Love With Food!

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Boston has been SUPER cold this winter.  So cold that I’ve been unable to get out of my house to enjoy a meal under city lights in any eatery in comfort.  Nevertheless that didn’t stop Potbelly Tara from finding food readily available.

I usually bring lunch to work, and even though the meals are solid, finding snacks to accompany it the can be challenging.  What if I don’t want a “big grab” bag of lays everyday, or if the 25¢ peanut butter crackers isn’t satisfying?  Thankfully I came across “Love With Food”, a snack box filled with, “new organic, all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month”.  Not only is this a variety box but every box purchased donates a meal for a hungry child to several food banks such as, “Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength”.  What a great mission.  So great Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” will work with the company this April!

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So about my box…

Each box is themed around the current season.  Being it’s February this month’s theme was, “A Kiss to Build a Dream On”.  This box had a “kiss” of chocolate, honey, and salt.  With 8+ snacks to choose from this gave me about a week’s worth of options with my lunch.  Cool!  I’m a big fan of the list given with each box describing the products.  This reference can be used if you wanted to purchase any of the treats in their online shop in bulk.

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First up was the Restaurant Style White Bean Chip by Beanitos.  I’ve had their Original Black Bean and Chipotle BBQ before so I was excited for this “chips with dip” style.  Although I wasn’t in love with the restaurant style I blame myself for not pairing it with salsa or guacamole.

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I fell in love with the Snack Olives by Mario Camacho.  No brine, just loads of flavor and moderate salt.

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The Dark Chocolate Crepe Dentelle by Gavottes was delicious.  These crispy crepes coated in French dark chocolate were perfect bit sizes of heaven and gave me enough pep to get my head back in the game at work.

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The most ingenious product was the Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Emily’s Chocolates.  I never knew such a product existed.  Their like advanced Raisinets!  Chewy and sweet.  I can see myself buying this product in retail stores and become addicted.

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Honey Graham Sticks by Back to Nature were as tasty as Honey Maid, except it’s free from artificial preservatives and flavors.  I wish I had them with milk.

TCHO offered two chocolate square products perfect for coffee lovers.  The first was PureNotes Dark “Chocolatey” which was a rich, intense pure dark chocolate, and the second was, “Mokaccino” Serious Milk Chocolate + Blue Bottle Coffee.  Yum!  I felt like I went to high-class café and ordered up a cold coffee induced drink!

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Last but not least in this box was the Chocolate Chip Biscotti by Biscotti di Suzy.  I usually don’t like biscotti, and so I haven’t tried it yet, BUT I’m probably gonna give it a go at some point by the end of this week with a drink from Starbucks.

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If I haven’t sold you on this “fulfilling” buy, maybe the price will.  For the “tasting box” there are three options:  $12 a month, $120 for the year, or $66 every 6 months.  If you think your way past the idea of tasting, there’s a “deluxe box” that’s DOUBLE the tasting amount of 8+ items, as low as $17 a month.

Either way you do it, your helping feed a child in need, and for me, being able to do that through purchasing is not only convenient but also heart-warming.  Xo.

Love With Food

https://lovewithfood.com

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Warming Up With Pho Pasteur!

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It’s been so cold in Boston going out to eat is becoming a minor hassle.  Whether you drive or “T” it either option is a drag, especially when it’s a whopping 15-degree’s out.  Yea.  Yikes.

Fortunately cold weather brings on warming meals, which is what lead me to do a quick stop at Pho Pasteur in Chinatown.  And what would be the meal of choice in this establishment you may ponder?

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I’ll give you a “hint”: pho.  But what is “pho’?

Pho is a popular Vietnamese street food consisting of broth, thick veggies, meat, and noodles.

I started drinking the soup back in high school around 2004.  Something about the size, even when a small, and quality keeps me returning.  It’s also the perfect meal when tight on a budget.IMG_3465

Opened 7 days a week from 9AM to 10:45PM Pho Pasteur is has a chill cozy set up with reasonable prices.  Appetizers are between $3.75 and $10.25, while pho is between $7.25 and $7.95.  Other items on the menu include salad, rice plates, seafood options, and desserts.  There’s also wine and beer options for guest over 21.

Although it was my second time visiting this popular destination near the heart of the city it was my first trying an appetizer.   Usually I go straight for my bowl, but this time my friends sparked my interested and I thought, “why not”.  My pho of choice was Bun Nuoc Ca Ry Ga (Chicken Curry Vermicelli Soup).

I wanted to try something different to drink so to “spice” it up I went with the Chanh Muoi (Salty Ice Lemonade with Sugar).  Although I’m glad to say I tried this beverage I can say I’m all set with it.  As cold as the glass was every time I drank it my body warmed up.  It was quite an experience.

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We started with Cha Gio (Fried Egg Rolls).  The rolls contained ground pork, egg, carrots, onion, rice vermicelli, and mushroom wrapped in a rice paper and deep-fried golden.  Very good rolls; a nice start to our dinner.  I haven’t had an egg roll in some time.  My only regret is not trying them with the fish sauce that came on the side.

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When the server placed my soup on the table my eyes lit up!  The bright gold of the curry, the chunky veggies, the thick pieces of chicken throughout; this was a soup of champions and I was determined to retain my status.  I became full so quick I had to take the rest home with me.  The curry powder was used JUST right, giving off the spice I think most broth soups need.  Lovely.

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Anytime your feeling the chill in the city, consider a nice bowl of pho at Pho Pasteur. Trust me, once you start, you’ll never wanna stop!

Pho Pasteur

682 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02111

617-482-7467

617-542-8543

http://phopasteurboston.net/