Fast Food Review: Dunkin’ Donuts Hot Macchiato

Details: More information can be found at https://www.dunkindonuts.com/en/menu/espresso-and-coffee/macchiato

Score: 6.8/10

As the official website states, Dunkin’s hot macchiato is basically a cup of milk with two shots of expresso. They let you get a complimentary flavor shot. I got mocha.

Overall, this was pretty good. It cost about four dollars though, which is a lot. Starbucks is more expensive, but this still a lot for what is mostly milk. I will say that this thing has an impressive amount of caffeine. The day that I purchased this I was in a rush and drank about half the cup at once. That was a mistake as it gave me the caffeine jitters, something I don’t normally get. So if you need a jolt of caffeine, a cup of this stuff will do the trick.

Supermarket Food Review: BJ’s Wholesale Club Perdue Rotisserie Chicken

Details: Official site is https://www.bjs.com/

Score: 6.8/10

I read somewhere that the first wholesale club to sell whole rotisserie chickens for cheap was Costco. What they and the rest of their competitors realized was that selling cheap rotisserie chickens brought a lot of foot traffic into the store. This would then cause even more purchases because who goes to a wholesale club just to buy one thing only? Since that realization was made, many supermarkets and wholesale clubs have adopted the same item in hopes of attracting the same results.

BJ’s is no exception. Like Costco, BJ’s sells Perdue branded, rotisserie chickens for just five dollars. This five dollar price point is significant and impressive for many reasons. I read somewhere, that a five dollar rotisserie chicken is an item that is sold by wholesalers at a loss. It is meant to be promotional (brings in customers) and brand defining (gives off that vibe that BJ’s cares about customers). The result is a cheap, decent qualitied item that is well worth it’s price.

However, when buying on these chickens, the same rules apply as with buying any other food item. Quality may vary. The specific chicken I bought was not terrible, but not that good either. You need to keep in mind that they make these chickens earlier in the day and the best time to buy one is around then. I bought mine at around 5:00 PM, so it had been sitting there for a while and I could taste it. Also, while preparation is similar, different chickens end up with different results. Some chickens on display were whole while others looked like the pieces came from different chickens. Some looked over done while others did not. It just depends. The one I got looked a little over done. You have to pick wisely.

Overall, the five dollar rotisserie chicken is perhaps their best deal. Whether or not it’s worth it to you will depend on the time and circumstances around the chicken you buy. Personally, I will never buy another chicken unless I buy it at 12:00 PM or earlier. Further, I will be far more scrutinizing on the quality of the next chicken I buy.

Snack Review: Wuxianzhai Spicy Hot Vegetarian Beef

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Details: More information can be found at the official site at http://www.wuxianzhai.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=17&id=94 and at https://www.yamibuy.com/item/1019011241?id=17248

Score: 5.9/10

I was wandering around a Chinese supermarket looking for a snack when I saw this and decided to give it a try. I’ve had similarly packaged snacks before and they are freaking spicy. This was as spicy as I expected.

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