Taco Bell Bean Burritos have been on the menu for as long as I can remember. Back in undergrad, a couple of my friends used to love them (actually, I still think they love them)... especially before a road trip. Cue "Beans, beans, the magical fruit..."
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Apr 30, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
McDonald's is doing a staggered rollout of their newest McCafe offering, the Frappe, an ice-blended coffee beverage, not unlike Starbucks' Frappuccino, that comes in Mocha and Caramel flavors. It wasn't until recently that my local McDonald's starting serving them and I tried one for myself.
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Leading up to the much anticipated release of Iron Man 2, Burger King today announced the nationwide launch of the Whiplash Whopper, named after the film's villain and marking Burger King's continued sponsorship of the movie franchise (They had a conspicuous placement in the first movie that saw Tony Stark eating a Burger King cheeseburger).
What does the Whiplash Whopper and the villain Whiplash (played by Mickey Rourke) have in common? According to Burger King, the sandwich "captures the sharp edge of the film’s villain, Whiplash, with an intense, red-hot flavor combination."
The Whiplash Whopper is priced near Steakhouse XT territory with a suggest price of $3.79 and is a Whopper variant with melted Pepper Jack cheese, crispy red peppers, and spicy mayo.
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 25, 2010
In this edition of "What's on the Menu," we take a look at one of the countries where McDonald's delivers: McDonald's Philippines. That's right, for a flat fee of 40 pesos (about 90 cents), "McDo" (pronounced "mac-do") is delivered to your door in the land of Manny Pacquiao.
Apr 24, 2010
Porto's Bakery is very popular in the southern California area and are famous for their Cheese Rolls and Potato Balls. However, their bakery display is quite expansive and I decided to try something new in hopes of finding something yummy. The Bread Pudding looked pretty interesting so I bought one for 95 cents.
I went to Corner Bakery Cafe and ended up trying the Bavarian Ham on Pretzel Bread which is pretzel bread filled with your choice smoked ham or smoked turkey, shaved red onions, plum tomatoes, caraway Havarti cheese, and stoneground mustard-mayo. The price is $6.79 which included a pickle spear and kettle-cooked chips.
Apr 23, 2010
Carvel is tempting customers to try their new Low Fat Ice Cream and Flavor Shotz by offering a free 3.5-ounce cup to anyone who stops by on April 29, 2010.
When: All day, Thursday, April 29, 2010
Where: Participating Carvel ice cream shops nationwide. Shop Locator
Why: It's free! Plus their new lowfat ice cream has 75% less fat and 30% fewer calories. You also get your choice of a Flavor Shotz on your ice cream. Flavor Shotz are flavored syrups and come in 12 flavors, including Acai Berry, Banana, Black Raspberry, Blueberry, Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, Mango, Mint, Orange, Peach, Pistachio and Pomegranate.
Details: One serving per customer.
It's quite a claim to call your breakfast product "perfect" but there you go: Starbucks' Perfect Oatmeal. Perfect Oatmeal features hot oatmeal with your choice of brown sugar, dried fruits, and nuts for $2.49 at my local Starbucks. I wasn't actually offered a choice the guy behind the counter just handed me a bag with a lidded cup of hot oatmeal and a bag of each topping.
Apr 22, 2010
Burger King today announced the nationwide launch of their Buck Double Sandwich, a new addition to their BK Value Menu that is really just an old mainstay less a slice of cheese. A replacement for the controversial $1 Double Cheeseburger (controversial because of all the grumbling of franchisees over lost profits), the Buck Double Sandwich features two flame-broiled beef patties, a slice of American cheese, a couple slices of pickle, ketchup, and mustard on a sesame seed bun.
It retails for $1. Surprise I know. Actually the fine print states: "Price and participation may vary. Not available in AK and HI." But it would be weird for a Burger King franchisee to offer a Buck Double Sandwich for more than a buck, no?
Burger King's Steakhouse XT Burger features a thick 7-ounce flame-broiled beef patty with mayo, crispy onions, A.1. Thick & Hearty Steak Sauce, a slice of American cheese, bits of lettuces, and two slices of tomato. A kingly feast for the kingly sum of $4.79 (Get it? Because it's Burger King! I can feel the eye rolls a-coming). It does not however get a kingly robe and is wrapped in plain wax paper unbecoming of a premium burger.
Apr 21, 2010
Jack and the Box's new Iced Kona Classic Coffee is a slightly sweetened blend of Kona Classic coffee and 2% milk, served over ice. It is available in regular, vanilla, and caramel flavors and is $1.99 for a 24-ounce cup.
Apr 20, 2010
Jack in the Box restaurants are now serving a new premium blend of coffee made with real Kona coffee beans from Hawaii. The new Kona Classic coffee blend replaces Jack in the Box's old coffee and is used for both hot and iced coffees.
Kona Classic is available at participating Jack in the Box restaurants for a suggested price of $1.39 and $1.59 for regular and large hot coffees, respectively, and $1.99 for a 24-ounce iced coffee. The iced coffees are available in regular, vanilla, and caramel flavors.
Kona Classic is not offered in Hawaii which continues to serve a different blend of Kona coffee produced by local vendor Hawaiian Paradise Coffee.
Super premium ice cream maker Haagen-Daz is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its annual Free Flavor Day.
When: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Any participating Haagen-Dazs Shop in the U.S. Shop Locator
Why: You want to help wish Haagen-Daz a "Happy Birthday" and stuff your face with a free scoop of either Chocolate, Coffee, or Vanilla ice cream.
One of two Taco Bell non-sandwich limited-time menu items (along with the Bacon Ranch Tortada), the Salsa Roja Tortada features southwest-marinated chicken breast (seasoned with garlic powder, "spices," chili pepper, and paprika among other things), shredded lettuce, a blend of three cheeses (mozzarella, pepper jack, and Cheddar), Fiesta Salsa (tomatoes, onions, and cilantro), and salsa rojas (a spicy red sauce) for $3.29.
Apr 19, 2010
Burger King is currently testing more breakfast offerings under the guise of "brunch." Burger Business reports that, in addition to their normal breakfast menu, Burger King is offering Mimosas (Relax, it's non-alcoholic... What?!), the BK Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwich, and the Whopper (yes, it's the Whopper, but for breakfast!) during breakfast time.
Brunch is being offered in select markets in Massachusetts, Florida, and western Canada. The Mimosa is a blend of orange juice, Sprite, and ice while the BK Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwich is a ciabatta sandwich with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, cheese, ham, bacon, and a smoky tomato sauce.
Burger King is also testing other breakfast items elsewhere. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Burger King is testing pancake and scrambled egg platters (similar to the Big and Deluxe Breakfast by McDonald's), mini blueberry muffins, and the same ciabatta breakfast sandwich in the Birmingham area.
Carl's Jr eastern counterpart, Hardee's, is also pouring gravy onto its breakfast with the Loaded Biscuit 'N' Gravy. The Loaded Biscuit 'N' Gravy is a Hardee's Biscuit 'N' Gravy smothered in sausage gravy. Specifically, it consists of two folded scrambled eggs and two sausage patties open-faced on a fresh-baked buttermilk biscuit topped with sausage gravy.
It is available at participating Hardee’s restaurants for $2.99 or in a small combo for $4.69 (hash rounds and a beverage). Prices may vary with location.
So I finally tried Domino's Pizza's new pizza and have to say that I wasn't impressed and the sister-in-law was even less so. I ordered a large pepperoni with extra cheese for the promotional price of $5.99 carryout.
Apr 18, 2010
This edition of What's on the Menu takes us to McDonald's Turkey where we take a look at some of the dishes localized to suit the Turkish palate in additional to some of the more interesting variants not available here in the U.S.
First up, the Kofteburger which features a Turkish-spiced minced beef patty with a toasted special bun with what appears to be dried parsley on top, filled with ketchup, onions, lettuce, and yogurt sauce.
Apr 17, 2010
One of my favorite things to eat at The Hat are the Chili Cheese Fries which features a thick paper serving tray filled with a freshly-fried batch of French fries, generously covered with shredded Cheddar cheese, and then smothered in the Hat's delicious all-meat chili. One order is enough for at least two people and costs $4.79 for just Chili Fries. The cheese is an extra 50 cents. Tomatoes and pickles is also an optional topping for 20 cents. A total of $5.49 plus tax.
Apr 16, 2010
Currently, at a promo price of two for $3, Jack in the Box's Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit features a buttermilk biscuit with a fried egg, a slice of American cheese, and a sausage patty.
Apr 15, 2010
It costs $3.19 for a 16-ounce cup but there's $1 off coupon available off of the Carl's Jr. website. Note: the suggested retail price is $2.89 so the Banana Chocolate Chip Shake might be cheaper at your local Carl's Jr.
Apr 14, 2010
The Spicy Chicken Filet Burger at McDonald's Taiwan is a variant of your standard McChicken but adapted for Taiwanese tastes. It is also sold by McDonald's China. It's also about twice the price of a McChicken at approximately $2.
Here's part two of my KFC Double Down Sandwich review AKA the Fix. I recommend it to anyone who, like myself, finds the Double Down too salty to enjoy. It's all the goodness of the Double Down but with less saltiness (but, sorry to say, not less actual salt).
Apr 13, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Participating Southern California Chick-fil-A restaurants are giving a free snack item every weekday this week from Monday, April 12th to Friday, April 16th, from 2 pm to 5 pm. The items being given out each day are as follows:
- Monday, April 12, 2010 - Free Chick-n-Strips (3-count)
- Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - Free Small Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries
- Wednesday, April, 14, 2010 - Free Yogurt Parfait
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 - Free Chick-fil-A Nuggets (8-count)
- Friday, April 16, 2010 - Free Fudge Nut Brownie
Chick-fil-A Restaurant Locator
A natural extension of their Grilled Sandwiches line, Jack in the Box is adding the Grilled Breakfast Sandwich to its menu.
The Grilled Breakfast Sandwich features two fried eggs and two slices each of American cheese, ham and bacon nestled between two sliced of artisan bread.
The Grilled Breakfast Sandwich is available at participating Jack in the Box restaurants for a suggested retail price of $2.99. Interestingly enough, the sandwich is not available in San Diego where Jack in the Box is headquartered (It is also not available in Seattle, Yakima, Boise, Twin Falls, Austin, Beaumont/Pt. Arthur, Lake Charles, and Waco.)
If you bring in your reusable traveler's mug or tumbler to a participating Starbucks on April 15, 2010 (i.e. "Tax Day"), they're offering to fill it for free with brewed coffee. The environmentally-friendly freebie is to encourage Starbuck's customers to stop using paper cups. I wonder if they'll still give you free brewed coffee if you brought in the mother of all tumblers...
Note: Starbucks has offered a discount for customers who brought in their own tumblers or mugs since 1985, which makes sense since they'd save on cup costs.
The company has a stated goal to ensure all of its cups are recyclable or reusable by 2015.
Starting today, Boston Market unveiled five new sauces that can be added for free when you order their rotisserie chicken much like you can get sauces for your Chicken McNuggets or chicken strips although I imagine a wee bit fancier. The five sauces come in different levels of heat ranging from "Mild" to "Medium Hot."
The five sauces are described by Boston Market as follows and present quite a bit of variety:
- Island Mojo - A Caribbean-inspired sauce with garlic, citrus and extra virgin olive oil. (Mild)
- Zesty Barbecue - Our signature BBQ sauce with molasses, brown sugar and pit spices mixed to create a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. (Mild)
- Sweet Thai Chili Garlic - A traditional Thai dip with chilies, rice wine vinegar and sugar. (Medium Hot)
- Frank’s Sweet Heat - A popular Red Hot Wing sauce featuring aged cayenne, red peppers, tomatoes, honey and molasses. (Medium)
- Honey Habañero - A mix of one of the world’s hottest peppers with some sweetness and a little southwestern kick. (Medium Hot)
Jamba Juice is celebrating 20 years of business, by offering a "Buy One, Get One Free" coupon for any of their drinks. The offer is valid for roughly about two weeks from today, Monday, April, 12, 2010 until Sunday, April 25, 2010. You do need to print out a coupon from their site here to take advantage of the offer.
Details: Drinks include both hot and cold beverages. Free Drink is of equal or lesser value.
Jamba Juice Store Locator
Panda Express offers four different "sides" as part of their entrees: rice (steamed or fried), mixed veggies, and chow mein. Out of the three, I usually get the chow mein because I think they do a good job of it and it's the hardest of the three for me to make at home. Panda Express' Chow Mein features whole grain noodles sauteed in a wok with shredded onion, celery, cabbage, and bean sprouts. It's prices at $2 a la carte or $5.99 as part of a 2-entrée meal.
Apr 11, 2010
It's Free Fry Day on Friday! (Pun, I know.) Jack in the Box is giving away a free order of their small new fries on Friday, April 16, 2010. Details and video after the jump.
While the name might bring to mind a small cake, Burger King's BK Breakfast Muffin is actually an English muffin sandwich with sausage, egg, and cheese and a blatant copy of McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with Egg. It's a recent addition to BK's Breakfast menu along with the BK Breakfast Bowl and retails for a tidy $1.
Just in case, you're not near one of the roughly 2,500 Arby's that were testing their $1 Value Menu, the Value Menu is now available at all 3,700 Arby's nationwide.
The items on the menu are as follows: value-sized shake, drink, and fries, Jr. Chicken Sandwich, Jr. Roast Beef, Apple or Cherry Turnover, and Jr. Ham & Cheddar Melt.
Arby's says they'll periodically update the menu with seasonal favorites and other signature items. Stay tuned and Brand Eating will be sure to keep you updated on changes.
Prices start at $1 and may vary by location.
Apr 10, 2010
Taco Bell's Cherry Limeade Sparkler along with the Tortada is new to the menu. It features a blend of Sierra Mist lemon-lime soda, lime juice concentrate, sugar, and natural cherry flavor served over ice with a lime wedge thrown in for good measure. It is also available in sans natural cherry flavor as a Classic Limeade Sparkler and is priced at $1.69 for 16 ounces and $1.99 for 20 ounces.
Apr 9, 2010
The Bacon Ranch Tortada is one of the latest limited-time items at Taco Bell. It's a cross between a torta (sandwich) and a tostada hence the name "Tortada." The Bacon Ranch Tortada is basically a panini-pressed flour tortilla folded into a square filled with pieces of marinated chicken breast with rib meat, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, diced bacon, and an avocado ranch sauce. It's priced at $3.29 which puts it at the upper end of Taco Bell's menu.
The name "Tortada" appears to be a combination of "torta" and "tostada." Tortadas are available in two varieties: Bacon Ranch and Salsa Roja. They are priced at $3.29 at my local Taco Bell (price may vary with location).
Apr 8, 2010
One of the new items on Burger King's breakfast menu, the BK Breakfast Bowl features a smörgåsbord of your typical breakfast items in a bowl. Specifically, it contains bits of roasted southwestern potatoes, grilled onions and peppers, scrambled eggs and sausage topped with a blend of three cheeses and a smoky cheese sauce in a black plastic bowl. The clear plastic lid resembles a large checker piece, with the large crown on it and all.
Apr 7, 2010
Burger King Philippines offers free shoe shining at selected outlets.
I like the tag: "Black Shoes? High Heels? No Heels? We shine 'em your way."
I guess it's an interesting way to get people in the door in urban areas with heavy foot traffic. I wonder if they run this promotion in any other countries.
What if you were wearing sneakers? Would you still get a shoe shine? Can you even shine sneakers? Only if they're leather I suppose.
Apr 6, 2010
Apr 5, 2010
Dominos is continuing its documentary-style ad campaign which started with the story behind redesign of their pizza focusing on lackluster consumer feedback.
The follow up to that campaign is Pizza Holdouts which uses the same documentary-style type ads to follow their over-the-top efforts to get three people who hadn't yet tried their new pizza to try it.
The full video centering the campaign is a little over 4 minutes and you can check it out after the jump.
Today, Dunkin Donuts unveiled their new Bagel Twists. It's a cross between the twist donut and a bagel. The shape is purported to make the bagel easier to eat when you're on-the-go.
Their exact words were: "The new Bagel Twists feature Dunkin' Donuts' famous bagels, twisted into a more portable, easy-to-eat shape, perfect for busy people on-the-go seeking a delicious snack to keep them running throughout their day." I can't say I've ever had trouble eating a bagel while walking though but maybe I'm just talented.
Sirloin Burgers. The Smoky Cheddar Steakhouse XT (The XT stands for Xtra Thick) features a flame-broiled, almost-half-pound beef patty (7 ounces), barbecue sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes, four strips of bacon, and two slices of Cheddar cheese on a special cornmeal-dusted bun for $4.49.
Apr 4, 2010
Attention mall-goers! Cinnabon is giving away two bite-sized cupcakes to celebrate Tax Day. You can choose from chocolate-, vanilla-, carrot-, and Cinnabon-flavored mini-cupcakes.