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But does Mast Brothers’ chocolate live up to its reputation? Many skeptical specialists contend that Mast’s Brooklyn location, hipster image, and beautiful packaging are the real reasons for its popularity—not its taste.

“If you were to ask the world’s top chocolate reviewers to rate bars, Mast Brothers would hit in the bottom 5 percentile,” said Clay Gordon, a Good Food Awards judge and the author of Discover Chocolate. “There are defects in every bar, and the chocolate is bad.”

Writer, chocolate educator, and International Chocolate Awards judge Eagranie Yuh said she’s tried Mast bars that tasted stale or moldy. Both Yuh and Lauren Adler, the owner of Seattle-based specialty shop Chocolopolis, commented that some Mast bars have an unpleasant chalky texture.

Though Mast is sold at hundreds of independently owned shops and big-name grocery stores around the world, almost every specialty chocolate store refuses to carry the brand: Cacao in Portland, Oregon; the Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, California; Bittersweet Café and Fog City News in San Francisco; and La Tablette de Miss Choco in Montreal. The Meadow, in Portland and New York, was the only spot I could find that both specializes in chocolate and carries Mast bars.
 
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But does Mast Brothers’ chocolate live up to its reputation? Many skeptical specialists contend that Mast’s Brooklyn location, hipster image, and beautiful packaging are the real reasons for its popularity—not its taste.

“If you were to ask the world’s top chocolate reviewers to rate bars, Mast Brothers would hit in the bottom 5 percentile,” said Clay Gordon, a Good Food Awards judge and the author of Discover Chocolate. “There are defects in every bar, and the chocolate is bad.”

Writer, chocolate educator, and International Chocolate Awards judge Eagranie Yuh said she’s tried Mast bars that tasted stale or moldy. Both Yuh and Lauren Adler, the owner of Seattle-based specialty shop Chocolopolis, commented that some Mast bars have an unpleasant chalky texture.

Though Mast is sold at hundreds of independently owned shops and big-name grocery stores around the world, almost every specialty chocolate store refuses to carry the brand: Cacao in Portland, Oregon; the Chocolate Garage in Palo Alto, California; Bittersweet Café and Fog City News in San Francisco; and La Tablette de Miss Choco in Montreal. The Meadow, in Portland and New York, was the only spot I could find that both specializes in chocolate and carries Mast bars.
I knew these guys were assholes all along.
 

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Just tried Noosa yogurt for the first time. This shit is fucking delicious. Way way way better than that sugary Chobani garbage.
 

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Just tried Noosa yogurt for the first time. This shit is fucking delicious. Way way way better than that sugary Chobani garbage.
35 gr of sugar is too much, turns into fat. For that serving size should be no more than 13 gr both for flavor balance and health.
 

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35 gr of sugar is too much, turns into fat. For that serving size should be no more than 13 gr both for flavor balance and health.
yeah and its probably got fukishima radiation in it since its from australia but i'm eating it anyway because its fucking tasty.
 

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No wonder I'd never heard of Noosa yoghurt - its made in fucking Colorado!

Its about as Australian as LelandJ
 

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- Nice local farm fruit (apricots and nectarines) this morning.
- Baby chia trees in fermented rye tree water with coconut fat for lunch eaten after some purple seaweed.


Dinner will be baby chickpea trees, baby lentil trees and baby mung bean trees and green river algae.
 

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Anyone here shop at Aldi? They just opened a new one here. What's good?
Don't know what Aldi is like in the US, but in Europe most of the stuff comes from evil multinational corporations (mostly Nestle), even though it doesn't say on the packaging. Over here we have higher food standards, so the stuff isn't bad overall.
They have good pizzas and coffee (beans and powder) in Germany, but I guess it's totally different where you are.
I kind of miss the oh so popular Hühnerfrikasse (chicken ragout in white sauce) over here. It's very good with rice or Spätzle (which I can buy in the UK).
 
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I was shocked, shocked to discover the the Burger King grilled hot dogs are really good. They put ketchup on them like rubes, but the chili one was fantastic.

ALDI is awesome. Private label stuff that's at least as good as name brand but way cheaper. Bring a quarter for the shopping cart. You're in luck if they carry wine and beer.
 
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ALDI is awesome. Private label stuff that's at least as good as name brand but way cheaper. Bring a quarter for the shopping cart
they're just starting around here. what products do you recommend other than the booze?
 
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They've got a little of everything. It's all comparable quality as best I can tell, and actually sometimes better as they are a tad on the organic and no high-fructose train. I'm a sucker for the $.99 to $1.99 pineapples. There's usually some special seasonal or limited time aisle that is worth a look. They are hilarious for their non-food items. There will be like rugs or irons or kiddie playsets or whatever the hell they can get for cheap.
I went yesterday and the fun items were sriracha mustard for like $1.19 or so and some box of Latino cookies for $2.19 or so.

Oh yeah, they charge for bags. Grab empty boxes from their mini-warehouse style shelving to avoid being nickeled and dimed.
 
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