Jul 28

LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extrordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub Review & Giveaway

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LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extraordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub is a natural body scrub is made with coconut oil, which absorbs quickly and easily into your skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without feeling greasy. Pure cane sugar crystals exfoliate dead skin cells while almond and vitamin E condition, moisturize, and smooth you to perfection!

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My skin was left feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated. Not only does it feel great, it also smells great with a touch of sweetness as you exfoliate! It is an inexpensive way to exfoliate at home with the same spa-like feel.

And I love that the scrub did not leave an oily mess or needed to be remixed. I hate that.

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LaLicious products are all natural and paraben free.

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You can purchase LaLicious Sugar Scrubs online at Beauty Care Choices, an online resource for shoppers looking for their favorite salon products and having them conveniently shipped to their home or business. I love Beauty Care Choices because they make it easy to search for gluten free products (as well as vegan, oil free, organic, etc.).

A 2 oz bottle of LaLicious Sugar Scrub sells for $9.49 and a 16oz bottle is $33.99.

 

Now time for the giveaway! One Lucky reader is going to win a 2 oz. bottle of LaLicious Sugar Kiss Extrordinary Whipped Sugar Scrub. To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This giveaway ends on August 10, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 27

Ginnybakes Gluten Free cookies {vegan, organic, non-GMO & Kosher}

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ginnybakes is a line of outrageously delicious organic, gluten free snacks & desserts.

Made with only premium ingredients and zero preservatives or chemicals, ginnybakes goods are a guilt-free indulgence everyone can enjoy. Crafted with love in small batches and baked fresh each morning by artisan bakers, ginnybakes are made with real whole-food ingredients like dark chocolate, coconut, fruit, and nuts, to deliver a gourmet, just-from-the-oven taste experience. Ginnybakes are gluten free, organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher.

Ginnybakes full line of products includes cookies, snack bars, crumbles, and baking mixes.

I was recently asked to try the new coconut oatmeal bliss ginnyminis and the original favorite chocolate chip love gb cookies.

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The Coconut Oatmeal Bliss cookies come in two sizes: regular and mini. Organic coconut gives this classic oatmeal cookie a tropical twist. Layered with gluten free rolled oats, dark organic raisins, and crispy walnuts, this cookie’s flavors build on your taste buds until only one word can describe the experience: bliss.OMG. I can never go back to regular oatmeal cookies.

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The perfectly packaged ginnyminis are great to throw in your bag or purse for a sweet summer snack on-the-go!

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The chocolate chip love cookies are unreal. I love the flavor and the crunchy texture.high-quality, organic ingredients, and dark chocolate chips bring me back to making cookies at home as a kid. It’s rare to find a gluten free, ‘healthy’ cookie that has good texture and taste. This one goes above and beyond. I am very impressed with the quality and taste of ginnybakes and would highly recommend you try these.

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The best part is that chocolate chip cookies have only 60 calories and 4 grams of sugar per cookie! Even with this little amount of sugar they are sweet enough!

You can find ginnybakes products at Roche Brothers throughout MA. For a complete list of retail locations click here.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Jul 26

b. good kale & quinoa bowls {Gluten Free & Vegetarian}

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b.good is a Boston-based chain restaurant on a quest to make fast food “real” from all natural, whole ingredients grown and raised from local family farms. Guided by the philosophy that the food they serve has to be ‘real’, meaning, made and served by people, not factories.

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b.good offers lot of options for customers with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Here you’ll find gluten-free buns, kale & quinoa bowls, salads, fries, smoothies and shakes. Many ingredients will be locally sourced.

b.good, although known for their hand ground burgers made from local, all natural beef, is much more than a burger joint. This summer b.good is offering a range of seasonal salads including the kale and quinoa bowls.

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Kale and quinoa bowls are gluten free and vegetarian.

SPICY AVOCADO & LIME – organic quinoa, marinated kale (lemon, canola oil, Kosher salt), sautéed veggies (carrots, zucchini, green beans), shiitakes, avocado, black beans, corn, grape tomato, lime, cilantro, queso fresco, chi

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Jul 25

Made In Nature Organic Dried Fruit Fusion Snacks

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Made in Nature organic dried fruits and snacks are pure and luscious – the way nature intended. As a Boulder, Colorado based organic foods company, Made in Nature selects only the freshest, finest organic fruit, picks them at the culinary peak, and dries them to pure perfection to capture the flavor you crave.

I was recently sent two of Made in Nature’s Organic Fruit Fusion Single Serve snacks to try. The Fruit Fusions come in 4 varieties: Antioxidant, Apple Cinnamon, Mediterranean, and Tropical. These single serve snacks are great for when you are on the go or can be added as a topping to your favorite yogurt.

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Antioxidant Fusion: A blend of mouthwatering dried fruits, seeds, and spices give this an explosion of flavor! Made with organic tart cherries, blueberries, cranberries, raisins, goji berries, pepitas, apple juice concentrate, and sunflower oil. This snack is not only bursting with flavor, but it is rich in antioxidants

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Tropical Fusion: Made with organic dried bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, mandarin-lemon juice, and cacao nibs with just a touch of ginger. This treat is not only nutritious, but it is also delicious. I love tropical fruits and coconut. The crunchiness of the coconut paired with the soft dried fruit and chocolaty nibs is a perfect combination for an afternoon snack.

Each single serve pouch is just 100 calories.

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Made in Nature only works with farmers who are committed to certified-organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly agriculture practices. That means the foods are grown without pesticides and fertilizers, which is better for you, the growers and pickers, and the planet.

Made in Nature Organic Fruit Fusion does not use products that contain gluten or tree nuts. While some Made in Nature prepared foods – like the Organic Pizza products – may contain gluten, these foods are not made in the same facility as the gluten free products. Made in Nature Fruit Fusions are non-GMO, certified organic, vegan, Kosher, and made without added sugar, sulfur dioxide, tree nuts, fertilizers, pesticides, artificial color or additives.

You can find Made in Nature Fruit Fusions and other healthy snacks at Whole Foods Market, Costco, and health food stores in and around Boston. For a complete list of retail locations, enter your zip code into the store finder. Fruit Fusions are also available to buy online for $6.99 (5 – 1oz packs) or $23.99 (18 1-oz packs).

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

 

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Jul 24

Teeccino Herbal Coffee & TeeChia Cereal Review and Giveaway

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Teeccino Herbal Coffee is “America’s #1 favorite coffee alternative.” Founded in 1994 by CEO Caroline MacDougall, Teeccino comes in 19 delicious, caffeine free, varieties either in loose grounds or Tee-Bags. Every cup of Teeccino is brimming with nutritious health benefits that are naturally released during brewing from Teeccino’s herbs, grains, fruits and nuts.

I actually have never had herbal coffee [before this morning]. Teeccino is brewed from naturally caffeine-free sources, as opposed to having existed caffeine removed. This includes herbs, nuts, fruits, and grains, all of which get ground and brewed to taste like more traditional brews that are derived from coffee beans.

My favorite was the Dandelion Caramel Nut, a swirl of sweet and creamy caramel paired with roasted dandelion & nuts. It was delicious on it’s own, but I did also enjoy it with a splash of almond milk. I preferred the non-dark roasts; they were more palatable without having to add milk or sugar. I could not drink the dark roasts without it.

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Teeccino is certified gluten free, GMO-free, and Kosher. Teeccino flavors do not contain any meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, soy, soy derivatives, MSG, or edible yeast. All seven of Teeccino’s Mediterannean flavors (Almond Amaretto, Chocolate Mint, Hazelnut, Java, Mocha, Original and Vanilla Nut) are certified as 75% organic. The Maya flavors (French Roast, Chai, and Chocolaté) are certified USDA Organic, which means that at least 95% of their ingredients are certified organic. The Boutique flavors have a selection of both USDA Organic and 85% organic variations.

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In 2013, the company launched TeeChia Sustained Energy Cereal, a high performance cereal made from six organic super seeds (ramón, chia, quinoa, amaranth, flax and pumpkin), certified gluten-free rolled oats, and sweetened purely with fruit.

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TeeChia is a quick and easy wholesome meal for busy people on the go, who want to get a full spectrum of antioxidants, omega-3 essential fatty acids, soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamins, and minerals in their breakfast. With 6g of fiber and protein, 28 grams of whole grains, and 1200mg of omega-3’s, TeeChia produces lasting energy.

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TeeChia comes in two flavors: Blueberry Date and Cranberry Apple.

The Blueberry Date is a delicious blend of gluten-free oats, blueberries, and dates.

Cranberry Apple is a delicious blend with gluten-free oats, cranberries, apples, and almonds.

I love that this cereal contains several types of healthy grains and seeds, and it’s not just your typical oatmeal. All of these contain the highest quality of nutrients your body needs. Although, both are a little sweeter than I like my cereals, as I try to stick to less than 6 grams of sugar per serving.

Teeccino has graciously offered to give one lucky reader a 10 VIP Sampler, which includes 2 coffee-packet flavors, 4 Tee-Bag flavors, 2 TeeChia pouches, and an info card. To enter the giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This giveaway ends on August 10, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Teeccino is available at retail locations throughout the US, including Whole Foods, Star Market, and many natural food stores. TeeChia is currently only on the west coast, however, you can purchase it online.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 23

Summer Happenings: Food and Wine events in and around Boston

There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy! If you’re looking for some dun ideas in and around Boston, you’ve come to the right spot! I’ve pulled together a list of food and wine events in and around Boston that are Gluten Free friendly and super fun!

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3rd Annual Boston Seafood Festival, Sunday July 27, Boston Fish Pier

Join the Boston Fisheries Foundation on Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the historic Boston Fish Pier to commemorate its 100th Anniversary. Watch cooking demos, see top oyster shuckers and fish cutters compete in Battle of the Shuckers and the Fish Cutting Contest, try food from many local restaurants and food trucks — some offering free samples — and take part in kids’ activities like face painting, and so much more. Remember — kids ages 12 and younger receive free admission, so you can bring the whole family. Tickets: $20 $12 for two general admission tickers or $35 $20 for one VIP ticket.

 

Great Boston Wine Festival, Sunday July 27, Marshfield Fairgrounds

The Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers Association invites you to savor the flavors of the Bay State at the Greater Boston Wine Festival. With this deal, receive one adult admission plus parking. Once you arrive at the festival, you may purchase a band that allows you to sample all the wines for $5 and includes a wine tote, custom logo glass, and event program.

Held on Sunday, July 27 at the Marshfield Fairgrounds, this vino expo offers a choice of two sessions (11 a.m. or 4 p.m.) and allows visitors to tastes samples of more than 50 wines from dozens of local vineyards. Tickets $45 $30.

 

Downeast Cider House Tour, Saturdays 1-7pm, Charlestown, MA

Stop by the Downeast Cidery any Saturday from 1-7pm to sample from their taps. Guided tours are at 1,3, and 5pm. Tour Price $14 $7 for with souvenir glasses for two people; $28 $14 for tour with souvenir glasses for four people.

 

Red, White, & Brew Summerfest, August 2, Boston Center for The Arts

At the interactive Red, White & Brew Summerfest, professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s sample a smorgasbord of beers and wines representing regions across the United States. A silent auction benefits Project Smile and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ellie Fund. Three sessions: 12-2:30; 3:30-6; 7-10pm. Tickets $59 $35 until July 26th.

 

Moonlight Meadery Mead Tour and Tasting, Londonderry, NH

With its three basic ingredients—honey, water, and yeast—the making of mead sounds misleadingly simple. Studying mead in its natural habitat is much more enjoyable than exploring the dank, melancholy caverns of root beer’s namesake. Tours take place every half hour. Allow 45 minutes for the complete tour and tasting. Prices range from $5 and up depending on your tour package type.

 

Boston Local Food Festival, September 14, the Greenway, Boston

For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food hub! Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.

Learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, participate in fun, educational activities and exhibits, engage with top local chefs and enjoy local music. Themed “Healthy Local Food for All”, the festival connects Massachusetts and New England eaters of all backgrounds with the abundance of fresh, nutritious local food choices available close to home.

 

Wine or Culinary Education Workshop, Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors, Waltham

Wine classes host guest sommeliers who expound on a particular wine region such as France’s Loire Valley or Provence, or how to discern flavors in local varietals. Students can also take part in beer and spirits classes such as the Scotch Series, a themed discourse on production regions from the Lowlands to Speyside, or learn about bourbon-based cocktails in a bourbon-centric class. In culinary classes, on the other hand, students learn skills such as how to make fresh mozzarella, cook a romantic dinner for two, or craft apple-based dishes paired with autumn beers and wines. Tickets $45 $15 for one; $90 $25 for two; $180 $40 for four.

 

Chocolate, Brews (and wine) & Views Trolley Tour, from Boston Super Tours

Tours depart Thursdays at 6 p.m. from the CambridgeSide Galleria through October 30. An Upper Deck Trolley will shuttle passengers to three locations for an evening of food and drink tastings. If you arrive early, take advantage of discounted parking and shopping coupons. Enjoy and learn about fabulous wine, beer and chocolate while being entertained along the way. Partners include Taza Chocolate Factory, Ball Square Fine Wines, Night Shift Brewing, and Zephy on the Charles. Tickets $78 $58.

 

Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, October 25-26, Springfield MA

Whether you are looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is the place to be! The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases and autism. Over 150 vendors, samples, coupons, informative classes, and more! Tickets: $15 online, $20 at the door.

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Jul 23

Cocomama Quinoa Cereal and Crunched Out Snackable Cereal Review & Giveaway

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Cocomama’s first product line—Quinoa Cereal—launched in March 2011. In 2008, when founder Sara Gragnolati discovered she had food allergies, she decided to take charge when her taste buds were appalled by the gluten free offerings on the market. She discovered ingredients like quinoa and amaranth, and wondered why very few packaged foods took advantage of these versatile and nutrition-packed foods. Thousands of years ago, these energy-inducing super proteins were considered sacred. (True story.)  And thus, Cocomama was created.

Cooked in small batches, Cocomama’s Quinoa Cereal pours out creamy, yet chewy, making it ideal for breakfast. It’s like oatmeal, but with more protein and all nine essential amino acids. And it is available in 4 varieties: Wild Blueberry, Banana Cinnamon, Honey Almond and Orange Cranberry.

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Quinoa Cereal is made from whole grain quinoa, light coconut milk, real fruit, and natural sweeteners.  It is naturally gluten free, high in protein, and a good source of protein. Cocomama’s Quinoa Cereal is also dairy free, soy free, and vegan. The microwavable pouches it comes in are BPA-free.

I had only ever eaten quinoa in savory dishes for lunch or dinner, so I was unsure how much I would find the sweeter cereal version. The quinoa cereal is definitely different from any other quinoa dish I have eaten in the past, and any other cereal I’ve had too.  The texture is so unlike quinoa, and quite different from oatmeal, that it took me a few bites to get past this. It was strange at first I will admit.

I like the versatility of Cocomama’s quinoa cereals, and that you can eat them straight out of the pouch—no mess or dishes to be washed! You can add fresh fruit and nuts and eat it as a parfait. You can heat them up or eat them cold, whichever you prefer. I tried them both cold and warm, and added a little almond milk to give it a soupier texture.

Each pouch contains between 210 and 230 calories, 3g of fiber and 4-5g of protein.

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Cocomama’s Quinoa Cereal can be purchased at their online store for $21.99 for a six-pack. Cocomama currently is available in many Whole Foods, Wegman’s, and independent retailers as well as online at Amazon and Abe’s Market.

Cocomama recently launched a new product called Crunched Out. Crunched Out is a snackable cereal that comes in two flavors—vanilla cinnamon and fudgy chocolate. It is both a good-for-you cereal and a snack with mega crunch.

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Made from 7 ancient grains— quinoa, flax seed, millet, sorghum, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, and brown rice—, Crunched Out is also versatile and can be enjoyed with milk, yogurt, ice cream, or right out of the bag, my personal favorite.

Crunched Out is also gluten free, soy free, corn free, dairy free, non-GMO, and vegan.

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I LOVED the vanilla cinnamon. A delectable blend of vanilla and cinnamon, sprinkled with almonds, the clusters are crunchy, and not too sweet, and make the perfect morning or afternoon snack.

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Now it’s time for the giveaway! Cocomama was generous enough to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win the quinoa cereal! To enter simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This giveaway will end on July 30, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to U.S. residents only.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jul 22

Gluten Free Brunch options at Boston Chops

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Boston Chops, in the South End, is Boston’s newest steak house. Open since March 2013, Boston Chops is an “urban steak bistro”— a casual yet refined twist on the splendor for which steakhouse are well known.

This past weekend I was invited to join the Boston Brunchers for brunch at Boston Chops. I had planned to go to Boston Chops during Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week), so I was excited to get a sneak peak.

Boston Chops is open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10-3pm. The menu includes a half dozen traditional breakfast items, grilled steaks and sandwiches, as well as raw bar and a selection of salads.

The feel inside is more urban than your typical business-like setting of most steakhouses. I loved the exposed brick, wrought-iron bars on the high windows, and modern feel of the space. Like most steakhouses, it is dark; dark lighting, dark walls, dark tables.

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The menu also features a few cocktails, including a bloody Mary selection that allows diners to choose among four perpetrations; pickled, chipotle, spicy, or raw, topped with an oyster and jumbo shrimp cocktail.

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Although Boston Chops does not have a dedicated gluten free menu, many of the brunch items are naturally gluten free. The frites (fries) and corn tortilla are both gluten free but fried in the same fryer with everything else. So, depending on your allergy/intolerance, you may or may not want to eat that.

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We started with a dozen Island Creek Oysters.

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While I was tempted to try the kale omelet with mushroom and cheddar and a side of potatoes, I opted for something you don’t see on every single brunch menu; Huevos Rancheros. The Huevos Rancheros ($15) is beautifully presented in a crispy corn tortilla filled with braised machaca beef cheek, black beans, avocado, and topped with a fried egg.

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Another savory gluten free option is the Surf and Turf ($23), served with lobster grits, beef tornados, poached eggs, and hollandaise. The meat was tender and the lobster was amazing. The grits are rich.

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Both dishes, while complete opposites, were incredibly flavorful and just the right portion size.

There is something on the menu for every palate, and every wallet. Salads start at $10, while entrées run from $12-$23, and for those who want steak you have three brunch options starting at $24.

The service was impeccable. Our server Lindsay was amazing. I wish there were more servers out there like her. She knew every menu item like the back of her hand. She knew every ingredient in every dish, and what was best for gluten free diners. There were so many servers working; my water glass was always full and empty dishes were quickly cleared.

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For weekend warriors getting a late start, Boston Chops is now offering a Raw Bar Happy Hour on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 5 p.m., featuring fresh-shucked oysters for $1.

 

Disclaimer: I received brunch free of charge as part of the Boston Brunchers, with the exception of gratuity, which I happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

 

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Jul 21

Bru Joy Stainless Steel Can Opener With Built-in Bottle Opener and Soda Tab Lifter

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Fed up with cheap and inferior can openers that break easily? Then look no further. Sturdy & easy-to-use, Bru Joy is THE ONLY can opener you need to buy.

Bru Joy manual hand held can opener is not just your average can opener. This stainless steel can opener also has a built in bottle opener and soda tab lifter.

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It wasn’t until I used this can opener that I realized just how crappy my old one was. This is truly a great can opener. The Bru Joy can opener is so fast and easy to use that it will never let you down! It requires minimal hand effort. And, thanks to the ultra-sharp cutting discs and the ergonomic design, you can easily open even big cans in seconds. This is good if you have children who like to help in the kitchen too!

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Bru Joy is a high quality product. It is strong, sturdy & multi-functional, and is guaranteed to be your most useful and reliable kitchen tool that lasts years in your kitchen!

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Bru Joy makes a great Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, wedding, bridal shower or birthday gift. Or if you have a son or daughter heading off to college this fall, it’s great for dorm rooms. I mean let’s face it; we all ate canned soup in college to save money!

The best part is, Bru Joy is affordable. Normally it retails for $49.99 BUT lucky for you, you can purchase this can opener for 60% off through Amazon! So it’s only $19.99 and if you don’t love it (which you will) you are guaranteed your money back. So, what do you have to lose?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Jul 20

Moxie Glass Drinking Straws // Saving the Earth, one sip at a time!

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Are you environmentally conscious? Do you avoid the BPAs often found in plastics? If so, then you need to check out the unique benefits of using glass straws that are made to be reused in any type of beverage.

Moxie Glass has designed and created glass drinking straws that are reusable, environmentally friendly, and fun! The glass drinking straws are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles, and many unique designs with straw clinging critters on them.

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I love the one I received with flower embellishments on it.

Moxie Glass straws are made out of borosilicate (pyrex) glass which makes them safe for both cold and hot beverages. They are dishwasher safe and hypoallergenic. They will not leach chemicals into your beverages and are BPA free.

Some drinks are just better with a straw, aren’t they? I brought the straws to girl’s night at my friend’s apartment last week and we used them while sipping sangria. Sounds silly, but it was more fun with the straws. I don’t know why, but it was. And having different color straws helped keep track of which drink was whose!

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I tested the straws out on a couple of different types of drinks— sangria, fruit smoothie, soda water, and iced coffee. The straw did its job each time, even with the smoothie, which was thick, nothing got caught in the straw.

The straws area easy to clean with the cleaning brush. This little brush helps keeps the inside of the glass straws clean and sparkling. It is 5 ½ inches long from the handle tip and the length of the bristle brush is 1 ½ inches long. It has a twisted wire handle that bends easily to clean the bent straws.

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While the straws are very durable, they are glass so I would use caution with children. I actually dropped on and it didn’t break, but I would still be weary of giving a glass straw to a young child.

Moxie Glass also makes glass Mason jar to go cups with lids that have a grommet in them for your favorite glass straw to stick out. I’ve been using my new jar for my fruit smoothies in the morning! They have many sizes, styles, and colors available starting at just $13 for a jar and standard straw. I think these would make great gifts or favors at a party.

To purchase Moxie products— straws start at $2.50— head over to their website now!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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