Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Chateau Morissette Winery - Floyd, VA


287 Winery Road, SW
Floyd, VA  24091
(540) 593-2865


Exterior View


Interior Foyer (click on photos to enlarge)


Tasting Room & Gift Shop


View from Parking Lot


This is a review of a winery called Chateau Morissette located in Floyd, Virginia. Hubby, Leo & I visited on a Sunday last April around 4 pm. I thought it would be a nice spring drive and since they allow dogs, we brought our best behaved dog, Leo, a little white Maltese. They allow dogs because their logo is that of a dog and they claim the winery was built with the help of dogs, whatever that means. I couldn't find anymore information about that on their website. We would have arrived much earlier if we hadn't gotten a bit lost and taken the longest and steepest way. GPS took us to a private road that wouldn't get us there and we called for directions from that point but they weren't helpful, so we just drove around until we found it. When we arrived they said we shouldn't have used GPS for directions, but didn't indicate why nor offer better directions. We didn't find the employees very welcoming nor friendly. Then I remembered we weren't in North Carolina anymore where people are generally extremely friendly. Another customer also complained about the drive there and how it was a "white knuckle" drive. On the way home we were able to find a less steep road with a 9% incline. The winery is around 3,000 feet above sea level. Note that AT&T cell phones will not work there, but Verizon has some limited service. So do not rely on your cell phone for directions or information. After that stressful drive we were really disappointed with the view at the winery which could only be seen from the parking lot. I found it strange that they didn't locate the tasting room building so that it would have a view rather than the parking lot. On the other side of the parking lot is where the restaurant is located and it appears to have a better view. Another annoyance was that there wasn't a pathway from the tasting room to the restaurant. One would have to drive over to the restaurant and park in the restaurant's separate parking lot if they wanted to visit the restaurant. We thought that there would be appetizers or snacks at the tasting room, but they only had some crackers and chips with no prices listed, brands I didn't recognize and no one was at the register. The customer next to us during the tasting was upset about not being able to have something to eat and that the restaurant closes at 5 pm. There is only one restaurant nearby so we purchased a snack at the convenience store. I highly recommend you either make reservations at their restaurant or bring food with you. They only had a couple of tables out for sitting which I found strange since I've seen photos in which they had many more tables out. We found this very unwelcoming. 

The tasting room is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and 11 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. The tastings can be purchased at the gift shop's cash register. They cost $8 per person or $10 if you would like to keep their souvenir glass. Tastings include a half ounce pour of ten wines. While we enjoyed tasting the wines, we didn't love any of them, so we didn't leave with even one bottle. Most of them were low in alcohol content and they were fruit flavored which really isn't our preference. They tasted more like a wine cooler than wine. We also didn't enjoy hearing that our server had not had a break all day and he seemed a bit grumpy as a result. Also, the floor was dirty and Leo was not happy at all during our visit. I had to give him a bath as soon as we arrived home. They really need to give their tile floor a good scrub. I didn't even bother to take photos of him since he wasn't smiling nor happy. He's very shy and one of the employees insisted on petting him even though Leo clearly didn't want to be touched and I told her that he is shy. I found that upsetting and I wish I had told her no. We did the tasting and left. Out of all the wineries we have visited so far, this is our least favorite and we shall not return. See an aerial view of Chateau Morrisette:



Our favorite winery is Raffaldini! Their wines are delicious, the servers are friendly, they have lots of tables, serve food, it's an easy, beautiful drive and the views there are amazing. Do you have any recommendations for other wineries in North Carolina or Virginia? If so, please comment below. Check out my Jolo Winery Review and stay tuned for reviews of Raffaldini & Round Peak vineyards soon. Before you go, feel free to browse around my blog. I suggest starting with my restaurant reviews and then moving on to the food subscription box reviews.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Thai Herb Restaurant Review - High Point, NC

1116 Eastchester Drive, #116
High Point, NC  27265
(336) 889-3896


Exterior View


View of Dining Room (click on photos to enlarge)


Free Salad & Spring Roll


Crispy Philly Roll, Crispy Salmon Roll and Crazy Hamachi Roll - $10.95 Each


Lovely presentation of Crispy Philly Roll, Crispy Salmon Roll and Crazy Hamachi Roll


Close Up View of the Crispy Philly Roll


This is a review of a Thai restaurant located in High Point, North Carolina called Thai Herb. We visited last Sunday at around 2 pm. Lately I've only been in the mood for sushi, so I've been on the hunt for restaurants that serve sushi. We were immediately greeted by their very friendly sushi chef and were told that the waitress would be out shorty. On the right is the sushi bar and to the left of that is the cash register and a waiting area. Their sanitation score when we were there was 98% which is excellent. Their hours are Monday to Friday from 11 am to 3 pm and then 5 pm to 9 pm. Saturdays they are open from noon to 10 pm and Sundays from noon to 9 pm. At 2 pm they had about only five tables full of customers, so that's a good time to go if you don't like visiting when they are busy during the lunch rush.

We were seated by a very friendly waitress who appeared to be Thai. We were very hungry, so we tried to make our decision on what to order quickly. The sushi chef promptly took our order. A couple minutes later our drink orders were brought out and then he brought out a complimentary salad and spring roll. The salad dressing on the salad was so delicious and a nice change from the usual ginger dressing. The spring roll was tasty and not greasy at all. The dipping sauce was also yummy. We were relieved to receive these free appetizers since we were starving. Hubby & I ordered three sushi rolls to share: Crispy Philly Roll, Crispy Salmon Roll and Crazy Hamachi Roll. They were brought out in only ten minutes which has to be the quickest I've ever received sushi! Which was even more surprising when you look at the amazing presentation, see above!  Our favorite out of the three rolls was the Crispy Philly Roll. It is described as "smoked salmon, cream cheese and avocado, deep fried whole roll with spicy mayo and eel sauce". It was scrumptious and perfectly fried without being greasy. The size of the salmon was generous compared to the competition, see above for a close up photo. Our second favorite was the Crispy Salmon Roll which is described as "spicy salmon and asparagus, deep fried whole roll with spicy mayo and eel sauce". The last roll, Crazy Hamachi is described as "spicy yellowtail, cilantro and cucumber, top slice yellowtail, jalapeño with momiji". They were all delicious and three rolls for two people was filling. Each roll costs $10.95. They have a large selection of sushi rolls to chose from, check out their menu. They also offer romance boats, nigiri, sashimi, Thai curry dishes, rice & noodle plates, stir-fried dishes and cocktails. The people sitting near us ordered the rice and noodle plates and they looked delicious. They also offer carry out. If I lived nearby, I would be a regular carry out customer for sure.

I highly recommend you give this restaurant a try soon! We really had a lovely lunch and were impressed by the presentation, taste of the sushi and the extremely friendly, prompt and attentive service. What's your favorite sushi restaurant in the Triad?

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Green Blender 6th Delivery Review & 30% Off Coupon



Green Golden Berry Blend


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Chocolate Matcha Latte


Ingredients


Calming Apricot Chamomile


Ingredients


Creamy Rhubarb


Ingredients


Strawberry Carrot Creamsicle


Ingredients


This is a review of my sixth box from Green BlenderRead more about this service in my previous review in which I explain their pricing, shipping, drinking straws and recipe cards. Also, check out my Green Blender Pinterest Board to see their recipe cards and all of my recipe results so far. This week I gave three smoothies three out of five stars and two recipes two out of five stars. It was my least favorite box so far.

Green Golden Berry Blend

Look at those golden berries in the photo above, have you ever seen these before? I had never heard of them before. I cut one in half to see what the center looked like and it was like a little tomato with tiny little seeds. I threw out a bit of the collard greens that weren't in great shape and some were a bit yellow. The pear wasn't ripe, but I used it anyway and it still tasted good. The pineapple needed to be used right away. This one tasted mostly like pear. It also included camu camu, cashews, water and ice. I gave it three out of five stars. It had 224 calories and offered beauty and immune boosting benefits.

Chocolate Matcha Latte

I was delighted they included matcha tea since I love it so much, but unfortunately this one tasted mostly like banana and cacao powder. It needed more quantity of matcha. If they offer it again, I'll add some more that I have in my tea cabinet. I forgot to place the rice milk in the photo, so that's missing in the photo above. Also included were swiss chard, avocado, dates, water and ice. There were a couple small pieces of swiss chard I had to throw out since they weren't in good shape. I gave this one three out of three stars. It had 268 calories and offered energy, beauty and immune boosting benefits.

Calming Apricot Chamomile

I love apricots and chamomile tea, so I was happy to see these arrive in this week's box. This one tasted mostly like honeydew which was overripe. After I tasted it, I had wished I hadn't used it. The heat has arrived here so anything that is precut doesn't do well during shipping.  I gave this one two out of five stars. I was surprised I couldn't taste the apricots much. This low calorie recipe had only 65 calories and offered anti-inflammatory and calming benefits.

Creamy Rhubarb

This one tasted mostly like grapes and orange. It also included rhubarb, ace berry powder, walnuts, water and ice. I gave it three out of five stars. It had 159 calories and offers beauty and immune boosting benefits.

Strawberry Carrot Creamsicle

The strawberries arrived too ripe and molded after being refrigerated. I had to chose between the items that were very ripe and too many of them were, so I wasn't able to use it the first couple of days. I used an apple instead since that's what I had on hand. It tasted mostly like banana. It also had carrots, hemp seeds, lucuma powder, water and ice. It had 185 calories and offered high protein, immune boosting and calming benefits.

This week the superfoods included were: matcha, cacao powder, dates, camu camu, cashews, hemp seed, lucuma powder, acai berry powder, walnuts, chamomile flowers and flaxseed. This was a disappointing box compared to the others which were so enjoyable. I emailed them about the ingredient issues I had in two boxes and they gave me a credit for a free box. I still recommend this subscription since the majority of the smoothies were very tasty and most of the time the ingredients arrive in good shape. I just finished my 7th box and I received my 8th box yesterday. The only ingredient issue in my 8th box was part of a banana was overly ripe. They are currently running a promotion for 30% off your first box. This is the highest discount I have been able to find for you, so be sure to use coupon code "SALTED". So what's your favorite type of smoothie?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

QVC's TSVs for July 2016


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


4th - American West Sterling Silver Oval Gemstone Cuff, J331020, $189.00 or 6 payments of $31.50, comes in 3 colors. Update - taken off the TSV schedule, but still offered at discount.

5th - Aerobed Elevated Mattress with Perfect Pressure Pump, Queen V34211 for $99.95 or 5 payments of $19.95 or Twin V34213 for $79.95 or 5 payments of $15.99, comes in 2 colors

11th - Cuddl Duds Comfortwear Brushed Back French Terry Poncho with Hood, A283441, $27.24 or 2 payments of $13.62, comes in 7 colors

12th - Paula's Choice Radiant Skin Four Piece Anti-aging Collection, A283811 or A/D A284335, $49.96 or 2 payments of $24.98. Update - was to be aired on the 19th.

13th - Ninja Storm Designer Series 450 Watt 40 oz. Food & Drink Maker with Recipes, K44631, $29.82 or 2 payments $14.91, comes in 11 colors

18th - Marc Fisher Leather or Suede Peep Toe Ankle Boots, A283420, $89.40 or 5 payments $17.88, comes in 7 colors

21st - Judith Ripka Verona Tassel Necklace, J331570 14K over Sterling $299.00 or Sterling J331569 $279.00, available in 6 payments

23rd - My Pillow Set of Two Premium Plus Pillows with 100% Ring Spun Cotton, H209538 Standard/Queen $65.00 or H209539 King $75.00, available in 4 payments, comes in Firm, Medium or Medium Firm

24th - Philosophy Four Piece Supersize Shower Gel Collection, A285406 or A/D A285413, $79.96 or 4 payments of $19.99, choice of classic or summer

26th - Nick Chavez Advanced Volume 32 oz. Shampoo & Conditioner with Thirst Quencher Hairspray A284047 or A/D A284156, $49.96 or 2 payments of $24.98, currently on waitlist

28th - Joan Rivers Long Sleeve Faux Suede Boyfriend Shirt, A283433, $49.78 or 3 payments of $16.59, comes in 6 colors

30th - Vionic Orthotic Suede Ankle Boots, A283437, $119.40 or 5 payments of $23.88, comes in 5 colors

None of the TSV are exciting for me, anything you fancy this month? I'm amazed at all the fall clothing. Who buys fall clothing now and puts it in their closet for at least two months! Here in the south I wouldn't be able to wear those for four months! Wow, that necklace is expensive! They are being so generous offering free shipping on that one, how silly. Other interesting TSVs that they haven't provided information on yet are:

1st - Heartfelt Holiday with Valerie
2nd - Skechers
8th - Denim & Co
10th - Dyson
12th - Clarisonic
17th - Luminara Candles
22nd - Lisa Rinna Collection
25th - Isaac Mizrahi
29th - Bethlehem Lights
31st - Sleep Number Beds

I will post links to those as soon as the information is available, so check back later. Christmas in July will run from the 15th-17th. Highlights are: Luminara, Gourmet Holiday, Irish Christmas, Heartfelt Holidays with Valerie, Jim Shore, Toys, In the Kitchen with David, Christmas Shoppe and Christmas in July Sale. Some fashion will be shown on July 15th, but the rest is suppose to be Christmas. Be sure to browse around at my other blog posts and don't forget to enter my current giveaway.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Green Chef 3rd Delivery Review & Four FREE Meals



Cumin Crusted Tuna, Warm Poblano Salsa, Greens & Chimichurri Dressing


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Steak 'N Egg Flatbread, Kale & Carrot Salad, Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette


Ingredients


Grilled Lemon Chicken, Green Bean & Pesto Pasta Salad & Grilled Squash


Ingredients


This is a review of our 3rd delivery from an organic food subscription box called Green ChefThey offer Vegetarian meals for $10.49 a serving, Omnivore for $11.99, Carnivore for $13.49, Gluten Free for $13.49, Vegan $11.99 and Paleo for $14.99. There are 9 recipes each week to chose from. I purchased the Carnivore which is two meat recipes and one seafood recipe. Shipping is available for arrival on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday via FedEx. Choice of meals for 2, 4 or 6 people. The recipe cards are printed in color on 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock. This week we gave two recipes five out of five stars and one recipe four stars. Calorie count ranged from 730 to 900 and cooking times ranged from 30 to 35 minutes. Sauces and dressings are made by Green Chef to save you time. Each recipe is color coded. Notice in the photos above Cumin Crusted Tuna had light green labels, Steak 'N Egg Flatbread had dark green labels and Grilled Lemon Chicken had purple labels. For shipping they use recycled cardboard, twelve ice packs and jute insulation. Not only are all ingredients USDA certified organic, but seafood is wild caught and beef is grass fed. Green Chef is currently my favorite food subscription box.

Cumin Crusted Tuna, Warm Poblano Salsa, Greens & Chimichurri Dressing

Wow, this was so scrumptious it made me feel like we were dining in a five star restaurant, ordering market price tuna (which I never do) and having a heart attack when the bill arrived! There was so much flavor in every bite. Needless to say we both gave this dish five out of five stars. This was our favorite dish this week. Look at the wonderful pink color of the yellowfin tuna steaks, shown above, now that's wild caught for sure. If you are ever in doubt about wild caught being healthier for you, just put farm raised right next to wild caught and look and the difference in color! I avoid farm raised seafood as much as possible. I had never had jicama before and it was delicious with the orange! They gave us so much food we had leftovers so that lowers the calorie count a bit. This one comes in at 730 calories and it took about thirty minutes to prepare. I can't stop thinking about this dish, it's so crave worthy! This is the second time we've ordered tuna from them and I highly recommend it, best tuna I've ever had! So tasty!

Steak 'N Egg Flatbread, Kale & Carrot Salad, Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Never had steak and egg pizza before, so I was anxious to try it. Wow, was it delicious! Grass fed steak is the best tasting steak. Don't believe me, buy some of each and do a blind taste test! It even smells more delicious when it's cooking. It's also more tender and healthier for you. While the photos look like maybe the steak was overcooked, it was not. Inside it was a bit pink, perfectly cooked, moist, tender and so very delicious. The yolk started running out as soon as cut into it and I dipped pieces of steak into it for superb flavor:


We gave the pizza five out of five stars and the side salad three stars. We didn't care for the dressing, but that's because we're not a fan of the flavor of sun dried tomato vinaigrette. We would have preferred a different dressing. There was so much salad, we had leftovers so that lowers the calorie count a bit. This one had 770 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. I'm not usually into non traditional pizzas, but this one was excellent and crave worthy! This was our second favorite dish for the week.

Grilled Lemon Chicken, Green Bean & Pesto Pasta Salad & Grilled Squash

Hubby gave this one five out of five stars and I gave it four stars. I'm not really fond of cold pasta salad, but Hubby loves it. I would have liked a bit more of the basil vinaigrette, it was so delicious on top of the chicken. I love how they marinated the chicken for us, so it was super tender and tasty plus it saved us some prep time. Note in the above photo the squash and zucchini were huge. There was also a lot of pasta salad, so we had pasta salad leftovers. There was no way we could have eaten all of it. There was enough pasta salad leftover for a large lunch. Leftovers lower the calorie count a bit. This one is the highest calorie recipe we have received so far coming in at 900 calories. It took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. Also, it was a very large portion of chicken unlike the competition.

Every box we have received from Green Chef has been received in excellent condition with no issues with quality, missing ingredients or damage during shipping. This makes me really happy because I really dislike sending complaint emails to companies and having to go to the store for missing or damaged ingredients. Also, all the recipes have been four or five stars, with none of them being disappointing. During the hot months, I've found that I can only rely on Green Chef to deliver my seafood cold since they use enough ice packs to keep it cold enough unlike their competition. This was yet another very enjoyable week of recipes and I can't wait for our next one. Each week the recipes look very appetizing. There hasn't been one week that I didn't want to order due to the recipes. Check out all of the recipes we have made so far on my Green Chef Pinterest Board along with the recipe cards.

If you would like to give Green Chef a try, be sure to use my link below so that your first four meals are free! Check out my review of our first & second Green Chef deliveries also. In addition, check out my reviews of Blue ApronGreen BlenderHello FreshHome Chef, Marley SpoonPlatedSun Basket and Terra's KitchenDo you subscribe to any meal delivery services? If so, which one is your favorite?

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Home Chef 41st Delivery & $30 Coupon


Skinny Chicken Mozzarella with Basil Marinara & Garlicky Greens


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Tex Mex Turkey Taco Salad with Corn, Avocado, Pickled Onion & Sour Cream


Ingredients


Lamb Meatball Pita with Garlicky Tahini Sauce & Minted Chickpea Mash


Ingredients


This is a review of the 41st box we have received from a weekly food subscription box called Home Chef. We gave two of the recipes five out of five stars and one recipe two stars. The two five star recipes were repeats. We have now made 158 of their recipes! See photos of all our recipe results on my Home Chef Pinterest Board.

Skinny Chicken Mozzarella with Basil Marinara & Garlicky Greens

We gave this recipe five out of five stars and this is the second time we have made it. See our previous recipe results here. It tastes just like chicken parmesan yet it doesn't have the high calorie breading on it. It's absolutely scrumptious, I just wish they provided a larger portion of chicken. Since about last November they started sending smaller pieces of chicken. Also, the package burst during shipping and leaked chicken juice on the rest of the protein laying next to it. They have told me for months now that these issues would be improved, but they have yet to. I avoid the chicken dishes for this reason except for the five star ones. The kale and spinach side dish is also delicious. This one took about thirty-five minutes to prepare and it had only 564 calories. It doesn't taste like diet food at all, in fact it's crave worthy!

Tex Mex Turkey Taco Salad with Corn, Avocado, Pickled Onion & Sour Cream

We gave this recipe five out of five stars and this is the second time we have made it. Check out our previous recipe results here. It is so very tasty! This is a very generous portion of food and I had enough left over for lunch the next day. Having leftovers lowers the 802 calorie count. It took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It the perfect summer dish.

Lamb Meatball Pita with Garlicky Tahini Sauce & Minted Chickpea Mash

I really love lamb, so I always order the lamb dishes, but this one was disappointing. I found the chickpea mash very unappetizing, so I used some hummus I had on hand instead. The meatballs were ok, but they dried out a bit since there were baked and they made a mess of my oven spattering all over. I think they would have tasted better if they were cooked in the pan instead. This dish was screaming for some tzatziki sauce and it would have been much taster than the tahini that was provided. This one said it would take forty minutes, but it was closer to an hour. I gave it two stars since I had a hard to finishing it since I found it unappetizing. Hubby ate the second portion another day since he was out of town when I made it, he said it was pretty good and gave it three stars. The dish also needed some more color, some tomatoes and red onion would also have been a great improvement. This one had 1027 calories, which is shockingly high.

I appreciate that Home Chef repeats customers' favorite recipes. It's nice to be able to pick a dish that I know I will enjoy rather than the gamble of picking a new one and hoping we love it. For those who haven't received as many boxes as we have, you should try some of the recipes that are labeled "customers' favorite" since the odds are you will probably enjoy it. I recommend you search my blog (search engine over on the right side) or my Home Chef Pinterest Board for customers' favorite dishes since the odds are I have probably made it before. You can read my review to help you decide if it's right for you prior to ordering.

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