February 8, 2012

National Potato Lover's Day

"What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow." - A. A. Milne

It's National Potato Lover's Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

Sponsored by: Alexia Natural Foods

"You know what my favorite food is lately?"


"Those all-natural Parmesan fries you told me about."

"The what?"

"Those french fries! Those Alex french fries!"

"ALEXIA! Their Oven Reds?! You like 'em, really?"

"Yes! They smell ah-may-zing when they're cooking! Thank you so much for telling me about them."

It sounds like a commercial, right? But that's actually how my conversation turned last night when my friend called to check-in on me. She then gave me one of the nicest compliments any foodie could hope to receive: "Listen, when you tell me something is good, I trust you. I know you'll always tell it like it is." An endorsement like that validates this entire project! So yay!

In all seriousness, the Alexia Potatoes are something pretty special, though. I had been craving a "sophisticated" type of potato long before this project started and originally fell in love with their Rosemary and Garlic Oven Fries (rosemary is one of my absolute favorites scents there is), so I was thrilled to be able to try the complimenting Olive Oil, Parmesan, and Garlic Oven Reds that my friend loved so much.

She was right: the very first thing that will impress you about these potatoes is the luscious aroma. My flat smelled like I had slaved away for hours making these (if I was ever short on time and needed to impress someone, I might pop a bag of these in the oven and let them do all the work for me while I take all the glorious credit!). And despite being a frozen item, they taste homemade, too! The seasoning is both subtle and perfectly balanced, which I was originally concerned about since both Parmesan and garlic can be such robust, intense flavors when misused.

They're easy to make, they're reasonably priced, and they really do elevate the quality of my meal from average to cultured. Which is how Alexia came to be: a Manhattan chef named Alex wanted to make the quality of "the side dish" as impressive as whatever main entree it was playing second-fiddle to. He set out to create "distinctive and inspired convenient everyday side dishes." Unbiased, I can tell you they absolutely accomplish that.

Happy National Potato Lover's Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.