Tea Review: Empire of Tea Organic Jasmine Tea

Details: Official site is https://www.empireofteaco.com/

Score: 6.5/10

This tea is fine. It’s fragrant and not bitter.

Soft Drink Review: Aquarius

Details: More information can be found at https://www.coca-cola.com.sg/brands/aquarius/aquarius

Score: 6.5/10

Aquarius is basically Japanese Gatorade. That means it’s meant as a something you drink after exercising or playing sports. It’s made by the Coco-Cola corporation and while most popular in Japan, it’s spreading in popularity to places like Singapore and other east and southeast Asian countries. It basically tastes like Gatorade, too. The version I had was the original, plain variety and it tasted like lemon Gatorade. Nothing terrible and nothing amazing about this.

Condiment Review: Sutter Buttes Amber Beer Mustard

Details: More information can be found here: https://sutterbuttesoliveoil.com/product/amber-beer-mustard/

Score: 6/10

Despite the addition amber beer, this just tastes like your average dijon mustard. Which is interesting because it’s just plain mustard with beer in it. But dijon mustard mainly differs from regular mustard because they use white wine in dijon and they don’t in regular mustard. Maybe it’s the use of alcohol that adds that little extra bit of flavor. In any case, this was average and you can’t really taste the beer flavor at all.

Frozen Food Review: Healthy Choice Power Bowls Adobo Chicken

Details: More information can be found at https://www.healthychoice.com/power-bowls-classic/adobo-chicken

Score: 6.5/10

This was just okay. If you take a look at the ingredients, you can tell that this thing tries to market it self as healthy. And it tastes healthy… if healthy were a taste. It’s a combination of the quinoa, dry white chicken meat and scattered vegetables. The sauce they use is basically a salsa, or at least it tastes like salsa.

The portion size is pretty good. It’s not huge, but it is satisfactory for a meal.

In terms of price, I bought a three pack for a little under ten dollars. That means that each bowl costs a little more than three dollars. I think that’s mostly worth it given the portion size and the taste.

Overall, not great, but not bad. I’d buy it again if I was desperate for a convenient, fast meal.

Manga Review: Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One

Details: More information can be found at https://yenpress.com/9781975302849/goblin-slayer-side-story-year-one-vol-1-light-novel/

Score: 6.8/10

After the success of the Goblin Slayer anime, a slew of spin off manga were published. Almost all of them achieved little success with the exception being this book. Unlike those other books that focused on new characters, this story focuses on the same protagonist and is mostly the same type of story as the anime.

Year One again focuses on a young boy whose village is destroyed by goblins. Traumatized by the experience, he spends the rest of his life hunting goblins. Year takes place about five years before the events of the main series. This is an origin story and focuses on the early experience that shaped the protagonist into who he was in the main series.

With that said, it’s really not all that different from the main series. Our protagonist goes to the local adventurers guild hall, picks up a quest to hunt goblins, hunts goblins, and learn some lessons along the way. That was the basic structure of the main series and that’s the structure of this one.

The interesting bits of both series are the details in the story. The protagonist is simply a windows through which we can view the stories of the supporting characters as well as many guest characters. We also get to learn more about this fantasy world the story takes place in through the protagonist’s eyes. The world building in this story is pretty good in that it doesn’t just dump exposition onto readers. We learn a little bit more of the world with each story arc, not a whole bunch at once. It does a good job of keeping the world somewhat mysterious while revealing just enough to keep you interested.

Overall, this was about as good as the main Goblin Slayer series because it’s mostly the same. Both are enjoyable for exactly the same reasons, so if you enjoyed Goblin Slayer, you’ll enjoy Year One.