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Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
3:32 am

There's been a lot of Wendy's commercials like the one above lately on television that depict how "fresh and juicy" Wendy's burgers are compared to the competition, and of course by competition I mean they're calling Burger King and McDonalds out on their dry disgustingly frozen patties.  I agree that they do a better job of offering healthier choices at Wendy's compared to most fast food places but I sincerely doubt that their burgers are any more fresh than their competitors really.  I know from a lot of personal experience (poor me right?) that most fast food burger joints have freezers to keep boxes of meat in for a future dated use.  How exactly is Wendy's going to be any different?  Do they slice up the cow right there and then serve?  There's no way they are getting a delivery truck every day so how are they keeping their meat fresh pray tell?  Well, to get some answers I called the Wendy's Customer Relations number that was listed on their website but unfortunately it only works from like 8am to 5pm and every time I've tried its been too early or too late...damn my sleep/work schedule!

Current Mood: bitchy
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
4:04 pm
Grand Opening
Today marks the grand opening of Texas Steak Express at their new location by Best Buy and the Academy sports store.  They've been open there for at least a week or two already but they decided to use today as their big radio announcement day and they are giving away burgers for just 99 cents and that also includes a free tea only from 5-8pm today, carry-out only, so you better hurry if you like Steak Express!  I'm stuck here at work for the next seven hours so I won't be able to go.  Someone should go get me one darn it...

Current Mood: fat
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
2:37 pm
World's Most Expensive Sundae

What: Golden Opulence Sundae
Where: Serendipity 3; New York City
Price: $1,000

"This dessert is the holder of the Guinness World Record for the most expensive sundae. Scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with smoky Madagascar vanilla are coated in 23-carat edible gold leaf, which “leaves a ring of gold dust around people’s mouths,” said Serendipity spokesman Joe Calderone. Suffused with bittersweet chocolate and rare chocolate chunks, gold-plated dragets and truffles, the sundae is eaten with an 18k gold spoon and a mother-of-pearl spoon is reserved for the mini-bowl of sweetened, de-salted caviar on top. The utensils stay at the restaurant, but the Baccarat crystal goblet is yours for the taking."


Current Mood: envious
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
7:26 am

I know Bodacious BBQ has only been open for about about a month now but has anyone tried it yet?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, September 21st, 2007
6:39 am
The Good Night
98% of the time when Michelle or Justin calls me to go eat with them they mean out somewhere like at a restaurant, usually like a Cheddars, Chili's or even Denny's.  That definitely wasn't the case last week when instead Justin offered to MAKE us a nice dinner for once!  He's a chef so you'd think he'd cook more often for his girlfriend or close friends but he really doesn't because he'll usually come home tired from cooking all day and not want anything to do with a kitchen after work, you can't really blame him for that.  I'd hate to be on my feet for 8-10 hours everyday too.

So of course it came as a very big surprise when Justin said he wanted to cook for Michelle and me.  I was at work that day and couldn't get out until 11pm but they were awesome and decided to wait until midnight to cook and eat with me which was very nice of them to do!  I didn't even know what exactly we were having until I got there but its not like I'm a picky person.  They know I'll eat pretty much anything and everything if given the chance...

Story aside now, here's what we got to eat!

Then he brought us these baked gourmet macaroni and cheese plates made with at least four different types of cheeses including aged gouda, parmesan, and two different types of cheddar.  It could have been a full meal onto itself but we ate it all anyway...

Then we each got the motherload...


Current Mood: grateful
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
1:53 am
Angelo Eats
I got bored at work today and was flipping through the new phone book and when I came to the Restaurant section I realized that there were quite a few places that my fat ass has yet to try.

Here's a list of about ten place that I have never been to.

10. T-Bears Cafe
9. Cattleman's Restaurant
8. Dunbar Restaurant
7. Blanek's Village Cafe & Catering
6. Old Time Pit BBQ
5. River Terrace Restaurant
4. Miss Hattie's Restaurant and Saloon
3. Mr. T's Deli
2. La Esperanza
1. Joe Park Restaurant

T-Bears is in the Stadium Lanes Shopping Center but everytime that I have ever went to bowl it was really late and the cafe was closed. They apparently serve breakfast starting at 6am though.

Cattleman's is (I think) a steakhouse inside of the San Angelo Inn and Conference Center downtown on Rio Concho Dr. so I've never had a real reason to go eat there.

Dunbar or Dunbar East from what I hear used to be THE place for a good steak decades ago when they were at their prime I guess. They opened in 1959 and its location way up on the north side of town is probably the main reason why I haven't tried them yet but I will eventually.

Blanek's is kind of new(?)and is in the Village Shopping Center area as a cafe and catering service. They serve sandwiches and the like up until 2pm and is owned by the same people who own Dunbar.

Old Time Pit BBQ on Bryant Blvd. (87) is one of those places that I drive by a lot but never stop to eat there for some reason. I did try the original location in La Mesa a couple months ago and they had the best BBQ I had ever had in my life. I'm just not much of a BBQ guy but after that recent trip I think I can begin to change all that.

River Terrace is where my amigo Justin Miller works now as one of their new chefs so I've been meaning to try it out. Its very upscale fine dining kind of fare similar to that of Peasant Village. This is probably the number one place I want to try most out of everything that's on my list.

Joe Park always advertises their restuarant with a picture of Chicken Fried Steak on the Thrifty Nickel and ads like that but that picture always grossed me out. It is probably been the number one factor that's kept me out of their establishment thus far.

La Esperanza Isn't there also a clinic of the same name in town?

Current Mood: bored
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
7:20 am

RAP SNACKS!  When did these start coming out?  I found some in Big Lots yesterday.  I fancied the Dirt McGirt AKA O.D.B. from Wu-Tang Sour Cream and Onion flavor and just went with that.  Tasted pretty good actually.  Lil Romeo and Young Joc BBQ flavors also were available... 

Monday, March 19th, 2007
6:12 am
Food Network

Today there was all kinds of one hour special 'Chef-ographies' on all the celeb chefs from the channel like Rachel Ray, Emril, and Bobby Flay. Plus shows like Throwdown tonight where Bobby Flay had to take on the queen of Mac'N'Cheese and he ended up winning OMGZ!

I really need to stop and its practically the only I turn the TV on for now, more Food Network! Don't even get me started on about my Paula Deen fantasies...


Current Mood: predatory
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
1:56 am
Favorite Soda
For at least the past couple years now when I go for a cold fizzy soda drink I tend to choose Dr. Pepper over most anything else that's out there. I'm not even sure why. I remember working at Burger King several years ago and drinking almost nothing but diet Coke from their fountain machine and loving it, a lot. I just thought the flavor was better than Classic Coke at the time and the diet version never left me feeling like I needed to hock flem from my lungs after finishing a 'regular' Coke. Anyway, now I drink Dr. Pepper at least once a week at work or when I'm eating out someplace and the only reason why I'm even writing about this is because I experienced my very first Dublin Dr. Pepper yesterday! I really savored the moment and after taking those first few sips I was kinda shocked. The stuff didn't really taste anything like Dr. Pepper. It didn't have that it's-attacking-your-throat-quality as you swallowed the stuff. I knew the sugars would taste different of course being with that the Dublin version uses the "Imperial Cane" sugar instead of whatever regular sugar they use in every other can of DP from the store but still, it was very interesting...and very smooth.

This story has been brought to you by a very bored human being.

Current Mood: dorky
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
5:46 am
Stone Cold Ice Cream!
I think they opened just a few days ago because that's when I went and had myself a delicious bite of what they called, "Founder's Favorite". A mixture of pecans, carmel, and fudge brownie on vanilla placed right into a chocolate waffle bowl. It was delightfully delicious as it also was delightfully freezing that particular night, but it didn't stop people from going! We had to wait in line for about 15 minutes but they handed little ice cream menus for us to read while we waited (reminded me of my first time at McAllister's Deli actually). There was balloons, and singing, and much rejoicing among the employees which was cute. I'd hate to work there though, so good for them. They probably get all the free ice cream they want. Every day. Hmm, maybe I should get a part time job...

Current Mood: cold
Friday, January 19th, 2007
3:48 pm
Happy Anniversary!
Yes, it actually has been one full year now since I started this waste of fine internet space folks! As you've probably (or not) noticed, I've done very little to making this an awesome community so as of right now it will become part of my New Year's agenda to amend this particular situation.

But until I can think of something awesome to write about the only thing barely worth mentioning is perhaps the changing prices of certain restaurants in town. Steak Express for example raised almost everything on their menu from ten cents up to a dollar. Even the always decently priced Cheddar's establishment raised a few items up a quarter to fifty cents within the past six months. To their credit though, they did add a couple of new plates to their menu so I can forgive Cheddars...for now.

Its probably just the yearly thing to do for most places. They need to take inflation into account afterall right?

I told you this would be a waste of time and space. Please join me next time as I will most likely talk about the soon to open Stone Cold Creamery and/or the new Church's Chicken/Popeye's Battle Royale that's about to take place on Knickerbocker Rd.

See you later!

Current Mood: weird
Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
4:55 am

Anyone remember from the late 90's when McDonald's used to have the 'Arch Deluxe' line of burgers? Or the McLean and McRib? Ah memories...If I'm not crazy though I think they brought the McRib back last year but just for a limited time. Yesterday, McD's started yet another month long season of Monopoly sticker mayhem. Already I've won myself a free McFlurry just for purchasing one of their $1 hashbrowns this morning. I feel so special.

Current Mood: lazy
Monday, September 25th, 2006
5:46 pm

Yup! They finally plopped one down in our city. It's been around five years since I've eaten at one (in Austin I believe) and if I remember correctly, it was pretty darn good. Sort of a cross between what you'd get from Papa John's and Pizza Hut. I may be going there tonight with my friend Justin who's in town from NM so we'll see how good this one really is...

It's right next to the new Wing Stop in the Southwest Plaza.

Current Mood: curious
Monday, September 4th, 2006
4:10 pm
McAlister's Deli
SO I went a week ago to this new chain restuarant that opened up not too long ago (across from the theatre) and guess who I see there...Thinh, Megan, and Daniel. Well I'm not sure what all of you had except Thinh because you told me yesterday that you had the Sweetberry Chicken and that you were happy with it. My brother had that the other day too so it must be pretty good. I guess I'll never know the taste of it because I'm NOT RICH LIKE SOME PEOPLE! It was $6.19 on the menu so I had to pass and settle for the lowly spud choice that peaked my interest. I chose the $4.39 Veggie Spud which ended up being very excellent as it was the single largest potato I've ever seen in my life. It was like a pizza. A potato pizza. Definitely worth the money and experience I have to say. Last but not least, their tea was AMAZING. The free refills were great too. All in all its an expensive place to eat at but if you've got the money and want to try something other than your typical Subway, Quizno's, etc then go try this place.

Facts about the restuarant:

+They offer over 10 different types of bread.

+The restuarant is grease free. No fryers.

+You don't have to leave a tip! (actually I'm not sure--they had pseudo-servers who came and gave refills)

Current Mood: bored
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
5:29 pm
If you love vodka check out these two brands...

Ivanabitch Vodka


Tito's Vodka

I'm not sure if San Angelo carries Ivanabitch but we sure do have Tito's. Of all the vodkas I've ever tried, to me Tito's is the best. Very smooth. Try it sometime if you haven't, its from Austin!

Current Mood: bored
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
5:16 am
Whopper Jr. Secret! SHHHH...

Wanna have it your way like the King and save some money while your at it?

Say you want a Whopper Jr. w/ cheese. Normally that's gonna cost you exactly $1.48. ($0.40 for cheese) BUT THEN CHECK THIS OUT! Say you order just a cheeseburger w/ lettuce & tomatoes ADDED. ($0.10 each)

Whopper Jr. w/ cheese: $1.48
Cheeseburger w/ tomato & lettuce (mayo is free upon request): $1.28

YOU SAVE: $0.20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In conclusion: Get the Cheeseburger with the extra fixin's to equal the Whopper Jr's. because its the same thing but CHEAPER. Afterall, Burger King only uses two types of patties (excluding the Veggie one) a hamburger-size and a Whopper-size...and thats it.

Thank you Billy for that insiders tip!

Current Mood: Jewish
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
3:08 pm
I had to check out the new CiCi's after all the praise I've been hearing about it lately so I went to lunch with my mom and it was PACKED. They indeed have more, not much more, but more than what the other location had for sure. The most interesting discovery for me was their Mac n' Cheese pizza, which was disgustingly delicious. Didn't get to check out the arcade but all in all not bad for 4 and change.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
2:26 am
At the request of Albie:
I just got back from eating at the new Cici's Pizza (about 13 hours ago), and boy was it exciting!

First of all, they've officially closed down the old one, which is quite sad in my opinion. You'll find the new one right next to Best Buy and Academy Sports. I overheard one of the employees say that this is the first store in the NATION to be designed the way it is! Incredible! The price has been upped by One Whole Dollar but it's still well worth it in my opinion. Alot of people trash the food there but I honestly think it's pretty damn good. They expanded the salad bar, they have more pizza out, AND they even added new treats (like brownies -- delicious ones!) to the dessert bar! They had at least like 5 or 6 TV's out there but I'm not sure why because they play really loud music in there now. I even heard them play Dancing Queen! The most exciting aspect however was the new arcade filled with some of the crappiest looking games I've ever seen, including but not limited to: The Fast & The Furious: THE GAME! I finished my experience by getting my very own Jeff Foxworthy: You Might Be A Redneck If... sticker from the sticker machine.

All in all, one of the greatest lunch experiences I have ever had.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
5:13 am
Which is it?




Sunday, January 15th, 2006
4:13 am
Lin's Grand Buffet's Grand Opening!
I really shouldn't do a review for a restaurant that barely opened their doors for business and has to deal with a million people an hour and to expect great service during that time would be ludicrous I'm sure...but hey I went, I ate, and now I review! So here goes...

Price-wise they're even with China Garden but at Lin's you pay first, eat later, much like Golden Corral, CiCi's, etc. The atmosphere is cafeteria-like, bright lighting, bustling people and servers, you get the idea. Not quite the most romantic of places to have your dinner, but great for friends and get togethers. Our drinks came in styrofoam cups, they were probably out of glass from the earlier rush but nonetheless disappointing. That and because of the busyness it was hard for me to find certain food items that I really wanted like sushi, shrimp, and those oh so tasty crab rangoons. I thought it was also weird that they kept all the raw fish in a bucket with tongs for you to take and place onto the sushi yourself...lame. To be quite honest though, my expectations were too high for Lin's Grand Buffet. I foolishly was looking for something Vegas-like and was pretty much slapped with the reality that this is after all just San Angelo.

Do I recommend eating there again? Sure, for lunch maybe...and when the crowds go away.

2 obesity stars out of 5.

Current Mood: hungry
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