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I'm in hot sauce heaven!

By Mike Thayer

World Traveler Hot Sauce
Recently a promotional deal at Sam's Club, 15 hot sauces for around $9

I've always got a bottle of some kind of hot sauce on hand, my typical go-to is Louisiana Hot Sauce, sometimes it's Frank's Red Hot, or it might be Texas Pete.  For a change of pace I'll go with Tabasco or  some Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce, oh, and for some oriental flare there's Sriracha and I usually have a bottle of chili oil on hand as well.

I wasn't always a fan hot sauces, let alone spices or oils putting some heat in/on my food.  In my younger days I wouldn't bother with hot sauces, didn't shake red chili flake on my pizza and if I ordered nachos at a sporting event it was without the jalapeno slices.  When it came to food, it was pretty much meat and potatoes, nothing elaborate, nothing too adventurous, certainly nothing to make for a sweaty forehead at the dinner table!

Back in my early military days, I had a civilian friend who couldn't eat anything without liberally applying a lot of hot sauce and some jalapeno slices to whatever it was on his plate. 

"I've eaten so much hot sauce, I've burned out my taste buds, I can't really taste food now unless I put hot sauce on it," He claimed.

Thanks to my military travels and a growing passion for a variety of foods, I have since come to appreciate some heat on good eats, probably more than the average Joe, but I haven't gotten to the point of burning out my taste buds...  Bring on the heat!

I was recently gifted a package of hot sauces (shout out to Cindy C.), a promotional deal that went on for a limited time at Sam's Club, 15 sauces for around $9 called 'World Traveler Sauce', distributed by Modern Gourmet Foods out of Irvine, CA.

Dead or Alive South Texas Lime Jalapeno
What I selected first to try

Here's what you get in a package of World Traveler Hot Sauce:

Reds

  • Australia Sydney Screamin' Chili Sauce
  • Kickin' Kenyan Fire Sauce
  • Hawaiian Lava Flow Hot Sauce (Mango Habanero)
  • Death Valley Ghost Pepper Sauce
  • Italian Garlic Hot Sauce
  • Japanese Dragon Breath Hot Sauce
  • Argentinian Cowboy Gaucho Bacon Hot Sauce
  • Mount Fiji Magma Hot Sauce
  • Havana Habanero Whiskey Habanero Hot Sauce
  • Exotic New Delhi Cayenne Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Oaxaca Tequila Lime Hot Sauce

Greens

  • New Orleans Louisiana Bourbon Street Pepper Sauce
  • Tahitian Sweet Jalapeno Hot Sauce
  • Brazil Samba Sauce Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce
  • Dead or Alive South Texas Lime Jalapeno
Oaxaca Tequila Lime Hot Sauce
Tequila & Lime? What's not to like?

On a visual note, you can see all the color variations, pale reds, deep reds, light and darker greens.  And the heat variations will be quite noticeable too. While not all bottles indicate what type of pepper is featured as the main ingredient, there are labels touting Habanero and Ghost peppers.  The green sauces, all Jalapeno based, intrigue me the most.  I have to admit to have never trying a Jalapeno Hot Sauce before, I've always gone with reds.  I've had both red and green sauces on enchiladas, but that would be an apples/oranges comparison kind of thing.  Enchilada sauces served in a typical Americanized Mexican establishment won't typically be hot, like a bottled hot sauce can be. 

So out of all these choices, I went with the Dead or Alive South Texas Lime Jalapeno hot sauce.  I can't go wrong with something labeled 'Dead or Alive' right?  In addition to trying a jalapeno based hot sauce for the first time, I love the flavor of lime, it's my favorite citrus and goes so well with so many foods, Mexican, Asian, grilled and more!

I love the Dead or Alive stuff!  I've had it on scrambled eggs, pork fried rice, with Ramen, on potatoes.  This is GOOD stuff!  And it's got a very subtle kick, it's not overpowering like the name 'Dead or Alive' might imply.  Going in for that first sample I flat out didn't know what I would be getting, as jalapenos can be a bit unpredictable.  Lower on the Scoville heat scale the jalapeno is considered a mild pepper, but if growing conditions are stressed, the result can be a jalapeno with more of a kick than normal.  This is a very smooth hot sauce that doesn't take over the flavor of your food, it compliments it, nicely delivering jalapeno and lime notes.

The second sauce I sampled was the Oaxaca Tequila Lime Hot Sauce.  Again, the flavor of lime influenced my selection.  Oaxaca is a Major city in Mexico, south of Mexico City.  The area is known for Mezcal, the predecessor to Tequila.  Made from the Agave plant (There are 30 Agave variations, but Tequila is exclusive to Blue Agave), Mezcal is known for its smoky flavor.  I got smoky flavor in sampling this sauce and while I didn't get any Tequila flavor in the tasting, I'm thinking the bottlers put Tequila on the label because pretty much anybody who drinks knows what Tequila is, Mezcal, not so much...  Back to the sampling, two-for-two on goodness!  Another nice sauce, this one has more kick, not sure what kind of pepper serves as the base, but it does let you know it's there, kind of a kick with a little smoke element if you will.  I tried it on eggs over easy and a sausage patty.

This package is a great sampler opportunity, because it has already expanded my appreciation for hot sauces.  Sure, I'll still grab the bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce off the grocery store shelf, but now I'll be taking my time, checking out the variety of flavors available.  Red sauces, green sauces, the varying levels of heat through the different pepper bases.  I'm looking forward to trying the remaining 13 hot sauces in this World Traveler set and doing a follow-up review!  The next time you're in that grocery store aisle with the hot sauces in it, don't just zero in on the Frank's Red Hot, browse a little...

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Growing your own potatoes in a grow bag is super easy!

By Mike Thayer

ANPHSIN 10 Gallong Garden Potato Grow Bags
Talk about making it EASY to grow potatoes!

Back in March and suffering from spring fever bad, I worked through that 'fever' by planting potatoes.

I've grown potatoes before, in a traditional garden plot direct in the ground and in raised beds.  It's not difficult to grow potatoes and I enjoyed some very tasty spud harvests, but potatoes do take up a lot of space in the garden, especially in raised beds.  So with space considerations in mind, I haven't grown potatoes in my gardens for a very long time.

Enter the ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bags

This was the first time I've used grow bags and what a great concept!  Ordering a 4 pack of these bags on Amazon, these things are made of a heavy duty aeration fabric, come with a Velcro flap to harvest the potatoes and sturdy handles make the bags easily mobile.

Potatoes Looking healthy in the grow bag
Potato plant loving the bag, the tomato pictured left is too!

Planting the potatoes was easy peasy.  I filled the bag about half full with potting mix, put four certified seed potatoes - Kennebec Russets - in the bag eyes up and covered them with about 4 inches of the potting mix. 

Here it is about 90 days later and I've harvested some taters! Easily digging through the base of the bag thanks to the convenient velcro pouch access, I went through about half the bag and harvested 3.7 pounds of potatoes.  That's pretty darn good coming from just four tubers and like I said, I only went through half the bag and the best part, no potato fork required.

Kennebec Russets are a great all purpose potato, good for baking, roasting and mashing.  But their flavor really comes out in frying and that's what I did with this harvest.  I did a rough chop, applied a Southwest spice rub and sauteed those taters in olive oil.  After they got tender I added some Parmesan cheese for toasting then plated, topping the spuds with a fresh lime crema and green onion.  It was another dose of YUM!

Potato Harvest
3.7 pounds of potatoes

With another bunch of potatoes yet to harvest, I'll be able to reserve four tubers and after letting them 'cure' for a couple weeks, I can plant another grow bag for a fall harvest. I estimate another similar harvest of around 3.5 to 4 pounds of potatoes yet to retrieve.  For the cost of those bags, some potting soil and the occasional watering, that breaks down to an initial growing season harvest cost of a little over $3 for an estimated 7+ pounds of potatoes.  Not bad and that cost will only go down as plantings and harvests continue.

Costing me $20 on Amazon for a 4 pack of bags, these ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bags are awesome!  They're very reasonably priced, durable, mobile, easy to use and will be easy to store.  Bonus:  You can grow other veggies such as onions, peppers and tomatoes and given the nice, tidy soil environment, garden pests that like to live in the soil should be marginalized.

Related: Planting potatoes using ANPHSIN 10 Gallon Garden Potato Grow Bags

 

Home Grown Potatoes
Fried Potato Deliciousness


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I'm Mike Thayer,  Mr. Bachelor on the Cheap.

Being a bachelor and living life well but with a budget in mind, I review Wichita Metro Area businesses, find the great deals and report on the best product and/or services available. I post my shopping experiences online, benefiting customers and businesses alike.

On this site you'll find shopping and service reviews, food reviews, bar reviews, product reviews, hacks, tips, recipes and much more!

Who has the best sub sandwich?  Where can I get great pizza?  Where can I get my car serviced and not get ripped off? Who has the least expensive home improvement gadget, Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Sutherlands?  These are all great questions and you can find those answers here.

In other words, Bacheloronthecheap.com is a great quality of life resource!

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Bacheloronthecheap.com is a great quality of life resource

Bachelor_on_the_cheap_logoBeing a bachelor and living life well but with a budget in mind, I review Wichita Metro Area businesses, find the great deals and report on the best product and/or services available. I post my shopping experiences online, benefiting customers and businesses alike.

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The Wichita Dining Scene

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Whether you're a lifelong resident of the Metro area, a Wichita State student, or just visiting the area, you've come to the right place if you're looking for information about restaurants, dining, drinking and food shopping in the Wichita metro area!  Where to go and yes, where NOT to go is listed here on Bachelor on the Cheap. Serving the food, drink and shopping community of the Wichita Metro area: Wichita, Haysville, Derby, Andover, Bel Aire, Park City, Valley Center, Kechi, Maize - PLUS! Use the search feature to read reviews, click the 'Wichita Dining Scene' link above to find restaurants.


Grilling Basics - Grilling Good Eats

By Mike Thayer

How much charcoal should I use? How long does charcoal stay hot? What kind of grill should I buy? Which is better, gas or charcoal? Do I put the lid on or leave it off? Are those wood pellets any good? These are all great questions. Whether you’re new to grilling or are looking to expand on your grilling expertise, you’re reading the right resource.  The answers are here.

I take great pleasure in grilling good eats!

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Joe Thornton Joins Scooter’s Coffee Leadership Team as President to Help Lead Company into the Future

Scooter's coffeeOmaha, Neb. – To help drive Scooter’s Coffee intentional expansion goals, brand excellence and exceptional franchise support, Joe Thornton has joined the company leadership team as President, a new role at the rapidly growing drive-thru coffee chain.

“Scooter's Coffee is expanding rapidly, and we are well on our way to opening over 1,000 stores. By the end of 2022, Scooter's Coffee will have over 600 stores open across 26 states and five distribution centers operating, including our newest in Atlanta. We also have a growing consumer packaged goods and ready-to-drink business with Scooter’s Coffee products in over 1,000 retail locations,” said Todd Graeve, Chief Executive Officer of Scooter’s Coffee. “As we continue to scale a course of rapid growth and deepen connections with our valued customers, we welcome Joe Thornton to our dynamic leadership team at Scooter’s Coffee.”

With more than 38 years of experience in operations, new store expansion, marketing/branding, employee development, franchising, and store optimization, Thornton has led some of the fastest growth companies over the years, including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Blockbuster and, most recently, HMSHost.

As a Senior Vice President at Starbucks with responsibility of well over 2,000 stores, he led the drive-thru team at Starbucks with a focus on speed. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for HMSHost, Thornton led more than 1,500 food and beverage locations in North America, partnered with more than 300 brands and engaged more than 30,000 associates across HMSHost restaurants. At Jamba Juice, Thornton was Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer where he led strong business optimization and sales based on speed, taste and friendliness.

As founder of Vizzionnary Brands, Joe consulted with businesses and authored two books: “The Power of Or: Choosing and Doing What Matters Most,” released in 2020, and “The Hostility of Change: Breaking Through Deep-Seated Barriers,” published in 2021.

“In the midst of a rapid growth season, Joe and our outstanding leadership team will continue to build lasting relationships and uphold the manner in which we want to conduct business and deliver an excellent customer experience…through our core values and brand promise,” said Graeve.  “We look forward to continuing to provide amazing drinks along with fast and friendly service to our loyal and new customers.”

 

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 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 nationwide, approaching 600 stores in 26 states. 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.


For more information, visit, scooterscoffee.com, facebook.com/scooterscoffee, ownascooters.com or call 877-494-7004.


Shopping for a new place to get a haircut? Check out Fantastic Sam's

Scissors and combBy Mike Thayer

I've been getting my hair cut at Fantastic Sam's since discovering them in early 2016. I've never received a bad hair cut there, the customer service has always been excellent, the store is clean, the conversation fun and the price is right!

With that in mind, I've done some online price shopping for some contrast/comparison.  Prices may vary, many salons are franchised, meaning they set their own prices:

  • Fantastic Sam's - $12.95
  • Lady Janes - $16
  • Great Clips - $15
  • MasterCuts - $16
  • Supercuts - $16
  • Sport Clips - $19
  • Planet Hair - $32 OUCH!  No men's haircut is worth $32.  Period.

I've visited Great Clips, Supercuts and Sport Clips before and I really did like Sport Clips, but I don't need a TV tuned in to ESPN to entertain me while I get a haircut.   Once I discovered Fantastic Sam's, I haven't gone anywhere else.

Thank you Fantastic Sam's!

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