Sonic’s All American Hot Dog/ New York Dog Review- A Must Try (even if it’s ONCE)

Just tried Sonic’s new hot dogs. Made with beef, these doggies come in 4 varieties and seem to be a very popular item among the tasters. I decided to try the New York Hot Dog (beef, a regular bun, onions, mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut) I usually don’t eat beef, but decided this beautifully decorated hot dog was worth the risk of tummy troubles for a few days. I will say that one is not enough, and Sonic knows that, which is why it’s only $1.99. I literally killed off the little doggie in 4 bites.

The New York one got eaten too fast, so I couldn't take my own photo. This is the All American.

Anyways, I noticed opinion first, which looked grilled, and has a nice caramelized flavor. Then came the saltiness from the sauerkraut, which I never had before. I always thought I wouldn’t like all of these types of toppings on my hot dog, but it is packed full of flavor and fun textures.

New York Dog Yumfactor- 4 tongues (4 out of 5). It’s cheap and yummy, but beware its junk food. Expect it to be full of fat and calories. They don’t call it junk food for nothing, folks. (I researched the calorie content, and for 1 hot dog alone, it contains about 350 calories per 1 serving of hot dog. I’m sure it’s a great source of protein, and you do get some veggies, though it’s soaked in grease)

Now, on to the All American. This is your typical hot dog with mustard, ketchup, onions and relish,on a plain bun (the other hot dogs come on either plain buns or poppy seed). This one to me tasted better than the New York. the saltiness was milder, and I ate this one in even less amounts of bites than the first. I was angry when I saw there was no more left to eat, and it kinda ruined my day 😦  All I have to say is awesome.

All American Hot Dog Yumfactor– 5 tongues. Love it. (About 385 calories/serving)

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Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich- Reviewing My Obsession+Copycat recipe

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Everyone who knows me knows how much I love and often crave Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. Here’s why. It’s light and refreshing, healthy, full of both sweet and savory flavors, and it’s rather exotic in nature. First, let’s analyze this sandwich from inside out. Sun dried tomato and basil bread, with a sweet undertone around the crusts, a tangy hummus spread on the bread adding a nice kick of flavor and complexity,cilantro,  fresh cucumbers, lettuce, spicy Peppadew  peppers, red onions, and tomatoes…and FETA cheese!!!!  The bread is soft and full of flavor itself.

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And no, I’m not a vegetarian,but this sandwich is good enough to make me order it faithfully at Panera for over 5 years. I have tried other items as well, but this Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich with a cup of their epic Iced Green Tea is all I need to have a great day. Plus, it’s under 650 calories!! (or a few little numbers above 650, but not above 670)

Copycat Recipe link!!!! alla *Debbie Does Dinner*

http://debbidoesdinnerhealthy.blogspot.com/2010/09/mediterranean-veggie-sandwich-with.html

Panera’s Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich Yumfactor- 5 tongues!!! I just only wish there were sun-dried tomatoes versus regular ones, but it’s still amazing! Cost- $6.30 including tax.

Buttermilk Biscuits From Scratch!!! Recipe and Review!

I have heard from biscuit enthusiasts that biscuit making was no joke. From the wide variety of methods to the variety of styles, biscuits are diverse, yet timeless. This essential food is one I often crave, and have been contemplating making. I searched from a biscuit recipe that I was not familiar with, offering my a sense of culinary innovation and a dash of a challenge/risk element. Would I even like these biscuits? Would this uncommon ingredients used in this recipe pay off, or disappoint?  Plus, it’s somewhat sweet! The recipe is adapted from P4  on food.com.  The link to the recipe will be available upon clicking on the 2nd biscuit photo below. I hope you enjoy it!

My biscuits. Not the best photo as it was taken on my phone. Sadly,I am *not* a phone photographer.

I made the biscuits today, and they came out fluffy, moist and provided my taste buds with an underlying richness that is not typical is the biscuits I have tried previously. They were slightly sweet as the recipe called for 2 tablespoons of sugar. (I suggest toning it down to one if you’d like to have a less sweet aftertaste)

Biscuits pictured on the site. Click photo for the recipe!

I also occasionally have an issue with the bottom of my stuff getting burnt, so I slapped some a thin layer of butter on the cookie sheet, and turned the oven down to 375 degrees, compared to the 400 degrees that the recipe called for. I’m not sure if you have that issue, but if you do, I recommend doing the same. Only thing is the baking time will change, (from 8-10 minutes, to almost 20!) but the inside will be done,baking evenly and the bottom a little darker than the top, but not burnt. More so of an average brown color. I also added some butter atop the hot biscuits, adding more flavor as it melted into the biscuits nooks and crannies.

Also, if you don’t have a jumbo size egg, I read you can substitute that with a regular sized egg and a tsp. of milk.  You can click the picture which should direct you to the site. Granted, mine don’t look as smooth, but the texture if fluffy and soft (and the darn things were delish!). Also, I’m not sure how much of a difference having a bicsuit cutter makes visually, but I didn’t have one. The glass I used was good enough, though. =)

I give these biscuits 4 tongues and a taste bud (4.5 out of 5) just because I’m not so used to sweet biscuits, however, the sweetness would make an excellent compliment to a savory dish. {TIP} Pair these beauties with savory meats like

  • sausage
  •  bacon
  •  turkey
  •  chicken
  • seafood based breakfast items (seafood grits,ect)
  • Savory seasoned eggs (like Southwest types) to balance the sweet undertone, giving the dish a nice balance.

Also, you can get creative and make a unique butter/spread for these biscuits. From Almond butters, to Honey butters (even with vanilla!) to garlic butters (which may be unflattering with this biscuit), or even a spicy cinnamon butter may be a nice touch! Even your tangy fruit, like blood orange jam, or cranberry relishes may bring out that depth you may want!

Must Try Junk Food: Taco Bell’s Pacific Shrimp Tacos

I’ve tried taco Bell’s original shrimp taco’ they had a few months back and was dissappointed. They were fried little shrimp with no seasoning that barely could be tasted because you’d get about 2 per taco.  This time, I gave them another try (because I’m an optimist) and I truly enjoyed them. The shrimp was peeled and marinated in various spices, and rolled up into a little soft tortilla with tomatoes, onions and lettuce (and possibly cilantro?). There was a sauce that was spread on the tortilla, but I don’t remeber what it was specifically, with all the other seasonings going o, I couldn’t taste just one flavor.  I hear it’s only available for a limited time! One thing I do like is that the shrimp is grilled as opposed to fried. Sure, it’s still fast food, but my tummy can’t handle fried foods, so it does make a difference.

Nutritional Info Per Serving:

  • Calories- 210g, From fat- 90g
  • Saturated Fat- 2g
  • Total Fat-11g
  • Trans Fat-0g
  • Cholesterol-55g
  • Sodium- 560mg (kinda high, there)
  • Carbs-20g
  • Fiber- 2g
  • Sugar-2g
  • Protein-8g.

Not too bad excluding the high sodium content, and with only 210 calories, you won’t have to worry about putting on too many pounds with this item. I’d argue that this item, and other items with a total calorie count of 200 or lower is a healthy way eat junk food (if you decide to) and monitor how much calories you intake (especially since some of their items reach to nearly 800 on the calorie content! ouch!)

Taco Bell’s Pacific Shrimp Taco Yumfactor– 4 tongues (4 out of 5)

Agree? Disagree? Think 210 Calories it still too high of a number for caloric intake per meal? Why not rate/ comment! Thanks for reading!