Friday, November 26, 2010

BK Double Stacker

Some technical difficulties derailed food week but I'm going to wrap things up as I originally planned. The BK Stacker has been around for a couple of years at Burger King, but this was the first time I had one. The blog is encouraging me to try new things. I'm not sure if that's a good thing though.

The Stacker features two beef patties, two slices of cheese, and two pieces of bacon. The bacon is cut in half so it looks like you're getting four pieces. The Stacker also features Stacker Sauce. Apparently Stacker Sauce is a variation of Thousand Island dressing, much like the other 90% of secret sauces.

I was surprised by how much I liked this. The bacon was a little tough but good. Stacker Sauce doesn't really taste like anything. I scarped some off with a french fry just to be sure. I think I was fortunate enough to get a fresh bun because it was unusually warm and soft. I wish they usually arrived like that. It's a really tasty explosion of meat and cheese. You can also get a Triple or Quad Stackers. Those might be too much for me, but I think I would try a Double Stacker again.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Philly Cheesesteak Burger

I've never had a genuine Philly cheese steal sandwich but I've always enjoyed the reasonable approximations that I've had. Not too long Carl's Jr. introduced a Philly Cheesesteak Burger which could be called an unreasonable approximation. They sell it in single, double, and Six Dollar burger varieties. I went with the single.

The inside is not pretty. You get two slice of cheese, Swiss and American. Between the cheese are onions, bell peppers and steak. And it's all piled on top of the hamburger patty. It's pretty messy.

This was the first thing I've eaten to review that I just flat out did not like. I suppose I wasn't too kind to Carl's chicken tenders, but they weren't that bad. The Philly Cheesesteak Burger I had a problem with. It was all just too much. And nothing in that conglomeration of ingredients really stood out. I sort of remember tasting the peppers. Mostly I just remember the thick moistness of the burger. It's like eating a used mop. I was hungry at the time so I did finish it, but one Philly Cheesesteak Burger was more than enough for me.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jack in the Box Funnel Cake

Food week resumes with the first desert item to be featued here, funnel cake from Jack in the Box. Jack in the Box introduced it earlier this year. They sell it for only a dollar. Who doesn't love funnel cake? It's not quite the classic funnel cake you're probably used to (Faux-nel cake?) but I still wanted to give it a shot.

Well they really skimp on the powder sugar. I hardly got any. I ordered my funnel cake along with a meal. I rarely order deserts and with good reason. By the time I was done with the meal I didn't want to eat anymore. Plus by that point, if the funnel cake was served warm it wasn't anymore. I ate it anyways and found it to be decent. It was a little too chewy but maybe I was just reluctant to chew at that point. I would like to try it again. It seems like it would be a great between meal snack.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carl's Jr. Chicken Tenders

Food week continues with the new Chicken Tenders available at Carl's Jr. This is a relatively new menu item, particularly for this slow paced blog. Carl's Jr. sells their new Chicken Tenders in either three or five pieces.

So how are they? The breading is okay. It's flaky and reminds of KFC but not as flavorful. The chicken is kind of rubbery. They're far from the worst chicken tenders/strips/nuggets/wings I've had. They're just not particularly good. Now that I've satisfied my curiosity about them, I don't know if I'll order them again.

The Chicken Tenders come with barbecue sauce in a clear plastic cup with a lid. The strange thing is the BBQ sauce tastes exactly like the kind Carl's Jr. serves in standard packets with their Chicken Stars. So I don't know what purpose the cup with lid serves other than to class things up. Carl's Jr.'s BBQ sauce is a tangy and paste-like sauce. I don't really care for it but I'd rather have it than eat the Chicken Tenders dry.

Angus Bacon & Cheese Snack Wrap

For months now I've been taking pictures of the atypical fast food menu items I've eaten, but I never get around to posting reviews. So I figured I'd make Thanksgiving week, "food week" at AFOS in order to burn through my backlog. I'm starting with the Bacon and Cheese Angus Snack Wrap from McDonalds.

McDonald's Angus Snack Wraps are an offshoot of their Angus Third-Pounder Hamburgers. It's half of an Angus beef patty, (I'm sure the other half ended up in someone else's Snack Wrap.) with bacon, cheese, ketchup, and red onion. It all comes grilled in a tortilla, as opposed to the Third-Pounder's giant fluffy bun.

So how was it? I'm not a big fan of red onions but otherwise I liked it. I've never had the Angus Bacon and Cheese Third-Pounder Hamburger, so this was a decent way to try it out. The Angus beef tastes good, better than McDonald's standard beef. The bacon was nice and crispy, but maybe I just got lucky there.

The question becomes is this Snack Wrap worth the $1.99 when you could just as easily get two items on the dollar menu? It depends. If you just want to get as much food for as little money as possible you should probably stick with the McDoubles. It does works as a less filling alternative to the Angus Burger, which is what I was looking for.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Eckhardt, Sir

  • Entertaiment Tonight aired what amounts to a preview of a preview for the Green Lantern movie. We get some glimpses at Rynan Reynolds in costume, Kilowog and what might be the planet Oa. The full preview will air on the show on Tuesday.

  • For a genuine preview here's the trailer for Disney's new Winnie the Pooh movie. It looks like Pooh goes on a serious honey bender. Has Christopher Robin always been that British?

  • Director Darren Aronofsky revealed the title for the sequel for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It will be called The Wolverine. It would have been weird to just call it X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 seeing as how the origin has already been told. Calling it Wolverine 2 or simply Wolverine might have been best, because I can't recall him being refereed to with "the". I think maybe Aronofsky might be trying to follow a bit too closely in Nolan's footsteps.

  • Starz has picked up a live action series produced by Sam Raimi based on the anime Noir. I don't think anyone could have seen that coming. While Noir probably could translate into live action, who knows if it'll be made. Of the live action adaptations of anime that are announced only about one in twenty ever get made.

  • I spent some of my weekend watching Naruto Shipp┼źden for the first time in forever. I had let episodes of the Disney XD broadcast accumulate on my DVR for moths, so now I've been marathoning through several episodes. I liked finally returning to this world. The fight between Sakura and lady Chiyo against Akatsuki member Sasori was particularly good. I'm currently at the point when the new Team Kakashi is being formed. I already hate Sai.

  • Speaking of shonen series I watch, last night I was channel surfing when I caught Goku fighting Frieza on Nicktoons Network. When did they start airing new Dragonball Z Kai episodes? Why wasn't I told about this? Who's in charge here?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Dark Knight of the Moon Rises

My life's been a bit more hectic lately so I haven't been keeping up with the latest developments in nerd cinema. So I'm going to play catch up. None of this is new news, but hey humor me.

  • The first production photos of Captain America: The First Avenger were revealed. The outfit Chris Evans is wearing doesn't look like the one seen in the concept art but I think the costume will go through some different looks. The image on the cover of Entertainment Weekly looks like the same outfit, but it's hard to tell without the helmet. There's also pictures of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Toby Jones as Armin Zola and what I'm guessing is a chamber for the super soldier serum. Plus there's some Hydra troops on motorcycles. Those will make cool toys.

  • The Transformers movie website has updated with the official title and logo of the third movie. It was said to The Dark of the Moon but apparently it's just Dark of the Moon which is marginally less awkawrd sounding. The logo looks cool. It seems to jibe with the rumors that the new movie will feature space travel.

  • Speaking of title reveals, Christopher Nolan revealed the next Batman movie is called The Dark Knight Rises. It's a bit clunky but I'll get used to it. I guess calling it The Dark Knight Returns would be misleading. Nolan also stated that the Riddler won't be in the movie. Fair enough, but I'd rather find out who will be in the movie.

  • On the Spider-Man reboot front, Martin Sheen has been cast as Uncle Ben. This isn't Sheen's first time in a comic book adaptation. We all remember his starmaking turn as Jason Wynn in Spawn. Sally Field is in talks to play Aunt May. Those are quite different choices for those roles compared to Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris.