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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Introduces the Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco to its Menu for a Limited Time

Available at participating locations from Wednesday, October 13 – Sunday, November 21

Fuzzy's Chipotle Chicken Fajita TacoFORT WORTH, TX.– Fuzzy’s Taco Shop announces the addition of the Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco to its menu, available for a limited time. The new taco brings a delicious blend of savory flavors, packed with fajita chicken and grilled peppers and onions, topped off with a smoky honey chipotle sauce.

The Chipotle Chicken Fajita Taco features house-marinated fajita chicken with grilled peppers and onions, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, Fuzzy’s signature garlic sauce and a honey chipotle sauce on a warm flour tortilla.

Guests will be able to enjoy the new taco at all participating Fuzzy's Taco Shop locations from October 13 through November 21.

“With fall bringing cooler weather to our patios and restaurants, our fans will love the smoky flavor and warmth of our house-made honey chipotle sauce,” says Laura Purser, Vice President of Marketing. “Many Fuzzy’s fans don’t realize we marinate our fajita chicken in-house daily. The flavors in this taco may encourage them to try something new, and allow us to really show off our scratch kitchens.”

The taco is available for a limited time for dine-in, takeout, and delivery (where available). Skip the line with Fuzzy’s online ordering placed through the Fuzzy’s Taco Shop website and app. 

Follow Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Instagram and Facebook for your daily share of good vibes and craving-inducing images. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has nearly 150 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states. For a full list of locations please visit www.FuzzysTacoShop.com.

About Fuzzy’s Taco Shop:

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 franchise- and corporate-owned locations in 18 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was ranked a Top Food Franchise, Top Franchise for Culture, and Top Multi-Unit Franchise for 2021 by Franchise Business Review, recognized in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking and Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, and was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017. For franchising information, please visit www.MyFuzzys.com.


Whiskey Review: Ole Smoky Salted Watermelon Whiskey - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Ole Smoky Salted Watermelon Whiskey
Watermelon and Whiskey is a good pairing

Blended and flavored whiskeys continue to be red hot in popularity, consumer demand for brown spirits remains on the rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

Regular readers know that I am a fan of flavored whiskey, I've always got a bottle of something in my freezer for a chilled shot or flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Ole Smoky Peanut Butter flavored whiskey.  It's BETTER than Skrewball!

Given how much I enjoyed the Ole Smoky Peanut Butter, I decided to give another one of their flavored whiskeys a try.

Today's tasting:  Ole Smoky Salted Watermelon

If a shot of whiskey can be refreshing, this is it!

You get the whiff of watermelon in the nose, the hint of salt kisses the tongue along with the fruity note and then there's the warm whiskey finish.  It's slightly sweet, not overpowering at all and it's balanced by that salt.  It's smooth and yes, refreshing! 

As always, I tried this whiskey neat, on the rocks and in a chilled shot. It's very good any way served. It would also lend itself well to mixology, adding a splash of ginger ale comes to mind.  A friend of mine recommended mixing it with lemonade which sounds real good. 

Costing me $19.99, Ole Smoky Salted Watermelon is definitely a repeat buy and gets 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...


Food Review: Cookie Pop Popcorn made with real Oreo cookie pieces

By Mike Thayer

Oreo Cookie Popcorn
1 oz. trial size pictured

Oreo cookie popcorn, what a great idea!

If you're in the mood for a sweet and savory snack, this one nails it!

Combining popcorn and Oreo cookies, what's not to like, right?  The popcorn is drizzled with vanilla and covered with ground up Oreo cookie for a VERY delicious sweet and savory treat!

Available in a variety pack at Sam's Club for $10.48, you get an 18 bag (10 oz. bags) assortment of Oreo, Chips Ahoy and Nutter Butter!  I'm looking forward to trying the other flavors. 

Cookie Pop Popcorn - Oreo
A great sweet & savory snack!

Very tasty, this is a Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly snack at about 58 cents a bag and I'm giving Cookie Pop Popcorn made with real Oreo cookie pieces 5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you Cindy!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

 


Food Review: Hardee's Hot Honey Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich

By Mike Thayer

Back in June, I wrote about the Chicken Sandwich War going on in fast food and who makes the best chicken sandwich.

That sandwich war is still happening and Hardee's has re-grouped on the battlefront with a new weapon.

Introducing the Hardee's Hot Honey Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Hardee's Hot Honey Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich
It's looking mouthwatering good!

Hardee's kicks it up a notch by adding some sweet heat to their hand breaded chicken sandwich.  Here's the description from the Hardee's website:  Premium, all-white chicken fillet, hand dipped in buttermilk, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown, Applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and Hot Honey sauce served on a potato bun.

I reviewed the Hardee's hand breaded chicken sandwich back in June as part of the Chicken Sandwich War Challenge and I was NOT impressed.  The Hardee's chicken sandwich on the menu at the time was bottom tier.  But this sandwich?  GAMECHANGER!

Thank you for stepping up your game Hardee's!  The chicken was fried to perfection, it was crispy, tender, juicy and the meat to bun ratio was MUCH IMPROVED!  It still wasn't chicken extending beyond the borders of the bun like Popeye's, but still, improved over what Hardee's has served in the past.  All the flavors on this sandwich were on point, with the hot honey sauce elevating the crispy chicken to a higher level and that melted Swiss cheese providing a perfect, smart choice compliment to flavortown.  It helped me overlook that I didn't get bacon in every bite.

Hardee's Chicken Sandwich
The Hot Honey sauce makes this sandwich, it's tasty!

Costing me $9.39 for a combo meal, I'm giving the Hardee's Hot Honey Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich 4 out of 5 stars, it's quite tasty and Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly.  Hardee's has without question upped their game and while this sandwich doesn't topple Popeye's sandwich as king, it's still VERY worthy of a repeat buy.  That hot honey sauce rocks!  And is it just me, or doesn't "Honey Hot" sound better than "Hot Honey?"  'jus say'n.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

The Hardee's location visited on this occasion is located at 2101 N Rock Rd, Derby, KS 67037.  I ordered to go inside the restaurant at about 1pm.  There were two orders ahead of me, and while service was obligatory polite, it was without smiles and a bit slow.  From time to order to receipt of meal took more than 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 


Food Review: Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco

By Mike Thayer

Taco Bell's Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco
It's more of a 'slider' taco, than a sandwich taco...

Back in June, I wrote about the Chicken Sandwich War going on in fast food and who makes the best chicken sandwich.

That sandwich war is still going on and Taco Bell has decided to enter the battlefield.

Being marketed as both a sandwich and a taco, Taco Bell sandwich war weapon consists of a piece of white-meat chicken that was marinated in jalapeño buttermilk and seasoned with bold Mexican spices, then rolled it in a crunchy, tortilla-chip coating to give it that crunch. Topped with creamy chipotle sauce and tucked into puffy flatbread shell, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco appears to be a pretty good weapon.

On the small side, the portion of this 'sandwich' is more like a slider sized helping rather than a sandwich, a 'slider' taco...  'jus say'n.  But the flavor is there, crunchy, juicy chicken, it's seasoned well although the jalapeno flavor came up a bit short.  The creamy chipotle is on point and the puffy flatbread shell is a nice touch.

Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco
The flavors are good, but lacks a jalapeno bite

I got the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco as part of a box meal which included a crunch taco, a burrito and drink for $5.90.  If I was going to order again, I think I'd just get a couple of the Sandwich Tacos.  More of a slider than a sandwich, I'm giving the Taco Bell Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco 4 out of 5 stars.  At $1.50 each it's a tasty, Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly snack/meal and is worthy of a repeat buy.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

The Taco Bell visited on this occasion is located at 1695 S Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.  Hitting the drive through at about 1:30pm for a late lunch, I was the only car in line.  Service was polite and quick, but lacked a smile.

 


Food Review: Arby's Real Country Style Pork Rib Sandwich

Arby's Real Country Style Pork Rib Sandwich
Nice marketing twist from the slogan, "You" have the meats

By Mike Thayer

It's the fall season.  How do I know?  No, not the weather, McDonald's has announced the return of the iconic (in fast food only) McRib Sandwich.

Not to be 'outribbed'.....  Arby's has added a rib sandwich to it's menu for a limited time.  Funny how that timing worked out huh?

Marketed as a "Real" Country Style Pork Rib Sandwich, that's a poke at McDonald's and their VERY processed  and SHAPED to look like a rib, McRib Sandwich...  'jus say'n.

Here's the description of Arby's rib sandwich from the restaurant's website:  Texas pit smoked pork rib, melted smoked Gouda cheese, crispy onions, Smoky BBQ sauce and mayonnaise on a toasted star top bun.

Arby's Rib Sandwich isn't processed meat
Generous portion of real meat!

No, Arby's sandwich isn't heavily processed like McD's is, the meat isn't blended, mixed with water and other ingredients and then shaped into a rib-like thing...  But do know that "Country-style ribs" aren't actually ribs.  The meat doesn't come from the rib area of a pig, it comes from the shoulder blade section near the loin.  They're called 'ribs' because they are similar to standard ribs in terms of flavor and consistency and the finished butcher cut resembles a rib - a big boneless rib.  That's the appeal and the meat is very real!  See what I did there?  I'm a poet and didn't know it, give me a dime for my rhyme... But enough of the meats lesson and rhyming already.

So how is the Arby's Real Country Style Pork Rib Sandwich you ask?

Arby's Pork Rib Sandwich
Soggy 'Crispy' Onions

It's good, but not great.  In taking that first bite I got the smoke, the meat was tender yet firm, not fall apart which you're not going to get with a country style cut anyway.  The Gouda was melted nicely, the mayo was 'eh' and the bun was toasty warm and 'pillowy', a nice topper.  However, those 'crispy' onions, not so much, not much crispy at all as a matter of fact, they got soggy from the mayo and BBQ sauce.  This sandwich is also missing some tartness to balance out the heaviness of the mayo, BBQ sauce and Gouda, something to freshen it up a bit, lime juice, some pickles or even just pickle juice, something...

Costing me $6.44 the price is reasonable as this sandwich is generously portioned.  But it's a borderline repeat buy so I'm giving it 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

Toasted Star Top Bun
Does the 'star' add any flavor to the sandwich? Of course not, but it looks nice

 

$pend Wisely My Friends...

The Arby's location visited on this occasion is located at 3421 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67226.  Hitting the drive through at around 1:30pm for a late lunch, I was the only car in line, service was fast, polite and quick.

 


Meat Subscription Review: ButcherBox and free ground beef

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Meat Subscription Club

By Mike Thayer

I love to cook and grill (and bake too thanks to Cindy!), I have a well stocked pantry, I've got a freezer full of goodies, which is mostly meat for grilling.

One thing I don't love however, is grocery shopping. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I hate it, but it's time consumption that doesn't feel all that productive.

So a few months back, I tried one of those meal club kit outfits, getting a week's worth of groceries delivered to your door.  The outfit I tried was EveryPlate.com, they provided high quality ingredients, timely delivery, the cost was BELOW what I paid for similar items at my local grocery store, the recipes were easy to follow and the most important thing - the food tasted really good!  My only problem was not enough recipes to my liking and you can only eat so many carrots and Yukon Gold potatoes (limited sides).

I like EveryPlate and may go back to them after they've added some more recipes and variety to their menu, but now that I travel a lot more than I used to, I also have to consider switching from a refrigerated product meal/grocery outfit - like EveryPlate is - to one that is frozen based.

Enter ButcherBox

20211005_123412This is a meat club, a box of meat shipped to your door once a month.  It's not a box of groceries, it's just MEAT, which is right up my alley!  You can order just beef, just chicken, just pork, or just seafood, you can custom order, mix and match, go with the deal of the month or just go with their pre-set options which is what I did.  I went with a monthly mix of beef, chicken and pork.  Bonus, is they do provide a number of recipes you can use to help you enjoy those fine cuts of meat and right now if you sign up, you can take advantage of free ground beef with your monthly orders!  There's no obligation you can subscribe to the 'meat club' for as long as you like, you can cancel at anytime.  Another Bonus, you can add meats to your order.  Want a side of bacon?  Add it to your box, my next box for example, will include a slab of bacon and a package of all beef hotdogs for just $9 more.

Here's what I got with my first order:  Boneless skinless chicken breasts; 85/15 ground beef (2 pounds free promo! A total of 4 pounds); NY Strip steaks; Sirloin Cap Roast, pork chops and bacon!   All told, about 15 pounds of meat for $133.  That breaks down to $8.86 a pound.  Given the price of beef these days that's not a bad price.

In comparison, pricing things out at my local grocer, Dillon's (a.k.a., Kroger), buying those same cuts of meat at regular price would have saved me some money, that 15 pounds of meat breaking down to $7.26 a pound.  At a savings of $1.60 a pound, I have to reconsider the convenience factor and the 'free' ground beef from ButcherBox becomes a "so what?"  I'm still paying more for meat.

ButcherBox is interesting and I'll be ordering a second box to sample, but the savings just isn't there like I thought it might be.  To continue to subscribe to this meat provider would be purely from a convenience standpoint.  It may be worth looking into another similar service.  I do like the convenience factor, but when considering the higher price, buying local becomes that much more important to me.  I haven't sampled the meat yet, so I'm giving ButcherBox 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price isn't worth a repeat buy, it's NOT worth the free ground beef.

3 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

 

 


Relax & Recharge on National Coffee Day with a Free, Brewed Coffee from Scooter’s Coffee

Scooter's Coffee Fresh Brewed CoffeeOMAHA, Neb., – Scooter’s Coffee is brewing up some love and will provide a FREE cup of brewed coffee to loyal and new customers on National Coffee Day, September 29.  

“Whether it’s National Coffee Day or any day, we are passionate about providing a world-class experience to our guests,” said Bill Black, Chief Marketing Officer at Scooter’s Coffee. “The Scooter’s Coffee difference is that we source only the highest-quality ingredients and roast the world’s finest specialty coffee beans. While we continue to grow rapidly, Scooter’s Coffee is committed to providing the quickest and best drive-thru interaction in the world. We’re here to make your day with our ‘Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®'”

Customers can redeem their free coffee using the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app at their favorite Scooter’s Coffee location. Customers who do not have the Scooter’s Coffee mobile app can simply download it from the App Store or Google Play Store. Once downloaded, customers can create an account to begin earning loyalty Smiles to receive future Scooter’s Coffee rewards.

Our free coffee giveaway is at participating Scooter’s Coffee locations—to view store locations, visit scooterscoffee.com.  And since pumpkin spice is in the air, check out our scrumptious fall menu at https://www.scooterscoffee.com/menu/limited-time. 

About Scooter’s Coffee

Founded in 1998 by Don and Linda Eckles in Bellevue, Nebraska, Scooter’s Coffee roasts only the finest coffee beans in the world at its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In more than two decades of business, Scooter’s Coffee’s success is simple: stay committed to the original business principles and company’s four core values, which are Integrity, Love, Humility and Courage. The Scooter’s Coffee Brand Promise, often recited to franchisees, customers and employees is: “Amazing People, Amazing Drinks… Amazingly Fast!®” It represents the company’s business origins from 1998 and reflects a steady commitment to providing an unforgettable experience to loyal and new customers.

Scooter’s Coffee is at the dawn of a strategic growth phase in the Midwest and nationwide. With over 350 stores in 21 states, the company continues to grow rapidly. The U.S. coffee market is an estimated $48 billion a year recession-resistant industry, and Scooter’s Coffee is striving to become the #1 drive-thru coffee franchise in the nation. Visit ownascooters.com to learn more about the benefits of owning a franchise of a well-established company.

For more information, visit, scooterscoffee.com, facebook.com/scooterscoffee,

ownascooters.com or call 877-494-7004.