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McDonald’s Garlic Fries

With the world famous Gilroy Garlic Festival taking place this weekend, the local Bay Area McDonald’s restaurants have decided to join in on the garlic fun.  Today, McDonald’s in the Bay Area released their version of garlic fries, a special addition to the menu.  These savory treats are available starting at 10:30 a.m.  I headed over to check it out and was expecting to smell the aroma of garlic filling the restaurant.  No garlic smell.

McDonalds Garlic Fries

PRICE
$2.39 for a large order of regular fries (which come in a paper carton)
$3.08 for a large order of garlic fries (which come in a paper tray)

PROCESS
I watched this process in action.  They made the fries just as they typically do, fry then salt.  From there, they measured each fry batch according to which size you ordered and then tossed them in the silver metal bowl.  Then they took it over to a special station where they added about an ounce of white thick clumpy sauce.  They had to then toss, turn and mix this up.  Just how they traditionally do with garlic fries.  This took some time to prepare!!
McDonalds Garlic Fries
APPEARANCE
Instead of stuffing the fries into the typical carton for fries, they served them in these paper trays with a fork and knife.  Sort of like the same set-up for chili fries.  I could see the garlic, spices and fresh herbs.  Looked good!

3 garlic fries

TASTE
As I reached in to grab one, I noticed that the fries were a bit soggy.  Not because of the oil, but I think because of the clumpy sauce.  They were garlic fries, but not the kind that you may have had at Gordon Biersch, at AT&T Park or even Trader Joe’s.  It had a McD spin to it.  The fries were not overwhelming with pungent garlic flavors, but it was on the mild to medium side.  It had fresh flat leaf parsley herbs which made it nice.  However, taking my next few bites… I couldn’t get over the limp and wet texture.  You certainly want to eat these with a fork and this would NOT be ideal to eat in the car!

VERDICT
I thought that they were ok.  I shared a few with co-workers who loved it or thought that they were ok.  It’s worth a shot to check-out, but they might need to improve the recipe to highlight McD’s famous GOLDEN crispy fries!

Posted: 7/27/16

Hello Kitty Sushi Promo

Calling all Hello Kitty fans!

Head over to your nearest Safeway grocery store where AFC has partnered with Hello Kitty for this special promotion.  If your Safeway has an in-house sushi counter, you can take advantage of grabbing a few of these cute soy sauce packets and chopsticks.

TIP: If you are able to get a hold of a freshly made roll that they set out, it makes a huge difference in flavor.  Sometimes you can ask them as it doesn’t hurt!

Hello Kitty Sushi 3

See?  Freshly made California roll sushi.  The avocados are NOT brown and they don’t look mushy either.  Yum.

Hello Kitty Sushi 2

Posted 6/20/16

 

Marvel Spider-Man K-Cup Daily Bugle Breakfast Blend Coffee

Look-out! Here’s comes the Spider-Man… k-cup coffee!  Want to rev up your “spidey senses” in the morning?  Check out this novel new k-cup offering which includes a few Marvel characters including: Spider-Man Daily Bugle breakfast blend, Hulk espresso dark roast, as well as Captain America hazelnut medium roast.  The 10-count pack is going for roughly the $6.00 mark at Walmart.  Such a fun idea to add to your Keurig for an action-packed morning.Marvel k-cup coffee

I purchased the Spider-Man blend to see what this was all about.  The packaging is super-duper cute.

Spider-Man Coffee K-Cups

Might be a cute idea small gift idea to pair with other Marvel character items.  The pods itself outside of the box aren’t that super attractive.  I was hoping to see Spider-Man’s face, but no.  Just the Marvel logo and k-cup blend name.

Spider-Man K-Cup

Ok, now for the taste test.  My first thought was that this is a breakfast blend.  It doesn’t have a lot of acidity and is very easy to drink.  Then, I noticed that the blend seems a bit more like a light-medium blend vs. a true medium blend.  I personally was hoping for something a little bit stronger, but could probably adjust on my side and use 6 vs. 8 ounces of water in my Keurig.

OH!  If you have a non-coffee drinker or have kids, then I also saw that they have a hot chocolate version.  Personally, I am a fan of drinks made with REAL sugar vs. artificial sugar that are commonly found in k-cups.  However, if you don’t mind, then this looks like it could be a good substitute for you to try.  Marvel Avengers Hot Chocolate Single Serve Cups

Marvel Cocoa

Posted 6/10/16

 

The Original New York Seltzer is BACK!

If you remember the 80’s, then you should remember how iconic the Original New York Seltzer was to that decade.  The soda was only in production for about a decade from the 80’s to early 90’s.  Since that time, you haven’t really seem them unless you were on eBay sold as collector items… until now.  Back in late November 2015, I first spotted these cases at Cost Plus World Market.  You can purchase these individually for $1.49 or on sale right now for $1.19 at Cost Plus.  I am also seeing them on Amazon.com as well.  It looks like now they have some of the original flavors, along with a new one, concord grape.  Delicious!  Although I recall that the original ones had a plastic cap vs. metal, the flavors are a match.

You can check out their official site here: https://drinknewyorkseltzer.com/

Totally rad dude! 😉

Posted 4/25/16

Lay’s Korean Barbecue Chips

One of my favorite snacks to eat are CHIPS!  So when I saw these at the store, I had to pause for a long time in disbelief.  Korean barbecue chips?!  SOLD!  As a kid, I grew up on authentic Korean food.  So my expectation levels are pretty high.  They look like a normal chip and smelled like the real deal.  I took a bite and was brought back to my childhood.  The instant barbecue flavor hits you, then the sweet and savory undertones with the right amount of saltiness.  It was perfect, just missing the rice and kimchee.  While I don’t understand why they put a beef satay stick on the outside of the package along with a thick American looking barbecue sauce dish, the contents inside are spot on.  I purchased this bag at Lucky’s, but have also seen random flavors sold at Walgreen’s as well.  Kudos Lay’s and their “Flavor Swap Contest”!  I voted to keep this one as a keeper and keep checking back on their site for the results which will be posted here: www.flavorswap.com

Posted 3/20/16