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Storefront of Graeter's Ice Cream shop
Inside of Graeter's Ice Cream shop
Graeter's classic chocolate ice cream cone
Graeter's chocolate ice cream melting

I visited my mom for a week in Ohio, and one of our first stops was a Graeter's Ice Cream shop. I've only been to Graeter's a few times, and I haven't had any of their ice cream in several years. When I was younger and got ice cream, I would only try vanilla, but this time I was more daring... I tried chocolate! :D

I had a single scoop of chocolate ice cream in a regular cone. The chocolate wasn't too sweet or too bitter. It also wasn't super rich or filling. Some say how amazing Graeter's ice cream is, and while it tasted pretty good, there wasn't anything extraordinary about it... and one downside was that I had to eat it quickly because it was melting so fast. :(

Overall Rating:
Food: Chocolate ice cream
Price: $2.95 for a single scoop in regular cone
Source: Graeter's Ice Cream, Mason, OH
Rating: Good

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Bag of Trader Ming's Kung Pao Chicken from Trader Joe's
Trader Ming's Kung Pao Chicken Components
Cooked Trader Ming's Kung Pao Chicken

We tried some of Trader Joe's frozen Kung Pao chicken. The bag of Kung Pao chicken came with different packets, which included a big packet of the chicken, a packet of vegetables, two sauce packets, and a packet of peanuts. That turned out to be pretty good for us because I don't like peanuts mixed in with Chinese food, but my boyfriend does.

I warmed up the frozen chicken following the microwave instructions since it's easier than using a stovetop. I microwaved the chicken in a bowl covered with a paper towel for 3.5 minutes. Then I added the vegetables and mixed them in with the chicken (even though the instructions didn't say to mix them yet) and microwaved them for 2 minutes.

I ran one sauce packet under some water so that it was easy to get out of the packaging and added the sauce in. I used only one sauce packet since one packet had a lot of sauce, and I can also use the remaining packet to add to something else in the future. After mixing in the sauce, I microwaved it all for one additional minute, and it was done!

The texture of the chicken was a little spongy but not too bad. The sauce was a little spicy from the chili peppers, but it was more sweet than spicy... kind of like a sweet soy sauce. The sauce was also a little watery, but for me that's better than being too thick. I also only used one sauce packet so perhaps using two packets might have thickened the sauce up.

There weren't a lot of vegetables so I added some steamed broccoli to my plate and mixed them in, and that worked out pretty well. Overall, it was pretty good, and I would buy it again if I was in the mood for some easy-to-make Chinese-ish food.

Trader Ming's Kung Pao chicken with broccoli added
The Kung Pao chicken with steamed broccoli added in.
Overall Rating:
Food: Trader Ming's: Kung Pao Chicken from Trader Joe's
Source: Trader Joe's, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good
from Trader Joes

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Orange Chicken with Bacon from Panda Express

I'm not really sure why Panda Express decided on making orange chicken with bacon, and it actually sounded kind of gross, but since I like their orange chicken I still tried some.

I couldn't tell any difference between the orange chicken with bacon and just plain orange chicken. My boyfriend said he thought he could taste a bacon flavor. Even when I ate a piece of bacon by itself the bacon flavor was swamped out by the orange chicken sauce.

Orange chicken with bacon pretty much tastes like orange chicken to me.

I guess if the orange chicken is out and you don't want to wait for it to be replenished, you could see if there's some orange chicken with bacon left.

Overall Rating:
Food: Orange Chicken with Bacon from Panda Express
Source: Panda Express, Tucson, AZ
Rating: Good

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