Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May24

Jersey Joe’s Year Three Round Up [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

It’s Memorial Day weekend and not only does that mark the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also my SEASON PREMIERE!   This is my 141stblogumn (plus 6 for Fierce Anticipation) and kicks off my fourth year on F & N.  To start the new season off right, I want to update some of the great things we’ve talked about over the past three years.   THE SMURFS MOVIE Fierce Anticipation: The Jersey Joe Edition V – May 21, 2010 In my fifth fill in outing for Fierce Anticipation, I reviewed the live action Smurfs Movie.  Now, fast forward to 2013 and The Smurfs 2 will hit theatres on July 31.  While the first movie was set in New York City, this sequel is set in Paris as the gang tries to find a kidnapped Smurfette. I will probably skip this one.   THE BURGER KING RIBS EDITION Blogumn #2 – June 6, 2010 In my second official blogumn, I reviewed how Burger King went completely in a different direction by adding BBQ ribs to their menu.  While they tasted pretty good and sold out fast, the slow preparation time doomed them from future sales. But, Burger King hasn’t given up on ribs.  This summer, they are serving up the new Burger King Rib Sandwich to rival McDonald’s mega-popular McRib.  The sandwich is being served for a limited time only.   I SURVIVED THE BURGER KING WHOPPER PIZZA Blogumn #16 – October 1, 2010 Another discussion of a wacky Burger King product: their spin-off franchise Whopper Bar in New York City’s Times Square was serving up a $12 Whopper Pizza known as The New York Pizza Burger. The New York City Whopper Bar location closed last year.  However, locations are still open in other cities....

The New Burger King Rib Sandwich vs. The Legendary McDonald’s McRib: Jersey Joe Declares the Winner [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

This summer, another fast food fight will heat up and it’s not over hamburgers, but pork!  Burger King has just begun serving up a BBQ Rib Sandwich to take on the McDonald’s McRib: a sandwich so out there – it has a cult following.  Can this new BK sandwich take the crown from the McRib?  I’m already declaring the victor! The McDonald’s McRib may be one of the most mysterious, yet delicious sandwiches the restaurant has ever served up.  The McRib first went on sale nationwide in 1982 after a few months of test marketing. The sandwich consists of a pork patty, dill pickles, onion slivers, and BBQ sauce on a dusty 5 ½” roll.  The McRib was not an immediate hit and was removed from all menus in 1985.  Since 1989, it would reappear regionally for only a few select weeks of the year.  Not every McDonald’s carried the item and only in select regions of the United States.  (A rare exception was when it was briefly sold nationally in 1994 to tie into The Flintstones Movie and a McRib, Jr. was briefly sold in 2000 on a regular hamburger bun.) The limited availability of the sandwich gave it a large cult following with some McRib addicts (such as me) driving to another state to get one.  When I first moved to the New York City area, no local McDonald’s sold it, leaving me to drive to southern New Jersey or Pennsylvania. I also once got to enjoy a Double McRib, a sort of secret version, at a McDonald’s on the southern end of the Las Vegas strip. The sandwich became so popular; it was even parodied on an episode of The Simpsons and made fun of on How I Met Your Mother. A website, The McRib Locator, allows fans to track where the sandwich is being served in the United States each year. Even after a series of promotional campaigns saying they would end the sandwich, McDonald’s again serves McRibs nationwide for a few weeks each year.  It was last served in the US from December 2012 – early February 2013.  A location will serve what they have until supplies run out. Every time the sandwich is served, McDonald’s core sales increase by several percent.  People do flock to their restaurants for one.  When the McRib was offered for sale in New Zealand, it was supposed to be for a six week run to tie into the Olympic Games, but hungry fans exhausted supplies in days! Looking to cash in on the sandwich’s fame and to boost sales this summer, Burger King has introduced their own version: The Burger King Rib Sandwich. The Burger King Rib Sandwich follows the same basic build as the McRib, but with a few differences.  While both contain pork meat ground up into a boneless patty, Burger King’s seems to have a more solid consistency.  A Time magazine article has found the McRib is made with 70 different ingredients, including fillers that are also used to make athletic gym mats. McDonald’s McRib sauce is a bit spicy; where as Burger King’s sauce is a bit sweet. The pickles McDonald’s uses on their McRib are dill, where The Burger King Rib Sandwich’s are sweet. There are NO onions on the Burger King Rib Sandwich. McDonald’s uses a small hoagie style roll to serve theirs’ and the patty is rectangular, where as Burger King uses an artesian roll and their patty is circular. I hit the drive through at the Burger King near the Holland Tunnel and ordered up the value meal that includes fries or onion rings and a drink.  Both restaurants offer a small, medium, or large value meal.  I chose the medium for my dinner and the cost was $6.39, plus tax.  (Suggested price for the sandwich alone is $3.49) I could see the countdown clock behind the drive through window...

Dish Up Arby’s Curly Fries in Your Kitchen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Sep14

Dish Up Arby’s Curly Fries in Your Kitchen [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Arby’s, the fast food restaurant known for excellent roast beef sandwiches, is just as well known for their succulent seasoned curly fries. Now, Arby’s is branching out by selling their fries in your grocer’s freezer. I put them to the test to see if what you cook at home is just as good as what you get at the drive-thru. Quick service restaurants began to take off in the late 1950’s thanks to baby boomers love of cars and the expansion of the interstate highway system. Food service veterans Leroy & Forrest Raffel decided they would open a different type of fast food restaurant that offered something other than hamburgers. On July 23, 1964, the first Arby’s was born in Boardman, Ohio, just south of Youngstown. The first menu featured roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and iced tea. The Raffel Brothers, who had owned a restaurant equipment business, wanted to call their eateries “Big Tex,” but that name was already in use by another restaurant in Akron, Ohio. They settled on Arby’s, which stands for “R.B.” the Raffel Brothers initials. Within a year, they sold their first franchise to a restaurant in Akron and the chain expanded quickly.  The famous “Arby’s Hat” sign was introduced in 1968. During the 1970’s, Arby’s introduced more, soon to be iconic, products including, Arby’s Sauce, Horsey Sauce, Beef n’ Cheddar sandwich and curly fries. By this time, the chain was opening about 50 restaurants a year. After being sold several times, Arby’s found themselves in the hands of Triarc Companies, Inc., who would later also purchase the Wendy’s fast food chain, making the two eateries temporary sisters. Triarc decided to spin-off Arby’s and retain a small stake in the company. On July 13, 2011, the deal was done with Roark Capital Group, taking control. Roark is...

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes!  [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jun29

Bacon on an Ice Cream Sundae? – Burger King Says Yes! [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]...

Burger King has tried many interesting fast food gimmicks over recent years and now they’ve gone for the mother load!  Adding bacon to a hot fudge and caramel sundae! Is this new dessert worth your money? You know I had to give it a try! Burger King was recently unseated by Wendy’s, falling to third place in sales in the fast food burger wars. McDonald’s has been the real king for a long time. In order to get hungry hamburger lovers back, BK has introduced major changes to their menu and has added a large selection of limited-time only, summer items. BK has tried many novelty products over the years to try and gain an edge. Remember when they had sit down table service in the 80’s?  How about when they served BBQ ribs two summers ago? Now, new for summer 2012 – the Burger King Bacon Sundae! Adding bacon to just about any breakfast or sandwich makes it good, right?  Well, Burger King is hoping the same works for a sundae. Last Wednesday, I went the drive-thru at my local Burger King and ordered a meal and the dessert. I pulled forward to the second window and as soon as the waitress turned away to fill up my drink, I could see her getting to work on my sundae too. She first swirled vanilla ice cream into a sundae cup. She then added a few squirts of caramel, then chocolate fudge, and a little more ice cream. She then stepped away and when she returned, inserted a full strip of bacon on one side, followed by more chopped up bacon bits sprinkled on top. She placed the plastic lid on top and presented it to me. It took her all of 30 seconds to make. I couldn’t wait to try it. My...

Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] May04

Make Your Own Big Mac Sauce [Kicking Back with Jersey Joe]

The Big Mac is the signature sandwich at the globally popular McDonald’s restaurant chain.  Their secret sauce recipe is a closely guarded secret, known only by the top company executives.  But, sometimes you’re craving one and you can’t make it to the restaurant.  Well, here’s my take on the secret sauce recipe that you can whip up in just a few minutes! The Big Mac was invented by Jim Delligatti, who was one of the first McDonald’s restaurant franchisees.  While, he invented the sandwich at his store on McKnight Road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he first placed it for sale at his Uniontown, Pennsylvania location in 1967.  It was created to rival a similar burger being sold by the Big Boy restaurant chain. The original selling price was only 49¢ and was an immediate hit.  McDonald’s corporate took notice and added it to the menu at all McDonald’s within a year.  The rules for creating a sandwich like this have changed.  Delligatti could never get away with selling something like this today, as franchise licenses do not allow for the individual restaurants to sell or not sell any items that are not officially part of the menu, without special permission from corporate, which is rarely given.  (Corporate will test special menu items at select locations from time to time, however.) A television and radio jingle from the 1970’s best summed up what makes up a Big Mac sandwich: “two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, on a sesame seed bun.”  (What an effective song – I’m still able to recall that by memory and didn’t have to look that up!) The special sauce is what makes the sandwich.  It’s a form of tarter sauce that is delivered to each restaurant in sealed...