MY DINNER AT CHILI’S (AND SAMPLING THE CHILI’S WATERMELON DRINK MENU)

May 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Chili’s new watermelon drink specials and this month’s blog prize, a $50 Chili’s gift card (leave a comment on any May blog entry to be entered to win it!).

As The Watermelon Guy, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try these drinks before they disappear from the menu, so I loaded up The Watermelon Daughter and The Watermelon Wife in the car and headed to Chili’s for dinner and drinks. (NOTE: I’m not really sure if my wife likes being referred to as “The Watermelon Wife,” so let’s keep that nickname between us.)

Once we were seated, it was time to order. We ordered all three drinks to go with our meals – Cajun Pasta for me and Steak Fajitas for The Watermelon Wife. Our daughter opted for chicken fingers with a side of grapes and a tall glass of two percent milk. And, because I can’t pass up a good appetizer, we got things started with an order of the Southwestern Eggrolls.

The drinks arrived in the blink of an eye and looked a heckuva lot better than my usual diet soda order. Here’s what we thought of each:

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WATERMELON MARGARITA (tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour) – My wife is a huge margarita fan, so she naturally liked this one. I expected it to have a stronger watermelon taste, but it was very subtle. I think that’s a good thing, though.

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WATERMELON COOLER (vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree) – This one arrived next, and it packed a little more watermelon flavor, which I liked. True to its name, it was very cool and refreshing.

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WATERMELON LEMONADE – This non-alcoholic drink – a combination of lemonade and watermelon juice – was the perfect way to end our meal. Not too sweet and just the right amount of tartness!

All in all, my favorite was the Watermelon Cooler, while my wife preferred the Watermelon Margarita. All three were fantastic, though, and I’ll definitely be headed back to Chili’s before the watermelon drink specials end. I recommend you do the same. While you’re there, don’t forget to try the Southwestern Eggrolls!

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MAY PRIZE: CHILI’S WATERMELON DRINKS

May 6th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

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You know it’s officially “watermelon season” when restaurants start rolling out watermelon-themed food and drink specials. You can find watermelon on many menus (some all year long, if you’re lucky), but Chili’s is taking the season to new, tastier level with its line of watermelon-themed drinks.

Throughout the spring and into the summer, the restaurant is offering not one, not two, but three beverages featuring the season’s greatest fruit. The drinks include the following:

Watermelon Margarita – Tequila, fresh watermelon puree and house-made sour.

Watermelon Cooler – Vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon puree.

Watermelon Lemonade – A refreshing combination of two great flavors (non-alcoholic)

I’ll pay a visit to my local Chili’s next week to sample all three specials (all in the name of research, of course), and I’ll provide a review and photos in a blog entry later this month. In the meantime, I’m happy to announce that you, too, can try the drinks thanks to this month’s What About Watermelon prize – a $50 Chili’s gift card.

The gift card is more than enough to cover all three drinks, so feel free to also grab some dinner while you’re there. What you choose to pair with your Watermelon Margarita or Watermelon Cooler is up to you. Personally, I’ll probably opt for the Mushroom Swiss Burger or the Santa Fe Chicken Quesadillas.

I’ll give away the Chili’s gift card to one commenter chosen at random from all the comments left on the blog this month. To get the conversation started, leave a comment below with which of the three Chili’s watermelon drinks you’d like to try most!

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