Monday, July 21, 2014

Lobster Shack Branford, CT: Chili Dog & Grilled Clams


People come from miles around to savor the famous lobster rolls from The Lobster Shack in Branford, CT.  The quaint shack serves what is considered by some to be the best lobster rolls in New England. We went for lunch recently, but before we were able to order a lobster roll, we saw the Hummel Brother's hot dog with chili and it called our name! So we ordered that instead of a lobster roll along with a cup of the chowder of the day (shrimp and corn chowder) and a dozen grilled clams.

Lobster Shack splits their dogs down the middle before grilling them, allowing for maximum meat crisping and caramelization. The dog is then placed in a buttered and grilled bun and slathered in rich smoky chili. We also added ketchup and mustard. We've never heard of Hummel Bros. Meat Food Products, but we loved both the hot dog and the chili! Overall, the chili dog was an excellent lunchtime experience.

The chowder was piping hot and tasty, with plenty of sweet corn chunks. We didn't notice any actual shrimp pieces in the chowder though, which we found misleading (maybe it's just made with shrimp stock?). The grilled clams were dolloped in drawn butter and we dunked them in hot sauce and cocktail sauce. The clams tasty perfectly simple and fresh and were strangely the ideal accompaniment to the chili dog.

Oh, and we tried a bite of our friend's lobster roll -- it was pretty darn good too!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Little Debbie Seashell Brownies & Coral Reef Cakes: Summer Sea Snacks


Little Debbie is shifting the tide this summer with new sweet snacks inspired by the sea! These oceanic treats come in creative and colorful shapes and, as always, come individually wrapped so you can bring the beach with you wherever you go!


We tried the Seashell Brownies and both varieties of the Coral Reef Cakes. The Yellow Cake with Chocolate Creme and Classic White Cake with White Creme both tasted like Little Debbie's regular snack cakes, but the addition of star and fish candy sprinkles and coral-colored icing drizzle made these new confections feel special. We enjoyed the yellow cake with chocolate creme version a bit more than the white cake.


The Seashell Brownie was by far the standout of the new snacks we tried. Little Debbie shapes their signature brownie into a seashell then tops it with coral pink icing. The result is a sweet and rich, fudgy brownie that is both colorful and fun.

These new Little Debbie summer sea snacks are available for a limited time only. Starfish and Jellyfish Cookies are also available.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dairy Queen S'mores Blizzard: The Blizzard Zone #BZ02


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

Of the handful of Dairy Queen Blizzard Treat flavors we've tried the past few months, our favorite has to be the S'mores Blizzard. For this summertime flavor, DQ blends together sweet mini marshmallow creme filled candy bars with toasted graham topping, crunchy graham cracker pieces, gooey marshmallow topping and DQ's signature creamy vanilla soft serve.

The taste of this Blizzard is reminiscent of the traditional campfire delight. The marshmallow, chocolate and graham flavors are all present and meld wonderfully with the smooth, cold vanilla ice cream. We got a mini size and asked for extra candy for an additional 49¢. At first we didn't really notice the extra candy, but by the time we got to the bottom there were plenty of yummy candy bits for us to munch on.

If you're interested in trying this flavor, run over quick because DQ claims that this is a limited edition flavor that disappears at the end of this month.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

1992 Ford Ranger Advertisement: Rad Retro Wheels

Toss some tuna sandwiches and a sixer of Diet Pepsi in the back of your 1992 Ford Ranger and rev up that sporty engine, it's time to hit the beach! Then later, pull up to the club in dope style and show off your Ranger's colorful streaks!

This awesome advertisement from 1992 makes us miss the days when American car companies still made compact pickup trucks. We love the black and powder blue trucks with bold color details -- we want one! What's your favorite color variety?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Extra FANCY: Hip 'n' Tasty Brooklyn Seafood


Sometimes Snaxtime likes to get a lil fancy, and one of our favorite restaurants to do that at is Extra FANCY, located at 302 Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not that Extra FANCY is really all that fancy, it's more just really awesome, with hiply prepared food and drink. The menu's emphasis is strongly on seafood, although they often provide other fare as well. Extra FANCY offers a full raw/chilled seafood bar, an extensive hot menu with lots of appetizers and an impressive specials board that changes daily.  They also have a well-crafted cocktail menu and a full selection of beer and wine.

On a recent visit we started with some king crab legs from the chilled bar. The crab was prepared for us so all we had to do was scoop out the sweet meat and dunk it in the accompanying cocktail sauce. The taste was fresh and classic and was the perfect way to get our appetite going.

Next we tried the house-made Pimento Cheese with beniseed crackers and micro celery. This may have been our favorite item of the meal! The cheese was wonderfully greasy and rich with a slight smoky sweetness from the pimentos that tasted wonderful on the crispy sesame crackers. In a way it reminded us of fancy Easy Cheese! Delicious.

Whenever we go to Extra FANCY we order the Deviled Eggs, which come topped with smoked trout roe, pickled mustard seeds, celery leaf salad and fingerling potato chips. All of the flavors and textures combine perfectly and the smoked trout roe really transforms these eggs into a special occasion.

The Fried Surf Clams w/ celery seed mayo were hot, crisp and sumptuous with a wonderful seawater flavor that was complimented beautifully by the earthy and tangy celery seed mayo. We loved this dish!

We ended the meal with an order of Fish & Chips w/ cole slaw, b&b pickles, fried lemon, tartar sauce and ketchup. The fried lemon was a brilliant addition that brightened the archetypal dish. The fries were perfectly thin and salty and the fish was flaky and moist beneath the brilliant batter.

We give this meal an A+! Next time you're in the mood for a special meal from the sea, set your sails for Extra FANCY!

Friday, July 4, 2014

7-Eleven Doritos Loaded: NEW Snack Food Sensation


Just in time for America's biggest holiday, 7-Eleven has dropped an exclusive new snack food that is unique and deliciously bold: Doritos Loaded! Imagine a Doritos snack chip mutating into a warm, gooey cheese-filled triangular nugget. The corn flavor of the original chip is not really present, but the ooey, cheesy filling and nacho-flavored outer coating really amp up Doritos' signature nacho cheese flavor and the result is a surprisingly munchable fritter that tastes undeniably like a Doritos chip. We've never seen anything quite like it and it's definitely worth giving Doritos Loaded a try.

Grab 4 for just $1.99 while supplies last!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kreisler Craft Change-O-Color: Vintage 1949 Men's Fashion Accessories Advertisement


This guy is having the best day ever. He just got the new Kreisler Craft Change-O-Color cuff links and "with the flick of his finger, it changes color to match his suit." Now he'll look super dapper on his dinner date, no matter what color suit he chooses to wear!

Amusing Kreisler Craft advertisement from 1949.

Image source here.
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