September 24th, 2009

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The Ice Cream Diaries, #6

Today, I have Soy Dream, a soy-based ice cream made by the same people who make Rice Dream, which I gave a bad review, I’m afraid. But maybe their soy product is better! They didn’t have mint chip, so I have French Vanilla. It costs $3.99 for a pint.

Soy Dream French Vanilla

Soy Dream French Vanilla

It has 140 calories, 70 of which are from fat, and 11 grams of sugar, which is very low for an ice cream. It’s sweetened with cane juice and brown rice syrup, so no corn syrup in this. It’s interesting to me that while a lot of the yogurts I tried had corn syrup, few if any of the ice creams have.

Soy Dream French Vanilla Opened

Soy Dream French Vanilla Opened

This one looks the most like regular ice cream, texture-wise, and it has very little scent. It is also very hard and difficult to spoon out of the container.

It’s a little soy-heavy in flavor, but not really offensive like the Soy Delicious. It’s not as good as the WholeSoy or Purely Decadent soy ice creams, though. It has a little of the frosting flavor I’ve mentioned some of the soy ice creams have up front. It doesn’t taste very vanilla and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Still, the texture of this one is pretty nice and probably the most like a really high-quality dairy ice cream of the soy products I’ve tried. It seems like it just needs something to spruce it up and a less plain flavor might be good! It honestly grew on me more on subsequent tastings.

And now I have a special treat! My other ice cream tonight is Tempt, which is the only Hemp-based ice cream on my list. I’ve had hemp milk a few times, but never hemp ice cream. This will be interesting. It’s $4.79, so a touch more expensive than the other ones, and it comes in mint chip.

Tempt Mint Chip

Tempt Mint Chip

It’s 170 calories, 80 from fat, and it has 10 grams of sugar, the lowest for all the ice creams I’ve tasted so far. It’s sweetened with agave and the chips are dairy-free chocolate. Oh, and that agave? Is actually lower on the list than the chocolate.

Tempt Mint Chip Opened

Tempt Mint Chip Opened

Opening the container, wow! This is like a galaxy of little chocolate bits. Seriously, tons of chocolate. It is very hard and a little frosty but it smells very minty.

I am torn on the flavor. It is pretty sweet in spite of the very little sugar in it, and it sort of tastes like sweetened envelope gum a little bit. It is pretty minty and the chocolate is good but very sweet– the chocolate could do with a little less sweetening in it. The texture is good although it is pretty hard and needs to be chewed a bit more than most ice creams before it melts. It also seems like it has that very chocolate-heavy top layer but a lot less chocolate as you get farther into the container. All in all, it is not bad, though.

It’s pretty good ice cream, but I don’t know if it’s worth spending nearly a dollar more on. However, if you prefer hemp products to dairy or other non-dairy substitutes, I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot!

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A Health Reform Flyer.

quizzicalsphinx is going to a meeting on health care tonight that will be attended by a lot of very strongly anti-reform folks.

So I made a handy-dandy flyer that she can take to her meeting to pass out. A lot of the information on it is oversimplified, but it's a good start. In case any of the other folks on my friendslist are interested in going to an event and would like something to pass out.

This flyer is mainly geared at people who might not be fans of healthcare reform, explaining the problems with the health care industry as it is and dispelling some of the misconceptions about what a public option is and what it will do. So it doesn't mention single payer insurance since I think that's a much harder sell to these people and might overcomplicate the issue. It's basically a "here's why we need reform" and "here's what you may have heard that's untrue."

I left some space on the bottom to add information about your state or local insurance problems or to put contact info for your senators and representatives.

Download the flyer HERE

Here is how to use the flyer:

1) The flyer is written in Microsoft Word. You may need to reformat it to use in another program.
2) The flyer uses Arial. I used Arial because it's a pretty ubiquitous font. I prefer the way it looks in Lucida Grande, though, so if you have Lucida Grande, try reformatting it in that. If you don't have Arial, you might have to reformat things so they fit.
3) The flyer should fit on two pages. Each page has three columns. Each column has the same information in it.
4) Fill in the part for your region/state/city.
5) Print out the FIRST PAGE ONLY on however many flyers you want. *
6) Take all the first pages, and re-load them into your printer, flipping them to print on the blank back side.
7) Print out the SECOND PAGE ONLY on however many flyers you printed. You may want to do one test one to make sure you loaded the paper correctly.
8) You should have two-sided flyers now! Cut each page into three pieces along the black lines.

*If you have access to a copier that does two-sided printing, just print each page once and copy away!

If anyone needs something with slightly different information or needs help finding out where they can get information, let me know.

To get the names and phone numbers of your Senators to add to the flyer, you can use this link
To get the names and phone numbers of your representatives to add to the flyer, you can use this link
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Email Scams Ahoy!

I got the following scam letter this morning:

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Should I write back and tell them that yes, Lisa Huston IS my representative and to please defer to her instructions on the matter?