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City in the Country

dessert - salads

Ah, 3-day-weekends.  We were able to make a quick getaway from the city to hang out with Joy/Corey in the woods!

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Joy doubled a vegetarian recipe from Blue Apron Meals

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…and fired up the grill too.

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Berries, a massaged kale salad…

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…and dessert – brought all the way from House of Pies, in the city.

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Banana Cream…

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…and apple.  I actually didn’t eat either, because we finished off another epic night of noshing at The Taste.

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Have a great Labor Day!

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Parks and Recreation

dinner - salads - take out

I haven’t been back to Van Saun Park since I was 10…

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but I certainly don’t remember there being marsupials!

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Snakes…

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…on a train!

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I’m kinda obsessed with NJ Italian Food since we finished The Sopranos last year, so I was pumped for takeout from In Napoli (<—check out who’s eaten there)…

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…takeout for my nieces and nephews, but everything was still great, straight outa foil containers – Chicken Fingers…

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…Lobster Ravioli with Shrimp…

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…and Garlic Bread.

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I had a few bites of everything above, but mostly concentrated on this House Salad – it comes dressed already, which this LA girl wasn’t expecting.

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Stellar view of the San Rocco fireworks from my Mom’s place!

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In Napoli on Urbanspoon

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Blue Apron Meals

product review - vegetarian

I’ve heard a lot about Blue Apron Meals. Joy is a big fan, and was kind enough to gift me with a box.

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Three vegetarian-friendly meals arrived, packed on ice…

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…complete with step-by-step instructions.

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While the ingredients are all measured out, you still have to clean/prep them…

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…which does wind up taking a bit of time…

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…but I love that I don’t have to figure out what to do with all my leftover herbs/spices.

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Packaging-wise, there’s a lot of plastic…

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…but the results are quite good, and stunning too! This is the Fresh Beet Pasta, and above is the Louisiana-Style Red Lentils (<—click for recipes).

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Still have yet to make the last dish. Overall, the results are great and I love the concept – I just wish there was a way to customize dietary preferences/order just one meal a week, rather than the required 3 – for a food blogger who eats out almost every meal, finding time to stay home/cook is challenging. My friend Emily recently did a very thorough, detailed review which included the meat options – she has a link for 2 free meals on her site, as well.