Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Picky Pizza Posters - Malawis

The ultimate quest for the worst pizza experience in Utah Valley

Malawi’s Pizza: Pizza with a Purpose

Gotta love a pizza place that simultaneously soothes your appetite and your conscience.

Says the wall, "For every meal you buy, we donate a nutritious meal to a child in Malawi, Africa." and another sign boasted that 393,428 nutritious meals were delivered in Africa from this restaurant. Pretty cool!

Ambiance

Africa themed decor. Elephants, giraffes, wood grain tables, Banyan tree, tribal masks. Lots of stone-work around the oven.

Nice big booths to fit nice big Utah families!

Price for a Large Cheese

$9.95 for a six-slice pizza.

Beverages

Coke fountain products, really good root beer in bottles, and pebbled ice! Yes!

Pizza Impressions

Thin crust with satisfying cracker like crunch. Moderate crust bubbles. Sweet sauce. Amazing tasting cheese. Small parsley pieces did not cause any shouts of “Green stuff!?!”

Italian-style pizza at an African-style restaurant - how often do you get to say that?

We sprung for chocolate-chocolate dessert pizza, too. Figured we deserved it after Subway. Uggghhh... Subway...

Ben: I love this dessert pizza!
Sam: Wow, that’s pretty sweet. It’s like all sugar.
Ben: (hyperactivity bouncing) Yeah! I know!

Rating

4/6 slices

Good, but not great, and pretty expensive. Our family's bill for pizza, drinks, and dessert topped $70. Ouch.

As a reminder, here's our rating scale:

0 slices - I would not eat this at any price
1 slices - It’s not good but at least its pizza
2 slices - I would consider coming back if every other pizza place was closed
3 slices - Cheap enough and edible enough for my kid’s birthday party
4 slices - I’ll come back, but Dad is buying
5 slices - Somewhere between 4 and 6
6 slices - Stuffing some in my pockets to eat later

Friday, December 5, 2014

Picky Pizza Posters - Subway

The ultimate quest for the worst pizza experience in Utah Valley

Subway has long been known as the sandwich shop that can be found almost everywhere in the world.  Subway is, in fact, the largest global single-brand restaurant chain, and for good reason - their mediocre-quality but ubiquitous cold cut, Italian, meatball, and chicken teriyaki sub sandwiches are sold in over 40,000 locations in 108 countries. We had Subway meatball subs in China - the Coke tasted different, but the sub tasted just as... um... good(?) as a Subway meatball sub in the U.S.

And, of course, when we were alerted to the newest addition to the Subway flavor arsenal, the Flatizza, we knew we just had to try it to inform and entertain you, the beloved readers of what may be the most popular bad pizza blog in Utah Valley.

Ambiance

Plenty of seating in wooden booths. Modern pop hits playing through clearly blown out boomy sounding speakers. Masking tape cleverly used to secure peeling wallpaper to baseboard. Tres classy faux-Mediterranean decor.

Price for a large cheese

2 Flatizzas for $6

And I kid you not, the rookie employee taking our order asked if we wanted a six inch or footlong pizza. Our awkward silence didn’t even clue him in that there was no such thing as a footlong pizza. Actually, we weren’t even sure that wasn’t the proper way to refer to this creation’s sizing.

Sam: Box says cheesy and delicious meets crispy and square. Yeah, we’ll just see about that.

Beverages

Fountain drinks were, well, the same fountain drinks available everywhere. Subway does boast brewed sweet tea, however, which was quite tasty.

The girls were huge fans of the Subway "side dishes." Sasha was able to get a whole cup of pickles to compliment her Doritos. We do like to go classy when we go out for a meal. 

Pizza impressions

Square pizza, square slices. Sauce overpowering, clearly not meant to be pizza sauce, pretty sure it’s just the marinara they use for meatball subs. Cancel that, completely sure it's the marinara they use for meatball subs.

It vaguely resembles bagel pizza, but a bad one. Pre-made "flatbread" crust is doughy, soggy, chewy, and slightly crispy at edges. Might be real cheese, but not likely.

Admittedly, the Flatizza is great work from the Subway marketing department since this dish only qualifies as a distant, misspelled cousin of pizza.

Ben: I’m having bad Denny’s flash backs. (Cue dramatic flailing and moaning a la Vietnam flashback memory)

Sasha: I like how the pizza is square like St. Louis-style and the cheese is really cheesy. (Note - comparisons to St. Louis-style pizza, even by Sasha who meant it as a compliment, should indicate the base disgustingness of this dish)

Dad: Why did I even take a second bite? You think I’d have learned from the first one to stay away.

Sam: Does anyone want the last two slices of ours?
Mom and Dad (in unison): NO!

Really bad. Just awful. Don’t do it. Your life is much better having never tried a Flatizza. Take it from us, not worth it. Even with a two for one coupon. Or for free even. Avoid.

Rating

0/6 slices

As a reminder, 0 slices means "I would not eat this at any price." That's right, folks, we have awarded our first 0-slice rating. We may have found the worst-tasting pizza in Utah Valley!

Subway, just because your restaurant already has bread, sauce, and cheese on location does not mean you should make pizza a natural addition to your repertoire. It is a crime against good taste.

Mom: We all deserve dessert at Menchie's after this. (Menchie's is our favorite froyo joint)
Ben: Good, I need to get this taste out of my mouth.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

White Thanksgiving

Confession: We are most definitely "eat to live, not live to eat" people. Hamburger Helper totally counts as a home-cooked meal. And, although we can and have put together some pretty lovely and inspired holiday tables, when the choice comes down to:
a) skiing and eating out
b) spending all day cooking, 30 minutes eating, and then 2 hours doing dishes

Well, the a's have it every time!

2014 marks our second Thanksgiving in a row celebrated with gratitude for time together as a family, God's amazing creation, and the Greatest Snow on Earth.

And it was fabulous.
Lift selfies are our favorites
Ben dresses loud and skis even louder
Pink pants twinners strut our stuff
It was such a beautiful day - I think we could see all the way our house!
Groomers, pow, sun, or shadow, I'm just happy to be free-heeling
Like I said, he skis loud
Sasha is looking good and very excited for ski team to start up this year!
We're not sure who Sam was racing, but apparently he won
The Yingster totally rocked the blue squares
Sash shows off her mad park skills
A beautiful day spent with my very favorite people - the boys were even sweet enough to ski with us all day (this may have been influenced by the lack of black diamond slopes open, confining them to their sisters' ability level, but I'm still grateful they stuck with us!)
Happy Thanksgiving to All!

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