May 31, 2010

News: Popeyes - New Wicked Chicken

New to Popeyes' menu, Wicked Chicken are thin strips of all white meat chicken marinated with authentic Louisiana seasonings, hand-battered and breaded in the restaurants, and then deep-fried till crispy.

Wicked Chicken is different from Popeye's tender in that they're cut thinner so that they curl while cooking. My worry would be that since the chicken is cut into thin strips, it might be prone to drying out in the fryer.

Wicked Chicken is currently available in a snack box with Cajun Fries, a buttermilk biscuit, ranch dipping sauce and a mini bottle of Tabasco sauce for $3.99.

News: Popeyes - New Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea Free - June 12th

Popeyes Cane Sweeeet Iced Tea
To encourage people to try their new Cane Sweet Iced Tea, Popeyes is giving away free cups of it on June 12th, 2010.  Cane "Sweeeet" Iced Tea is fresh brewed from a blend of orange pekoe and pekoe cut black teas from Asia and South America.

According to Popeyes, the "Sweeeet" refers to the tea being "great" or "awesome."  The tea is actually available sweetened with pure cane sugar or unsweetened.  Besides being available in normal drink sizes, Cane Sweet Iced Tea is also available in a gallon jug for $4.99.

When: June 12th, 2010

Where:  All participating Popeyes locations in the U.S.

Why: Free 22-ounce cup of Cane Sweet Iced Tea

Details: One per person, per visit.

Buffet of Buffets: Spice Market Buffet

Part One of a Four - Spice Market Buffet - Planet Hollywood.
The Buffet of Buffets is a promotion currently going on in Las Vegas where you can eat at any of seven Harrah's buffets as many times as you want(!) within a 24-hour window for $34.99 (although you do have to sign up or have in your possession their version of a comp card or its $39.99). The Buffet of Buffets was only $29.99 when I went though (they raised the price because too many people participated). I actually went to Vegas expressly to see how many buffets I could hit up in a 24-hour period and determine which was the best out of them.

May 30, 2010

News: Wendy's New BBQ Bacon Deluxe Value Meals

Wendy's BBQ Deluxe Combos border=Memorial Day is just around the corner and that means barbecues!  Or, at least BBQ sauce at Wendy's.  The newest limited-time items to the Wendy's menu are the BBQ Bacon Deluxe Value Meals for $2.99.

So what does "BBQ Bacon Deluxe" mean?  It means honey BBQ sauce, onions, two strips of Applewood smoked bacon, pickles, a slice of American cheese and your choice of either two beef patties or a crispy chicken patty.  The value meal includes a small order of fries and a "small" drink (I think that means 20-ounces nowadays).

Nutritional Info after the jump.

News: Hot Dog on a Stick - Free Hot Dog Day, June 15, 2010

Free Hot Dog Day
It's beginning to feel a lot like summer and once again, Hot Dog on a Stick is celebrating Free Hot Dog Day at all their locations.  It's like going to the county fair but at the mall so you can enjoy the A/C!

My friend and I went last year when there was no limit to how many corn dogs you could get and she went buck wild eating them.  There's a limit of one per person this year but really how many hot dogs do you plan on eating?

When:  June 15th, 2010 from 5pm-8pm

Where:  All Hot Dog on a Stick and Muscle Beach & Hot Dogs Locations.

Why: Free Hot Dog on a Stick (one per person)

Sunday Funny: McDonald's Korea - "Fry Thief"

Two 30-second gems from McDonald's Korea... from the same campaign I think. Because when you're hungry, you're hungry... Just don't get caught! Haha! Gotta love the Engrish: "Don't be risky your life!"

Second video after the jump.
May 29, 2010

News: Arby's New Steakhouse Sub

Arby's Steakhouse Sub
Arby's new limited-time Steakhouse Sub features a "combination of slow-roasted, thinly-sliced roast beef topped with melted Swiss cheese, freshly fried crispy onions and a zesty, cracked peppercorn sauce and toasted on a ciabatta roll."

Basically, it's their French Dip sub except without aus jus (Hm... did I just basically type "without with sauce?" Yep. I just did.), and with the added crunch of crispy onions and a peppery sauce.

Nutritional info after the jump.

News: Arby's - New Strawberry Banana Split Shake

Arby's Strawberry Banana Split Shake
Arby's likens their latest shake flavor to "enjoying a banana split through a straw."

Arby's new Strawberry Banana Split Shake is a limited-time item and features a strawberry and banana flavored shake with a chocolate syrup swirl topped with diced strawberries and is available in a 16-ounce cup.

Nutritional Info after the jump. This one's a bit of a sugar monster tipping in at 98g of Sugar.

News: Arby's New Prime-Cut Chicken Tenders

Arby's Prime-Cut Chicken Tender
For a limited time, Arby's is adding Prime-Cut Chicken Tenders with a tangy Buffalo dipping sauce to its chicken menu line-up. The Prime-Cut Chicken Tenders feature whole white meat from the prime cut of the chicken breast breaded and fried.

I'm not entirely sure what the prime cut of a chicken breast is, but I would hope that it's the best cut of the chicken breast. I think that means the tenders would be juicier and meaty and I would be sorely disappointed to find otherwise. Just my two cents as a consumer.

The Tenders are available in 3-piece and 5-piece orders.

Nutritional Info after the jump.

Review: Porto's Bakery - Chocolate Croissant

Porto's Bakery Chocolate Croissant
Porto's Bakery's Chocolate Croissant features a croissant with chocolate inside and on the outside.  It's a fairly good value for a bakery croissant priced at $1.50.

May 28, 2010

Frozen Friday: Claim Jumper - Baby Back Pork Ribs

Claim Jumper Baby Back Pork Ribs box
In a rather curious decision, Claim Jumper sells a full rack (about 14 - 16 ribs) of Baby Back Pork Ribs with barbecue sauce in the frozen food section for $14.99(!) at my local supermarket.  Normally, I wouldn't even thinking of spending that much in the frozen food aisle, but since it was free courtesy of Claim Jumper, I thought it would be interesting to try.

Review: Taco Bell - Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Top view
A Taco Bell favorite of mine, the descriptively named Mexican Pizza is Taco Bell's take on the pizza complete with a "pizza" sauce, melted cheese and toppings. A bit ironic since my local Taco Bell is also a /Pizza Hut where a Mexican Pizza can be had for $2.79 whereas a more traditional Personal Pan Pizza will run a bit more.

May 27, 2010

News: Krispy Kreme - Free Donut on June 4, 2010

Krispy Kreme Logo
Looks like Krispy Kreme is getting in on the National Donut Day celebration and one-upping Dunkin' Donuts by offering a free Krispy Kreme donut with no strings attached (well, except for the sugar rush, but you know what you're getting yourself into).

When:  National Donut Day, Friday, June 4, 2010.

Where: At participating Krispy Kremes across the U.S.  Store Locations.

Why: Free Krispy Kreme donut (any variety), no purchase necessary.

Review: Chipotle Secret Menu - Steak Quesadilla

Chipotle Steak Quesadilla
An off-the-menu or "secret" item at Chipotle, the Quesadilla is huge! For $2.75, I got a large flour tortilla (the same they use for their burritos) filled with cheese, wrapped in foil and pressed until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is seared. For $2 more, I got steak in my quesadilla for a grand total of $4.75.

May 26, 2010

Review: Starbucks - Mocha Frappuccino

Starbuck Mocha Frappuccino
Starbucks' Mocha Frappuccino in its base configuration (since it's customizable) features a blend of strong coffee flavor with a bit of milk chocolate flavor at $3.65 for a 16-ounce pop.

The Asia Trip: McDonald's Hong Kong - Chocolate Pie

McDonald's Chocolate Pie in a box
Mmm... Chocolate... they had Chocolate Pie at McDonald's in Hong Kong (it's not currently on the menu as far as the Hong Kong website is concerned).  And, at 1 HK as an add-on to a combo meal.  That is ridiculous cheap!  $0.13 cheap!  So yes, I got one with my combo meal.  Does this mean I'm a sucker for super-sizing?

May 25, 2010

News: Dunkin' Donuts - Free Donut with Any Beverage Purchase - June 4th

Dunkin Donuts National Donut Day - Free Donut
Dunkin' Donuts is celebrating National Donut Day by offering a free donut with the purchase of any Dunkin' beverage. Not a bad deal, if you stop by Dunkin' for your morning pick-me-up anyway.

When: All Day, June 4th, 2010

Where: All participating Dunkin' Donuts - Store Locations

Why: Free Donut with purchase of any beverage.

Details: "*Offer valid all day on 6/4/10. Store hours may vary by location. While supplies last. Limited time offer. Price and participation may vary."

Review: Burger King - Sausage Biscuit

Burger King Sausage Biscuit top view
A BK Breakfast Value Menu item, Burger King's Sausage Biscuit is simply a breakfast sausage patty place within a biscuit and sold for $1.

News: KFC New Extra Crispy Strips

KFC $5 Big Crunch Box
I recently saw a commercial advertising KFC's new $5 Big Crunch Box marking the return of the Extra Crispy Strip, which saw its exile from the KFC menu when the Original Recipe Strip made its debut a few years back, replacing the Crispy Strip.

The questions then are: 1) Does this mean the Original Recipe Strips are out? and 2)  Are the Extra Crispy Strips the same Crispy Strips of old or something new entirely?  (Update: Looks like they're the Crispy Strips of old but are being advertised as "new."  I suppose they have been gone for a while.)

As to question #1, a quick perusal of KFC's latest nutrition guide yields the noticeable absence of Original Recipe Strips, with only "Crispy Strips" on the guide.  However, Original Recipe Strips are still pictured on the online menu.

Along with the promotion of the new Big Crunch Box are two new sauces: KFC Signature Sauce which looks like it might be a honey mustard type affair and a Spicy Chipotle Sauce.  I found the Original Recipe Strip's flavor too strong for dipping, but the new(?) Extra Crispy Strips should have a more neutral flavor ideal for carrying sauce.

The $5 Big Crunch Box features three Extra Crispy Strips, a side, a biscuit, and a drink for $5.

Check out the commercial and nutritional information after the jump.
May 24, 2010

News: Chick-fil-A - New Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A announced today their new Spicy Chicken Sandwich, the chain's first new sandwich since 1989.  I'm not sure why they announced the sandwich after they announced the sandwich giveaway but there you go.  The sandwich is like Chick-fil-A's Chicken Sandwich but moderately spicy, seasoned with a blend of peppers.  They've been tested in California since last spring but the official menu add will happen on June 7th.

The sandwich will be priced at $2.99 and is also available in a "deluxe" version with lettuce, tomatoes, and Pepper Jack cheese for $3.59.  For an extra spicy touch, I suggest adding Chick-fil-A's delicious Buffalo sauce to your sandwich.

Chick-fil-A is also planning a Spicy Chicken biscuit sandwich for breakfast in January 2011.

Nutritional Information after the jump.  Watch out for the KFC Double Down-exceeding sodium.

Review: Subway - Orchard Chicken Salad Sub

Subway Orchard Chicken Salad Sub
As I've written before, Subway's Orchard Chicken Salad Sub features chunks of chicken, celery, red apples, golden raisins, cranberries, a light creamy mayo and your choice of veggies, on Subway's fresh-baked bread. As a bonus, the Orchard Chicken Salad Sub is part of the $5 Footlong Value menu as well as a part of the Subway Fresh Fit Menu if you only eat half of the foot-long.

May 23, 2010

What's on the Menu: McDonald's Hong Kong

A mix of Chinese and British influences, Hong Kong presents an interesting juxtaposition of East and West even after the British turnover to the Chinese.  While the mix is a bit less interesting at McDonald's Hong Kong, it's still interesting to see what McDonald's is up to in Hong Kong nonetheless.
McDonald's McBrew Tea
First off, is the very British and very Hong Kong habit of afternoon tea, taken with milk of course and stylized by McDonald's as "McBrew" Tea available to 10 Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) or about $1.28 US.

Sunday Funny: Jack in the Box - "Mini Sirloin Burgers" Jingle

I like catchy jingles. This one by Jack in the Box always makes me smile. If it doesn't make you smile, you are dead inside. It's true! Look it up! ;P

The burgers didn't really appeal to me but look at the little cows!

May 22, 2010

Review: Dunkin Donuts - Coffee Coolatta

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Coolatta
I tried Dunkin' Donuts' Coffee Coolatta while I was in Vegas; Fremont Street specifically.  Why Vegas?  Because we don't have Dunkin' Donuts in California and Vegas has the closest one.  I kid.  I went to Vegas to eat buffets.  Lots of them.  Honestly, I haven't been wowed (or even reasonably distracted) by anything I've tried at Dunkin'.  I was actually on Fremont Street to eat deep-fried Oreos for $0.99 and Dunkin' was nearby and a novelty.

May 21, 2010

Frozen Friday: Claim Jumper - Salisbury Steak Dinner

Claim Jumper's Salisbury Steak Dinner box
Salisbury steak has been a TV dinner staple for as long as I can remember. Salisbury steak was invented by an American physician believe it or not. It's a meat patty made with a blend of minced beef and varying ingredients. I received this Claim Jumper's Salisbury Steak Dinner courtesy of Claim Jumper (Actually, I got six coupons from them for any Claim Jumper frozen food item, so if you have any requests on any you'd like to see reviewed, now's the time). It would normally cost $3.99 at my local supermarket and probably $3 to $3.50 on sale.

Review: Domino's - Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes

Domino's Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes box
One of a few desserts available at Domino's Pizza, Chocolate Lava Crunch Cakes are baked in the pizza oven so that they're crunchy on the outside with gooey, liquid chocolate on the inside.  They're then dusted with powdered sugar and sold at a price of $3.99 for two cakes.
May 20, 2010

Review: Taco Bell - Classic Limeade Sparkler

Taco Bell Classic Limeade Sparkler
Apparently, Taco Bell is using the word "classic" to signify the norm for their drinks.  They could have saved a word (and me from typing seven extra letters) by just calling the Classic Limeade Sparkler the "Limeade Sparkler."  I got one by taking advantage of the promotional free Limeade Sparkler coupon on Taco Bell's website.

Review: Burger King - BK Fire-Grilled Ribs

BK Fire-Grilled Ribs poster
Burger King's BK Fire-Grilled Ribs recently made their debut to major markets, including my very own Los Angeles.  Made possible by the new batch ovens that replaced the old conveyor belt flame broilers of old, the new BK Fire-Grilled Ribs are a limited-time item and advertised as "smokey and slow cooked" and "authentic bone-in pork ribs."  Around the web, they are also known for hitting a fairly high price and as a potential face plant for Burger King.

May 19, 2010

News: Taco Bell Giving Free Coupon for New Limeade Sparklers

Taco Bell giving away free Limeade Sparklers
Taco Bell is promoting its new Limeade Sparklers by giving away free printable coupons for a Limeade Sparkler on their website (click here for coupon link).  No purchase necessary to redeem the coupon which will be given away until 500,000 are redeemed or until 7/11/2010, whichever comes first.  One free online coupon per customer.

The Asia Trip: McDonald's Hong Kong - McPepper Sandwich

McDonald's McPepper in wrapper
A limited-time item while I was in Hong Kong, McDonald's McPepper Sandwich takes a base of a plain McDonald's Hamburger patty, bun, and onions and tailors it to more Hong Kong tastes by adding a black pepper gravy of the kind used in some Chinese dishes.

May 18, 2010

News: Subway - New Orchard Chicken Salad Sub

Subways Orchard Chicken Salad Sub
Okay, I've seen Subway carry this sub before, so I'm thinking it might have previously been a regional item because they're currently announcing it nationally as a limited-time summertime sub. So yes, it's chicken salad summer at Subway (available until July 4). I know, my alliteration skills are awesome.  (Update: Check out my review of the Orchard Chicken Salad Sub)

The Orchard Chicken Salad Sub features chunks of chicken, celery, red apples, golden raisins, cranberries, a light creamy mayo and your choice of veggies, on Subway's fresh-baked bread. As a bonus, the Orchard Chicken Salad Sub is part of the $5 Footlong Value menu as well as a part of the Subway Fresh Fit Menu if you only eat half of the foot-long.

Nutritional Info after the jump.

Review: Taco Bell - Classic Margarita Frutista Freeze

A better picture of the Taco Bell Classic Margarita Frutista Freeze
Don't get too excited, Taco Bell's new Margarita drinks don't have any alcohol in them. Though, if you have some tequila lying around, just pour some into a Margarita Frutista Freeze and you'll have yourself a bona-fide margarita. The Margarita Frutista Freeze is also available topped with real strawberries in syrup instead of a wedge of lime.

News: Del Taco - New Big Fat Crispy Chicken Taco

New Del Taco Big Fat Crispy Chicken Taco
Del Taco recently unveiled the latest in its Big Fat Taco series with the Big Fat Crispy Chicken Taco which features a deep-fried crispy chicken patty, freshly grated Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce on a flatbread tortilla with your choice of ancho chile or cool ranch sauce. The price is a cool $2.19 each.

News: Jack in the Box Promoting New Raspberry Trio

Jack in the Box's Raspberry Trio
At Jack in the Box, the beginning of summer means raspberries this year.  Jack in the Box has added a new Raspberry Smoothie and Raspberry Shake to team up with their current Raspberry Tea to form a Raspberry Trio.

They've also announced that Jack in the Box is using a new brand of tea, Gold Leaf featuring 100 percent real Ceylon tea leaves.

Jack in the Box Smoothies are made with a blend of fruit juice and nonfat frozen yogurt and carry suggested prices of $2.99 and $3.99 for 16-ounce and 24-ounce cups respectively.

Jack in the Box Shakes are made with real ice cream and are retail-priced at $2.49 and $2.99 for 16-ounce and 24-ounce cups respectively.
May 17, 2010

News: Sonic Replaces Soft Serve with Real Ice Cream

Sonic Real Ice Cream
In a move to improve the quality of their frozen desserts, Sonic has replaced their existing soft serve (and soft serve based desserts) with a creamier, richer version dubbed "Real Ice Cream" (to call a frozen dairy food "ice cream," it has to have at least 10% milk fat).

In addition to the introduction of Real Ice Cream, Sonic has also improved many of its dessert toppings by, among other things, reducing or removing high fructose corn syrup with more natural ingredients.

To promote Real Ice Cream, Sonic is running a "buy one, get one free anytime" offer on their shakes until June 27th, 2010. Basically, you can buy any shake and get one free shake right there and then, or get a coupon for a free shake to use later.

Sonic will also be promoting 99-cent one-topping sundaes after 8pm from Memorial Day until Labor Day (i.e. most of summer).

Details on the shake promotion: "Buy One, Get One Free Anytime offer ends June 27th, 2010. Buy one shake at regular price (plus tax) and get one free shake of equal or lesser value now or receive a coupon for a free shake on a future visit. Coupon expires July 15, 2010. Includes Cream Pie shakes and malts where available."

Review: Taco Bell - Mini Quesadilla

Taco Bell Mini Quesadilla
With the two "new" additions to Taco Bell's "Why Pay More" value menu, I worry that Taco Bell might be running out of ideas with the Mini-Quesadilla for $0.89 (The other item is the equally mundane Cheesy Nachos).

Review: Taco Bell - Cheesy Nachos

Taco Bell Cheesy Nachos
One of two new additions to Taco Bell's "Why Pay More" value menu, Cheesy Nachos did not require much (if any) wracking of the culinary minds at Taco Bell in name or substance. In fact, it is only new in that it comes in a different container than Taco Bell's plain Nachos. With Cheesy Nachos, the nacho cheese is just put on top of the tortilla chips instead of on the side.

May 16, 2010

Sunday Funny: McDonald's - "Baby"

The best of the latest batch of McDonald's "I'm Lovin' it" commercials that try to bring a different vibe to the campaign. Since the nephew is 8 months old, I totally get this now.

May 15, 2010

Review: Yoshinoya - Beef Bowl

Yoshinoya Beef Bowl with lid

Yoshinoya is a Japan-based fast food chain started in 1899 that made it's way to the States in 1979 with locations mostly in California. Their main dish is the "gyudon" or "beef bowl" and indeed their logo features a bull. In addition to beef bowls, they also have chicken teriyaki bowls, grilled shrimp bowls, and recently added Korean-style BBQ meats to their menu.

Local Review: Porto's Bakery - Apple Strudel

Porto's Bakery Apple Strudel
Porto Bakery's Apple Strudel is priced at a reasonable 80 cents and looks a bit different from your typical strudel. It's shaped similar to their Guava Strudel but dusted with powdered sugar.

News: Jack in the Box Testing Oven Toasted Croissants

Jack in the Box testing Oven Toasted Croissants
Looks like Jack in the Box is testing Oven Toasted Croissants out in Austin, Texas.  Oven Toasted Croissant come in two varieties: a Chick-fil-A-like Spicy Chicken and a Grilled-Sandwich-like Turkey & Swiss.

The Spicy Chicken looks like it features a deep-fried spicy chicken patty with pickles and maybe a sauce.  The Turkey & Swiss appears to contain sliced turkey, Swiss cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, red onions, and what might be the same sun-dried tomato sauce used in the Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar Grilled Sandwich.

Both are served on a toasted croissant.  The toasting seems like a good idea if they do it right; there's nothing like an oven-warmed croissant and none of the major fast food chains serve a croissant sandwich.  Hopefully, they turn out a better croissant than Burger King uses for breakfast.
May 14, 2010

Review: Starbucks - Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino

So I've figured out why Starbucks' Frappuccinos taste so watery, the default milk in a Frappuccino is 2% and not whole milk.  I actually discovered this by taste when I ordered a Frappuccino and specified "whole milk" to my barista; the resultant drink was much creamier by far, and better for it.  Unfortunately, I didn't know this before I ordered my Strawberries & Creme (you know because it's so much fancier than "cream") Frappuccino during Starbucks' Frappuccino Happy Hour.

May 13, 2010

Seattle's Best: Starbucks' Answer to McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts?

Seattle's Best new look
It looks like Seattle's Best is poised to become the Toyota to Starbucks' Lexus. With competitors like McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts serving up espresso-based drinks, Starbucks recently announced the relaunch of Seattle's Best with a new simpler look, a publicity push, and new growth strategy.

With contracts in place with AMC Theaters (beginning in July), Burger King (beginning in September), and Subway (currently serving), Seattle's Best is now poised as Starbucks' mainstream/value brand with plans to increase distribution with more value-oriented locations such as conveniences stores, vending machines, and fast food eateries as well as bookstores, and common carriers (airlines, cruise lines, and the like).

The new look is meant to be simpler and incorporates universal coffee symbols with the cup and the drop. If you ask me, it looks a bit generic but that might be what they're going for. It reminds me a bit of the look of Target's generic store branding for some household items.

News: Taco Bell - New 2 Dollar Meal Deals

Taco Bell 2 Dollar Meal Deals
Taco Bells' newest promo is the very affordable $2 Meal Deal which features a your choice of a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, Gordita Supreme, Grilled Chicken Burrito, or a Double Decker Taco plus a small bag of Doritos tortilla chips and a medium drink.  At $2, it sounds like a pretty good bargain for lunch, or fourth meal, or snack, I guess, if you have a big appetite.

Review: In-N-Out - Cheeseburger

In-N-Out Cheeseburger
Sometimes, because of this blog, I eat fast food items I wouldn't normally eat because they're either too big or they just don't sound very good to me.  Granted sometimes I'm delighted and surprised, but this review isn't for one of those items.  This review is about something I unequivocally love to eat: the In-N-Out Cheeseburger.

May 12, 2010

The Asia Trip: Cafe de Coral - Hong Kong

Cafe de Coral front desk
Cafe de Coral is the biggest Chinese fast food chain in Hong Kong with over 100 restaurants.  While I was in Hong Kong, every one I saw was fairly busy and, for a fast food restaurant, pretty upscale.  I wouldn't have guessed it was a fast food chain from the exterior if my cousin hadn't told me.

May 11, 2010

Baja Fresh - New "Guest Choice" Prototype

Baja Fresh
My local Baja Fresh shuttered a while ago and left me bereft of any of their delicious made-to-order churros. However, it recently re-opened with a new look dubbed the "Guest Choice" prototype.  I happened to get a look on opening day and took some pictures. You can see that they're still training new employees and whatnot.

Review: Taco Bell - Ham and Egg Breakfast Burrito

Taco Bell Breakfast Menu
Taco Bell has been testing breakfast for several years now with a revolving menu at a select few Taco Bells.  The sister-in-law came across one of these selected restaurants and brought me back one of the current flavor du jours, a Ham and Egg Breakfast Burrito (also available with bacon or sausage) at the value price of 89 cents.  Gotta love that value menu.

May 10, 2010

News: Burger King Testing Country Pork Sandwich?

Photo by: heyrocc, Flickr
Burger King has been promoting a Country Pork Sandwich out in Iowa since at least December.  Burger Business reports that the breaded pork sandwich is now available in Chicago and is priced at $3.49 for the Regular (which comes with onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard) and $3.99 for the Deluxe (which is like a Whopper but with a breaded pork patty and pickles).

The Country Pork Sandwich seems like it might just be a regional item, and not destined for nationwide greatness.  A particularly eye-opening fact is that one sandwich contains 3310mg(!) of sodium, according to the Burger King website, well over the FDA recommended daily intake of 2400mg.  Nutritional information follows after the jump.

Review: Starbucks - Extra Coffee Caramel Frappuccino

Starbucks Extra Coffee Caramel Frappuccino
Starbucks' Extra Coffee Caramel Frappuccino is a new menu item coinciding with the launch of Starbucks' "however-you-want-it" Frappuccino.

Caramel Frappuccinos are made of coffee blended with caramel sauce, milk, and ice and then topped with whipped cream.  Extra coffee adds an unspecified extra bit of coffee.  A Venti (24 ounces, oh the irony) Extra Coffee Caramel Frappuccino is pretty expensive at $5.05.  It's a good thing I bought mines during Frappuccino Happy Hour for half-off.

May 9, 2010

What's on the Menu: KFC Australia

KFC Australia
This edition of What's on the Menu takes a look at fried chicken in the land down under: KFC Australia.  So without further ado, a look at some items of interest and cultural nuances at KFC Australia, a storied chain which arrived in 1968 and has grown to over 600 restaurants since.

Sunday Funny: "For You, Only the Best" - McDonald's Germany

A funny McDonald's Germany commercial featuring German supermodel Heidi Klum and Barbara Meier, another model from Germany's Next Top Model. I think you can figure out what's going on.

May 8, 2010

Local Review: Porto's Bakery - Guava Strudel

Porto's Bakery - Guava Strudel top view
The Guava Strudel is another popular item at local bakery Porto's Bakery. It's not sprinkled with sugar like strudel from your typical supermarket bakery.

May 7, 2010

Guide to Starbucks New Customizable Frappuccino

Starbucks' Customizable Frappuccino Menu
This is a guide on the add-on prices and options for Starbucks recent customizable Frappuccino push AKA the "however-you-want-it" Frappuccino.  Prices may vary from location to location.  This guide is based on my observations at a southern California Starbucks.