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Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the Wichita Metro area.  Up-to-date weather conditions are observed at the MADIS station D6055, 3.6 miles WSW of Wichita.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the metro area, just type in your zip code below.


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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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Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey Challenge: Bird Dog vs. Skrewball - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Blended and flavored whiskeys are red hot right now, consumer demand for brown spirits continues to rise with American Whiskey in particular seeing some phenomenal sales growth.

20201118_112339Regular 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 a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun until recently, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey .  But replacing that was a new flavor offering from Bird Dog and their Chocolate Flavored Whiskey - what a great pairing!  Bird Dog has also released a Peanut Butter Flavored variety, which I've been anxious to compare to Skrewball and it's what I'm reviewing today.

The description from the Bird Dog website: 

Creamy or crunchy?
Whatever your preference, our Peanut Butter Bird Dog goes down smooth. Aromatic vanilla and caramel undertones round out the nutty flavor for a slow, warm finish. Pair with our Strawberry Bird Dog for a PB&J shot straight from the lunchbox.

Potency
80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol

Color
Golden-Reddish Amber

Nose
Warm peanuts with a hint of wood char

Body
Uniquely smooth peanut butter flavors are presented with traditional caramel and vanilla notes

Finish
A slow, warm, whiskey fades with sweet caramel

Once again, Bird Dog nails it!

At 80 proof, the Bird Dog has a bit more kick than the typical flavored whiskeys which usually come at 70 proof.  That extra alcohol means this whiskey doesn't taste too sweet, nor is it harsh.  I'm a HUGE fan of Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey but Bird Dog is on par with Skrewball, with my former favorite getting just an ever so slight edge in flavor. Skrewball is a bit sweeter, but both the Skrewball and Bird dog whiskeys whether in a chilled shot, served on the rocks or neat, have a nice peanut butter nose, you get notes of vanilla and caramel and the finish is very pleasant and warm. 

Why Bird Dog wins the day:  It costs less, quite a bit less!  We're talking about $30 for a bottle of Skrewball vs. about $19 for the Bird Dog.  That's a no brainer for me, saving $11 for a very good peanut butter whiskey that's going to give you everything you're looking for in one whether enjoyed by itself or in mixology. 

Mixology suggestions:  Pairing the combo of the chocolate and peanut butter flavors for a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup shot!   You could pair the peanut butter with the strawberry flavored whiskey as suggested by Bird Dog, but I'm not a fan of the strawberry.  Bird Dog has released a new Black Cherry flavor, I might give that a try for a PB&J shot.

Next Up (after the Black Cherry review):  Bird Dog has released yet another flavor, Jalapeno flavored whiskey!  Oh my!

The Bird Dog line up of flavored whiskeys is pretty impressive and with their Peanut Butter flavored whiskey comparing so favorably to Skrewball's version - which set the bar for that flavor - I'm giving Bird Dog Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It tastes just about as good as Skrewball for a lot less money!

5 stars

For more food, drink and other reviews, go to www.bacheloronthecheap.com