Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had fun times celebrating this thankful day with your families. My favorite things about Thanksgiving are seeing my family, and obviously the food. My family does all of the traditional food like turkey (who likes turkey btw?), stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes... This year my Nana taught me how to make her super awesome sweet potato/marshmallow concoction. Actually, they are not normal marshmallows. They are special ones from See's Candy called Scotch Kisses. Check them out...
Scotch Kisses are fluffy marshmallows dipped in caramel. Melting these on sweet potatoes with TONS of Irish butter make Thanksgiving worth going to.

As you know, I am a huge fan of Baskin Robbins. This year we bought an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins that actually looked like a turkey. Technically there was no cake but all chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. The legs were made out of sugar cones. Is there anything better?

Isn't it cute? It looks JUST like a turkey. I wonder if there is a wishbone? My wish would be that all kids get one of these for Thanksgiving next year. And Justin Bieber perfume. I really want that.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Shout Out From Tucson!

Shout out from Tucson, AZ! I am here visiting family for Thanksgiving and eating at my fave local places. If you are ever in Tucson, you should try one of my favorites called Eegee's. Eegee's is known for their sub sandwiches, fries and slushes. The best things to order are ranch fries (crinkle cut fries covered in the best ranch dressing and bacon bits), a strawberry and lemon slush (you can mix flavors) and a meatball sandwich. They have regular slush flavors like pina colada, strawberry and lemon. There is always a flavor of the month too. This month is cherry cider but my favorite one is in March and the flavor is lime.

Strawberry and lemon slush...

Meatball sub sandwich...

Ranch fries...

Eegee's is all over Tucson and is great for kids. I plan on eating here as many times as I possibly can!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rainbows and Unicones

Today I was at South Center mall and I decided to review one of the kiosks there called UniCone (not to be confused with unicorn) Japanese Crepes. I can't imagine any kiosk being better! They are located on the bottom floor by the south entrance, and it smells like cake right when you walk in.

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 4. For a kiosk in the mall it was very modern and awesome. Instead of a menu they have plastic versions of what you can get so it made choosing much easier. There are glass walls all around the kitchen where you can watch them make the crepes. Suprisingly, making crepes is fast and easy. They spread the batter thinly all over a large circular pan with a thing that kind of looks like something to clean your car windows (only smaller). UniCone also has lots of simple signs that are easy to read and plenty of chairs near by. 

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 3. They were nice, they smiled and were very patient when my sister took practically a year to pick her crepe! The two people behind the counter seemed like they were friends and they were talking and laughing about jokes. I was just standing there thinking, "I want to know the joke too!" They called out my order really loud even though I was standing right next to them. 

On service speed, I give it a 4. They started to make my crepe right after I ordered and it was served in an under 5 minutes.

I ordered a Strawberry Choco Whip which is a crepe with preserved strawberries, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Here is what the plastic version looked like...


Here is what mine looked like...

On taste of food, I give it a 5! It was hands down the best crepe that I had EVER had!!! It was a Japanese crepe with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate syrup. The crepe is Japanese and not French because Japanese crepes are softer and chewier than the French ones. Also, rolling the crepe into a cone is common in Japan. It was a warm and gooey crepe with cold fruit inside. It was the perfect texture. The strawberries were in a syrup but it didn't make the crepe soggy at all. At first it tasted like I was eating breakfast but as time went on I knew I was eating a crepe. The whipped cream was light and fluffy and the chocolate syrup was perfect. It was a great balance of all flavors with nothing too overpowering. I ate the whole thing in under 5 minutes and every bite was heavenly.

On appearance of food, I give it a 4. It was rolled up in a pink paper cone and there were very clear directions on how to eat them. Check it out...

So that is what I did. It was very easy to eat the crepe in the cone and not very messy, although I did need a napkin at the end. But you know, that is just me. I can pretty much make a mess out of anything. When they first made the crepe it didn't seem like there were a lot of toppings. After they rolled it into a cone I realized there was plenty. The crepe looked very gourmet and the bright red strawberries caught my eye.

On price, I give it a 3. My crepe was $4.29 but the average price is about $5.00. A little expensive compared to other mall treats but this is gourmet, not like a junky pretzel place.

 They also had super weird savory flavors like spicy tuna salad and potato salad in case you are adventurous...

For a total score of 23/30. Whoever invented UniCones was an absolute genius! Brillant idea! They need more locations because this place needs to become more popular. To all you kids who go to South Center, ask your parents to try UniCone. They have many kid friendly flavor options like ice cream, frosted flakes and fruit cocktail. Just when I thought the mall couldn't get any better... I am feeling rainbows and Unicones:)

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Jack In The Box Rocks!!!

Today I reviewed Jack In The Box's tacos and I have no regrets. I went to the store in Bellevue but there are lots of locations. I want to give a shout out to my Uncle D  for recommending this place to me. He loves their tacos more than my sister loves candy. And that's a lot.

On decor of restaurant, I give it a 2. They were playing old and cheesy elevator music and it was annoying. They had short chain link fences surrounding the table area and it kind of had a prison vibe to it. They had red tables and somewhat modern black chairs. That part was pretty typical, but what was not typical were the random pictures of their mascot. Pictures of Jack doing things were everywhere - on a treadmill, drinking coffee in the morning etc. People must collect pictures of Jack because you could buy Jack as an elf Christmas ornaments? The decor would have been a 2 but it was suprisingly clean. Someone was always cleaning the tables and chairs so I decided to give them an extra point.  

On friendliness of staff towards kids, I give it a 3. There was a nice lady working at the cash register. She greeted me warmly when I walked in and had a good attitude. She smiled a lot but there wasn't a lot of communication after that. She just took my order.

On service speed, I give it a 3. It only took about 5 minutes to get my order, but that seemed long since there was no one else in line. The same lady who was at the register was also working the drive-through, so our tacos were waiting for us while she was at the window. Staring at our order getting cold was torture. They should really have more people working.

I came here with one mission and one mission try the tacos.

On taste of food, I give it a 6!!! That is a record in Eating With Emily history!!! This is the single best thing I have ever eaten. The shell was greasy and crispy to the bite. Inside, there was american cheese, lettuce, salsa and "meat." I couldn't tell what kind of "meat" it was but there might be beans in it. Does anybody know? The lettuce wasn't really crisp but I didn't care. The "meat" was juicy and perfect and didn't make the shell soggy. The salsa was spicy, but not too spicy. Just enough spice to keep it tangy. Every bite was a bite of heaven. They must put some kind of kid craze in them because I went crazy and wanted more and more. It was kind of like catnip for kids. I was sad when I finished and the eating experience was over. I ordered 2 tacos but I had to go back for more. I could have eaten at least 10.

On appearance of food, I give it a 2. There was definitely, 100%, nothing fresh about this taco. I saw them being made in the back, and the lady took them out of the freezer, stuffed them with something frozen, and dropped them whole into the deep fryer. The shell was brown and grease stained. The lettuce was brown and limp. Looks really can be deceiving because the flavor was absolutely, positively delicious.

Here is my tray after I was sad:( I literally licked the bags.

On price, I give it a 5! 2 tacos for 99 cents!!! Look under your couch cushions, on the streets and under your bed. You can easily find 99 cents for some tacos.

Jack in the Box Rocks! It earned a final score of 21/30. The tacos were definitely not healthy because nothing healthy ever tasted this good. This must be true because about 60% of the people who walked in there were "overweight." To all of you kids out there, skip McDonald's and go straight for tacos at Jack in the Box. Trust me, you won't regret it. I am going to stop writing now so I can go get more tacos...

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is my favorite night of the year and I hope all of you had as much fun as I did! I dressed up as Cookie Monster. Don't try to make me sing the song. I refuse to remember it. My favorite part of Halloween is all of the candy! I have a tradition with a friend, and every year after trick-or-treating we put our candy into a pile we call "the candy mountain." Here are all of my favorites from the mountain...

Take 5 Bars: They have 5 layers of pretzels, peanut butter, caramel, milk chocolate and peanuts. The pretzels are lined up in a row so you get some crunch in each bite.
Twix Bars: caramel and crunchy cookie dipped in milk chocolate. You always get two in a pack!

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Peanut butter dipped in milk chocolate. Out of all of the Halloween candies, these are the ones all parents like the most. My mom kept asking for these but I just couldn't part with any. My sister didn't mind. She only wanted "round things that taste good." She means bottle caps.

Whoppers: malted milk balls. Whenever I am sick my grandpa buys these for me and calls them "medicine." Whoppers give me good memories.

Butterfinger: crispy thin wafers, peanut butter dipped in chocolate. These flaky, crunchy delights are fun to eat and melt in my mouth.

Thankfully, I got lots of my favorites this year. I have an open message to people who hand out healthy Halloween treats like dried fruit and granola bars: kids don't want that!!! Halloween is about the candy! I would LOVE to know all of your favorite halloween candies so leave a comment on my blog!