I’m going to Charleston for spring break. Does anyone have any restaurant or site seeing recs?
I needed a quick lunch before class one day so I ran into Tarjay to find something to eat. While browsing the freezer section I spotted a bunch of frozen meals from Evol Foods. I had never tried this brand before but the Truffle Parmesan Mac and cheese caught my eye.
It is the best frozen mac and cheese I have ever tasted. I used to be a slave to Michelina’s and Stouffer’s but never again will I eat those brands. Evol’s Mac and cheese has a crunchy panko bread crumb crust and many shreds of real cheese. There’s nothing powdered here folks.
There’s a $2/2 coupon on mambo sprouts.com so this weekend I’m going to buy loads more Evol products because I’ve been in a not cooking mood lately. I look forward to trying the Uncured Bacon Mac and Cheese, and every burrito the company offers.
Checkout all the Evol products here.
*For the record, Evol has no idea who I am(Although I wish they did and would send me copious amounts of coupons). I just think the product is neat.
I came across this website yesterday called Ann Street Studio. It’s run by photographer Jamie Beck, and she posts stunning photographs of her life in New York City. My favorite post is called “Seeing New York” and she blends photography and video through a pair of Armani glasses.
Check it out.
Once again I’m interning downtown this semester so expect me to go thru a bunch of downtown lunch spots.
The banh mi bel0w is from Le’s Pho, a Vietnamese sandwich shop located at the end of Court Street. The sandwich is simple and delicious, consisting of your choice of meat, carrots, mayo, jalapeño, and cilantro. I chose the chicken and it was tender with a nice charred flavor. And the best part is the sandwich only costs $4. Think about that next time you want to get a mediocre sandwich from Subway. In fact, I don’t remember seeing anything priced above $5.
I’ll definitely be back to try the pho, and another time after that to try the teriyaki chicken.
The only thing I need to say is that this tastes exactly as it sounds. Brownie batter minus the risk of salmonella. So many thumbs up for Dunkin Donuts. There’s also a cookie dough filled donut. I’ll be trying that one soon enough.
A few times a year Oreo surprises us and releases a crazy limited edition flavor. Some are nasty, like the watermelon flavored Oreo and others are quite tasty, like my favorite candy cane Oreos that are only available at Christmas time.
The cookie dough Oreo falls into the quite tasty category.I’m not gonna lie though, the brown filling with a few chips in the mix tastes noting like cookie dough. I taste some chocolate and a little coffee flavor, but none of the raw dough taste we all love. The chocolate filling and the Oreo cookie go well together though.
They’ve also released a rice crispy treat flavor that I’m jonesing for.
*For the record, Oreo has no idea who I am. I just think the product is neat.
MadTree Brewing Company held a winter festival to celebrate the one year anniversary of their brewery in Oakley. I had no idea any of this was happening before I arrived because I was led to this event under false pretenses (my friends know I don’t like beer). I was told we were going to a festival, and there would be cider and food trucks. Well there wasn’t any cider but I did find I beer that I enjoy, MadTree Lemon Basil Blonde. I also tried a roast beef grilled cheese sandwich from C’est Cheese food truck. It was excellent as always. Now that I’ve been to MadTree I need to visit Rhinegeist Brewery. I’ve heard so many good things and apparently you can do yoga and play ping pong at the Over the Rhine location.
2 months into the new year and I’m already failing at my resolution to post 2-3 times a week. I’ll do better
P.S. if you were at the MadTree Winter Festival and you took photo booth pictures you can find them here.
P.P.S. Click here to find MadTree brews near you.
Despite the fact that it is beyond freezing outside, I snagged some new ice cream on on weekly grocery trip. 2nd Street Creamery is an Iowa company who’s mission is to “bring experience back to ice cream.” If you go on the 2nd Street Creamery website, each flavor has a random, creative story about how the flavor came to be. I don’t know how true they all are, but they’re definitely an interesting read.
I purchased Can’t Tell Me No Cookie Dough and Black Hills Strawberry Rhubarb. My favorite of the two was Black Hills Strawberry. It’s strawberry ice cream with with fresh strawberry pieces, rhubarb swirl, and the best part– soft pieces of pie crust. Usually when you pie or cookie add ins to ice cream they are rock hard, dry and flavorless but these pie pieces are the opposite, soft and sweet.
I purchased mine from Walmart but here’s a store locator. Next I’d like to try Tons of Brownies and Copper Kettle Caramel.
*For the record, 2nd Street Creamery has no idea who I am. I just think the product is neat.
There’s a cute pie shop at the very end of the main street in Georgetown called Pie Sisters.
Check out the full Pie Sisters menu here.
In my last random neat post I mentioned that I’ve taken up extreme couponing. It’s my new favorite hobby (though some of my friends might call it an obsession). I started because I stumbled upon the extreme couponing hashtag on Instagram where women (and a couple men) post hauls, share deals, and trade coupons. Seriously guys, check out the hash tag. It is a whole other crazy and fascinating world.
Here are my observations from following the coupon community on Instagram for a couple months.
1. You can actually save money, and get item for free or cheap. For example, I’d been wanting to try this Burt’s Bees conditioner but I did not want to pay $10 for the bottle. Through Instagram I found out the conditioner was on clearance for $2 and there was a $1.50 off coupon. Boom, 50 cent conditioner! I tried it, liked it and stocked up on a few more.
2. Some elements of the television show Extreme Couponing are a lie (Google it. There are several websites that lay out the fakery that goes on). And you do not need to spend 8 hours planning your shopping trip and another 8 hours in a store to score good deals. Right now, I don’t spend any more time grocery shopping than I used to.
3. A lot of people on Instagram are wasting money and buying items they do not need. There’s an element of wanting to one up each other and have a bigger haul picture than the next person that drives people to buy random unnecessary products. I saw a woman who purchased a ton of hair dye because it was on clearance but in the caption she wrote something to the effect of ”I don’t even need this.” Really? Then why are you buying it and how are you saving money?
4. A lot of couponers are really giving, and donate a lot of the items they purchase to shelters, soup kitchens and the homeless.
5. It’s hard to coupon for food items (at least for me) because the food coupons are usually for junk food.
7. You can always get toothpaste for free.
8. My rules for stockpiling are 1. don’t buy anything you don’t need (unless it’s a money maker), and 2. don’t buy anything that will be annoying to move in May. Can you imagine me lugging 20 packages of toilet paper out of my apartment? Nope, I can’t either so I don’t stockpile it.
9. Anyone can coupon. There are hundreds of websites that explain how you can get started (southersavers, stockpiling moms, etc.). Or you can go on Instagram and check the extreme couponing hashtag and follow people to learn from them. Or shoot me an email and I’ll help you out. I think everyone should start using coupons, even if it’s not to an extreme level. Right now I have enough health, beauty, and cleaning products under my bed to last me a few years and I would estimate that I’ve only spent about $30 on all of it. No joke. Under the bed storage is my new couponing best friend.
10. Some couponers should worry about bragging about their large stockpiles online because if there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, their houses will get hit first.