Thursday, April 25, 2013
We recently made some trips to McDonald’s to try the new premium McWraps and the breakfast menu offerings available after midnight.
I had been quite curious about the Premium Chicken McWraps. I really enjoyed Wendy’s Chicken Flatbreads, and the McDonald’s version seemed to be in direct competition, with offerings of sliced grilled chicken, a less carb heavy exterior, and using spring mix salad and fresh vegetables rather than the standard iceberg lettuce.
When I saw the commercials on TV, the two things that stood out were how incredibly big the wrap looked and that they seemed to be emphasizing fresh slices of cucumbers (whereas Wendy’s thing was fresh slices of tomatoes).
McDonald’s offers the wraps in three flavors (sweet chili, bacon, and ranch). And for each one, you can choose either grilled or crispy chicken. Surprisingly, the price remains the same for all options ($3.99).
Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken McWrap
One thing I immediately liked was the container the wrap came in. It breaks in half, allowing you easy access to the top half, with the bottom half safely covered to prevent it from leaking onto your clothes. It’s definitely a good concept if you’re planning on eating this in the car.
After I removed the top wrap, I was surprised to see a ton of tortilla with no ingredients in sight. Everything seemed to be sitting at the bottom of the wrap.
So then I opened the entire thing up, and found the ingredients sitting at the bottom. And while I know that the commercials often exaggerate the size and look of these sandwiches, I was still shocked by what I saw.
Three measly strips of chicken? And iceberg lettuce? Where were the spring mix greens I was promised? And the fresh cucumber slices? Instead there was only one “cucumber” slice which was clearly a pickle once I tasted it.
The sweet chili sauce was also cloyingly sweet and not very enjoyable.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
DH and I both enjoy bread pudding. It’s something we will get as a dessert course, but I’ve never tried to make it because I was too lazy. Making custard, scalding milk, etc, seemed like too much effort.
Then I stumbled across a super easy bread pudding recipe. You basically dump everything into a pan and it’s ready to go in the oven.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sloppy’s Burritos recently opened in Hillcrest, right next to Project Pie.
Despite it’s name, the burrito style is anything but sloppy. Instead, this fast casual eatery markets itself as “Chipotle meets Whole Foods.” They use free range chicken, organic vegetables, non GMO tofu, offer pure cane sugar sodas, etc.
While impressive, the thing that excited me the most was that they have different flavored steamed tortillas, such as spinach, garlic and green onion, and jalapeno cilantro.
The name of the restaurant comes from the owner, whose nickname is “Sloppy.” Given my “Kirbie” nickname, I felt an instant kinship. We were recently invited to come check out the place and sample the burritos.
Steak Burrito with Jalapeno cilantro tortilla, white rice, black beans, pico de gallo, shredded jack cheese, and sour cream
You order at the register and pick your protein, wrap, salsa, rice and bean filling, etc. After customizing your burrito it is made right in front of you.
Each of the burritos came in a shiny gold foil. It’s best to eat the burrito while still wrapped in the foil, peeling back a little at a time. I learned this the hard way. I unwrapped them completely to get some photos and then couldn’t wrap them back up again and the burritos became unraveled after a few bites.
The steak has a good flavor to it and I really enjoyed the steamed jalapeno tortilla. I’m not a fan of regular tortilla, but I really enjoyed flavored ones.