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Gigantic Watermelon Slicer Tested

Gigantic Watermelon Slicer Tested

Jul 3, 2015

BS TESTS has been awfully quiet until this most recent injustice awakened the Bull into a snarling mess of disappointment. This is a Watermelon Slicer that was purchased at Sam’s Club last summer and was never used until recently.  Currently it is not available and hopefully that will save you from making the mistake of throwing away ten plus dollars. First, the instructions suggest cutting both ends of the melon.  I guess without the old watermelon cutting knife that seem to work just fine, step one would not be possible.  This may also require a cutting board and lots of paper towels.  The flatter the end cut, we have learned the better it works.   Step 2: Place it on its circular juice catching tray, which oddly has a whole in the center so that the maximum amount of sticky juice squirts through it, onto your counter top. Step 3: Press the blades on top of the cut melon and push with as much force as you can humanly muster.  This may not be enough.  I can assure you this is not something the average Mom can manage without inverting into a complete handstand over the fruity prey.     Here is what it looks like after I pulled a hamstring and blew out my elbow.  I know it looks very pretty and inviting but the slices are so thick an adult mouth is stretched trying to eat just one slice.  I guess you could break out the old watermelon knife and slice each wedge in half, twice for the children.   Although this was not pleasurable the first try, to be fair we went again for a second time.  The blades were bent and in applying only enough force to get through the first inch or so the handle snapped and cracked making gripping the top almost impossible.  Attempt 3 and 4 fared about the same. This product gets the lowest rating of 1 Bull for watermelon.  I would have tried other melons or even pineapple, but with a broken handle I will stick with my melon and paring knives.    ...

Top 10 OTP Food Trucks

Top 10 OTP Food Trucks

Jul 3, 2015

What are the best food trucks OTP? Thanks to Scoop OTP website for this list!

High Road Ice Cream Nationwide

High Road Ice Cream Nationwide

Jan 29, 2015

By Suzanne Taylor Let’s just say, we literally got the ice cream scoop! I ran into the High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet marketing manager at Whole Foods in Avalon and was excited to meet her, since this is literally a Made OTP product with their facility in Marietta. You know we love to feature anything good created OTP, and their ice cream is great! We are excited to announce that High Road has created a line of 8 new ice cream flavors called BLVD Tasty Ice Cream — made just for all Whole Foods stores! The brand launches in March and this is more of a partnership than a private label line between High Road and Whole Foods, as High Road will also help market it. They were asked to create a line that celebrates the history of ice cream in America. The flavors they chose are: Cheesecake Brownie, Praline Almond, Banana Split, Lemon Cream, Super Chocolate, Caramel Dulce Slam, Classic Tortoni and Vanilla Custard. They use simple, all-natural ingredients. The milk and cream come from Jersey cows who get lots of grass and love at a family farm in Georgia. They pasteurize the mix slowly for a rich, custardy flavor. And all those chunky, chewy, crunchy, ooey-gooey goodies that make ice cream fun to eat — their pastry chefs make them in their own kitchen! Shaun Chavis, Director of Training and Brand Development High Road Ice Cream said: The company is using regionally-sourced milk and cream that we pasteurize ourselves (the same as in High Road ice creams) and they are making all the goodies in the ice cream ourselves such as: brownies, cookies, caramel, praline nuts, dulce de leche, and strawberry jam. We squeeze all the lemons for lemon juice here! We’re using fair trade vanilla and chocolate from Madécasse. Thank you for letting us share the Scoop with our our fans! You can grab High Road at The Local Exchange in Marietta and other places OTP. Scoop is excited to get a tour soon of their facility and visit their tasting room! I think this is one trip the kids will want to tag along! Be sure to check out their...

Smashburger

Smashburger

Nov 21, 2014

When you think of Smashburger – think fast casual, fresh ingredients, cooked to order, and excellent value, and great service! · Smashburger serves up big, smashed to order 100% Certified Angus Beef burgers with toppings that are fresh, unique, and free. · Smashchicken is served grilled or crispy, on your choice of 4 different types of freshly toasted artisan buns or a lettuce wrap, and also comes with all of the fresh and unique Smashburger toppings. · Don’t forget our fresh, made to order salads, and our hand patted Black Bean Burger! · The Smashfries, sweet potato fries, and the haystack of fried onions are but a few of the delicious, made to order sides customers enjoy! · Round that out with a 100% old fashioned, handmade Häagen-Dazs milk shake, and you have the Smashburger experience! · We offer a cheery, bright and clean dining environment along with pleasant, customer oriented service. · Our food is brought to the table so folks don’t have to stand around and wait. It is served in a stainless-steel wire basket, not in a paper bag. And folks get a real knife and fork (not plastic). Better burgers – Each burger begins as a rolled-up “meatball” of one-third-pound* Angus beef. That meatball is slapped on a hot buttered grill, where it’s literally “smashed” with a custom-made spatula that presses it onto the grill. This process sears in the juices so that the burger cooks in its own juices — so it’s more tasty. *You can also order a small burger (quarter pound) or a big burger (half pound). Unconventional sides – Besides conventional fries, Smashburger also sells sweet potato fries and the house-specialty Smashfries, which come tossed with rosemary, olive oil and garlic. Then, there are the Veggie Frites. These are for the ultra-health-conscious — flash-fried carrot sticks and green beans, seasoned with pepper, that can serve as a better-for-you replacement for French fries. Awesome shakes, malts, and floats – All made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream. When shakes are brought to the table, customers also are handed the canister that the shake was made in — with the remainder of the shake. We strike a balance between quality...

Theo’s Brothers Bakery: Fresh & Tasty

Theo’s Brothers Bakery: Fresh & Tasty

Sep 19, 2014

By Suzanne Taylor – Co-creator of Scoop OTP We finally made it to Theo’s Brother’s Bakery, which is owned by the Segwick Restaurant Group — a company that has many great dining options OTP. This fast-casual restaurant has a diverse selection of salads and sandwiches, and don’t even get me started on their baked goods variety! We went to the West Cobb location in the Avenues next to Aspens Signature Steaks. I know many of you who have lived OTP for a long time have probably been to either their Alpharetta location near the Silos or the West Cobb/Marietta location. I am embarrassed that it has taken us two years to Scoop this restaurant, but we are glad we finally did, and we can’t wait to return. The concept of fresh fast food at a casual restaurant is perfect for people on the go. You can grab something light or something more filling. I was really surprised by the selection and opted for their fresh tuna salad with their Aspen Chopped salad. The portion size was large and satisfying. My whole group enjoyed the cream of chicken soup, where (again) the portion was larger than expected. The French Dip was delicious and easy to share, and we all had to nibble at a few of the delicious baked goods, too. (I think it’s in the Scoop oath to try the sweets at every restaurant!) Even the day-old bread looked enticing! If they had wifi, I might have stayed all day sampling their Asiago bread and eating more desserts! For a complete menu, click here. Scoop Note: They have menu options that follow Maximized Living standards with both a core and an advanced plan. I wasn’t aware of this concept until I saw it on Theo’s menu, but you can read more here about maximizing quality nutrition. Located at 3265 Dallas Highway SW, Marietta at the Avenues West Cobb OR 12280 Houze Road #6, Alpharetta (a more limited menu here, but this is where they bake the bread!) For 99% of the restaurants or places we have ‘Scoop Approved,’ we secretly scoop them and are given no extra special treatment. We also pay for our meal!...

Da Vinci’s Donuts are Delightful

Da Vinci’s Donuts are Delightful

Sep 5, 2014

By Suzanne Taylor – Co-creator of SoopOTP It was not a tough day in Scoopville when Michelle and I went to check out Da Vinci’s Donuts in downtown Alpharetta. We were very excited to find out that their donut size was much smaller than traditional donuts, so in theory, that meant less calories. But it was our duty to try a variety of  toppings, and we take our job very seriously. We didn’t want to let you down! First of all, Da Vinci’s Donuts isn’t a traditional bakery that you might be used to. The entire concept of this shop is to customize your donut with their icings and toppings, just like an ice cream or yogurt store. And the donuts are cake style — light with a crunch exterior. With 20 different flavors, where will you begin? They have vintage icings like vanilla, chocolate, maple, and powdered sugar. Their contemporary donuts include flavors such as raspberry lemonade and cinnamon roll. Last, but definitely not least, are their signature donuts that have innovative flavors with a spin on Italian desserts and classic treats. This is where we went a little crazy! We enjoyed French Toast, Cookies & Creme, Maple Bacon, Salted Carmel, S’mores, Pina Colada and more. And on this Scoop outing, we brought our girls (Scoopers-in-Training) who also enjoyed the experience building their own donuts and eating them! With their palette of icings, topping and drizzles and your ability to create your own, the Da Vinci’s Donuts name makes perfect sense. When you first walk into the store, there is a huge chalkboard allowing the customers to get creative. There is also great chalk art on the walls for sale by Whitney Barnard of the Scribble Studio. Melissa and Andrew Rudd aren’t your typical donut makers. She is an audiologist and he is an attorney. Melissa is a self taught cook who enjoyed making donuts with her mom, and then later with her own children. She combined her love of donuts, her Italian heritage, and her creative side to create Da Vinci’s Donuts. This isn’t a franchise, but could be since it is such a different type of donut store that would be popular anywhere OTP and...