FIRESIDE PIES – Dallas

27 Aug

I was seriously expecting to hate this place.    It’s one of those places that gets nominated for  “Best Pizza ” in our local mags and sometimes that is more politics than pizza it seems.  So I am super-skeptical.

Weak pies and a room full of thirty-thousand-dollar-millionaires- (that Dallas is now SO famous for) ….. is what I was expecting.

But the joint has just a clubhouse-filled-with-friends vibe…and the pizza is actually SO damn good that I had to drop those expectations at the door.

This is seriously a great place.   It’s got two great and distinctive vibes going on too.  Inside it’s kinda small and intimate and the bar is right on top of the kitchen so there is the constant buzz of that to entertain you.   The seating around is also very close and intimate.   Going here with a group of friends would be very fun just because of all the ambiance.

Outside they have a killer patio with plenty of room if you wanna spread out.  On hot days I can’t see me doing this, but in early fall that patio probably gets overloaded with people loving the night air and some killer food.

The pizza was your basic pepperoni and it came on a very light crust that was tender at the center and got more crispy as you approached the outer crust.  LOVED the crust.   Sauce, cheese, everything about this was stand-out good.

I can now see why they are nominated for awards.  It truly is one of the best pies in Dallas.

My only complaint…okay two….  FIRST-  they do not offer “hot” soppressata as a topping (which is basically a SUPER-pepperoni….and is growing in popularity)…and SECOND…the menu sort of suggests that all pizzas are to be ordered as specified on the menu.   No listing of available toppings or option to “create your own”.    I am sure they can and will…but not having that listed on the menu seems limiting.

Despite those two tiny things – FIRESIDE absolutely rocks.

GOLDFISH can GO FISH

26 Aug

I must have ate at least a metric ton of these in my day.  Maybe even a few ton.

What’s the plural of “ton”?  Ton?  Tons?

The point I am making is I ate enough of these fish-shaped-crackers that I could have built Noah’s Ark out of them- and then filled said ark – with nothing but goldfish crackers.

It’s been alot of crackers.

So when I am at the store and I am feelin’ snacky – but not totally hungry – I see these and think – perfect quick-snack!!!

Minutes later I am sitting in my car wondering how to reconnect the flux-capacitor so I can travel back in time to warn me about how bland and boring these taste.

I am almost shocked.   I mean…did I mention I hate alot of these growing up?

And granted…I have had Cheez-it’s and some other snack crackers lately that are absolutely over-flowing with flavor…so to take this step back just seemed so….drastic.  Have these always tasted like this?

I taste cracker and a faintest hint of cheddar…..the smiles on these fish betray me.   They aren’t happy.  They are lacking in flavor.

The only salvation may be in that I saw some called “XTREME flavored” or something like that.   Really?  Is it the 90’s again already?   Does everything have to be XTREME for me to enjoy it.

oh…those sad lil fishy smiles…..

 

Burger King CHICKEN FRIES

25 Aug

Yep-yep, they is back, ya’ll !!!!  Dem chick’n-fries ya’ll was demandin’!!!!  WOO!!!

 

To be honest – I remember when these came out years ago and thought they sounded gross and they certainly tasted gross.  Floppy and thin.  Rubbery and just tired.

Now I don’t know if my tastes have changed or the recipe for this because I actually liked these!

Yeah – I was surprised too.  The breading seems different that what they use on their other fried products.  It has a texture to it that flakes off like crumbs or dusting…like a finer-coarse coating/batter is used here.  Anyway it works.  Granted they were made fresh and I had to wait….Lord knows how they might taste after sitting for a while.

I can see kids LOVING these.  A basket of these mixed in with regular fries?   They will probably tear it up.   It’s a fun food for certain.    I am totally bamboozled as to why I like it…but I do…maybe it’s because the GREAT STATE FAIR OF TEXAS is coming up…and this is totally a Fair-food thingie…and I am just hyped?

Whatever…just don’t get between me and these here chicken fries.  You will lose.

Capri Sun is AWESOME

15 Aug

Okay, why in the hell did I give up drinking Capri Sun back when I was six?

Did I not understand how awesome Capri Sun tastes?

Did I forget the mad-sugar-rush I just got from pounding one of these bad-boys down six minutes ago?

Holy Smokes these are awesome!

Firehouse Fun Time

14 Aug

I have said before that I liked Firehouse Subs.   That isn’t the point today.  Today I want to share the photo I took while enjoying my sammie.

In case you can’t see it – The sign says “Sleeping Allowed in Bunkroom Only”.

Just beneath that sign is a Firehouse Sub employee asleep at the bar-top.

It wasn’t planned or set-up.  I just sat there waiting for my order and couldn’t help but notice him asleep.   Then I noticed the sign.

Irony is everywhere.

 

HI-CHEW is taking over the Planet

13 Aug

Starburst better look out.  HI-CHEW is on a mission it seems.

HI-CHEW is from Japan and has been around for a while but I notice that it is poppin up all over the place now.

It’s kinda like a Starburst…but also like a caramel… it’s a fruit chew that takes a long time to dissolve basically.

They come in a bazillion flavors and are quite addictive.   Mango and Strawberry are shown…with the Strawberry being the tastier of the two.     So if you like fruit chews you should hit the local SEV (7-11) and pick up a pack.  I bet you will enjoy them.

NICE! Corn Nuggets

12 Aug

I was walking thru Walgreens (love me some Walgreens) and I noticed they have this little section that is either new or I didn’t see before.  It’s on the snack-asile.   It’s a cluster of snacks that are all about a buck and are the NICE ! Brand of different things.   Today I got the Corn-Nut-like snacks called NICE! Corn Nuggets.    They were a buck and are pretty tasty.

Make NO mistake – they do NOT crunch-hard like Corn Nuts…which…isn’t all that much of a bad thing.  These are a touch lighter…so not as hard on your teeth.

They also don’t have that “oil” taste/texture to them that I find in regular Corn-Nuts.

They are SO worth trying if you love this type of snack.     You get a pretty nice sized portion for 99 cents too.

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