BAI5 : BRASILIA BLUEBERRY

30 Oct

Okay here we go.   Bai5 is a “coffeefruit” (uh huh.. the berry around the coffee bean) mixed with natural sweeteners and some fruit flavor.

I had the Brasilia Blueberry and at first blush it was nice and tangy.  But then that constant criminal…”natural sweetener” (not sugar)…kicks in and I have to put it down.

Another great start and skid into the guard-rail.   With full-on sugar this would probably rock.  But in the quest to keep it lo-cal…it’s just not something I would go for.

PEANUT BUTTER BAR

29 Oct

Wow.  The classics never seem to disappoint.  The consistency and simplicity…coupled with a heaping dose of nostalgia make for an even sweeter treat.

With Halloween around the corner, every business I visit lately, has been pretty free with the candy.

Seeing these Peanut Butter Bars…that I prolly haven’t had in maybe…ten years?

HEAVENLY.    These damn things are awesome.   How could I have forgot about these?

That crunch…that flavor….that piece that stayed glued to the grooves of my back teeth for the rest of the day…all as I remembered it.

Halloween is awesome.

DINO’s SUBS: Meatball Sandwich

28 Oct

I know this family that lives in Arlington and they absolutely LOVE their weekly visit to Dino’s Subs.   They rave about how great the food is and how I am missing out.

So I finally get around to trying their meatball (my first taste-test of any good sammich shop) and I am less than impressed.  Not just with the sammich…but the place in general.

I am there during lunch hours and it’s already pretty busy.  I have plenty of time to read the menu but it doesn’t tell me sizes of these sammiches.   Are they six inch?  Foot longs?  What are my bread choices?   I tell the first assembly person (the meat cutter) it’s my first time and he sort of shrugs and asks what number I want to order.   Each item is assigned a number.   Meatball is a #20.  He asks if I want cheese and what kind of bread.   I ask what kind do they have and he looks back at me like I am stupid.   “White,I guess”.    He nods and then disregards me.

The line slides down and so do I.  I meet two friendly girls that are “in the weeds” making these piled-high cold-cut sammiches.  Those monsters look real good.

Damn.   “Here I go ordering the wrong thing again”…..I am thinking.    But while I was waiting in line I noticed they offered pasta dishes and chicken parm…so the meatballs gotta be pretty good right?     Why am I the only one in line ordering a meatball sammich?   Oh boy….

I am looking at chip selection and asked if I want anything else on my sammich.   Up ahead I see another lady in glasses and wrist-guards that seems to be slowing this train down.    She is talking to each customer and trying to be friendly, but she is also complaining about having to “find this” or “make that because it slows me down!”  Maybe it’s the pressure of having now almost a dozen people in line.  She is trying to do too much.   The girls and meat-cutter guy should be handling most of the heavy lifting I should think.

I order it to go but then decide to stay and eat.   What you see is what I got.   By the time I sat down, the bread was mushy and soggy from the sauce.   Luckily they gave me a knife and fork.   I am tasting some good provolone on this boy but not much else stands out.   The meatballs are swallowed up in this loaf of bread I got.   The meatballs are also very tender yet flavorless.   No seasoning whatsoever.

I can’t even finish it.   I fully plan on asking for my money back but the line is still long and the guy in the suit has been standing there looking for someone to refill his tea…as long as I have been eating– so let’s just call this ballgame and go home.

I look around and everyone else is chowing-down on their cold-cut sammich and having a good time.   I guess I should have brought the “Dino’s Specialist” I know and have him teach me the ropes and order for me.

STATE FAIR 2014

27 Oct

This is not going to be much of a recap, as much of the crazy fried food offerings were kinda lame and not even noteworthy.

Save the classic Fletcher’s Corn Dog.

So elegant.

So simple.

So….. what…another 350-something days until I can have one of these again?

DAMN.

 

POPSICLE: ORIGINAL FIRECRACKER

24 Oct

Okay let’s just call these what they are….BOMB POPS!!!!

Maybe it’s a legal name or something…but ..sigh….Popsicle brand calls these “The Original Firecracker”…..sigh…again.

Whatever.    All I know is whenever I see these in the frozen-treat aisle,  I shout-out “BOOOMMMMMMMBBBBB POOOOOPPPP!!!!” in my head.

Sometimes out loud.   Mostly never in my head.   Mostly out loud in the store.

Mostly.

Anyway these are classic and hit the spot when you got that sweet-tooth.    These are on the smaller size…single serving..and they are perfect.   Trust me, you have totally forgotten how big a damn real Bomb Pop is and would never finish one in a single-sitting.

So these are exactly the droids you are looking for.

BOOOOOMMMMMBBB PPPOOOOOOOOOOOOPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Griff’s Hamburgers – 2014

23 Oct

Back in 2013 I toldja Griff’s was being torn down and replaced.   When they re-opened I was there to review the food and pleased to report it tasted exactly the same as before the renovations.

So flash forward what…a year now??    I am in Irving and hungry.   Those two things happen together quite frequently it seems.

I am SO thinking a burger from Griff’s would be awesome.    So that’s where I go…and am pleased to report the consistency is still there.

That old-fashioned diner/drive-in type burger is still one of the best you will find in Irving.   Huge burgers, fries that actually taste like potatoes, and a friendly staff make Griff’s STILL one of my favorites in the metroplex.

DORITOS JACKED: Spicy Street Taco

22 Oct

Doritos has finally revealed one of the “mystery flavors” to be these SPICY STREET TACO flavored chips.

When I saw this, I was ecstatic.   TACO DORITOS are my all-time favorite Doritos chip.   And for some reason they bring them back…then they drop them for a few years…then bring them back and try to call them something else.

So I was hoping these “jacked” version would be the regular (see pic at right for the original) TACO chips….just on steroids…..

And they are…..sorta.  The “jacked” version are bigger and thicker cut.   But they also have three basic flavor profiles going on:   Sriracha, Sour Cream, and then Taco (dead last).

That just sucks.    Don’t get me wrong…these have alot of flavor to them…..but here is the point….the TACO seasoning was enough!!!!!   If you have ever had the original Taco, you would know they are ROBUST and overflowing with attitude and flavor already.

You keep coming back to this flavor profile again and again….so obviously it has it’s fanbase…so why not cater to them and advertise the original flavor more?  Then you wouldn’t have to come up with all these kooky campaigns to sell products.

I mean seriously, how often do you see a Nacho Cheese Doritos commercial?….besides the Super Bowl…nada…the things sell themselves.  Everyone knows they are awesome.

Frito Lay is the only one that doesn’t know how awesome their original Taco chips are…..stop messing with perfection!!!

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