Sep 30, 2014

Secret Menu: In-N-Out - Whole Grilled Onions and Extra Toasted Bun

A few of the options you can get at In-N-Out include getting a whole slice of onion grilled ("WhGR") and getting your bun extra toasted ("X toast").

I don't believe a lot of people know about it so I decided to try both on a Double Double (I also went with no tomato). There's no added charge for either option

News: Sonic - New Boneless Chicken Wings

Sonic adds new Boneless Chicken Wings to the menu. The crispy-fried, bite-sized chicken breast pieces come tossed in one of three sauces: Buffalo, Asian Sweet Chili, or Barbecue.

News: Jack in the Box - New Southwest Monster Taco

Jack in the Box introduces the new Southwest Monster Taco as the latest addition to their Monster Taco line up.

The Southwest Monster Taco features the same extra-long taco shell and seasoned meat as the rest of the Monster Tacos but tops it off with shredded cheddar cheese, black beans, corn, grilled onions, and Southwest Sauce.

News: 7- Eleven - New Extreme Meat Pizza Plus Other Specials

7-Eleven adds to their pizza line up with the new Extreme Meat Pizza. It comes topped with sausage, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, and mozzarella. The price for the pizza is $5.55.

Sep 29, 2014

Review: Wendy's - BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Wendy's BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich features BBQ pulled pork, broccoli slaw, and a choice of either sweet, spicy, or smoky BBQ sauce, on a toasted brioche bun.

I bought one for $4.69 and requested all three barbecue sauces on the side.

Around the World: Krispy Kreme Delivers Giant Box of 2,400 Donuts in UK

As part of a promotion for their new Occasions service for big corporate events and weddings, Krispy Kreme delivered 2,400 Original Glazed Donuts in one giant box to one lucky social media follower over in the UK.

Here's How to Get 25-Cent Coffee Refills for a Year at Corner Bakery on Oct. 3rd

Corner Bakery will be celebrating World Smile Day on Friday, October 3, 2014 by giving away a pair of smiley face mugs to the first 50 guests in line at participating locations.

News: Domino's - $5.99 Large, 2-Topping Pizza Carryout Special from Sept. 29 - Oct. 5

Domino's is doing another one of their week-long carryout specials through from now through Sunday, October 5, 2014.

During the promotional period, they're offering a carryout-only deal where you can get a large, 2-topping pizza for $5.99.

Sep 28, 2014

Review: Trader Joe's - Potato Chips with South African Style Seasoning

Trader Joe's new Potato Chips with South African Style Seasoning are described on the bag as "classic potato chips with an exotic smoked flavor." According to the ingredients, that means they're seasoned with chili pepper, sea salt, garlic, basil, and parsley.

I picked up a 10-oz bag for $2.29.

News: Dunkin' Donuts - Free Medium Cup of Dark Roast Coffee on Sept 29

Like a number of coffee chains, Dunkin' Donuts will be celebrating National Coffee Day on September 29, 2014, by giving out free coffee. Specifically, they will be offering a free medium cup of their new Dark Roast Coffee to guests that come by on the day (limit one per guest).

News: Krispy Kreme - Free Coffee on September 29

Krispy Kreme is celebrating National Coffee Day, on Monday, September 29, 2014, by giving away free 12-oz cups of Krispy Kreme coffee at participating Krispy Kreme US locations.

News: Peet's Coffee - Buy One, Get One Free on Any Drink on September 29

Peet's Coffee will be celebrating National Coffee Day on Monday, September 29, 2014, buy offering a buy one, get one free deal on any handcrafted beverage (i.e. excluding juice and bottled beverages).

Sep 27, 2014

Review: Thomas - Apple Pie-Flavored English Muffins

Thomas has taken apples and cinnamon to make limited edition Apple Pie-flavored versions of their English Muffins. According to the package, they're both naturally and artificially flavored and contain apples.

I picked up a 13-oz package of six English muffins for $2.50.

News: Dole - New Power Smoothie Shakers

Dole has shaken up their Smoothie Shakers line with new Nutrition Plus Power Smoothie Shakers. While the regular line features yogurt and fruit, the new Power line ups the ante with by going with ever-trendy Greek yogurt and adding veggies to the mix.

News: Dunkin' Donuts - New Cinnamon Roll-Flavored Packaged Coffee

Dunkin' Donuts adds to their Bakery Series packaged coffee line with new Cinnamon Roll-Flavored Coffee.

The new flavor is available in grocery stores nationwide and joins a line up that includes Chocolate Glazed Donut, Blueberry Muffin, Jelly Donut, Old Fashioned Donut, and Caramel Coffee Cake coffee flavors.

Sep 26, 2014

Frozen Friday: Sonic - Snickers & Caramel Waffle Sundae

Sonic's Snickers & Caramel Waffle Sundae features vanilla ice cream in a large waffle cone topped with Snickers candy bar pieces, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

These go for $2.89 each, but I received this one courtesy of Sonic.

News: Jack in the Box - New Chick-N-Tater Melt Plus Instant Win Game

Jack in the Box introduces the new Chick-N-Tater Melt as part of their late-night Munchie Meal menu. In addition to the new food item, they're also running a "Munchie Peel" instant win game.

News: Wendy's Introduces BBQ Pulled Pork Burger and Fries

Wendy's unveils a trio of new menu items centering around hickory-smoked BBQ Pulled Pork. There's the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, BBQ Pulled Pork Cheeseburger, and BBQ Pulled Pork Cheese Fries.

Sep 25, 2014

Review: Hershey's Candy Corn Bars

Hershey's Candy Corn Bars are new this Halloween season and feature snack-sized bars of candy corn creme with candy bits.

I bought a 9.45-oz bag for $2.89.

Around the World: Domino's UK Offers a Whole Line of Stuffed Crust Pizzas Including New Bacon & Cheese

Domino's doesn't offer stuffed crust pizza here in the U.S., but over in the U.K., they have a whole line of stuffed crust pizzas and just added new Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Crust Pizza to the mix.

News: Carl's Jr. / Hardee's - New Mile High Bacon Thickburger

New at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, the Mile High Bacon Thickburger features thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon, a 1/3- or 1/2-pound charbroiled Black Angus beef patty, American cheese, red onion, tomato, lettuce, and mayo, on a toasted fresh baked bun.

News: TGI Friday's Adds Two New Appetizers to Endless Appetizer Menu

For those of you into their all-you-can-eat appetizer $10 Endless Appetizers promo, you'll be happy to know that TGI Fridays has added two new appetizers to the available selection: Sriracha Chicken Potato Skins and Spicy Chicken Tostadas. They've also added Ahi Tuna Crisps to the promotion.

Sep 24, 2014

Review: Popeyes - Beer Can Chicken

Popeyes' new Beer Can Chicken features a white meat chicken breast that's partially cut into tenders and marinated in a blend of "traditional beer can chicken seasonings" including butter, garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, and cayenne before being battered, breaded, and deep-fried.

It cost me $3.99 to get the chicken, a side of mashed potatoes and Cajun gravy, a biscuit, and new Creamy Cayenne dipping sauce.

Around the World - Japanese Burger Chain Offers Spaghetti Burger

Over in Japan, popular burger chain Lotteria offers up the new Neapolitan Burger, which is basically a burger topped with spaghetti.

The Neapolitan Burger was created as part of a collaboration between the chain and a local chef, Tatsuya Kawagoe.

News: Burger King - New Mushroom & Swiss Bacon Whopper

Similar to the Big King, Burger King's trademark Whopper gets the mushroom and Swiss treatment for the new Mushroom & Swiss Bacon Whopper.

Along with the standard quarter-pound of flame-grilled beef, iceberg lettuce, and mayo (they've taken out the ketchup) on a toasted sesame seed bun, they've added thick-cut, hardwood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, and sauteed mushrooms.

News: White Castle - New Italiano Sliders

White Castle combines classic Italian ingredients with their signature sliders for new Italiano Sliders. The new sliders come in three varieties: the Pizza Slider, the Crispy Chicken Italiano Slider or the Grilled Chicken Italiano Slider.

Sep 23, 2014

Review: Del Taco - Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Fresca Bowl

Del Taco's Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Fresca Bowl is one of three new Fresca Bowls being offered by the fast food chain and features grilled chicken, fire-roasted red and green bell peppers, roasted corn, caramelized onions, and poblano peppers on a bed of seasoned black beans and fresca lime rice.

I bought the bowl for $4.

News: TruMoo - New Limited Edition Orange Scream Milk for Halloween

TruMoo goes with an orange and vanilla ice cream bar flavor this Halloween with new Limited Edition TruMoo Orange Scream milk.

News: Bruegger's - 2014 Fall Menu Includes New Bagel Burgers

Bruegger's 2014 Fall Menu introduces new burgers to their menu; Bagel Burgers, that is. There are two in all: the Barnyard Burger and the Bistro Burger.

Also on the fall menu are the ever-trendy pumpkin-themed items including Pumpkin Bagels, Pumpkin Cream Cheese, and Pumpkin Spice Coffee.

Sep 22, 2014

Review: Wendy's Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche Sandwich

Wendy's Smoked Gouda Chicken on Brioche sandwich (Wendy's needs shorter product names) features double-smoked Gouda cheese, a Dijon aioli, a sweet onion sauce made from pureed caramelized onions, a crispy chicken breast filet, sliced red onions, and spring mix on a toasted brioche.

I paid $5.29 for one.

News: Popeyes - New Beer Can Chicken

Popeyes is offering new Beer Can Chicken, featuring a white meat chicken breast that's partially cut into tenders and marinated in a blend of "traditional beer can chicken seasonings" including butter, garlic, lemon zest, rosemary, and cayenne before being battered, breaded, and deep-fried.

News: Olive Garden - Never Ending Pasta Bowl Returns for 19th Year

Olive Garden's all-you-can-eat Never Ending Pasta Bowl deal is back for its 19th year and offering over 150 pasta combinations, plus unlimited soup, garden salad, and garlic breadsticks starting at $9.99.

Sep 21, 2014

Review: International Delight - Cold Stone Sweet Cream Iced Coffee

International Delight's Cold Stone Sweet Cream Iced Coffee purports to offer ready-to-drink iced coffee with the added flavor of ice cream.

It was $2.99 for a half-gallon on sale.

News: Totino's Pizza Rolls in New Spicy Taco & BBQ Chicken Flavors

Totino's expands the Bold line of their signature Pizza Rolls with two new flavors: Spicy Taco and BBQ Chicken.

Around the World - This Domino's Pizza is Topped with Flowers

Over in El Salvador, Domino's is offering the new flower-topped Loroco Pizza as well as Loroco Stuffed Cheesy Bread. 

Loroco is a vine with edible flowers that is eaten quite a bit in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Sep 20, 2014

Review: Ruffles Cheese-Flavored Crispy Fries

Ruffles Cheese-flavored Crispy Fries are basically potato chips cut like fries and dusted with cheddar cheese-flavored powder.

I bought a 1.7-oz bag for $1.49.

Around the World: McDonald's Romania Steps Up with Mozzarella Pesto Bites

While mozzarella cheesesticks are common enough here in the States, McDonald's has kicked up the flavor over in Romania, where they're currently offering new mozzarella bites with pesto.

News: Hershey's - New Candy Corn Creme Bar

Hershey's is offering the new Candy Corn Creme Bar this year for Halloween. Also available this Halloween are new Caramel Apple Filled Twizzlers.

The new Candy Corn Creme Bar borrows the flavor of the signature Halloween treat and infuses it into a creme bar and throws in candy corn bits for good measure.

Sep 19, 2014

Frozen Friday: Dole - Smoothie Shakers

Dole Smoothie Shakers are meant to be a convenient solution to smoothie-making for when you don't have access to a blender. Each container comes with pieces of fruit and tiny balls of yogurt that you'll need to add juice to before you can shake it up for a quick smoothie.

I tried the strawberry banana flavor as well as the wild berry. They retail for $2.19 each (may vary) for a 4-oz canister. I received these courtesy of Dole though.

News: Nestle - New Nesquik Girl Scout Flavors

Nestle has partnered up with the Girl Scouts to offer new limited-edition Nesquik low-fat chocolate milk in two flavors: Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Girl Scouts Caramel Coconut.

News: Jones Soda - 2014 Halloween Flavors

Jones Soda is once again offering a seasonal selection of Halloween-themed 8-oz sodas this year. It's pared down to just two this year though (as opposed to last year's four): Vampire Blood Orange and Zombie Caramel apple.

Sep 18, 2014

Review: Carl's Jr. - Hearty Breakfast Platter

Carl's Jr.'s Hearty Breakfast Platter comes with a sausage patty, two strips of bacon, scrambled eggs, a biscuit, and hash rounds.

For whatever reason, they've been offering these for the ridiculously cheap price of $1.99 (which is less than you could buy the same combination frozen from the supermarket or any other fast food chain).

News: Coca-Cola's Mountain Dew AKA Surge is Back

Surge, Coca-Cola's answer to Pepsi's Mountain Dew, returns after a 12-year break, in part, due to a relatively small but passionate group of fans who have been lobbying online for its return.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to get your Surge fix at any supermarket; a limited supply of the drink is exclusively available in 12-packs of 16-oz cans from (also, it's currently sold out).

News: Krispy Kreme Offers New Stay Puft Marshmallow Donuts

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Ghostbuster movie, Krispy Kreme has teamed up with Sony Pictures to offer two new Ghostbusters-themed donuts including the Stay Puft Marshmallow Donut, named after the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The donuts' arrival coincides with the release of a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the movie.

Sep 17, 2014

Review: Papa John's - Applepie

Papa John's Applepie is basically their Cinnapie, but topped with an apple filling rather than a cinnamon filling. The rest is the same brown sugar streusel and white icing drizzle on a thin pizza crust.

I picked one up for $4.99.

News: Cinnabon - 2014 Fall Menu Includes New Pumpkin Pie Chillatta

Like a lot of chains this fall, Cinnabon is also offering a seasonal pumpkin-themed menu.

This year there are the new Pumpkin Caramel Classic Roll, MiniBon Roll, and Center of the Roll, as well as the new Pumpkin Pie Chilatta.

News: Jamba Juice - New Energy Bowls

Jamba Juice debuts new Energy Bowls featuring a blend of whole fruit and soymilk and/or Greek yogurt, topped with various dry toppings and fresh fruits.

As part of the introduction, Jamba Juice is offering a half-off coupon good on any of the new bowls via their website. The coupon is good through Monday, September 22, 2014 at participating locations.

Sep 16, 2014

Review: Chick-fil-A - Cookie Sundae

Chick-fil-A's Cookie Sundae features broken up pieces of one of their Chocolate Chunk Cookies, topped with their vanilla "Icedream" soft serve, Hershey's chocolate syup, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

I got one for $1.99.

News: Moe's Southwest Grill - Free Queso & Chips on September 18th Plus New Chili Con Queso

Moe's Southwest Grill will be once again be celebrating Free Queso Day for the fifth year in a row by offering free 6-oz cups of Moe's Queso (cheese dip) with complementary tortilla chips to dip on Thursday, September 18, 2014.

News: Starbucks - Buy One, Get One Free on Fall Drinks Through September 21

To kick off the season, Starbucks is offering a "buy one, get one free" special on this year's fall drinks from 2 pm to 6pm, through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

The drinks included in the deal are the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Latte, and Salted Caramel Mocha. The drinks can be had hot, iced, or as a Frappuccino.