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Wendy’s Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad Review

I have to be honest, the Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad from Wendy’s is by far one of my favorite fast food salads ever. It has all the right ingredients and the perfect amount of each. The salad itself consists of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, three cheese Italian blend, spicy chicken breast, and croutons. It comes with two smaller packets of their caesar dressing. The full size salad is around 720 calories, which is not bad at all considering its size. And at around $6.29, it is also a pretty good deal. First Glance As you can see in the image above, the salad looks good from the get-go. It’s not a juggled mess that some salads tend to be. This one looks good, period. It’s all neatly organized for you to add croutons and caesar dressing. First Bite Eating this salad is just a delight. It is flavorful and spicy,…

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Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti al Forno Review

The Five Cheese Ziti al Forno is an Italian specialty at Olive Garden which consists of baked blend of Italian cheeses, pasta, and their signature five cheese marinara sauce. Overall it all comes together for a surprisingly delightful meal. The meal itself is a whopping 1,220 calories, so if you’re on a diet, skip this one and get a salad instead. However, if you are very hungry, this is a great choice, especially since you can eat half now and half later. At around $12.49 price, it is actually a pretty good value in my eyes. First Glance When you first look at it, you will probably like what you see, I know I did. It looks very creamy and gooey, and it’s put together so neatly. You tell yourself right away there’s no way this could be disappointing. Or could it? First Bite Eating the Ziti al Forno reaffirmed…

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Pizza Hut Half Mushroom Half Cheese Pizza Review

Pizza Hut is one of the three big chains of pizza restaurants, along with Papa John’s and Domino’s. While each of them have their own style of pizza, this article will go over the Pizza Hut’s hand-tossed half mushroom half cheese pizza with garlic crust. Using a carryout coupon, you can get this pizza for only around $6.99. First Glance On the first glance, the pizza looks pretty delicious. But I am a pizza lover, so a pizza is more likely to look delicious to me than not. I have only had a bad pizza a few times in my life. So when it comes to pizza, I am obviously easy to impress. First Bite As I was eating this pizza, I noticed a few things I didn’t like. First, their garlic coated crust is kind of oily and has a weird almost-industrial taste. Not very good to me. Second,…

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T.G.I. Fridays Sizzling Chicken & Cheese Review

When I found myself at T.G.I. Fridays recently, I knew I had to try their Sizzling Chicken & Cheese. As someone who loves both chicken and cheese, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with this selection. The Sizzling Chicken & Cheese is basically three small pieces of garlic-marinated chicken breasts, served over melted cheese with onions, peppers, and creamy mashed potatoes. I asked them to hold the onions, and they instead held the peppers and gave me the onions. Oh well, such is life sometimes. This meal is approximately 1,090 calories, which is more than enough for most people. It costs around $12.60, but will vary based on location. First Glance The name contains the word “Sizzling” and man, does this thing sizzle when they first bring it out. It almost feels like you order fajitas at a Mexican restaurant. The cheese looks very gooey, which brought an immediate smile…

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Taco Bell Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa Review

In this article, I will review the new Taco Bell’s Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa. Although this bears the name chalupa, keep in mind that it is much smaller than their regular Beef Supreme Chalupas. The Wild Naked Chicken Chalupa is 420 calories, with 28g fat, 23g carbs, and 19g protein. It usually costs around $2.99, which is similar to the regular beef Chalupa Supreme. First Glance On first glance, I knew it was going to be tasty even if I don’t particularly like the way it is designed. After all, how can you hate on a fancy taco whose shell is made of chicken? First Bite Eating this fancy Chalupa proved to be delicious, yet not perfect. For one, it was overly dry. The wild sauce was mainly at the bottom of the Chalupa, so you barely taste it until you’re almost done eating the darn thing. Second, the chicken…

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Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms Review

I was dining out at Olive Garden recently and decided to try their appetizer, the Stuffed Mushrooms. They are essentially six mushrooms baked with clams, parmesan, romano, mozzarella, and herb breadcrumbs. They are approximately 380 calories, with 30g fat, 13g carbs, and 15g protein. They are around $7.79 but it of course depends on each Olive Garden location. First Glance On first glance, there’s no denying that these little suckers look delicious. The mushrooms are baked just right so that they’re starting to darken a bit, and the cheese is baked well and starting to turn golden. First Bite When I first tasted these Stuffed Mushrooms, I was immediately and pleasantly surprised. They taste really good and although Olive Garden does tend to get a bad rep, this meal has started to turn my opinion about them into positive zone. The mushrooms themselves are a little soggy when you eat…

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Burger King Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich Review

In this article, I will review the new Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich from Burger King. When I initially saw an ad for this sandwich, I thought it looked a lot like Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich, which I absolute love. The Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich is 700 calories, with 42g fat, 57g carbs, and 25g protein. Now compare that to Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich which is only 510 calories, with 20g fat, 54g carbs, and 29g protein. On paper, the Wendy’s sandwich looks a lot better and healthier. First Glance At first glance, I immediately knew this is not going to be as good as Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich. My main reasoning for that was because the chicken patty looked too dark like it was over fried. It was almost too hard and crunchy. It didn’t help that mayo was oozing out of it and looked like a pretty sloppy presentation….

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The Battle of the Churrascarias: Fogo de Chao vs. Texas de Brazil vs. Chama Gaucha

Being the biggest meat consumer in the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that the decadent churrascarias of Brazil have found their way to the United States. These all-you-can-eat restaurants take buffet dining to the next level, thanks to its sit-down setup. So even if you can stuff yourself full of meat at these joints, you won’t really have to leave your seat to get your fill. Described as carnivore heaven, three of the most popular Brazilian steakhouses in the US are the Fogo de Chao, Texas de Brazil, and the Chama Gaucha. Choosing where to visit can be a challenge, especially for first-timers, since all of them seem to offer the same things. But if you want the best experience, you might want to pick a good place carefully. Fogo de Chao: Poised to Win (and Fill) America’s Tummy Fogo de Chao won over the meat-loving population with its fine-dining…

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Taco Bell Crunchy Taco Review

The Crunchy Taco from Taco Bell is one of their classic menu items. It consists of a hard taco shell, seasoned beef, lettuce, and cheese. A pretty simple combination that just seems to work. The taco itself is only around 170 calories with 9g fat, 13g carbs and 8g protein. If you want a flavor kick, I’d always recommend the Fire sauce from Taco Bell. As far as price goes, this taco can be yours for only about $1.29, give or take a quarter or so depending on your location. First Glance As you can see in the picture above, the taco is fairly straight-forward. No crazy toppings or presentation, yet it looks like it was put together well. This product is very much similar to the soft taco. The only difference is the hard shell taco vs. the soft flour tortilla. First Bite Biting into the hard taco should…

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Chick-fil-A Chicken, Egg, and Cheese Bagel Review

If you’re looking for a fulfilling breakfast that won’t leave your hungry in an hour or two, then the Chicken, Egg, and Cheese Bagel might be just what you’re looking for. Packed with 480 calories, with 18g fat, 51g carbs, and 27g protein, this morning sandwich has it all. Served on a toasted sunflower multigrain bagel, with boneless chicken breast, folded egg, and American cheese in the middle, this sandwich packs a big punch. And best of all, it is only about $3.55, depending on your location. First Glance Just looking at this bad boy makes you excited to eat it. The gooey melted cheese, combined with the famous quality Chick-fil-A chicken breast, this is surely a winner. First Bite One bite and I was sold on this magnificent morning sandwich. This ain’t the regular ol’ boring greasy biscuit with crummy chicken. It is legit bagel with chicken, egg, and…