Friday, April 11

PDQ, Pompano Beach.

I ate dinner at the PDQ located at 2341 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. PDQ is supposed to stand for "People Dedicated to Quality", I think that's a nice motto. The inside was bright and open. There was a big exposed kitchen in the back and there were a lot of people working back there. I had their four piece chicken tenders meal with a Cheerwine to drink, $8.79, and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, $.99, for dessert. The chicken tenders were amazing! They were very tender and had a delicious crispy breading. I liked their chipotle dipping sauce. They were also made very quickly. PDQ must also mean "Pretty Darn Quick"! My sister's meal came with toffee for her apples but she didn't want it. I tried it with my tenders. It was so weird on the chicken! The weird was good, though. I never had Cheerwine before, it was a good cherry cola. My dad said he used to drink it when he was little. The cookie was very sweet and soft. Peanut butter and chocolate together are my favorite. I would love to go back again. I give PDQ 5 sporks up!!!

My chicken tenders.

Me and my chicken!


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Saturday, April 5

InsaneCookies.com Part 2, Pembroke Pines.

We brought home about three dozen cookies from my friends at InsaneCookies.com. My little sister, Ellie, and I tried a wide variety of cookies. It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. It's good work if you can find it! They were all very beautiful and smelled, surprisingly enough, like fresh baked cookies, mmmm... Since there were so many, we decided to share our top ten favorite cookies.

InsaneCookies.com also made us a special dog biscuit for our two dogs, Choncho and Ralphie. It was made with peanut butter and Parmesan cheese. Although we didn't try it, it smelled really good. By the way our pups scarfed it down, they seemed to love it. I think they would give it 5 paws up!


Wyatt's Top 10 Cookie List:


#1 Identity Crisis
Peanut butter dough with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and mini Reese's cups. This cookie had all my favorite cookie flavors. The classic combination of smooth peanut butter and creamy chocolate gives this cookie my #1 spot.


#2 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
This one was made special for me. Brandy from Insane Cookies knows that I don't like raisins so she replaced them with chocolate chips! It was a nice change, the oatmeal went well with the chocolate. A really good cookie!


#3 Day Dreamer
Rum, coconut flakes and pineapple chunks. This one was very fruity and sweet. It reminded me of my recent cruise to the Caribbean and this was also my mom's favorite.


#4 Simply Nuts
Peanut butter dough with macadamia nuts, unsalted peanuts and walnuts. This one had a nice texture to it and I love macadamia nuts.


#5 Chocoholic
Chocolate brownie dough with jumbo dark chocolate chips. This was a lot of chocolate, in a good way. It was an exceptional chocolate cookie.


#6 Impostor
Chocolate brownie dough with raspberry filling. At first, I confused this cookie with #5, but when I bit into it, I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet raspberry taste inside.


#7 Exhibitionist
White chocolate chips, cranberries and pistachio nuts. This cookie took me a few minutes to comprehend. It had such random elements that came together to make a really unique and delicious flavor.


#8 Masochist
Spicy chocolate brownie dough with chocolate chips. This one was possibly the most deceiving of all. It looks like a regular chocolate cookie, but had a spicy kick.


#9 Feeling Blue
Lemon dough with white chocolate chips and blueberries. This one reminded me of blueberry muffins, my favorite kind. It also had a light lemon flavor that added a little something extra to this cookie.


#10 Peter Pan Complex
Mini M&M's and sprinkles. This cookie looked like a party! I love M&M's on everything, cookies included.

I really enjoyed trying all these different and amazing cookies. I can't wait to get them again! I give InsaneCookies.com 5 sporks up!!!


Ellie's Top 10 Cookie List:

#1 Homesick
French toast dough topped with cinnamon sugar. I really love french toast, this cookie was perfect. I even dipped a little piece in some syrup!


#2 Identity Crisis
Peanut butter dough with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and mini Reese's cups. I loved the Reese's peanut butter cups in this cookie.


#3 Martian Abduction
Red velvet dough with white chocolate chips. I really love this combination.


#4 Cannibal
Classic cookie with mini Oreos. Putting Oreo cookies inside another cookie is the best idea ever!


#5 Delusions of Grandeur
White chocolate chips, macadamia nuts and caramel bits. I really love the white chocolate chips, the macadamia nuts and caramel bits were kind of hard to eat with my braces.


#6 Peter Pan Complex
Mini M&Ms and sprinkles. It looked amazing! Sprinkles and M&Ms are awesome together!


#7 Exhibitionist
White chocolate chips, cranberries and pistachio nuts. Pistachio nuts are my favorite!


#8 Feeling Blue
Lemon dough with white chocolate chips and blueberries. I love the tangy lemon flavor.


#9 Day Dreamer
Rum, coconut flakes and pineapple chunks. I really enjoyed the big pieces of pineapple.


#10 Chocoholic
Chocolate brownie dough with jumbo dark chocolate chips. Super chocolaty and delicious!

I just love eating cookies and I had a lot of fun trying the cookies that InsaneCookies.com made for us. I agree with my brother Wyatt and give InsaneCookies.com 5 hot pink sporks up!!!

Sunday, March 30

Ruffles Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings Chips Review.

I had the Ruffles Deep Ridged Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Hot Wings chips, $4.29. I love Buffalo flavored chips and good ones are hard to come by, so I was really excited when I saw these. They were supposed to taste like Buffalo Wild Wings sauce, but they tasted just like normal Buffalo sauce to me. The chips were crunchy and had extra deep ridges, like the bag said. They were a little bit spicy and had a good tangy flavor. I really liked them and I will definitely buy them again. I give Ruffles BW3 chips 4 1/2 sporks up!


Saturday, March 29

InsaneCookies.com, Pembroke Pines.

I had the Whoopie Cookie Cake from InsaneCookies.com located at 9924 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. I got to meet Brandy and Amanda, they were very nice and excited for me to try their treats. This was a cookie cake on steroids! It was huge; I weighed it when I got it home and it was 5 pounds 10 ounces! I think it would make an impressive birthday cake. There were 3 layers: chocolate chip cookie, devil's food cake and chocolate chip cookie with butter cream icing between the layers and around the sides. The chocolate chip cookies were soft, chewy and delicious. The devil's food cake was super chocolaty and moist. I wasn't the biggest fan of the butter cream, I think I would have preferred cream cheese icing. I really enjoyed trying the largest cookie cake that I have ever eaten. When you try your whoopie cookie cake, make sure you have a big glass of milk ready. I give the Whoopie Cookie Cake 4 sporks up!



Wednesday, March 26

Carnival Victory Cruise, Jamaica & Cayman Islands.

I went on the Carnival Victory for a five day cruise to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands on March 8 - 13, 2014. We left out of the Port of Miami. The ship was very big, fourteen floors. I think the ship could use an update, it looked a little bit old. I was in cabin 8240, it had a nice balcony. When I walked into the room, I realized that it was very small at first, but we got used to it. There were five of us total in the room. It had one king size bed, a fold down bed, a fold out couch bed and a roll away cot. I was on the fold out couch. There was a small bathroom with a shower, too. On the little counter was a basket of fruit and a bottle of champagne, for my parents, of course. I liked the towel animals that our room steward left for us every night. My mom bought us the towel animal making book, so we could do it at home too.


Here are some nice pictures of the ocean that I took.



My family and I got to go on a galley tour (galley means kitchen on a ship) which was led by the Chef de Cuisine Michael Wisdom. He was really nice and informative about everything. At first, I thought that it would be a pretty small kitchen, but I was hugely mistaken. The kitchen was bigger than my house! It was all stainless steal, with so many different stations like the dessert station, the soup / sauce station and the salad station, etc. Chef Wisdom taught us how to make my favorite dessert, warm chocolate melting cake and gave us the recipe. I can't wait to try and make it at home. We also got to go on a tour of the bridge, where they pilot the ship. It reminded me a lot of the bridge in the movie Captain Philips, but without the pirates. There were so many consoles with so many buttons, but I only saw a few guys working everything!
Kitchen tour.



The warm chocolate melting cake recipe.

The bridge tour.

For the kids, instead of roaming the ship alone while their parents were out, there is a sort of camp. For the littler kids, it is called Camp Carnival, for 12-14 year-olds (my group) it's called Circle C (cruise, chill, connect) and for the 15-17 year-olds, there is Club O2. I only went there when I wanted to. I liked it better than I thought I would. It was fun, I made some new friends and even the supervisors were nice. What we basically did was hang out, go for ice cream or pizza runs, play video games or blackjack.

There were self serve ice cream machines all over the lido deck. The first place I ate at, after getting ice cream, was the Pizza Pirate, a restaurant on the lido deck. It was thin pizza with either pepperoni, cheese, or vegetables. I was surprised at how good he pizza was. It was hot and crunchy.

We had the Pacific dining room 6:00 PM seating at table 682. There were sculptures of mermaids holding up the walls and on every table end. The service here was the best I've ever experienced! The waiters always smiled and said hello, always so nice. Our head waiter was Anthony Oscar and he was super friendly and helpful with the menu. Prasanth the magician came by our table every night. He was very skilled, he left us in shock and wonder every time.

For the first night's dinner, I had the the beef and barley soup, the beef brisket with gravy and mashed potatoes, for a desert I had their warm chocolate melting cake. The soup was good, the broth was rich. The beef brisket was very tender and savory. I especially like it with the potatoes and gravy. There are also vegetables on every entree, for show I guess. Next came my favorite part, the dessert. The warm chocolate melting cake was like warm pudding. I thought that it was exceptionally sweet and delicious. I had it three times for dessert during our trip!


Mmmmm...

The second night I had gator fritters, spring rolls, bow tie pasta with Alfredo sauce and chocolate melting cake. I normally don't like pasta in Alfredo sauce, but this was amazing! It was creamy and smooth. I also enjoyed the gator fritters, they tasted like really tender chicken.

On the third night, I had the spring rolls, chicken soup, country fried chicken and sherbet. The spring rolls were one of my favorite starters. They were warm and had great flavor. The chicken was on the bone, but I usually prefer tenders. This chicken was cooked perfectly, it was crispy, yet really tender and juicy. I haven't had sherbet in a while and this reminded me just how good it could be.


For the fourth night, I had the frog legs, beer battered fish & shrimp. I skipped dessert because I was so full! The frog legs were like soggy chicken wings. I didn't like them much. The fish was really flaky and juicy. The batter was very flavorful. The shrimp tasted like ordinary fish sticks, nothing special.



On the last night, I had the onion soup, meatloaf and ice cream. The onion soup had a nice rich flavor and texture with the bread, cheese and onions. Astonishingly, the meatloaf was my favorite meal of the cruise. It was tender, savory and delicious. The ice cream was the best that I've ever had! It was smooth and sweet.


Everyday at sea is the sea-day brunch. You have your choice of french toast, bagels, eggs and lots of other breakfast and lunch items. I had the fat stack pancakes with hash browns and two scrambled eggs. I was too full to finish the pancakes, but they were light, fluffy and sweet.

When we were in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, we went on an excursion to ride horses on the beach. Everybody there was friendly, welcoming and had a good sense of humor. This was the first time that I've ridden a horse since I was little, so I thought it would be a challenge. It wasn't that hard: pull the reins where you want the horse to go and kick to make it go faster. My horse's name was Tigre. First we rode through a trail, then we switched saddles to ride into the ocean. It was so much fun, I think everyone should do it, but look out for floaters! On our way back, we ate at Mama Marley's, you can read my review here.


We made friends with a sweet little pup that lived there. We called him Mellow Dog.



This guy was performing back at the port. Check out what his chair and table are balanced on!


While in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, we went out on our own and rented two jet skis at the Royal Palms Beach Club on Seven Mile Beach. The sand was so soft and fine and the water was crystal clear; it was beautiful. It's a shame that we didn't bring our snorkeling gear. The jet skis were very exhilarating. I rode on one with my older brother Aaron. He was only supposed to drive, but he gave me a chance. I was doing doughnuts at top speed! Then we walked around the town for a while before heading back to the ship.




We went to a family friendly comedy show on the last night where Donnell Grey and Cee Jay Jones performed. Both of the comedians were really funny and clean, we all had a good time there.

I had the ultimate vacation on the Carnival Victory and I can't wait to go on another cruise! As a Wyatt Tastes Good special event, I give my Carnival cruise experience 10 sporks up!!!

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