Advertisements
Tag Archives: breadsticks

DiGIORNO Dipping Strips

21 Aug

DiGiorno has release a personal sized version of their Three Meat Dipping Strips.

Personal-sized breadstick-y like pizza strips with a side of dipping marinara ?

YES PLEASE!

DiGiorno and I have a relationship with lots of ups and downs.    I love one thing they release then hate the next.   So it’s good that they keep rolling out these things so maybe in the end the record reflects them winning more than losing in the JFC camp.

Like they are “so worried” about what I think.  ha.   So what you see here is what it looks like out of the box and ready for the oven.  One of the funny things about the three-meat pizzas from DiGiorno is that the ones I buy always end up VERY LITE on the sausage topping.    The pie is supposed to be Pepperoni, Hamburger, and Sausage – but as you can see it’s mainly pepperoni and hamburger.   Which is fine.   That two-meat combo is very popular here in DFW and I am disappointed to see just how many frozen pizzas do not offer hamburger of any type as a topping.

Also included is a frozen packet of sauce that you are to warm up in the microwave – similar to the WYNGZ they have.

Looking at this one final time before I pop it into the oven and I am hopeful that this turns out awesome.    I like breadsticks and having some loaded like this would be a great dinner or snack.   I would like to add this to the arsenal of go-to moves and have a few of these on hand in the freezer for when I get that “breadstick-y” craving.

About halfway through I remember that I have some provolone that sits lonely in my fridge.   So I grab a couple of slices and top off these sticks.  These came out perfectly cheesy-gooey and I actually enjoyed the side of marinara.    I am not sure about the actual bread part of these though.    They weren’t very soft but rather crunchy and hard.     I didn’t even cook them the full-time suggested on the box.    My oven runs a little hot so I may have over cooked these.

Good news is that just means another taste test!       Even extra crunchy they were still not bad to be from the freezer.    I can see me totally loving these at 4am.    Or maybe even making a version of these using all fresh ingredients?

Advertisements

The Tide Has Turned!!!

5 Sep

Around the DFW area, there is no shortage of places to get Italian food.   But when you think in terms of visibility and marketing it seems we have just two:   Olive Garden and Spaghetti Warehouse.

Both are usually packed during the weekends so I guess they do well.    Most people I know consider them great places.

The thing I hear most often is “I love O.G.’s breadsticks and salad”.

Olive Garden has always struck me as trying to be a classy place.  It’s not, but it tries, so I give them credit for that.   Back in the day their breadsticks DID indeed kick ass.  But today they don’t taste fresh.  They have a slight freezer burn taste to them more often than not.  The salad is still good though.  I will say that.  But most of their entrees just don’t drive me wild.   It’s rather bland.   Not bad.  Just generic.

Spaghetti Warehouse has always had the reputation of being the more casual, hang out kinda joint.   It’s decorated with crazy signs and junk and it’s just laid back.   I have always found their table bread and garlic butter to be MAGNIFICENT.   The rest of the menu I could take or leave.   It seemed just as generic as Olive Garden.  Only cheaper.

So the group think was (in my circles) was that OG was the nicer and better place.   I hadn’t been to either in several months.   I tend to make my own italian food at home now, but in a funny twist of fate, I ended up eating at OG and SW in the same weekend.   So they were both fresh on my mind:

OLIVE GARDEN – Still has some good salad.   The breadsticks are just as I remember them.  Not as good.  Their calamari appetizer was SURPRISINGLY good.  Tender and with a light crunch.  The decor in this new location is romantically lit and everything looks very nice and pretty.  I notice the prices seem higher than I remember.   Food is just generic and disappointing.

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE – Was still the crazy decorated place with the laid back atmosphere.   What I discovered in terms of food was noticeable.   The table bread/garlic butter was perfect as always.  I did notice a difference in the salad.  It seemed bigger, fresher, and with a zestier dressing.   The spaghetti, meatballs, chicken parm, and other things we were all eating tasted better in terms of quality.    Nice portions and rich sauces.

After years of Olive Garden holding the crown (such as it is) I think Spaghetti Warehouse has really stepped up its game and improved the ingredients they use for their recipes.   It’s no longer generic.  It’s rich and hearty southern italian food.

Spaghetti Warehouse leaps off the top rope and lands the 1-2-3, and takes the championship belt from Olive Garden!

WOO!

 

 

 

 

TACO Something Part TWO

1 Aug

Yeah, yeah.  I know.  The headline says TACO, and that picture is clearly a PIZZA.

Give me a chance.  If you read Taco Something Part One (found here) then you know I was in the middle of having a bad time at Taco Bell.   My chicken taco was a soggy mess.   I was furious and had just decided to eat nothing and wait for my friend to finish her meal.

She wouldn’t stand for this – so she made off like she was getting a refill and decided to order me a pizza instead.  I watched her turn to me and roll her eyes as she was walking back.   I didn’t know she had ordered something.  I figured she was just asking them something.

This Taco Bell is a hybrid – Taco Bell / Pizza Hut– turns out – she ordered the pizza and was told it was going to take SEVEN minutes to cook.  So she reluctantly agreed and rejoined me at our table.

Ten minutes (I am a jerk – I timed it – what?  I was already in a mood at this point).  I slide out some breadsticks and pizza box from  the bag and hope this dinner can be salvaged.

The Sauce that came with the breadsticks is the classic Pizza Hut sauce.  It tasted just like I remember it.   The breadsticks were rather dry and “old” tasting.   I guess they were also waiting on the pizza like I was.

The pan pizza itself was a little bready,chewy, and greasy.  I ate half and slid it and the other two breadsticks into the bag.   At this point I wanted out of there.

I don’t know what it is, but I can’t seem to catch a break in this place.

-soggy food—-refund problems—-just bad pizza that I had to wait ten minutes for —— what else could go wrong?

And this story STILL isn’t over —  the THIRD and final part coming soon!

Taste Test: Domino’s Bread Bites

2 Jul


I think we all know by now, I am a breadstick-y loving monster.

Back in the day, Domino’s had something called TWISTY BREAD.

It was your basic pizza dough, cut into strips with a garlic butter, and then twisted together. Thus the term “twisty”.

It was garlick-y and buttery and everything breadstick-y — and—– yeah….you guessed it. It was taken off the menu.

So seeing these at Domino’s the other day, I was curious. Seems like such a simple idea, and one that was brought about by one of the employees. It caught on and the corporate office decided to roll them out nationwide.

I figured these were just some doughballs with a dust of cheese. Boring and bland.

HELL NO!

These are basically my lovely twisty bread in bite form!!!!!

So yeah… I knocked these out on the drive home.

Two Yums up!