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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Arby’s New Secret Sandwich: Denali Meat Mountain

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In this special Friday episode, Jersey Joe explores the new Arby’s secret menu item: The Denali Meat Mountain sandwich.  What makes it better than the original sandwich and why it’s only available for a short time.

THE 411

Name: Denali Meat Mountain sandwich

Restaurant: Arby’s

Locations: most locations nationwide

Cost: $10 plus tax



If you’re thinking about trying this secret menu item… DO IT NOW!  It is only available until Easter at the latest.  This is due to Arby’s introducing fish to their menu for Lent.  This same fish has been added to the Arby’s Meat Mountain sandwich, to form this super limited fast food item.  I love when restaurant’s experiment with their menus and applause to Arby’s for really going for it!

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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] McDonald’s Triple Cheeseburger Trap

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Jersey Joe exposes how McDonald’s is ripping you off with their Triple Cheeseburger promotion and shows you how to get more food for the same price.

THE 411

Name: McDonald’s Triple Cheeseburger

What: 3 patty hamburger sold at the fast food restaurant chain in the United States

Cost: $2.50 (current advertised special)


Keep a lookout for sneaky menu prices like this.  Many restaurants do this to add your money to their bottom line.  But, by being a smart shopper and doing a little research can help you find a better deal!


[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jersey Joe’s 100th Episode – 300th Blog!

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Jersey Joe takes a look back at 100 episodes of his web show, KICKING BACK WITH JERSEY JOE and 300 blogs on!

THE 411

Title: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe

What: online web show and weekly blog

Where: &

Number of episodes: 100


Thanks to everyone who checks out my show and blog every week.  I love to read your comments about the show – so feel free to reach me anytime @JerseyJoe50 on twitter.

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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Year 6 Round Up

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Jersey Joe has new information on several blogs from the past season.


THE 411

Name: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe

What: weekly blog on & show on Youtube

Time: new editions post Thursday at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific


Thanks again for all your support and for checking out my blog.  I love how we get to chat like this each week.  As always, feel free to comment below each post or reach out to me on twitter @jerseyjoe50

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[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Burger King Halloween Whopper Taste Test

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In this SPECIAL EDITION, Jersey Joe taste tests Burger King’s new Halloween Whopper sandwich.  The first ever fast food sandwich with an all black bun in the US.

Specialty hamburgers with black buns have been featured as promotional items at fast food restaurants overseas for years.  The first, a Star Wars Darth Vador burger was sold by Quick restaurants in France in 2012.  Burger King immediately followed the same year in Japan, with a Premium Kuro Burger (which means Black Burger in English.)

However, the Burger King Halloween Whopper marks the first time a black burger has appeared in the United States.  Taco Bell did sell a blackjack, black colored taco shell, back in 2009.

THE 411

Name: Halloween Whopper

Restaurant: Burger King

Price: $4.99 sandwich only (value meals start at $7.99)




It’s a fun, novelty item for Halloween.  Give it a try.  I also like the addition of the A-1 sauce, instead of ketchup on a traditional Whopper.  A word or warning… the internet rumors are true.  Not to be gross, but it does turn an interesting color coming out the other end!  You’ll see!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Taco Bell’s Cap’n Crunch Bites Taste Test

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Taco Bell has taken a popular breakfast cereal and turned it into a warm, gooey dessert. So, is it worth you cash? See the unexpected surprise Jersey Joe got when he ordered his.

THE 411

Name: Cap’n Crunch Bites

What: dessert menu item

Where sold: Taco Bell restaurantsIMG_7046.MOV.00_00_07_02.Still001


These are great!  Very succulent!  Why not give them a try?

The price structure is very affordable to add on as a menu item.  I spent $1.89 for 4.  They are sold in packs of 2, 4, or 6.   They are kind of like eating a bowl of cereal.  You can definitely taste the fruity Cap’n Crunch in concert with the warm, icing filling is a perfect match.

I just wish they would have remembered mine with my order… and at least offered me something for a second wait in line for them.

{Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Secret New York City Burger Bar

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It’s hidden smack in the middle of an upscale New York City hotel.  Walled off behind red curtains, you would never even know it’s there… except for the occasional celebrity sighting!  The Burger Joint has become one of the Big Apple’s best kept secrets and Jersey Joe had to give it a try!

THE 411

Name: The Burger Joint

What: hidden burger bar / restaurant

Location: Le Parker Meridien Hotel, New York City

Number of Locations: 4 globally



It’s definitely a neat place to visit and it’s cool to be in on a big New York City secret.  I just with that the burger I had ordered would not have been such a soggy mess.  Next time, I’ll go with a single cheeseburger and hold off on the works.

If you’re ever in the city, definitely check it out… just be advised – there’s never enough seats!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] In Search of the Arby’s Meat Mountain Secret Menu Sandwich

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It’s the sandwich lighting up social media – Jersey Joe checks out if all the  hype about the new Arby’s secret menu item – The Meat Mountain is the real deal.



THE 411

What: The Meat Mountain

Where: Arby’s restaurants coast to coast

Time: Limited time offering

Cost: $10 plus tax per sandwich

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This is a great idea on Arby’s part.  It all started off, when they posted a picture showing all of the meats they currently have for sale on a bun.  Customers started to ask for the sandwich and someone at the corporate office was listening.  Now, it’s become a win-win!

Arby’s gets all the free social media and web advertising and customers get to try a truly unique sandwich.  This will only on sale for a limited time, but this one will definitely be talked about for years to come.  Skip the diet – and give this at least a try!

[Kicking Back with Jersey Joe] Jersey Joe’s Year Four Rewind

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Here it is – my fourth official season finale!  True, I’ve only been writing on Been and Going since it launched about a year ago, but this blog has now been online for four complete years.  It all started 182 editions ago on  As my season wraps, I always go back and update what I’ve written about.  So, get ready as we take a quick look back…

You can click on the title of each blog to check out the original post.


Blogumn #134 – April 12, 2013


This blogumn looked at the new Judge Judy slot machines that had just hit casino floors.  At the time, the machines were highly popular and can still be found in most major casinos.


The popularity of this slot machine continues today.  During a recent visit to Atlantic City, there was always somebody playing them and still had a line of spectators watching at both banks of machines I found at Bally’s and the Golden Nugget.



Blogumn #139 – May 17, 2013


This blogumn took a look at one of my favorite video games of all time, Burger Time.  The game is simple, you are the chef and your job is to assemble hamburgers in a crazy kitchen where the ingredients have come to life and are after you!


I love to play this game at Barcade, in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Barcade is a cross between a bar and arcade that thankfully, is for adults only.


Sadly, the machine has gone missing from this location.  Barcade is in the process of opening a new location in Manhattan and I can only hope that it will end up there.  Both locations will only be a PATH train ride away.



Blogumn #140 – May 21, 2013


In this special edition, I discussed the new Burger King Rib Sandwich that the fast food chain had added to their menu.  It was their first big jab at McDonald’s by creating their own version of McDonald’s legendary McRib.


The Burger King Rib Sandwich was added to last summer’s menu and I judged it to be far superior to the McRib.  While it did sell well, the sandwich finished its summer run and was removed from BK’s menu early last fall.  Sadly, it has not returned and there have been no plans announced to bring it back.  I hope that Burger King reconsiders and makes this a permanent addition to their menu.



Blog #157 – December 5, 2013


In a little over a week after online gambling was legalized and officially launched in New Jersey, I tested out a few sites to see what all the hype was about.


Like it or hate it, online gambling has generated extra revenue for both the state and the Atlantic City casinos who took part in it.  Sadly, the state overestimated how much revenue would be brought in.


The state was estimating that $10.6 million would be earned in just six weeks.  The total earned was $7.3 million, which is still a success.  The revenue earned from legal online gambling has saw steady growth from January – March, with April being the first to see a slight decline in the amount wagered.  The state still expects continued growth moving forward.



Blog #162 – January 9, 2014


This blog took a look back at the night I was there for the final moments of the Sands casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  With my old camera phone, I captured the final blackjack hand and security ushering everyone out, while the slots were being turned off.  The casino was closed for a project, that was to build a mega casino and hotel in it’s place.  Sadly, the economy went bust and the project never happened.


The Madison House, a hotel that is located across the street from the site, was once used as an additional hotel tower for the Sands.  It closed when the casino did, but finally reopened this past January.  Sadly, Tripadvisor reviews of the initial opening were terrible.  Guests complained of slow elevators, filthy and outdated rooms, and a strong cigarette smoke smell.  Many guests have commented that a renovation has begun and hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for the historic property.  I plan to check it out as some point in the future.


The Sands site still sits unused, outside of a light up artist installation.



Blog #169 – February 27, 2014


In this hilarious video I found online, we get to see TV’s Judge Joe Brown all liquored up and hitting on a group of women at some kind of resort.  Joe even makes fun of his old TV show.


Since then, Judge Joe has gone back to being a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee.  Back in March, during a court child support preceding, he went on a tirade against the judge and it got him thrown in jail.  (You can hear TMZ’s copy of the court room audio here.) He was sentenced to five days, but was released in a couple of hours.  He is also running for District Attorney in Shelby County.  Could it have all been a publicity stunt?


THE 411


Name: Kicking Back with Jersey Joe


What: weekly blog on


Time: new editions post Thursday at Noon Eastern / 9am Pacific




Thanks again for all your support and for checking out my blog.  I love how we get to chat like this each week.  As always, feel free to comment below each post or reach out to me on twitter @jerseyjoe50.


This summer, I have a quite a treat for all of you TV fans.  Starting with next week’s blog, I am going to post 10 at a time, my 100 favorite TV show theme songs.  You’ll get to see show opens from some of your favorite series and a few that I’m sure you’ve forgotten.  Don’t miss it – starting next week!


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