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FUNYUNS – STEAKHOUSE ONION

11 Aug

UntitledOkay….wow….I didn’t think it would happen.   I didn’t think that it was possible to make Funyuns any more awesomeR.  But they did.

They wents and didds it, yo!

These “Steakhouse Onion” are supposed to have a “Bloomin’ Onion” sorta taste to them I guess??  I don’t know – I don’t eats bloomin’ onions enough to know.

All I know is these things are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s a fuller-body flavor all over those crunchy rings.   I am afraid to type this because it’s prolly a limited time thing…which means I will love them…and they will leave me…..just like prom night.

Go check them out and report back!

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COUNTRY KITCHEN CAFE – PANTEGO

10 Feb

UntitledTexans, Southerners, and hell…most people love “home cookin’ ” type restaurants.    Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Dumplings, etc….. fried…gravy…you get the idea..

So while traveling through Pantego, I saw this NOW OPEN sign on a place called Country Kitchen.   It was early breakfast time…so this sounded perfect.

It’s a family run business and the location is large and very clean and home-y.   The staff were polite enough – but very straight forward.   Polite but not quite friendly I would say.

We were seated and given menus.    Service is a little on the slow side.   I keep reminding myself that the sign outside said NOW OPEN, so maybe they are still working out the kinks of opening a new place.

The Chicken Fried Steak (shown above) was very hit and miss.  The mashed potatoes were light and fluffy, but it and the ‘steak was smothered in some very generic gravy.   The Chicken Fried Steak itself tasted like the frozen kind I could get at the store and make myself.  Not a good sign.

UntitledWe moved on to their version of Chicken ‘n’ Waffles.

The chicken was…again…something close to what I could pick up from the frozen food aisle.  These didn’t taste bad…just not fresh or made to order.

The waffle, on the other hand, was super-light…fluffy with a little bit of crispness to the edges….EXACTLY the kind of waffle you want.   It was sooooo good, actually.

The absolute best part of the entire meal.    Unfortunately as a whole, I didn’t enjoy the experience enough to make it my new comfort food go-to place.  Your experience may differ.

 

 

STARBURST GUMMIE SOURS

19 Jan

UntitledI understood going in. These were gummies. These were Starburst gummies. But these square pillows just seem….meh. The basic flavors (watermelon,strawberry,cherry,and blue raspberry) are good and there is a sufficient amount of “sour”….sorta….but these pillows aren’t satisfying to me. They make me wish I had just got the regular sour Starbursts. I also did NOT like that the bag was pretty sizeable…ut the amount of actual candy you get inside is about a THIRD of the bags actual size. So that felt like a gyp. Your mileage may vary.

REESE’S STUFFED CUPS

31 Oct

UntitledI would have LOVED to have been in this meeting.

BOSS: We need to get sales of our cups and pieces up so let’s brainstorm….Dale?

DALE: uh….maybe put the pieces INSIDE the cups?

PHIL: that is stupid!!!

BOSS: You are right, that is stupid.   Phil, you’re FIRED.   This is so stupid it’s genius!!!  It just might work!

PHIL: But Boss….

BOSS: Are you still here?  Didn’t I fire you a while back?

UntitledFor me, this is indulgence inside of indulgence. I love both products so the six-year-old in me was ecstatic at the notion of eating a favorite inside another favorite.

But as you can see…the cups I got don’t quite have as many pieces as the photo on the wrapper. I think I hit two or three per cup.   I was hoping for more but still this is a kick-ass idea and treat for the kid in all of us.

LITTLE DEBBIE FUDGE-DIPPED STRAWBERRY CAKES

28 Oct

UntitledJust when I think we are done, Debbie manages to figure out a way to make us go together again. These Fudge-dipped Strawberry Cakes right here????

These Fudge-dipped Strawberry Cakes right here????

Oh my damn….these are the best Little Debbie snack I have ever had. I love the taste of strawberry and fudge/chocolate so these are right out of my mind and into my mouth.  Very simple and did I mention these things are @##(*)(ing incredible when dipped in chocolate milk?  WOO!

TINY TOAST

31 Aug

UntitledTiny Toast.   These represent everything cool about cereal.  It’s a super-simple concept, has a fun shape, is easily recognizable, and has fruit flavor….all the hallmarks of a legendary cereal in the making.   I loved the hell out of both of these.  They are highly snackable (both in and out of a bowl of milk) and they have nice little burst of fruit flavor.   I especially dug the Blueberry.  Slightly reminded me of my beloved BooBerry cereal…which is only available during Halloween..so…..booyah.

From what I read, cereal is on the decline. Kids are eating healthier (probably not by choice) so the “kiddie” cereals we all grew up with might fade away one day.  I hope not.  The whole concept of Tiny Toast is a callback to a simpler time.  When all you needed was a bowl of cereal and a four-hour cartoon block of Tom and Jerry to be happy.

HI-C ECTO COOLER RETURNS!!

19 Aug

UntitledWow….twice in one week an infamous pop-culture food item returns to the shelves.

Oh HI-C….and your ECTO – COOLER.   Nostalgia is a wonderful drug.   This product was out in the late 80’s and lasted until 2001 and was discontinued.   Fans have been raging against the machine for its return..but without any tie to a Ghostbusters product….Hi-C didn’t see the point.   Bad move, that.

Flash forward to the news of a NEW Ghostbusters movie…and Hi-C got smart and announced they would reissue ECTO-COOLER!!!!!!   That time is now.

….AND…..it’s just like I remember. It’s citrus-y sweet and such a neon green I feel like it could glow in the dark.  It’s a perfect step back in time to when Ghostbusting was easier and Bobby Brown was a mainstay on the radio.

And bonus….that neon-y, orange-tangerine, super drink makes a perfect mixer for adult beverages. Just saying…last night the JFC crew got SLIMED on this stuff!!!