Saturday, November 24, 2018

Hollywood Malt & Burger | Hometown Review

Instead of trying to find the best sales on Black Friday, my family decided to find the best eats in our hometown to avoid a repeat of turkey and dressing.   

My brother told me of a place called Hollywood Malt & Burger that he had never tried before but heard good things about. When we pulled up, we were greeted by a fun and funky little restaurant.  The outside has different variety of seating (including what looks like a teacup ride from a fair which my son loved!) and a fun mural painted on the outside of the building. 

source: Hollywood Malt & Burger
The inside of the restaurant is filled with movie memorabilia - even the tables had old vinyls as decoration.

It also had an arcade room that JJ spent most of his time in.  His favorite game was the South Park pinball machine while the old school Ms. Pac-Man was my choice. 

source:  Hollywood Malt & Burger

It also had a jukebox that played hits from different decades but my personal favorite was a condiments bar!  I mean most times you have to beg for any extra condiments for your burgers and fries but at Hollywood Malt & Burger, the had a bar stocked full of different condiments. 

Just a sampling of the condiments.

Looking over the menu, there was just too much to choose from (wings, BLTs, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, pulled pork nachos, etc) but if you know me, you know I love a good cheeseburger. The menu stated that all the burgers are half-pound and made fresh from Certified Chuck/Rib and Brisket blend.  

 My brother and I ordered the All American combo with fries and a drink while JJ ordered a Goonie Dog (their take on a hot dog).  

I got the regular bun for my burger while my brother got the jalapeno cheddar bun - which was absolutely delicious and my now go-to bun next time I visit Hollywood Malt & Burger   The burger was cooked and seasoned perfectly - and just amazing. I liked the blend of  chuck/rib and brisket for the burger.

It was a hard choice because both the fries and burger were delicious but in the end I chose to finish my burger and bring the fries home - it was so much food!

There is also a great deal of homemade ice cream and ice cream treats to choose from but we were too full from our food to try any.  Definitely next time. 

source: Hollywood Malt & Burger

With the fun, family environment and the homemade deliciousness, Hollywood Malt & Burger is one of my family's favorite eateries now.  If you happen to be in Houma, make sure you stop by and try one of their delicious burgers or homemade ice cream.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Grinch | Movie Review

Note:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) is one of my favorite Christmas movies I have to watch every Christmas season - multiple times.  I tried going in to this movie with an open mind.  

Last night my family had the opportunity to see The Grinch at The Movie Tavern. Dinner and a movie?  Yes, please. I had my hesitations about the movie.  I am a sucker for the 1966 Grinch movie but I went in with an open mind.  

I absolutely am in love with the brightness, attention to detail, and the overall feel of the movie.  It reminded me of The Lorax movie. 

Source: IMDB

Then the characters - I fell in love with them instantly especially Cindy Lou Who, Mr. Bricklebaum, and Max.  

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In this movie, I felt that Cindy's character was developed more than the other Grinch movies. I got an understanding of her family life more (though it was a little different than the original) and why she had a connection to the Grinch.  

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Mr. Bricklebaum is the quirky but lovable neighbor.  He was honestly the most hilarious character of the movie. I would love to see Mr. Bricklebaum have his own movie where we his character can be developed more.

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What can I say about Max except he's a good boy.  A very good boy, yes he is. 

Without giving too much away, I believe that Illumination and Universal Pictures did a great job at telling a new version of the Grinch story.  The music was catchy and I caught my son dancing along a few times.  With the movie only being an hour and half, it was just enough time to develop the story without losing my son's interest.  The movie was also quite funny - children as well as adults were laughing throughout the movie. With a PG rating, this movie is great for the whole family! 


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Halloween Treat | Mummy Dogs

With moving so close to Halloween, we weren't able to do as many activities and crafts as I had hoped.  But I was able to pull out some Mummy Dogs on Halloween night.

I am sure you have seen this image from Pillsbury all over the internet. 

They are adorable and looked pretty simple to do. 

You will need some crescent rolls, hot dogs, cheese, cooking spray and condiments of your choice.

I actually used the hot dogs with cheese on the inside and saved myself a step. 

I opened the weenies and washed them. Then I patted them dry to help the crescent roll stick to the hot dog.  

Roll out the crescent roll and make sure to pinch the rolls together at the perforated seam. Then I used a pizza cutter to cut strips of the crescent roll. 

Then start wrapping your Mummy Dogs.  You can add as little or as many strips to your mummy just make sure to leave a space at the head of the mummy for the eyes. 

Mummy Dogs

Then I baked the Mummy Dogs for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  After they were done, I left them cool off and then added some mustard eyes to our mummies. 

They came out so cute!

My Notes:
Make sure the hotdogs are dry before you start wrapping them.
The pizza cutter works best for this.