Review: Online Summer Camp S’mores Bars

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Because of COVID-19, my parent’s company started virtual summer camps for kids. My mom had signed me up for a cooking class, where we made S’mores Bars. The whole class was done by Zoom, and originally, I thought it would be hard to cook on a Zoom call. But it actually wasn’t as difficult or confusing as I thought. And best of all, the food came out GREAT!

Ingredients:

  • one 11 x 9 aluminum disposable tray
  • graham crackers crushed to crumbs
  • 1 cup of salted butter
  • 6 cups of mini marshmallows
  • chocolate chips of any kind (milk, dark, white, etc.)

First, mix together the butter and the crushed graham crackers. Don’t mix in all the graham crackers – save some for the end! Then, put your graham cracker and butter mix into the tray, and smooth it along the bottom. Lastly, bake it in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5 to 10 minutes. After it’s done, take it out of the oven, and put a layer of marshmallows on top of the crust. Make sure the marshmallows cover the whole crust surface. Put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes at the same temperature. Once your marshmallows have completely melted , take them out of the oven, and put a layer of chocolate chips on top of the melted marshmallows and then top if off with those crushed graham crackers you saved. Then, stick it back in the oven for another 5 minutes at the 325 degrees. When you take it out, let it sit for 3 minutes, and then you can eat it hot and fresh out of the oven, or you could stick it in the fridge for a while, and eat it cold. I prefer it cold, but I think that eating it hot would also taste good.

Review: TeaDrops

AKT Review: 5 WOWS!!!

My dad, unlike me, doesn’t really like tea. And in my attempts to get him to like it, I bought him TeaDrops as a Fathers Day gift, and I, of course, had to try them. So, I got the boiled water, and put in the matcha flavoring. It came in a teeny tiny little package, and when you opened it, you saw tea leaves bunched together in a cute little shape. It was also super easy to use since you really just dropped the TeaDrops into the mug.

So, my personal favorite so far is the matcha one, since I’m completely obsessed with it. Just the plain TeaDrop is kind of bland, so I add a teaspoon of sugar. Honestly, for me, a teaspoon is actually very little, so I think that you don’t need to much sugar to make it taste good, but just enough so it doesn’t taste too bland. Overall, I would highly recommend these as a gift, or even just for yourself.

Review: Ruby Thai Kitchen

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Today, I went to the mall with my friend. And while scouring the food court for someplace yummy to eat, we fount the Ruby Thai Kitchen.

First, we got the Thai Fried Rice. It was delicious fried rice with corn, peas, and carrots, and the rice was a nice, tender consistency, and had a great taste. We also had some sweet and sour chicken, and fried shrimp and veggies, which was also delicious.

Another great thing is that they had Apple Pay all set up. You could pay with your phone, and it was quick and easy to do.

I really enjoyed the Ruby Thai Kitchen, and would definitley go back a second time.

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Review: Chick-Fil-A

AKT Rating: 3 WOWS!!!

Yesterday, while on the road with my family, my Dad insisted that we try Chick-Fil-A for the first time. Now, I knew that Chick-Fil-A had been getting a lot of hype in the past year, but I had never tried it. So, I figured that this was my opportunity to figure out what the hype was all about.

So, after we ordered takeout, and we began to eat, I realized that Chick-Fil-A really isn’t all that. Though the chicken strips there aren’t actually that bad, the foods that incorporate the chicken with other ingredients, for example the spicy chicken sandwich, could’ve been executed a little better, and could’ve tasted a little better too. Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of their waffle fries, or their mac’n cheese. I thought the whole things was average or below average in terms of taste and presentation. Overall, I thought there were also WAY too many pickles! In every sandwich there were pickles. And for a non-pickle-lover like me, it’s not the most convenient. In conclusion, I probably wouldn’t eat there again, unless it was a dire emergency.

Mulberry Tea House

Mulberry Tea House

Address: 415 Westfield Ave, Westfield NJ 07090

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!

  • Tea Selection: 5 WOWS!
  • Scones: 5 WOWS!
  • Finger Sandwiches: 4 WOWS!
  • Pastries: 4 WOWS!
  • Fine China: 4 WOWS!
  • Menu Variety: 4 WOWS!
  • Ambiance: 4 WOWS!
  • Price: PRICED FAIRLY!

Last weekend, my family and I went to the Mulberry Tea House for afternoon tea. Though walking in it looks a bit not like you would’ve expected, the food there is delicious. There was a wide variety of exotic teas to choose from. For example, I picked out the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake tea, and it tasted almost EXACTLY like cheesecake. I was really impressed. The scones that they had to choose from were also very unique. They had chocolate chip scones that were literally so good, and tasted like a cookie. They had many finger sandwiches to choose from, and though most of them were very classic, there were a few that stood out, like the Hoi-Sin Pork Tenderloin & Cucumber sandwich, that was absolutely delicious. The pastries were also quite interesting, but were overall a great finish to the meal. The teacups and teapots weren’t as fancy as a normal afternoon tea tea set, but they were actually very pleasant to drink out of, and easy to pour tea out of as well. The room was nicely lit, and was very bright. But, the flow of the tables was kind of cramped, and there weren’t that many tables. My family and I made up a group of four, and I really thought that we got the best bang for our buck.

Review: Applebees

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

A few weeks ago, my family and I ate at Applebees. We aren’t the type of family that will usually take up a place like this to eat, but I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

My family didn’t order any appetizers. Instead, we just got right to the entree. For my meal, I got the Neighborhood Nachos with the carne asada, and as a drink I got a sweetened peach iced tea. The crunchy nachos with the perfectly melted cheese, along with the queso blanco, meat, and pico de gallo. These are highly reccommended. In addition to tasting great, the portion was right too! I can usually finish at MOST 2/3 of the pan, but this time, I was able to eat pretty much the whole thing, and get that satisfying feeling that you wasted basically no food.

My sister ordered from the kids’ menu of course. She got the Kids Cheesy Pizza with bacon on top. Though I didn’t try it, it looked like the perfect size for her.

Another factor that I thought was really awesome about this meal, was the fact that it looked so similar to the picture. After doing some research, I discovered that some people’s meal looked nothing like what they were promised. I, thankfully, didn’t run into that situation.

Though this restaurant reminded me a lot of T.G.I. Fridays, I definitely enjoyed their food, and would come back for sure.

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Review: TGI Fridays

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

Last weekend, my family and I paid a trip to TGI Fridays. This was our first time, so naturally we took a crazy long time to order. Once we finished deciding we had started with a couple of appetizers.

First, we tried the new (and delicious) Tostado Nachos! They were tortilla chips with melted cheese and seasoned ground beef. We had the sour cream, jalapenos, and guacamole on the side. Those were 100% a winner for the whole family. We all loved them. My mom and dad shared the Traditional Wings. We ordered 1/2 spicy 1/2 regular. My parents loved them, and were all over them.

As an entree, I ordered the (this one’s a doozy) Sizzling Friday’s Signature Whiskey- Glazed Flat Iron Steak. And not only was this meal amazing and really really yummy, but there was a surprise that I’m pretty sure no one expected: IT ACTUALLY SIZZLED! Though the steak was a little hard, and the onion rings got soggy from the sauce, I would totally get this meal again.

For dessert, we ordered the Donut Cheesecake. Since my mom is allergic to strawberry, we asked for the strawberry sauce on the side. This cheesecake was truly a yummy cheesecake. The munchkins skewered into the cheesecake were delicious, the cheesecake being donut-flavored was delicious, and the sauce was delicious. Everything about this entire meal was absolutely delicious. I recommend TGI Fridays.

Review: Olive Garden

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!!!

Last week, my family and I went to Olive Garden to enjoy some American Italian food. Since we barely ever eat there, we took a very long time to decide. We were tempted by the fact that it was a rare experience for us to eat at Olive Garden, and the fact that everything looked SO YUMMY!

As an appetizer, we ordered the Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta, and the Loaded Pasta Chips. The Shrimp Scampi Fritta was yummy, but needed a bit of lemon. And the Loaded Pasta Chips definitley looked better than it tasted. It sounded like a great idea, but definitely wasn’t the best idea for a purchase. But, my family also asked for some of the toppings to be taken off, like the jalapenos.

As a meal, I ordered the Seafood Alfredo. It originally came with both shrimp and scallops, but I ordered it only with shrimp. And it was delicious. I couldn’t finish because I also loaded up on the appetizers ;). My mom and dad shared the Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara. As I tried it, I realized that it really wasn’t all that. I thought that the best part of the whole meal was the shrimp. The pasta wasn’t all that, and neither was the chicken. Both tasted very odd, and didn’t go with the flavor.

Review: Playa Bowls

AKT Rating: 2 WOWS!

A few days ago, I practically begged my mom to take my to Playa Bowls. I had seen cute pictures of it online, and I had also heard so many great stories about their amazing food. Once we pulled into the busy parking lot, I was so excited to finally try the infamous Playa Bowls for the first time. My mom, sister and I walked into Playa Bowls, and we were instantly greeted by two friends who were staring us down like we weren’t supposed to be in there and ruined their fun. And this was only the beginning.

We had never been to Playa Bowls before, so naturally my mom told that to the lady working there, and we took a very long time to order. During that whole process, the lady at the cashier kept asking us, “Are you ready?” when it was very obvious that we were still deciding. After deciding and realizing that almost nothing on the menu was nut free, I had settled on a Pura Vida. We paid and the lady said that she would call our names when the bowl was ready. We waited, and they never called my name. One of the girls working there who wasn’t there when my order was being taken, asked if I had ordered a Pura Vida, and I said yes. No name calling or anything! This had to be one of the most confusing orders I’d ever had! When I got my food and a spoon, we went across the street to a pizza place to get my mom and sister some food.

As I started snacking on my bowl, I realized that a lot of ingredients that I thought that this bowl was free of, were in there. Like, I thought that Pura Vida was a nut-free option, yet, it had a thick layer of Nutella between the fruit and the acai. Now, looking back at the menu, I think that I accidentally picked up someone else’s order. But the girl specifically gestured to me that the order on the counter was mine!

But, I really could only finish half, so I brought the rest home. After about three days of sitting in the fridge, I thought for sure that it would have gotten somewhat rotten, yet, the acai was as swishy and goopy as ever, and it still smelled appetizing!

Though this place’s customer service is really bad, and the food doesn’t taste that good, and there really aren’t any options for people allergic to nuts, the packaging and store design was actually very appealing! It was modern and very true to the vibe of the the store-not the vibe that the employees gave off :)! To be honest, even though I didn’t like the food or the people, I would actually give it a second chance (at a different location) for the cute packaging it came with and some of the other options like juices and smoothies.