Monday, April 11, 2016

Pho Star Bowl - Avocado Smoothie

I had brought a salad to work but the people in my office decided to go to Pho Star Bowl, a Vietnamese restaurant, near our work. I wanted to just stay in office and watch Youtube videos of goats screaming and cry into my salad but they forced me to go with them.

I told myself that I wouldn't get anything but I ended up ordering an Avocado smoothie with boba. Unfortunately they didn't have boba which is kind of funny because they advertise that they have boba so I just got the smoothie part.

Avocado Smoothie - Pho Star
Pho Star Bowl Avocado Smoothie

The picture in the menu of the drink was bright green but when she gave it to me it was a beige which was kind of weird. I know the green color doesn't really mean anything but it was visually less appealing. The smoothie itself was quite good because it wasn't too sweet and had a really creamy texture. There's not much of an avocado taste but there's a hint of it.

It reminded me of when I was a kid and my parents mashed up avocados with milk and sugar in a bowl and we ate it like pudding.

Dan slurping up some pho

The worst part of ordering just a drink at a restaurant is listening to the people next to you make slurping and chewing noises. Oh well. Healthy and cheap are my new mottos.

Be Healthy! Be Cheap!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich and Ghost Pepper Fries

Today I had a hankering for some pain and decided to try the new Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich with Ghost Pepper Fries. It was like a spicy punch to the face going in and a giant haymaker coming out. Why I did it? I don't know. I can feel myself getting old when I eat hot food. When I was younger I could tackle the spicy but now I have to factor in how much it will disrupt my sleep and if it's going to make me cry.

Do you know the difference between a Sandwich and a Burger? I didn't till I just Goolged it right now. Apparently a burger is something that has ground meat formed into a patty but a sandwich will have a sliced piece of meat. Interesting.

Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich
Wendy's Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich

The Wendy's we went to was fully remodeled and had digital menus and a bunch of flashing images. It even had a fake fireplace along the wall. The digital menu dazzled me and told me to eat the Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich, which I ultimately decided to get because it looked good in the picture. It also tricked me into getting the Ghost Pepper Fries by flashing delicious images and taunting me saying I'm a weakling if I didn't get it.

Inside the Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Burger

This is one of the messiest burgers I've ever had. The sauce looks like it was put on by someone while driving a quad in the Grand Canyon. We were in kind of a hurry but eating it in the car was out of the question.

First Bite of Wendys Jalapeno Burger
First bite of Wendy's Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich

The first bite was pretty good. I was expecting something out of the little bits of jalapeno cut up in the sauce but they had little to no taste. They just added a little bit of a crunchy texture. The sauce was quite good and sufficiently spicy. There was a delayed kick after the first bite that could only be stopped by taking more bites.

Wendy's Ghost Pepper Burger
Inside the first bite of the Jalapeno Chicken Burger

The chicken itself was quite dry and over cooked. The breading was crunchy but the meat was bland.

The Last Bite of the Ghost Pepper Burger from Wendys
The last bite (a big one)

We had to run out of there fast so this was the last bite that I jammed completely in my mouth. I didn't get to savor the sandwich as much because of the rush but it wasn't too bad.

Wendy's Ghost Pepper Fries
Ghost Pepper Fries

Here is a picture of the Ghost pepper Fries. It's the same sauce that's on the sandwich but actually this tasted better. The fries at Wendy's is usually super salty but either the Ghost Pepper sauce cancelled it out by chemically burning it away or that they just don't dump a handful of salt on your fries when they're making the Ghost Pepper version.

As soon as I opened the fries in the car, peoples' eyes started to burn. They could smell it with their eyes.

Overall the Jalapeno Fresco Chicken Sandwich is ok and I give it a 6 out of 10. It's nothing amazing but it's edible. The Ghost Pepper Fries I give a 7.5 out of 10. The sauce added some good flavor to the fries. Till next time!

Be Fat! Be Happy!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Jimmy John's - The J.J. Gargantuan

Jimmy John's is the Subway killer. Their pricing is a little more than Subway ($5.99 - $8.99) but their subs pack much more flavor and they use better quality meat.

Jimmy John's J.J. Gargantuan
The J. J. Gargantuan

Subway has also been jacking up their prices lately. They still have their $5 foot longs but it's only 1 sub that rotates depending on the day. For some reason I really hate black forest ham and that's usually the sub of the day when our office decides to go eat there.

Jimmy John's has a couple awesome unique things about it. First, they deliver. I haven't used their online ordering or delivery yet but it's great to know that we can order food and have it delivered if we're feeling just the right amount of lazy. Second, they are lightning fast. It's really weird because just as you're finishing up with the cashier, someone will call your name and your sandwich is ready. The first time it happened to me I was shocked and confused. I didn't think it'd be ready that fast.

I went all out this time and got the J.J. Gargantuan ($8.99) which has a bunch of tasty Italian meats doused with a tangy vinaigrette. They don't really let you customize your sub too much which is how they can get it out so fast but I really wouldn't change much about it anyway.

JJ Gargantuan Sub Sandwich
The sub in my hand.

Let's compare this to a Subway sandwich that I got.

Subway Tuna Sub
Eat fresh?

Sub Sandwich at Jimmy Johns
The innards of the J. J. Gargantuan

The lettuce they use is thinly sliced and crisp. Subway usually has that black plastic bin of lettuce that has all the pieces that are slowly browning around the edges.

Jimmy John's 8" Sub Sandwich

Our office actually went to subway yesterday and I didn't get anything because I was so spoiled by Jimmy John's.

I was curious about the store and looked up what a franchise would cost. I've looked at Subway before and know they're one of the cheapest to open.

To open a Subway you need $30,000 and your gross net worth has to be $80,000 and it costs about $160,000 - $200,000 to build one.

To open a Jimmy John's you need $80,000 and your gross net worth has to be $300,000. I didn't see specifically how much it costs to build one.

I hope people start opening franchises near where I live to fight the swarm of Subways that we have. If you ever get a chance to eat there, I suggest you try it!

Be Fat! Be Happy!