably double the size. There was so much bun that after the polish sausage was eaten we ended up throwing out the remaining 1/4 of the bun.
It wasn’t that the puka dog was terrible, but just not the gourmet marvel that I had anticipated. If I was starving I might eat another one, but I would try to get someone else to pay for it, and hope there are birds nearby to help me eat the leftover bun.
Steven and I had a really bad first experience at Luibueno’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant a couple months ago on the North Shore. I don’t like to write bad reviews, but this was worth the rant. Read the full story via Aloha Update.