Moes vs. Chipotle

Moes Burrito

Chipotle salad

There is an ongoing food war between the two popular Mexican grilles : Moe’s and Chipotle.  From personal experience I can relate to both sides of the argument, but, there can be only one winner in this battle.  Not only, should the winner have best tasting food but it should also have nice service, a clean venue, and good presentation.

Let’s kick it off with the quality of ingredients.  Moe’s buys grass fed meat (good for you!!), Chipotle does not.  You might be thinking, “well what is the point of buying grass fed meat?” That was what I thought too. Chipotle is mostly known for being the healthier choice but they don’t even buy grass fed meat.

Next, tortillas: hard and soft.  Moe’s definitely does a better job with this.  Moe’s has quite a few options of tortilla sizes, and you can get a hard taco shell, if you please.  At Chipotle you have two options, one super large tortilla or one small tortilla.  The quality of Moe’s tortillas are also better.  Moe’s tortillas keep the whole burrito or taco together rather than breaking apart and having to eat your mexican delight with a fork, which is what usually happens at Chipotle.

Katherine Chirillo, an ordinary customer who has eaten at Moe’s tells the Quinnipiac Chronicle, “At Moe’s, there was wide range of choices when it came to ingredients.  The lettuce and tomato seemed very fresh and I liked the variety of salsas.  At Chipotle, the ingredients were high-quality, but seemed limited.  The cheese and salsa were very fresh, and meat was high quality as well.”  Moe’s’ fresh tasting ingredients add more flavour.  Who doesn’t like biting into a juicy, fresh, flavor filled burrito?

Moe’s also has more topping options than Chipotle.  You get to choose from a whopping total of 20 different toppings.  These 20 toppings are chicken, steak, pork, beef, tofu, bacon, guacamole, queso, cilantro, roasted corn, variety of salsas, ranch, vinaigrette, sour cream, cucumber black olive, onion, jalepeño, tomatoes, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese, mushrooms, pinto beans, black beans, and rice.  At Chipotle, there is rice, three kinds of meat, a few different vegetable choices, and either sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.  Having more to choose from means, you get to have more, a larger quantity.  Leading to the next argument, price.

At Moe’s, you definitely get more for your money.  “I wouldn’t consider either restaurant to be cheap, but you definitely get more for your money at Moes.  At Chipotle you need to pay extra for chips, a side of salsa and guacamole whereas Moe’s includes all of this.  I’m a big fan of guacamole but it’s hard to justify paying more than $2 extra for it at Chipotle.  Moe’s also offers a student discount which definitely gives it an advantage.” claims J.E. a friendly customer.

Moe’s is definitely seen to overall have a nicer, happier, and friendlier environment.  Every time someone walks through the doors of Moe’s they are greeted with a big and happy cheer of “Welcome to Moe’s!”.  After the twentieth time it can be annoying, but you do feel welcomed and it is definitely a more friendly environment than Chipotle.  Chipotle you walk into a not as friendly environment.  I am not saying people are all grumpy they just are not as nice and organized, or fast speed as Moe’s.

Who won this battle you ask?  Well, of course it was Moe’s!  Moe’s has a variety of toppings, free chips and salsa, a salsa bar, separate onions and peppers, queso, and a happy, friendly environment, for you and your wallet.  If you don’t believe me, then why don’t you go to your nearest Moe’s and Chipotle.  Let me know what you think.

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Water Country

There is nothing more refreshing than being at a waterpark on a hot summer day.  In Portsmouth, New Hampshire there is a water park called Water Country.  The park opened in 1984 by the Samuels family until Festival Fun Parks bought out the family in 2000.   Palace Entertainment now owns the water park which contains many slides, waves, rivers, and swimming pools for all ages.

The newest ride to the park is Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror.  It will open this season.  In a two person tube, you will sit face to face and take a 40 foot plunge through a twisting totally dark tunnel.  During the ride you will experience a tornado funnel that will make your head spin.  It is the first ride like this in New England.   Another thrilling experience is the Double Geronimo which is a body slide.  You fly down a 58 foot slide that is nearly vertical.

A gentler experience could include the Giant Wave Pool.  It is New England’s largest wave pool containing 700,000 gallons of water.   The adventure river allows you to float for ¼ of a mile through waterfalls, fountains and caves.  In addition, there is an Activity Pool where

for the whole family can relax for open swim.

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The schedule for Water Country begins in early June and ends on Labor Day.  The park opens at 10:30 am and closes at either 5:00 pm or 6:30 pm depending on the day.  Check weather as the park may alter its hours.  It is usually open if raining but severe weather may close the park.  The single day tickets prices are $37.99 for 48” and taller, $25.99 under 48”, $25.99 for 65 and older.  Children under 2 years are free.  Season passes are available for $65.99.  The contact information is www.watercountry.com on the web or call 1-603-427-1111.

History of Food: Pasta

The first form of food similar to pasta was in the writings of Horace where thin strips of dough were fried and served with spices in the 1st century B.C.E. A few centuries later, we see an ancient ancestor of modern day lasagna come out in the form of lagana. It was described to be consisted of sheets of dough with meat filling in between. In the second century, the dough started to be made with flour and water instead of juice from lettuce. Later, Arabs adopted a similar form of noodle in the 5th century and lead to the Italians making thin strip noodle pasta.

 

If we jump to the 15th century, dried pasta was very valued because it could be stored for very long periods of time.That’s why many exploring ships brought dried pasta to the New World. Believe it or not, tomato sauce was only invented in the 18th century! Before this, people would just eat pasta with their hands. Now, people eat it with forks because the tomato would get too messy without it.

 

Today, the average Italian eats about sixty pounds of pasta per year, while the average American eats about twenty pounds of pasta per year. Writings suggest it originated in Italy, but why is it popular in North America? It’s because Italian immigration to the Americas that we love pasta so much. Italians have also had a mass immigration to South Africa, making spaghetti and meatballs a major part of Italian cuisine.

 

Do you like pasta? How do you eat yours? Comment, if you want, I guess.

 

Canobie Lake Park

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Imagine riding on a carousel over 100 years old or a wooden roller coaster built in 1930’s.  You can do both and a whole lot more at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Canobie Lake Park opened in August of 1902, as a trolley park for the Massachusetts Northeast Street Railway Company.  In the early years, it was visited for its flower gardens, promenades and simple attractions.  From 1930’s through 1950’s, Canobie Lake Park opened the Dancehall Theater which became a famous location of entertainment which hosted many famous celebrities.  Today, the park features over 50 rides including thrill rides, water rides, family rides and kiddie.

The classic rides found at the park are the wooden roller coaster and carousel.  The Yankee Cannonball, a 1930s-era wooden roller coaster, is one of the park’s best known rides.  The Antique Carousel dates back to 1905.  It is equipped with stationary and moving animals as well as benches to ride on.  Additionally, the park features over 50 rides including thrill rides, water rides, family rides and kiddie rides.  That is not all, there is a variety of foods, prize games, three arcades, live entertainment, and fireworks.

One of the more recent rides that was added in 2011 is Untamed. It is a roller coaster that features a 72-foot vertical lift which then drops at a 97 degree angle. Untamed also takes riders through three inversions, a vertical loop, and a zero gravity roll. This year the park will open its newest ride called Equinox.  It has three spinning arms similar to a giant fan that can go 75 miles per hour around.

The schedule for Canobie begins in May and ends in October.  The times vary so you can check the website for details.  The general admission prices are $35 for adults, $26 for under 48″, $26 for 60 years old and over, $26 after 5 pm admission. Children under 3 years are free.  Make sure you check the website for specials and coupons for discount admission.  The contact information is www.canobie.com on the web or call 1-603-893-3506.

New Sleek Italian McDonald’s

Italy is known for some of the best food in the entire world. Putting McDonald’s in Italy would be a great success. Italy’s lunch lasts more than and hour and is 3 courses. Dinner is usually begins after 8 P.M. and is also consists of 3 courses. Italian restaurants are mostly family owned and cheap. but, Italy needs a change from their old traditions and McDonald’s would be that change and would be a great foreign investment.

McDonald’s should change the style to more of an Italian restaurant. It should be a McDonald’s cafe, a calm relaxing place to get a coffee in the morning and a good meal at night. Also, everything should be homemade every single day like the true Italian cultural identity. Cappuccinos and macchiatos should be for breakfast, and wine should be served for lunch and dinner. Also, instead of having ice cream for dessert there should be gelato. They should try to also incorporate pasta and tomatoes into their the meals because that is the best meal for most Italians. Pasta comes from China and was brought over to Italy. Most Italian families have it every single week, because it is so sacred. Cannolis should come with every value meal or meal. And, shredded Parmesan cheese should be on every table to cleanse the palate.

Food is very sacred in Italy. The Italy McDonald’s Restaurants should be closed or only opened for breakfast and lunch on Sundays because there was a poll that states that 95% of Italian families eat at home on Sunday. Lunch is the most important meal of the day in Italy because it is when the extended family comes together. They have a 3 course meal that usually starts with an antipasto salad and ends with dessert plus  coffee. Pasta is always a part of lunch and is usually homemade. Italy needs a new sleek restaurant chain and McDonald’s could fit that.

Jaw Dropping Restaurant

 

Wanting to be casual but, you want superior food? I would suggest 2 Ovens and, it is located in White City Plaza, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Their food is just mouth watering. You can order pizza, salad, sandwiches, burgers, and you can get some snacks to nibble on before dinner. The atmosphere is fascinating, the food is so fresh, and the waiters are welcoming.

The atmosphere can grab your attention in a good way, but some things not in a great way. Right as you enter the restaurant, somebody is there to help seat you or let you know the wait times. Be careful, the waits can be long because it is a very popular and amazing restaurant, so you might want to call ahead of time. Temperature wise it is comfortably warm because of their hot brick oven where the cook the pizza in. When it is busy, it can be a little loud. That is the only reason I do not like it, but it is not always loud. You can see the kitchen and how they make all your meals right in front of your eyes. I thought that was really interesting.

from: http://www.2ovens.comthe restaurant website

from: http://www.2ovens.com
the restaurant website

The food is freshly made and delicious. The dough of the pizza is homemade and cooked in a wood-fired brick oven. Homemade is always so much more tastier in my aspect. Adding to that,  it makes it so much more appetizing that they do not just cook it in an electric oven, but they take the time to make it perfect in a brick oven. Two of my friends and I got a chopped salad and a large margherita pizza. The salad was fantastic! The lettuce was so green and crunchy, the tomatoes chopped up small and super fresh, the avocado was all chopped up nice and to perfection and was just so tasty, the cucumber just delicious like everything else, and the blue cheese was just right. We had passed on the wasabi dressing because we do not like wasabi but we had got Italian and it was delightful. Now, to the fresh crunchy, crisp, jaw dropping margherita pizza. It was a perfect amount for the three of us. The crust was thin and cooked to perfection, the tomato was juicy and fresh, and the mozzarella cheese was just scrumptious with nice warm and tasty taste.

Before you can get your food, you have to order, and by ordering you have to tell the waiters what you want. The waiters are very welcoming. They are polite and helpful. They do not rush you on your order and they can help you make tasty decisions. When you get your food, they do not just throw it down and say enjoy like they have a recording in them, they kindly place your food down and ask if you need anything. Also, they make sure the food is to the supreme and you are cared for.

Overall, 2 Ovens is an amazing restaurant to go to. The food is great and the people are lovely. You can just buzz down and not have to get all dressed up. Now, go and enjoy some delicious food.

 

from: http://www.2ovens.com
the restaurant website

Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

Khmer BBQ

I took this picture in Cambodia of a Khmer hot pot barbecue. They give you all the raw ingredients and you cook them yourself.