A Delicious Deliverable Discovery

Dinner, dinner, dinner.  It’s always quite a dilemma of what to make, mostly because I rarely keep the fridge stocked with ingredients and end up making mixed veggies and some sort of chicken or fish.  Sure, that’s healthy but can get a bit boring at times.  This is a total cop-out since there are thousands upon thousands of recipes out there.  My friend Alex has even started her own blog called Burke’s Bites and has been documenting some wonderful recipes that I must try out.

But, I know myself and I know that even when I leave work right on time, it’s not entirely plausible to work out, whip up a gourmet meal, relax, and go to bed by 10pm.  Even after shuffling my schedule so that I work out in the mornings, my energy level and creativity usually has diminished by the time I walk in the door.

It’s also safe to say a large percentage of New York City residents rely on Seamless.  Knowing the take-out options – one is bound to get in the habit of ordering burgers and fries and pizzas (oh my).  Yes, w all have days to chill out with Ben & Jerry, but I live by the idea of “eat good feel good” and definitely feel the effects of eating too much on the not-so-healthy side.  So, in a city filled with free fitness, Soul Cycle, and green juice enthusiasts, there should be a better or healthier option, right?

what is munchery~ home ~ menu ~ gifts ~

Based in San Francisco and New York, this relatively new food service plans to make eating better easier, which seems to be a national trend.  The food is made by top of the line chefs and delivered to you by some of the best drivers.  Talk about quality service!

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Have a food allergy or particular eating or dietary habit?  Have no fear, they have a variety of filters to add to your order so you can select the perfect meal.

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Talk about the plethora of options.  Some of these meals I could only dream of making on my own.  Part of this reason is that I’m not a huge fan of leftovers and most delectable recipes make recipes in bulk (note 4 to 6 to 8 people).  Unless I’m cooking for the apartment or for friends, I end up being a short order cook and sticking to the basics.

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~ GIVE FOOD FEEL GOOD ~

Gift cards to Target or Starbucks are so old school (but still appreciated).  Here’s yet another way that you can 1) show someone you love them 2) send a thank you 3) just be nice

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Not only can you give the gift of food to friends and family, but it’s also a charitable company as well!  I bet it you’ll feel 2x as good knowing that you’ve eaten a tasty and healthy meal AND helped give back.

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So now that you know about this booming business, maybe, just maybe Munchery can be the new solution to your dining dilemmas.

Just to note, this post was not sponsored or requested by any Munchery employee or advocate.  It’s purely my own discovery and desire to share the wealth 🙂

What’s your go-to weeknight meal?

Tuesday Travels – San Francisco Summer

A couple weeks back I made a quick trip to San Francisco. It may have been a bit crazy on my part, only 24 hours in the foggy bay, but just enough time to explore my friend’s new (ish) digs and her neck of the woods.  Since I went to school near the bay, I had traveled to all the touristy spots, so no Pier 39 this time around.

Here’s a little look at our schedule and some neat spots to put on your next itinerary 🙂

IMG_5823Best way to start the day is a hike and some java.  Stop by one of the hipster spots or find yourself at Blue Bottle Coffee, a fresh take on the brew that happened to start in Oakland.  Their coffee has such a strong flavor and is perfect brewed into a latte or chilled into their popular cold brew.

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I recently learned that it’s best to drink your caffeine four afters after you work out so a little pre-hike java was just what the doctor ordered.

IMG_5863So, whether you like to drink your coffee right away or later in the day, I highly recommend taking a walk, hike, or jog along the city streets or local hills.

IMG_5953While I sure lucked out with the weather (note my desire to get use out of my summer gear…that doesn’t get used in the air-conditioned office), we couldn’t escape Mr. SF Fog (fun fact: named Karl the Frog).  You should be able to see the Golden Gate Bridge in the background but it’s there.  Just take my word for it 🙂

IMG_5840See, I wasn’t pulling your leg.  There it is, out in the distance.  Now, if you happen to find yourself in the city on a clear day, take a walk on the bridge or beach and check out the true bold color. It’s absolutely breathtaking. 

IMG_5874_FotorIf only architecture everywhere was this gorgeous.  Don’t you just love the colors and design?  Maybe it’s just my love for the sea and blue palate that caught my eye. 

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A San Francisco classic and oh so much fun during Chinese New Year.  There are tons of great places to eat and it’s even worth stopping by for fresh fortune cookies at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

Laura took me to the Eastern Bakery where we split a coconut bun with the most wonderful filling and still warm from the oven (for a whopping $0.75!  Sure can’t beat those prices).  If you really want to be one of the locals, ask for a moon cake and I’m sure you will be glad you did.

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720 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

SF - ChinatownAnd how about those hills? Sure, I was used to running these sorts of hills back in the day, but they are totally nonexistent in New York.  Hills + stairs make for the perfect lower body workout.

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From COIT TOWER down the hill to the FERRY BUILDING

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A day is not complete without some ice cream.  Your best bets are Ghiradelli’s, Bi-Rite Creamery, or Humphry Slocombe’s Ice Cream.   Since I have been to the first two a few times, Humphry’s it was.

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Named after two main characters from the British 1970’s sitcom “Are You Being Served”.  More importantly and interestingly, they make all their own ice cream, sorbets, and toppings with all the best ingredients.  Here’s to the best bold flavors for your pleasure!

SF Ice Cream Flavors“Secret Breakfast” – one of its more popular flavors (condensed milk, kosher salt, and vanilla beans, mixed with bourbon and crunchy cornflake cookies)

~ Limoncello ~ Tahitian Vanilla ~ Black Sesame ~Jesus Juice (red wine + cola) ~ Brown Sugar Fennel ~Vietnamese Coffee ~ POG Sorbet (one of my favorite!!)

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After sampling our fair share of the flavors, we selected the horchata and Harvey Milk & Honey Graham.  If you still are wavering between flavors, check out Serious-Eat’s take on the ice cream.  Our eyes may have been bigger than our stomachs but we finished the heaping two-scoop treat and were full for hours.

From hiking to eating to hiking, it was a perfect whirlwind of a trip.

IMG_5966One last look at the city in the bay and certainly a unique view at that. You can even spot the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, still covered by Karl the Fog.

“San Francisco is a world to explore. It is a place where the heart can go on a delightful adventure. It is a city in which the spirit can know refreshment every day.” – William Saroyan

WIAW – Memorial Weekend Adventures

Instead of showing you one day of school eats, I’m going to share a little bit of my weekend along with a fair share of my eats. A happy Wednesday to all and I hope everyone enjoyed their Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s a little surreal knowing there is only about 1.5 weeks left of school!  Continue reading

When in San Francisco …

Go to Pier 39?  Eat clam chowder?  Have a milkshake from Ghiradelli Square?  Shop in Union Square?  Ok, all of these are completely valid and I hope that everyone does so at least once in their lives.  But there is SO much more to the bay than just Pier 39 or even a Giants game.  I’ve had my fair share of games and I guess I am slightly biased as a Dodgers fan, but not the point.  I had one more day of freedom to my weekend and decided to make it count.  After waking up and pounding out a little homework, I set off for the city.  This took a little load off my homework plate for today and it also enabled me to miss the traffic.  I had some ideas of what I wanted to accomplish and while some were checked off my list, others were not.  Still never been to Haight/Ashbury, but I guess there’s room for another trip 🙂 Continue reading

WIAW #10 – A Day of Eats in the City

Week 5. Midterms. Getting my head in the game.  Need I say more?  While I may not have created any extreme recipes this time around, stay tuned for the days to come.  Leading up to Halloween, there will be lots of fun goodies.  Hey, wouldn’t you know, Halloween is on a Wednesday.  How nice 🙂 Continue reading