Product Review: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizzas

What is it: Domino’s Peri Peri Pizza

How much is it: $8.95 each

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas

Contact:  Domino’s – 1300 366 466

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Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I got to try out the new Peri Peri Range, retailing for $8.95 each.

A delivery of three pizzas, a garlic bread, cold Coke and a lover’s lava cake arrived at our door and we were soon stuck into the pizzas!

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In the boxes were the Chicken Peri Peri, Beef Peri Peri and Prawn Peri Peri pizzas.

First off, the prawn.

It was bursting with freshness from the fresh, just cooked prawns to the juicy cherry tomatoes and green spinach. Delicious flavours and generous amount of prawns and vegetables.

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Next was the beef.

The beef pizza was a little dry. The sauce helped a little but I could do with more sauce due to the dryness of the beef. Not much vegetables on this one- definitely for the guys and kids!

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Finally, the chicken.

Soft chicken breast,  fresh vegetables and lots and lots of melted cheese.

A beautiful looking pizza and a very nice tasting one too. I really enjoyed the crispy crust and creamy cheesy centre.

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Rating

I give the prawn an 8/10, the chicken a 6/10 and the beef a 6/10.

Disclaimer: TCFB sampled the Peri Peri pizzas courtesy of Domino’s. All opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own and are not intended to be factual and/or taken as advice. 

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Product Review: Domino’s Wagyu Duet Pizzas

What is it: Two Domino’s Wagyu Pizzas

How much is it: $50 for two pizzas

Where to order it: http://www.dominos.com.au/menu/pizzas/P229TX

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What is it?

Following on from the Chef’s Best range, Domino’s has launched a new class of pizza. 

The pizzas feature 6+ marble score wagyu, truffle hollandaise sauce and creamy camembert cheese.

Domino’s CEO, Don Meij, is challenging diners to find the same quality Wagyu, for the same price at any fine dining restaurant in Australia.

Thanks to Domino’s Australia, I was lucky enough to be one of the first to try this new concept.

An interesting and unusual shaped box was delivered to my door one weeknight.

Wicko and MC were also at home that day, a strange happening during this busy Christmas period, which I can only put down to coincidence….or perhaps the fact that they knew I was getting a very interesting delivery!

Appearance

Just looking at the box, you could straight away tell that this was no ordinary pizza.

The box featured a black print with gold and silver writing.  It was quite an elegant looking thing, for a pizza box!

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However it wasn’t so much the box we were interested in, as what was inside the box.  

We opened it up to find two rectangular pizzas, about the length of a 30 cm ruler.

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Flavour

One was the Wagyu 3 Ways and the other was the Wagyu Truffle Hollandaise.

Each was different in colour and appearance, with the Wagyu 3 Ways being quite dark and covered in fresh herbs and a tomato sauce, and the Wagyu Hollandaise being light, and containing bright red tomatoes and just a few pieces of meat.

It is clear that with the Wagyu Duet, Domino’s wanted to create the type of pizza you savour and enjoy, not the type you scoff down or order when you can’t be bothered making any dinner.

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The Wagyu 3 Ways contains three types of wagyu (of course), wagyu rib fillet, bresaola (an air-dried salted beef), and wagyu sausage.

I enjoyed this meaty pizza with its hearty beef and bacon and sweet onion.  MC commented however, that it was like a Meat Lover’s pizza with bits of wagyu thrown on top, and Wicko agreed.

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I would have preferred it if the meat was larger and thinner, rather than having fewer, chunkier pieces, but I did enjoy it as it had a lot of meat, including bacon and and mince beef.

I also thought it had quite a rustic look and I enjoyed the appearance of the fresh herbs on the red and brown pizza.

I savoured the sweet red onion and the delicious bresaola, which I thought added tons of flavour to what would otherwise be quite a bland pizza, taking it from fast food to gourmet.

Overall, a pretty good pizza and quite tasty, worth close to its price of $25.

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The truffle hollandaise wagyu was not my cup of tea.

For me, hollandaise should be reserved for eggs and not much else.  I do not favour creamy sauces on my meats, and much prefer something sweet, spicy, tangy or savoury.

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While I enjoyed the delicious and fresh  cherry tomatoes, and the little bits of camembert cheese, I didn’t think there was quite enough wagyu on this wagyu pizza.

I would also have liked to see a thinner base for this pizza and a bit more green on it, such as some herbs or perhaps broccoli.

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 Price

It is not often that pizzas in general cost more than $25, particularly in fast food chains.

With the new Wagyu Duet pizza, Domino’s has, for the first time for a fast food chain, ventured into higher price range, with the two Wagyu Duet pizzas costing $50 in total.

While it is quite expensive for a pizza from a fast food store, a pizza at another gourmet store would cost about $20-25 anyway, so truffle, thick crust, hollandaise or wagyu lovers may choose to go for the Domino’s option instead. 

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Summary

Domino’s did quite a good job with the pizzas, adding plenty of fresh and high quality ingredients and investing a lot in packaging.

However I still don’t think they were up to the standard of Crust or Criniti’s, for example, where you could get a pizza for a similar price.

The flavours of both pizzas were quite nice and the presentation is very elegant and unusual for a fast food chain, but I think the pizzas are a little overpriced.

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What do you think, would you try the Domino’s Wagyu Duet? Would you pay $50 for it? What do you think would be a reasonable price for it?

Rating

I give it a 6.5/10.

TCFB reviewed the Wagyu Duet courtesy of Domino’s Australia.  All opinions are however, our own.

Product Review: KFC Grilled Twister Salsa

Product: KFC Grilled Twister Salsa

Available from: KFC

For more information: http://www.kfc.com.au/

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KFC has brought out a new range of twisters- the grilled salsa range. They are a relatively new menu item, having been released earlier this year.

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I had seen the ads on TV but was a little dubious as to how good they could possibly be as my previous experiences with wraps had shown that they could sometimes be soggy and difficult to eat.

When I was contacted by a representative of KFC to try the new range, I was intrigued and pretty excited to see how they actually tasted.

I ordered the Grilled Twister Salsa wrap. The wrap costs $7.00 on its own or $10.00 as a meal/combo.

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Appearance wise, the wrap looked nothing like what was shown in the picture. I was a little disappointed to see that the marketing material wasn’t exactly very accurate. But then again, how can you package a wrap overflowing with fillings?

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When I bit into the wrap I was surprised to find a crunchy filling. I looked in the wrap and noticed….corn chips! Very random! However, they were a fantastic addition to the wrap, adding a more Mexican feel to it and also a new texture.

The flavours in the wrap were great. My twister was toasted so it was warm and not doughy. The chicken was well cooked, the tomato salsa was delicious and tangy, and the salad was fresh and light. I actually really enjoyed this wrap and commented to MC that I would definitely be trying it again!

Whilst at KFC I also noticed the following sign:

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Looks like they have a special deal on the snackboxes- definitely one to try when you are feeling peckish!

Rating

I give the new twister a 7/10.

Product Review: PopCorners

Name of Product: PopCorners

Flavour: Butter

Produced: USA

Available at: See http://www.popcorners.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/popcorners

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While in the shops one day picking up some junk food to munch on, MC came over to me and said “let’s have a look at the chippies.” Knowing about his (not-so-secret) chips addiction, I suggested we skip the chips aisle and head over the counter. He insisted I “just come over and have a look” and led me to the aisle where I saw what had made him so interested: PopCorners. Of course popcorn-loving MC was going to want to try the new popcorn chips! I too was intrigued by them and agreed that as long as he promised not to eat the whole packet in one day, we could get them. He agreed and the offending chippies were purchased!

Packaging

PopCorners come in a very funky black and white package with various different colours depending on the flavour. The packaging is similar to that of any other chip (such as Kettle, Grainwaves etc) in that it has similar sized packaging and uses a foil package for freshness. The front of the packet is quite simple and shows the name of the company, the logo: “the new shape of popcorn”, the flavour, and some extra information.

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The back of the packet contains a blurb about PopCorners, nutritional information, contact information and some details of other available flavours (Caramel sounds yum!!!).

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Nutritional Information

PopCorners are currently made with genetically modified corn (GMO corn). GM whole foods are not available in Australia but are present in imported products such as this. The fact that they are genetically modified means that gene products, which may be used in the early stage of the production process to add nutrients or ensure a longer shelf life etc, may remain in the food. While genetic modification can have some benefits for the environment, e.g. by reducing the use of pesticides and herbicides, they may have some unknown health effects. For more information see here.

A 28 gram serving of PopCorners contains 120 calories, with a total fat content of 3.5 grams. In the same serving there is 280 mg of sodium (salt) and 21 grams of carbohydrate.

The package also claims to be gluten free, have no preservatives, no artificial colours and no artificial flavours. However,  “enzyme-modified butter” and “dehydrated butter” might as well be artificial as it is can’t exactly be called natural!

Appearance

The actual chip itself is in the shape of a Dorito or CC’s, which seems to imply that PopCorners are a new type of corn chip. The chip is quite lumpy and looks a little bit like a thin rice cake. The butter flavour which we tried was yellowish in colour from the flavouring.

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Taste

The taste is quite interesting. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it as it had a very salty and “fake butter” sort of flavour. It is also quite dry in the mouth and the salty buttery taste contributes to that dryness.

The actual popcorn chip itself was like a rice cake, which I enjoy, with a similar flavour and the same texture. Those who aren’t big fans of rice cakes (such as my brother) would probably not be a huge fan of this. That said, there are a variety of different flavours which could appeal to those who think rice cakes a bland or boring.

As I had a few more PopCorners I became more used to the flavour and began to like them more and more. The buttery flavour is quite strong at first but after a few chips, becomes less intesne.

Summary

Overall, this is an interesting new product which provides an alternative to regular chips. It is a mix between the taste of popcorn and rice cakes and the shape of Doritos and claims to be “healthier” than regular chips, like Grainwaves.

The butter flavour takes some getting used to but once you do it is quite nice. As far as health goes, it is probably no better than regular popcorn (especially homemade air popped corn).

 I would be interested to try some of the less intense options, such as sea salt, and the sweet caramel, to compare them.
Rating
I would rate these a 6/10.

Product Review: Pepsi NEXT Review

Woolworths Australia invited me to try Pepsi’s new product, Pepsi NEXT. I received a 600mL bottle in the mail and decided to find out a little more about this new “health conscious” drink before I tried it. Image Soft Drinks

A report by the NSW Centre for Public Health Nutrition, 2009, states that soft drinks are often sweetened using high-fructose corn syrup which can contribute to obesity. A positive correlation between consumption of sugary soft drinks and weight gain, was found. In a 600mL bottle of Pepsi there are 66 grams of sugar, about 16.5 teaspoons.

It was also found that excessive consumption of soft drinks can lead to:

  • “Displacement of healthier foods from the diet leading to poorer diet quality
  • Dental caries and dental erosion
  • Bone fractures, low bone density, osteoporosis, hypocalcemia
  • Disturbed sleep patterns, bedwetting and anxiety (younger children)
  • Headache, fatigue, decreased alertness, depressed mood and irritability*
  • Chronic disease including metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure”

Diet Drinks

The article also argued that diet soft drinks can stimulate the appetite for sweet foods and thus are not the best option for those wishing to reduce their sugar intake.

Another important point was that “diet soft drinks are often promoted as a healthy alternative but they [can still have] ill-health consequences…[such as]… high levels of acidity which may contribute to dental erosion when consumed regularly…, [and links] to disturbances of the central nervous system, loss of bone mass, [and possibly heart disease].”

However, the most common sweeteners used in diet drinks in Australia are aspartame and acesulfame potassium, which have been proven safe for consumption by humans. Phenylanine, is toxic for people with a rare disease, phenylkotenuria, but is OK for others. For more information, see here.

Pepsi NEXT

Pepsi Next claims to use 30% less sugar by using stevia, a natural plant-based sweetener which is mainly cultivated in Paraguay, Brazil, China and Japan. While some argue that Pepsi NEXT is still unhealthy due to the various additives used in the product, others argue that it is better than drinking a normal Pepsi or Coke which can have even worse health consequences.

It has also been argued that stevia has health benefits as it has been used for therapeutic purposes. See also here. Image Image

The Taste Test

Well the verdict’s out and…….it tastes exactly the same as Pepsi to me. I guess this is a good thing as it tastes the same as the original Pepsi with 16.5 teaspoons of sugar, but this one actually contains a natural sweetener instead.

If there are no harmful or negative health issues associated with stevia, then Pepsi NEXT could be a real winner.

Obviously water is always going to be the healthiest drink option, but for those who are addicted to Pepsi or Coke, I would recommend giving Pepsi NEXT a go!

Rating

I give it 6.5/10.