Tea at the Langham Hotel, in pictures

1.  The Langham has a pink, old-fashioned looking taxi cab.

2. Their tea is more affordable than some other places around Boston, but still delicious.

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The house blends

The house blends

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Chicken salad was yummy but awkward to eat – I recommend doing it in one-shot which is not lady-like at all. Egg salad sandwiches were wonderfully life-changing, or something like that.

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delicious desserts with edible gold and silver foil

pink taxi!

pink taxi!

Missing from the pictures were are scones.  They may have been plain scones, but the raspberry jam, lemon curd, and clotted cream were awesome.  Clotted cream is like butter, except better.

In sum?  I loved it.  (^_^)

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Staycation, day 4 (Mei Mei Street Kitchen)

We found it this time!  Mei Mei Street Kitchen is now under our food truck belts.

The menu offering is on the small side, compared to yesterday’s trip to Momogoose.  After much discussion, this is what we ordered:

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I got the barley salad with honey miso vinaigrette, scallions, cranberries, and peanut brittle.  (Mei Mei was able to accomodate my request for no cilantro.)

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Staycation, day 2 (Fugu food truck)

Today, my lunch destination was the Fugu food truck.

I’ve been wanting to eat here ever since I saw their website… I might have to admit a serious interest in anything-steamed-buns.  (^_^)

Also?  I work in a location and live in a location that doesn’t have food trucks at all.  So, I feel very inclined to explore the food truck culture in Boston while I have the opportunity, especially on a gorgeous summer day like today.  (The cold air from yesterday?  Completely gone!)

First reaction?

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Fugu’s steamed buns were not what I was expecting.  The buns themselves were good (but then again, I suspect most places don’t make their own buns and source them from elsewhere).  The filling was not at all what I imagined.  Pork belly is often braised, and  theirs were very soft… but I think I wanted something like a quick sear on the pork.  A bit of crunch would have given it a nice contrast in texture with the fat.  The part that I was really nitpicking over the most was the sauce.  I don’t know why, but it tasted like it came out of a jar to me.  It’s probably just a personal taste preference thing… that or my taste buds are seriously spoiled by the steamed buns at Basho (which are pretty stellar, by the way).

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Zukay Kvass

Disclaimer:  I’m not getting paid for this review in any way.  I won some in a giveaway and I thought it would be fun to take photos.  And then I thought that if I were going to go through the trouble of taking pictures, then I might as well review.
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I don’t know how to write reviews for a product that I both love and hate.  This is probably not the way to start a post, but there you go.  I am not the world’s greatest writer.

What do I like about Zukay kvass?  I like that it comes in different flavors.  I like that it’s a fermented drink.  I like fermented things!… even though I’m generally too lazy to ferment anything on a regular basis that’s not kimchi or bread.  Probiotics are good for you.  Natural, organic foods are good for you.  There is nothing to dislike about these drinks!  I even like the official website (I’m a nerd that way).

The one and only one thing that is keeping me from diving off the deep end into full-fangirl mode is that Zukay kvass are gently sweetened with stevia.  Even though it’s raw and unprocessed stevia, it still has that fake-sugar sweetness that is not my thing.  I’m not suggesting that I’m a sugar fiend.  I just have trouble with the flavor of many sugar substitutes.

I wish there were a choice of different sweeteners in the products, but that’s my only gripe.  I highly recommend Zukay kvass to anyone who is not bothered by stevia.  If you don’t like stevia, I recommend giving them a try with reservations.  I ended up drinking the kvass is intervals, instead of in one sitting.  It was a nice alternative to have on hand, but I’m sad to say that I don’t picture myself buying them regularly in the future.

Your mileage may vary.

 

Reference link:http://zukay.com/

Finally, my graze box arrived!

Disclaimer:  I’m not getting anything for this post.  I bought this for myself.

First things first, I had never heard of Graze until a friend of mine sent me an invite code.  (Yes, an invite code is currently required.)  Originally from the UK, Graze is a healthy snacking company.  You get a small box filled with four different goodies.  It’s a subscription service in that way, like Blue Apron.  If you don’t want any boxes, then you have to cancel or hold your shipments.  A nice feature is that you can change the frequency of deliveries.  It’s $5 per box and that’s with USPS shipping included.

The one gripe I have?  USPS can be really slow.  The company FAQs state that it can take up to 10 business days to receive a box, and they weren’t kidding.  I got my first box in exactly ten business days… which felt even longer than normal because February 18th was a national holiday.  So it was shipped on February 15th but I didn’t receive it until the 28th.

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This box is the size a thick graphic novel.  Or, you can say that it’s pretty small since it’s designed to fit in your mailbox with your normal mail.  It’s 9 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 1 inch.  I took a picture of my box opened with a fork inside it just so that it gives a better visual impression of size.

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Short reaction?  I kind of love it.  The snacks are small portions, but they are pretty tasty.   I’ve eaten the el picante, the summer berry compote with shortbread, and the hot cross yum.  The summer berry compote with shortbread felt like it was too small of a portion, but those were some buttery shortbreads!  So, I’m not surprised it’s on the smaller side of things to save calories.  (Note to self – must try all the flavors!)

My box also came with a little card of nutrition facts, which also contains allergy warnings, and “best by” dates.

I’m going to continue with my nibble box for a little bit.  It’s not the cheaper option (you’re better off price-wise buying trail mix from Trader Joe’s, yadda yadda yadda, or making your own), but I’m kind of tired of the snacks that I tend to have on hand.  I’m looking forward to the change of pace.

Here’s a link to the site, and if you want an invite code, drop me a comment.  I only get four invite codes at a time, just to forewarn you.   (Invite codes are also packaged into the box.)  (All gone.  I hope that everyone who got my email gets to enroll.  Graze was giving me conflicting information about the number of invites I had.)

https://www.graze.com/us/