Urban Accents Spices

Summer is, of course, grilling season. I was recently sent a sampler pack of Urban Accents Grill Master Complete Grilling Collection, which has spices and marinades for all your grilling needs!


There were five packs of “Dryglaze,” which go on to the meat dry, and melt into a beautiful glaze as you marinade. On the grill, it develops a really lovely caramelization. 


There were also four bottles of different blended seasonings for steak, pork, chicken, or whatever you’d like to season!


Finally, there were two seasonings for corn on the cob, which I LOVE. I’ve definitely put these to good use!


S and I really like the chili lime seasoning for the corn – we don’t have a grill, but usually bake corn on the cob in the oven, with a few layers of the husk left on – 350°F for 15 minutes, then I remove the husk and sprinkle on the seasoning!


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Purely Decadent non-dairy frozen dessert

I don’t know how many of you reading this are lactose intolerant, but if you are, and if you have ice cream cravings, go to Whole Foods and get yourself a pint of Purely Decadent frozen dessert. Seriously. It’s amazing.

I didn’t even like ice cream very much, but my mom bought me a pint of the turtle trails when I was home a couple of weeks ago, and this stuff is good.

Turtle trails is vanilla based with chocolate-covered pecans and caramel (my favorite). I’ve also tried the blueberry cheesecake, which has cheesecake crust pieces and dried blueberries. You should try every flavor and tell me which ones are the best. You should try it, even if you’re not lactose intolerant.

Purely Decadent non-dairy frozen dessert, Turtle Trails flavored

(If you go on their website, you can print a coupon for $1 off, too!)

Uli Mana Coconut Truffles

I was at Whole Foods the other day and passed by the chocolate aisle, so I couldn’t resist looking for chocolate truffles. I found these Uli Mana Coconut Truffles and decided to try some, mostly because there was a store clerk who told me quite convincingly that they were made by a local crafter and that they would be delicious. I’m up for anything local and hand-crafted, so I bought a jar.

Now, I should have looked at the ingredients before I bought them, because I do know the recipe for making truffles, and three of the main ingredients are chocolate (duh), heavy cream, and butter. Heat the cream, stir in the chocolate and some butter, then stir the mixture in a double-boiler until the chocolate completely melts. Wait for it to cool, then use a spoon to scoop out your – voila! – chocolate truffles. There are variations of this recipe if you want your truffles to be sweeter, nuttier, etc, but that’s the basic idea.

Well, if I had taken a closer look at the ingredients list of Uli Mana truffles, I would have noticed that nowhere does it list heavy cream as an ingredient. Which would explain why when I first bit into the chocolate, there was no feeling of rich, creamy goodness. It was actually rather bland – even the chocolate that was used wasn’t very high quality. The bitter chocolate was not rich at all, and the soft texture of the truffle probably came entirely from the butter. The heavy taste of the chocolate also covered the flavor of the coconut flakes. This truffle may contain some fancy stuff like agave powder or sea salt, but without plain ol’ heavy cream, it ain’t a truffle. I was sorely disappointed with them and will continue on my search for better chocolate truffles in Durham…

Ingredients List: Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Agave, Organic Coconut, Organic Vanilla Bean, Celtic Sea Salt

Store: Whole Foods
Uli Mana Coconut Truffles
$13.99 for 5.5oz (156g)
– Not worth it. If you’re really craving truffles, even Lindt truffles would probably be a better option.