Posts Tagged ‘food

Red Robin’s bottomless fries

Posted in Reviewson Dec 4, 2012

Red Robin offers “bottomless fries” with many of its burgers.  That is, if you order one of their burgers or other specified entrees, you can have as many fries as you can eat.

One of my favorite “tricks” to eating at Red Robin was to ask for the bottomless fries to be brought out immediately before the meal, so you have something to snack on while waiting for your burger to be cooked.

But no longer! Tonight, when I asked for my bottomless fries to be brought out earlier, I was told that it would cost an additional $2.  What?!?  So apparently refills of your fry basket are free, but only if you wait patiently for your hamburger.  Two dollars isn’t a huge cost, but I don’t think I should have to pay more just to get started on a bottomless amount of fries a few minutes earlier.

It is really too bad.  The whole bottomless fries “gimmick” was one of the things that contributed to a fun dining environment.  Unfortunately, not being able to dig into the fries (without paying more) has taken away from the dining experience, so I’m probably less likely to dine there in the future.  Sure, it has been a couple of years since I’ve been there anyway, but after bottomless disappointment tonight, I predict that it will be another couple of years until I go back.

Cooking on campus

Posted in Funnyon Dec 8, 2011

I saw this from a BYU Police Beat:

Oct. 4 – A woman was reported grilling chicken in the library. She said it was for a project requiring students to break a social norm.

I have to say, that is a little better than the time that I baked bread in the Computer Science T.A. offices in the basement of the Talmage building. I had everything measured out in a bread maker. Brought it all in and plugged in the bread maker, and had bread a couple of hours later.

Bean sprouts

Posted in Funnyon May 31, 2011

The other day we were making some stir fry, and I really wanted some bean sprouts in it.  I went to the store, and I bought this (notice the “Quality Guaranteed” notice under the Kroger logo):

When I got home and opened up the can, I found this (repackaged into a zip lock bag for photography):

I think what happened is they packaged their canned stir fry mix with a bean sprouts label.

So today I called the customer hotline 800 number on the back of the can.  I pressed ‘4’ or whatever it was to talk with a Kroger representative about quality problems, and I waited on hold for nearly 20 minutes.  Being on hold for 20 minutes while representatives help other customers was a little alarming–how many product quality problems does Kroger have? Finally after talking with a representative who offered the only apology of: “Thats a shame,” I was offered a $2 refund, which was hardly compensation considering that I made a special trip to the store to buy the buck-fifty can in the first place.

With or without the bean sprouts, the stir fry was indeed awesome,  thanks to the awesome sauce.

What is the best root beer?

Posted in Reviewson Sep 9, 2010

I recently performed a taste test of various root beers to determine which is the best. I searched Fort Collins for every plastic bottled, non-caffeinated, non-diet root beer. I found 8 different root beers fitting this description, and I invited 10 people over to rate each root beer.

Each root beer was rated between one and five, with five meaning “excellent.” The results (showing the average scores) are:

  1. A&W – 4.0
  2. Big K (Kroger) – 3.7
  3. Refreshe (Safeway) – 3.5
  4. Mug – 3.4
  5. Walmart – 3.1
  6. Shasta – 2.8
  7. Vess (found at K-mart) – 2.5
  8. Dad’s – 1.3

The scores for A&W were all pretty positive, so if you were looking to bring a well excepted root beer to a party, you would find little complaining about A&W.  Walmart’s root beer had very mixed reviews, with some people hating it and others loving it.  It would make a good cheap alternative if you find that you are in the group of people who like it.  Kroger’s Big K root beer  had similar results to A&W, but with just a few people thinking it was less than average.

Our tasting of Dad’s root beer was very negative.  Not one person liked it, and most cared not to finish their sample.  It had a very bad aftertaste.  We conclude that they are either using a very unique and old recipe for old fashion root beer, or that we got a couple of bad bottles.

A quick word on our experiment setup:  We chilled all the root beers on the same shelf in the refrigerator.  About 10 minutes before guests arrived, we started pouring 2-3 oz samples into small disposable plastic cups.  Each set of samples was labeled with a letter A-H.  Each guest was given a score sheet to allow them to rate each root beer on a scale from 1-5.

Review of Oreo Cakesters

Posted in Reviewson Mar 3, 2010

Kraft recently sent me a coupon to try out Double Stuff Oreo Cakesters, and so I would like to tell you what I think about them.

First off, I found it hard to find a place to use my coupon. Target didn’t stock Double Stuff Cakesters, and King Soopers didn’t sell any at a price that the $3.39 max value coupon would cover. Finally I found a box selling at Walmart for $2.99.

There are five packages in the box, each package with two Cakesters. That puts eat package at almost vending machine prices.

These things aren’t healthy! Each Cakester will cost your diet 175 calories, or 150 calories for the package of two. Half of the calories come straight from sugar.

As far as the taste, these things are good, but not great. The chocolate cake tastes like it is full of preservatives, and the frosting has the same flavor as traditional Oreo filling, but with a creamier texture.

Overall, these things get a mediocre score from me. Definitely not my new favorite treat, but I’ll eat them if they are left in the cupboard.

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Ordering ice cream online

Posted in Businesson Feb 10, 2009

Did you know that you can buy ice cream online that is delivered to your home? does just that, selling the more expensive brands. To ship, they put the ice cream in a freezer box, and add the right amount of dry ice for it to be delivered frozen and fresh. It comes at a price, because shipping costs start at $30/order.