Oct 08

RUSK® Freezing Spray // Review & Giveaway

Since 2004 Beauty Care Choices (formerly Hair Care Choices) has been the online resource for shoppers looking for their favorite salon products and having them conveniently shipped to their home or business. Beauty Care Choices expanded their selection from professional hair care items to now carrying skincare, cosmetics, nail care, and many other specialty items for all your beauty needs.

The thing I like most about Beauty Care Choices, besides the number of products available, is how easy it is to search by ingredients. Rather than having to check out each items ingredient list to make sure it’s sage, you can search specifically for gluten items. You can also search by: Alcohol Free, Fragrance Free, Organic, Paraben Free, Sodium-Chloride Free, Sulfate Free, and Vegan.

I’ve tried a few products available at Beauty Care Choices. Recently I tried RUSK® Freezing Spray.

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Want a power hold with lots of staying power? RUSK® Freezing Spray will give you that. RUSK® Freezing Spray has a fast drying ultra-fine mist formula that will protect your style from all the elements. Also, this will help keep your color longer while holding that perfect style.

RUSK® Freezing Spray is a humidity-resistant hairspray that delivers powerful shape, definition and shine for all-day, extreme hold. The humidity-resistant hairspray is just what I need on rainy days in the city. This spay gives my hair great shape PLUS shine! RUSK® hairspray will not build up or fade color, and is flake-free.

FEATURES:

WHAT IS IT? RUSK® Freezing Spray (Humidity-Resistant Hairspray)

WHO IS IT FOR? Anyone who desires extreme, long-lasting hold.

WHAT DOES IT DO? Quick-drying hairspray that delivers powerful shape, definition and shine for all-day extreme hold. Humidity resistant. Will not build up or fade color. Flake-free.

HOW DO YOU USE IT? After achieving desired style, spray over entire head to lock in style and lock out humidity.

You can buy RUSK® Freezing Spray on Beauty Care Choices for $15.57 (on sale from $18.99).

 

One lucky reader will a 10oz. bottle of RUSK® Freezing Spray! To enter this giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.
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This giveaway will end on October 21, 2014. 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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This entry was posted in Giveaway, hair, Product Review and tagged , , on 8 October, 2014.

Oct 07

Sustainable Suds: Wisdom Natural Brands Cream of Coco Soap Review

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Are you looking for a product that not only works but is natural, good for your body, and doesn’t hurt the environment.

For a limited time, Wisdom Natural Brands has re-released their sustainable, eco-friendly Cream of Coco soap.

The hand-cut, Cream of Coco soap is a natural and sustainably produced soap from the heart of the Paraguayan rainforest.  It comes from the “Mbocaya,” the edible nut of a fruit that grows on the Paraguayan coco tree.  This unique tree is of the palm family, but is not a coconut tree.  It is then combined with three other simple ingredients. The combination of pure Mbocaya nut oil with these other simple ingredients creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without aggressive chemicals, perfumes or dyes.

Ingredients: Mbocaya nut oil, sodium hydroxide, hyposulfate of sodium and petit grain.

The soap has been used for more than 2,000 years by native Paraguayans. While still maintaining an earth-friendly option, Cream of Coco soap provides a sensational, refreshing cleansing experience. It is ideal as a gentle face wash or soothing body wash.  Simply wet your face or body and cleanse skin with soap.  This soap is even gentle enough for your hair.

Made with no synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances or dyes, the soap is wrapped up and delivered to consumers in 100% recyclable packaging. Cream of Coco is free of animal by-products and animal testing. Produced with the least amount of ingredients possible, Cream of Coco raises the bar for consumers searching for natural, skin sensitive shower and bath products.

Each bar is hand-cut, so variations in color and shape may occur, giving the natural soap yet another unique quality. Cream of Coco is as refreshing and soft without any harsh chemicals or additives that can irritate or harm your skin.

You can purchase Cream of Coco Soap for a limited time for only $5.99.

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This entry was posted in Product Review, skin care and tagged , on 7 October, 2014.

Oct 06

Conscious Box – A Gluten Free Monthly Subscription Box // Review & Giveaway

Every month Conscious Box features a variety of food, bath, beauty, and household products. From snacks to household products to beauty essentials and more, every box makes it easy to experience the purest, safest, most natural products on the planet. Conscious Box works with brands that are committed to sustainable business practices and non-GMO ingredients. And with Vegan and Gluten Free options, they help make sure you only get the products that suit you best.

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The price of your box depends on the length of your subscription.

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Each month you’ll discover new healthier alternatives, and can even purchase the full-size items in Conscious Box’s online store at discounted prices. Get $10 off with code PLUS10OFF. What was in my Conscious Box this month?

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My Gluten Free Conscious Box featured:

 

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All active subscriptions auto-renew like a magazine, rebilling during the first week of each month, usually on the 2nd or 3rd. This includes Monthly, 3-Monthly, 6-Monthly, and Annual Subscriptions. Your first box will ship around the 15th if you order in the beginning of the month. If you order after that month’s initial shipment, it will ship towards the end of the month. All boxes after that will be sent around the 15th. Once you receive your shipping confirmation, your box will arrive in 3-8 business days. Orders from the Shop should allow 2-9 business days for shipment. Get $10 off with code PLUS10OFF.

The box is a symbol of who Conscious Box is. It’s made with 100% recycled materials, printed with eco-safe soy inks, and shipped with a BPA-free label, making every Conscious Box a sustainable purchase. When you’re finished with your box, don’t forget to recycle it. But I don’t have to remind you, do I? Conscious Box was so generous in offering ONE lucky reader the chance to win a 3 month subscription of Conscious Box! To enter, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway will end on October 17, 2014. Open to U.S. residents only.

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Oct 05

Inti NYC Restaurant – Peruvian Cuisine // Hell’s Kitchen

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Inti is a comfortable, low key restaurant serving authentic Peruvian cuisine. Inti NYC Restaurant has many options for gluten free diners. Choose from a selection of options that include chicken, beef and seafood dishes. Many of the dishes are rice or quinoa based and naturally gluten free. There are only a few menu items that are not gluten free. These include: empanadas, Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian style Chinese fried rice), fried calamari, and the fried seafood platter.

Instead of complimentary bread that is offered at most restaurants, here each table is given cancha; giant toasted corn kernels. These kernels have a slightly nutty and salty taste, very crunchy and absolutely delicious. The cancha is served with aji verde, a spicy light green cream sauce. Peruvian choclo, or corn, has giant sized kernels and is featured in many of the dishes.

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INTI, above all, is known for their ceviche. The Ceviche Mixto ($16) is a traditional dish consisting of fresh fish chunks, shrimp, octopus and calamari marinated in lime juice, and mixed with red onions, cilantro and rocoto hot pepper, served with sweet potatoes and baby corn.

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This ceviche had a little kick to it, and it was incredibly fresh. You must try it.

For $14 you can get a whole rotisserie chicken. This is a steal! Not only a great price, but it was perfectly moist and tender. This is a great dish to share.

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For $32 you can get a whole chicken plus rice, beans, French fries, sweet fried plantains and salad.

Jeremy and I also shared the Camarones Inti ($18) –Shrimp sautéed with shallots, cilantro, white wine and yellow pepper sauce, served with white rice. The sauce had great flavor, was light and mild.

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For dessert we shared Flan ($6). A baked custard served with caramel sauce, Flan is the only gluten free dessert option and is quite delicious.

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Inti is also BYOB. They do have a $12 corkage fee but in my mind it is worth it. There is a full bar, with wine available by the glass and bottle, starting at $25.

The servers are friendly and the food is delicious. We love ceviche and this one was up there with our favorites.

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This entry was posted in Chicken, Hell's Kitchen, Latin American, New York City, Peruvian, Restaurant Review, Seafood, South American and tagged , , , , , , , on 5 October, 2014.

Oct 04

Oysters Bar and Grille // Pembroke MA

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Oysters Bar & Grille is a modern take on the New England Oyster Bar, combining the Raw Bar, American Bistro fare, and cocktails. Located in Pembroke, MA, Oysters has the perfect location between the Cape & Boston. Changing the menu seasonally to serve the freshest and most local ingredients as possible.

The Oyster Bar offers a daily selection of oysters, clams & shrimp cocktail. $1 Oyster Special at Bar and Lounge, every day between 4 – 5:30pm.

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The oysters were excellently shucked, not a single piece of shell in any of them. All of the oysters we tried were super fresh and delicious.

Our waitress was so knowledgeable about oysters, I was impressed. She was able to describe the taste of each one, and she was right on. So if you are unsure about a certain type of oyster, do not hesitate to ask.

 

The salmon was very tasty and cooked just right. It was served over a sweet potato and corn hash.

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The swordfish steak was huge! We also had that over the potato hash since it was gluten free.

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All menu items are made to order so it is easy to customize each dish to fit your dietary needs.



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This entry was posted in Pembroke, Restaurant Review, Seafood, South Shore and tagged , , , on 4 October, 2014.

Oct 03

TeChef Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan / Egg Pan Review

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TeChef offers non-stick and durable cookware, which makes cooking Healthy Food for a Healthy Family easy, fun and environmentally safe.

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The Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelette Pan is a specialty skillet to make Tamagoyaki, a Japanese styled egg dish. This rolled egg dish is easy to make, especially with this pan. You can also use the Tamagoyaki pan to make pancakes, and American omelettes.

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It is basically a Japanese style omelette, which is rolled into a log shaped form composed of thinly cooked layers of egg.

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Recipe:

Instructions

  1. Mix eggs, salt, soy sauce and Mirin in a bowl.
  2. Heat a pan at medium high temperature and add oil.
  3. Pour a thin layer of egg mixture in the pan, tilting to cover the bottom of the pan. After the thin egg has set a little, gently roll into a log. Start to roll when the bottom of the egg has set and there is still liquid on top. If you let the egg cook too much, it will not stick as you roll the log. Now you have a log at one end of the pan. Pour some more egg mixture to again cover the bottom of the pan, with the roll of egg at the end. After the new layer has set, roll the log back onto the the cooked thin egg and roll to the other end of the pan.
  4. Repeat adding egg to the pan and rolling back and forth until the egg is used up.
  5. Remove from the pan and cool for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Slice the ends of the log off and then slice the log into 1/2″ pieces. You should see a nice spiral pattern in the cross section of the egg.

Here is a great video from Japanese Cooking 101 to show you how to make it:

Making the omelette was SO EASY. It rolls easily on the nonstick surface. It tastes great and is a fun and different way to eat eggs. Once cut, the Tamagoyaki (Japanese Omelette) makes a beautifully presented dish. It’s sure to please your friends and family.

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And clean up was a breeze. The pan had very little egg left on the pan and to clean it, all you need is hot water and soap. TeChef cookware is also dishwasher safe, but hand washing is recommended.

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More Features:

Coated with DuPont Teflon® Select – Colour Collection

Non-stick coating makes it easy to cook and clean. The Aluminum construction and stainless-steel bottom allow for even heat distribution. There is no Cadmium and no lead.

SAFE NEW TEFLON COATING (NO PFOA)
The non-stick coatings without PFOA on TeChef products are affirmed safe for cooking by regulatory agencies worldwide, including the European Food Safety Authority, French Food Safety Agency (ANSES), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SPECIALTY SKILLET
The unique sloped shape allows for easy flipping of omelets, sandwiches, and pancakes

WARRANTY
TeChef cookware is warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship under normal household cooking use from the date of original purchase throughout the original purchaser’s lifetime. This limited warranty does not apply to damage caused by accident, misuse, or use not in accordance with the product care instructions.

If you are interested in purchasing a TeChef Tamagoyaki/ Egg pan you can get one on Amazon for $20. This pan usually retails for $29.99 but is available on Amazon for 30% off!

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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This entry was posted in Eggs, Product Review and tagged , on 3 October, 2014.

Oct 02

Pala Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta // Lower East Side

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I’ve known about Pala for about a year now and was excited to try it now that we are living in NYC. When we arrived we were seated right away (we had a reservation) and our serve immediately asked “Have you been here before?” and “Does anyone in your party have a food allergy?” She explained to use how the menu worked and the gluten free options available to us. I was very impressed.

For starters there are ten gluten free appetizers and five salads to choose from. It was a hard choice to make, but ultimately we decided on the caponata ($10). It was very good but a very small portion and not easily shared with more than two or three people at most.

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What I love about Pala is that they offer three types of gluten free pasta; all are organic. Choices include: Spaghetti (corn and quinoa flour), Fusilli (brown rice flour) or Penne (rice, potato and soy flour). This Is great for people who can’t eat soy or corn in addition to gluten.

We ordered the Bolognese beef ragu with sundered tomatoes over fusilli pasta ($17). The Bolognese was very good but the pasta was unevenly cooked. Some bites were chewy while others were excellent. The pasta at the bottom of the dish was great since gluten free pasta cooks more when its sitting in a hot sauce. But again, the portion size was on the small size.

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We also shared the Zucchina pizza ($18) made with marinated zucchini, goat cheese, cherry tomato sauce, mozzarella, and rosemary. The dough was plain and there was no rosemary on the pizza. If there was, we couldn’t taste it. The pizza was ok, but I was expecting something better to be honest.

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The gluten free pizza is served on dedicated gluten free paddles that are labeled “Gluten Free”.

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I was very disappointed that I could not make any modifications to the pizzas. This is the second time in two weeks I’ve run into this; it must be a NYC thing because this never happened in Boston. It’s a shame for people like me who can eat goat and sheep cheese but not cheese made from cow’s milk. I don’t like daiya [vegan] cheese and I like meat so the vegan pizza was not an option, so we ordered the zucchini pizza anyways— our options were limited.

When it came time for the bill we had two gift cards and were told we could not use more than one gift card at one time. That is not stated anywhere on their website or on the gift card, and ultimately after the waitress having called the manager twice, they accepted both cards. Not the best restaurant etiquette I’ve seen.

The food is not bad, but for the quality and size, it is overpriced.

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This entry was posted in Lower East Side, New York City, pasta, pizza, Restaurant Review, Vegan and tagged , , , , , on 2 October, 2014.

Oct 01

MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic Review + Giveaway

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I know you’ve heard me talk about probiotics many times before, and I also know some people are still unsure what exactly probiotics are and why we need them.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are good bacteria that perform a very important role in our digestive, metabolic, and immune systems. These ‘good bacteria’ are considered to be live microorganisms and offer an array of health benefit.

Probiotics are believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion – by balancing intestinal microflora. The digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria, and probiotics help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. Probiotics also produce enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake, convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need, among other numerous health benefits (I’m only mentioning on the GI benefits here)

If you suffer from any of the following you may benefit from taking probiotic supplements: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, digestive issues, intestinal discomfort, constipation, burping, heartburn, stomach pains, irregular bowel movements, nausea, yeast infections, bloating, diarrhea, Crohns Disease, chronic fatigue, candida, fungal and bacterial infections.

For me, when buying probitoics its important to look for a few things:

*This number may be different for each person. Consult with your doctor.

MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic is designed to provide premium quality ingredients for maximum daily support. The optimum blend of four highly effective bacteria will help keep your digestive system in prime condition.

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MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic contains:

MightySupp® Premium Plus Probiotic Supplements are gluten free, soy free, yeast free and wheat free. They have no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, sugar, starch, sodium, milk, or lactose making them the healthiest probiotic supplement for you and your family.

It’s best for the life of the probiotics if they are refrigerated. Also, probiotics in general can be susceptible to moisture so try not to leave them outside the fridge for any length of time. The best thing is to open the bottle, get your probiotics and then put the bottle straight back in the fridge. They will last longer and work better this way.

If you are looking to replenishes good bacteria, maintain your immune system, reduce bloating and gas, improves energy use, and/or reduces yeast infection, MightySupp® Premium Plus Probiotic Supplements may be able to help you and is worth a try. You can purchase this Probiotic supplement on Amazon for $35.95. Suggested retail price is $52.99; this is approximately what you will pay for a good probiotic at any health food store.

Not only did MightySupp send me their Premium Plus Probiotic, but also they were so generous to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a 60-day supply! To enter the giveaway, simply click on the rafflecopter below.

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This giveaway ends on October 13, 2014 at 11:59pm. U.S. residents only.

 
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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This entry was posted in dairy free, Giveaway, Product Review, Soy free, vitamins and tagged , , , , on 1 October, 2014.

Sep 30

Restaurant.com // Save Money when you dine out.


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Who doesn’t like to save money when dining out?

Restaurant.com offers a national directory including thousands of restaurants and a number of exclusive online merchants. You can search for restaurants by state, city, neighborhood, zip code, cuisine type, or restaurant name. Restaurant.com also offers Specials by Restaurant.com, the latest in dining bundles, travel, and entertainment deals with top brands.

It’s a great way to try new restaurants at a discounted price. I have discovered new favorite restaurants by using these certificates in different cities around the country.

The $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for $10 provide value at thousands of restaurants nationwide. They also have multiple promotions a month where you can save even more off the original retail price of dining certificates!

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Right now you can purchase a $200 restaurant.com gift card for only $40. Yes, that’s 80% off!! (Deal available until October 13, 2014)

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And right now you can get $25 gift cards for only $3!


I love restaurant.com gift cards. It makes dining out more affordable and restaurant.com gift cards make great gifts!

 

 

Have you used restaurant.com? What restaurants have you visited with a restaurant.com gift certificate?


 

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This entry was posted in Restaurant Review and tagged on 30 September, 2014.

Sep 30

Cevich // Union Square

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Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in coastal regions of Central and South America, especially Peru and Ecuador, where it originated. The dish is typically made from fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, and spiced with ají or chili peppers.

Ceviche is one of my favorite dishes, we had our favorite spot in Somerville, Machu Picchu, we loved to go to when we were living in Boston. So you can understand my excitement when I heard about Cevich, a restaurant specializing in ceviche.

Cevich, located in Union Square, has a fast food feel. You walk in, order at a counter, and then take it to go or sit at one of the few counter seats looking out onto 15th St.

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Here, ceviche is assembled in one of six styles.  Some are relatively authentic, while others were clearly invented by the owners. These styles are available in two sizes, medium ($12) and large ($14) . Each serving allows you to select one of the three types of seafood—shrimp, salmon, and tilapia—or an exotic mushroom medley, or you can combine two or three for an additional $2. Daily specials are also available, and range from squid to pollock. Add ins, including guacamole, avocado, extra sauce, and bacon (really? Bacon?) are also available for an extra $2.

The seafood here is fresh, and they use local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.

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We tried the Wild Tiger, “Leche de Tigre,” the traditional Peruvian citrus with red onion, red pepper, and cilantro. At first we loved it, but as we got to the bottom it was overly tart. There was an abundance of citrus in the sauce. We were expecting the traditional crisp citrus taste, which we got at first, but then it was just too much.

We also tried the Lime N Da Coconut, made with Caribbean coconut ginger sauce with mango, carrots, red onion and cilantro. Although I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to ceviche, I really enjoyed the coconut flavors. The sauce was light and refreshing, and the carrots added a nice crunch that you don’t usually find in ceviche.

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Ceviche Bowls are also available for $13.50. The bowl comes with a base of you choice—mesclun greens, coconut rice, or quinoa. Then you select your seafood and pick a style.

The menu also includes three types of tacos, served on gluten free corn tortillas. Burritos are not gluten free, but they are working on a gluten free tortilla.

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This entry was posted in New York City, Restaurant Review, Seafood, Union Square and tagged , , , on 30 September, 2014.