Best convenient meals that work for me

Everyone seems to be busy these days.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re a student, professional, stay-at-home… everyone is running around in the rat race of life.  When I lived in Boston, I would have a delivery service called PeaPod deliver my groceries typically on my postcall day bc I knew that’s when I’d be home.  But today, delivery services have improved!  I’ll go through each of my favorites:




GOBBLE

For the person or couple or family who likes the idea of cooking and/or cooking together, Gobble makes it super easy to whip together a delicious meal that takes all the menu planning, grocery shopping, portion controlling out of it.  It’s my go-to date night meal.


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FRESHLY

Freshly is a more Paleo focused meal that offers single serving portions of breakfast, lunch, or dinner that is super quick and convenient!  Some of the best parts about this delivery service: high quality protein, no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, always gluten free, low-glycemic carbohydrates, and nutrient-rich veggies.  Need I say more?


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FRESH AND FIT

Fresh and Fit meals are more a local delivery food service that is super convenient and served in single serving containers.  It’s all natural and organic, seasonal, and comes from local, sustainable farms.  It’s more veggie intensive and they taste delicious!


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DAILY HARVEST

Daily Harvest is a wonderful way to blend up healthy stuff that’s super convenient and perfect for that sweet tooth craving!  Usually I’ll whip one of these up in the morning — either with water or coconut water or almond milk.  The directions are on each cup.  Oftentimes I’ll add my own protein powder, chia seeds, flax seed, etc. to boost my nutrition.  These shakes taste delicious — almost like a decadent milkshake (but one that’s actually healthy and good for you!).  So go ahead and have one for dessert!

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*** UPDATE March 2017 ***

SUN BASKET

This is now our go-to meal planner for the week! We love the nutritious aspect of this quick throw together meal delivery kit. It’s faster to prep than Blue Apron, but slightly longer to make than Gobble. The sunbasket ingredients are organic and as expected have a longer shelf life in the fridge. The recipes are super delicious and diverse. I prefer a paleo delivery kit and this one delivers!! 

Restaurants tackled on the World’s Top 50 restaurants

World’s Top 50 resties — 2014

It took me about 5 years to build up this list.  The amount of work and attention to detail that these restaurants perform is incredible.  In the same trip, I ate at Geranium and Noma.  At the time, Geranium was #50 and Noma was #1.  The two were almost indistinguishable.  2 fave restaurant in the US: Per Se and Alinea.  Bravo to the chefs and staff.  My culinary journey was nothing short of a blessing.

The 2016 World’s Best Restaurants list and with my updated dining list from 2015-2016:

  • (6) Mirazur
  • (7) Mugaritz
  • (10) Asador Extebarri
  • (12) Quintonil
  • (16) Azurmendi
  • (17) Piazza Duomo
  • (21) Arzak
  • (25) Pujol
  • (31) Nihonryori RyuGin
  • (46) Combal Zero

Day 8: Stockholm, Sweden #stockholm #sweden #knut

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g189852-Activities-Stockholm.html

NYT: 36 hours in Stockholm

UK Telegraph: 36 hours in Stockholm

The Independent UK: 24 hours in Stockholm

The Independent UK: 48 hours in Stockholm

Cosmo UK: 24 hours in Stockholm

24 hours in Stockholm


What I actually did in a 24 hour period:

  • Walked out to City Hall and explored the grounds.
  • Checked out Gramla Stan and toured the streets, Royal Palace, Royal Coin Palace, and church
  • Walked along the main boulevard of S√∂dermalm (G√∂tgaten): stepped into a bakery and grabbed a gingerbread cookie and Julmust (very yummy carbonated soda-type beverage served during Christmas season). Hopped on the T-bana @ Skanstull to Central Station. A 24 hour unlimited T-bana/bus pass will cost 135 sek.
  • Walked to the 7 tram (it’s not at the Central Station at all) — you have to walk a bit close to the Gallerian (above ground).
  • Checked out Djurg√•rden –> Rosendals + Skansen
  • Took the 7 tram to √Ėstermalm and walked to Karlaplan and then caught the T-bana to Central Station.
  • After a much needed rest, I headed out to dinner at Knut. ¬†Started with a beverage of bourbon + rowanberry + thyme. ¬†The bartender said that the rowanberry is typically very sour, so they offset that punch with sugar. ¬†It was tasty. ¬†The ambiance of this restaurant was rustic cozy. ¬†There are about 10 tables with varying number of seats and a bar with 10 seats. ¬†Good music during dinner. ¬†The cocktail menu is original and daring but pricey (135 sek / 7.81 for USD conversion). ¬†The bread and butter basket was just the right pre-dinner snack. ¬†The butter was flavorful; soft bread was warm and soft. ¬†I ordered the moose steak dish and it was more like a meatball. ¬†The flavor was earthy and it was perfectly cooked. ¬†There was a flavorful creamy vanilla-type slightly sweet sauce. ¬†Berries (not sure what type) and a block of potato browned on all sides were¬†served alongside the moose. ¬†I really enjoyed it. ¬†The flavors melded together nicely. ¬†I used the butter with sea salt from the bread basket on the potato cube. ¬†Sublime. ¬†Dessert was a warmed cloudberry (typical fruit of northern Sweden) with vanilla ice cream. ¬†The berry had an interesting flavor: tart, but not quite like a pomegranate. ¬†It looks like an orange blackberry, but doesn’t taste like one. ¬†The vanilla ice cream was rich and deep in true vanilla bean flavor. ¬†However, I’m not sure the two flavors (cloudberry and vanilla bean) worked together for me. ¬†I appreciated the crunchy morsels at the bottom of the ice cream. ¬†Overall nice, flavorful, Swedish dishes served in a cozy and comfy unpretentious atmosphere.

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