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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

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Baja-Inspired Family Meals Are Perfect for the Holidays

More Baja, Less Humbug this Holiday Season

WHAT:

Fuzzy's Taco Shop Family Taco Meal copyFuzzy’s Taco Shop is taking away the stress of meal planning this holiday season with their Baja-inspired family meals, perfect for feeding the entire family or for gatherings with close friends. The taco shop’s Taco Family Meals and Fajita Family Meals allow families to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying each other’s company around the dinner table.

Both packages are available in two sizes: regular (serves 4-6) and large (serves 6-8) and can be ordered online at www.FuzzysTacoShop.com or by calling your local shop to place your order.  

The Taco Family Meal is available for $35 for regular size, and $50 for large, 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 Fajita Family Meal is available for $55 for regular size, and $70 for large, and includes:

  • Choice of meat with veggies – fajita beef, fajita chicken, or a combination of both
  • Choice of two sides - borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice
  • All fixings – tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce
  • Sopapilla bites and icing

The family meals are available at participating locations and pricing may vary by location.

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


Drink Review: Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey - 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.

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 a flavored specialty in the liquor cabinet to enjoy on the rocks.  My favorite in all this tasting fun so far, has been Skrewball Peanut Butter Flavored Whiskey with Yukon Jack Jacapple coming in a close second.

After today's tasting, that may have changed....

Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored WhiskeyEnter, Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey.

Shared with my Lady Friend, this was the best on the rocks flavored whiskey I've ever had....  We sampled it doing shots as well, VERY smooth!

Good whiskey and chocolate is an OUTSTANDING pairing! 

The description from the Bird Dog website: 

Chocoholics rejoice. A comforting fragrance of smooth milk chocolate awakens the senses at first encounter. Notes of rich cocoa highlight the quintessential notes of vanilla and caramel without overpowering the classic bourbon flavor. Swap out dessert for our signature Chocolate Martini, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been ending your meals this way all along.

Potency: 80 PROOF / 40% Alc/Vol

Color: Golden Amber

Nose: Rich chocolate scents with the hint of bourbon

Body: Smooth, velvety chocolate flavors infuse with natural bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel

Finish: Light chocolate touches layer into a gentle cocoa and warm finish

That is absolutely, 100% correct!

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.  Bird Dog did it right, a nice balance of the chocolate followed by a nice, warm, bourbon finish.   Bird Dog has introduced a number of new flavored whiskeys, to include a peanut butter flavored version which I'm anxious to try and compare to Skrewball.  And then there's the combo of the chocolate and peanut butter flavors for a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup shot! 

Priced at about $22 for a 750ml bottle, it costs a little more than your average flavored whiskey, but it's WELL worth it.  I'm giving Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's my new favorite!  What a fantastic flavor pairing!

5 stars


Food Review: Marie Callender's Chicken Alfredo Bake Bowl - Bachelor on the Cheap

20201110_073121By Mike Thayer

When on the go, or for those nights when you just don't feel like cooking something from scratch after a long day at work, having a convenience meal in your freezer is a very good thing.

I recently did a review of a Marie Callender's Beef & Broccoli Bowl which I bought on a whim a week or so ago at my local grocery store for $2.49.  I also picked up the Chicken Alfredo Bake bowl for the same price.  I like Marie Callender's pot pies, so why not give this version of dinner in a bowl thing a shot, right?

Here's the description from the packaging:  A Big Bowl of Delicious.  Premium chicken breast and farm grown vegetables with freshly made pasta from scratch.  Sauce made from scratch with a blend of Parmesan, Romano, Mozzarella and White Cheddar cheeses combined with real cream.

Sounds pretty tasty right?  I nuked the bowl per the package instructions and in less than six minutes, dinner was ready!

20201110_073233In taking that first bite, making sure to get some chicken, veggies and pasta on the spoon, the description on the box delivered.  The chicken was tender and nicely seasoned.  The pasta was nice - not mush like you can sometimes get in a microwave/boxed meal preparation - the veggies provided a nice balance and bringing everything together was that cheesy sauce!  It was pretty tasty.

But here's the thing, like the Beef & Broccoli Bowl, this Chicken Alfredo Bake Bowl was less than generous in meat portion.  Despite the nice flavors going on, you don't get a lot of chicken.  Take a look at the pic, do you see much chicken?  This is a bowl of pasta and cheese sauce, the chicken and even the veggies, not so much......  Marie's claim that this is a "Big Bowl of Delicious" is a bit of a stretch.  All in all, this was a tasty bowl but in order to be truly satisfying more chicken would be required. 

I'm giving the 11.6 ounce bowl of pasta, sauce, a sprinkle of veggies and some chicken three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price isn't bad at $2.49, but it's a borderline repeat buy.  It's cheaper and "meatier" to go with Marie's pot pies.

3 stars

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


Food Review: Marie Callender's Beef & Broccoli Bowl

By Mike Thayer

20201104_075807When on the go, or for those nights when you just don't feel like cooking something from scratch after a long day at work, having a convenience meal in your freezer is a very good thing.

Not feeling like cooking the other night, I pulled a Marie Callender's Beef & Broccoli Bowl from my freezer, I bought it on a whim the other day at my local grocery store for $2.49.  I like Marie Callender's pot pies, so why not give this version of dinner in a bowl thing a shot, right?

Here's the description from the packaging:  A Big Bowl of Delicious.  Juicy USDA Choice beef, garlic and ginger combined with tender broccoli florets - yummy!

I nuked the bowl per the package instructions and in less than six minutes, dinner was ready!

In taking that first bite, making sure to get some meat, rice and broccoli on the spoon, the description on the box delivered.  The beef was tender, I got the garlic and ginger notes in the sauce and the broccoli florets were tasty.  It was indeed a mouthful of "Yummy!"

Marie Callender's Beef & Broccoli Bowl
Prepared as directed, it's not exactly as pretty as the box pic

But here's the thing, despite the nice flavors going on, you don't get beef in every bite from this bowl, not even in every other bite.  The meat portion is a bit sparse, as in less than generous, with most mouthfuls being rice, sauce and broccoli.  Marie's claim that this is a "Big Bowl of Delicious" is a bit of a stretch.  All in all, this was a tasty bowl but in order to be truly satisfying more meat would be required.  To borrow a line from the old Wendy's commercials, "Where's the Beef?"

I'm giving the 11.8 ounce bowl of broccoli, sauce, rice and some meat three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price isn't bad at $2.49, but it's a borderline repeat buy.  It's cheaper and "meatier" to go with Marie's pot pies.

3 stars

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

 

 


A burger so flavorful, you don't need a bun

Grilling Good Eats 2By Mike Thayer

A bun doesn't make or break a great burger, the meat does.

Here's a recipe that makes for a great burger, a patty so full of flavor, not only is the bun not required, neither is lettuce, tomato or other toppings.....

Sweet Heat Burgers

Ingredients:

  • One pound of Sweet Italian sausage
  • One pound of 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  If you can't find shredded Buffalo Wing cheddar cheese at your favorite grocery store, regular sharp shredded cheddar and some Louisiana Hot Sauce is a nice substitute.  Form meat mixture into patties.  When your grill is ready to receive, place the patties over the hot spot to get those great grill marks and a good sear. Keep the lid off and watch for any flare ups. When you see red juices flowing to the top of the patties, flip those burgers over to the lower heat side of the grill and get ready to put the lid on. Before ‘lidding‘, place some butter and garlic in a grill safe dish to melt down on the low heat side of the grill next to those great smelling burgers. Check after about five minutes. The garlic butter should be melted and the burgers should be about ready. For well done burgers, wait to see the juices run clear.  Top burgers with the garlic butter just before plating.

It's another dose of YUM!

For more burger and other grilled fare ideas, go to www.grillinggoodeats.com