Sometimes a company comes out with a side-product that becomes even more popular than the product they are known for.
Little Caesar’s is know as a pizza joint but in my ‘hood, it’s the Crazy-bread and sauce that everyone raves about. It’s simple and killer. It’s crave-inducing and I order it more than I do their pizza.
The upgrade is the Italian Cheese Bread, which is even better than the regular Crazy-bread. It’s the deep-dish-baked bread with cheese and Italian spices. So you get the crunch of those pan-crust-corners and the soft-cheesy-bread on the inside. That with a jumbo bowl of Crazy-Sauce? Fuggetaboutit.
Okay, this is cool, and potentially annoying at the same time. ZIOSK is a portable and wireless hub that are being tested at Chili’s restaurants.
IT”S COOL- because you can order food and drinks directly instead of wondering where your server wandered off to. You can even tab-out, swipe your card, and pay the bill in a flash. It even prints out the receipt right there. That is super-convenient and a feature I did and would use…and is needed in EVERY restaurant.
It also has a free USA TODAY APP that you can use to read the news while you wait on your food. This is super-cool and a great conversation starter.
IT’s POSSIBLY ANNOYING – It has several games and apps you can play on the machine for $1.99. I suppose if you have kids to entertain or something, but that seems kinda weak to charge a fee to play. Maybe if the game allowed me to win a discount on my order or points towards something…maybe. Guess they have to off-set the costs somehow. Another thing that is kinda odd- is that it has a camera in it. The Ziosk website says it’s so you can “like, or check-in on Facebook/twitter or take pictures at the table and upload them”. Isn’t that what we all have smart-phones for? Not sure I want to load all my photos and personal info into a random machine at a restaurant.
Paragraph above aside – the coolness outweighs the annoying by a MILE.
On the 99 cent menu….uh…Dollar and More Menu…. you can get a McChicken sandwich. Spicy or Regular. For your 99 cents you get a small chicken patty, sauce, and shredded lettuce on a bun. For a buck it’s actually not too shabby. I got the spicy and it has a decent kick to it.
It’s that sammich you get and wolf-down in the car on the way to your girlfriend’s parents house…because you know the dinner is gonna suck and you are gonna pretend you aren’t hungry…or already ate.
I gotta be real, I hardly ever go to Red Lobster. It’s just not something that pops into my head…and…there isn’t one close by me. Reflection reminds me that when I have had it, I enjoyed it. I think.
The marketing of restaurant products continue as now I see Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits are available at Sam’s Club. The smell filled the air in the back of the store and I had no idea what was cooking but I wanted some.
These things are so light and buttery and wonderful. Damn if I didn’t line up a couple of times to get another sample. When I ask people about Red Lobster, Cheddar Bay Biscuits is the first three words spoken. So the ability to just make your own anytime you want is damn nice.
So a winter storm hit last Friday and just about paralyzed the entire Metroplex.
I hit the store to stock-up on supplies and prepare to stay in for the weekend and the stores were WRECKED. Funny thing is I was 100% correct in guessing what would be wiped out first. Beer, Hot Chocolate, Bottled Water, and Frozen Pizzas. People knocking over each other for cold cuts… leaving the fruit and vegetable section in pristine condition.
It’s 27 degrees and oddly enough, I am craving ice cream.
You had me at Dr Pepper.
For years I sang the praises of Chili’s Molten Lava Cake as one of the best desserts around. Things change.
That title now belongs to Cotton Patch and their Dr Pepper cake dessert. It’s absolutely SINFUL. You can see it’s a few slices of very fresh strawberries next to a nice and rich chocolate cake…all warm and moist….and made with Dr Pepper syrup and some vanilla ice cream. You will absolutely fight for the last bite of this thing. It’s delicious. Instant classic and instant addiction. This is a MONSTER and hopefully something that will stay on the menu indefinitely.