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Zoom Contest Round I Winners + JITB Munchie Meals Review

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

Picture quote


Blue Ocean Thai Restaurant @
327 Keawe St. (next to the former Comp USA)

Honolulu, Hawaii

March 6, 2010

Fried Ice Cream (Vanilla only)


Vietnamese Mango @
Diner C’s sister’s tree growing in the north-central Oahu area

August 2, 2013

Locally-grown Vietnamese Mangoes


Ivy Pantastico’s “Pantastic” Pumpkin Crunch dessert @ Silva’s store in Ewa Beach @
91-455 Ewa Beach Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706

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 @
267 Mokauea St
Honolulu, HI 96819

October 22, 2011

Suman from Alicia’s Market
Also posted in September 6, 2008


Liliha Bakery Coco Puff Cake @ office baby shower @
Liliha Bakery
515 N. Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI  96817

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
2424 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

August 28, 2009Ciao Mein’s absolutely delicious take on the classic Italian favorite, Tiramisu…

Green Tea Shaved Ice at Gyotaku @
1824 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

July 25, 2009

We also tried the Green Tea Shave Ice…


Aloha tofu mousse; factory @

961 Akepo Lane
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817

October 11, 2012

Oh, there’s chocolate chips in here for sure, in the form of chunky bitty nibs…


Champion Malasada @
1926 South Beretania St.
Honolulu, HI 96826

November 3, 2013Still 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 @
Kapiolani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96816-4421

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 @
100 North Beretania Street
Ste 110
Honolulu, HI 96817

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:

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

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!…

Bank of Waikiki? Where stay dat?

*Source: Jack in the Box


5 thoughts on “Zoom Contest Round I Winners + JITB Munchie Meals Review

  • November 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Castle and Cooke, Inc. 650 Iwilei, Dole Cannery

    • November 28, 2013 at 12:42 pm


      You got it! You, my friend are the proud winner of a $10 Jack Cash card. Cheee-hooo! (how many “e’s” was that? lol)

      That was a scene set for a shoot done several weeks ago at the Dole Cannery office building in Iwilei for this season’s Hawaii Five-0. “Bank of Waikiki”… at Dole Cannery in Iwilei. Classic!

      Bank of Waikiki Hawaii Five-O

      • November 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        I had to use my Internet skills to figure it out. Googled Bank of Waikiki, found a photo of it on someone’s tumblr page, saw the TAG sign in the nearby business window in the photo and along with one of the tags on the tumblr page, Iwilei, I did another search. Found the TAG Group, checked their address on Google Street View and there was the “Bank of Waikiki”.

  • October 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    im here because they talked about this devilish burger on the podcast my brother my brother and me

    thank you for this good good review


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