Try The World France Box Review

Disclaimer: I purchased this free trial box (I paid $5 shipping) on my own and have no affiliation with Try The World.  This review is based on my opinion of my recent experience with this company.

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If you haven’t heard, Try the World is a subscription service that sends you monthly packages that allows you to experience foods and cultural items from cities all across the globe without leaving your house.  Their team of travelers and local experts curates a collection of products that best represent each country / city.

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Each box includes 7-8 authentic international gourmet items (i.e. cooking ingredients, snacks, and drinks), along with a unique Culture Guide featuring stories behind each product and easy-to-follow recipes.  Subscriptions are $39 every month.

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Try the World sends out detailed card with product information, including how to use the products along with a history behind them.  Here is what was included in the Paris box:

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Charles Antona Fruit Jam: These were delicious! I love jam but have never tried one that combines Mediterranean herbs and local French Fruit.  Put this on anything because it really adds a great dimension to an otherwise savory meal.

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Le Saunier de Camargue Finishing Salt: I grilled a salmon recipe the other night and the Le Saunier made a wonderful addition.  It has no chemical treatment and is considered one of France’s most exclusive finishing salts.

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La Mere Poulard Sables Cookies: These are amazing! Spread on some Charles Antona Fruit Jam and call it a day!  The short bread cookies are made with only five ingredients including salted butter from Brittany.  My only compliant was that the cookies expired the day I received my box.

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Le Palais des Thes Green Tea with Sweet Berries: The du Hammam is a green tea with hints of roses, berries, and orange blossoms.  These are clearly not your everyday teas!

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Domaine des Vines Whole Grain Mustard: I made a Quinoa Salad with the Domaine des Vines and it came out great!

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Maison d’Armoriée Salted Butter Caramel: The caramel were very decadent, very mild and addictive.

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Un Brin Sauvage Herb Blend: I have yet to try this but I can’t wait to give my meals a touch of France!

What I really enjoy about Try the World is how they introduce you to the culture and customs.  Like what you see? Use this link and get a box for free: Try The World

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Martha & Marley Spoon: BBQ Chicken with Dill Pickle Potato Salad Review

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The first thing I noticed that I really liked about Marley Spoon was the ability to not just order for 2 or order for “Family Size” (4), but the option to easily choose 2, 3, or 4 nights.  And you can change this weekly depending on your schedule.  Sometimes committing to 3 meals a week, which is what most other meal delivery service plans offer, is too much because of plans or sometimes I’m just too tired to cook.

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I have to admit that I actually enjoy cooking so having ingredients shipped to my door and I do the rest appeals to me more than ready-made meals.

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I began this meal by cutting the potatoes and putting them in a medium pot to boil.  Then I prepped the vegetables and made the potato salad.  The potato salad consist of shallot, pickle, dill, mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, sugar snap peas, salt, and pepper.  Next I made the barbecue sauce by whisking ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining vinegar and mustard .   To make the chicken, I season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and cooked them until golden on both sides.  Finally, flip and brush with barbecue sauce, cooked until sauce gets sticky and darkens.  I served the chicken with potato salad and remaining sauce.

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This dish was really good, everything went together well.  The results were satisfying.  It was bursting with flavor and all very wholesome and healthy.

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The verdict? I ended up signing up for another box.  I like Marley Spoon’s option to choose the recipes you want to do from a range of options, and the food seemed a bit more interesting than some of the recipes on Hello Fresh.

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Martha & Marley Spoon’s Steak Kebabs & Corn Salad Review

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Looking for some dinner inspiration but short on time and ideas? Switch it up with a meal delivery service, Marley Spoon!

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Steak kebab and Corn Salad with red wine vinaigrette were very easy to prepare. The steak themselves were quite tasty however, the corn did nothing for me. I think this recipe would be better as a side dish than eaten by itself.

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It took me an hour to make everything. For a busy person, this might not serve. One suggestion would be for Marley Spoon to offer pre-chopped or diced ingredients but I’m not sure how this would affect the freshness of produce.

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Although the recipes I chose were for two people each, the portions were so generous you could have easily fed 3 people.

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Overall, Marley Spoon is a wonderful way for people to build their confidence in the kitchen — whilst having a bit of fun.  However, with the food at home waiting to be cooked, you need to be organized and on a schedule to make sure your reasonably price, fresh food doesn’t go to waste.

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Marley Spoon Subscription Box Review

Disclaimer: I purchased this product on my own and have no affiliation with Marley Spoon. This review is based on my opinion of my recent experience with this company.

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Marley Spoon delivers a weekly box of fresh ingredients and recipes to your door. Each week, they offer a different menu, and you can select which dishes you’d like to make and when you’d like to receive your delivery. You can also skip a week at any time. Shipping is always free. This review is for the most popular dinner option for two adults.

The Cost: 2 dinners — $48/week, 3 dinners — $61.50/week, 4 dinners — $76/week

Each week Marley Spoon offers 7 different recipes for the Two Person Plan. I selected 3 recipes for my partner and I this week. The food comes packed in a medium-sized box. Inside the box is biodegradable insulation, and it has all the ingredients, ice packs and detailed instruction cards.

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The majority of the ingredients for each recipe came in a labeled paper bag which I felt was unsuitable for dinner. The box arrived reeking of kimchi due to poor packaging and a head of garlic were packed in the bottom of the box under ice packs. Seriously, Martha?

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The recipe cards are beautifully and simply designed, easily the best to follow with a standard 6-step guide, and include photos of the major steps so if you’re at all confused, you can look at the images and get a good idea of what’s what.

www.fashionbites.orgRoasted Fish & Kimchi Potatoes with Arugula

The ingredients I received for this meal were: 1 pound fingerlings potatoes, 10 ounce Kimchi Kooks Classic kimchi, Two 6 ounce pollock filets, 2 ounce baby arugula.

Prep & Cook Time: 40 minutes.

Find the recipe here

The verdict: I liked the concept of Marley Spoon, but I was disappointed with they’re packaging. I wish the recipes were a bit easier to prepare. Perhaps a small jar of kimchi sauce will suffice.

The difference between Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, and Marley Spoon is minimal and really comes down to what your personal preferences are. It’s still too soon for me to say which box I prefer. As of now, I still think flavors and cooking style in the Hello Fresh box were a bit more suited to our taste and lifestyle.

What do you think of Marley Spoon? Have you tried a meal delivery service before? What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments!

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Amazing Outfit Ideas for 4th of July

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I believe in freedom, especially freedom in fashion. Whether you are celebrating the 4th of July at a backyard barbecue or spending your holiday by the water, you don’t have to dress like the American flag to show your patriotic spirit, unless you want to, of course. Exercise your right to fashion freedom by weaving these American-themed ensemble to display your patriotic pride. Check out the looks for a perfect long weekend!
Red: this show-stopping color tells the world that wherever you’re headed, your independence is here to stay!

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Photos: Revolve Top left: Tropical Dream RomperSima One PieceMoore Jumpsuit, Metal Flash Lense Aviator, Leo Clutch, Dean Espadrille

White will always be irrepressibly chic, polished, and the ultimate summer shade.

How do you show off your American pride? Tell me in the comments!

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Trending: Coach x Disney

Being a huge Disney fan I knew I had to share this with you.

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Disney x Coach, a limited edition collection featuring Mickey Mouse designs on Coach‘s leather goods and ready-to-wear fashions.

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The collection is to celebrate Coach‘s 75th anniversary and is the first in a series of projects celebrating American pop culture.

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Aside from the graphic tees and mouse bags, there’s also a studded biker jacket and sneakers featuring Coach‘s signature hangtag that are at the top of my wish lists.

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What an amazing collaboration this is!

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Hello Fresh: Steak Tagliata with Rosemary, Sweet Potato Wedges and Arugula Salad Review

What did you have for dinner last night? It’s been a minute since I made a home cooked meal. So when time allowed, I decided to cook. It’s been a month since I had a Hello Fresh delivery. When I saw that steak was on the menu, I knew I couldn’t miss out. Besides, my partner would never forgive me if he knew I passed on steak! What can I say, the man loves his steak. The sautéed cherry tomatoes mixed with rosemary and extra virgin olive oil made up for the meadow arugula. This dish was a match made in heaven! I can definitely see myself making this meal again. Great job, Hello Fresh! Still reading? Well, if this sounds like something you would be interested in making, scroll down for the recipe!

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  • Serving: 2 people
  • Total (prep + cooking): 40 min
  • Tools: Baking sheet, Small bowl, Cast Iron
  • Ingredients: 12 oz. Sirloin Steak, 4 oz Arugula, 4 oz Grape Tomatoes (halve), 2 cloves Garlic (smash), 12 oz Sweet Potato (cut into wedges), 1/4 oz Rosemary (strip the rosemary off the steam and roughly chop the leaves), 2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar, 1⁄2 teaspoon Dried Oregano, 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tablespoon Butter, Salt, Pepper
  • Instructions: Wash and dry all produce. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Toss the sweet potato wedges on a baking sheet with the smashed garlic, rosemary, 2 teaspoon olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking, until golden brown. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, 2 Tablespoons olive oil, and 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a cast iron over medium-high heat. Season the steak on all sides with salt and pepper. Add the steak to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until browned. Transfer the steak to the baking sheet in the oven to finish cooking for 5-7 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. When the steak is done, remove from oven to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the vinaigrette and the tomatoes to the same skillet you used for the steak. Let them cook slightly with the residual heat from the skillet. Once the steak tagliata has rested, slice it thinly against the grain. Mound the arugula on a plate and top it with the sliced steak. Serve the rosemary sweet potato wedges to the side and drizzle with the warm tomatoes and vinaigrette!

Recipe altered from Hello Fresh

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It’s almost summer season. Are you ready?

The sun is shining and poolside Pina Coladas are calling. Summer is a few weeks away and I love it! During the prime beach season I like to stock up on a few summer style essentials to keep my look fresh for whatever spontaneous summertime activity may come my way. Without further ado, here is my summer must-haves style list from Zara:

RIPPED MID-RISE JEANS
RIPPED MID-RISE JEANS
PRINTED SARONG SKIRT
PRINTED SARONG SKIRT
PRINTED STRAPPY DRESS
PRINTED STRAPPY DRESS
FLORAL PRINT DRESS
FLORAL PRINT DRESS
PINEAPPLE PRINT BERMUDA SHORTS
PINEAPPLE PRINT BERMUDA SHORTS
CREPE JUMPSUIT
CREPE JUMPSUIT
EMBROIDERED MINI SKIRT
EMBROIDERED MINI SKIRT
SHORT BOMBER JACKET
SHORT BOMBER JACKET
T-SHIRT WITH FRILLED SLEEVES
T-SHIRT WITH FRILLED SLEEVES
CAGE-STYLE STRAPPY SANDALS
CAGE-STYLE STRAPPY SANDALS
LACE-UP ESPADRILLES
LACE-UP ESPADRILLES
LEATHER PATCHWORK CROSSBODY BAG
LEATHER PATCHWORK CROSSBODY BAG

What’s on your summer must-haves list? Tell me in the comments!

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Slow-Cooker Chili

A delicious and easy crock pot chili recipe, perfect for those nights when you want dinner ready as soon as you get home!

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My crock pot has got some major use lately and I’m definitely not complaining. Let’s just hope that my crock pot has a lot of life in it because I foresee a lot of chili over the next few months. Another thing I love about chili recipes is how versatile they can be. Not a fan of kidney beans? Swap them out for pinto beans instead! Don’t like ground beef? Switch it out with ground turkey instead. Top with a little cheddar cheese and serve with a pile of nachos. Or if your like my partner, serve it with homemade quesadilla. Now that’s what I call the perfect chili dinner!

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Prep time: 45 mins

Cook time: 6 to 8 hrs. in the slow-cooker

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 6

Tools: Crock pot, Large skillet, Wooden spoon

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Ingredients:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 medium yellow onions, medium diced

1 medium red bell pepper, medium diced

6 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

2 pounds lean ground beef

kosher salt

1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 (15 oz.) can organic pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup jalapeños, coarsely chopped

For serving (optional):

Shredded cheddar cheese

Nachos

Homemade quesadilla

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Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until shimmering. Add the onions, red bell pepper, season with salt, stirring occasionally, and cook until softened, about 8 mins.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder, and cumin, stir to coat the vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 min. Add the ground beef and salt as needed and cook, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 7 mins.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the crock pot, add the diced tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, and pinto beans, and stir to combine. Cover and cook until the chili thickens and the flavors meld, about 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high.
  4. Stir in the jalapeños. Taste and season with salt as needed, and serve with the cheddar cheese, nachos, and quesadilla.

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Zara Weekly

Zara has done an amazing job delivering fashion at an affordable price. The quality factor is quite impressive and not to be underestimated. The shoes, jacket, and accessories are my favorite! Here are my favorites from  Zara this week:

Embossed Cross Body Bag $69.90

Lace-Up Flat Sandals $49.90

Leather Wrap Wedges $119

Lace Crop Top $39.90

Off-The-Shoulder Top $49.90

Fringed Blonde Lace Top $35.90

Printed Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top $39.90

Loose-Fit-Trousers $49.90

Long Sleeve Jumpsuit $99.90

Polka Dot Halter Neck Dress $49.90

Long Printed Dress $99.90

Long Jacquard Blazer $99.90

What do you think? Is Zara your favorite brand? Tell me in the comments!

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