Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Door to Door Organics Giveaway

Summer is the best time of year for produce in NE Ohio. Farms are loaded with so many choices. Besides farmers markets, CSAs, Fresh Fork and your local grocery store there is another option available - Door to Door Organics.
Door to Door Organics partners with farmers to bring fresh, organic produce and groceries right to your doorstep. It's an online grocery delivery service that makes it super easy to get fresh organic food without having to step foot into a grocery store. For people who hate to grocery shop, this is what you've been waiting for!
Good Food is on its way. We hand pick & pack every box with fresh, organic produce & local groceries. Eat Better #joydelivered
I actually LOVE to grocery shop so I thought I might not like having someone else pick out my food for me, but I was totally wrong! It is so freaking easy and awesome that I don't mind letting someone else have all the fun do all the work.

While it's not as local as shopping at the farmers market, they do work with some amazing local suppliers. Some of the same ones that my Fresh Fork does. And even though I'm a Fresh Fork subscriber, I've found that the flexibility that Door to Door offers makes it perfect to fill in the gaps for those items that we don't get or don't get enough of. 

I've gotten three shipments so far and this is what I've found.

  • Convenience - How much easier can it be than getting food delivered right to your doorstep?? I am so excited to see my box waiting for me when I got home every week.
  • Organic - Love that I can shop knowing everything is organic and the groceries don't contain any yucky stuff. Produce is always USDA Certified Organic and sourced locally whenever possible. The food never contains hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors and other stuff you don’t want to feed your family. And they have a great selection so it really is one stop shopping for most things you need. 
  • Flexibility - Door to Door Organics makes it SO easy to customize your order. This is my favorite thing about the service. You can swap out up to 5 items, put an order on hold or add on items hassle free. If you don't like cucumbers, swap them out for kiwi. Or carrots. Or potatoes. With so many choices, you never have to get something you don't want or need.
  • Customer Service - If you have a problem, they make it right. They are super friendly and helpful - A+ for sure.
  • Recycle - I can't even tell you how happy I am the Door to Door Organics recycles all the packaging. Because trust me, there is A LOT. I feel so much better knowing that it isn't all going into a landfill. All you have to do it leave the packaging out and the delivery person picks it up. 
  • Support Local Food Banks: In 2014, they donated 210 tons of organic produce to food banks in communities through regular weekly donations. 
  • Local suppliers - I'm glad to see some of my favorite local farms being used but I'd like to see more. I don't want tomatoes shipped in from another state when they are in season here in Ohio but I know that our growing season is limited most of the year. I love that they support little specialty and family farms.
  • Cost - I know organics cost more but some of the pricing was much higher than my local stores. But you're paying for convenience. And you can't toss in a bunch of extra items in your cart thanks to shopping hungry so I guess it evens out!
  • Quality - The majority of the items I received were great but there were also some issues. Beat up bananas, squished items and wilted lettuce were some of the things I experienced. This is what happens when you aren't picking out your own food. That being said, their customer service is GREAT and they always addressed my concerns quickly.
#kitchenmavenCLE #joydelivered

Sound like something you would like to try for yourself? I am giving away two $50 credits - all you have to do it enter using the Rafflecopter below. 

Be sure to actually complete each task (I do check!) Two winners will be selected on Wednesday August 5th. 

If you are a new customer, you can also save $10 off of your first order by using this link. Be sure to enter Coupon Code: EatDrink150  

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**Disclosure: I was provided with a credit to use to try Door to Door Organics in exchange for an honest review and hosting a giveaway. Readers were also provided with a discount code. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Images from Door to Door Organics. **

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Variety is the Spice of Life - Mixcups Coffee Review

Do you have a Keurig? We normally brew coffee from beans we grind fresh but I really love being able to make a quick single cup occasionally. I especially like being able to make a cup of flavored coffee or a specialty brew. But because I don't drink it often, in order to get an assortment of flavors I have to buy multiple boxes and waste a ton of space storing coffee pods. Plus I worry about them getting stale. Normally the prepackaged variety include a lot of flavors I'd never drink so when Mixcups offered to let me try their Mix of the Month Club, I couldn't wait to see if this would solve my problem. 
Mixcups was launched in 2012 by coffee fanatics who were tired of drinking the same cup of joe every morning and wished for a way to try something new without having to buy boxes and boxes of coffee that went stale before they ever got used. Sounds familiar, right? They claim that variety is the spice of life so they will make people's lives a little happier by mixing up their daily grind.

I eagerly opened up my Mix of the Month Box when it arrived. There were 30 pods inside. They also offer a Mini Mix (10 cups) and a Mega Mix (60) so you can pick the size that works best for you. The cost is higher than purchasing the individual flavors at a store, about 89 cents per cup for the Mix of the Month if you have a yearly subscription. 

There was a great variety of regular and flavored coffees. Most were ones I would purchase normally. There were a few Cake Boss blends that I would never normally buy because they were chocolate based but maybe I was just hungry that day because they actually sounded really good: chocolate cannoli and chocolate cake.

coffee from Mixcups

I brought the box to work and had fun trying different flavors every day. I told my co-workers they could try the coffee if they gave me their opinion and they were happy to join the coffee craze.

We all enjoyed the variety - there was a flavor for everyone. And it was really nice not to have to commit to a full box of a flavor in order to try them. The brands that we sampled were all brands you would find in the store and the quality was good.

Right after I got the box we were leaving for NYC. This one got me even more excited about the trip:
And it was delicious too! Besides the Brooklyn Vanilla Skyline, my other favorites were the hazelnut, Tim Horton's Original Blend, the Authentic Donut Shop Blend Original Dark and the chocolate cannoli. 

I love the concept and it's something that would make a great gift for the coffee drinker on your list. The coffee assortment was fun but I still got stuck with flavors I didn't like (chocolate cake - I'm talking to you!) If I could pick the coffee in my assortment, I would sign up today. If you think this is something you'd like to try, click here to subscribe.

** Disclaimer - I was provided the coffee pod samples free of charge in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Sponsered post Powered by Brandbacker**

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Don't forget to enter to win tickets for the 10th Annual Luau on the Lake!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Luau on the Lake Giveaway

The 10th Annual Shoes and Clothes for Kids Luau on the Lake will take place on Saturday, July 25th at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island. This Hawaiian themed event is at one of the coolest spots on Lake Erie. So get out your leis, grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts and head to #SC4KLuau15!
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All this fun benefits a great local charity. Shoes and Clothes for Kids is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a unique service for income-eligible families in Greater Cleveland. SC4K  fulfills its mission by distributing new shoes, clothing, and other essential items to infants and youths. SC4K is able to purchase between $15.00 and $20.00 worth of brand new clothing for every $1.00 spent. Find out more about how they help the community here.
The 10th year brings some fun changes:

  • Three ticket tiers (two still available)

       Includes island buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks and souvenir cup
      $50.00 per person through June 26th
      $60.00 per person through July 20th 
      $65.00 per person at the door 
         2. BIG KAHUNA:
     Early admittance starting at 3:30 p.m.! This package includes all the General Admission                benefits (food, beer & wine) plus three (3) Specialty Island Cocktail tickets, Hawaiian lei, tote
     and a souvenir cup! 
      $60.00 per person through June 26th/ $75.00 per person through July 20th PRE-SALE ONLY 
  • Special VIP tent with appetizers and an open bar
  • Cornhole tournaments (32 team cornhole tournament. $20 per team and first come, first serve for the sign up. The prizes are a set of Cleveland themed cornhole boards and 4 great tickets to an Indians game.)
  • Luau temporary tattoos
  • Bigger and better raffle prizes (Tickets to Browns vs San Francisco 49ers on  December 13th at 1:00, Section 109, Row 17, a Meet and Greet with the Cleveland Indians, a local Bed and Breakfast stay and more!)
You can order tickets here. Thanks to the folks at #SC4K, I have a giveaway for one of my readers! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Be sure to complete each task for credit. Winners will be announced July 20th. Good luck

Monday, July 6, 2015

#CLEevents: Grapes and Ale 2015 Recap

Grapes and Ale is always one of my very favorite events. The combination of tons of great wine and beer and delicious food at Progressive Field is hard to beat. A lot of other folks think so too - this year there were a record breaking number of attendees - over 1,500!
This year, the new stadium layout really enhanced the experience. The event was more spread out and really took advantage of all the cool additions. I especially loved seeing Barrio and Sweet Moses showing off their new digs for our event. Thankfully the weather even cooperated for us in spite of it being the rainiest June in Cleveland history.

The band was the best yet! Ace Molnar had the whole place dancing and singing a long all night. They play a great mix of music so there was something for everyone and tons of people were dancing.

As usual there were so many wines we only were able to sample a few. One vendor even offered sangria. Yes please! We also purchased tickets and sampled some of the many craft beers offered. Truly this is an event where the choices will make your head spin.

And last but certainly not least, let's talk about the food. MUCH better selection this year - really enjoyed the variety and the additional vendors were much needed. All the drinking and dancing makes people hungry.

This was the show stopper of the night:
Not only did this burger have a sparkler on top, it also included a pierogi. The "If You're From Cleveland Burger You Already Know" from Tree House in Avon was a delicious and fun burger and had everyone buzzing. 

Hodges had my favorite bite of the night - pork rinds with pimento cheese. Super fun, delicious and easy to eat too. 
Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes and Ale 2015 #GrapesandAle
from top left: Hodges Pork Rinds with Pimento Cheese and Hot Pepper Jelly, Horseshoe Casino's Brisket Wellington, Tree House's If You're from Cleveland You Already Know Burger and Corleone's Tiger Shrimp with Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Barrio was there but the line was crazy ass long All.Night.Long. Until they ran out. No way were we wasting our whole night in line so we skipped that and doubled down on desserts: ice cream from Sweet Moses and pastries from Beckers. For the first time, the bakery wasn't the first thing to run out. My sweet tooth was very thankful.

We had so much fun running into friends, dancing and hitting the photo booth (another nice addition!)
Our Lady of the Wayside's Grapes and Ale 2015 #GrapesandAle
Lauren, Michelle, Frank and MacKenzie all made this an extra fun night!
This year's event was even better than in past years. Loved the additional room, more water available, coffee stations, more plentiful desserts, great music and expanded selection of food. Still can use some work on getting in (LINES!!) and accessing food (LINES!! )but otherwise another FANTASTIC year. 

Way to go Our Lady of Wayside! We're already looking forward to next year.

** Disclosure: I received two general admission tickets in exchange for helping promote
 this event. I was also given two tickets for a giveaway for my readers. 
As always, all opinions expressed are genuine and are my own. **