Baskin-Robbins ice cream for 31 cents

Scoop Night is back! Head to any participating Baskin-Robbins to get ice cream for 31 cents from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28.

 

Each scoop of ice cream is 31 cents. The limit is three 2.5 ounce scoops per person while supplies last.

The event is held annually to raise funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Find a location near you.

Happy 20th birthday Jamba!

To kick off their 20th birthday celebration, Jamba Juice is offering a buy one, get one free deal. Through April 25, smoothie fans can visit their www.jambajuice.com, print out an anniversary coupon and take it in their nearest JJ store to biy any drink on the menu for themselves and get another drink, of equal or lesser value, for a friend for free. Or keep it for themselves for double the juicy fun.

To continue their anniversary celebration, the juice company will launch their weekday “Feel Good Specials”, a limited time offer menu.

Here’s the breakdown, for those who love fruit and granola, Ideal Meal Monday will offer the protein and fiber rich Ideal Meals for just $3; To get two of your favorite or try something new, there’s Buy Two Tuesday which features a special pairing offer of the week. On Wake Up Wednesday, get a dose of slow cooked, steel cut oats for just  $2. Get $1 off all baked goods with a drink purchase on Tasty Thursday. To finish off the healthy week, Jamba gets back to their wholesome, delicious, healthy smoothie roots with All Fruit Friday - buy any 16 ounce All Fruit Smoothie for just $3.  The Feel Good Specials are available from April 25-May 31.

Adding to their All Fruit Smoothie line, Jamba launches their new Five Fruit Frenzy, a blend of blueberries, strawberries, banana, peaches, and mango – a great way to get your recommended fruit per day in one fresh beverage.

Jamba Juice plans to have a celebration for its 20th anniversary in San Luis Obispo, where the company was founded, on April 19th.

Burger King’s McD’s knock-off muffin sandwich

I’m not a huge fan of McDonald’s food except for their breakfast. So when I saw the commercials featuring “The King” from Burger King, breaking into what is supposed to be McD’s headquarters and stealing what looks like the recipe for their English muffin breakfast sandwiches. Of course, it’s just a diagram-type picture pointing to the simple ingredients – muffin, cheese, sausage and egg.

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The price of Burger King’s English muffin is great – $1 each, plus tax – but I had to compare the taste.

The first thing I noticed that earned the BK breakfast sandwich points over McD’s, is the egg. Usually, McD’s egg is a poached-style egg. You can special order a “boiled” or “folded egg”, which is a folded rectangle scrambled egg, which is usually what I do. At BK, it is already a scrambled egg, no dry yolk amongs the egg white – great.

The sausage had the right spices and texture, although I can’t say if it would stand against McD’s sausage on its own, since McD’s has more of a pepper-kick that I like.

And surprisingly, the greasiness didn’t come from the melted American cheese or the sausage, it came from the muffin. Yeah, pretty odd if I say so myself.

It was as if it was grilled in butter. Tasty, but I made sure to eat healthy the rest of the day, to try to stave off the heart attack it may have caused eating that sandwich.

The BK muffin is also available with egg, cheese and bacon, instead of sausage.

Which do you prefer – McDonald’s or Burger King? 

KFC’s new sandwich: Have you Doubled Down?

Type calories into Google, and the search site returns a picture of KFC’s new Double Down chicken sandwich.

If you haven’t seen one yet, the Double Down is made with two fried chicken breasts in place of a bun. Sandwiched between them is cheese, bacon and a yellow mystery sauce.

540 calories. 32 grams of fat. 1380 mg of sodium (a grilled chicken version has 460 calories, 23 grams of fat, 1380 calories).

Nobody in our building has built up the nerve to try one yet.

Have you? If so, give us your review. We want details.

Dumpling 10053 in El Monte

If obvious and simple business names had contests, I’m certain Dumpling 10053 restaurant in El Monte would be in the top 10.

This Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant sits in a small corner off of Valley Boulevard. Address: 10053; food served: dumplings.

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I stopped in to this little restaurant one chilly evening, looking to pick up a warm, comforting dinner. Good dumplings can be comforting. There was only a couple diners seated for a dinner out, but I wasn’t alone in ordering out, as a few other customers came in after me to pick up their phone orders.

I perused the menu and, thinking more with my growling stomach than with my eyes or wallet, I went for an order of green onion pancakes ($3.75), two orders of pan-fried pork dumplings ($5.95 each order), one order of beef steamed dumplings ($6.50) and a side of vegetable fried rice ($5.50).

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Okay, so the vegetable fried rice wasn’t so much a side than a whole meal on its own. Though it looked tasty with vegetables and plenty of egg, it seemed to lack the “fried” in fried rice and needed a little salt.

The green onion pancakes were greasier than other places I’ve tried. Not bad but nothing spectacular either. The dumplings were big compared to other dumpling places I’ve been to, but that may have affected how they were cooked or their flavor.

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The beef steamed dumplings had a big piece of juicy beef inside but the dough was bland. The pan-fried pork dumplings also had a good size portion of tasty pork inside and though the dough flavor is enhanced when they are pan-fried, it was just okay. 

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I can’t say I won’t come back to Dumpling 10053, there prices were decent, good and quick service and good portions. But they’re will definitely be some Sriracha (rooster) sauce around.

Dumpling 10053 is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

They are located at 10053 Valley Blvd., Ste. 2 in El Monte. For to-go orders, call (626) 350-0188.

Progresso vs Campbell’s

Just like many, I’ve been trying to save money and eat healthier at the same time. But it is somewhat difficult to put together a tasty, healthy and quick lunch for work every day. There are only so many frozen food meals I can handle in a month, so I thought I would turn to something tasty and still simple – soup.

After watching those funny Progresso soup commercials, I decided to do my own taste test and compare the new Weight Watchers-endorsed Progresso soups with the Campbell’s Healthy Request line of soups.

I thought I would make it fair and choose a similar soup flavor so I went with Progresso’s Italian-Style Vegetables and Campbell’s Select Harvest Italian-Style Wedding.

 

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Campbell’s site says their “Healthy Request soups are 98% fat free, contain up to 50% less sodium than our regular soups and are made with high quality ingredients. And we’ve added lower sodium natural sea salt — so they taste great! All Healthy Request soups are certified by the American Heart Association.”

Campbell’s Italian-Style Wedding soup can said it had meatballs and spinach in chicken broth, with real parmesan cheese and no MSG added. One serving of about 9.3 ounces had 130 calories, 5 grams of fat with 0 grams of trans fat. It had 480 mg of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 7 grams of protein. The ingredients were pretty basic and seemed all natural.

With all those natural ingredients, this soup tasted about as empty as its calories. The broth had no flavor and there wasn’t enough spinach and sausage meatballs to offset the plain taste of the little macaroni balls that looked like corn kernels. If I were at home, I would have added a little salt and pepper and probably some hot sauce, but I was at work, so I settled for what was quickly available – hot Cheetos.

The softened hot Cheetos helped me finish at least half the serving of soup before I just gave up on it altogether.

Progresso Light’s Italian-Style Vegetable soup said it had only about 60 calories per 8 ounce serving with no grams of fat listed, 700 mg of sodium, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. It also had about 14 percent of the recommended daily value of potassium, 20 percent of vitamin A, 4 percent each of calcium and iron and 8 percent of vitamin C. Most of the ingredients made sense to me also.

One serving equals 0 points in the Weight Watchers point system and one package, about 2 servings, equals 1 point.

Though this soup didn’t have any meat, there was plenty of chunky penne pasta and vegetables like carrots, celery, green beans and tomatoes. The broth was pretty flavorful, it was hard to believe it had fewer calories than the Campbell’s soup. I didn’t even feel the need to add any hot sauce – or hot Cheetos – to this soup.

Maybe it was the vegetables adding some real flavor to the broth, but to me Progresso was the winner – by far.

Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe in Paseo Colorado

After a some-what quick run-through at a bridal show last month held at the Pasadena Convention Center, my sister and I were famished and in need of something refreshing to wash down the sweets we sampled at the show.

As we walked back to our parking in the Paseo Colorado structure, we spotted Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe off of Green Street and decided to check it out.

The menu looked pretty expansive with salads, sandwiches, wraps, soups, paninis, smoothies and more. I opted for the Spicy Chicken Tender wrap while my sister went with the Peach Paradise smoothie.

The wrap has bacon, spicy chicken tender pieces, provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, sprouts, salsa and ranch dressing wrapped in a jalapeno-cheddar tortilla. It came with tri-colored tortilla chips and salsa.

 

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All the flavors blended well with each bite. The refreshing crunch of the romaine and alfalfa sprouts with the spicy and warmth of the chicken, saltiness of the bacon cooled with the ranch dressing. It was a very tasty and satisfying wrap, and although it seemed healthy, this 10 ounce wrap comes with 799 calories. Definitely more than I thought or planned.

The Peach Paradise smoothie also refreshing and tasty and although it said it had peaches and honey, I don’t believe I tasted real peaches in it, but still pretty tasty and not too sweet.

Camille’s also has some breakfast selections and offers catering and lunch boxes to-go. Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe has various locations throughout California.

The Pasadena location is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 285 E. Green St., 626-440-1212.