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Posted by Elena Langlois on 5/23/2019

Whether you don't like cooking or want to avoid the shopping and prep working, or simply don't have access to healthy groceries, there's a delivery service for you. Sometimes its just nice to take the night off and order in some takeout.

Restaurant Delivery Services

You can always check with your local businesses individually to see if they deliver to you, but that can be tedious, time-consuming and no one really does it. You have other options. Check out the top delivery services in your area. These are companies that provide the drivers and partner with restaurants to bring meals right to your door. Nationwide services include eat24, uberEats, GrubHub and more. You can even get restaurant food delivered through Amazon in some areas. The best part? Most of these services have apps and complete menus to make ordering and tracking your food easy. Watch the little car drive to your door, or wait for the final notification to show up. No matter your level of food obsession, you can watch it all the way. 

Many large restaurant chains, especially pizza chains, have their own delivery services and apps. For pizza anywhere, check out the Pizza Hut, Dominoes and more pizza ordering apps in your local app store. Want to play it old school? Most of these restaurants will take phone orders as well, but there are often better deals online or in the app.

Don't forget to do some research for city-wide or regional delivery services, these often have restaurants not available on the more extensive services and vice versa, giving you the greatest variety.

Meal Kit Delivery Services

If you still want to cook your meals, but don’t actually want to do the shopping, you’re looking for a meal kit delivery service. With varying prices depending on the quality and complexity of the meal and ingredients as well as the number of portions, most of these operate similarly to a subscription service. You plan a set amount of food, and the ingredients and instructions are delivered directly to your door. Just follow the recipe and have a great dinner in as little as fifteen minutes. Many of these services have specific meal plans to help you meet your personal health goals. 

Sun Basket offers clean living meal plans for everything from gluten-free to vegan, including a diabetes-friendly plan, which can help you get a hold of significant dietary changes and protect you from the dreaded grocery store. Home Chef focuses on high quality, tasty meals, let you choose from 15 recipes. Blue Apron is known for its recipe variety and easy to use management system.

There are so many more choices, including specific ones in your area, so do some quick searching and start eating free of the store today!




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 3/7/2019

When it melts in your mouth, it tastes is so good! Men hoard it, kids always want more, women adore it, and for most people, Valentine's Day isn't complete without eating it. Wondering what that could be? It is the beloved, darling chocolate.

Chocolate is food produced from the seeds of a cocoa bean, and it is a crucial ingredient of different desserts like cake, candy, ice-cream, etc. Chocolate has some fun facts that are not well known. Here are some of them:

1. The chocolate bar is more than 100 years old. The original chocolate bar was made in England way back in 1842, by the Cadbury Company. This company still exists and is famous for its delicious Easter-themed chocolates treats amongst other different assortments of goodies.

2. Cocoa beans once served as currency. Cocoa beans were so valuable to early Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as currency. The Aztecs could buy a turkey for 100 cocoa beans, a rabbit for four cocoa beans, and so much more.

3. Chocolate is food for the gods. The botanical name of Cocoa, "Theobroma cacao" means food of the gods.

4. A chocolate bar could cost more than an iPhone X. The world's most expensive chocolate bar is the "Wispa Gold." It is wrapped in an edible gold leaf and costs a staggering $1,430 per bar.

5. Chocolate prevents heart disease. Eating dark chocolate can decrease the odds of suffering heart disease by over 30 percent. Also, dark chocolate improves blood flow and lower blood pressure. However, overeating chocolate is also bad for health.

6. A chocolate bar could weigh more than an SUV. The world's biggest chocolate bar weighed 5,792.50 kg. Created by Thorntons PLC, the ingredients used for making this massive bar of chocolate were sugar, milk, butter oil, cocoa butter, emulsifier, and cocoa mass. 

7. Africa is the new home of cocoa. Despite its Amazonia roots, nearly 70% of the world's supply comes from Africa. Cote d'Ivoire is the largest single producers providing about 30% of the world's cocoa.

8. Making chocolate is hard-work. Eating a bar of chocolate will probably take a few minutes, but making it takes time and require a lot of effort to finish. It takes four hundred beans of Cocoa to produce one pound of chocolate.

When next you are enjoying a cup of chocolate or a piece of chocolate pie, remember all these cool facts about it.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 1/17/2019

Hosting an evening of activities is a great way to spend time with and engage your friends, family, and community. A fun game-night can quickly become a new ritual for your neighborhood family and help you develop and maintain friendships. Whether it’s your first time hosting a game night or your 50th, here are some key steps to making it a success.

Have plenty of options.

The one tricky part about game nights is picking a game that everyone likes. Especially if you don't know everyone you've invited well, it's hard to select a game ahead of time. Everyone loves something different, some people prefer trivia-based games, while others like role-playing games, still others want to stick to the classics or strategy games. While some board games and electronic games are expensive, there are plenty of ways to collect enough games to have a good variety, without breaking the bank.

  • Always have a deck of cards, or two, or three. So many games can be plaid with a simple and inexpensive deck of cards. Having a few decks on-hand immediately opens up your options. Consider looking up a few classics like Gin Rummy, Bridge, Spades, poker (Texas Hold’Em or Five Card Draw) or Cribbage and having the directions on hand.
  • Invest in the classics (or the modern version). Scrabble, Dominos, Pictionary or a combination game like Cranium are great games that most people already know how to play, and easy to learn for any inexperienced players.
  • Find games you can explain easily. You might love RPG and strategy games, but these might not be the best option for new neighbors you’re just getting to know. Save these for when your game night has become established, and you've learned what level of games your group can best play. Start with simple and easy to learn games playable while socializing. Remember, the games are fun, but their value is as a tool to help you engage with your community.
  • Invite participation. Invite your guests to bring their own games. Don't insist on playing something you own, or on selecting a specific game for each night. Invite all your neighbors and friends to bring their favorite games and decide as a group what to play.
  • Own some kid-friendly games. Even if you plan to only play games with adults, have options for kids to play as well. Maybe your kids are home, or your neighbor couldn’t get a sitter but would still love to come to game night. Prevent exclusion by providing fun ways to keep the kids and parents entertained. Simple toys for young ones and a selection of appropriate interactive video games can go a long way to making your night.

Plan for flexibility.

A significant reason for having different games on hand is to allow for flexibility in numbers and ability. Not everyone you invite to your game night is going to attend. Don't ask a specific number of people with a particular game in mind. Invite everyone who you think you'd enjoy playing with or who you want to get to know. Perhaps have an idea in mind of different games you can play with varying numbers of people. Also consider making a backup plan for having multiple game boards going if everyone you invite shows up, or for keeping the game night fun and entertaining if you have a less than stellar turn out the first time.

No last minute invites.

Don't wait up until the last minute to invite your friends and neighbors. People have their own lives. Between work, kids and activities it's hard to commit to a last-minute invitation. Give folks a couple of weeks-notice that you'd like to have a game night and give them time to make any necessary arrangements. Once you have a couple of successful nights, you can establish a monthly or biweekly night that people can incorporate into their ongoing planning.

Supply refreshments but ask for help.

You should always provide refreshments and snacks, but a great way to engage your neighbors is to ask for help. Make sure you have enough food to offer, just in case, but invite people to bring a dish or beverage or anything they’d like to share. As much as you enjoy hosting, your neighbors like contributing and showing off their best recipe or introducing you to their favorite new coffee or beer. Invite them to find their own way to engage while using your get together as a platform.

Be a good host.

The group you invite to your game night will be composed of outgoing people, shy people, people who already know each other and total strangers. Be a good host by acting and engaging first. If no one wants to go first at charades, get up there and show them that it's okay (and even fun!) to succeed or fail, to make a fool of yourself and laugh it off or act out the perfect clues. To start the ball rolling, you want to make the first move. Just getting people over to your house and supplying games isn't enough, take the stage and open the floor to engagement.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 3/8/2018

When it comes to moving, how do you pack up food and ensure it will safely make it from Point A to Point B? There are many challenges associated with packing and storing food while you move. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing up food so that you can enjoy it once you reach your new home.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to ensure you can quickly and effortlessly pack your food and transport it to a new address.

1. Get Rid of Any Expired Food Items

Go through your pantry and remove any expired or soon-to-expire food items. That way, you won't have to worry about transporting these items to your new address on moving day.

In addition, you should try to eliminate food waste. For soon-to-expire foods, consume them before it's too late. Or, you can always offer these items to friends or family members.

2. Pack Fragile Food Items Carefully

Flour, sugar and other fragile food items likely require extra attention when you pack. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to pack fragile food items carefully, you can eliminate the risk that these items could leak or spill while you're moving.

Heavy-duty, sealable containers are ideal for storing fragile food items. These containers usually are easy to find at supermarkets and retail outlets and will ensure your food items will remain safe and secure at all times.

Furthermore, don't forget to cover salt and pepper shakers. Place a piece of masking tape over the top of these shakers, and you can prevent the shakers from spilling out.

3. Use Appropriate Moving Boxes

Moving boxes come in many sizes, and when you're packing food items, you'll want to use the right-sized boxes. By doing so, you may be able to store various food items in the same box – something that may help you unpack quickly once you reach your final destination.

In most instances, small and medium-sized moving boxes are perfect for food items. These boxes offer plenty of space. Plus, with the right-sized moving boxes in hand, you may be able to avoid the temptation to stuff too many heavy food items into a single box.

If you need additional support with packing food items or other belongings, you may want to discuss your options with a professional moving company. This business employs friendly, knowledgeable staff members who can help you prepare for moving day.

Lastly, it never hurts to collaborate with a real estate agent, either. In addition to helping you buy or sell a house, a real estate agent can offer recommendations about moving companies in your area. Therefore, a real estate agent can provide extra help as you search for ways to streamline the moving process.

Simplify the process of moving your food items from one location to the next – use the aforementioned tips, and you can ensure all of your food items will arrive intact at your new address.




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