Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ritz-Carlton Room Service Part III - Cancún, Mexico



Dinner Room Service Table (click on photo to enlarge)


Salmon Sashimi - 315 Pesos (Approx. $16.21 US Dollars)


Tortilla Chips, Guacamole & Salsa Mexicana - 220 Pesos (Approx. $11.33)


Coconut Breaded Shrimp & Sweet Chilli Sauce - 250 Pesos (Approx. $12.87 US Dollars)


This is a review of room service provided by the Ritz-Carlton located in Cancun, Mexico. This was our 3rd room service meal and it was delivered at 10:30 pm on a Saturday last August. Since we enjoyed two wonderful room service breakfasts we decided to give dinner a try. The wait time for our order to arrive was twenty-five minutes just as they had indicated. 

Hubby ordered the Tuna Sashimi and I ordered the Salmon Sashimi and we shared half of our sashimi. We also shared the Coconut Breaded Shrimp and the Tortilla Chips, Guacamole & Salsa Mexicana. We weren't sure about the portion sizes so we weren't sure how much food to order. Everything we ordered turned out to be generous portions. The sashimi came with some carrot & celery sticks, lettuce and dipping sauces. It was served with cucumbers and arugula with a light dressing and cilantro on top. The sashimi also had slices of orange, jalapeño and sesame seeds on top. It was so scrumptious and it's presentation was impressive. The shrimp was huge! It was the largest shrimp I've ever eaten. If you are ever in Mexico, you must order shrimp since it's so delicious and huge. It was hot, delicious and not greasy at all. The Tortilla Chips were wonderfully crisp. The Guacamole & Salsa Mexicana were so yummy! The Guacamole was served with some delicious cheese and cilantro on top. We also ordered a bottle of Perrier which arrived cold and they gave us a slice of lime on each of our glasses. The meal also came with salt and pepper shakers and a beautiful fuchsia daisy in a vase. While dining we listened to live jazz music coming from the pool area. When we were done eating, we called room service to remove the table from the room. They promptly arrived in about five minutes and quickly removed the table.

It was another wonderful meal from room service. We highly recommend it, only problem is that it is highly addictive. I'm not usually a fan of room service due to the high prices and the food sometimes being cold, but the service and food at this Ritz-Carlton is exceptional. Check out the menu. We enjoyed everything that we ordered and service was prompt and friendly. They make you feel like royalty. You can also order cocktails, wine, beer, liquor, dessert and lunch to go. Their lunch to go would be perfect if you are going to be leaving the hotel and going on an adventure.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Plated Giveaway & 5th Sun Basket Review



Yucatan Style Salmon with Capers & Tomatoes


Ingredients (click on the images to enlarge)


Peach Blackberry Smoothie Bowl


Ingredients


Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes


Jungle Curry with Pork, Bok Choy & Eggplant


Ingredients


This is a review of our 5th delivery from a food subscription box called Sun Basket. This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars and two recipes four stars. Calories ranged from 290 to 770 and preparation time ranged from ten to thirty-five minutes. Servings cost $11.49 each except for breakfast which you receive two recipes for the price of one dinner. They are currently running a special offer of a $15 Amazon gift card, if you order five out of the eight Globetrotter recipes in eight weeks. My favorite recipe this week was the Yucatan Style Salmon and Hubby's favorite was the Jungle Curry. If you are only here to enter the giveaway, scroll to the bottom.

Yucatan Style Salmon with Capers & Tomatoes

This was the Globetrotter recipe for the week. I gave it four out of five stars and Hubby gave it three stars. I love panko, so I was really looking forward to this one and all of the Globetrotter recipes have been winners so far. I love that they only send wild caught seafood rather than farm raised, it's so much healthier and tastier. The caper marinade and lime juice added a lovely flavor to the salmon. The salad made with tomatoes, cilantro, Castelvetrano olives, olive vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper was delicious. The rice that was cooked with shallot, garlic and achiote was really tasty. This dish had 770 calories and it was a very generous portion. It took about thirty-five minutes to prepare.

Peach Blackberry Smoothie Bowl

I have enjoyed all of the Sun Basket smoothie bowl recipes I have tried so far. I gave this one four out of five stars. The peach, almond milk, maple syrup, acai powder, hemp seeds, blackberries and Carlo's Grain Free Granola made for a scrumptious combination. I always get excited to receive Carlo's Grain Free Granola since it's so delicious and healthy. This breakfast recipe had 290 calories and it took about ten minutes to prepare. 

Whole Grain Buttermilk Pancakes

I received an email that they made a mistake and added too much baking soda to the pancake mix. They gave everyone who ordered it a $15 credit for compensation which is generous. I could have made it with the Bisquick mix we have on hand, but we didn't get around to it. 

Jungle Curry with Pork, Bok Choy & Eggplant

Hubby gave this recipe five out of five stars and I gave it four. It was really delicious! Whenever I see a Thai recipe or a recipe with bok choy or curry I order it since the odds are high that I will love it. This was a wonderful combination of pork strips, eggplant, shallots, bok choy, lemongrass paste, red curry paste, lime and basil. They precut the pork and prepared the curry paste & the lemongrass paste for us in advance saving us lots of time. This recipe took about forty minutes to prepare. It had only 610 calories yet it was scrumptious and such a generous portion that Hubby & I both had leftovers. If a restaurant nearby served this I would order it on a regular basis since it was that tasty.

It was another wonderful week of recipes and I look forward to the next Globetrotter recipe which will arrive tomorrow. It's Tandoori Style Chicken with Coconut Okra & Cilantro Rice. The one after that is Persian Trout with Tamarind, Barberries & Fresh Herbs. I highly recommend this subscription service and now is the perfect time to subscribe due to the scrumptious Globetrotter recipes! If you haven't tried it yet, click on my link below for THREE FREE MEALS.

GIVEAWAY:

Plated has provided me with another box worth $72 to give away. Plated will send the winner one shipment that includes three recipes and the ingredients needed to make three meals for two people, a total of six servings. Enter via Rafflecopter:

The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Plated, provide me with their name and email address to give to Plated, provide Plated their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Plated & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Plated box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to my account settings, scroll down to the bottom and chose "cancel subscription" or to skip future shipments select weekly menus and chose "skip week". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesdays or Saturdays. 

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - September 2016


The Unbasic Basics


This is a review of my 5th shipment from Play! by Sephora. It's only $10 a month and it includes six high end cosmetic samples. The retail value of September's box came out to $36.23 which is a great value. The lowest value I've received is $27.81 in June and the highest value was $42.54 in August. This is what I received:
  1. Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector, 1 oz., $7 retail value
  2. Tory Burch - Jolie Fleur Verte, .05 fl. oz., $2.79 retail value
  3. Sephora - Rouge Brillance Rouge Shine in Love Spell, .035 oz., $3.36 retail value
  4. Dr. Jart+ - Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer, 1 oz., $10.90 retail value
  5. Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Gel, 2.5 ml, $6.47 retail value
  6. Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner, .2 ml, $5.71 retail value
Living Proof's products are so pricey, so I'm always happy to see one of their products in my box. I've never received a sample of Tory Burch's perfume before, so I'm glad to finally give it a try. It features lily of the valley, jasmine, mandarin, dewey green accord, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk. It smells pretty good, but not something I would purchase. I like the light pink color of the Sephora lipstick. It's a bit glossy, but not as glossy as lip gloss. I'm happy to receive some moisturizer since I'm running low and Dr. Jart is usually a good brand. This one feels a bit tacky on the skin so I'm disappointed in it. I'm in need of some more brow gel, but I'm not crazy about the clear gel type. I prefer one that has a bit of color since my eyebrows are a bit on the sparse side. I love Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner! It's my favorite liquid liner since it's the easiest to apply. I received a sample before and loved it. I'm most excited about the lipstick since I get bored and like to change my lipstick frequently. Sample sizes are perfect for your handbag also since they take up so little space. Here's a video describing September's products:


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sun Basket 4th Delivery Review & 3 FREE Meals


Coriander Crusted Tuna Niçoise


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Bangkok Chicken Wings with Coconut Pineapple Rice


Ingredients


Easy Pork Sausage Tacos with Blistered Tomatoes & Corn


Ingredients


This is a review of our 4th delivery from a food subscription box called Sun Basket. We gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe four stars and one recipe three stars. Calories ranged from 670 to 730 and preparation time ranged from twenty-five to forty minutes. Servings cost $11.49 each.

Coriander Crusted Tuna Niçoise

I gave this recipe four out of five stars and Hubby gave it three stars. The organic eggs had a wonderful orange color and were so tasty. The cooking instructions they gave us were perfect. Add the eggs to boiling water, cook for five minutes, remove from hot water and run them under cool water. Hubby also cooked the tuna perfectly. We weren't crazy about the coriander seasoning. The salad dressing was delicious. It was made with whole grain mustard, sherry vinegar and maple syrup. This recipe had 680 calories and it took about thirty minutes to prepare. It was a generous and filling portion.

Bangkok Chicken Wings with Coconut Pineapple Rice

This was our favorite recipe and we gave it five out of five stars. It's part of the globetrotter promotion they are currently running. If you order 5 out of the 8 recipes you'll receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card. This one tasted Hawaiian to me, the chicken wings were scrumptious and the dipping sauce was awesome. The cauliflower with pineapple and coconut was a wonderful substitution for rice. It was so tasty! I love that they gave us fresh pineapple rather than canned. I would have like a few more wings and more cauliflower, Hubby had five and I had four. This recipe had 670 calories and it took about forty minutes to prepare.

Easy Pork Sausage Tacos with Blistered Tomatoes & Corn

We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. Hubby forgot to put the cilantro and lime on it though which would have improved it's flavor. We would have preferred this recipe with more spice, the sausage was quite mild. This recipe had 730 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was generous and filling portion.

It was another great week of recipes and flavors. All the ingredients arrived in good condition. Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see what recipes we have made so far. Click on the photos to read more about the recipes that interest you. Before you go, be sure to check out my reviews of Blue ApronGreen ChefHello FreshHome ChefMarley SpoonPlatedSun Basket and Terra's Kitchen.  Do you subscribe to any meal delivery services? If so, which one is your favorite?

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Friday, September 16, 2016

QVC's TSVs for October 2016


Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


1st - Skechers Go Walk Suede Faux Fur Boots with Goga Mat Insole, A285608, $57.90 or 3 payments of $19.30, comes in 7 colors

2nd - Serta Perfect Sleeper Reserve Suite Super Pillowtop Mattress Set, H210192, $639-$949, available in 6 payments 

3rd - Dennis Basso Faux Fur Zip Front Jacket with Zip Off Sleeves, A286574, $99.80 or 5 payments of $19.96, comes in 5 colors. Highly recommend his coats, but note they run on the large size. I always size down, if you are between sizes chose the smaller one. Never ordered before, order early so you can exchange if it's not the correct size.


4th - HALO Bolt Portable Charger & Car Jump Starter with LED Floodlight, E227260, $89.96 or 4 payments of $22.49, comes in 4 colors & 6 patterns, purchased & recommend it, it works

6th - Silver Style Sterling Silver Omega Back Hoop Earrings, 1" J332546 $24.00 or 1 1/2" J332547 $29.00, available in 2 payments, comes in black, silver & gold


10th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Melange Cotton Cashmere Sweater, A286578, $69.60 or 5 payments $13.92, comes in 6 colors


11th - Luminara Lexington Lantern with Flameless Candle & Remote, 10" H210132 $38.00, or 14" H210133 $42.00 or 18" H210134 $58.00, available in 4 payments, comes in 4 colors


13th - Marc Fisher Tall Shaft Leather Boots, Medium Calf A286580 or Wide Calf A286581, $134.80, comes in 5 colors

14th - bareMinerals bareSkin Beautifully Balanced 8 Piece Collection, A286596 or A/D A287605, $56.94 or 3 payments of $18.98, comes in 12 shades. To read my review of the foundation click here.


16th - Harry London 7 Pound Holiday Chocolate Assortment with 12 Gift Boxes, Ship Now: M51352 or A/D M51616, Ship Nov. 7th: M51317 or A/D M51617, Ship Dec.5th: M51358 or A/D M51618, Ship Dec. 12th: M51359 or A/D M51619, $59.96 or 4 payments of $14.99. Don't recommend.


17th - Cuddl Duds Fleece Wear Stretch Long Sleeve Wrap with Hood, A286576, $27.24 or 2 payments of $13.62, comes in 3 prints & 4 solids, comes in 3 sizes which are not a QVC fit.


18th - Dennis Basso 68" x 60" Oversized Mink Sculpted Throw, H210131, $49.92 or 4 payments of $12.48, comes in 6 faux fur choices. Highly recommend, have bought them year after year. To read my review from last year's TSV, click here and check out my review from 2012 here. The 2012 one shown I currently sleep with and wash weekly, it's stood up to multiple washing and years of use! The others are shared by our four dogs and washed frequently yet still plush and they don't look worn.


19th - Muk Luks Andrea 4 in 1 with Reversible Boot Sweater, A286577, $39.98 or 2 payments of $19.99, comes in 4 patterns (was to air on the 12th)

23rd - Cooks Essentials 5.3 Quart Digital Air Fryer with Presets, K45078, $99.96 or 4 payments of $24.99, comes in 8 colors


24th - Isaac Mizrahi Live! 2 Ply Cashmere Peplum Tunic Sweater, A286579, $129.00 or 5 payments of $25.80, comes in 6 colors


November


1st - First Aid Beauty Super Size Set of 2 Ultra Repair Creams, A287607, $39.96 or 2 payments of $19.98


2nd - Butterball Digital XXL 22 Pound Metallic Electric Turkey Fryer, K54079, $129.95 or 5 payments $25.29, comes in 5 colors


Other interesting TSVs that information hasn't been released on yet are:


2nd - Serta, updated above

4th - Halo, updated above
7th - Beauty Tools 
8th - My Pillow
19th - Dyson
21st - Beauty Gifts
22nd - Bethlehem Lights
26th - Holidays with Hallmark

I'll update the above as soon as the information is provided, so check back closer to the air date. So what do you think of October's TSVs? Don't forget to use Mr. Rebates for 3% cash back when you order! I'm tempted by the Dennis Basso throws, bareMinerals and the Cuddl Duds Wrap. Can someone tell us what the sizing is like for Cuddl Duds? It states that it's not a QVC fit, so you can't use QVC's chart. Do they run smaller or larger than the QVC fit? Also, this one comes in double sizes and only three to chose from, so that makes it even more difficult. Anyone try an air fryer before? Does it really taste as good as using oil? I highly recommend the Dennis Basso jacket and his throws. I absolutely love his throw and above is a link to my reviews. They have stood up to multiple washings over the years and four dogs. Since I have over ten of them now, Hubby would give me a dirty look if I bought anymore as he did last year. He use to get excited when I would buy him a new one, but at some point you have to say no more. Oh well. I also have provided a link above to my review of the bareMinerals foundation that is included in the TSV. Just curious if you planning on purchasing more or less Christmas gifts this year? It will be less for us due to vet bills. Don't forget to enter my current giveaway before you go. Thank you for all your comments, but for the safety of my readers, I will not approve comments with links besides they tend to go into the spam folder.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bath & Body Works - Fall Candle Haul 2016


Chocolate Pistachio, Cinnamon Sugared Donut, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Woods, Marshmallow Fireside, Cider Lane, Pumpkin Banana Muffin & Caramel Pumpkin Swirl 


This is my first fall haul from Bath & Body Works. I had not purchased anything in many months, so when they emailed me a 40% off coupon I decided to stock up. The candles were also on sale, so it was quite the bargain at $7.50 each when the original price is $22.50. I also used Mr. Rebates for cash back. Cinnamon Sugared Donut, Pumpkin Pie, Marshmallow Fireside and Caramel Pumpkin Swirl are all returning scents. Cider Lane, Chocolate Pistachio, Pumpkin Woods and Pumpkin Banana Muffin are new scents. I was nervous about ordering the new banana one since the last one was so bad I returned it. I'm glad I took the chance this time since I like this one. It's not a very strong scent though, but it's enjoyable. I don't think I'd reorder it due to it being a weak scent. I was most excited about Chocolate Pistachio, but instead of smelling like chocolate it smells more like cocoa powder. I don't smell any pistachio. Cider Lane is really lovely and one I would repurchase for sure. It's similar to Leaves, but with a bit of sweetness. Pumpkin Woods is similar to Fresh Balsam with a bit of smokiness and vanilla added. If you don't care for the overwhelming balsam scent of Fresh Balsam but enjoy the scent of a Christmas tree, then this is the perfect alternative for you. It's one that I would repurchase. All of the pumpkin scented candles have a copper colored lid with a pumpkin embossed on them as shown in the above photo. Chocolate Pistachio and Cinnamon Sugared Donut have a copper lid with a texture embossed on them. Cider Lane & Marshmallow Fireside have a matte semi-gold leaf embossed on their lids. I like the pumpkin ones the most. Have you tried any of their new scents yet? If so, which ones are your favorite?

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sun Basket 3rd Delivery Review & 50% Off


Huevos Rancheros


Ingredients


Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth


Ingredients


Chorizo & Tomatilla Chilli


Ingredients (click on photos to enlarge)


Overnight Chia Pudding


Ingredients


This is a review of our 3rd shipment from a food subscription box called Sun Basket. I especially enjoy this meal kit service since they offer two breakfasts for the price of one dinner! The competition only gives you one for the same price. They have really fun and tasty meals like overnight pudding, smoothies, smoothie bowls and overnight oatmeal. They are unique and not your typical boring breakfast choices! Overnight oatmeal bowls and overnight pudding are really popular right now and what's great about them is that you can make them the night before. In the morning, grab them from your frig and out the door you go. This week we gave one recipe five out of five stars, one recipe four stars and two recipes three stars. The calories ranged from 290 to 760 and the preparation time ranged from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. All of the recipes I chose are gluten free, three out of the four recipes I chose are paleo and two were vegetarian. They have one set of two breakfast recipes and ten dinner recipes to chose from each week. Servings cost $11.49 each. They are currently offering a $15 Amazon gift card, if you purchase five out of eight Globetrotter recipes. The two recipes I've seen so far look scrumptious. I'll be receiving the first one tomorrow which is Bangkok Chicken Wings with Coconut Pineapple Rice. It's a Paleo, gluten free and dairy free recipe.

Huevos Rancheros

This was a quick and easy breakfast that was tasty. We gave it only three out of five stars since it wasn't spicy like we were expecting. The pasture raised organic eggs, cilantro, queso fresco cheese and chile sauce were really tasty. It took about ten minutes to prepare and it had only 410 calories. It was a healthy portion.

Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Lemongrass Broth

This was our favorite recipe this week and we gave it five out of five stars. Wow, this was so scrumptious! If this was served at a local restaurant I'd be ordering it every week. It's definitely on our list to make again since I'm already craving it. The broth made with lemongrass paste, Serrano chile and coconut milk was so delicious! The turkey meatballs made with ginger, garlic, coriander, almond meal, lime zest, cilantro, egg, salt & pepper were scrumptious. The addition of cauliflower, cashews and mint was awesome. We used all of the Serrano chile since we love spicy food and left my lips tingling. We didn't use all of the mint since we're not big fans of a lot of mint in our dishes. This one had 720 calories and it took about forty minutes to prepare. It was a healthy portion.

Chorizo & Tomatilla Chilli

We were expecting this one to be spicy and it mostly tasted tart, so we were disappointed. It was tasty, but not worthy of more than three out of five stars due to this issue. There were too many tomatillos and they were tart. We would have liked more of the chorizo and less of the tomatillos. Perhaps some jalapeño would have helped. This one had 760 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was a healthy portion.

Overnight Chia Pudding

I gave this one four out of five stars. I didn't let it sit overnight because I'm not a fan of chia seeds once they have plumped up. So I just made mine a smoothie bowl instead. I was shocked that it actually started thickening up while I was eating it. It's made with almond milk, maple syrup, berries and black chia seeds. The Carlo's Grain Free Granola they sent was super tasty. It was chewy and crunchy, perfect! As shown above, the berries were squished during shipping, so I sent them an email letting them know. They gave me a $15 credit which was generous. I bought some fresh blueberries to substitute. That was the only ingredient issue I had with this box. This recipe has 290 calories and it took about five minutes to prepare. It was a healthy portion.

Well it was another enjoyable week of recipes from Sun Basket. I'd order more frequently, but they currently only offer Wednesday delivery in my area. Friday or Saturday delivery is better for us since Hubby is often out of town on weekdays. I highly recommend this food subscription box! If you haven't given it a try, what are you waiting for? They use twelve ice packs, so everything arrives cold. Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see what recipes we have made so far. Click on the photos to read more about the recipes that interest you.

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