Macro Wholefoods Double Choc Biscuits

Sometimes you’re just too busy or too tired to bake your own biscuits. All you want to do is prepare a cup of tea and have a few biscuits. Baking? Not always!

Of course, now that I am stuck with gluten-free varieties of biscuits, I’m going to have to find one I like. Goodbye Butternut Snaps, most brands of Scotch Fingers, Tim Tams, and Kmart choc chip biscuits! Hello lack of variety.

I started with Freedom Foods’ Crunchy Coconut Biscuits. They were disappointing. A friend who recently started eating wheat-free posted how he was unhappy with Freedom Foods’ Chocolate Blitz cookies on Facebook, and I decided that I would have to try an alternate brand next time I was at the supermarket in search of biscuits.

So it occurred one night at my local Woolworths supermarket, and I came home with Macro Wholefoods’ Double Choc Biscuits. I think they’re meant to be a gluten-free version of the Tim Tam.

Gluten free but also dairy free and vegan. That was probably too accommodating to those not in the typical population and should have set off alarm bells.

Gluten free but also dairy free and vegan. That was probably too accommodating to those not in the typical population and should have set off alarm bells.

They look a little like Tim Tams (although it's now been a while since I've had a glorious Tim Tam, so my judgement may be compromised by romantic ideals of the Tim Tam).

They look a little like Tim Tams (although it’s now been a while since I’ve had a glorious Tim Tam, so my judgement may be compromised by romantic ideals of the Tim Tam).

Does not taste like Tim Tam. Sickly sweet is how I would describe it in two words. Texture was good, but taste not so much.

Does not taste like Tim Tam. “Sickly sweet” is how I would describe it in two words. Texture was good, but taste not so much.

Would I buy again? No

The search continues…

San Francisco

I was recently in San Francisco for a conference, and spent an extra week in the city playing tourist. The weather was lovely on the Monday of my extra week, so I rented a bike and explored a bit of the city on two wheels.

First stop: about 5km into my ride and I had to pull over in order to adjust the height of the seat.

My first stop was about 5km into my ride and I had to pull over in order to adjust the height of the seat.

My destination: the Golden Gate Bridge (rental bike in foreground on right).

Lots of people about enjoying the gorgeous day

Even though I bought a map with bike routes, it was fairly easy to figure out how to get to the Golden Gate bridge.

At the start of the crossing

Sharing the path with lots of other users wasn’t a problem. No anger between any users – such a welcome relief compared to attitudes in Sydney!

Sausalito – a cute and quiet little town, but there’s no avoiding the hills wherever you go in San Francisco!

The only real coffee I had while in San Francisco. These guys even gave my latte art! And it’s not that the teaspoon is small in that photo – there was a lot of coffee in my double!

I was already fed up with my rental bike on flat surfaces (how I missed my Merida Speeder that day) so I opted to take the ferry back into town instead of climbing up the hill to cross the bridge back.

But the ferry turned out to be a fantastic little ride – passing by Alcatraz and getting nice views of the city and the Bay Bridge!