Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hill Country Chicken NYC: Classic Fried Chicken w/ Fixin's & Dessert

It had been a while since we've been to Hill Country Chicken on Broadway and 25th Street in Manhattan (they now have a Brooklyn location as well).  We always remember it as a place where the food won't disappoint, the kind of no-frills restaurant where the focus is on comfort food made fresh and delicious. Their classic fried chicken is certainly something to write home about and arguably some of the best we've had.

We went for lunch the other day and were reminded of just how magical this place is. Their Classic Fried Chicken is brined, seasoned, dipped in buttermilk, coated, deep fried and finished with Hill Country's signature shake. We always get a leg and thigh when we go and the meat itself is juicy, hot and flavorful. The coating is crispy and seasoned perfectly, with a nice touch of sweetness that makes all the difference. Try the chicken with some Texas Pete Hot Sauce for an added kick. Their Cheesy Fried Mashed Potatoes and Pimento Mac & Cheese are loaded with gooey hot cheese and are incredibly rich in flavor. If you go, ask for some biscuits and make sure you eat them with butter and grape jelly. The biscuits are flaky and buttery and the added jelly makes them a special treat that'll bring the kid out in you.

We finished this stellar lunch with a mini caramel apple pie and a mini s'mores pie. We asked them to heat the pies up and to make the apple pie à la mode. The caramel apple pie was insanely lush and tasty with a flaky, rich crust and sweet sticky caramel that tasted wonderful with the apples. The s'mores pie was chocolatey and silky with a sweet toasted marshmallow creme topping. We didn't care much for the burned pieces of something we couldn't decipher on top of the marshmallow, but we just picked them off and the pie was easily saved.

If you're in the mood for topnotch southern style fried chicken 'n' fixin's, Hill Country Chicken is a sure bet!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries: Best of America's Snacks

We are taking a bite out of America's best snack foods!

Even as adults, we still love to munch on the breakfast cereals we adored as kids. There is something so comforting about crunching on your childhood favorite cereal brand, whether it's for breakfast or a midnight snack.

Introduced in 1967, Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries is a variation of the classic Cap'n Crunch sweetened corn and oats cereal. With Crunch Berries, you not only get the original yellow Cap'n Crunch corn and oat pieces but also round berry-shaped Crunch Berries that are berry flavored and come in 4 fun colors: green, red, blue and purple.

Cap'n Crunch's Crunch Berries has a unique flavor that is the result of combining not only corn and oat flour, but also brown sugar and coconut oil. There is also a nice amount of salt so each bite is a lil salty and super sweet. And the Crunch Berry pieces add a fruity twist because they are flavored with real strawberry juice concentrate, so you can rest assured that you're getting your essential daily fruit intake in every bite!

For a wholesome, tasty stroll down memory lane, visit your local cereal isle -- the Cap'n is waiting for you!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DQ Banana Split Blizzard: The Blizzard Zone #BZ04

We are featuring a different Dairy Queen Blizzard flavor every month for a year!

Dairy Queen's website really makes the Banana Split Blizzard look and sound great: strawberries, pineapple, chocolate topping and banana are all blended together with creamy vanilla soft serve. We were excited to try this particular flavor, but to our surprise it was a complete disaster!

Whoever made our Blizzard only blended a trace amount of "chocolate topping," strawberry and pineapple with the vanilla soft serve which resulted in a grey colored ice cream that tasted bland. There were very few strawberry pieces, only one tiny chunk of pineapple and NO banana pieces at all! It was a tasteless, unappealing mess with no texture. The Blizzard also arrived slightly melted and without the Chili Cheese Dog we ordered alongside it. The dog came trailing behind after a few bites of our Blizzard.

On a side note, the Chili Cheese Dog was scrumptious and we quickly forgot about the Blizzard fail. The bun on the dog was perfectly soft, chewy and a lil sweet and the skinless dog and savory chili were smoky and rich and tasted wonderful with the melty shredded cheddar cheese.

To be fair, the fault in the Blizzard being so bad lies mostly in the employee who made it. They clearly took no pride when assembling the Blizzard and what could have been a delicious experience turned into a major disappointment. Having actual banana and more pineapple, strawberry and chocolate would have helped tremendously, but we'll more than likely never order this flavor again.

Stay tuned for another flavor next month!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nabisco Go-Paks!: Mini Oreo & Chips Ahoy Cookies

Nabisco makes snacking on-the-go easy with their new Go-Paks! These beautifully designed portable plastic tubs are crammed with mini Nabisco signature cookies like chocolate Oreo, Golden Oreo and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies. The cookies themselves are cute and easy to pop: each cookie is about the size of a breakfast cereal nugget. And they taste great, just like their bigger counterparts. If you're hunting for an easy on-the-run sweet treat, look for the bright yellow Nabisco Go-Paks lid!

Also available in Ritz Bits Cheese Sandwiches, Honey Maid Teddy Grahams and Nutter Butter Bites.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Larry's Venice Beach California: Burger Lunch Deluxe

After checking out the scenery at Muscle Beach in sunny Venice Beach, California, Snaxtime decided it would be a great idea to grab a burger lunch. Larry's, located at 24 Winward, Ave., just off the famous Venice Beach Boardwalk, was recommended by a friend and looked to be the perfect casual, hip spot with a creative and comforting menu.

We started out with some imaginative cocktails, our favorite being the Delicious, a devious concoction of rum, coconut cream, lemon, pineapple and red wine. The Sleepy Jean cocktail was crafted with vodka, creme de banana, lemon and simple syrup -- we could'a drank this one out of a pint glass! The Epitaph was smooth and savory with tequila, spicy red pepper, lemon, sweet agave and cucumber -- all with a salted rim.

For the main event, we tried a Joe's Burger which came with a beautifully grilled 1/2 lb beef patty topped with zesty pepper jack cheese, smoky bacon, fried shallots and a sweet BBQ aioli, all on peppery arugula and inside a grilled, soft bun. The flavors scrumptiously melded together in this melty, sinful sandwich! We also had some of Larry's fries which were salty and delicious and came with 3 tasty sauces.

To finish things off on a sweet note, we sampled the Sticky Toffee Pudding, which was hot, sugary and indeed sticky with a topping of salted caramel. A dainty scoop of cold vanilla ice cream and a light dusting of powdered sugar highlighted the flavors of this heartening treat.

After patting our bellies and strolling back out to the boardwalk, we really felt that Larry's captured the carefree spirit of Venice Beach with their fanciful food and drink. We're sure glad we popped in!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

McDonald's Rockin' Hotcakes: Breakfast Superstars

They're piping hot! They're light 'n' fluffy! They're super sweet! McDonald's Hotcakes always take center stage at breakfast. These steamy golden pancakes have a wonderful vanilla aroma and taste positively yummy with creamy margarine and sugary maple flavored syrup.  With McDonald's Hotcakes, your AM meal is sure to be a rockin' good time!

Serve these melt-in-your-mouth flapjacks with juice and milk for a complete breakfast.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chef Boy-Ar-Dee Complete Pizza Kit: Vintage Ad (1960)

A Chef Boy-Ar-Dee pizza is the thriftiest, niftiest way to feed a group and convince boys there's no place like home.

Keep the family in tonight and make a homemade (from a box) Chef Boy-Ar-Dee pizza for dinner with this Complete Pizza kit from 1960! The kit comes with everything you need to make a hot and tasty pizza loaded with ooey gooey melted cheese (a sparse dusting of grated cheese)! Your family will love this freshly prepared gourmet feast (want to order takeout)!
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