WINC Wine Subscription Club Review

Winc wine

I recently tried a new wine club called Winc. The wines were provided by the company for testing. Upon registration, I was asked some questions about my tastes such as do I prefer earthy flavors or sweet flavors, do I like dark roasted coffee or more lightly roasted coffee etc… My answers to these questions were supposed to help determine what wines might be most pleasing to my palette. I was a little skeptical since there were no actual questions about wine except the color I preferred. I decided to give Winc a try and see if they could deliver high-quality personalized wines.

The wine arrived a few days later nicely packed and I had to sign for it naturally. The first thing I noticed was a lack of a foil wrap around the cork, which surprised me a little but isn’t a cause for concern.
I chose the first bottle based on the attractiveness of the label. The wine was called Brethren of the Road, a 2016 red blend from Redwood Valley. Winc appears to bottle all the wines themselves, but the winemaker was a 3rd party called Kenny Likitprakong. The wine had a strong aroma and I was concerned it was a fuller body than I’m used to. I try to steer away from Cabernet Sauvignons for this reason. However, once I took the first sip, I was pleasantly surprised. The wine had a refinement that I didn’t expect from the price or year. It had a complex flavor with notes of fresh berries, together with an acidity that worked very well.
The second bottle I tried was a 2016 Primitivo called Kin and Country from Lodi California. A Primitivo is not that common a variety, but I would say it’s closest cousin is Zinfandel. This wine had a less punchy aroma, but the tastes again were fairly similar to the previous bottle, but there was also a pleasing vanilla note which actually was a little overbearing. Nevertheless, the berry notes and acidity were spot on.
I also tried 2 other red blends, Invoke, a 2016 syrah from SLO and Passarola, a 2016 Vinho Tinto from Portugal (finally one not from California). My favorite was probably the Portugese Tinto largely because the flavors were a nice departure from the familiar California vintages, more exotic and complex.
Overall, I thought all the wines were excellent for the price. I’m a $15/bottle person, so I don’t have particularly refined tastes or needs. The wine from Zinc fit the bill nicely. I thought they did an excellent job pairing the wines with the palette questions on registration. I think I’ve found my new vino supplier.
Winc offers 4 personalized wines each month. Bottles start at $13 each. http://www.trywinc.com/usfamilyguide

Trying out Terra’s Kitchen This Week – See What We Found

This past week we got to try out a new food box delivery by Terra’s Kitchen. Placing an order was fast and easy – and this box has a lot of advantages compared to some other boxes that I have tried out.

The recipes are quick to make, and do not change that much from week to week – so, you can choose your favorites, and try them out, which we did, and then you could pick up some of the new for your family recipes that I have never tried before and try them out. After that you can make a somewhat of a rotating schedule with the dishes that you have liked the most – now you will know the recipes, and it will be such a pleasure to receive everything packaged and measured for you.

As a lot of people with families are so busy at work every day, and often don’t have a big kitchen with storage for every possible spice, it is nice to get a food subscription full of fresh ingredients – we loved trying out Terra’s Kitchen delivery. Here is how to subscribe – all you need to do is to open up a new account on Terra’s Kitchen website, pick out your meals, pay your bill, and wait for your delivery. I could hardly wait for the box to arrive! Terra's Kitchen Terra's Kitchen I was at first a bit intimidated to get a huge delivery! It was so easy to open and unpack though – and took no time! I got my box, and then sorted the food by the recipes. Terra's Kitchen This past week we have ordered two meals in total for our whole family – and the meals were all the dishes that I knew my kids would be happy to eat as they are so familiar with all of the ingredients. Here is what I have ordered – Swedish Meatballs with rich mushroom and onion gravy, meatballs and pasta, and Spicy Honey Lime Chicken with Edamame Rice – tender chicken, sriracha, honey, lime, edamame and jasmine rice.

We have cooked the Spicy Honey Lime Chicken with Edamame Rice dish on Friday. My husband was tired from work, and I put the dish together all by myself. We usually either cook together, or my husband does most of the cooking as I have to attend to our toddler a lot, but this dish was so simple to follow and put together that even with the toddler playing with you, it is easy to be able to multitask and get everything prepared. Spicy Chicken dish The instructions for the dish were easy to follow, and the pictures showed exactly how the dish is supposed to look, so it was very easy to make it look just like it was intended. Making the marinade Cooking the chicken One of the best things about this recipe preparation was that the steps were well explained. All of the spices and fixings were provided, so I didn’t need to be looking for all of my bottles with various flavorings. One of the reasons that I don’t cook more Asian flavors is often the absence of these few important ingredients like edamame, ginger and lime – of course, I can get them in a store, but I never have time to properly plan out my meals, so end up deciding last minute, and I never have what I need, and end up cooking bland dishes. Spicy chicken dish This spicy chicken dish was very flavorful! I am so glad I picked this recipe, and now I know that I will be making this for years to come. This is one other reason why I love healthy food delivery boxes – you get to learn new recipes that you might not have ever cooked otherwise. Spicy chicken dish Spicy chicken dish Our second recipe we have tried was Swedish Meatballs. We made this one on Saturday together with my husband – he fried the meatballs, and helped me dress the pasta a bit. This recipe did not disappoint either. This is a familiar recipe for us. I thought that the meatballs were going to arrive already pre-made, but making them was so simple following the instructions – and you don’t need a lot to make them be tasty – the protein used was very high quality, much better quality that we usually get in the stores here. meatballs cooking meatballs The mushrooms were nice and fresh, and it is just so simple to put a dish together when everything has been cleaned up, measured and packed for you – all you have to do is open the packaging, and follow the instructions. Swedish meatballs Swedish meatballs This dish was so awesome – it was made in one pot. It is great that we had a nice cast-iron pan to use, and the cleanup was simple – no endless dishes to wash, just open up the containers that came with this dish, mix the ground beef in one bowl, and you are ready for making those meatballs.

Here is the overall verdict about Terra’s Kitchen box – you can get a very good deal on high quality fresh ingredients, and saves you a ton of time shopping and prepping everything. The meals offered are delicious and nutritious, and perfect for the whole family – hope you get to enjoy them like we did.

Here is a special discount code for you – BOX30. It’s good for $30 off first orders! Enjoy!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

Send Me Gluten Free Box – June 2016 Review and Giveaway!

One of my very first subscription box reviews on this site was for Send Me Gluten Free box, and now I got it again this year for June 2016! How cool is that?
Send Me Gluten Free: Gluten Free Subscription Box

Now being gluten free is so common! A lot of people are discovering that they are sensitive to glutens. Me too! I am not completely gluten free, but I do try to stay away from carbs and gluten is I can. If there are several options available, I usually go for the gluten free option.

I love this box I got this time – great snacks for everyone in my family!

Here is what I got in this box:

Goya – Red Quinoa 340 g pack – this also came with a booklet with recipes from Goya, and a list of their gluten-free products – sells for $9.90 on Amazon

Skinny Pop popcorn pack 14 g – $0.67

Gluten free Pita chips with sea salt – 1 package – 35 g – worth about $1

Fitt Protein Bar with Almond Butter, Gogi berries and coconut – 45 g bar – worth about $3.20 per bar

Enjoy Life S’mores Soft-baked bars – 1.2 oz – about $1.10 per bar

Fudge Brownie – gluten-free – 80g – worth about $0.90 per brownie

Simple Girl Carolina Style BBQ sauce – 30 ml – probably worth about $0.50

Total value of this box is purchased separately at retail costs – $17.27

This box retails for $24.84 total including shipping per month, or you could purchase it with significant discounts if you were to sign up for a bulk order.

If you are a regular snack and treat eater you might not be tempted much, but if you are trying the gluten-free diet to lead healthier lifestyle, you will notice that this is a great box to have as you would be buying these items anyway, and getting them in a box every month is such a treat, and lets you try out something new that you might not have heard of otherwise.

It does take time and effort to go out and find new flavors and delicious products, and here the products have all been already curated for you so it saves you a lot of time to simply get this box – and you are all set.

I find that avoiding carbs and gluten in them helps me to maintain and lose weight, and this is one of the ways to try to stick to a healthier product variety. I like bars because they taste delicious, but also because they are very convenient as a quick snack or even a meal on the go.

I haven’t tried the food from this particular box yet at the point of writing this post but based on what I know about these products – they will all be delicious! How can a brownie and a bbq sauce not be delicious?

Send Me Gluten Free is also offering a discount for 20% OFF – BLOG20.

Send Me Gluten Free is offering a giveaway for 1 free box!

Send Me Gluten Free Example Box

(This is an example of the type of products found in a box, not the actual box the winner will receive. Products change every month)
Send Me Gluten Free Giveaway

Send Me Gluten Free: Gluten Free Subscription Box

Sample was provided free of charge for testing and a review.

Hole in Wall Subscription Box Review and Unboxing

I have received a new box some time ago for a review – and this box is one of my favorites so far!

Hole in Wall subscription box - Seattle themed

It is called Hole in Wall, and it is themed “Seattle” – and that is where I live! I know so much about the brands that are part of this box, and I am so excited to share my knowledge with the readers! The curators of this box did a great job putting it together, as it has all the things that you will crave and rave about after visiting Seattle. As I live here, I often wish I could buy more of these products, as they are available here in downtown and in select shops, but they cost quite a bit, and it is lucky for the subscribers of this box to be able to try and get these items all in one box, with a great discount.

My most favorite items in this box are chocolate covered cherries (duh! – if you know me), dried Bosc pears by Tiny Organics, and orange honey hazelnuts. I have seen these products before, I have had some of them, or heard of the companies as they are famous in Seattle. It is so fun to be able to review a box that is so close to heart to me, as I am familiar with the companies, and know that they are the goods – they were picked very well, and they represent the city so well! Of course, obviously, you can always find a million other companies that we have here, but the box is only so big, and I am so impressed with the style, the choices that were made to put this box together – this is a truly amazing box to have! I hope everyone will sign up – I am pretty sure I will.

I have made a video of me opening the box and talking about each item in it – enjoy!

Here is a bit more about the products:

  • A pack of Bosc Pears by Tiny’s Organic – this is a famous company in the city that sells organic fruits and vegetables at our markets, and has vegetable box delivery. At Pike Place Market – the most famous market in Seattle – they sell freshly made juices, cider, smoothies, as well as their fruits and veggies. We love them in Seattle, and I am happy to see their product in the box – I know the quality of the fruits that went in it is incredible! The dried pears are worth $2.99
  • Chukar cherries – this is a real treat. You can taste these at Pike Place Market if you are visiting (be sure to do that!) or have them in his box – lucky! These are amazing and cost $3.99, however, I believe you might pay more at the market for them – I cannot believe I am actually even getting a deal here!
  • Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards Orange Honey Hazelnuts – these are incredible! I have had them before at various markets in the city, and they are local – from Lynden, WA – and cost $5.99 for this pack
  • Jonboy whiskey and smoked salt caramels – I have never heard of these, and they cost $10 – hand-crafted.
  • Seattle salt from Herbnfarmnw – this company sounds familiar, and the product looks amazing – we love using finishing salt when cooking, and this particular salt is with lavender, sage and thyme, and costs $7
  • Boehm’s Candies milk chocolate with the view of Seattle Harbor with the Seattle Tower, the Sound, Pike place market, the ferry, and Mount Rainier – these are all familiar places for me as they certainly represent Seattle, and can give a peak to what this city is all about – this chocolate bar sells for $2.95
  • Herbal Lip balm from Moon Valley Organics – and this one is vanilla flavored! I am not familiar with this particular company, but who wouldn’t want an organic lip balm? This one retails for $2.99
  • Healing Hemp Lotion by the Fay Farm is the final product in the box. Again, I am not familiar with this product, but I know Whidbey Island where the company is from, and that is one of the most picture-perfect place here with lots of farms. This lotion is worth $8 – and smells divine! I review a lot of lotion products, and this one may just be one of the best ones I have tried this week!

In all, this box retails for $35, and the value that this particular box adds to is over $42. The amount of surprise, and great taste that come with the box do not have value. Who has the money to travel to every city and get the best products? When we travel, we have a strict budget, and may be able to try some hot foods and snacks here and there, but we can never grasp so many, or for this price! Try going to the market here – you’ll spend more on gas and parking, let alone any food, plane tickets and hotel you would want to pay for. We only get to go to the Pike Place Market 1-2 times a year, and it costs a fortune every time to go there. This box costs less than what we pay for a snack trip at a fast food place, and will satisfy the most sophisticated craving! I recommend this box – I think this one is the winner! And I think this box is my favorite! You get both beauty products, and snacks – what could be a better fix for a lady? This Seattle themed box is amazing!

Here is their Instagram account – be sure to follow if you like the box! https://www.instagram.com/holeinwallbox/

Sample was provided free of charge for tasting and a review.

Bulu Box Unboxing

I have received a new Bulu box this past week, and made a video of unboxing it! Bulu box is a healthy subscription box that sends you a set of samples that you can try, and then you can purchase full-size products based on what you liked. This is a great way to try products, and see which flavors you like, and which ones work best for you, other than buying a whole big pack of something you may not like in the end.
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You can watch my video to see what I got in my box, and here is also my picture of what was in the box!

Bulu box unboxing

Sample was provided free of charge for a review.