TYSON- Cheesy Chicken Nuggets

18 Sep

Even Chuck E. Cheese can’t get me to buy these.

Okay, “1”.  They just look and sound gross.

2.  If there are chickens out there that have pockets of cheese growing in their flesh, they should probably seek medical attention.

3.  I just don’t like the revised design of Chuck E. Cheese.  I loved the redesigned pizza at his pizza joint, but hate the redesigned character and breadsticks of said joint.

What the hell does this have to do with cheesy nuggets?

He’s on the bag.   Don’t like the bag….don’t buy the product….marketing 101.

Zoli’s Pizza – Dallas

17 Sep

Zoli’s Pizza, even before the doors opened, had several DFW foodie-beat-folks claiming it was Jay Jerrier’s next TRIUMPH…coming off the super-success he had with Cane Rosso.

I reviewed Cane Rosso here and I enjoyed it.  I dare say that the majority of the DFW are ignorant to the concept of Neapolitan, so we defer to these places popping up to give us what best represents that style.

NY style, on the other hand, is readily available everywhere on this planet.   We eat it.  We know it.   It’s easier to wrap our heads around it.

So when I heard Jerrier was opening a NY-style joint I was more than curious.   It seems Cane Rosso had some growing pains in the beginning…people telling him it didn’t taste like (insert pizza chain here)  and that probably drove him nuts.  It would me…had I taken all that time to study and perfect Neapolitan style and you ask me why it’s not like Papa John’s?

ARRRRRGHHHH!!!!! (Talk about Lucy pulling the football out of Charlie Brown’s path at the last-minute)

Whatever the reason, he spent time and money to develop a NY style….and Zoli’s was born.

I took some hardcore pizza-lovers with me.   They are just as hungry as they were honest.  We started with a few slices of NY-style with soppressata.   I enjoyed it, but I am a sucker for soppressata.   My two testers thought otherwise:

Tester One:  This tastes like mall-pizza with good pepperoni!

Tester Two:  Pretty greasy.   Kinda expensive for what you get and it’s not really that fresh.  They make they pizza and they just sit there for who knows how long?   Then reheat the slices, so yeah I get the mall-pizza-thing.  I don’t know if I care for that.

okayyy….This is going sour fast.  I am hearing drama about trendy-bishop-arts……where everything is over-rated….mind you this is the pair that co-tasted Cane Rosso with me and thought it “tasted like nothing but salt” and “pizza good but the place is full of kinda fake-rich-snobby people eating overpriced pizza.”

Okay…so maybe I will hold-back telling them this place is owned by the same guy that does Cane Rosso.

I digress…

So I order me another slice to go – this time it’s your basic cheese…done in the Sicilian-style (which is a thicker…deep dish style).

We end up staying too..so I can finish my Sicilian-slice and it’s actually damn good.  It’s thick and chewy and has a ton of flavor for a cheese slice.    I am instantly transported to Brooklyn in-my-youth, where Gramma Panzeri would make pizza just like this for the kids on Sunday nights.  Wow.   it’s good.  Thick and hearty.  Robust.   Awesome.

On the way out  the door, I notice something I totally forgot about.  Garlic Knots.   Some DFW foodies have sworn that the Garlic Knots were amazing and I love me some garlic so I get an order to go.   What you see there is absolute gorgeous.  Garlic-butter soaked knots and some marinara to go along for the ride.   These look sinful.

These are NOT sinful.   Seeing is not believing because the outside is tender and perfect ….but the inside…as I break one apart is thick and DRY.  A heavy cake-or-sturdy-cornbread type consistency inside.   Dry.  chalky.  dry-cake-y…and I have to close them up.  Wasted a few dollars on these?

Overall I dig Zoli’s.   I would make a special trip for the Sicilian slice but other than that there are pizzerias alot closer that I enjoy more.  I also wouldn’t order the knots again, but that’s me.   I will probably not invite those two “pizza-lovers” to come with either.    It’s funny how something so simple like pizza can divide a group.   One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that.

Zoli’s is a bit trendy and pricey but hey…you are in the Bish area…so you gotta expect a little of that.

Zoli’s NY Pizza

202 W Davis St,

Dallas, TX 75208

FruitWater- Lemon-Lime

16 Sep

I am standing in line at the market and notice these in the fridge by the checkout.   I am totally thirsty and in a line so I don’t want to step out of line to go hunting something else.   Lemon-lime?  I love that.  What could go wrong?

I fish it out of the sack and drink it on the way to the car.

Lemony…check.

Lime-ny..check.

Sparkling..check.

Weird-synthetic-yukk-aftertaste-from-some-fake-sugar-? CHECK

Zero calorie always means fake sugar- but I want to think that one day someone can perfect this….that day is still light years away.

BLUE BELL – MALT SHOPPE

15 Sep

Okay Blue Bell, you gotta give it up.  Tell me just how in the bloody-blue-hell can you keep coming up with these flavors that knock my socks off?

I am in LOVE with this new ‘Bell….Old Fashioned Malt Shoppe.  It is absolutely simple.  Simple and perfect.

It is chocolate-malt ice cream with chocolate-covered-milk-balls (think whoppers but smaller) in it.

What makes this so amazing is that the ice-cream duplicates the actual flavor of the soda-fountain type malted – to the letter.

Whenever you get a chocolate malt at a fountain, unless you specify, you usually get one ladle of chocolate syrup.   So your malt tastes like chocolate and has that tan-tint to it…but it’s not overly chocolate.

Dairy Queen makes one of the best and most consistent chocolate malts I have ever had…and this ice cream tastes so much like it, I might not ever need to go to DQ again.

It’s incredible straight out the container – but I can imagine this with a little milk and a VitaMix making a soda-fountain-style treat in my own home anytime the notion strikes me.    I would have made one for this review but I ate the entire pint while catching up on my cartoons earlier.

Dear Jesus, please do not let this be one of those temporary flavors that disappears forever like the Groom’s Cake they did years past.

NICE! Pineapple Tidbits

12 Sep

 I was all over the NICE! brand of corn-nuts from Walgreens.  Those were the bomb and so are these Pineapple Tidbits.  I ADORE pineapple and you don’t find it much in terms of flavorings of things.

I am also not a big fan of dried fruit.  It tends to be SUPER-sweet…so much so that you never taste the actual fruit.

These are lightly-sweet and you get a full-on pineapple taste and a bit of teture as you eat them.

It was the last bag at this location, so I am thinking that means it’s a popular item.

I know I will be back for more because these are KILLER!!

Golden Grahams Treats

11 Sep

Parents, this is NOT a treat.  SNICKERS, FUNYUNS, and a cool twenty-dollar bill slipped into the lunchbox is a TREAT.

This is a bland…slightly sweet…so I think it’s decadent but it’s “Golden Grahams”?  jeez….

I said it before and I am still of the mind that most kids couldn’t care less about Golden Grahams.

Now were these made by Cookie Crisp?

Jumpback.

7-Select BBQ KETTLE CHIPS

10 Sep

I have never been a fan of “knock-off” brand stuff.  I think that is because my friend’s mom would always buy the knock-offs for him growing up and when he shared them – the almost always sucked.

Fruit Loops?  Nope.  He got “Fruit O’s” or something.   They looked the same but the taste wasn’t even close.    Doritos?  Nope.  He had “Theodore’s Nacho Rounds”.  Sucked.

So when I got a hot-dog from the SEV the other day, the super-nice lady working told me I got a free bag of chips- some promotional thing.   Okay…I start looking for Funyuns and she tells me it’s the 7-Select brand that is the freebie.

Seven-wha??

Turns out the Sev has been slowing incorporating more of their own private label products into the store.   Not sure I like this because it cuts down on the variety that I love from that place.

These BBQ Kettle chips were actually pretty damn good!   Better than the Lay’s brand for certain.  Nice-hard-crunch and some ample ‘cue flavoring.   I am liking these!

Add to this – my recent revelation about Aldi/Trader Joe’s and I am giving private label products or “knock offs” another look because some of the products they are cranking out today are equal to….if not better than the name brand stuff you grew up on.

 

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