I’m calling this the 25 Days of Ramen (not really) because I’m totally going to miss some days. Probably a lot of days.
Reporting live from just having put my kids to bed and boy am I tired.
I found this Simply Food Hodl noodle bowl at Ha Tien in St. Paul, MN.
The lovely artwork caught me eye.
I would review more frozen celebrity chef meals, but the last Guy Fieri series broke me.
As an avid YouTube connoisseur, I love when creators do holiday series where they post a lot. Some call it Vlogmas or Glo-mas, or some type of other clever name, where they post all 25 days of Christmas during December.
Realistically, I won’t have the time or energy to post every day, but I will try to post more.
How about a good old fashioned instant ramen review?
I debated opening this post like I did the Gordan Ramsay frozen meal review with the sentiment, “I’m going into this wanting Guy Fieri to succeed!”
Nah – I mean, I did actually go into this wanting Guy Fieri to succeed. But the kindest thing I can for your pocketbooks is tell you to save your cash.
Before I even get started, let me to preface this review/roast by saying I am a long-time Guy Fieri fan. I’ve seen every episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives 2-3 times. I own a Guy Fieri sweatshirt that I bought myself. Once I wrote an ode to Guy’s Grocery Games. Friday night in our household will always be Food Network Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives rerun night. I bow down to how he’s brought the Top Chef and Food Network worlds together. I have a Safia Nygaard-dining-at-his-Vegas-restaurant-wearing-a-flames-shirt-level of enthusiasm for him.
So, some of this stuff isn’t frozen, but it’s just easier to call it that.
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the prices on most of these items. Costco trips are a blur since we take the two kids. They always end up with us sharing a hot dog and slice of pizza in the food court until the baby has a melt-down.
This summer has gone by fast. Work has had some unexpected twists and turns – and then the weekends are busy with trying to entertain the kids at parks or family parties. We’re really looking forward to the state fair.
This might be the first year in seven that I can actually celebrate Halloween! I’ve either had a job that was involved in Open Enrollment on Halloween – last year, I had just given birth to Artie. As always, I’m planning to get an early start on celebrating fall.
Such is life taking care of two tiny ones, some weeks we’re thriving, other weeks we’re surviving.
Here’s a run down of frozen/refrigerated foods we’ve tried from Costco + Fresh Thyme. Plus a few bonus favs at the end.
AYO Frozen Meals caught my eye at Target. I have never seen West African food in the frozen food section of the grocery store before and was excited to try them.
I recognized Top Chef finalist’s Eric Adjepong’s face on one of the boxes.
Fred and Perteet Spencer started the AYO Foods brand in Chicago. Naomi Waxman’s Eater profile from June 2022 shares their story. You can find them at the following stores listed on this page (Whole Foods and Target in the Twin Cities). In this article, Pertit Spencer mentions that her father’s stews could take six hours to cook. Part of their goal was to make their favorite meals more readily available in minutes.
At our local Target, they cost around $5.60 each. Today, I found them on sale at Target for 2/$9.
We tried the four meals available at our Target: Jollof Rice with Chicken, Groundnut Stew with Chicken, Waakye Beans and Rice, and Chicken Yassa.