In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 032, it’s a snack break with Mistercee as we dig into a bag of Uncle Ray’s Cheese Puffers. Essentially, a cheesie, the puffers are pleasantly crisp with a cheese coating that does not overwhelm. I could snack on these any day without thinking. Great for all you cheesie lovers. And the bonus is that every Uncle Ray’s snack food comes with another chapter from his autobiography on the back of the bag. Enjoy the snacking and the storytelling alike.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 031, I’m at another grocery store hot table for lunch in the van with Mistercee. Zito’s Marketplace on Toronto’s Marlee strip is as authentic Italian as you can get in Toronto. The shelves are chalk full of house-made products and that goes for the takeout items as well. Today, I go with the server’s suggestion of lasagna with a generous side of veggies. The pasta is perfectly cooked and the meat gravy is simple and tangy with nice dimension and depth. The side veggies – a mix of green and yellow beans, carrots, and a choy-style leaf – are sauteed gently in garlic, herbs, and oil to make for tasty times. All in all, I felt like I was having dinner at Mistercee’s Nonna’s home and Mistercee agreed.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 030, it’s another snack-sized installment as I gobble up a Big Turk candy bar. The chocolate-covered Turkish delight is a classic Canadian treat from the fine folks at Nestle. It is a polarizing food with most people I know deriding the Big Turk as one of those sweets that NOBODY likes. But here I am and the chocolate and gelatin combo is my favourite of all the bars as well as being my ticket to the afterlife.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 029, I return from my extended winter nap with a trip to Bar Burrito, a fast-growing chain on the Canadian Mexican food scene. My choice of the day is the soy burrito and it does not disappoint. Hefty and bright, just like me, this substantial sandwich is packed with black beans and rice, along with corn salsa, cheese and veggies and a wonderful smokey, creamy house special sauce. But for me the star is the soy. Texturized like ground beef and flavoured so succulently, it’s this kind of dining that could change the world to eat less meat. Paired with crispy fries and a crisp, sweet lime Jarrito, the meal is a winner. I am sated, out of hibernation, and ready to devour the planet one meal at a time.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 026, I sample McDonalds new holiday offerings. The rosti bacon burger is in need of some extra saucy zing with the rosti merely a repurposed hash brown. The burger patty disappears in the flavour profile, dominated by the meaty, smoky bacon and bright raw onion. The waffle fries are a nice and simple addition, eclipsing by far the much-touted McDonalds staple side. As always, I applaud the use of proper poutine sauce and curds on their poutine. In all, the meal was pretty much an expected variation on the fast food giant’s fare — decent but unspectacular.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 025, I veer into experimental art film mode with a (hopefully) comedic piece. Old Dutch regular potato chips are the addictive focus — a snack that hearkens back to my own childhood. And with today’s plethora of choices, my vote always goes to the simplicity of a classic regular chip.
In CHUBBY BOUNTY HUNTER 024, I go for another coffee break- this time with Tim Hortons new seasonal mint chocolate offerings. The mint fudge brownie doughnut is an average Tim’s product as it just tastes like any other sweet confection. The chocolate overpowers the mint on all fronts. Perhaps a mint cream in this filled pastry instead of the ganache would fix the issue. As for the mint chocolate cookie, we have a solid winner. The thin band of mint cream throughout its breadth, makes for a chewy and addictive product. If they kept this one year-round on the menu, I would need to rename the show to the “Morbidly Obese Bounty Hunter”.