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Pizza Challenge Update: Who has the best pizza in the Wichita Metro area? Is it Po Boy?

By Mike Thayer

Pizza is my favorite food.  Burgers, steaks, lasagna, anything grilled and an assortment of other dishes are high on the list of favorites, but there's nothing quite like a good slice of pizza pie....  That slice of pie has that perfectly baked crust that's flaky/crispy on the outside, but tender and fluffy on the inside.  Then there's the marriage of toppings, the subtle spices of pepperoni and sausage, assorted veggies that are tender-crisp like onion and bell pepper.  The sauce, it's got to be a zesty sauce, providing those notes of garlic and oregano with each bite.  And bringing everything together is a generous portion of melted cheeses, mozzarella, Parmesan, perhaps some cheddar or provolone that bubbles up in the oven to golden, brown, deliciousness!

No national chains will be included in this challenge.  Only the local, regional pizza joints qualify.  Besides, Domino's sucks, Little Caesar's really sucks (sucking SO bad they don't even deserve a link) and Papa John's and Pizza Hut are average tasting pizzas at best.  The fact is, the local/regional joints run circles around the national chains in dishing up high quality, great tasting pizza.

During the course of this challenge I'll consider customer service, time to order, price, appearance and of course, the most important thing, TASTE.

A Thursday taste test:  Po Boy Pizza in Wichita

The pizza 'foundation' for this challenge is a supreme style of pizza - meat and veggie toppings.  In order to do a fair evaluation of all pizza joints, the choice of toppings has to be as similar as possible.  Po Boy's version of a supreme pizza - and they call it that, a supreme - features the classic supreme style of pizza toppings, pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, onion, black olive and mushroom.  I was looking forward to this, not only the pizza, but this was also a date night!  I had talked to my date about this pizza challenge and she asked if she could participate.  Boy am I glad she did, this place was her recommendation and she was spot on with it! 

Po Boy's is a classic Mom & Pop shop, there's nothing fancy about it and there are no adult beverages on the menu but that's more than OK, because you can tell their focus is on the real prize, crafting excellent pizzas, sandwiches and pizza rolls.... Yes, pizza rolls!  The mark of a great pizza joint is getting that whiff of pizza parlor when you open the door, I love that smell and Po Boys has it!  The slowly simmering sauce, the oven baking that crust, the combined aromas of meats, cheeses, veggies and spices all working together in harmony to further induce pangs of pizza hunger.

This place has a reputation for making fantastic Pizza Rolls and that's what my date and I both ordered.  I went with the Supreme Pizza Roll, keeping in line with the foundation of ingredients for this challenge.   Enjoying good conversation and sipping on some sodas, it didn't take long at all for our pizza rolls to be delivered to our table.  They looked fantastic, smelled fantastic and I couldn't wait to dig in!  In full disclosure however, I took pictures, I really did, but I was so pleasantly distracted by my date that I didn't take the time to check and see if those pics turned out....  they didn't, they were blurry and in the name of "food science" (a'hem, cough), I am obligated to do the food and the restaurant justice with decent pics.

Po Boy Pizza Rolls
Image courtesy of Po Boy

The pizza rolls not only looked and smelled fantastic, they were indeed delicious!  The Po Boy crust is excellent (an image borrowed from the restaurant's Facebook page on the right and yes, our rolls looked that good), baked to golden, brown perfection, the roll wrapping those Supreme ingredients in a blanket of crispy on the outside, tender flakiness on the inside bite of pizza goodness.  Served with a side of a Mediterranean inspired Marinara, it's kind of food fun, dunking that next bite of roll in the sauce, as much or as little as you like.  The meats and veggies were all good quality ingredients and generous in portion.  Adding to the food fun, the cheese provided that ooey-gooey, stringy pull away look with each bite, I was using my napkin quite a bit. 

Here's how good Po Boy's food is.....  Because my pictures didn't turn out, I returned the next day for lunch, ordering a small Supreme pizza, taking better pics so I could complete this article.   The things I do in the name of "Food Science"....... 

Poor Boy Supreme Pizza
Cheese melted to perfection...

The Po Boy Supreme Pizza is some of the best I've had so far in this challenge.  The crust on both the roll and the traditional pizza is TOP NOTCH!  This is no run-of-the-mill dough, Po Boy puts some flavor in their product.  And while that crust is an awesome, perfectly baked foundation, what put this pizza over-the-top for me was the sauce.  Different from the sauce-on-the-side paired with the roll, the pizza sauce has some zest, delivering big time on the garlic and oregano notes. 

Po Boy Crust
A perfectly baked crust

The small Supreme Pizza cost me $9.50, a very reasonable price for some of the best pizza I've had so far in this challenge.  I'm giving Po Boy Pizza 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars, this place is definitely getting a repeat visit.....  Ooops, it already did!   And a tip of the hat to my date, providing the awesome recommendation!  :)

5 stars

Po Boy Pizza is located at:  5619 E Lincoln St, Wichita, KS 67218

PH: 316-687-3737

 


Predicting NFL Game Outcomes by Mascot

By Mike Thayer

NFLFootball is my favorite sport. On Saturday's, Sunday's, Monday nights and Thursday nights, you most likely will find me in front of a TV watching games or at the very least paying close attention to game updates on a tablet or cell phone.

Week three of the 2019 NFL season is now in the history books and my Bears, yes, I'm a Bears fan, took care of the Redskins 31-15 on Monday Night Football. 

Surprises of the season so far

Who thought the 49'ers would be 3-0?  Same for Buffalo, also 3-0. The Colts are 2-1 without Andrew Luck.  The Lions are 2-0-1.  Huh?  Most of the so-called experts had all those teams sitting at around 1-2 after week 3.

As expected:  The Patriots are 3-0.  Same for the Kansas City Chiefs, also at 3-0.   But these are the only two teams really, where the so-called experts were spot on.  An argument could be made for the Cowboys at 3-0, but that's an early season prediction made every year by most, using the line, they've got the talent.....

On the downside and unexpected:  The Steelers are 0-3.  The Falcons are 1-2.  The Redskins weren't predicted to be undefeated, but NOT 0-3.

The accuracy of "professional" predictions of game outcomes this season is all over the place!

So with the season not really playing out as predicted after just week 3, I said to myself, "What the heck, I'm throwing all football analysis, Vegas odds, so-called guru expertise, scheduling, home/away, injury lists, insider information and commentary, etc., for picking games out the window."

For the rest of the season, I'm picking game winners by what mascot would logically kick the other mascot's butt.  Surely it can't be any worse than the guessing game that is NFL game prognostication.

Week 4 Schedule:

Thursday Night Game, 09/26:  Eagles vs. Packers - Eagles have talons, Packers have boxes, box cutters and tape.  Packers box up the Eagles and ship them out of town.

Sunday Games, 09/29:

Redskins vs. Giants: Redskins have arrows, war clubs and tomahawks, Giants are huge.  The arrows and tomahawks have no effect, Giants squash the Redskins.

Chiefs vs. Lions:  Another arsenal of arrows, war clubs, tomahawks and even some lances and knives, but this warrior tribe is up against lions.  Fangs and claws however, are not enough to overcome the weapons of the Chiefs.

Titans vs. Falcons:  Although Titans are menacing, Falcons rip their eyes out rendering them blind.

Browns vs. Ravens:  The Browns don't have a real mascot and I don't care how good a coach Paul Brown was, they need to get a real name.  The Ravens have their way with the not-really-a-name 'Browns.' 

Raiders vs. Colts:  Swords, muskets and cannons vs. a kicking horse........  Raiders take the treasure.

Patriots vs. Bills:  Minutemen take down the herd.

Panthers vs. Texans:  Don't mess with Texas.

Chargers vs. Dolphins:  Getting hit by lighting can mess you up, especially if you're in the water.

Buccaneers vs. Rams:  The Bucs enjoy rum more than winning, get butted by the Rams.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals:  OK, there's no such thing as a "Seahawk" but then, naming your football team after a lame little red bird that flies away when threatened?  Hawks over lame birds.

Vikings vs. Bears:  This is a partisan pick, 'da Bears being my team and all......  Vikings are tough, armed with weapons such as axes, spears and swords, but bears are relentless and SO angry when provoked!  'da Bears in a close one.

Jaguars vs. Broncos:  This one is kind of a no-brainer, a big predator cat vs. a bucking horse.....  Cats have horse meat for dinner.

Cowboys vs. Saints:  Pistols, rifles and roping vs. praying.....  hmmm.....   The Saints don't go marching and the Cowboys yell "Yee-haw!"

Monday Night Football, 09/30:  Bengals vs. Steelers - The big cats finally break out the claws and take down some metal workers without a fire.

This could be fun!  If I have a winning record at the conclusion of week 4, I might be on to something!

Enjoy the games my friends!


McDonald's Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich is a poor choice of weapon in Chicken Sandwich war

By Mike Thayer

There's a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food.

Shots fired!  Chick-fil-A made headlines earlier this year becoming the third largest fast food chain.  Popeyes reacted by putting a new chicken sandwich on the menu and consumers went crazy over it, so crazy in fact, Popeyes ran out of ammo. Already armed with a spicy chicken sandwich, Wendy's entered the battlefield by bringing back their spicy chicken nuggets, fans of the item went in a Twitter frenzy.  Showing up late to this war is McDonald's with a 'new' Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Spicy BBQ Glazed Tenders.

McDonald's Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich
Typical fast food 'assembly' of a sandwich

Today, I'm reviewing the chicken sandwich:

Here's the description from the McDonald's website:  Our Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich is full of flavor that makes you go “woo!” It's a crispy buttermilk chicken fillet made with juicy all white meat chicken and served with slivered onions, pickles and a mouthwatering, smoky barbecue sauce, all on a sesame seed bun.

A sandwich that makes you go, "Woo!" huh?

OK McDonald's, "Woo!, it's not very good!"

McDonald's has armed themselves with a pea-shooter.

McDonald's Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich unveilIn taking that first bite, this sandwich is quite, "eh".....  The fillet isn't all that crispy, the barbecue sauce is quite average and not all that smoky or spicy and while there were plenty of slivered onions which I truly appreciated, there weren't near enough pickles on this sandwich.  Pickles are a perfect flavor combination with crispy chicken, they deliver that nice tartness that goes so well with a juicy, but crunchy chicken bite.  Pickles are also a great marriage with barbecue sauce.  I got like three pickles on my sandwich.  This sandwich won't win the chicken sandwich war for McDonald's.  Given how very average this sandwich is, I'm not sure I'll even try their Spicy BBQ Glazed Chicken Tenders.    There's no "Woo!" in what McDonald's put together here.

Costing me $4.50, the McDonald's Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich gets just 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The price is reasonable but the sandwich is unremarkable and is NOT a repeat buy.

2 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

 

 

 


Hotel Review: Red Roof Inn

By Mike Thayer

Red Roof InnI recently treated myself to a vacation, a few days of fishing fun on a lake in Missouri. It's my favorite kind of vacation, just the sounds of the great outdoors, appreciating the natural beauty, catching a few fish....

That being said, while roughing it in a tent had its appeal and saved me money on many a fishing trip, I've determined I'm really not into the camping thing anymore.  I've been there and done that, the camp fire, the tent, air mattress, all meals coming out of a cooler or cooked over the coals.  But in the heat of the summer and after being outdoors all day on the water, come nightfall, I want the comforts of air conditioning, the TV on and a good bed to sleep in.  These days when on vacation, the tent and camping gear stays at home.  I'm a hotel guy. 

There were several budget-minded hotel chains to choose from in the Cameron, Missouri area I was vacationing in and after doing some online homework, I went with the Red Roof Inn. It's been quite awhile since I've stayed at a Red Rood Inn, the online reviews were positive, the amenities looked great and the most important thing, the price was reasonable.

Red Roof Inn roomThis particular Red Roof has been recently remodeled.  Everything was new, to include vinyl floors instead of carpeting.  I got a room with a king size bed and the room itself was spacious, with nice desk space.  The amenities you come to expect in a decent hotel were all available and working, the Wi-Fi, a cable TV package with a good selection of channels and what I like about the room is something that often gets overlooked, PLENTY of outlets so I didn't have to hunt for any to plug my devices/chargers into.

The bed itself was quite comfortable and the linens were higher end.  This Red Roof - franchise operated - didn't cut any corners in the remodel.

There was an ice machine just down the hall from my room and the stay included the typical complimentary breakfast consisting of cereals, waffles, donuts, biscuits and sausage gravy, assorted yogurts, fruits, juices and coffee. I could also make coffee in my room with one of those one cup coffee makers and there was a mini-fridge as well.  The maid service was also top notch.  This wasn't a noisy hotel either, I slept well, no noise distractions.

Costing me $65 a night, I enjoyed my stay at the Red Roof Inn and I'm giving them 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The room was comfortable and the price was reasonable. 

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

The Red Roof Inn visited on this occasion is located at: 

501 Northland Dr, Cameron, MO 64429

PH: (816) 632-6623


Winner, Winner, Taco Bell's Toasted Cheddar Chalupa Dinner

By Mike Thayer

Taco Bell Toasted Cheddar ChalupaUnveiled at participating Taco Bell restaurants on September 12th, this new menu item is being featured in a combo that pairs one Toasted Cheddar Chalupa with two crunch tacos and a drink for $5.

The price is right!

The Toasted Cheddar Chalupa includes seasoned beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and kicking this thing up a notch is 6-month-aged cheddar toasted right into that classic Chalupa shell!  THIS THING ROCKS!  This shell is SO good, I would eat it by itself.  The texture is perfect, giving you a bit of a crunch on the outside, a soft/fluffy quality on the inside and that nice note of aged cheddar with each bite. 

Toasted Cheddar ChalupaI didn't put any sauce on it in taking that first bite, I wanted to see just what kind of flavor this thing had and it did not disappoint.  The seasoned beef, the fresh lettuce, tomato, sour cream, shredded cheese, all classic Taco Bell flavors, but what makes this thing great is that shell!  I couldn't put it down and there was no need to doctor it up with any sauce.  To repeat, it's so good, I would eat the shell by itself.  Completing my dinner were those two crunchy tacos after inhaling the Chalupa.  Now those, got sauced....

Nicely done Taco Bell!  The Toasted Cheddar Chalupa tastes great and gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and the combo price of $5 is wallet friendly too! 

OK folks, now get out there and buy yourself a winner, winner Taco Bell Toasted Chalupa dinner!  Tasty, tasty!

5 stars

 


Drink Review: Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whiskey

By Mike Thayer

Hey, it's been awhile since I've done one of these....

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 Yukon Jack Jacapple.

Crown Royal Peach PackagingBack in April, there was a big buzz about Crown Royal Peach.  A limited edition, the stuff flew off the shelves, liquor stores quickly sold out and I didn't get into a store fast enough to get some to review.  Not a store in town had any by the time I went looking for it that's how popular the peach was.  Placed on back order, it's now late August and the peach is back on liquor store shelves, so I jumped on a tip (thanks Vicki S!) and I can finally see if this stuff lives up to all the hype it got this spring.

Here's the description from the box:  To create this extraordinary blend, Crown Royal whiskies are carefully selected by our master blender and infused with the juicy flavor of fresh Georgia peaches.  Our peaches are harvested to capture their ripe succulence.  Once picked, the peaches are de-stoned, pressed and strained to preserve their bright, aromatic flavor.

The harmonious notes of this summer fruit complement the richness of Crown Royal Blended Whiskey.  The result is a vibrantly delicious whisky, bursting with the luscious flavor of peach and the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.  Enjoy on the rocks, as a shot, or mixed with iced tea for a refreshing cocktail.

Wow, how can you NOT want to sample the stuff after reading that?  Kudos to the Crown Royal marketing team.  So yes, as suggested, but how I taste test a review anyway, I tried it on the rocks and as a shot.  Side note:  I'm not a huge iced tea fan, but that iced tea cocktail suggestion does sound pretty good!

And now for the tasting....

Crown Royal Peach on the rocksI've sampled a few other peach flavored whiskeys and I've made the remark that I don't think whiskey and peach is a good flavor pairing.......  Crown Royal has changed my mind.

You definitely get a nice peach whiff right off the bat in the nose. The swirl (nice color!) and swallow are both quite enticing, almost dangerously so.  After reviewing Crown Royal Regal Apple back in April when the peach was not available, I half-expected this to be a bit too peach forward, like the Regal Apple was a bit too fruit forward, but not so with the peach.  This is really a very well balanced flavored whiskey to include the finish, the most important part of a good whiskey.  It's warm, the peach softly fading to that classic Crown Royal smoothness, deliciously smooth.

I didn't care for peach flavored whiskey until now, but I apparently didn't try the right stuff!  Costing me $25.99 for a 750ml bottle, it's a bit pricey - it's Crown Royal after all, part of that price is the name and the packaging - but it's well worth it!  Crown Royal Peach Flavored Whiskey is a repeat buy and has cracked my top 3 of best flavored whiskeys!  I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and I'm looking forward to trying that iced tea cocktail!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

Get the peach while you can, it's another limited edition run, supplies are limited! 


Burger Challenge Taste Test: Burger King Whopper w/cheese vs. the Impossible Whopper w/cheese

By Mike Thayer

Like you, I've seen the Burger King commercials hyping up the "Impossible Whopper"....  which has a patty of imitation meat, largely based in a soy protein.  Dressed up in all the classic Whopper toppings, consumers in the Burger King commercial claim, "I can't tell the difference!"

I call bullshit.

Whopper comparison wrapped
The Impossible Whopper, in it's "green" wrapper

Yes, you CAN tell the difference between a regular Whopper and an Impossible Whopper.  Easily!

With the Burger King commercial in mind and having sampled a few fake meat burgers on occasion (and not really liking them), I traveled to my neighborhood Burger King to give the Impossible Whopper a try.  It's been awhile since I've tried a veggie burger (cough) so what the heck and maybe they're onto something, right?  I ordered a Whopper w/cheese and an Impossible Whopper w/cheese for a mano e' mano of sorts taste comparison.  I didn't do the value meal thing, just ordered the two "burgers."  I didn't special order any ingredients on or off, both burgers were prepared with the standard toppings, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, onions, ketchup and cheese.

Whopper comparison outside appearance
Outward appearance the same, same burger to bun ratio...

The before taking a bite pic shows the outside appearance of both burgers to be very similar.  Not surprising, after all, all ingredients are identical except the patties.

A closer review of the patties however, well, you can clearly see the difference.  Look how hockey puck the Impossible patty is.  The perfect circular shape, the rigid, straight side, the overkill on the grill marks (plants burn a lot quicker than beef, more on that in a bit)....

I first took a bite of the regular Whopper w/cheese.  Just as it should be, juicy, the classic combination of ingredients giving you a nice burger bite.

Then I took a bite of the Impossible Whopper.  Now keep in mind, Burger King claims this is 100% Whopper and 0% beef and their commercial would have you believe there is no difference in taste.....

Whopper comparison
Can you say, "Hockey Puck?"

Oh, but there IS.

I tasted the Impossible Whopper just like I did the regular whopper, taking every ingredient in.  It just doesn't measure up to the real thing.  Not even close.  It's less juicy, less savory, less "beefy."  It's somewhat palatable, but it's the classic toppings that make it so, NOT the fake meat.  After sampling each burger, I then took a bite of just the regular Whopper beef patty.  Tasty!  You know, what meat tastes like.  Then I took a bite of just the Impossible patty.  Not so tasty!  It was dry, a bit mealy and that char doesn't compliment the soy protein, it comes off as borderline burned. 

If Burger King is banking on the Impossible Whopper to curb the rate of BK restaurant closings (more than 100 were shuttered last year), they are taking a serious gamble with this.  Can you say, "200+ additional BK restaurants to close by 2020?

Impossible Whopper Char
Char + Soy = burnt tasting

Overall, vegetarians might like this offering, but it's flat out NOT as good as a regular Whopper, in my humble opinion not even 75% as good.   Costing me $5.79 the Impossible Whopper w/cheese is also more expensive than a regular Whopper w/cheese at $5.59.....  More money, for less taste?  It is NOT a repeat buy and so much for truth in advertising huh Burger King?

$pend Wisely My Friends..... 


Pizza Challenge, who has the best pizza in Wichita? Is it Angelo's?

By Mike Thayer

Angelo's PizzaPizza is my favorite food.  Burgers, steaks, lasagna, anything grilled and an assortment of other dishes are high on the list of favorites, but there's nothing quite like a good slice of pizza pie....  That slice of pie has that perfectly baked crust that's flaky/crispy on the outside, but tender and fluffy on the inside.  Then there's the marriage of toppings, the subtle spices of pepperoni and sausage, assorted veggies that are tender-crisp like onion and bell pepper.  The sauce, it's got to be a zesty sauce, providing those notes of garlic and oregano with each bite.  And bringing everything together is a generous portion of melted cheeses, mozzarella, Parmesan, perhaps some cheddar or provolone that bubbles up in the oven to golden, brown, deliciousness!

No national chains will be included in this challenge.  Only the local, regional pizza joints qualify.  Besides, Domino's sucks, Little Caesar's really sucks (they're so bad they don't even deserve a link) and Papa John's and Pizza Hut are average tasting pizzas at best.  The fact is, the local/regional joints run circles around the national chains in dishing up high quality, great tasting pizza.

During the course of this challenge I'll consider customer service, time to order, price, appearance and of course, the most important thing, TASTE.

Tonight I ordered a pizza from Angelo's, a recommendation from a friend.  I went with their "Truly Deluxe" pizza, ordering carry-out.  The order is in line with the other orders from the various pizza places I have or will be visiting, ordering a large, supreme style of pizza - meat and veggie toppings - and ordering carry out.

Read the full review at:  www.metropursuit.com

 


Food Review: Kirkland Signature Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Himalayan Salt Potato Chips

By Mike Thayer

Kettle ChipsChips, perhaps America's favorite snack food....  Walk into just about any grocery store and they have an isle dedicated to them, classic potato chips, flavored chips, wavy chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, other kinds of veggie chips and more.

Today, I'm sampling some kettle chips, the Kirkland Signature Kettle brand, a krinkle cut style with Himalayan salt.

If you don't know what the difference is between a classic chip and a kettle chip (besides appearance, texture and taste), classic, a.k.a. 'regular' chips are made on a conveyor belt through a process called continuous fry. In this method, potatoes move through hot oil on a conveyor belt.  The result is a thinner, more uniform looking chip.  Kettle chips are prepared with a process called batch cooking.  Potatoes are literally dumped into an oil-filled kettle and stirred until done, resulting in thicker, not-so-uniform, sometimes folded over, chip.  Kettle chips provide a more robust crunch than 'regular' chips.

Onto the tasting....

Kettle Chips 2These Kettle chips provide a good kettle chip crunch without being too greasy.  The krinkle cut style handles dip well (I did a classic sour cream and onion) without breakage.  I chose this particular bag of chips because I hadn't sampled a pink salt variety yet and I have to say that these chips come off as being a bit bland, even for a regular chip (no flavors added).  The pink salt doesn't seem to carry the same salty flavor burst as traditionally salted chips.  They were a bit on the boring side and that chip dip was needed.

The two pound bag of chips cost me $4.89 at Costco.  I'm giving the Kirkland Signature Kettle Brand Krinkle Cut Himalayan Salt chips 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  You get the kettle crunch, they're good for dipping, but on their own they're bland.  These chips are NOT a repeat buy.

3 stars

 


Food Review: Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl, Meat Lovers

By Mike Thayer

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl Meat LoversBreakfast kick starts your day, providing your body the fuel it needs to drive through the day. But it's important to eat right whether you're on a diet or not.

I suggest eating at home if you can. Not only will you save a few bucks, you'll save on some calories and believe it or not, time as well.

I am a huge fan of Jimmy Dean Breakfast sandwiches, they're inexpensive, convenient and tasty!  But today I'm trying another Jimmy Dean product, a 'Breakfast Bowl.'  I'm sampling the 'Meat Lovers' variety which is a seven ounce helping of potatoes, sausage, cage free eggs, cheddar cheese and bacon.

Prepared in the microwave per the package instructions, I was ready to eat in about 4 minutes, how's that for convenience?  Faster than cooking something up on your own and no waiting in line at a fast food drive-thru.

"But how does it taste?" you ask....

Have faith, I state that based on how good Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches are.

Jimmy Dean Breakfast BowlMy first fork full was a blast of that great tasting Jimmy Dean sausage and this breakfast bowl is loaded with it.  The eggs are fluffy, the potatoes are fluffy-tender, the crumbled bacon is a nice compliment and the buttery notes of the cheddar cheese ties everything together.  All ingredients were seasoned well throughout, this is a nicely balanced breakfast blend of quality ingredients.

A new product offering at Costco, a box of eight breakfast bowls cost me just $9.49 after an instant rebate at the register.  I should have bought TWO boxes, that's a ridiculous price at just $1.19 a bowl!

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls - Meat Lovers - gets 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's definitely priced right (even at the regular price of $13.99 for a box of eight it's going to be just $1.75 a bowl), it's convenient as heck and most importantly, it's tasty, tasty, tasty!

5 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....