CHICKEN SELECTS RETURN!!

4 Mar

UntitledI would like to thank McDonald’s for FINALLY listening to me.   And by that I mean not listening to me at all.  Ever.

However this time it works out in my favor and we have the return of the Chicken Selects!

When these are fresh they are pretty good.  Even when they are a tad stale they still aren’t bad.   It’s currently back on the menu for a limited time and that means it’s the best thing on the menu for a limited time.

I don’t hardly ever eat at Mickey D’s these days but this makes it tempting.

TOLL HOUSE TRIPLE CHIP

3 Mar

UntitledOk so I am thinking I am gonna be snowed-in for a few days last week so while procuring provisions from the local grocer I picked up this ready-to-bake cookies from Toll House.

These “Triple Chip” cookies come in a tidy row of 24 little blocks.   You break them off, drop them on a cookie sheet, and bake.

How easy is that?

Freezing outside and the thought of some warm and yummy Toll Houses sounds real good right about now.  And the smell of these things as they were cooking?….double yum.

UntitledAnd then I don’t know what the hell happened but these were a total disaster.  The whole damn batch didn’t spread-out into to the perfectly formed disks on the package.

Followed the instructions and ended up with this mess.

So I guess I will not be buying these anymore.

BACON AND SWISS BUTTERY JACK from JACK IN THE BOX

2 Mar

Untitledok, wow.  This is seriously THE best burger I have ever had from Jack in the Box.

I have, in the past, sang the praises of the Jack’s Ultimate Cheeseburger.

But this?  This knocks that off the block.   This is a seriously well-crafted culinary creation.    It’s the kind of burger you would probably spend EIGHT BUCKS for at some Gastro-pub.

It’s an all-new 1/4lb patty with some sexy garlic butter sauce on top.  Add to that swiss cheese, some bacon-mayo, and some added bacon for extra….bacon-y goodness.   Slide that monster on an ultra-soft-artisan-bun and you have an instant classic.

I hope hope HOPE that this isn’t some limited-time thing.  I want this as my new go-to move whenever I roll up on a Jack-in-the-box.  Oh yeah…

RED ROBIN FROZEN ONION RINGS

20 Feb

UntitledSo after trying the Steak Fries, I was seriously doubting the onion rings.

That being said I have to reveal that these are the absolute BEST store-bought onion rings I have ever had.

They have a thick and crunchy batter to them.  Well they did after I slightly over-cooked them in the oven.  I likes ‘dem xtra crispy, ya’ll!

And you read that right-  these were super-crispy-crunchy from the oven.  Usually baking something like this ends up as a pile of part mushy and part crispy rings.

No no…friends these are serious.  Seriously good.   I mean I love me some french fries…but deep down I am an onion ring person at heart.  I don’t often order them in restaurants or make them at home because they just suck.

But these are game-changers.   They give me the option of having kick-ass restaurant style rings at home 24/7/365.

VALLEY VIEW MALL

19 Feb

UntitledIs there anything more sad than an empty mall?

I submit that there is not.

Valley View mall used to be a thriving hub of shopping in Dallas.   The food court was alive and kickin’ with every conceivable concept you could imagine.

Now it’s a virtual-but-air-conditioned ghost town.   Huge anchor stores are now vacant or replaced with an indoor boxing facility.  While I am encouraged by the ingenuity of them adding things like workout facilities it can’t sustain that huge place for too long.

This whole thing just baffles me.   The malls all over the DFW are dying and being replaced with those “town square” shopping areas.

I hate those.

WAREHOUSE WEDNESDAYS

18 Feb

UntitledOne of the best local meal deals around DFW is/was at the Spaghetti Warehouse on Wednesdays.   You could walk in and enjoy spaghetti, a salad, and some fantastic table bread for FIVE BUCKS.

Yeah.  Five bucks.  That is cheaper than most, if not all, combo meals at your favorite fast food joint.  Again I say…FIVE BUCKS.

BUT…and there is always a “but” isn’t there?   Spaghetti Warehouse has decided to raise the price to $5.95.  Basically a dollar more for the same deal.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great deal at SIX, but I just don’t love it like I did when it was FIVE.   I don’t know why.   I do know that I am not alone as the location I went to was PACKED (as it usually is on Wednesday…where everyone orders the spago) and I have been told by a couple of servers that they are nervous that this is gonna backfire.   That in today’s economy people might reject that drastic an increase on everyone’s favorite special.

What do you think?  Do you care ?  Is the 95 cents no big deal?

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: SAMOAS

17 Feb

UntitledOh good Lord it’s that time again.  When I end up eating my weight in Girl Scout Cookies.  Specifically those in the purple box….

Oophah….are ‘dem Samoas yummy.  Caramel, coconut, chocolate, made into a cookie?  Fugghedaboutit…

At FOUR DOLLARS a box – for twelve cookies— these aren’t exactly cheap. But it’s a nice splurge to make once a year and keeps some cash in the pockets of the Girl Scouts.

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