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The Frisco Burger from Hardee's delivers premium, gourmet taste - Bachelor on the Cheap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Needing some lunch while on the road and traveling through the Midwest, I pulled into a Hardee's for a burger.  It's been awhile since I've had a burger at Hardee's, I usually order the ham & cheese combo.

I went with the Frisco burger on this visit to the nation's 15th ranked fast food restaurant chain based on sales.

20180223_145508The Frisco Burger has a long on-the-menu, off-the-menu history at Hardee's dating back to the early 1990's.  The current form is a 1/3 pound, charbroiled Angus beef patty, combined with bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, a unique onion-flavored mayonnaise, all served on a buttered and grilled sourdough bread.

The burger was served up hot and fresh, along with fries right out of the fryer.  Part of the Hardee's 'Thickburger' menu, the Frisco delivers on flavor, it tasted great!  The burger was juicy, the bacon was crisp, the Swiss cheese was melted just right and the tomato combined with that onion-mayo was a perfect compliment.  Whoever developed this burger did a really nice job marrying all those flavors and the Hardee's restaurant I visited prepared both the burger and fries perfectly.

I enjoyed my to-go meal, but it came at a fairly steep price for a fast food restaurant.  My Frisco Burger, medium fries and medium drink cost me $9.53.  And while that Frisco provided premium, gourmet burger taste, for that kind of money I'd rather be enjoying it at a tavern or a place like Red Robin with a cold beer to wash it down with. 

This burger is not Bachelor on the Cheap friendly, nor is it a smart eat while driving down the interstate.....  There was shirt spillage involved.....

The Hardee's Frisco Burger gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

Spend Wisely My Friends......

via www.bacheloronthecheap.com


Congressman Steve King Hears Trucking Company Troubles Over New Rules

MANSON, Iowa  --  Iowa 4th District Congressman Steve King visited a small trucking company in Manson to learn how new rules are making it harder to run the business.

PTI Trucking has around 50 trucks on the road. New regulations launched in December are making it hard for trucks to get where they need to be when they need to be there.

The new Electronic Driver Logs can track when a driver is on the road, stopped, unloading, or even sleeping. The issue is drivers have to work 14-hour days, only 11 of which can be spent driving. When a driver is forced to wait for hours to unload or pick up a load, though, that time is counted as a part of the 14 hours, even if the driver has a two-hour nap in the truck sleeper while waiting.

“This really penalizes companies that have to sit and wait and unload and be loaded,” said Chad Hartzler, Operation Manager at PTI. “I have a driver who can sit at a steel mill for seven hours, waiting to be loaded, and his 14-hour clock is still running.”

via whotv.com

Related:  Trucking Jobs


Road Construction - Linn Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, February 26, 2018, south bound traffic on Linn Street will be closed between Market Street and Jefferson Street.  This lane reduction will facilitate roof repair for a building in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Friday, March 2nd. 

Motorists are to take note of this closure and seek an alternate route during this time period.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Public Recycling Drop-off at Benton St. Location closed until further notice

Republic Services, the City of Iowa City’s contracted recycling processing company, experienced a fire in a portion of their facility on Friday, February 16. This has impacted their ability to process their normal volume of materials. Due to that, the public drop-off site located on Benton St. will remain closed until further notice. The City encourages residents to use their curbside recycling or any of the below drop-off site locations for recycling:

East Side Recycling Center, 2401 Scott Boulevard SE 
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 

Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, plastic grocery bags and film plastic.

Previous Hy-Vee Food Store location, 1201 North Dodge Street
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging.

Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday

Newspaper/magazines/mixed paper/office paper/junk mail/chipboard/telephone books/hard cover and paperback books, corrugated cardboard/cartons and aseptic packaging, glass (clear, brown, green), #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans.

Coralville Recycling Center: 950 Hughes St., Coralville, IA
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, office paper, junk mail, chipboard, telephone books, corrugated cardboard, #1 through #5 and #7 plastics, metal cans and aluminum foil.  Please see http://coralville.org/197/Recycling for more information. 

Please note:  Do not leave items on the ground at ANY drop-off sites.  Items left on the ground at City facilities will be considered illegal dumping and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

Commercial Haulers/Businesses:

Republic Services is accepting materials from commercial haulers at the Benton Street facility but does request that commercial haulers call their local sales representative ahead to determine any variations from the normal routine.

Another option for commercial recycling is the Paper Recycling Company.  Please call 319-631-9441 for more information or see https://www.abcdisposalsystems.com/.  

Please contact the City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator Jane Wilch with questions at jane-wilch@iowa-city.org or 319-887-6110.


Road Construction - Market Street

IOWA CITY -- Weather permitting, beginning on Monday, February 26, 2018, Market Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic between Gilbert Street and Linn Street.  This lane reduction will facilitate the demolition of a building in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Friday, March 2nd. 

Motorists are to take note of this lane reduction and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts


Today's Weather Outlook for the Corridor

Today's weather forecast and a four day outlook.  Check this page for the latest weather reports in the corridor area.  Up-to-date weather conditions for the Iowa City area are observed at the Iowa City, Iowa City Municipal Airport, IA.  For weather conditions specific to other cities outside the corridor area, just type in your zip code below.


Coralville, Iowa, weather forecast

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Community Cultural Celebration and Expo Held March 3 in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The second annual Community Cultural Celebration and Expo will be held at the Cedar Rapids Public Library from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Community organizations and cultural groups from across the area will come together to share what makes them unique and to increase awareness of the diversity we find around us.

In the first year, more than 500 people visited the Downtown Library to experience the CCC&E, experiencing the cultures and diversity we have in our community first hand. We look forward to many more attendees this year.

A variety of musical performances, special presentations, speakers, exhibitors, and more will take place throughout the day. There is no fee to attend and activities are family friendly. All are invited to join us for this special community celebration!

Schedule of Events:  

Library Commons

10:00 AM        Mayor Brad Hart (City of Cedar Rapids), Opening remarks

10:15 AM        Brief Japanese Taiko Drum Performance - Japan America Society of Iowa

11:00 AM        Cedar Rapids Harmony Hawks

12:00 PM         Kirkwood Community College Steel Drum Band

Whipple Auditorium

10:30 AM        Světlušky Czech Youth Dance Ensemble

11:15 AM        Guatemala 2018 - X & E Fashion Show

11:45 PM         Mark Stoffer Hunter - The History Center

12:30 PM         Cultural Humility and Sensitivity - Catherine McAuley Center    

1:30 PM           Japanese Archery Demonstration - Iowa Kyudo Kai

Conference Room

10:15 AM – 2:00 PM               Japanese Taiko drum demonstration and workshop Japan America Society of Iowa – Soten Taiko 

Children’s Program Room

10:00 AM        Catherine McAuley Center Cultural Conversations with Your Neighbor Workshop

Interactive Tables:

Amani Community Services

AsianFest

The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success

Bhutanese American Buddhist Society of Iowa (BABSI)

Brucemore

Catherine McAuley Center

Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library

Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission

Cedar Rapids Harmony Hawks

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family

Czech Heritage Foundation

Darrin Crow, Troubadour and Storyteller

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Farm Credit Services

Four Oaks Foster and Adoptive Family Connection

Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of          Community Advocacy & Services.

Iowa Irish.

Legion Arts

Marion Civil Rights Commission

Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region

Museum of Danish America

National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library          

PADS (Peer Action Disability Support)

Sound Concepts 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society (SaPaDaPaSo)

Temple Judah

Theatre Cedar Rapids

Young Parents Network

Presented by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission and the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

For more information on the Cedar Rapids Public Library, visit www.crlibrary.org or call 319.261.READ.


Arby's Two Fish Sandwiches for $5 deal - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

This 'fishy' deal is something I've been wanting to try since the Roast Beef King announced it about a month ago. 

Fish sandwichesI'm a sucker for a good fried fish sandwich, so I asked myself, "Self, how well do they do fish?" 

For a limited time, Arby's is venturing into the fish sandwich world with its Crispy Fish Sandwich and a spicy version of that called the Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich.   Simply named (and what else would you expect, it's a fried sandwich....), the Crispy Fish Sandwich is a classicly prepared Alaskan Pollock fillet crispy-fried to a nice golden brown, topped with tartar sauce, shredded lettuce and served on a sesame seed bun.​  The Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich also features the crispy, Alaskan Pollock fillet, but it's coated in a spicy seasoning.  Also served on a sesame seed bun, the sandwich includes dill pickle slices, lettuce and Parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce.

So does Arby's do fish sandwiches as well as they do roast beef?

Nope.  You know how their new slogan is "We have the meats?"  They don't have the fish.

I tried the Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich first.  I was disappointed.  To repeat, I love a good fried fish sandwich and I also like a little heat, so I was really looking forward to that combination....  Winner, winner fish dinner, right?

Nashville Hot FishNope.  While that Nashville Hot Fish Sandwich did provide that little kick I was looking for, it lacked that crispy crunch.  Maybe it wasn't in the fryer quite long enough, the preparation wasn't quite right, but nonetheless it lacked that definitive crunch.  The restaurant wasn't all that busy at 1:45 in the afternoon, my sandwich was made to order, not already under a heat lamp.  The pickles and lettuce were nice texture accents to the fish, but the Parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce actually took away from the fillet.  When I eat something like this I really want to embrace the heat infused into that breading.  Arby's should have kept things simple with just a straight tartar sauce for that cooling-of-the-heat effect.  That flavored Ranch just complicated the heat, rather than complimenting it.  It's a big sandwich, the fish fillet to bun ratio is good, but overall, this sandwich comes out flat.

Arby's version of a classic crispy fried fish sandwich is a nice attempt, but the sandwich is just a good, average rendition, rather than an extraordinary one.  This sandwich provided far more crunch than the Nashville Hot, so the preparation was spot on with this fillet.  The tartar sauce, lettuce and sesame seed bun all complimented the fish nicely.  Again, this was a good sandwich, but I've had better.   For fast food, Dairy Queen puts out a better fish sandwich.

Arby's gets 3 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars for its attempt at fish sandwiches.  You get full on just $5, but the flair, just isn't there.  You don't have to mix and match the sandwiches to take advantage of the Arby's deal.  If I had to do it over again, I would get two of the regular crispy fish sandwiches, the Nashville just doesn't deliver.  Bottom line, I'm not going back to Arby's for a fish sandwich.

Three stars

Crispy Fish

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Road Construction - Gilbert Street

IOWA CITY  -- Weather permitting, beginning on Thursday, February 22, 2018, north bound traffic on Gilbert Street will be reduced to one lane from Washington Street to Iowa Avenue.  This lane reduction will facilitate work on a building under construction in the area.  It is anticipated that normal traffic will resume by the end of the day on Friday, February 23rd. 

Motorists are to take note of this lane reduction and allow extra travel time as delays may occur.  As always, caution should be exercised when driving through all construction areas.

For updated information on road construction in Iowa City, www.icgov.org/travelalerts