Food Review: The Burger Barn, Somers, NY

At this point, you’re probably annoyed with bad reviews, but I promise an amazing one is coming up next. Wait up for “Exelencia Mexicana” in Mahopac, NY.

So this place has been in my town for over a year now. When I first heard of it, I didn’t hear good things. Someone I knew told me they went there and the fries were burnt, the customer service was a mess, and more. I decided not to go and to give it time.

Another thing that kept me from going was just the feel of the restaurant. Somers restaurants, 85% of the time, don’t have a comfortable feel. Even if you’re a Somers resident, you might not feel like you belong.

First impressions:

The burger barn logo. http://theburgerbarn.com/menu/

Customer Service: Not a huge fan of the customer service here aside from the hostess, who was extremely sweet. You could tell no one wanted to help you out. Our waitress came at the beginning and maybe at the end? I can’t remember but I do remember we went really long without her coming over, even though I could see her standing against the wall for a really long time.

Some info: They apparently make all of their sauces themselves. I’ve had two or three of them and while one was amazing, the other was no good.

yuck.

Atmosphere: I kind of felt like I walked into some cheap cafeteria. The place used to be really high-end so I was surprised to see people wearing t-shirts and writing the server’s names on the paper tablecloths. It’s like they were trying to be family friendly and failed. Whoops.

Menu: Click here for the menu I’m about to discuss. I looked at the menu ahead of time but didn’t look for long. I knew I’d just end up getting a burger… it’s a burger place… Also the friend I was with had been there before so I looked forward to getting some of her suggestions.

Drinks: Okay so this isn’t really a big deal but their ginger ale was disgusting. WHAT THE HELL. I did not want to be one of those people who complained about everything when I obviously was picking it all apart but like it wasn’t even a seltzer or syrup problem, it just tasted bad and cheap.

$$$: Pretty good prices. What you would expect from a burger place. I’m glad they didn’t try to overprice us, which I was worried about because of the town it was located in.

Food: As you can see, they definitely know how to plate their food in a fun way.

Signature Onion Ring Stacker: Just regular onion rings, but I quite liked them as well as the sauce they came with! It was arranged in a cute and fun way.

Truffle Mac & Cheese: Cannot tell if sour or just weird. That’s all I can say. In other news: CAN A BLOGGER JUST GET SOME GOOD MAC AND CHEESE UP IN THIS BITCH?!

Sweet Potato Fries: Okay I’m a bad person, I didn’t take any notes on these and don’t remember HOW I felt. I do remember that they first gave me regular fries and that wasn’t what I ordered. So instead of making me wait and taking back my fries, they just brought me the sweet potato fries as well. What I do remember is that there were very large pieces of salt on the fries and it was so delicious. It made the whole sweet/salty factor so great.

Gigs Bacon Cheeseburger: Bacon: CHECK Cheese: CHECK Burger: CHECK Except. Well. The burger was dry as hell and I’m not about that. I was still okay with eating the whole thing, but I feel like if you have the word “Burger” in the title of your restaurant, the Burgers should be amazing. They shouldn’t be dry. I shouldn’t have anything to complain about. Oh and they let me keep those regular fries but they were gross and I brought them home to my boyfriend because ew.

 

Overall, My food was just okay. I would probably go back and order something completely different but I definitely would not  I would go back to get the same stuff.  At some point I asked for honey mustard and it was like just honey. The chipotle sauce had no flavour to it, it was just spicy. There is nothing to rave about here. It’s a restaurant that can’t even live up to it’s title.


RATING:

  • 3/10

tl;dr

  • There is nothing to rave about here. It’s a restaurant that can’t even live up to it’s title.

Let me know what you think below! Have you tried it? Do you COMPLETELY DISAGREE about the burgers?

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subscription box review: Beauty Box 5 (BB5) – August Box

GUYS. I love subscription boxes, but I am realizing I love nothing more than my beauty boxes. I canceled my graze box, a tea box I was getting was canceled, and I have two beauty boxes but I can’t get rid of either of them.

Beauty Box 5 is a  beauty box (obviously omg amandria can u not). They send 5 samples and sometimes some full-sized items of beauty stuff. hair stuff, face stuff, skincare ALL TYPES OF BEAUTY STUFF. I love them, i really do. I’ve been getting this box for 5 or 6 months now, I believe, and I wanted to get a good idea of the box before I reviewed it.

 

Here’s what I got this box. Read each caption below the picture for what I think:

I haven't tried this yet but I will. I try to stick with stuff made for curly hair, but just for the sake of using what I get in my boxes, and the fact that it says "for all hair types" I think I'll try it just this once.

I haven’t tried this yet but I will. I try to stick with stuff made for curly hair, but just for the sake of using what I get in my boxes, and the fact that it says “for all hair types” I think I’ll try it just this once.

I've already used one of these and I like that they smell nice and fresh and don't leave your face feeling like you used some type of oily wipe, which I've experienced before and didn't like at all.

I’ve already used one of these and I like that they smell nice and fresh and don’t leave your face feeling like you used some type of oily wipe, which I’ve experienced before and didn’t like at all.

Did NOT like. Here's my problem and I'll expand on it later, this color was NOT for my skin tone. I hated it! Also, the gloss felt sticky and I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be to have my hair down and feeling it get stuck in the gloss all of the time. Not my thing. I might give it away to my mom or something.

Did NOT like. Here’s my problem and I’ll expand on it later, this color was NOT for my skin tone. I hated it! Also, the gloss felt sticky and I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be to have my hair down and feeling it get stuck in the gloss all of the time. Not my thing. I might give it away to my mom or something.

I got a moisturizer by the same company and I loved it. I love anything that I can use to protect my skin and I love that this doesn't leave my face feeling oily or looking shiny. BEWARE: The ingredients are not listed on the actual sample, don't believe that it's all natural or anything.

I got a moisturizer by the same company and I loved it. I love anything that I can use to protect my skin and I love that this doesn’t leave my face feeling oily or looking shiny. BEWARE: The ingredients are not listed on the actual sample, don’t believe that it’s all natural or anything.

I'm planning on using this soon if I can. I tried it on one nail and got what I expected. The sparkles were scarce and spread out, so I don't know that I would be able to use this nail polish alone, I think I'd use it on top of another polish.

I’m planning on using this soon if I can. I tried it on one nail and got what I expected. The sparkles were scarce and spread out, so I don’t know that I would be able to use this nail polish alone, I think I’d use it on top of another polish.

 

$$:

  • This box is only $12 a month, but my favorite part is that you get stuff you may not have tried before. I love when I get new lipgloss colors and maybe some hair conditioner that I’ve never seen before, and then I realize I quite like it and go ahead and buy the full size!

LIKES:

  • All sorts of new stuff that I wouldn’t have thought of buying or trying
  • I don’t have to go out and buy make-up, I get it every month and I get all sorts of stuff!
  • I love love LOVE that I get a small card with all of the items I’ve bought, and how much they cost at retail price. It reminds me that I’m getting a good deal for the money I pay each month.

DISLIKES:

  • Although you may take a quiz upon signing up, they do not send you stuff tailored to you. The Nanacoco color I received was absolutely not what you would send someone with my skin tone. And my hair is curly, so I’m not sure I really wanted a Keratin treatment, but it doesn’t seem to suggest it will straighten your hair out or anything, so I’m down with it. I just think that if you’re going to send things not according to skin tone or hair type, you should send more neutral stuff that anyone can use.

RATING:

  • 9/10

tl;dr

  • Beauty Sub Boxes are just the perfect idea and BB5 is highly recommended by me and many others.

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about BB5 if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you ordered a box!

xx

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Food Review: Johnny D’s BBQ and Burgers, Mahopac, NY

There’s another BBQ place nearby, I had to try it… I JUST WANTED SOME GOOD SOUTHERN FOOD, OKAY!?

First impressions:

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maybe better than Savannah’s Southern house and we don’t have many BBQ places in town, so they might be right. But that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near great!

Customer Service: The bartender was the server, which I thought would be annoying and difficult but he was so nice! As a brown girl, I am always careful when I walk into a place that looks like it’s “for the locals.” For some reason, this had that look, but the bartender was extremely friendly and even invited us back at the end.

Some info: As I did with the last southern place, I asked if the owners were from the south. It turns out he’s from town, but he’s “just a really good cook.” I wasn’t sure yet whether this would be a good thing or a bad thing, so I just waited for the food to come.

Atmosphere: Like I said, it was a bar-like place. It looked like somewhere the locals go. The inside looked like a rush job, though, they wanted to make it look like a barn but it didn’t look as barn-ish as intended.

Menu: Click here for the menu I’m about to discuss. Here’s why I liked the menu: It was small enough that I didn’t have to take forever to decide what I wanted. What I really wanted was a burger, but I’ve been wanting to try good southern food so badly that I stuck with their more “southern” menu options. What I was confused about was the variety of items. They had burgers, sandwiches, BBQ (expected). But then they also had tacos and quesadillas, and THEN they also had nachos and seafood and some other bar food. I’m sure they were just trying to appeal to a big part of town, but the food just didn’t seem like it went together.

Drinks: Now, I didn’t have anything made by the bartender, but something I realized that was interesting to me is that they didn’t have fountain drinks. All of their beverages were canned or bottled and at first I thought it meant we’d only get one, but he brought us each a refill with no charge, so that was something to take note of.

$$$: Bar/Diner prices, which I was so happy with. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on food I might not have enjoyed.

Food: Here’s the big one, with pics! (I apologize, as some were taken in a rush and are slightly blurry).

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Chips with Guac – The guac was spicy and we loved it. The salsa seemed like it could have been freshly made, but you never know these days…

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Shrimp Po’Boy with fries. My boyfriend had it, and said it was just OK. There was nothing to rave or write home about, as we put it. At the time, he was only eating seafood, so he was hoping to have something flavourful but was disappointed.

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Beer-battered onion rings – pretty good!!

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“The Samitch” was alright. I do find myself wanting another every once in a while. My main problem was that there was SO much BBQ sauce on it, that the bottom bun was wet and soggy, and I wasn’t able to enjoy it as a sandwich, I ended up using a fork and knife. I did like it, though.

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Half rack of baby back ribs with their “special BBQ sauce” on it. I tasted it and YUCK. The ribs might have been okay but the sauce was sour and absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t even finish the rib because the taste was so bad. I never would have put the sauce on her ribs if I would have known it would be so bad. A BBQ place with bad BBQ sauce? No good!

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Once again, I just wanted some Southern Mac n Cheese! I got this sort of cafeteria, watered down version, which certainly wasn’t as disgusting as Savannah’s Southern House in Yorktown Heights (see my master post for more info), but it definitely wasn’t anything I would order again. I could make it so much better at home.

Overall, My food was okay, but the two people I came with certainly did not enjoy their food as much as I would have hoped. I would go back to get the same sandwich and for my friends to try some different things, but I was overall not too happy with the food. Most of the points I gave them were for the customer service and appetizers.


RATING:

  • 4/10

tl;dr

  • Only a few things on the menu were worth getting again, but we’re not deterred forever, I’d at least try to come back and try something else to give it another chance.

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about Johnny D’s BBQ and Burgers that you liked or disliked if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you’re planning to go there soon! DEFINITELY send me any pics you may have of the food there or let me know if you had the same dish as me! xx

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Food Review: HK Hell’s Kitchen, New York, NY

During the Pride parade, I went to HK Hell’s Kitchen for lunch with my friends!

Things to remember: CASH ONLY

Customer Service: Okay so here’s my main issue, the host and hostess were very confused!! After we put our name in, we waiting outside because there was almost no room in the actual restaurant to wait for a table. After waiting for almost an hour, a hostess who did not initially help us, went and asked another group if they wanted the available table. But they had been waiting for less time than we had!!! Luckily, they were waiting for a friend so I was able to speak to the hostess and get the table for myself and my group.

Atmosphere: It was a small place, but it looked like most of the people there were preparing to go to the parade! It wasn’t rowdy, but the music was good, I actually wish it was much louder!

Menu: I have so much to say! It was a nice and simple menu with a lot of choices, but not overwhelming. Not only was the menu great for my boyfriend who only eats seafood, but there was quite a selection, I could not choose what to get at first! What we all knew we wanted was the brunch special. With this special, you can have unlimited mimosas, screwdrivers, bellinis or champagne with anything of the meals on the menu for only $16.95 extra, and this is quite the deal if you like to drink! They had breakfast and brunch options, lunch options and more, it’s a well designed menu for sure!

Drinks: The drinks were honestly not that good, but after a few, you don’t care anymore. I felt like the orange juice was cheap and it was the main component in two of the drinks, so I was not impressed. The drinks were also warm, so that was definitely a downer.

$$$: I think it could have been less expensive for sure. I wasn’t as happy with my food or drinks as I thought I would be.

FOOD:  As you can see in the featured picture, the presentation was beautiful! Although my friends weren’t huge fans of the fries, I really enjoyed them. They went perfectly with the wasabi sauce that came with my boyfriend’s sandwich. My favorite part was that we got sooo many fries, so when my friends didn’t finish them, I ate them instead, ha!

I ordered a Lobster Sandwich. It was alright. I wish I would have ordered something different since the menu was so interested. I was definitely filled up after eating mine and my boyfriend’s fries but the sandwich was puny and I was not a fan, it didn’t have much lobster and was more expensive that I wanted it to be.

My boyfriend ordered a Salmon Burger. WOW was that good! I had a small bite of it with some of the wasabi sauce and I definitely wish I had chosen that option on the menu instead. It had SO much flavour and it was SO big!!

 

Overall, I had a really good time. Our waiter was a sweetheart and had the best suspenders for pride week and the food was good enough that I had no complaints. Unlimited drinks is never something to complain about either, so I can say I had a good enough experience.


RATING:

  • 5/10

tl;dr

  • Drinks were okay, presentation was great, food was just okay!

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about HK Hell’s Kitchen if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you’re planning to go there soon! DEFINITELY send me any pics you may have of the food there or let me know if you had the same dish as me! xx

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Food Review: Savannah’s Southern House, Yorktown Heights, NY

EDIT: This restaurant sure made a complete 180. Please feel free to read my previous review but the updated review and grade are here.

This is my first real food review, although I love food and love to review. So i apologize for the lack of pictures. I’ll never come to this place again, but I promise I’ll post pictures of the food I review in the future. I’ll start this with a quote from my boyfriend’s daughter: “There’s no one here named Savannah, we’re not in the south, and this isn’t a house!” Those were definitely not the only things missing at Savannah’s Southern House in Yorktown Heights. NY. Nope, there was much, MUCH more. Let’s take it from the beginning. When I first saw the sign for Savannah’s, I was so excited! I’d never tried authentic Southern Food as I’d never been to the South, but could this be something almost as good? If these people were Southerners moving up to the North, they’d made the right choice! I just knew they would get a lot of business, and a lot of repeat customers if they were good. IF they were good… That should give you the idea that they weren’t. At all.

Customer Service: They were all pretty nice. The hostess was the daughter of the owners, I found out soon after I’d arrived. I asked her if the owners were from the South. It turns out they are an Italian family who owns a pizza place nearby. One that I’ve never been to but I’ve heard it’s pretty good. I judged them hard, but I tried to give the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure with tons of studying, one could eventually cook Southern food the right way… right?

Atmosphere: It was loud but beautiful inside. It looked like they made a real transformation of the place, it felt like I was in a large cabin, and it was homey. There was a fireplace nearby, and it obviously wasn’t on as it was the middle of the summer, but it seemed like a nice touch.

Menu: Most of the food on the menu seemed pretty southern-y. You can find the menu here. $$$: Way too expensive. I’ll get to this later but a plate of Macaroni and Cheese with four pieces of Fried Shrimp was nearly $20. Luckily, I ate hardly any of it and got my money back.

AND FINALLY FOOD:  We received a complimentary basket of biscuits (MY FAVE) and corn bread with butter on the side. The biscuits were hard and dry and tasted like flour and the corn bread was surprisingly okay. I did like them. For our appetizer, we ordered “Crab Cakes” which are described as Lump Crab with Remoulade Dipping Sauce and are WAY too expensive ($11.95). The presentation was so-so, just the two crab cakes with a small dipping container on the side. It tasted absolutely disgusting. It was WAY too fishy and looked like tuna salad in crab cake form! It sure didn’t taste like anything crab cake I’ve ever had and my boyfriend’s daughter spit it out immediately. After a few bites of it, I was gagging and could not eat anymore. My boyfriend, being much less sensitive than I am, was able to eat a majority of it on his own. And there was far too much lemon. I was not impressed but was definitely hoping they would make up for it with the rest of their food.

Now onto the meals. I’m rolling my eyes at the thought of expressing this much disappointment. I ordered “Mac&Cheese” with added fried shrimp for a total of $19.95 because honestly, WHO can mess up Macaroni and Cheese, and also, isn’t that a southern staple? Well, I’ll tell you who can mess it up, this restaurant can! The macaroni was WAY overcooked and mushy and just overloaded with cheese, possibly to try and cover up the mushy macaroni. The fried shrimp was wet with grease and the breading was falling off of the shrimp, I ate two of the four I was given, and just couldn’t bring myself to eat any more. My boyfriend ordered “Fish&Chips” which is described as “Catfish battered and fried, mustard remoulade, hand cut fries.” and he also ordered the fried shrimp on the side. His fries were dry and tasteless, and his catfish and shrimp were just as wet as mine with the breading falling off those as well. His daughter ordered (from the kid’s menu) a Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries. She didn’t mind it too much but after tasting her pork and fries, I realized those too were dry and overcooked. They had a BBQ flavor and the dryness could probably be covered with the hamburger bread, but I would not have ordered it for myself.

Overall, as you can tell, this entire experience was a disaster. Not one of the meals or sides were acceptable other than the cornbread, which probably wasn’t made in-house anyway! I am very disappointed after having been so excited to try Southern Food and will never come back to try their food again.


Please see here for the new and updated rating (a 7/10) and review. The place has a new chef and you’ll be glad to hear it’s made quite the difference!

RATING:

  • 0/10

tl;dr

  • Please don’t go here. Ever.

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about Savannah’s Southern House if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you’re planning to go there anyway! xx

subscription box review: graze nibblebox

Update: (Spoiler: It’s not the best.) I’ve been having some trouble with graze lately… I keep getting the same snacks. I dealt with their amazing customer service again who really helped me out and told me that I could toggle my likes, loves, and dislikes again to cheat the system and get some new things, but it turns out, that doesn’t work either. This week’s box came with all repeated snacks, none of which were “loves” and one of which I got very recently… like two or three weeks ago! I’m not a happy camper and am considering canceling my subscription with graze. I’m very sorry to say this! But please read below for some great things about graze that might make you want to subscribe! 

 

So my graze box has been coming for a couple of weeks now. And I have so many great things to say about it.

Basically, you can order this box of four snacks weekly or bi-weekly, and you can have them delivered to your job or your house. Every friend who ordered it so far got their first box the following week, so they handle your orders very quickly! :]

They arrive in a box like this:

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With four little snacks in containers that look like this:

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AND, there are even nutrition facts, they look like this:

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The snacks are generally savory or sweet, but sometimes a mix of the two (for those of you who are into that).

ALLERGIES:

  • A lot of the snacks consist of nuts and fruits, but there’s an area on the website where you can leave that out.

PICKY EATERS:

If you don’t like certain flavours or nuts or fruits, you can trash snacks that include them on the website. Originally, every snack is set to “try” but you can click:

  • “Like” – This means they’re going to send you the snack once in a while
  • “Love” – They will send you the snack often
  • “Trash” – They will stop sending you the snack.

 

I’ve only trashed one or two of the snacks, mostly because I didn’t prefer the flavours in them, but I HIGHLY recommend trying everything as long as you aren’t allergic to any of it. I am really not a cashew fan, but their “Black Pepper Cashews” are to die for. And I hated most dried fruits before graze, and now I am a cran-raisin lover for life!

What I love most about these is that you can’t get a lot of them at a regular grocery store. You get them and they have wonderful flavours, each one is different from the next. What I love even more is that I always have something to snack on at work, I don’t even have to bring anything with me aside from lunch.

PRICE:

  • This box is only $6 a week, and if you use the link from the beginning of this post, you can get your first and fifth box free. Think about how much you spend on snacks a week, and think about what you get with this box.

HEALTH:

  • Each snack has a great health aspect to it. Sometimes they are under 100 calories, a full serving of fruit, a great source of fiber or nutrition, and more. On WEIGHT WATCHERS, I’ve found that not one of the snacks I’ve received has been over 6 points on the Points Plus program.

LIKES:

  • My favorites so far are the black pepper cashews, the black pepper popcorn, and the chili-honey almonds. I like spicy stuff, but if you don’t, you can just make sure to “Trash” those ideas.
  • Everything in the box is recycle-friendly, as well as the delivery box itself.
  • If someone signs up using your link, you get a dollar that you can either use towards your next purchase, or donate it to the graze school of farming.

DISLIKES:

  • I really do wish we received five snacks instead of six, but I do get that this is the perfect amount for the size of the box, and that the box would be more costly
  • The redskin peanuts are dry, so even if I enjoy a snack, the redskin peanuts will kind of make me like it a little less

CODE:

  • If you like what you see, you can use my code and get your first and fifth box free! AMANDR3XU

RATING:

  • 9/10

tl;dr

  • This is honestly one of the best ideas ever. It’s delicious, different, healthy, and cost-effective.

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about graze if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you ordered a box! I’m excited to get some feedback on my first review on my new blog!

xx

 

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My Subscription Box Reviews: Master List

Hello all, I’m going to start listing the subscription boxes I’ve ordered. Once I’ve had one for three boxes, I will post a review!! I will try to remember to take pics but sometimes I get so excited… if the title is crossed out its because the box has been cancelled, but you can still click for my review of the tea if I’ve set the hyperlink!!

AMODA TEA

BEAUTY BOX 5 – read my review

  • RATING: 9/10
  • tl;drBeauty Sub Boxes are just the perfect idea and BB5 is highly recommended by me and many others.

GRAZE – read my review

  • RATING 9/10
  • tl;dr This is honestly one of the best ideas ever. It’s delicious, different, healthy, and cost-effective.

IPSY