Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Domino's NEW Specialty Chicken: Chicken Pizza Crust


With competing fast food giants constantly looking for creative ways to redefine classic American foods, it's no wonder that Domino's is rolling out a new line of chicken products inspired by popular pizza flavor combinations. Domino's Specialty Chicken comes in 4 exciting varieties, each one made with a "crust" of breaded all white meat chicken chunks smothered with bold toppings.

We tried the Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple, which is topped with a sweet and spicy pineapple-habanero sauce, pineapple pieces, jalapeños and a mozzarella, cheddar cheese blend (our location also threw on some bell pepper strips). We also sampled the Sweet BBQ Bacon, which came dressed with sweet and smoky BBQ sauce, crispy bacon pieces and mozzarella and cheddar cheese.

 

Both varieties were made fresh to order and tasted hearty and scrumptious. The Spicy Jalapeño-Pineapple was sweet with a real kick of heat from the habanero sauce. The fruity pineapple complemented the crispy chicken and zesty jalapeños. The more classically inspired Sweet BBQ Bacon tasted how one would expect it to with the smoky bacon and sweet BBQ sauce really rounding out the taste of the cheese covered chicken chunks. We found both options to be great as either part of a meal or as a shareable snack. Overall, Domino's Specialty Chicken varieties are new takes on already classic flavor combinations and are not very creative. In a way, they're just sandwiches made with chunks of chicken instead of a whole breast piece, and without the bread. That being said, they're good -- really good!

Domino's Specialty Chicken also comes in Classic Hot Buffalo and Crispy Bacon and Tomato.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Good & Fruity: Sweet & Plenty


Not a fan of licorice? Not getting enough fruit in your diet? Try some Good & Fruity! This super sweet fruity treat comes in 5 fruit flavors that are fun to eat: sour lemon, zippy lime, tart cherry, refreshing orange and juicy blackberry! It's JUST like eating fresh picked fruit from a box!

contains no actual fruit. artificially flavored. 

El Coyote Mexican Cafe - Los Angeles


El Coyote Mexican Cafe has been serving up old school Mexican food to the Los Angeles area for 83 years. Currently located on 7312 Beverly Blvd., the restaurant building, signage and interior feel historic and festively fun. The walls are saturated with paintings, photographs and lights and bright parrot statues watch over you as you eat. The vintage Mexican decor is complimented by the waitstaff, who don colorful traditional Mexican dress. Oh, and the food ain't bad either!

We must say that we much prefer the food at El Compadre, but that doesn't mean we did not enjoy our lunch at El Coyote. We thought it was delicious, hot and fresh and we would come back in a heart beat.

The complimentary chips and salsa were solid, but we had way better chips and salsa at other Mexican restaurants in the area - El Compadre being one of them. We started off with the Jalapeño Poppers which were served on a bed of shredded lettuce and with a tangy creamy Italian or ranch type dipping sauce. They were nothing special and if anything tasted like something you could buy in the freezer section of the grocery store. But they were good nonetheless.  For our main entree we opted for a combination plate with the Cheese Enchilada, cheesy refried beans and rice and a Ground Beef Taco. We also ordered a side of flour tortillas to eat with the beans (not pictured). The Cheese Enchilada with rice and beans was very good and in a way it reminded us of a homemade version of an old school Mexican TV dinner -- it's what those frozen meals strived to emulate. The flour tortillas tasted handmade and were soft, warm and chewy. The Ground Beef Taco consisted of a freshly fried corn tortilla shell and was stuffed generously with seasoned ground beef, shredded iceberg lettuce, tangy white cheese and salsa. We enjoyed it, although the beef could have been seasoned a bit more.

Overall, we loved our lunch at El Coyote and found it to be fun in a throwback kind of way.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nestle Toffee Crisp: 'Crispy Crunch, Chewy Munch!'


British candy bar Toffee Crisp has been around since 1963, and boy are we glad it's still being made. This sensational chocolate import from Nestle is made with a light, airy crisp rice and smooth toffee filling that's topped with chewy caramel and dipped in rich milk chocolate. Toffee Crisp is sweet and creamy with a condensed milk taste that will drive you bonkers for more!

Available at fine candy stores.

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" (1981) & "Night Warning" (AKA "Nightmare Maker" 1982) - Book to Film


"Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker," published in 1981, is the kind of frivolous escapist fiction that keeps you up all night as you frantically turn page after page to find out what happens next. Categorized as a horror narrative, this edge-of-your-seat suspense thriller is wonderfully campy with moments that are sticky sweet as we get to know the main characters, and moments that are pulpy with copious amounts of satisfying gore, saved up for the final chapters. Without revealing too many spoilers, the book follows orphaned teenager Billy Lynch and his over-protective aunt Cheryl. A traumatizing incident involving the murder of a TV repairman at the hands of aunt Cheryl, in an apparent attempt at self-defense, begins a chain reaction of events that culminates in a horrifying cataclysm.

Excitingly, "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" was made into a motion picture a year after it was published. Not only does it star John Waters cult superstar Susan Tyrell as aunt Cheryl, but also teen heartthrob sensation Jimmy McNichol as Billy. Unfortunately, the movie never made it to DVD and is only available on VHS.

     Susan Tyrell and Jimmy McNichol

"Night Warning" (AKA "Nightmare Maker," 1982) beautifully brings the book to life. Directed by famed television and movie director William Asher ("Bewitched," "I Love Lucy," "Muscle Beach Party"), the film version is actually a more successful creation than the book with genuinely brilliant performances by Tyrell and McNichol. It was nominated for a Saturn Award in 1982 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for Best Horror Movie. Although there are some major character changes and some readjustments to the plot structure, the movie stays close to the story arc of the book, and Asher does a wonderful job building the tension and releasing it at the right spots, making a dramatic, sexy and suspenseful horror movie that is both endearing and frightening.


It's a shame that the movie is currently being shelved by company Code Red DVD, who promised a release some years back but never delivered. This forgotten classic deserves a proper transfer to DVD and BluRay. Although the book is no longer being published, used copies are available, and copies of the movie on VHS still exist as well.  If you're looking for a fun read and viewing experience, get online and seek out these gems. "Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker" and "Night Warning" are well worth the effort.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Table Talk Pineapple Pie: Best of America's Snacks


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

For a true American treat with real old-fashioned taste, dig into a Table Talk snack pie. Since 1924, Table Talk has been making fresh, delicious pies made with the most wholesome ingredients from all over the United States. Their homemade taste has given them the distinction of being considered "America's Favorite Pie." Table Talk 4 inch snack pies are unrivaled and can be found in supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines all over the country.

The tropical Pineapple Pie is one of Snaxtime's favorite varieties. The signature flaky and rich Table Talk pie crust is abundantly filled with a bright and delectable filling made with real pineapple chunks and sugar. Table Talk's Pineapple Pie is indeed the perfect all-American snack to serve at the table while having good conversation with a dear friend!

Try all of Table Talk's pie flavors!
www.tabletalkpie.com


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Equal 0 Calorie Sweetener: 'Classic' vs 'Original' Packaging Design

    ABOVE: Equal Classic box and packet designs.
      BELOW: Equal Original box and packet designs.

Snaxtime loves Equal. It's not only tasty in coffee and tea, but also on breakfast cereal! It's always a good idea to have some Equal handy to sweeten up a nice cold bowl of Raisin Bran or Frosted Mini Wheats. The artificial sweetener in the iconic blue packet is made with aspartame, the same low calorie sweetener used in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi.  Aspartame is way better tasting than saccharin, the other major low calorie sweetener that is the main ingredient in the pink packeted Sweet'N Low.

Lately, something strange has happened to Equal's packaging design. We love the 80s looking box design for Equal "Classic" with the clean white coffee cup and blocky font accented by a swoosh of dots over the text. The packets inside have the same rad look. But sometime last year, every store starting carrying Equal "Original," which has an entirely new look to both the box and packet with Equal written out in a simplified cursive font without the signature swoosh of dots. Aside from the name and design change, there is not a decipherable difference between "Classic" and "Original." So why the change? To complicate things further, the Canadian website advertises the cooler "Classic" variety while the US website is now highlighting "Original." Fortunately, American superstores Walmart and Target still sell Equal Classic (or maybe they haven't updated their stock image).

Certainly it's silly to pine over the packaging design of an artificial sweetener, but it's little aesthetic details like this that keep life interesting.

What do you think?
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