Graze box. (review)

If you love trying different healthy snacks like me, you’ll love Graze.

graze2Graze (www.graze.com) is a subscription snack box that comes with 4 individually packaged snacks. There is a wide range of snacks which you can choose to try, and based on your top ratings, you will get a surprise combination in your mailbox. There are also snacks for vegans, dairy-free and gluten-free people!

graze3The snacks have tasty unique flavors, and the little containers are the perfect size to carry with you on-the-go. Although I’ve read reviews of people raving about their flapjacks, they are a bit too sweet for me -but I love the dried fruit snacks! Oh, and the chocolate, of course. ;)

I first learned about Graze last year when it was just starting and I was lucky enough to get on the waiting list. After a few months, I got an invitation code in October to join and try my first box, and since then have been hooked. I have tried a few similar subscription boxes in the past, but have usually canceled after the first few boxes. Considering that I just got my 9th box this week, I think that says a lot already! Each box costs only $6, and it’s awesome that there is no commitment required. You can choose whenever you want your box to be delivered (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and cancel any time.

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A cute little card always comes in the box with more information…

graze5…and nutrition facts for each snack on the back!

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If you’d like to try Graze, I have a Friend Code, where you can get your first and fifth box free! Click here or contact me if you’d like my promotional code!

And no, I am not sponsored by them or associated with them in anyway. I honestly just enjoy their snacks! (you’ll get a Friend Code if you join too, don’t worry.)

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The best Pad Thai. (V, GF)

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Wherever I am with my mom, she always insists on trying every Thai restaurant in the area. Even when we’re in Thailand. (Go figure, right?) So what’s the first thing she’ll order? Pad Thai. If the Pad Thai isn’t good, don’t expect a return visit. Ever. Sorry cooks, she’s got high standards. ;)

Of course, it is no surprise then that the Pad Thai she makes is the absolute best. Twenty years of me being alive, and I had never learned her secrets! So when she came to visit me, it was time to teach me her skills.  She then also thought it was a great idea to teach all her friends individually, on consecutive days, how to make her Pad Thai… I had Pad Thai for 2 weeks straight… A little too much, but thanks mom…

My mom knows this recipe by heart, but she was willing to nicely type it up for me to share.

Pad Thai Sauce Ingredients:

  • 11/2 cups tamarind juice (tamarind soaked in hot water for about 20 min)
  • Two pieces of palm sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of ketchup
Directions:
  1. Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1/2 hour.
Pad Thai Ingredients
  • Pad Thai sauce
  • 1/2 pack of rice noodles (preferrably from Chantaburi, Thailand) soaked in luke warm water for an hour or until softened
  • 2 cups of bean sprouts
  • 2 cups of Chinese chives (chopped to 1/2 inch)
  • organic tofu 1/2 piece
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped salted radish
  • 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped shallots and garlic
  • dried shrimps or fresh prawns (shelled, optional)
  • sliced tofu (the other half) or thinly sliced chicken or pork (optional)
  • 1 egg (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cube the tofu and deep fry in oil. Set aside.
  2. Brown the mixture of chopped shallots and garlic in oil.
  3. Add chopped salted radish, dried shrimps, and deep fried tofu (if you use fresh prawns, you must put it at the end of the process so that your prawns won’t be overcooked.
  4. Add fresh sliced tofu or meat, then and noodles.
  5. Put sauce in little by little (too much it will be too soggy, too little it will be too stiff)
  6. Add egg if desired.
  7. Add chives and keep on stir-frying.
  8. Add  fresh prawns. (if you use dried shrimps, no need for this step)
  9. Add bean sprouts and stir-fry until the bean sprouts are soft.
Serve with wedged lime, crushed peanuts, chili powder, fresh bean sprouts and fresh Chinese chives.

Fail lemon muffins & weekend Boston trip.

Last week I wanted to bake some lemon muffins as a birthday present for my good friend Mary who I went to visit in Boston for the weekend. I planned to try a new recipe with coconut flour and baked with Catherine. The following are pictures from my lemon muffin attempt:

lemonmuffins1I had never tried this recipe before, and it didn’t state how many muffins the recipe would make, so it should have then be alarming to us that four eggs were used for 6 muffins. Key word: should. lemonmuffins2The lemon juice and lemon zest smelled so nice though!lemonmufins3The batter was very easy to make, but I wanted at least 12 muffins, so we made another batch, and then put them in the oven.lemonmuffins5They look great, right?lemonmuffins6So how did they taste?

Let’s judge from some first bite reactions:

“You know Fiona, I usually like what you bake… But this is absolutely terrible.” -Darien

“WHAT THE **** IS THIS? *spits out*” -Lisa

“It’s… moist?” -Steven

Catherine even wanted to take 3 home with her to give to friends, but after trying one she decided not to. Wise decision, Catherine. Everyone including me thought they were disgusting except for my boyfriend and Connie. Apparently they like moist eggy muffins.

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I’m sorry guys, but these were pretty terrible. I therefore regret to inform you that there will be no recipe in this post.

However, I did eat some amazing food on my weekend trip to Boston!

bostontrip1For Mary’s birthday dinner, we ate at her uncle’s restaurant with her family. Though I did not eat any of this sashimi, it was definitely picture worthy. bostontrip5A vegetarian roll with sweet potato made for me. (So filling!) bostontrip4Mushroom flatbread from Sip Wine Bar and Kitchen.  bostontrip3

Delicious Belgian waffle with chocolate and strawberries from Zinneken’s. Highly recommend going there. Very cute and cozy too. Not a biased opinion by the way… okay maybe it is. (I’m half Belgian and I love Belgian food, okay?!)bostontrip6Cool graffiti wall and a big YES.bostontrip8Rahul and his new friend. ;)

It was a fun weekend! A happy birthday again to Mary, and sorry about the muffins! Hopefully my next post will have a successful recipe. Fingers crossed.