While many of you have your turkey in the oven, gravy on the stove and a whole bunch of pots and pans to wash, it’s now also time to announce the winners of The Tasty Island Zoom Contest Round I winners! Yay!
First of all, I must say, of the HUGE amount of traffic this site gets – especially now during the holiday season, there were only two of you who entered. That’s OK, I’m cool with “lurkers”. As long as you enjoy reading this blog, that’s what makes me happy most. Of course, being a large amount of you are Hawaii folks, had the grand prize been a vacation package to Las Vegas, I’d probably have to open an entirely new eMail account just to handle the amount of entries. lol
But hey, the gift of food is something we should all appreciate, as we do in part today for Thanksgiving, along with the laughter and love of family and friends.
That said, the grand prize winner of The Tasty Island Zoom Contest is… drum roll please………
Mimi! Yay!!! Mimi described every photo to the “T”, right down to date of the post and notable comment I wrote about the dish from that particular review. That makes her score a maximum 14 points. For that, Mimi wins three $10 Jack in the Box “Jack Cash” cards, valued at a total of $30. Cheeeeeee-hooooooooo! lol
The second place winner is…
Jody A! Yay!! Jody also “aced” the answers, including the theme, however, her answers weren’t as detailed as Mimi’s. Yet still, Maika’i (well done)!!! Which makes her total score 13 points. For that, Jody A wins two $10 Jack in the Box “Jack Cash” cards, valued at a total of $20. Cheeeeee-hoooooo! Was that the same amount of “e’s”? lol
Here’s the breakdown of the correct answers, as grand prize winner Mimi submitted:
Theme: Island/Local Desserts
Date of Post
Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant @
March 6, 2010
Fried Ice Cream (Vanilla only)
Vietnamese Mango @
|August 2, 2013|
Locally-grown Vietnamese Mangoes
Ivy Pantastico’s “Pantastic” Pumpkin Crunch dessert @ Silva’s store in Ewa Beach @
April 26, 2013
Silva’s Grocery & Liquor in Ewa Beach – Ivy Pantastico’s “Pantastic” Chili & Rice Bowl for $3 and “Pantastic” Pumpkin Crunch dessert for $4
Suman from Alicia’s Market @
|October 22, 2011|
Suman from Alicia’s Market
Liliha Bakery Coco Puff Cake @ office baby shower @
|August 18, 2010|
Therefore I’m putting this Coco Puff Cake up in the spotlight today to get the word out,
Cherry-topped Pistachio Cheese Cake @ Diner KK’s Aloha Oe Potluck Luncheon @ Pomai’s office (Honolulu)
|August 14, 2012|
Rounding things out for dessert, a couple full pans of home-made Cherry-topped Pistachio Cheese Cake…
Ciao Mein – Tiramisu dessert @ Hyatt Waikiki
|August 28, 2009||Ciao Mein’s absolutely delicious take on the classic Italian favorite, Tiramisu…|
Green Tea Shaved Ice at Gyotaku @
|July 25, 2009|
We also tried the Green Tea Shave Ice…
Aloha tofu mousse; factory @
961 Akepo Lane
|October 11, 2012|
Oh, there’s chocolate chips in here for sure, in the form of chunky bitty nibs…
Champion Malasada @
|November 3, 2013||Still on the Portuguese theme, via Macao, next up, we have a box of Champion Malasadas….You know the rules around here…|
Bali salak @ KCC Farmer’s Market @
|November 8, 2013|
Frankie’s Nursery – ‘Bali Salak’ Snake Fruit (a rare Indonesian fruit with a crunchy fruit taste like a sweet pineapple)
Egg Cream Buns. Birthday Lunch at Fook Lam @
November 4, 2012
But wow isn’t wow yet, as these here Crispy Egg Cream (Custard) Buns dessert dim sum were like seriously WOW!…
Mahalo for playing and congratulations for winning, Mimi and Jody A!
Now let’s take the time to thank our prize sponsor, Jack in the Box, by doing a review of Jack’s Munchie Meals. And gee-o-golly is this one gonna’ be a “doozie”! lol
Thanks to complimentary gift cards from Jack in the Box, these were purchased at the Honolulu location on the corner of King and McCully Street, which is nearest to where I live. I mean, really, with a 9pm to 5am “I suddenly have the munchies” window, how far would one be willing to drive to satisfy the crave?
These, being the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger Munchie Meal and Brunch Burger Munchie Meal.
Let’s start by checkin’ out what’s in the Brunch Burger Munchie Meal box…
“SPIN THE TACO”? Seriously? We’ll get more to that shortly. First let’s unwrap everything…
My heart rate went up just looking at that. While I don’t need to take them anymore, I’m sure glad I still have Lisinopril on me. Whew!
As always in Tasty Island fashion, let’s split ’em open for a better look…
So what you have there are “Halfsies”, which are an obvious combination of Jack in the Box Fries and Curly Fries, 2 tacos and a quite substantial “Brunch Burger”. Let’s now deconstruct this so-called “Brunch Burger”…
Star of this “stoner’s” show, we have a standard Jack in the Box Jumbo Jack hamburger patty, paired with a fried egg, bacon, hash brown, encased by a croissant that’s been generously buttered and slathered with mayonnaise on the top half. Wow. Just wow. Where were those pills, now?
And how is this here “Brunch Burger”? Over the top. Just way too much going on.It didn’t come across as some magical combination, such as how I feel about, oh say, a classic BLT sandwich. It simply tasted like a Jumbo Jack with a hash brown, egg and bacon on it, with every part having its own character, instead of them all complimenting each other as one harmonious masterpiece. And I’ll leave it at that.
Next let’s check Jack in the Box’s Taco, by first taking her literally for a spin!…
I think the taco grease-to-paper game surface ratio was off, because the taco couldn’t make an entire revolution in one spin. Either that, or I just don’t have “Spin the Taco” game. lol
Looking at what’s underneath where my taco is pointing, I either have to sit on the lap of the person next to me, or text my ex. Well, believe you-me, I’d rather sit on a wana (prounounced “vuh-nah”, which is a sea urchine), as opposed to anything remotely associated with the latter. However, I can burp names somethin’ fierce… I’m pretty good at that! lol
Let’s get better look inside this
lab experiment taco….
Trying it, all I can say is, no wonder the JITB Taco is included in an over-the-top combination menu item called a “Munchie Meal”, and again, I’ll leave it at that. You can figure it out.
But hold on a minute, we’re not done yet. You know me, Mr. McGuyver of the kitchen, trying to concoct something inventive out of whatever my resources are. Well, introducing the “Munchies-to-da-Max Brunch Burger Taco”!…
Oh yes my friends, I “went there”. Taco? Check? Hamburger? Check? Fried Egg? Check. Curly Fries? Check. Hash Brown? Check. I was gonna’ throw in the croissant “bun” as well, but it was already too stuffed. Let’s try it…
Dude, like totally, sober notwithstanding, this is WAY better! While I’m sure I’m not the first to do this, this is the first time I’ve tried a “Taco Burger”, and you know what? Pretty awesome, like dude! Totally! The crunchy-yet-chewy corn tortilla, in all its greasy glory really gave all the other “stuff” a nice contrast.
That said, if you do ever, for some remote reason get a Munchie Meal, definitely try combining everything in the box in the taco. That’s the way to go, for sure!
Not done yet, let’s try the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger Munchie Meal option…
Shucks, I was hoping there’d be a different stoner’s game in this box, but nope. Perhaps with this one, instead of playing “Spin the Taco”, I’ll play “Toss the Halfsies”, tossing fries on the puzzle, and wherever it lands is the deal. Like, totally, dude.
And voila, the Stacked Grilled Cheese Burger
The Sourdough Jack was always my favorite, most fattening Jack’d up burger, so it’s good to see they used their Sourdough bread to make the Grilled Cheese Sandwich “bun” topping this gut-busting monster.
Only Jack would have the b@lls to place a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich as the top “bun” for a hamburger.
Well I can’t believe they actually put veggies in this. Pin a medal on them! Actually, what this essentially is, is a Sourdough Jack, with one more layer of cheese and bun. I say just pull out all the stops and make the “Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger”, where both the top AND bottom have an extra layer of cheese and grilled, buttery sourdough bread. Oh yeah!
Nuff’ talking, let’s try it…
And? Still over the top. It essentially tastes like a grilled sourdough sandwich that happens to have a hamburger in it, not the other way around.
I think the problem with both of them lies in the lackluster hamburger patty itself. It’s just no comparison to the much better quality, fresh beef burgers we can all get now at the local “haute” burger shop. Oh like say Honolulu Burger Company, The Counter and Teddy’s. Not only that, but I think both the burgers in these meals had been premade at the time I ordered it, as not only were they a bit dry, but the temperature was more on the luke-warm side. But hey, this is fast food on the cheap, so what more can one expect?
You know what was honestly the best part of the entire meal, next to my own Taco Burger concoction? The Fruit Punch drink it came with. After all that heavy grub and salt, the cold, sweet beverage to wash that all away was utter bliss! Slurp-slurp-slurp. lol
Let’s finish this by rounding up the nutritional facts* for these gut busting meals:
BRUNCH BURGER MUNCHIE MEAL
Serving Size 1
• Calories 1708
• Calories from Fat 951
• Total Fat (g) 106
• Saturated Fat (g) 29
• Trans Fat (g) 3
• Cholesterol (mg) 340
• Sodium (mg) 2993
• Potassium (mg) 1588
• Carbohydrates (g) 135
• Dietary Fiber (g) 11
• Sugars (g) 9
• Protein (g) 54
STACKED GRILLED CHEESE BURGER
Serving Size 1
• Calories 1679
• Calories from Fat 871
• Total Fat (g) 97
• Saturated Fat (g) 28
• Trans Fat (g) 3
• Cholesterol (mg) 129
• Sodium (mg) 3538
• Potassium (mg) 1496
• Carbohydrates (g) 144
• Dietary Fiber (g) 12
• Sugars (g) 13
• Protein (g) 56
Oh. My. God. Those numbers are INSANE! Jack, have you LOST YOUR MIND?!!!
While packing the Munchie Meal in a box adorned with “stoner” art and games is quite a novelty, they surprisingly left the vast advertising real estate on the underside of the box a void white space. Well, here’s one simple idea what to do with it….
I’d also say do a Jack in the Box maze, but I think stoners would never be able find the end point. lol
Summing up the new Jack in the Box Brunch Burger and Grilled Cheese Burger Munchie Meals, I give it… um… no comment.
Well hey, if the “Munchie Meal” is a bit much for you, there’s lots more options on the menu to use your Jack Cash on…
All said, huge (and I mean HUGE) mahalo to Jack in the Box for sponsoring the prizes for this game. Much appreciated!
In the mean time, to you and yours, have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving Day!
P.S. Since there’s still a third place $10 Jack Cash card prize up for grabs, the first person to comment where this here quote, unquote “Bank of Waikiki” is located, wins it!…
*Source: Jack in the Box