Phil's Food Reviews

New Product Hits & Misses for April 30th, 2014

Which of these 5 products was a MISS?

  • Russo's Gluten Free Pizza Chicken Rustica
  • Beanfields Bean and Rice BBQ Flavor Chips 
  • Sumo Citrus Giant Mandarin
  • Pukka Three Green Tea Organic Whole Leaf
  • BeeFree Honee Ancho Chile Flavor

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SCORE

64

Russo's : Gluten Free Pizza
Chicken Rustica

This product is a MISS!

TASTE

15 / 30

VALUE

12 / 20

NUTRITION

13 / 15

INGREDIENTS

13 / 15

PREPARATION

3 / 5

APPEARANCE

3 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

64 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Calcium
  • Good Source of Protein
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free

This is one of those products that would be better off if it wasn't gluten free. The crust simply is too chewy because of the rice flour. The chicken, while it cooked perfectly, looks nothing like this grilled chicken in the photo. The combination and balance of the feta and mozzarella cheeses just doesn't work either. We baked it for just over 10 minutes and the bottom browned perfectly, but there were some cold spots throughout. For my pizza I'll still stick with The Star Tavern in Orange, New Jersey.

$8.99   15.3 oz

Russo's Retail LLC
713.821.1784
www.russorestaurants.com

Visitor Product Rating

Russo's : Gluten Free Pizza
SCORE

89

Beanfields: Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips
Barbecue

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

17 / 20

NUTRITION

14 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

0 / 5

TOTAL

89 / 100
 
  • Good Source of Fiber
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • Celiac Certified
  • Gluten Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

This recipe, made from black beans, navy beans and long grain rice is perfect. Just the right crunch and not an overbearing bean flavor, this contains no sugars, but does contain stevia. Just 140 calories for one ounce, with 5 grams of fat and 4 grams each of dietary fiber and protein. Only one complaint, I don't like when somebody says ‘award winning taste' and they don't tell us what award they’ve won. If it is true - share it!

$3.59   5.5 oz

Beanfields
855.328.2326
www.beanfieldssnacks.com

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Beanfields: Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips
SCORE

90

Sumo Citrus : Sumo Mandarin
Mandarin Perfect Giant

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

27 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

4 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

1 / 5

TOTAL

90 / 100
 
  • Heart Healthy
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sodium
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

The Sumo is a new type of citrus which is a combination of mandarin and orange. It was developed in Japan and is now grown in the San Joaquin Valley of California. It's available only February to May and is easier to peel than an orange. The flavor itself is delicate and subtle and it's also seedless. In Japan it is called Dekopon and sells for the equivalent of $8 each.

$3.99   lb

Suntreat Packing & Shipping
599.562.4988
sumocitrus.com

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Sumo Citrus : Sumo Mandarin
SCORE

94

Pukka Herbs: Pukka Three Green Tea
Green Tea

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

28 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

94 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No or Low Sugar
  • No Added Sugars
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Finally there's a green tea blend with a terrific flavor. So many of the green teas are almost bitter in taste. This blend of sencha green whole leaf, oothu green whole leaf and suoi gang green whole leaf creates a very smooth and delicate taste. As you know green tea is rich in antioxidants which can improve brain function, reduce fat, lower cancer risk - it’s called the healthiest beverage on the planet by many. Imported from the UK and Fair Trade.

$6.95   30 g (20 sachets)

Pukka Herbs
866.341.8093
www.pukkaherbs.com

Visitor Product Rating

Pukka Herbs: Pukka Three Green Tea
SCORE

95

Bee Free : Honee
Ancho Chili

This product is a HIT!

TASTE

29 / 30

VALUE

18 / 20

NUTRITION

15 / 15

INGREDIENTS

15 / 15

PREPARATION

5 / 5

APPEARANCE

5 / 5

PACKAGING

5 / 5

SUSTAINABILITY

3 / 5

TOTAL

95 / 100
 
  • No or Low Fat
  • No Artificial Colors
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Artificial Preservatives
  • Gluten Free
  • Soy Free
  • Peanut Free
  • Milk Free
  • Tree Nut Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Everyone knows by now that we have a bee problem and the question is where are we going to get our honey from if it continues? This company's answer is from apples. This product, with a hint of ancho chile is as close to honey as you can imagine. The consistency, the aroma and the taste are almost identical. One tablespoon is 60 calories and zero fat. I would expect to start to see other food companies even use this as an ingredient. This is safe for infants and made from only US grown organic apples.

$6.25   12 oz

RAES Foods, Inc.
763.300.7509
www.beefreehonee.com

Visitor Product Rating

Bee Free : Honee
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