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7/12/14

Carl's Jr.'s new menu items have me hooked

It's been awhile since I've done a breakfast food review, so I thought I'd knock one out for you this week.  Enjoy..

Just when I think I've seen just about everything from Carl’s Jr., they once again have raised the bar, and impressed the heck out of me.   Carl's Jr. recently announces the addition of two new spicy breakfast items – the Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit and Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito.  I finally had a chance to give them a try last week, and enjoyed them immensely.



The Made from Scratch Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit features flavorful chorizo and egg topped with spicy pepper-Jack cheese and served inside a warm, freshly baked Made from Scratch Buttermilk Biscuit.  I must admit that I wasn't too confident that these ingredients would work very well together, but I was wrong.  This sandwich is a tasty, zesty, kicked up breakfast biscuit, where all ingredients perfectly play off of each other.





I enjoyed the Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Biscuit so much, that I came back a few days later to try the breakfast in burrito form. I unwrapped the burrito, and it looked impressive to say the least.  I'm always leery of fast food burritos, as I've had many over the years that were full of mostly wet eggs, and very little else.  The very first thing I noticed was a generous sized burrito, sporting a tortilla that appeared to be freshly made.


The Chorizo, Egg & Cheese Burrito featured spicy chorizo, scrambled eggs, shredded Jack and cheddar cheeses, Hash Round nuggets and freshly prepared pico de gallo salsa. The ingredients were perfectly proportioned, and the burrito incredibly tasty.  This ranks right up there with the best burger chain restaurant breakfast burritos I've ever eaten.



 Dessert!
 
Behold the new Made From Scratch Cinnamon Pull-Aparts! Available at all participating Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations since June 23, the cinnamon-sugar breakfast treat features the chains’ award-winning Made from Scratch Biscuit dough, shaped into eight bite-sized pieces, rolled in cinnamon-sugar and baked together until golden brown and finished with a drizzle of icing.


 
The Pull-Aparts were fluffy, mildly sweet, and are now succinctly my new favorite sweet breakfast treat!  The Cinnamon Pull-Aparts are available starting at $0.99 each, in a 2-pack for $1.79 or in a combo meal with Hash Rounds and choice of drink starting at $2.49. Prices may vary by location. For a limited time, visit www.carlsjr.com/coupons or www.hardees.com/coupons to download a coupon for a free Cinnamon Pull-Apart with the purchase of any breakfast entrĂ©e, valid at participating locations.
 
Oh yeah.. the Chorizo breakfast biscuit is available for $2.29, and the burrito for $3.49.  Each may be ordered in a combo meal with Hash Rounds and choice of drink for $3.79 and $4.99, respectively.  Do yourself a favor and swing by Carl's or Hardee's and give the new items a try.  You won't be sorry that you did!


7/9/14

Retro goodness abounds for Del Taco's 50th Anniversary

I love Del Taco, and one of the many reasons I do, is because of the way they prepare their food.  Heck.. in this day and age, it can almost be considered retro in itself.  For instance, Del Taco's biggest competitor who I won't mention (but their name has to do with a Taco and a Bell) simply adds water to dehydrated beans, and microwaves bags of meat, processed in a land far.. far.. away.

Del Taco on the other hand, still has a commitment not only to value.. but quality as well.  Del Taco menu items are made with fresh ingredients including cheese grated from 40-pound blocks of cheddar, handmade pico de gallo salsa, lard free beans slow-cooked from scratch, and marinated chicken, grilled in each restaurant daily.

This year Del Taco celebrates 50 years in business, and on June 21st, they commemorated the occasion nationwide, with anniversary parties at all of their 546 restaurants.  I was fortunate enough to attend one of these parties, and enjoyed some great food..


There are three throwback items currently being offered at Del Taco that old longtime fans like me may remember..

The Bun Taco featuring seasoned beef, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce,and fresh tomato slice, all nestled in a sesame seed bun.

Orange Shake a thick, creamy orange and vanilla milk shake topped with whipped cream

Small Taco Salad featuring seasoned beef, freshly hand-grated cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and Del Taco's secret sauce, served on a bed of crisp lettuce with tortilla chips.


The Bun Taco is a heck of a sandwich.  It looks like a Sloppy Joe, but it is in fact a taco, tucked inside of a bun.  I absolutely love it, and will be back for more of them before their limited run is over.




I washed down my Bun Taco with an Orange Shake, which was incredibly good as well.  Think "Orange Creamsicle" in shake form.


Other menu favorites were ordered as well during our visit, including a Crunchtada, Bean Burrito with green sauce, and Steak Taco Al Carbon.



Bonus!  We also got Anniversary Cake and some great coupons. Shucks.. and I didn't bring anything for them (other than my appetite).




Del Taco has also released a series of collector cups comprised of four commemorative designs that are available with any "Macho" drink purchase.  It looks like the cups are available through September 3rd, or until supplies last.  I scored the classic logo cup pictured above, but the one below is my absolute favorite so far..





So you get it.. I LOVE Del Taco, but I also love their story.  Founded in 1964 by Ed Hackbarth, Del Taco grew at a slow and steady pace.  Hackbarth opened the original Del Taco with a menu featuring 19¢ tacos, tostadas, fries, and 24¢ cheeseburgers, and made a whopping $169 in sales on their first day of business.

The 5th Del Taco store that opened up in Corona California, was the chain's first store to offer a drive-thru, more than ten years before McDonald's first Drive-Thru.  There were fifty thriving restaurants by 1977, one hundred restaurants by 1978, and 546 stores operating nationwide today.  As for today, Ed Hackbarth owns and operates three stores, including the original store in Barstow California which he still works at to this day!

Many stores are open 24 hours a day, which has satisfied many a late night craving for my family and I over the years.  I swear the best tasting taco I've ever eaten in my life, was in Anaheim California close to midnight after an incredibly long day at Disneyland.  It was my first encounter with their "Steak Tacos Al Carbon" and have been hooked on this particular menu item ever since.

If you have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and give some of Del Taco's throwback menu items a try.  At the very least, peruse their website.  You can also like their Facebook page or join their Raving Fan eClub to get some coupons for free food.


7/7/14

What's in Dad's Drawers?


You can get the answer to this question, in the newest web video I shot last weekend (available to view in HD)  Enjoy..






6/29/14

Stumped while Retro treasure hunting


It's not too often that I get stumped identifying items while perusing the aisles of flea markets, thrift stores, or antique malls.  However, last week I came across an item that had me a bit perplexed.  Check it out..


It's a sculpture of some cat sitting in a red chair, atop a cracked piece of ground with patches of grass.  Furthermore, he has a ciggy in his mouth, a sack full of who knows what in his left hand, and something resembling a spike free chain mace in his right hand. 




What may even be more perplexing, is that there were three of these puppies on the shelf.  Who is this cat?  What's in the bag?  What's that in his other hand?  Is he some sort of Spanish Godfather?  Gaucho? Banker?

I'm sure there's a simple answer, but for the life of me I can't find one.  Any ideas? 




6/1/14

5 old song titles that have a totally different meaning today in 2014

In this day and age, it seems like more and more folks are becoming ever more efficient in twisting perfectly innocent phrases into double entendres.  Case in point.. musical lyrics and song titles.  These tend to be big targets for jokers, but also inadvertently manifest double meanings with younger people.

The song titles I've listed below are ones that I've personally seen take on a whole new meaning since their inception way back in the day.  I've seen people joke about them, and young people unfamiliar with the songs, being shocked upon hearing them.  Enjoy..


"Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver
Since the legalization of marijuana, Colorado is fast becoming the butt for all kinds of jokes nationwide.  This song title doesn't help.


"Messin' With the Kid" by The Blues Brothers
A younger co-worker of mine couldn't believe his ears when another Blues Brothers fan and I shared that 'Messin' with the kid' was one of our favorite songs.  As his mouth sat agape, we explained it was a Blues Brothers cover of the 1960 Junior Wells song, with "The Kid" being a nickname for Wells.


"Kissin' Cousins" by Elvis
I've heard many a person respond in disgust to the title of this song.  Calm down folks.. the term "Kissing Cousins" is an old saying that refers to friends or relatives that one is close enough with, to greet with a kiss.

“Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette 
I've heard guys and girls sing the title of this song in various bawdy ways.  I always interpreted the lyric about on hand in her pocket to symbolizing stability while the other hand, or.. the things around her happen to be hectic and crazy.


"Puff the Magic Dragon"
Shortly after this songs release, many tried to say that this song was veiled to symbolize marijuana use.  I never thought of this song in that way, even after the urban legend was told to me by friends.  I was one of the few kids that refused to believe the story, largely in part to my fourth grade music teacher.  While teaching this song to my music class, our teacher explained to us that the song was based on a poem from the 50s about a pet dragon.  Group members Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers have all adamantly denied the unsubstantiated claims even to this day.


I could go on and on with this list, but I'm afraid the only other songs that come to mind at the moment, are ones that I've heard countless people twist into some pretty raunchy double meanings.  If I can think of some less risque' entendres, I'll make sure to create another list like this one in the near future.





5/9/14

The new 2014 Limey-Lime Green Panama Jack Ladies Beach Cruiser

I've written about the Huffy Panama Jack edition beach cruisers here and here on Dad's Dish in the past, but this years color scheme is something to behold.  I've just posted pictures of the bike on my new Pizza Bikes and Beer Blog I'm currently developing.  Check out the post if beach cruisers are up your alley.