McDonald’s has new Big Macs?!

It’s been a couple of weeks now but we went to McDonalds for a Caramel Frappe, which if you read my previous blog article is my new favourite starbucks.  They asked if we were interested in a Mac Jr or Grand Mac.. we’re like huh, what?  No… just the drinks.

Well today I decided to try the Jr because I’m not sure I can eat the Grand Mac when the Big Mac leaves me pretty dang full!  And you know what?  The Jr is the perfect size!

Whenever I go to Burger King, unless I’m completely famished, I get the Jr there and I’m totally fine.  But at McD’s I’d get their cheeseburgers which are good but you need two to fill up.  I usually get the kids meal because of the fun toy and well, enough other stuff to fill me up.  But now with the Jr, I don’t need to do that anymore.

Now granted, they JUST came out with this so it could be really good now and go carppy later as with the fish bites and the Angus burgers.  They start out awesome and then, I guess McD’s is like Meh and they aren’t as good anymore.  But I digress…

So before I ordered I asked what the difference is with the Jr. and they said the meat is different, it’s a little smaller than the quarter pounder (they aren’t kidding) but the rest is the same, pickle, lettuce, and mac sauce.   I was like OK and said I’ll try it.  I’m expecting a glorified overpriced cheeseburger but I was wrong.

This thing is kinda big in my hands. (I’ll save you the joke… yes, that’s what she said!)I opened it and was surprised.  I think that pun wasn’t intended but you never know…


I rotated it and the meat is as big as the bun!  When was the last time that happened at McD’s?!  Well OK, I don’t eat the quarter pounders so maybe they’re that big too, I don’t know but I can tell you that the normal Big Mac patties are NOT this size.  They’re skinnier and smaller.  So I’m thinking you get the same amount of meat and one less bun which is fine with me because saves calories and carbs!  I am pleasantly surprised with this Jr.

I’m thinking McD’s better start paying me for all this endorsement!  But this was a quinky dink.  They’re not Habit Burgers, which I still have to do that review but if you want fast food that fills you up and you have, I guess, a small stomach, this will do just nicely.

Til next time, thank you for reading and spring is almost here!  Does anyone really get that gardening joke? haha.  As usual, if you’d like to donate to my cause for a laptop click here.  If not, that’s cool too.  I love to write either way.

What’s going on Starbucks?!

I went and got a caramel frappucino the other day and I was disappointed.  Normally they kind of look like this.  And this one did, more or less.  Yes, I like extra caramel.

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But where did the coffee flavour go?!  All I got was a mouthful of a watery cream, possibly milk, somewhat sugary drink.   No coffee to be found!  I’m sorry… did I not offer a frappuccino?  Do they no longer have coffee in them?  Did I get a vanilla frap by accident?   Let me try that again… I said a caramel coffee frapuccino…Once again, I get the same drink!  What the heck is going on!?  Maybe it’s this branch…

3 different starbucks, 3 different cities, same damn drink!  OK what gives?  Was I too distracted to notice no one wants coffee in their fraps anymore?  Well, at least they still have macchiatos but it just isn’t the same… I like they coffee slushy…  Picture me with a total sad face.  Then, my husband goes to fast food and brings me a rescue drink!

Now see, we all know that McDonalds has cheaper coffee but is it better?  This was their caramel frappe, with an e to make it fancy!  OK McD’s what are you trying to pull?

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Goodness… what’s this…?  Coffee?!  There’s actual coffee flavour slushy…!?  Oh my wow!  This was sweet and coffee and slush… JUST like the fraps used to be!  But well, not as much caramel…  until of course, I said the magic words…”extra caramel please.” and voila!

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Holy ginger snaps!  All the gooey caramel and the coffee slush?!  Hooo yeah, come to me baby!  Star who?!  I was back in my coffee caramel slush heaven.  But there’s a price to pay, of course.  For one, your version of extra caramel may not be that of the person making it.   Unlike Starbucks, the McD team takes caramel liberal.  Their drinks can vary depending on who makes it.  However, if you’re in it for the coffee more than the caramel, you’re golden!  Oh and you have to pay extra for the extra caramel whereas as Starbucks just does it… I think… I haven’t had one in a while but last I heard it was still free to ask for extra drizzle.  Oh and you can’t get extra shots with McDonald’s because theirs is a premix, which I guess so is Starbucks but they can still add an espresso shot or whatever where as McD’s can’t… at least I don’t think so…never asked but I don’t think they sell espresso.

So now that I’m getting fancy and branching out… why did I never go to Peet’s?!  I decided to try the burger king version of this drink.  And their premix is similar to McD’s but maybe more creamy, though not as bad as Starbucks, and sweeter.  It STILL has coffee flavour though so it’s not watered down.  The caramel is alright as well.

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Oh right… I remember why I didn’t try another coffee shop… both the McD’s and the Burger King option are cheaper!  Well…  Maybe one day I will try another coffee shop’s version but isn’t that like going to Teavana and expecting cheap Tea?  I think I’m better off with the fast foods for now… or if I can find a local coffee shop…maybe there.   I think the commercialization of Starbucks and their stretched thin because they’re on every corner made their fraps fall flat which is sad but ey, more money in my pocket!

Have you found a good frap somewhere else?  Let me know in the comments below!

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve done this.  Something called a job has been keeping me distracted…one day I’ll have to get rid of that to focus just on this…but until then I’ll just have to keep trying harder.  I have so many reviews backed up!  And of course, kitten stories!   Until next time, folks.  Thank you for reading!


Putah Creek Cafe in Winters, CA

The food itself is good, SOMEtimes…  We’ve been here a couple of times and the first time the tomatoes on my burger were farm fresh!  The burger itself was tasty.  My daughter had the chicken fried steak and eggs meal and the potatos were fresh and the meat was fork tender.  We decided to come back and it was never the same.  I saw fresh squeezed orange juice in the mimosa so I had them bring me some (without the mimosa part) and I can see WHY they need the mimosa part.  This so called fresh squeezed tastes like minute maid or some other box from concentrate OJ.  Sooo disappointed!

The burgers are still OK but I guess we were there like right after farmer’s market day or something because that first time everything was fresh tasting!  The times after that, not even close.  So the food is, I guess, a hit or miss at this place.
But the service, oh my god, the service is HORRIBLE at this place.  The staff kind of forget about you and even to pay is a nightmare.  I could have walked out in the half an hour it took to stand in line to pay only to have some old BAT come in at the last second, CUT IN LINE, and pay her bill.  I said to the staff, I was here before her but do you think they cared? Nope.  Not about the line behind me or anything, they just said, give me a moment and took the bat’s money.  Ask me if I gave them a tip? Go ahead…

That’s right a BIG FAT ZERO is what they got. I should have been nice though… put on their receipt under tip: “Please pay attention to the people who eat at your place!”  I don’t feel bad for the zero tip. Not ONE bit. No one worked even slightly hard for their tip.  In fact, it must be so expected they don’t do anything at all and get paid to bring your food out to you and then YOU have to get up, stand in line to pay the bill.  This isn’t fast food, people!!


I expect to be told the wait is blah, get seated, get my water, and then about 5-10 mins not a half hour (!) to get someone to get my order.  I think this is why the wait times are so long, because like I said, the staff forgets about you.  Now, it could be a serious understaffing problem but I don’t know, I did see plenty of bodies around but who knows, maybe they were all dishwashers.  In any case, I don’t see myself coming back.  Winters looks like a nice little town but yeah, we’ll probably find another place to stop by on the way to Berryessa.  Oh well… Like Alton said:


Burger King, whyyy?! Your 5 for 4 sucks!

So… lately there’s been a lot of chatter in the fast food industry about your mini deals or great bang for your buck yeah yeah yeah’s…  McD’s has their 2 for 2 which here in Cali translates to 2 for 2.50 those jerks…! Wendy’s had their 4 for 4 and so I guess BK decided ey, we want to do something too!  AND SOOO… their deal comes in…5 for 4 and this is what comes in it:


But of course we all know this is plastic food… the real deal looks NOTHING like this…  In fact, mine was so sad the bacon looked like it was done six days ago and was pleading for it’s life!  It was burnt but not cooked well, how the heck does that happen!?

Anyway the burger itself was sad because the meat was tiny and I guess they left it in too long because it was leathery and tough, and the chicken nuggets were sorta burned…the fries are not the best (but that’s nothing new, I don’t really eat fries so they get a pass, I guess) and lastly the cookie… a flavourless round thing with something that resembles chocolate.  I’m not a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies as it is, but I’ve been known to much on a few Ms. Fields and even the chewy chips ahoys which you know, are kind of little disks of god knows what plastic cookies…  Even they’re tastier than the BK ones…

I’ll make this blog short because honestly, there isn’t much to say about it.  I have no idea what went wrong but this is THE WORST $4 (plus tax) I’ve ever spent.  Maybe it was that branch or maybe BK never had good baby burgers and nuggets…  I think I’ll stick to their Whoppers.  When it comes down to fast food burgers I still prefer them over others.  Unless you fancy Habit Burger which to me isn’t really fast food, but man, they’re the best!  I should write you a blog about that so stay tune!  Thanks for reading.

Taco Bell’s Boss Nachos!

Holy smokes those things are huge!

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Those aren’t mine but it looks very similar.  They give you a huge tray with a pile of chips, meat, cheese, with the nice shredded cheese on top and the three tiny dolops of sour cream, guac, and pico?  Whatever they’re calling that version of what looks like pico.

I love their Nachos Bellgrande and Supreme, this is just a huger version.  I liked their XXL and wow, these are like all of those but with the shredded cheese twist.  They look more like “real” nachos.

But if you’re into spice, you should probably put some hot sauce or habanero or something in them.  I’m the super big wimp when it comes to spice and these go down easy so yeah, not too spicy at all, some would probably say it’s bland in the spice comparison.

Either which way, I enjoyed it on my “who cares, no calories today” day!  Because let’s be honest, these are probably enough to feed a family in some other country.  Just goes to show, the cheaper the food, the worse it is for you.  These babies were like 5 bucks with the drink included (a large soda or whatever for a dollar.)

In case you were curious, these are 1130 calories…which means, if you’re a girl, you pretty much maxed out your calories for the day.  Add a sugar soda and you’re toast.   So like I said, it’s for the who cares about calories day, just don’t do it very often and you’ll be OK! 😀

Alright that’s it for me in this short and sweet review.  Y’all know what Taco Bell is so it’s nothing super new.  However if you have questions because you don’t have a Taco Bell where you are, post me a comment, I’ll answer as best I can.  Thanks for reading!

Pearl on the River in Sacramento, CA

This place looks like it should be slightly upscale or high end in some way but that’s just the decor and the way the staff dress.  Walking in is pleasant, I guess.  There is a bar in front of you with a big screen should you go there just for drinks.  The dining room area looks nice and I’m not sure what the upstairs looks like but I’m guessing more of the same.   We got seated by the window with these two posts next to us.  Not all that flattering but well, it’s not their fault, I guess, those beams have to go SOMEwhere but you’d think they’d decide not to seat people there.  I felt bad for the wait staff who have to contort a little to get to us.

We sat for a bit and got offered some bread.  Mind you, they give you a tiny amount of sourdough bread and hard as heck butter with some green stuff in it, my guess is, herbed butter but have they not heard that butter should be at least room temperature?  For a trying to be upscale place you’d think that’d be hosting 101 but I guess not.  My date didn’t care for the butter.  He said there was some weird twang to it.  I used it to disguise the flavour of the sourdough.  I have to point out, that is not the restaurant’s fault.  I don’t like sourdough so at least the butter was bland enough or somehow counteracted the sourdough taste.  This might be why my date didn’t like it though, he LIKES sourdough, so he ate his plain.

The food itself was OK but for the price, I expect better, like WAY better!  The fried calamari was rubbery as all heck and the batter might as well be from some cheap trying to be tempura  place with NO flavour.  They offer you a way too tangy marinara type sauce and a wedge of lemon.  Trust me, nothing could save that appetizer except maybe some ranch but even then I’m not over the tough chewy bits.  So if that’s how you like your calamari, go for it.  I prefer mine tender and not overcooked.  I paid $11 dollars for this overcooked thing which I could do myself at home with that batter they sell in baggies at your local grocery store.

It’s late in the evening so I didn’t want a big plate, so I ordered an appetizer… mac and cheese.  I’m not entirely sure how that’s an appetizer but whatever, the portion was small and the taste was OK.  I paid $15 dollars.  Maybe I’m picky but shouldn’t the mac and cheese have some kind of flavour besides bacon?  Yup, there was bacon and there was chicken, though I suppose bacon flavoured chicken is some people’s favourite but not me.  I like different flavours and textures which they attempted by adding some kind of crushed croutons, I guess?  I’m not sure but it was a little crunch but again not much other flavour.   Maybe I’m more used to traditional mac and cheese, maybe high end mac and cheese is supposed to have little flavour but I doubt it.  They did use Orecchietes though as opposed to elbows which was a nice twist.  I didn’t mind that at all.

I tried a little of their clam chowder which my date had and he wasn’t too pleased with it.  I noticed that their bowl was more like a cup, so I can’t imagine what their cup must be like!  Perhaps an actual cup like from a measuring thing…that’s not a whole lot for 7 bucks!  For a dollar 50 more you get the bowl which, like I said, is more like a cup in other places.  The soup spoon didn’t even get covered by the time he hit the bottom, it was a little over half covered.  The flavour itself was alright, a little like unsalted canned but not horrible, it did have clams in it but I didn’t get any potato.  They didn’t specify which kind of clam chowder this was so maybe it wasn’t supposed to have potatoes.  To me, it was alright but I’ve had better which is why I rated this 2 stars overall.

I think for the price, they should try a little harder with their food.  It’s not completely horrible and if you’re seated in a nice area maybe you can see the river, all we saw was crawdads (another restaurant) and the marina posts, planks, walkways, and one boat parked there if you looked down so it wasn’t a great view.  I see no reason to have window seats at all but that’s my opinion.  Maybe it looks prettier in the day time.  I am not sure I’m coming back to this place but since it was nice looking, I can’t really give it a 1 star but it’s kinda close.

Anyway, if you like spending money for kinda mediocre this is your place.  I think next time I’ll check out Crawdads or Chevy’s next door.  Maybe they’ll actually have use for their window seats, I don’t know, but if I do I’ll let you know.  Thank you for reading.

Sushi King in Fairfield, in that strip mall that has Costco and Safeway in it.

I went in at lunch time so maybe that’s why stuff was kinda speedy and more welcoming than the other reviews around here.  My food took a bit to make, my guess is, because of the lunch rush but it was good.  I got the bento box with 2 items and it was like 15 bucks I want to say?  Maybe it was 13… either way, not sure how the other guy got his 3 item one for 10 so if anyone knows let me know!!  I got teriyaki beef and california roll.

The bento box looked normal except I have no idea why they think a salad is just iceberg lettuce.  Maybe they ran out of the the other stuff…?  I have no idea.  The dressing was good though so I got what I could and poured it over the rice.   I like doing that to steamed rice because, well, I don’t like my stuff plain…  Yes it had like 5 or 6 black sesame seeds but it’s just not… enough…?   Anyway, if I don’t have salad dressing I use the teriyaki sauce…anything to make it taste like something!

Speaking of which, the teriyaki beef was soft and well seasoned.  The CA roll was fresh tasting and all in all it was a good experience.  I even got a have a nice day and a thank you as I was leaving.  That’s always pleasant.  They weren’t as attentive during my meal as I’d like but I wasn’t completely forgotten either so I gave a small tip.  If they knew that I make people work for their tips, they should feel complimented that they got something.

As for the aesthetics of the place?  Well it’s nothing to write home to mom about… it’s like a little hole in the wall in a strip mall.  I wouldn’t expect a 5 star in one of those places so it fit in with everything else, in my opinion.  Is it good for kids?  I don’t know it’s kind of small, but maybe!  I didn’t see a high chair or anything but I don’t have small kids so I don’t know…  They do serve alcohol in the form of sake as you’d expect but I don’t know about anything else as I’m not a drinker.  They have a TV but it’s the sports channel and this time they had golf so… zzzzz  for me…  Price varied depending on what you order, I’m sure it can get expensive fast as their rolls are pricey!

All in all it was pleasant, like I said.  I wouldn’t say “Yay! I’m a fan!” so that’s why they don’t get 4 stars but I think if I go back and they get more attentive, perhaps I should try dinner time? then I might be a fan.  For now, it’s just a nice sushi place to go to… Next week or so I’m going to try the other place…it’s a Japanese Steak House..? I forget the name.  Anyway, be on the look out for that restaurant and yes, I promise to get the name right to that one.