Monday, October 5, 2015

McDonald's ALL DAY BREAKFAST: McMuffin by Moonlight!

"The long wait is over. It's time for ALL DAY BREAKFAST."

The wait is indeed over, as McDonald's finally releases its all day breakfast menu. In an effort to improve collapsing sales, McDonald's will now serve a limited version of its popular breakfast menu. Items will vary depending on where you live -- in NYC you will get muffin sandwiches and in The South, biscuits. We're more biscuit people, but because we're based in New York we did not have a biscuit option. That's not to say we're still not elated. We tried a piping hot and fresh Sausage McMuffin with Egg which came with gooey American cheese. It was delectable and the fact that we ate it at 9 o'clock at night made it that much more special. The question remains if all day breakfast will improve profits for McD's. The novelty could wear off soon and McDonald's could still find itself in a pickle.

Try your McDonald's Sausage McMuffin with some plain mustard. This tasty condiment is virtually calorie-free and will add a spike of vibrant flavor to your already delicious breakfast sandwich! 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pop-Tarts Frosted Pumpkin Pie: FALL FLAVORED FUN

Everything is pumpkin pie spice flavored (or scented) this time of year. From lattes to candy to chapstick to candles, pumpkin pie spice is king from September through the holidays. It's not surprising, then, that Kellogg's has released limited edition Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts. What's refreshing about this new product is that these breakfast snack treats focus more on the whole pie and less on the spice. These Pop-Tarts are made with actual pumpkin pie ingredients like pumpkin, eggs and molasses. And of course, the spices are there too like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla.

We rather enjoyed these Pop-Tarts because they really do taste like pumpkin pie. The signature Pop-Tart crust tastes a lot like regular pie crust and the sugary frosting with sprinkles adds a toothsome sweetness to the rich, spiced pumpkin custard filling. For a fun, old-fashioned flavored breakfast treat that'll get your family into the Halloween spirit, give these tasty turnovers a try!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" Review: SNAXTIME AT THE MOVIES

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" (2015)
RATING: *** 1/2  

The runners are back for more pulse-pounding action in the second installment to "The Maze Runner" franchise, "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials." Director Wes Ball returns with the original cast in this action-packed sequel that continues the exciting adventure based on the novels by James Dashner. After being rescued from the maze, the runners find themselves in a mysterious compound. Are they really saved, or is something sinister still controlling their fate? As the pieces to the puzzle come together, Thomas and his young comrades begin to realize that their journey is more complex than they could have ever imagined.

"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" is an adventurous and fun thrill ride. The sequel spreads its wings with a plethora of epic new locations and colorful new characters. Although the plot seems a tad more contrived than the first film, charismatic actor Dylan O'Brien continues to lead the way with his mesmerizing performance as the main protagonist, Thomas. The movie also feels a little less sincere, but the amped up Hollywood-caliber visuals effects make this installment more grandiose and expansive with well-choreographed action sequences and a faster moving storyline that propels us quickly to the inevitable cliffhanger. We liked that it was a serious action flick with little romance and almost no comedic relief and it does a nice job of setting up anticipation for the next chapter. There are also some genuinely entertaining horror elements that elevate this movie beyond sci-fi. If you're a fan of the first "Maze Runner" like we were, grab a ticket and go see "Scorch Trials."

Movie theater snacks are oversized and high in calories. For a tantalizing treat that is kind to the waistline, try a hot dog. A Nathan's hot dog with ketchup, relish and mustard from Regal Movie Theaters is less than 300 calories, and it's packed with protein so you'll feel satisfied throughout the show! 


* (1) - POOR
** (2) - FAIR
*** (3) - GOOD
**** (4) - VERY GOOD
***** (5) - EXCELLENT

Monday, September 21, 2015

Simply Sara Hot Dog Sauce Recipe: DIY CONEY MAGIC

We recently had a scrumptious, meaty Coney Dog from the Ed and Bev's food kiosk located inside of Brooklyn's newest and hippest beer hall, Berg'n. After scarfing down the chili-topped wiener, we were reminded of a fantastic hot dog sauce recipe from the queen of the kitchen herself, Simply Sara! We've been watching the Simply Sara cooking show on YouTube for months and her recipes are honest-to-goodness gems that guarantee to put smiles on hungry faces. This hot dog sauce recipe is especially fun and with it you can enjoy a Coney style dog from the comfort of your own home! Sara describes the delectable sauce as "Coney Island mixed with Cincinnati -- It's my twist on it." We've transcribed the recipe below, but watch for yourself here as Simply Sara whips up her kitchen magic!

3/4 or 1 lb ground beef
1/2 large onion finely minced
2 cloves garlic finely minced
3 oz tomato paste
2/3 cups water
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs mustard
2 Tbs ketchup
pinch cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs brown sugar
salt and black pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Drain grease. Add the tomato paste and water and stir well. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Simmer over low heat for at least 15 minutes. Spoon sauce over some grilled hot dogs and top with mustard and chopped raw onion. Enjoy!

Monday, September 14, 2015


It's crisp and refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness. It's smooth and clean tasting with quality ingredients you can feel good about. It's Caleb's Kola!

Caleb's Kola is named after the famed North Carolina pharmacist who created Pepsi-Cola in the 1890's, Caleb Bradham. This small-batch craft soda contains a mixture "of sustainable Fair Trade cane sugar, kola nuts from Africa, a special blend of spices from around the world, and a hint of citrus." When combined with sparkling water, these grade-A ingredients come together to create a unique kola experience, all inside a a stunning vintage-inspired bottle. We loved the mouth feel and taste of Caleb's Kola and it reminded us a lot of Pepsi, which isn't surprising since Pepsi is the company behind this epicurean kola! And don't fret, Caleb's Kola contains natural caffeine found in the kola nut, so you can rest assured that you'll be getting that li'l pep you've come to expect from a delicious, good quality frosty cola.
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