Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Carmel Apple Frosty Parfait

Wendy's, I am still undecided on what you guys are doing. Your new burgers are not much better than your old ones. Your value menu is shrinking. Now you are messing with your classic Frosty!? Tisk Tisk Tisk. 

Actually, this is the best thing Wendy's has ever done with a frosty. This is what it says it is, a vanilla frosty, carmel, apple chunks, and granola. I am not actually a big fan of the vanilla frosty. I would much rather just have vanilla soft serve. That being said it works really well with this. The vanilla mixed with the carmel sauce (which there is plenty of) works great. Then you add in the granola, which adds great texture and crunch to the frosty. I do not know why I never thought of that before but oh my gosh it is so good. The apples were my least favorite part. They were fresh and tasty on there own, but mixed with this the big chunks just throw everything off. The size might also disappoint people at first, it is small. Then you realize the price point and it makes it better. The size is actually perfect for something like this. A reasonable sized dessert that will satisfy a sweet tooth without making you feel fat. 

Alien Handsss
Rating 4/5 "It's Just Swell"

Good job Wendy's. Make this a permanent item and you might get back my business a bit.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

EPIC REVIEW: 15 Fall Beers Ranked

Just for clarity, I did not drink all fifteen of these beers in one sitting. And also, two of them are ciders. This was a slow, three week long process. That being said, it was always nice thinking, I HAVE to have a beer, for the blog.

So this is my first fall being 21. I look forward to seasonal beers right now just because I have never had any of these yet! I figured with so many different fall beers, why not try them all! Krogers (my grocer) has a nice "make your own six pack" set up. Why not make my own fall beer collections until I try them all!

So I did. They are ranked from best to worst below. I am too damn lazy to write something for everyone. If you have questions or disagree, just comment. The two Ciders are at the end rated in their own section.

 The Beers
1. Saint Arnold Oktoberfest
2. Sierra Nevada Tumbler
3. Abita Pecan Harvest 
4. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
5. Pyramid Juggernaut Red Ale
6. Rahr Oktoberfest
7. Shiner Oktoberfest
8. Real Ale Oktoberfest
9. Harpoon Octoberfest

10. Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
11. Spaten Oktoberfest
12. Leinenkugel oktoberfest
13. Magic Hat Hex Ourtoberfest

Now It is time for the two Ciders I tried

1. Hornsby's Hard Cider
2. Woodchuck Hard Cider

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I was at Taco Bell the other night and decided to get creative. I made a new and improved version of a Cheesy Gordita Crunch. You get one of the Chicken Flatbreads (I prefer the original) and a crunchy taco and BING BANG BOOM! 

My Creation!!

It was damn good I will say. It does not exactly fit right but it tastes good but hey, it is a cheaper version! 

Anyone have any other good creations they make themselves?

Oh and the next review is going to be a HUGE fall beer review. So get ready!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Review: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

Have you ever seen a movie trailer and thought, "Damn, I CANNOT wait to see that movie!". Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil was that kind of trailer for me. I saw they two minuite extended trailer back when the film debuted at Sundance. It showed me a movie that looked fun and hilarious in the vien of Shuan of the Dead and Zombieland. I went ahead and put that trailer below (CAUTION: VERY SPOILER HEAVY).

Fast forward two years later and the movie is just now coming out, first on VOD then in select theatres. It took two years for this movie to get picked up and distributed. How a movie like this does not get picked up but crap like Final Destination 5 does blows my mind.

Anyways to give a brief plot synopsis of the movie it is a pretty basic horror-comedy. Two hillbilly friends, Tucker and Dale, escape to their new vacation cottage in the middle of the southern woods. A group of college kids are also in the same woods. Tucker and Dale are mistaken for crazy Hillbilly killers. Chaos ensues.

The movie is the directorial debut for Eli Craig. It is also shows off the talents of two great, but lesser-known actors named Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk. TV geeks might recognize these two but the average person will not. All I can say is the chemistry between them is damn near spot on. Not once did I doubt these two were not long time friends in the movie and even as actors. The dialog between them is quick and filled with little chuckles. They each have crazy unique traits to them. Tucker (Tudyk) does to PBR beer what My Big Fat Greek Wedding did to Windex and Dale (Labine) has a perfect memory. Crazy quirks like this in the movie give it charm and keep it fresh. There are also scenes in this movie that had me crying with laughter. the movie really does not have any slow scenes and even has a decent enough plot that will keep you interested. The gore is over-the-top, as it should be in a horror-comedy. The ending is predictable, but I can't fault it too much just because that comes with the territory really.

Rating 5/5 "It's The Bee's Knees"

I should probably not give this a five but I want to get people to see this movie. It is too damn funny to be a "cult classic" but then again, maybe it is better that way. Regardless, if you have an On-Demand service I recommend renting it. It is well worth your money.

-Tell next time

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Whataburger Green Chile Double & Banana Pie and Shake

Please do try it
Ah, the green chile. Something that when done right can add so much flavor. A lot of small or nice restaurants feature green chiles on lots of things. The further southwest you go the more you see of the green chile. One of my favorite sandwiches from a local burger place is a green chile chicken sandwich. The green chili provides tons a flavor, little heat, and a great texture to go along with a sandwich. So why was I so scared to try the Whataburger Green Chile Double? Was it because I do not trust fast food with fresh ingredients? Is it because I do not want to deal with a bad Whataburger or a bad green Chile experience? Who knows, either way, everything turned out okay in the end.

The Green Chile Double
There really is not a whole lot to this sandwich. It is two patties of beef, a slice of american and a slice of Monterey jack cheese, and roasted green chilies. Thats it. No lettuce, no mayo, no onions, just that. The simplicity is what actually made this work though. The patties are what you expect from Whataburger, juicy and flavorful. The two cheeses really give a nice thick consistency to the burger that gives it an almost creaminess that plays well of the chiles. Oh the chiles. So good even fast food cannot ruin you. Whataburger actually did a damn fine job with this. The chiles are moist yet not soggy and wet. The have tons of flavor (as they should) and give the burger a great bite and texture. I was blown away by how much I liked this. If they made the chiles a regular add-on I can see myself adding them in the future. While I do not really have any complaints it is still just a fast food burger so I cannot give it a perfect score. That being said, please do not be afraid to give this a try, it is well worth it.

Rating: 4/5 "It's Just Swell"

Banana Pie and Shake

Whataburger pies are some of my favorite fast food desert. They are really greasy but have such a good crunch and normally great filling so I love when I can get one. They do a good job of trying new flavors as well. When I saw they had Banana pies I had to use this excuse to get one. If you like banana you will like this. It is almost a banana pudding custard filling. Smooth and Rich inside with a strong banana flavor.

The shake (sorry no picture) was less stelar. I added chocolate to it being afraid it would be too banana strong but I barely could taste banana. I do not know if it is because the chocolate that was added or what but I was sad they couldn't get this one right, I love their shakes too. chick-fil-a still reigns supreme on outlandish shake flavors.

Pie Rating: 4/5 "It's Just Swell"

Shake Rating: 2/5 "It's Not Worth It"

Movie review up next! Get excited.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Review: Sonic Bacon And Blue Dog and Kickin' Coney

Who would of thought someone would go and have six different hot dogs at a fast food place! I mean it is not like it is easy to easy to eat a hot dog while driving, especially one loaded to the brim with toppings. Sonic seems to ignore this conventional wisdom and decided to release two limited edition hotdogs! Each of these hotdogs are unique concepts so I definitely give Sonic some credit for that. How were they?

Bacon and Blue Dog

This was the surprising winner of the two. Keep in mind I am not a huge fan of hotdogs anyway but I found this one surpassingly good. The poppyseed bun was soft and warm. The hotdog it self was cooked well enough. They have a nice firmness to them that gives them a nice firm bite. The toppings were good as well. The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh. The bacon was not great, but for fast food bacon it was not so bad. The Blue Cheese Dressing tasted more like mayo and would have helped to have a thinner consistency but overall it did not take away from the hotdog. Overall it tasted fresh and fulfilling. 

Rating: 4/5 "It's Just Swell"

The Kickin' Coney

I would not call this a disappointment, but it definitely was not a winner either. It is simply just the chili cheese dog with crispy onion strings and a chipotle BBQ sauce. The onion strings provide a nice texture change but there are not enough of them and they are a bit too soggy. The Chipotle BBQ was a nice little flavor spin but really did not work with this. It ended up being too much. It was a good and clever idea for Sonic but it did not work for me. I can see some people enjoying it though.

Rating: 3/5 "It's Just Meh"

I always appreciate a good effort by fast food chains to mix it up and Sonic definitely does that here. If you liked their other hot dogs check these out while they are around.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Taco Bell Bacon Ranch Flatbread and Original Flatbread

YES! A new menu item from Taco Bell!! Wait, it is just a redone version of another item? Oh well at least it had BACON!!! Wait, it is just "bacon flavored" ranch? Well it is still only 99 cents!! Oh, it is the as filling as a piece of toast? WHAT THE F*$& TACO BELL!?

Just when I thought they were ready to break out of there mold, Taco Bell drops this crap on us. Even my girlfriend (who hates Taco Bell) commented on how Taco Bell seems to be getting desperate with their new stuff. Taco Bell, I understand you want to create new items that are "Value" but I am so sick of this crap that you have been shoveling us that I would prefer you make, or at least bring back something halfway good (Bacon Ranch Chalupa anyone?) that cost a bit more then this garbage. Anyways on to the review.

The Original Chicken Flatbread

There is not much to these things so the review will be short. The flatbread it self is good, its just the gordita shells. It is almost like a pita but a bit softer and fluffier. When warm and smothered in cheese it is very tasty. The Flatbread is stuffed with cheese, a few bits of chicken (and I mean a FEW), and chipotle sauce. Now these things are tiny. They barely even justify the 99 cents they cost. That being said, I love the chipotle sauce and they taste really good. I just wish they were bigger. For only a buck though, they make a nice little side to whatever one normally gets at Taco Bell. Think of it as a little bonus.

3/5 "It's Just Meh"

The Bacon Ranch Flatbread

Those bastards at Taco Bell need to watch their backs cause I am pissed about this one. Why in God's name would you put bacon in somethings name when it has no actual bacon?! WTF is that?! This one is literally the same as the other one but replace chipotle sauce with "bacon" ranch. Who makes ranch flavored like bacon?! Ug this one hurt me. It just pissed me off. They put bacon on the bacon ranch Gordita! Why not on this? Freaking cheap ass Taco Bell.

2/5 "It's Not Worth It"

Yes I realize they are the same price and almost the same thing but the Bacon Ranch looses a point for being a lying SOB. Taco Bell, you are loosing me, and I mean it. This is getting old. If you raise your prices again within the next year I am done. My wallet can only take so much abuse for your shitty food and your new stuff is not cutting the mustard.

Tune in soon, I will have a review on the two new Sonic hotdogs. One is surprisingly awesome, and one is a huge letdown! Can you guess which is which?!