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.

https://www.applebees.com/en

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: Moxie’s Grill & Bar

AKT Rating: 4 WOWS!!!

A few days ago, I went to Moxie’s Grill & Bar with my mom and sister for dinner. None of us had been here before, so we decided to try out a few of the options. We had ordered the Double Cheese Nacho Share Platter, the half rack of Slow-Roasted Baby Back Ribs (which I had), and for my sister, a Cheese Pizza. Also as an appetizer for all of us, we had the Mosaic Dip. The nachos, though delicious had one slight problem. On the menu at the restaurant, there was no description that the nachos had meat of it. Just cheese. I was a little confused, but, pleasantly surprised how the meat had made the nachos even better. The ribs were delicious. On the side was seasoned potato which, by the way, was absolutely amazing, and there was also a bit of coleslaw which was delicious on the ribs itself. The ribs were very tender, and flavorful, but there could have been a bit more meat of the ribs. I felt like I wasn’t actually getting all the meat that could have been on the ribs. There also was a lot of barbecue sauce on the ribs. I personally don’t like barbecue sauce, so I do feel like there was a bit too much for those of you who don’t like a lot. The Mosaic Dip definitely had a few unique flavors. It was goat cheese mixed with mushrooms and tomatoes, and on the side to dip were corn chips and fresh-baked naan. Though it was yummy, the dip had a few flavors, such as the goat cheese that made the dish a bit mature for my age, and not as enjoyable as it could have been.

Recipe: Mason Jar Taco Dip

AKT Rating: 5 WOWS!

If, you’re like me, you just loooove that nacho goodness that come out of that Tostitos package. And if you’re that person that is constantly hosting house parties, then you know that nachos, is pretty much the one snack everyone looks forward to.

So, I saw this super-cool 5-Layer Mason Jar Taco Dip on Damn Delicious, and I just KNEW that it would be perfect for those house parties you love hosting every few nights.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • 2 (9-ounce) cans Fritos Bean Dip, Original Flavor, warmed
  • 1 cup of guac, homemade or storebought
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package of Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size

RECIPE:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef, and cook it until beef has browned for about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir it in taco seasoning, and drain excess fat.
  • Divide the ground beef into 4 (16-ounce) wide mouth glass jars with lids. Layer it with refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo and cheese.
  • Serve with Tostitos Yellow Corn Bite Size.

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