Tuesday, February 28, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94

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The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron 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 Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

This giveaway is only for those that have never subscribed to Blue Apron before.  I have reviewed fifteen Blue Apron deliveries, so be sure to check those out before you leave. Start with my 15th delivery. Then check out my Blue Apron Pinterest Board, click on the photo of the recipe that you fancy to see the matching blog post.  

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

UMI Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge Grand Opening - Winston Salem, NC


1280 Creekshire Way
Winston Salem, NC  27103
(336) 999-7227


Exterior View of Outdoor Seating


Exterior View Looking Towards Hanes Mall Boulevard


View from Parking Lot


There is a new Japanese restaurant opening on March 7th, 2017 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. It's located in the Shoppes at Little Creek shopping center off Hanes Mall Boulevard not far from Costco. It's in a 9,000 square foot free standing building. It's called UMI and it features table side hibachi grill cooking. They offer a private dining room for up to forty guests, a semi private room for up to twenty guests, several bars inside and out and a booth section. 

Lunch will be served Monday thru Friday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and on Saturday from noon until 2:30 pm. Dinner will be served Monday thru Thursday from 4:30 pm until 10:30 pm, Friday from 4:30 to 11 pm, Saturday from 2:30 pm to 11 pm and Sunday from noon until 9:30 pm. They will be taking reservations closer to the opening date. The lunch menu features Lunch Box, Hibachi, Kitchen offerings and the Sushi Bar. The Lunch Box is served with soup, ginger house salad and a California roll. The Hibachi is served with soup and ginger house salad. Kitchen offerings are served with soup and steamed rice. The Sushi Bar offerings are served with miso soup. The dinner menu offers Appetizers, Sushi Bar, Kitchen, Sushi or Sashimi, Sushi Bar Dinners, House Rolls, Soup, Main Entrees, Bento Box Special, Children's Dinners, Dinners on the Grill and Hibachi Combinations. Check out the interior photos on their website and Facebook page

So who's excited about this new restaurant? Stay tuned for my restaurant review shortly after they open. In the meantime, check out my review of two similar restaurants in Winston Salem: Arigato and Tokyo. The Asian restaurants I currently frequent are Pan Asian and Cha Da Thai. What are you favorite restaurants in the Triad? I invite you to visit my Restaurant Reviews Pinterest Board to check out some more restaurant reviews for the Triad and the Triangle. Plus, you are welcome to enter my current giveaway. 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Green Blender Subscription Box Review - 14th Shipment



Sweet Potato Renew


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Green Grape Hydrate


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Aloe Gloe Mango


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Cara Cara Cashew


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Apple Butter


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This is a review of a weekly smoothie subscription box called Green Blender.  For my 14th shipment I gave two recipes three out of five stars and three recipes two out of five stars. This week's recipes were "to get you glowing" in other words skin beautifying. It was one of my least favorite weeks of recipes. Calories ranged from 107 to 275 and preparation time ranged from five minutes to fifteen. 

Sweet Potato Renew ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe three out of five stars. The ingredients in this smoothie are 1 sweet potato, 1 banana, 2 dates, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp pecans, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. The first flavor I tasted was the banana followed by the cinnamon. It was tasty. It has 275 calories, 10 g fat, 48 g carbs, 16 g fiber, 24 g sugar and 4 grams protein. This one gives energy, immune boosting, is high in fiber and good for the skin.

Green Grape Hydrate ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe three of out five stars. Included in this recipe were the following: 1 1/2 oz Swiss chard, 1 pear, 5 oz grapes, 1 tbsp pea protein, 1/2 tsp spirulina, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. Part of the pear was bad and it was bruised so I had to cut out the bad part. The first flavor I tasted was the spirulina, second the pear and third the grapes. It was tasty. It has 107 calories, 1 g fat, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 14 g sugar and 7 g protein. This one is high in protein, immune boosting, low in calories and good for the skin.

Aloe Gloe Mango ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe two out of five stars since it made me nauseous. It tasted weird to me. I gave the rest to Hubby who enjoyed it. The first flavor I tasted was the Aloe Gloe, second was the applesauce, third was the squash and forth was the mango. Included in this one were 1 1/2 oz baby spinach, 4 oz mango, 1/2 cup applesauce, 1 yellow squash, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 cup Aloe Gleo and 1 cup ice. It has 127 calories, 3 g fat, 24 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 18 g sugar and 3 g protein. This one provides immune boosting, is low in calories and is good for the skin.

Cara Cara Cashew ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I gave this recipe only two out of five stars. It was too thick and it wasn't sweet. Included in it were the following: 4 oz carrots, 1 Cara Cara orange, 2 tomatillos, 3 tbsp cashews, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. The first flavor I tasted was the orange, followed by the carrots and then the tomatillos. This one has 124 calories, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs, 11 g sugar and 3 g protein. It's immune boosting, low in calories and good for the skin.

Apple Butter ⭐️ ⭐️ 

I expected to like this one, but I landed up not liking it much and gave it only two stars. It tasted like cold unsweetened apple pie. Hubby really like it. Included in this one were: 1 1/2 oz mesclun, 2 apples, 1 tsp apple pie spice, 1 tbsp flaxseed, 2 tbsp almond butter, 1 cup water and 1 cup ice. It has 213 calories, 11 g fat, 28 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 17 g sugar and 5 g protein. It's high in fiber and good for your skin.

Next week's recipes look like they are tastier. I'll be reviewing them next week.  This is a good subscription box for those that want healthy smoothies not filled with sugar. One could add some stevia or honey to sweeten if needed. Don't be afraid of green smoothies, you usually don't even taste the greens! I added some protein powder since my doctor said I'm not eating enough foods with protein and these smoothies aren't high enough in protein. I gave up being a vegetarian due to IBS many years ago, but I still eat some vegetarian meals which tend to be low in protein. Check out my Green Blender Pinterest Board to see all of the Green Blender recipes I've reviewed so far.  Don't forget to enter my current giveaway before you leave. What's your favorite food subscription box?

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Friday, February 24, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94


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a Rafflecopter giveaway The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron 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 Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

This giveaway is only for those that have never subscribed to Blue Apron before.  I have reviewed fifteen Blue Apron deliveries, so be sure to check those out before you leave. Start with my 15th delivery. Then check out my Blue Apron Pinterest Board, click on the photo of the recipe that you fancy to see the matching blog post.  

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

20th Sun Basket Review & Three FREE Meals for You



Padang Salmon Curry with Jade Rice


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Meatballs & Red Sauce with Penne & Caesar Salad


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Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Japanese Mushroom Broth


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This is a review of our 20th shipment from a weekly food subscription box called Sun Basket. This week we gave one recipe four out of five stars and two recipes three stars. Two of the recipes are gluten free and one is paleo. Calories ranged from 530 to 640 and preparation time ranged from thirty-five to forty minutes. 

Padang Salmon Curry with Jade Rice

I just had to order this recipe since we've never had jade rice before and we love curry. Notice the lovely jade color of the rice in the ingredient photo above and then notice the lighter color in recipe results photo as a result of cooking. It really didn't have a different flavor, maybe a little different texture. We gave this recipe three out of five stars since the five dried red chiles didn't provide enough spice. Normally one has to be careful with them since they can be too spicy, but for some reason unknown these didn't provide the heat we expected. Also, I would have preferred that the cashews were cooked rather than placed on top raw. It was a tasty dish, we just wished it had more spice. This recipe has 640 calories, it's gluten free and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was a satisfying portion.

Meatballs & Red Sauce with Penne & Caesar Salad

They don't offer a lot of pasta dishes and since we love pasta I had to order this recipe. We gave this recipe four out of five stars. We both gave the salad five stars and the pasta dish three stars. The dressing was perfect and they prepared it in advance for us which was a time saver. The salad was nice and crisp and it was delicious. The meatballs were a bit dry, but tasty and very filling. There wasn't enough sauce, so Hubby added some that we had on hand. This recipe has 610 calories and it took about forty minutes to prepare. It was a very generous portion, so I saved part of the pasta dish for lunch the next day.

Gingered Turkey Meatballs in Japanese Mushroom Broth

Anytime they have a Japanese recipe I order it since I love Japanese food. We both gave this recipe three out of five stars. The turkey meatballs were delicious though I didn't care for the dried shiitake mushrooms. I enjoy them when they aren't dried. The coconut flour smelled delicious, but it didn't change the flavor of the recipe. There wasn't enough cabbage, so it was more of a lunch portion. We would have liked more kimchi Chile flakes since it wasn't spicy enough for our taste. It has 530 calories, it's paleo and gluten free and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. 

It was another enjoyable week of recipes, just not our favorite week. We really enjoy their low calorie meals and their wild caught seafood. Most of their recipes are either paleo or gluten free or both which is another reason we have been ordering from them the most lately. I highly recommend you give Sun Basket a try, if you haven't already. What's your favorite meal kit subscription box? Check out my Sun Basket Pinterest Board to see photos of all the Sun Basket recipes we have made so far. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

20th Plated Delivery Review


Chicken Caesar Gyros with Shaved Parmesan


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Mediterranean Burgers with Harissa Aioli & Carrot Fries


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Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes


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This is a review of the 20th delivery we have received from a weekly food subscription box called Plated. This week we gave one recipe four out of five stars, one recipe three stars and one recipe two stars. Calories ranged from 670 to 850 and preparation time ranged from thirty-five to forty-five . 

Chicken Caesar Gyros with Shaved Parmesan

We gave this recipe three out of five stars. It was kind of like having a salad on a gyro. I think it would have tasted better as a side salad. They gave us such a small amount of anchovy paste that the dressing just wasn't very tasty. It needed some black pepper and more garlic. The chicken was tasty and moist. This meal made me crave a traditional gyro with sliced lamb and tzatziki sauce. It has 730 calories and it took about thirty-five minutes to prepare. It was a healthy portion of food.

Mediterranean Burgers with Harissa Aioli & Carrot Fries

Notice how small the burger is in comparison to the bun shown above. We gave this recipe two out of five stars since the burger was too small and the sauce wasn't tasty. The carrots were too spicy and the spice didn't compliment the carrots though they were tender. The flavor from spice mix in the burgers was absent. The Harissa we were sent was beige yet in the photo it appears orange. It was such a disappointing recipe which was shocking because we've never had a burger recipe we didn't enjoy before. It's pretty difficult to mess up a burger recipe! This recipe has 850 calories and it takes forty-five minutes to prepare. It was a small portion of food. 

Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes

We gave this recipe four out of five stars. We find that any recipe with hoisin sauce is delicious. It was a wonderful combination of flavors. They sent us three types of mushrooms: cemini, oyster, shiitake. They were delicious! I don't know why they call the wraps pancakes, because they taste just like any ordinary wrap and in no way taste like pancakes. While the recipe was scrumptious, it was a small portion of food and we were hungry again only a few hours later. Their picture on the recipe card shows the wraps overfilled. As you can see above, I had to open one up to show it's contents. This recipe has 670 calories and it takes about thirty-five minutes to prepare. 

It was a disappointing week of recipes. We use to really enjoy Plated since most of the recipes were four and five stars, but lately they have been scoring lower. They also have been sending smaller portions and have had some ingredient issues which weren't the case prior. In addition, they stopped sending the produce in green bags which keep the produce fresh longer and can be reused several times. Due to these issues and since they are one of the most expensive coming in at $72 a box, I'm going to take another break from ordering. If you are a subscriber, how have your meals been lately? What's your favorite food subscription box?

Check out my Plated 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 BlenderGreen ChefHello FreshHome ChefMarley SpoonPlatedSun Basket and Terra's Kitchen.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box Review - February 2017


The Soft Side - Stellar Products Are Only the Beginning


This is the review of a monthly subscription box from Sephora called Play! by Sephora. It only costs $10 per month including shipping and it includes five cosmetic samples, one perfume sample and a cosmetic bag. They were sending everyone the same products each month, but now they have a couple of variations. If you ordered this month's, it may not include all of these products. This month the retail value of my box is $33.77. Included in my February box were the following samples:
  1. Clinique - Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer, made in the USA, .24 fl. oz., retail value $4.16
  2. Sephora - Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara, made in Italy, .094 fl. oz., $3.41 value
  3. Too Faced - Lip injection Glossy in the color Milkshake, made in Canada, .03 oz., $4.71 value
  4. Origins - GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream, made in the USA, .17 oz., $10.20 value
  5. Nars - Velvet Lip Glide in the color Bound, made in the USA, .07 oz., $9.01 value
  6. Marc Jacobs - Divine Decadence eau de parfume spray, made in France, .04 fl. oz., $2.28 value  
I'm so happy they sent two lip products since I love lip products! If I could only buy one type of cosmetics it would be lipstick or lip gloss! That's something I don't leave home without applying. I tried the Too Faced plumping lip gloss first. It's a lovely light beige color with fine gold glitter. I prefer more of a gold beige, but it's a nice nude gloss. It would have been great if they had sent us the latest trend, metallic lipstick! One of my favorite beige-gold lipsticks from many years ago had a bit of metallic shine to it. Then I tried the Nars Velvet Lip Glide which is suppose to be semi-matte. The lower lip reflects the gloss more than the upper lip. I wish it had been a matte since that's what in style right now. It has a lovely creamy texture. It's a bit less liquidy than a liquid lipstick usually is which makes it easier to apply. It's suppose to stay all day, but I'm skeptical.  Before I finished this post, I checked my lips and it now has a matte look and it looks like it needs a retouch. I applied some more, so it's not long lasting. I've only had good luck with matte lipstick being long lasting. The one I tried recently that amazed me is Cover Girl Outlast. Check out my review before you go. That one still looked like it had just been applied even after my dentist appointment! You can make that one  glossy or matte. The Origins Eye Cream is a really small sample. I'm a bit nervous about trying it since recently an eye cream irritated my eye enough for it to be a bit red for several weeks. Unfortunately, I don't remember which one I used since I'm always trying samples. I'm going to start putting aside the skin care products I use in case that happens again. Normally I just put it away in a drawer, so I have no idea which one caused the irritation. I enjoy receiving mascara samples, so I look forward to trying Sephora's latest mascara next time I apply my makeup. Clinique usually has pretty good moisturizers, so I'll be trying that one after my shower tonight. I don't care for the Marc Jacobs perfume. It's described as: champagne extract, orange blossom, creamy bergamot, gardenia, hydrangea, honeysuckle, saffron, vanilla, liquid amber. 

While the retail value of this box is lower than previous ones it's a good box for me and I'm happy with it.  If you received a Sephora box this month, are you happy with your samples? What's your favorite subscription box? Check out my Play! by Sephora Pinterest Board to see what I have received in my previous boxes. Also, check out my Subscription Box Pinterest Board to see what other boxes I've subscribed to over the years. Help me out by sharing this blog post with friends by clicking on the Google red box (G+1) at the very top of this page or via Twitter and Facebook by clicking their boxes here:


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