Mise Review

 

Mise is a new meal delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose and the Peninsula. Their dishes are carefully curated and prepared by local chefs.

“Mise en place (pronounced “meezon plahs”) is a French culinary term that means arrangement. It refers to the process by which a chef organizes each ingredient ahead of time in order to simplify the cooking process. We want to help you not only arrange the little things in your life, but also to enjoy them as well. No more time wasted on meal planning or rushing home after work to cook.” – Mise

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They provide a weekly meal delivery service. Order by Thursday and get it delivered on Saturday. Each meal is the final price you’ll pay. No delivery fee or tip required. 0822151619a

The meals are delivered cold. All you have to do is heat it in the oven or microwave.

Order a bunch and eat them for lunch or dinner throughout the week.

Here are the dishes that my family tried:

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Chef Gariela Guerrero’s Vegetable Crepe with Home Fries The home fries were the best part of this dish! The vegetable crepe was made with mozzarella cheese and seasonal vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and corn. This is the perfect dish for vegetarians.

0822151621Chef Maria del Carmen’s Pupusas Revueltas I was a little excited to try pupusas for the first time since I’ve never had it. And the pupusas did not disappoint. They were stuffed with carnitas and well balanced in flavor. I wasn’t quite sure how a pupusa is eaten but I covered mine with the salsa and it added a tanginess that went well together. However, I couldn’t handle the spicy curtido, which is a pickled saw of cabbage, carrots, onions, and jalapenos. I don’t have a palate for spicy food but my husband does. So the curtido was all his.0822151622aChef Sang Ae Leblon’s French Guittard Chocolate Cake with Blueberries You can’t really go wrong with chocolate cake, can you? This was fabulous, rich, and indulgent, surrounded with chocolate shavings and fresh blueberries.0822151622

 

Chef Sang Ae’s and Chef Sophiane’s Apple Tarte Tatin 

The Apple Tarte Tatin was a surprising hit for me and my husband. The slow cooked apples over a puff pastry was drenched in caramel.

The apples were tender and paired with the caramel, it was a divine dessert without being too rich.

Getting hungry? Check out www.eatmise.com.

 

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Munchery Review

Sometimes, I’m too tired to cook for dinner and I don’t want to drive out for take out.

So I found a solution – Munchery.

They deliver freshly cooked gourmet dishes to your house, created by local chefs. Most entrees are under $10, which is quite a bargain when you compare them to other meal services which charge $20 per person to cook your own food!

Munchery entrees arrive cold so you can warm them up quickly in the microwave, stovetop, or oven. The delivery fee is nominal. Mine was $2.95 but you can join their delivery subscription, Munchery Plus, for $39 a year and take advantage of the 30 day the free trial, which is what I did.

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For my first delivery, I used a $10 off code so it was like getting an entree for free.

My first order was Julia Child’s Chicken Fricassee, Nasu Maki (marinated eggplant sushi), and the Can Can chocolate almond milk.

I chose my order to be delivered between 5pm-6pm. But they called me letting me know that the delivery driver would be late, probably at 6:30pm and they offered me a $10 credit! Wow! I don’t mind them being late if they keep offering me free credit.

My meals arrived at 6:10pm, not that late. And I was excited to try my food.

There was a hand written Thank You note from Munchery and 2 free chocolate chip cookies for first time customers! That was a nice touch.

The cookies were amazingly good. I could tell that it was freshly baked that day and had a healthy helping of butter baked into it.

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I wasn’t too happy with the chicken entree as it wasn’t well seasoned. However, when I got to the thigh portion, it tasted better. No wonder this dish didn’t sell out like the others.

The Nasu Maki (marinated eggplant sushi) was hearty and savory, not what I expected from a vegan sushi. The eggplant was well marinated with a soy sauce concoction.

The Can Can chocolate nut milk was specatcular! Upon seeing the bottle, my 3 year old daughter exclaimed,”This is good!” She hadn’t even tried it yet.

And the chocolate almond milk was creamy, rich, smooth, very much like chocolate milk without the side effect of lactose. I would definitely order it again!

The next day, I placed another order. I was hooked!

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I ordered the Farfelle with Sage-Cashew Cream, Jerk Chicken, Salty Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the Holiday Spice Nut Milk.

This time my meals arrived on time. The Farfelle had a the perfect balance of sweetness from the butternut squash and dried cranberries and the creaminess of the cashew cream with a hint of spice. Dairy-free!

The Jerk Chicken was a generous portion of full flavor spices, grilled to perfection.

The Holiday Spice Nut Milk is supposed to be resemble eggnog without the egg or milk. It had good spices with a touch of Bourbon but I wasn’t impressed. I yearned for the chocolate almond milk I had the day before.

To try Munchery, use this $20 off coupon off your first order! (Ends 4/30/15)

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Walmart to Go Review

I was excited to try Walmart to Go since they delivered fresh groceries to your door. I’m super busy as it is so to avoid a trip out is such a time saver. Plus, I don’t live close to a Walmart so this is a great convenience.

Upon checking out the selection of groceries, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a good selection of health food items and gluten-free foods.

I don’t eat a lot of processed foods and when I do, I’m picky about them. I was extremely happy to find foods that were healthy for my family.

The driver called me to see if he could deliver my order earlier, which was awesome since I was waiting for it. The earlier, the better.

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My Top Picks from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

The Winter Fancy Food Show 2014 in San Francisco was fantastic! This year food trends included crunchy seaweed snacks and new gluten-free products.

King of Pop popcorn is wildly addictive with gourmet flavors like Double Chocolate Drizzle Caramel (my favorite), Honey Mustard, and Cookies & Cream.

Brownie Brittle is one of America’s favorite dessert turned into a crispy treat. Toffee Crunch is the best flavor and Mint Chocolate Chip reminds me of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies.

Introducing the Panini Gelato! Cut a King’s Hawaiian bun in half and place a scoop of ice cream in the middle. Continue reading

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