DH and I don’t eat nearly as much fast food as we did during our college days, but we still sneak some in every once in a while, especially if there is some new menu item which I feel compelled to try. Here’s some things we sampled recently:

Burger King’s New Chicken Nuggets

Burger King has been advertising these chicken nuggets which look a lot like McDonald’s nuggets. We decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, we were not a fan. A lot of the chicken bites had a large chunk of fat inside, as you can see in the photo below. The breading wasn’t that crisp and the inside was a bit mushy. These were probably my least favorite fast food nuggets.

The one thing I really like about Burger King is their variety of sauces. However, my favorite nuggets is probably still Wendy’s.

Turkey Jalapeno Burger- Carl’s Jr

If you ever wonder whether those Carl’s Jr commercials with sexy actors eating burgers work, I’m here to tell you they do. At least they do on me. After seeing the recent commercials for the turkey jalapeno burger, off I went to go try one.

DH immediately pointed out that the burger we received looked nothing like the enormous sandwich the actor model is trying to take a bite of in the commercial. It’s quite true. The burger is not piled high with tons of ingredients, but it was pretty tasty. I like that there is a choice of a turkey patty, which is also less calories. I’m not a huge fan of jalapenos in my food though, so DH liked this one more than me.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

My obsession with snow ice makes me feel compelled to try every place that pops up serving snow ice. I’m lucky that DH is equally a big fan of snow ice.

After my post on Snow Station in Orange County a few months ago, several people suggested I try Snow Monster, which is just a few streets away from Snow Station.

One thing that immediately stood out about Snow Monster is that in addition to serving snow ice, they also serve ice cream macaron sandwiches, belgian waffles and ice cream cookie sandwiches.

We were perusing our options on the written board when the employee at the front helpfully launched into an introduction of their shop, the options and popular snow ice flavors.

After we sat down to wait for our desserts, DH noticed this sign.

The service here was definitely so friendly and welcome.

I also like that they emphasize it’s Taiwanese snow ice. With so many places popping up serving snow ice beyond the Taiwanese cafes, the origins have gotten lost. A lot of fans of snow ice have no idea where it came from and I’ve seen some stores who claim they invented snow ice.

As a quick review for those who don’t know, snow ice is fluffier than regular shaved ice. It’s made with blocks of ice mixed with milk or condensed milk, creating a much fluffier texture that shaves out like layered ribbons, and melts a lot slower too. It tastes much more like ice cream than ice.

Taro and Mango Snow Ice

My email box has been full of Valentine’s specials, events, etc. DH and I usually have a pretty low key Valentine’s Day so I wasn’t planning on doing a round-up of ideas, but there were a few that really caught my attention that I wanted to share.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill  Take Home Pizza Kits – $6.50

Photo provided by Sammy’s

This caught my attention because it’s cute, you can make “homemade” pizza for your loved one, and it’s relatively cheap.

These kits will be on sale at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill from February 4th through 14th. To order your pizza kit, contact the Sammy’s location nearest you, www.sammyspizza.com/locations.

Sammy’s will also be hosting a photo contest on Instagram. Customers are invited to upload their best heart-shaped pizza photo with the hashtag #iheartsammys and be entered to win dinner for two at any Sammy’s location.

Valentine’s Day Pizza kits start at $6.50 each and include:
- Crust Options: Traditional, Whole Wheat, Gluten Free
- Add-ons: Pepperoni ($1 extra)
- Includes: Pizza dough, Mozzarella Cheese, Sauce, Basil, Recipe/Instructions, a $5 Off $20 Sammy’s coupon

Cocoa Lounge- All you can eat chocolate dessert buffet ($18 per person)

Every year, the Island Hotel in Newport Beach features a cocoa lounge during February where you can indulge in a chocolate dessert buffet. I’ve never been before, but I plan on checking it out this year.

The cost is only $18 per person or if you dine at the restaurant first, then it’s $12 per person. The cocoa lounge runs through February 17. You can read more about it here.