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NiChef – Personal Culinary Experiences in your home

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As most of you know I have a full time job outside of blogging. I try to cook meals for my husband and I at least 4 nights a week but sometimes I just want someone else to cook for me. Is that took much to ask? Not if you ask NiChef!

NiChef is an online global marketplace where you can easily book a personal chef to cook in your kitchen. Niche is bringing communities together through authenticity and experiences while creating new job opportunities in the culinary world. Think of it like airbnb but for chefs.

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Having someone cook in your home, whether it’s a romantic meal for two, dinner party for 4 or 10, it’s such a fun experience and you don’t have to worry about being in the kitchen and not with your significant other/friends/guests. And it won’t break the bank. Contrary to what you are probably thinking, having someone else cook your food doesn’t cost as much as you’d think. In fact, it’s usually cheaper than eating at restaurants, and if you find the right chef like I did, the food tastes better. AND you get to choose exactly what you want to eat and when!

I recently had the chance to experience Nichef. I invited my sister over to share the experience with me. Out chef was Lisseth Conza-Berman. Listen grew up in Peru and all Nichef experiences are Peruvian; centered around the foods she grew up with. Peruvian food is a fusion cuisine, due to its long multicultural history. Lisseth cooked us a delicious meal of Lomo saltado; sautéed beef loin with veggies. Como salted is one of the most emblematic dishes that Peru has to offer. A mix between Chinese cuisine with Peruvian ingredients, makes this dish satisfying and full of flavor. It consists on marinated beef tenderloin stir-fried with onions, tomatoes and served with french fries and white rice.

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The price of the meal is $60 for two people. $30 each for a home cooked meal is a great price and a similar dish in a restaurant would cost you at least $30, if not more when you factor in tip, tax, and beverages/appetizers. 

So how does it work? 

Signing up to use the nichef marketplace is fast and easy. You can sign up with your facebook credentials or your email. After your have confirmed your email, you are ready to go!

To reserve a Chef you will need to sign up and create a Foodie profile. Once you have created and activated your profile, you can then start searching for a memorable experience by type of cuisine, location, and date. It’s recommended that you submit a request at least 1 week before your event date. Once you request a chef, the chef will accept or decline your booking within 24 hours. If you have any dietary restrictions, you can message the chef directly through Nichef’s messaging system.

There are about 40 chefs on the site that you can choose from. Chefs run their own business; choose their own schedules, menus and prices. Every chef has their own ‘niche’ in the culinary market and Nichef allows them to offer you a personal, and delicious, at home dining experience. 

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

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Celiac Awareness Month Day 23: Amorino Gelato // Locations in NYC, Boston, SF & more

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Discover all of Italian gelato authenticity with Amorino: a rich and creamy taste, without coloring agents or artificial ingredients. A gelato which comes from a meticulous selection of ingredients.

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Thus only organic eggs, good fresh whole milk and natural ingredients enter in the composition of Amorino’s gelati and sorbets .

Founded in 2002 by two Italian childhood friends, Amorino is the very essence of traditional Italian gelato. With numerous shops all over the world and a very recognizable ‘Amorino’ (Renaissance angel) as the logo, Amorino has already established itself as the go to for quality, consistency and flavor. What differentiates the brand from others is the iconic and original presentation of the gelato flower as well as the use of fresh and natural ingredients.

Amorino arrived in the United States in 2011 with the first store in the West Village, with a second location opening in Chelsea about a year ago, followed by Corte Madera (San Francisco), Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Boston, and Chicago, with Houston and a second San Francisco location opening soon.  

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When tasting the gelato at Amorino, you are immediately aware of the ingredients it contains. You can taste the realness and the freshness of the ingredients, and it is immediately evident that there are no artificial flavors or additives.  

 

For those of us with allergies or dietary restrictions there are great alternatives that include sorbets and egg, gluten or nut free gelato options. In fact, all but two flavors of gelato are gluten free. 

Gluten Free flavors include:

  • Amorino Chocolate
  • Bourbon Vanilla
  • Unique
  • Stracciatella
  • Bronte Pistachip
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Yogurt
  • Hazelnut
  • Amarena Cherry
  • Chocolate from Ecuador 
  • Salted Butter Caramel
  • Heritage Rasberry Sorbet
  • Alphonso Mango Sorbet
  • Camarosa Strawberry Sorbet
  • Organic Chocolate Sorbet
  • Femminello Lemon Sorbet
  • Passion Fruit Sorbet
  • Banana Sorbet 

My favorite is the lactose free Organic Chocolate Sorbet. It has such an intense taste for a lactose-free flavor, a guilt-free delight I promise you will enjoy. 

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Not only does Amorino make delicious gelato but they also serve up gluten free macarons! These are not your ordinary macarons. You will find ice creams and sorbets sandwiched between two delicate almond shells, for irresistible ice cream macarons. Yum. 

What is also unique about Amorino is that they offer 5 cups sizes (and 4 cone sizes although they do not have a gluten free cone yet. With the choice of kid, Piccola, Classica, Grande, Gigante and Grandissima there is something for everyone. And, you can choose as many flavors as you’d like in each cup for no additional charge!

So, if you’re looking for truly authentic gelato then head over to one or Amorino‘s locations and let yourself indulge! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review. 

 

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Gluten Free Review of P.F. Chang’s

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If you can believe it, I had never been to P.F. Chang’s before last month. I know, I know this popular Chinese chain restaurant has dozens of locations, with two in Boston, but I just hadn’t been!

My first experience was mediocre at best. We went on a Sunday night to the Prudential location. From slow service, to bland food, and never getting that water refill we asked for, we didn’t have the best experience.

I reached out to P.F. Chang’s after our visit to let them know about my disappointment with the service, gluten free entrees, and restaurant (did I mention the fruit flies and bug at our table?). The Guest Relations manager I spoke with was extremely apologetic and sent me a gift card and asked that I come back again, as a way to make it up to me and regain my confidence in P.F. Chang’s.

So, last night we gave them another shot. This time we went to the Park Plaza location and had a much better experience.

What I do like and appreciate very much is P.F. Chang’s awareness of food allergies and the precautions they take to ensure and provide gluten free meals.

All Gluten Free items are served on a special plate with the P.F. Chang’s logo. These menu items are either gluten free as prepared, or modified to be gluten free. Serving them on special plates lets everybody know these are gluten free dishes, not to be confused with gluten filled dishes.

According to P.F. Chang’s website, the following ingredients are used in P.F. Chang’s gluten free sauces: chicken broth, oyster sauce, rice wine, sugar, water, wheat free soy sauce, and white pepper. The marinades for beef, pork, chicken, shrimp and scallops are gluten free and contain cornstarch. The soy sauce on the table is not gluten free, but simply ask your server for the gluten free soy sauce and he/she will bring it to you.

Like I said before, my first experience was not that great but we did enjoy two of the dishes we ordered, so it was not all bad.

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CHANG’S CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
Our signature appetizer. Wok-seared chicken, mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts served over crispy rice sticks with cool, crisp lettuce cup.

The wraps were delicious and there was plenty of the fillings. My only complaint is that we ran out of lettuce wraps—there were only 4 or 5 small pieces of lettuce— and we had to eat the rest with a fork. That didn’t bother me too much, but it would have been nice to have a few more wraps.

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GF MONGOLIAN BEEF
Sweet, soy-glazed flank steak wok-seared with scallions and garlic.

Jeremy and I loved this dish. It was by far my favorite dish. I thought it was absolutely delicious, full of flavor. The meat was tender and the sauce was delicious.

Unfortunately everything else we tried was mediocre.

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GF SINGAPORE STREET NOODLES
Light curry sauce with thin rice noodles, sliced chicken breast, shrimp and fresh vegetables

There was very little sauce and tasteless. I added gluten free soy sauce just to give it some kind of flavor. According to a friend the gluten free version greatly differ from the regular Singapore Street Noodles on the menu. Very disappointing.

GF BUDDHA’S FEAST
Asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, broccoli and carrots, served steamed.

This dish was basically steamed vegetables on a plate. No seasoning and no sauce. The regular menu description describes this dish being served in a savory soy sauce, steamed or stir-fried. I’m not sure why they couldn’t use gluten free soy sauce.

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On our second visit last night we ordered the lettuce wraps and Mongolian Beef again since we had enjoyed it so much the first time. We also tried:

GF CANTONESE-STYLE LEMON CHICKEN
Fresh, crispy whole chicken breast sliced and drizzled with warm lemon sauce and served with chilled broccolini salad.

When was the last time you had crispy chicken at a Chinese restaurant? The chicken was fried in some sort of lightly battered goodness (I’m assuming corn-based) and instead of pouring the sauce over the chicken and making it soggy, they drizzled the plate with a little lemon sauce and the rest was served on the side. This dish was ot too heavy and had a delicious citrus taste.IMG_8243

 

For dessert, it was after all my birthday, they brought us the:

GF FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE DOME
Decadent, rich chocolate cake served with fresh berries and raspberry sauce.

It was rich and it was decadent. We shared it but couldn’t finish all of it.

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The drinks were pretty good too. Not very strong, but very flavorful.
ASIAN PEAR MOJITO
Bacardi Limón and fresh mint with a hint of pear

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MOSCOW MULE
Russian Standard Vodka mixed with our House-Made Ginger Beer

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P.F. Chang’s nutritional information is available online. I really like when restaurants make the nutritional information readily available, and easy to find.

I’m glad we gave P.F. Chang’s a second chance. It’s nice to have an option for gluten free Chinese food and I know I will be back again!

Have you been to P.F. Chang’s? What is your favorite gluten free dish?

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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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KitchenWares teaches Boston How to Eat Their Veggies

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Boston, MA – KitchenWares by Blackstones will host a free “How to Eat Your Veggies – Slicing Tools & Techniques” event this coming Wednesday, July 16, from noon-7pm and will launch their mandolin and spiralizer July promotion.

On July 16 from noon-7pm the KitchenWares team of specialists will share their best tips for slicing and serving fresh farmer’s market vegetables using kitchen mandolins, slicers, and spiralizers. During this culinary event, customers can learn how to use the mandolin and spiralizer for creating delicious food using their fresh summer produce. Customers can also enjoy the Mandolin and Spiralizer Promotion from July 16 through July 31, 2014. Save 20% off the everyday prices on all mandolins, spiralizers, and julienne peelers.

KitchenWares on Newbury continues to be a destination and resource for New England professional chefs, home cooks, and foodies. The store has hosted a large number of book signings, tastings, and product and techniques demonstrations for over 4 years. The on-going events provide unique and fun experiences where the local community can absorb skills and know-how to become masters of their kitchens and taste buds.

KitchenWares by Blackstones is an independent, family -owned gourmet kitchen store located at 215 Newbury Street. Since opening its doors in April 2010, it has quickly become Boston’s culinary resource for home gourmets and professional chefs across New England, striving to offer customers the kitchen tools needed to create memorable culinary experiences. KitchenWares also offers professional, on-site knife sharpening, special orders, shipping and free gift-wrapping. Set up a Gift Registry and shop online at KitchenWaresBoston.com.

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Velo-City: Cycling Studio in the Back Bay

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I love how all these spin studios have been popping up all over the city this past year. I love spinning, and I’ve loved trying all the new studios in Boston.

Vélo-City, located on the corner of Fairfield and Boylston Street, opened this past winter. And the people behind it—4 guys; two brothers and two friends— enjoy athletics and spinning. It’s nice to see some male faces in the spin world, something people usually associate with females only. I think guys are finally realizing how awesome of a workout spinning really is!

The entrance of Vélo-City is a little hidden. To enter, you have to go through a green door in Public Alley 442 between Newbury St. and Boylston St on Fairchild. Vélo-City is located in a basement; it’s cool, and low-key. As you walk down the stairs, the walls have some cool graffiti and bright colors that make it feel inviting, and so don’t feel like you are going into a basement.

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I took a class when they first opened and last week I was invited back by Nick (one of the owners and spin instructors) to check it out again. I also met another owner Tom, he, along with all the staff, are super friendly and made me feel welcome as soon as I stepped inside.

The studio is large with plenty of space for the 40-plus bikes. I like the nightclub-vibe, with neon colors, black lights, and no windows. The instructor sits up on a little stage in front of the large room. There’s a large mirror on the front wall, but the room gets so dark that you can hardly see yourself in it. I like the darkness, no one can really see me, and I can’t see them.

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Before class starts the instructor and one of the owners walk around and makes sure everyone is set up properly on their bikes. So if you need help, don’t hesitate to ask one of them.

The 45-minute class was high energy, music driven, and a total body workout. Like Flywheel, we spent about 5-10 minutes using free weights to do upper-body work and strength training. During the class my instructor, Susan, incorporated a lot of upper body into the work out. We did push ups and crunches, hill climbs, jumps, and sprints. It was such a great workout! Susan was awesome. She was fun, motivating, and kept me energized throughout the class.

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Vélo -City offers a few different classes, most of which are 45 minutes, and a few which last 50 or 60 minutes.

Velo Body (45 mins) is Velo City’s signature 45-minute music driven, full-body workout, and will feel like an escape from reality where the only thing that matters is YOU.

Vélo City Arm (45 minutes) is Vélo’s hardcore training class focused on the arms and upper body without sacrificing the lower half. You will use free weights (available in 1,2,3,4, and 5 lbs) throughout the whole class while sprinting, climbing, and jumping.

Velo City Six-Pack Abs (50 mins) is a FULL BODY workout. 40 Minutes of heart pounding cycling with free weights to tone that upper body followed by 10 minutes of intense core work done off the bike to sculpt those abs. They even provide the mats! This hardcore training class focused on the arms and upper body without sacrificing the lower half. Prepare to use those free weights (available in 1,2,3,4, and 5 lbs) throughout the whole class while sprinting, climbing, and jumping.

Vélo Tone and Sculpt (60 mins) is a longer and intensified version of the signature ride with an even greater emphasis on your arms, abs, and core without sacrificing the lower body. Think Bootcamp without getting off your bike. This is class designed for riders of all abilities.

Booty, Biceps and the Beach w/ ABS (50 mins) Works the booty and arms and abs extra hard set to a special playlist featuring songs about the Booty, Beach and Summer!

Next time I want to try the abs class!

Vélo -City does have a few small lockers, but you will need to bring your own lock. There are cubbies in the reception area so store your belongings, but no way to lock your stuff. A staff member—or 2— is present in the reception area at all times so your stuff is being watched over at all times. The reception area can get a little crowded between classes, but it’s not as bad as some of the other studios I’ve experienced.

Your first class at Vélo -City is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this at all studios in order to check out the studio and make sure it’s a good fit for you before purchasing a class pack. If you do decide to purchase a class pack after your first visit you can receive 50% off the price if you do it immediately after the class gets out. This is such a great deal, whether you want to buy one class, five classes or a monthly pass, the deal is good for any purchase!

Screen Shot 2014-06-21 at 10.21.58 AM*Fast 5 Pack expires in 30 days. All 5 rides must be used within 30 days of first use. Regular 5 rides ($90) expire after 90 days.
**First Time Monthly Unlimited is only $100, and then it is $140 per month each month after.

Classes are offered seven days a week at various times. Classes are offered as early as 6am and as late as 7:30pm so you can fit one in before or after work. No excuses. Shoe rentals and towels are included with each class.

Do you spin? Have you been to Vélo-City? What did you think?

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Disclaimer: I attended this class free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Liquid Art House Opens today at The Arlington

Last night I was invited to celebrate the opening of Liquid Art House and its premiere exhibition “Outside IN” (street art from around the world).

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Liquid Art House, aka “L.A.H.”, is a high-end restaurant and art gallery, unlike anything else in Boston! L.A.H. is an innovative gallery-restaurant concept helmed by entrepreneur Ruta Laukien with award-winning chef Rachel Klein that balances art, space, and design through the prism of social dining. An interactive “art hospitality” experience—as showroom, gallery, restaurant, lounge and online platform–where all offerings are seamlessly integrated under one roof. From art installations to art-cuisine pairings to curated pop-ups, the canvas that is Liquid Art House assumes the shape created by its diners and artists.

Here’s a peek inside Liquid Art House, also known as L.A.H., the 10,000 square foot restaurant/gallery that opens at 100 Arlington Street [The Arlington] today.

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The main entrance opens into a massive central room featuring a circular bar underneath a giant chandelier. There are two dining rooms to either side, one which looks into the open kitchen, with four seats over looking the kitchen. This is where I would want to sit.

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There are art installations range from paintings to digital art and everything in between, and the art will change regularly like a typical gallery, with some even available for sale.

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L.A.H. was designed not to be this pretentious, fine dining restaurant. Rather, Chef Rachel Klein says she wants it “to be accessible for artists who haven’t made it yet.“ Well I think it is great that L.A.H. is displaying the works of all types of artists, but the menu is rather pricey. Appetizers range from $13-$18, with entrees priced at $34-$48, and $78 for the 20 oz. Bone-in Rib Eye.

Whole communal roasts are also available for those who like to eat family style: Suckling Pig ($450), Colorado Leg of Lamb ($425), and Rohan Duck ($375).

The bar menu will offer smaller, more reasonably priced options including marinated olives, chili caramel popcorn, and chicken feet to name a few.

Since all dishes are made to order it’s easy to find gluten free options here.


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Instacart – Grocery Delivery comes to Boston & NYC! // $10 off your first order

You can order groceries online and have them delivered to your doorstep in an hour or two, for a delivery charge of as little as $3.99. Sounds too good to be true, right?

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Well thanks to Instacart, a grocery delivery service that delivers in as little as an hour, this is actually possible. Instacart, a website and an app where you order your groceries from your favorite stores, recently launched in Boston and connects you with Personal Shoppers in your area who pick up and deliver your groceries from your favorite local stores. In Boston, this includes Whole Foods, Shaw’s, Market Basket and Costco. Instacart is not affiliated with these stores, but it makes shopping there so much easier.

I have a busy life and getting to the grocery store is not always easy, nor is it on the top of my “favorite things to do” list. I mean who likes going to the grocery store at 5pm? The lines are long, the people are moody, and I’m usually hungry. And lets face it, sometimes there just isn’t enough time to go to the grocery store.

Eating a gluten free diet makes this even more of a chore. I shop at multiple food stores because each one offers different gluten free items or significantly different prices for the same product. Instacart lets you mix and match from various stores. So rather than having to run all over the city to different grocery stores, someone else can do the schlepping for me!

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With delivery prices as low as $3.99, and free for orders $35 or more this is a no brainer. I can definitely spend $35 in one shopping trip, thanks to the high prices of gluten free items. The minimum order is $10. Deliveries can be made in less than two hours but can also be scheduled for specific times or days when you’ll be home. The company says its fastest delivery was made in 12 minutes. Instacart also offers a service similar to Amazon Prime: for $99 a year, all under two hour deliveries over $35 are free.

I placed my first order at 5pm today. I ordered items from both Shaw’s and Whole Foods. It was easy to browse items by aisle, as you would in a grocery store, and I could filter by brand and/or dietary preferences including gluten free, organic, kosher, and vegan. This was a huge time saver. I was impressed with the number of gluten free products on the site. It’s not like food delivery/take out sites that don’t always list the gluten free options- you know what I mean, we’ve all been there.

Can’t find what you are looking for? It’s impossible to list every single item a grocery store carries. Luckily there is an option to Add a Special Request/Custom Item. All you have to do is include a description of what you are looking for the, the more specific the better, and you can even add a photo, which I did to make it easier for the shopper.

What happens if something is out of stock? When something is out of stock at the store Instacart will do their best to replace it with something similar. During checkout, you can choose specific replacements for any item, or ask for no replacement of an item. If you allow it, your shopper will call from the store to confirm replacement items.

You can view the status of your order and make changes and if the Shopper has not started working on your order, you can add to, modify or cancel your order very easily.

My first order:

Placing my order was super easy. I ordered food from both Shaw’s and Whole Foods.

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My shopper called me because an item I wanted wasn’t in stock, but they had another flavor, so I told her that was ok. She also told me she was having a hard time finding the special request item I had added to my order. That didn’t surprise me because I know that not all Whole Foods carry that very new item. A few minutes later I received a text message with an estimated delivery time. My shopper actually arrived 15 minutes before the estimated time, I can’t complain about that!

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I was impressed with the quality or service and communication. I also really liked the convenience and ease of the entire processes.

Prices are set by Instacart and may vary from what you may see in your store or your sales flyer. However, you will see the price for each item when selecting your grocery list. I found that the prices were very similar, if not the same, as what I typically pay for my groceries. For example a carton of Almond Breeze Almond Milk at Whole Foods cost $1.99 in the store and on Instacart. There were some items that seemed a bit high to me, Barbara’s Bakery Puffins at Whole Foods sell for $3.99 and a bit more at Shaw’s, about $5.99-$6.99. On Instacart the price at Whole Foods was also $3.99 but at Shaw’s the Puffins cost $7.99.

After your order(s) is delivered you receive both a text and e-mail. If any replacements had been made the e-mail will show this as well as the adjusted price. You are also asked to rate and tip your shopper. Tipping is not required but shoppers appreciate recognition of their hard work. You can tip in cash or using your credit card during checkout or after delivery.

Instacart is available in and around Boston and NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Woodland Park) 7 days/week from 9am-midnight, depending on local store hours.

 

 

Want to give Instacart a try? Use this link or enter promo code GlutenFreeBostonGirl to get $10 off and free delivery on your first order!

 

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. I did receive $35 of free groceries from Instacart, but all of my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Dine Out Boston Gluten Free Options (Formerly Restaurant Week)

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Perhaps you’ve heard – Restaurant Week is now Dine Out Boston. Whatever name it goes by, I’ve still got you covered when it comes to gluten free options.

From March 16th-21st and then again from the 23rd-28th participating restaurants will be offering tasty prix fixe lunch or dinner menus (or both). New this year are the three pricing tiers for each meal period. Lunch menus are available for $15, $20 or $25, and dinner menus are priced at $28, $33 and $38. Price and number of courses vary by restaurant.

Below is list of participating restaurants that offer gluten free options on their Dine Out Boston Menus. Some offer full Gluten Free menus while others have a few gluten free options on the menu, or can accommodate very easily by subbing gluten free pasta for regular, etc.

If you would like me to add your restaurant to this list, or if you are a gluten free diner who has recently enjoyed a gluten free Dine Out Boston meal somewhere else please let me know and I will be happy to add it to the list.

Dine Out Boston Restaurants with Gluten Free Options:

 Disclaimer: This list is my own personal list based on personal and past experiences.

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ClassPass Launches in Boston!

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A gym membership that lets you bounce from one studio to another without breaking the bank? Now we’re talking.

For only $99 a month you can take 10 classes at their partner studios every month. That’s less than $10 a class! Most classes— spinning, barre, Pilates, etc.— cost $20+ per class, which I cannot afford to pay on a regular (or semi-regular) basis.

ClassPass is my ideal gym membership. Why? Well for one, I love spin classes but I also like taking other group fitness classes, and I cannot afford two gym memberships. ClassPass allows me to take both types of classes all month long.

With ClassPass I can check out new studios and classes that I’ve been dying to try, but could not justify the price. It’s a great way to try new classes before having to commit to a membership.

Each month you can take up to 10 classes at any participating studio.  The only catch is that you can only visit the same studio up to 3 times each month.

Currently, the following studios are participating (and they’re adding more each week!):

Beantown Bootcamp
Boston Body
Btone Fitness
BURN Fitness Studios
C2 Pilates
Charlestown Cycling Club
Commonwealth Sports Club
Exhale Boston
Flywheel Boston
Life in Synergy
Pursuit Boston
Raw Fitness Performance
Recycle Studio
Secret Physique
Shama Yoga
Studio J
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But don’t let that stop you! There are plenty classes available from 6am to 8pm. You can choose classes that are most convenient for your schedule.

I have been to Flywheel and Velo-City and liked both so I signed up for classes at each studio. I also tried new classes at Exhale, Btone Fitness, and Life in Synergy.  If it weren’t for ClassPass I would never have gone to some of those classes.

ClassPass helps me keep my fitness routine fun and fresh. Like I said before, I could never do just spin or just barre, and this way I get to do both!

After each class you have to rate it. Why? This allows ClassPass to make future recommendations for their users, other people like you, and provide feedback to the class provides. The ratings and evaluations are anonymous and confidential.

If you need to cancel a class, you must do it at least 24 hours in advance. If you miss a class, or cancel less than 24 hours before the class, you lose that class from your ClassPass account and may be subject to a $20 no-show or late cancellation fee.

Sign up today and see for yourself how fun and exciting your workout routine can be!

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary one-month trial membership to ClassPass, but as always all opinions are my own.