Review: Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, The Nosh Show Ep. 60, & I Don’t Understand Sneakers with Suits
JFG Nation, it’s Monday Monday Monday! Here in DC, tons of people travel on the subway on the way to work at banks, firms, government…and every day, I spot tons of dudes wearing sneakers with their suits. And I’d like to call them out and say STOP IT.
Whenever I see women wearing sneakers with their suits, to me it makes sense – heels hurt, so if you don’t have to wear them while commuting, don’t. There’s a general acknowledgement that heels often have more aesthetic appeal than comfort. I get it – do what you gotta do.
But men’s shoes? I just don’t buy that it’s the same thing. If your shoes are uncomfortable, you shouldn’t own them in the first place – buy shoes that fit and feel ok. Are you wearing wingtips that squeeze your feet and have spikes on the sole? Why do you own those? What’s happening there, partner? Because when you wear a suit and then have on neon orange Nike kicks on, you look like you’re in high school. Are you on your way to your office or to study hall, sir?
I’ve heard the argument “But I don’t want to get my shoes dirty during my commute.” WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. Shoes are designed to HELLO touch the ground. To walk on the ground. Maybe stop worrying so much about your shoes getting dirty and get on with your life, chief.
I’ve also heard the argument, “I’m on my way to the gym.” Oh, I didn’t realize you run on the treadmill with your suit on. Wait, you don’t? Oh, you actually change AT the gym into workout clothes before lifting? So, the sneakers are gonna have to come off anyways, and you could always change from shoes to sneakers then? Mind. Blown.
I know – I’m not really making much sense, and I’m just griping about something that is not important. Ok then – if your shoes hurt your feet, FINE – wear sneakers. Your Brooks Brothers suit looks awesome with those faded white New Balance that you clearly mow the lawn in. So fashionable.
What do you think, JFG Nation? Needless gripe, or something that bothers you too? Am I totally off base and just don’t understand? I want to hear all angles – tell me why I’m right/wrong. Let me know in the comments below.
In the meantime…EPISODE 60 OF THE NOSH SHOW IS HERE!
For you new arrivals, The Nosh Show is a podcast started by Marvo from The Impulsive Buy, featuring Ryan from GrubGrade, Dubba from On Second Scoop, and, of course, me, your friendly neighborhood JFG. Today marks the release of The Nosh Show, Episode 60: Eat More Reubens.
This week, “find out which of the four Lay’s Do Us a Flavor finalists we’d nosh. We also share our thoughts about Oreo Thins and Limited Edition Key Lime Oreo Cookies.” You can listen embedded here:
Today’s junk food: Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips!
Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips is one of the four Lay’s Do Us A Flavor varieties this year. The Do Us A Flavor promotion, for those who don’t follow the junk food world religiously like me, is basically a user-submitted flavor competition. People submit flavor suggestions online, Lay’s will pick four flavors, everyone then tries them and votes, and a new flavor is added to the Lay’s line. Past winners: Cheesy Garlic Bread and Wasabi Ginger. This contest has been happening in Canada and the UK, too!
This year, an added wrinkle: regional ties! Lay’s wanted people to not only suggest a flavor and a style of chip, but also a region to link the flavor to. So, with that in min, first up is Greektown Gyro!
I do love gyros. Layers of meat with veg, covered in tzatziki sauce and placed in a warm soft pita. What’s not to love? Plus, I’ve been to Greektown before – the Greektown I’M thinking of is the one in Detroit, where I played poker in a shady casino room, sucked out trip-sevens to win an all-in over pair of aces/pair of queens, and had the dude stare at me angrily for the rest of the evening. He was scary. Ah, Greektown. But I recognize that Greektown is sort of a general generic term for pockets of Greek neighborhoods in many cities like…
…WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS???
This dude James suggested this flavor because there’s a great Greek place in town? How the heck does that make this flavor “Greektown”?? I protest. You couldn’t link the Greektown flavor to Detroit or Baltimore? BS. Sorry James. I’m sure that Greek place is great, but WTH, Lay’s?
Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips have average calorie content, and nothing too special about the ingredient list – it’s clear that anything special will fall in the “Gyro Seasoning” and “Natural Flavors” category.
I opened this bag of Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, and definitely smelled ….something. It wasn’t meatiness, per se, but I caught hints of herbs and a when I breathed SUPER deep (like I was hyperventilating into the bag), I DEFINITELY caught that tangy feta smell. But honestly, I think I smelled fried potato chips more than anything. Time to munch.
I shoved a bunch of these Lay’s Greektown Gyro Kettle Cooked Potato Chips into my mouth and crunched. The first taste I got, it was hard to tell what I was eating. A general savoriness, with some definite creaminess. This was definitely one of those chips I had to eat a bunch with my eyes closed, really trying to focus on the flavor.
The more chips I ate, the more I got the gyro flavor – and pretty acutely, in fact. There was a definitely lamb-flavor on these chips – more chewing made the flavor more recognizable. Like a nice spiced lamb taste. I didn’t think it was super strong, but it was definitely there. On top of that, the creaminess and tang untangled as I tasted more tzatziki and feta cheese flavor. The crunch of the kettle chip was nice. Was there the lettuce, tomato, cucumber flavor? Maybe…I’m sure they were all muddled into the general savoriness of the chip.
The more I crunched, the more I got those three distinct flavors – lamb, tzatziki, feta, lamb, tzatziki, feta. The flavor profile was pretty clear after a few mouthfuls. Tasted like a Gyro? Yes. Successful flavor? Eh…I guess. It didn’t taste bad, but it wasn’t QUITE my favorite. I’d certainly eat them again, but not sure I’d go out of my way to buy them again. Even if I were a gyro lover, this wasn’t enough to make me re-buy, like the Wasabi Ginger.
So….not bad, Lay’s. Decent flavor, questionable geographic assignment.
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