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News with a Twist
5 days ago

Taco Bell’s Breakfast Menu…

Hey y’all. Recently, Taco Bell jumped into the fast-food breakfast game. Before I write anything else, I have to confess that I LOVE Taco Bell. I have been into the Bell since my high school days. At the risk of dating myself, I fondly remember the days of 39 cent tacos.

Okay, on to this breakfast grub. Taco bell launched their breakfast menu a few months back with a handful of items ranging from basic breakfast burritos filled with either sausage, egg and cheese or bacon, egg and cheese they also offered the AM Crunchwrap (a tortilla filled with either bacon or sausage, eggs, cheese and a hash brown) and the Waffle Taco. There was a sweet offering on the breakfast menu tiny Cinnabon-style bites filled with a warm cream cheese filling. At the time the Bell launched these items I had to run out and try them. I grabbed a few of the basic breakfast burritos and a Waffle Taco. There was a lot of hype about the Waffle Taco, so I had to have one (although I had a pretty good idea what it was going to taste like). I dug into my Waffle Taco and it wasn’t too bad. Now, I must state right now I had very realistic expectations. This was not going to be a gourmet waffle. It was also “fast food”. I mean come on, it is processed pre-made stuff that is meant to be quickly cooked and quickly presented to the customer. My first thought when I tasted the Waffle Taco was, “Wow, this Waffle is sweet.” It has a taste like it’s been treated with a maple syrup type flavor. For some folks this sweet taste might be too much. I was surprised by it but actually don’t mind it. I loved the breakfast burritos! Really, I trust Taco Bell to make me a breakfast burrito much more than McDonald’s and Burger King. Taco Bell’s Breakfast burrito’s are a decent size and the fillings taste good. They sell for $1.70 each, so they are a really great value.

I heard that the Bell had expanded its breakfast menu recently, so I went back this morning to try them out. One of those items is a Grand Scrambler Burrito. This is a larger or deluxe version of the Bell’s breakfast burrito. The Scrambler has sausage or bacon, eggs, cheese, tomato, onion, potato chunks and sour cream. It is very tasty, it is also quite filling. For a price of @2.49 it is also a pretty good deal. The AM Crunchwrap is also $2.49, but if I had to choose between the two I would  take the Scrambler Burrito every time.

The other new item I tried was the Breakfast Griller. This is the breakfast version of the Loaded Grillers that are offered on Taco Bell’s regular menu. The Breakfast Griller costs $1.29, and is basically the basic breakfast burrito with some added salsa and run under the press griller. It has a good flavor and the portion is very good for $1.29.

My run to the Bell this morning cost me just over $10. If you are having problems with a $10 bag of Taco Bell, I will spare you the story of my $26 bag of Arby’s. Now that was something…

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News with a Twist
07/18/14

Wendy’s Pretzel sandwiches…

Hey y’all! Wendy’s has brought back it’s Pretzel Cheeseburger and Pretzel Pub Chicken sandwiches that were originally introduced last year. These sandwiches are a shining example of what makes Wendy’s so different from McDonald’s and Burger King. Whether it is the square patty or the thicker more home style french fries or the more folksy advertising campaigns starring Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, Wendy’s has always been just a little different from its primary competitors. And that commitment to being different shines through in these two promotional sandwiches.

Wendy’s has always done it a little differently from other fast food chains. They might have been the first burger chain to offer an all you can eat salad bar. And to raise the bar, it included pizza and a taco bar. They weren’t shy about putting interesting seasonal and promotional items on their menu. Whether it was the Bacon Mushroom Melt, or the Tuscan Chicken Sandwich, the North Pacific Cod Filet Sandwich, or the Asiago Ranch Chicken Sandwich Wendy’s just seems to put a lot of thought and effort into those items. For the most part, these promotional menu items really deliver. Even promotional sandwiches that are on Wendy’s Value Menu, show that same approach to quality. Things like the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger and the current Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger are worthy of a try.

I recently had both the Pretzel Cheeseburger and the Pretzel Pub Chicken Sandwich. I thought that each sandwich was very good. I love cheeseburgers (some of you may remember that cheeseburgers are the whole reason our Devour Power segments began). The Pretzel Cheeseburger was quite tasty. I love the pretzel bun. It is chewy and dense like a soft pretzel and it holds up well against the sauce Wendy’s puts on the burger. Believe me, a lesser bun would not. The cheese and bacon make this a substantial burger (if you want you can get it as a single, double, or triple). I like the way the sauce tastes with the tomato. This sandwich uses loose leafy greens instead of the typical iceburg lettuce. It’s okay, but I would prefer the iceburg. The Pretzel Pub Chicken is amazing! The last time these sandwiches were out, I raved about the chicken version. After having one bite of it the other day, I was instantly reminded just why I felt that way about it. Bottom line is that Wendy’s chicken sandwiches ARE the gold standard of fast food chicken sandwiches. They are a generous portion of breaded, spicy breaded, or grilled chicken breasts. They aren’t highly processed or a mish-mash of chicken parts. The breading is just right, crispy and not too thick. I actually think the sauce tastes better with the chicken than it does with the burger. Wendy’s uses Muenster cheese on the Pub chicken as opposed to cheddar cheese on the burger variation. Everything on the chicken variation just works.

These sandwiches aren’t necessarily cheap. They both come in at about $5. If you opt for the double or triple Pretzel Cheeseburger, the sandwich will end up being  more like $10. However, the quality is there. I believe the old adage is true. You get what you pay for. Dave Thomas would truly be proud of these sandwiches. If you have anything that you would like me to try or a place you want me to visit. Drop me a message at ezurcher@wgno.com

News with a Twist
07/16/14

I’ve Got Your Food Fix!

Hey y’all! For the better part of the last two years, we have been showing you some great plates at some great places throughout the area with my Devour Power segment on News with a Twist. But I realized recently that in a city like ours there is so much going on I could talk eats almost daily. So I’ve decided to start blogging about everything me and my digestive system experience on a daily basis. Whether it is a great and unique item at a local eatery, special or seasonal items on our local fast food menus, thoughts on  traditional Louisiana dishes, or stuff I make at home it’s gonna end up here!

I grew up in the Midwest, so some of the cuisine here in the bayou took some getting used to. It certainly didn’t take me long to find some new favorites. I love seafood! In Ohio (my home state) great fresh seafood is hard to come by. So, when I got here and tasted the shrimp, redfish, crab and crawfish I was blown away. I must confess that I love the crawfish and the shrimp the most. I have even learned to boil my own seafood, and can attest that there is nothing better than having a boil with family and friends on a sunny Saturday in the spring.

So, if you see something here that grabs your attention feel free to e-mail with your thoughts. Also, if there’s a dish or place you think I should visit feel free to fire me a message at ezurcher@wgno.com

 

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Did you know that Juan’s Flying Burrito in the Lower Garden District isn’t just any Mexican restaurant?

It’s a creole taqueria restaurant.

Our big man Zurch shows you two of their signature dishes!

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Juan’s Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine St., New Orleans
(504) 569-0000

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4724 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans
(504) 486-9950
Website: juansflyingburrito.com

 

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - You hear it all the time – you want good philly cheesesteak? Go to Philadelphia.

Well, that’s just not true! Our big man Zurch shows us where to go to get the best, right here, in New Orleans.

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Liberty Cheesesteaks
5031 Freret St. New Orleans
(504) 875-4447
Website: libertycheesesteaks.com

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Monday marked the “unofficial” start of summer, and that means, its grilling season!

But what do you do when you want a great hot dog… And don’t have a grill? You head over to Dat Dog, of course.

Our big man Zurk takes us to the Freret Steet location to show you dogs you can devour!

Learn more about Dat Dog HERE

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – We’ve reached the last stop in our Snoball tour! And it’s the most famous one of all — Hansen’s Sno-Bliz at 4801 Tchoupitoulas St.

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - In the third installment of the great snowball odyssey, Zurk hits SnoWizard on Magazine to talk the birth of snowballs and turning a New Orleans delicacy into a business empire.

Get more information on SnoWizard HERE

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Snoball stands are open for business! Our big man Zurch devours sweet ice at Plum Street Snoballs.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Plum Street Snoballs.

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