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Food Review: Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

20201219_133251Who doesn't like a good Gyro, right?

The warm pita, the tzatziki sauce, that delicious meat sliced so thin but piled thick and everything topped with juicy, red tomato, and a little onion....  It's another does of YUM!

But finding a good restaurant that serves them can be a challenge, especially with this COVID-19 crap going on with restaurant hours and access not always being convenient.  You can try to piece together everything you need to make gyros at home, but that can be a challenge to, not every grocery store carries the beef/lamb sliced meat that makes the gyro, the gyro, let alone finding a decent package of pita bread.

Enter Aldi and the Bremer Gyro Sandwich Kit

Available at my favorite grocery store, this kit comes with all the base ingredients you need to craft a rather tasty Gryo, all you need to do is add some tomato and onion.  Priced at just $7.49, that breaks down to only $1.50 a sandwich!  You can't get a good gyro that cheap at a restaurant.

20201219_133406This kit is super convenient, you can prepare these in the microwave or stove top, I recommend that latter, giving the meat slices that ever-so-slight crispy edge you're looking for as if the meat was just sliced from the spit.  The ingredients by Bremer are quality ingredients making this kit a repeat buy, I'm giving the Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars - DEFINITELY a repeat buy!  The meat is seasoned well and the pita is soft and 'pillowy' when warmed.  The only knock I have is the tzatziki sauce is a bit bland, some doctoring is in order, I added more garlic, a bit of dill and a drizzle of olive oil.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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Take Your Big Game Spread to the Next Level with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Taco Family Meals

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests complimentary guacamole with any purchase of a Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray

WHAT: 

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Family Taco Meal copy(1)Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Baja-inspired family meals are sure to score big for any Big Game watch party. The taco shop’s Taco Family Meals offer generous portions of the guest’s choice of meat, sides, fixings and more, and the Chips & Queso Party Tray is a guaranteed way to be the MVP of the day. After all, who doesn’t love football with a side of Baja?

To take your tailgate to championship level, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests FREE guacamole with the purchase of any Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray. Fuzzy’s guacamole is made in-house daily with fresh Avocados From Mexico so you won’t want to miss out on this delicious addition to your gameday. The promotion is available Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.  For orders placed online or through the app, please use code SUPERGUAC at checkout. 

The Taco Family Meal is available in two sizes; regular (serves 4-6, $35) and large (serves 6-8, $50), and includes:

  • Choice of two meats – shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork or grilled veggies (fajita beef, fajita chicken, or shredded brisket are available for an additional charge) 
  • Choice of two sides – borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice
  • Chips, salsa and Fuzzy’s famous queso
  • All fixings – tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, feta, garlic sauce, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce®

 The family meals are available at participating locations and pricing may vary by location. Place your order online at www.FuzzysTacoShop.com or by contacting your local shop by phone.

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here

ABOUT:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


Church's Chicken® Announces Opening Of Newest Wichita Restaurant

Chicken Chain Continues Growth in Kansas Market With Ninth Restaurant

Church's chickenWICHITA, Kan., -- Global chicken chain Church's Chicken® continues its growth in the U.S. with a new restaurant opening in Wichita, KS. The restaurant will open to the public starting January 8, 2021, the first of the new year, with plans for a grand opening celebration slated in the days to follow. Church's fans may visit the new restaurant located at 3824 E. Harry Street, Wichita, KS 67218, and enjoy signature favorites such as the Original and Spicy Chicken, Honey-Butter Biscuits™, classic home-style sides and the new fan-favorite chicken sandwich.

"We are delighted to bring another Church's to Kansas and make our scratch-made favorites available to even more guests," said Pete Servold, EVP of Franchise and Company Operations for Church's. "The latest Wichita location marks the second in the city and the ninth in the state. Our team is looking forward to serving up the brand's big, bold flavors paired with our quality customer service." 

In addition to the freshly prepared comfort foods that are offered at a great price, the newest Wichita Church's will feature contemporary lighting inside and out, the newest exterior design and color palettes, and the latest interior seating options.

"I am honored to be a part of the Church's team and to bring the Texas inspired flavors to my hometown in Wichita," stated Mike Jizzini, franchisee of Church's Chicken. "Church's continues to thrive and positively impact many communities and beyond. As our portfolio expands, we are eager to bring the Southern hospitality to our area."

The Wichita restaurant will encompass 2,250 square ft. and feature a drive-thru. The restaurant will also offer delivery, to-go, and limited dine-in options (per current COVID-19 restrictions). Operating hours will be Monday through Thursday from 10:30 am10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:30 am11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am10 pm.

For more information about Church's, visit www.churchs.com.

About Church's Chicken®
Founded in San Antonio, TX, in 1952 by George W. Church, Church's Chicken, along with its sister brands Texas Chicken® and Church's Texas Chicken® outside of the U.S., is one of the largest quick-service chicken restaurant chains in the world. The brands specialize in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, sandwiches, Honey-Butter Biscuits™ made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, home-style sides all for a great value.  Church's Chicken, Texas Chicken and Church's Texas Chicken have more than 1,500 locations in 25 countries and global markets and system-wide sales of more than $1 billion.  For more information about Church's Chicken® , Texas Chicken®  or Church's Texas Chicken ® franchising opportunities, visit http://www.churchs.com/franchiseget-started.php.


USGS: 3.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Wichita early Wednesday

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An earthquake measuring a 3.8 magnitude was felt across Wichita early Wednesday.

The earthquake was centered near 13th and Rock Road just after 5 a.m.

Wichita has experienced several recent earthquakes. Several occurred on Dec. 19. This was one of the strongest.

via www.ksn.com


Wichita Wind Surge to be a Double-A affiliate for the Twins

Wichita WindsurgeThe Wichita Wind Surge has announced the baseball team has been invited to become the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

2020 was supposed to mark Wichita's return to Triple-A baseball for the first time in 36 years, as an affiliate for the Miami Marlins. However, the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the entire minor league baseball season, after which, Major League Baseball took over the operations of Minor League Baseball. As the result of extensive reshuffling heading into 2021, many cities saw changes to their class levels and major league affiliations.

The Twins invited the St. Paul Saints (Triple-A), Wichita Wind Surge (Double-A), Cedar Rapids Kernels (High-A) and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Low-A) to be part of their new minor-league system.

via www.radio.com


Check out the Grilling Good Eats Online Store

By Mike Thayer

A-steak-on-a-grill-right-after-being-flippedI'm pleased to announce the addition of the Grilling Good Eats online store!

You'll find just about everything there to help you create that grilled masterpiece, from tongs, to wood chips, to shredder claws for that fantastic pulled pork.

Find the tools to do that Grill Master or Pit Master job right.  

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Food Review: Papa John's Papadias - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Papa John's Buffalo Chicken Papadia
The Buffalo Chicken

Regular readers know that I'm not a huge fan of Papa John's pizza.  To me, it's average pizza.  But they've been teasing us all with their Papadias, the flatbread sandwiches which look delightful.  You've no doubt seen the commercials and with dinner to think about on a Monday night I decided to give these Papadia things a try.

Here's the description from the Papa John's website:  A Papa John's Papadia isn't just any flatbread sandwich. It's a hot, beautifully balanced meal that's everything you do love about a hot, flatbread-style sandwich, but taken to the next level with generous portions of all your favorite Papa John's ingredients and flavors. Think real cheese melted to perfection, juicy meats, and mountains of colorful veggies, all nestled snugly into fresh-baked flatbread made from Papa John's own signature dough. Each Papadia features its own flavor profile and comes served alongside the ideal Papa John's dipping sauce for a perfect series of bites from the first to the last.

That's a good read, but the visual on a TV commercial is damn near a mouthwatering experience and if smellivision existed, it truly would be.

Papa John's has a variety of these flatbread sandwiches on the menu to choose from:  Buffalo Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak, Grilled BBQ Chicken and Bacon, Meatball & Pepperoni, Italian and a new offering, Double Cheeseburger.  There's also an option to create your own!

Papa John's Double Cheeseburger Papadia
The Double Cheeseburger

Shoving my Papa John's has average pizza experiences aside, I ordered two of the flatbread offerings for this delivery dining occasion, going with the Buffalo Chicken and the Double Cheeseburger.

The Buffalo Chicken description:  Flatbread-style sandwich made from original fresh dough and loaded with grilled chicken, onions, our signature cheese plus our 3-cheese blend, buttermilk ranch sauce, and buffalo sauce. Served with ranch dipping sauce.

The Double Cheeseburger descriptionOur meatiest Papadia ever. Flatbread-style sandwich with zesty burger sauce, 1/4 pound of seasoned beef, dill pickles, and signature cheese baked to a toasty perfection. Served with zesty burger dipping sauce.

Ordering on the Papa John's website is easy and I was able to take advantage of a promotional coupon.  These sandwiches normally cost $6 each, or $12 for two, I got them both for $9.  After delivery fee and tip, I shelled out just over $15 for my Monday night meal.  Delivery was on time as well, the Papa John's tracker they send you in the confirmation email is accurate.

I bit into the Buffalo Chicken Papadia first.  Nice!  Delivering classic Buffalo sauce flavor, the grilled chicken was tender, I got chicken and onions in each bite, the 3-cheese blend was melted to perfection and complimenting it all of course was the ranch dipping sauce.  But what puts this sandwich in the YUM category is the great foundation of that flatbread!  Papa John's has done a nice job with this, the bread is crispy on the edges, but warm and soft at the same time.  If there's a knock to be made on this particular sandwich, is that it wasn't toasted quite enough though, the flatbread on the Double Cheeseburger had a better toast to it.  Inconsistent preparation.....

20201124_085155The Double Cheeseburger Papadia was also quite good.  You get the good burger flavor you can really sink your teeth into, with that zesty sauce making it and you get the tartness from the pickles. Topped with that melted cheese and combined with that flatbread, it's quite tasty!  I ate a half of each Papadia for dinner, saving the remaining halves for a leftover lunch.  Of the two, I'm giving the flavors of the Buffalo Chicken the preferred nod, even though the flatbread on the Double Cheeseburger was toasted better. 

I'm giving both of these Papa John's Papadias 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, they are repeat buys and very tasty cheap eats!  I'm looking forward to trying the other Papadia options!

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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