So everyone has been raving about Blue Apron, so I thought I would give it a try. With the help of a gracious friend of a friend, who sent me a free week, I was able to give it a shot. Let it be noted, that I am NOT a chef. I like to cook, but due to my ADD, I am easily distracted and get stressed out really easily (usually this ends with me storming out of the kitchen, leaving my husband to finish off the meal). I am proud to say that with Blue Apron this did not happen. (Well, it happened for a second when I sliced my finger cutting an onion, but after the bleeding stopped, I recovered and was able to finish the meal). Here is my Good, Bad, and Ugly of Blue Apron.
Below are a few pictures of some of the dishes I made. The Chicken and Sage Pot Pie was by far my favorite meal. The Pineapple Fried rice was probably the easiest to make. It was great, but without a zester, my lime zest was inedible and I had to pick it out of the dish before eating. The last meal (not pictured) was Italian Beef Grinders with aged cheddar sauce and baked potato wedges. The potato wedges (which I've cooked many times before) were great. I added chili powder to them to give them more flavor. The cheddar sauce was not very good. I'm not a huge cheese fan, but this cheese had no flavor. I also think the ratio of cheese to flour to wet ingredients were off. I ended up having to add more flour to it, which in turn made it too thick.
Anyways, that's my take. I will definitely try it again. $50/week to experiment in the kitchen is worth it. May not do it every week, but it is worth trying again.
Let's all admit, January in Charleston is boring. There is literally nothing to do. It's cold, most of the time, and the Holiday's are over. The tourist have pretty much left. Other than sit at home and watch Netflix, there is literally nothing to do. With that in mind, I started browsing flights to go visit my best friend, Elizabeth, in NYC. Thanks to JetBlue (and the awesome renovated terminal at CHS), I was able to getaway for the weekend. Ten days earlier, knowing I had a $180 JetBlue credit to use, I started browsing flights. I came across two direct flights, one leaving Friday night (so I wouldn't miss work at all), and one coming back late Sunday afternoon. A perfect amount of time for a weekend getaway! The flight was $200 or so, and I figured with my credit it would only be $20. I went home and talked to my husband about it. He agreed that we should book it. I went to book it the next morning and the flight dropped to $116 roundtrip. How awesome is that!
After an eventful start to the trip, which included me leaving my credit card at the Charleston airport, I had arrived in the city to be reunited with my best friend. We had a great night Friday night going around Midtown to a couple different bars. My friend is in the Food and Bev industry so her hours are totally opposite of mine (meaning she didn't go to bed Friday morning until 7:30 am and I was up Friday at 7 am for work). At about 3 am I hit a wall, after being up for nearly 24 hours, and we called it a night.
Saturday she took me to brunch to her favorite place in Astoria. We enjoyed a few, or several :) mimosas there and headed back into the city to meet another friend of hers who was bartending at a country bar called the Waylon in Midtown. Didn't realize this was a Packer's bar. So we watched the Packer's playoff game. The environment was sooooo exciting. I didn't have a horse in the race, so of course I pulled for the Packers. After several PBR's we began cruising through Midtown again. The night ended at about 4 am at a diner called the Galaxy Diner, where I enjoyed a lovely hamburger and fries (for like $5 at that!) to soak up my alcohol for the day.
Sunday was a quiet day. We woke up late. Went to a restaurant in Astoria again to get a bite, however, I ordered my food and it didn't come after 30 minutes, and I was stretched for time, so I had to jump in a cab and go to the airport. Security was backed up, so I was left sprinting through the airport, and never got to eat. As I was walking to the airport, it started to snow. The plane was stuck at the gate for an hour and half to de-ice, and by this point I was hangry. All was well, when I FINALLY got a bag of chips mid-flight. When I got home my lovely husband had pizza waiting on me!
I absolutely loved my spontaneous getaway. I was so excited to see my best friend. Now that I know you can get direct flights with JetBlue for next to nothing, I will definitely be returning on the reg.
Here are some photos of my getaway.
Haley Parler Moore
Charleston resident. Digital Marketer. Crazy Crossfitter. Bulldog Mom. Wife. Gamecock fan. Constantly clad in Lululemon.