Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GIVEAWAY - Blue Apron Meal Kit Worth $59.94

The winner must be over 18 years old, have never subscribed to Blue Apron, provide me with their name and email address to give to Blue Apron, provide Blue Apron their credit card number in case they want to continue with the service past the first box and live in the US (not in Hawaii & Alaska). Winner will be sent an email from Blue Apron & simply need to click on the link to redeem their free Blue Apron box online. To cancel future shipments: visit their website and go to account info, then chose "manage"  & then "cancel" or to skip future shipments select delivery schedule and chose "skip". Box is shipped via FedEx and arrives at your doorstep on your choice of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday. 

The photo above shows an example of one of six servings that Blue Apron provides in each box. Each box contains three recipes with ingredients for two servings each. This giveaway is only for those that have never subscribed to Blue Apron before.  Please do not enter if you don't intend to redeem the free box! Note you will have to give Blue Apron your credit card number to redeem. It's easy to skip and cancel online, if you don't wish to remain a subscriber after your free box. It's a limited time offer, so you'll need to redeem in a timely manner. I have reviewed twenty-four Blue Apron deliveries, so be sure to check those out before you leave. Start with my 24th delivery. Then check out my Blue Apron Pinterest Board, click on the photo of the recipe that you fancy to see the matching blog post.  Also, check out my Home Chef reviews starting with my 58th delivery. In addition, check out my Hello Fresh reviews starting with my 16th delivery and my Sun Basket reviews starting with 27th delivery.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Cary Crab House Restaurant Review - Cary, NC

 220 Crossroads Boulevard
Suite 2460
Cary, NC  27518
(919) 233-9828

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Interior View

Oysters 12 Piece Steamed - $17.00

Catfish Basket - $10.00

This is a review for a new seafood restaurant located in Cary, North Carolina called Cary Crab House. It's located in the Crossroads Shopping Center left of Men's Warehouse. Finally, a seafood restaurant in Cary and conveniently located. Unfortunately, they aren't open for lunch on weekdays except on Fridays. They open at 3 pm Monday through Thursday and close at 10 pm. They open at noon Friday through Sunday and close at 10:30 pm. I noticed it appears they opened a 2nd location in Raleigh. Their name, websites, menu, hours and interiors look very similar. It's quite surprising they opened two locations at the same time, two weeks ago. I've been doing a lot of Asian restaurant reviews lately, so I thought this restaurant would be a nice change. Imagine my surprise when we arrived and the staff was mostly Asian, we laughed. We were immediately greeted by the friendly hostess and seated at a booth. The interior decor is festive and the booths are comfortable. The only thing I didn't like is that it appears they are allowing people to write on the walls.

The extremely friendly waitress immediately showed up to take our drink order and swiftly delivered them and then offered to take our entree orders. I ordered the Catfish Basket which comes with four pieces of fried catfish and french fries. Hubby ordered twelve steamed oysters with "The Big Bang" flavor and medium spice. You can chose from Cajun, Garlic & Butter, Lemon Pepper or all three which is called The Big Bang. Also, there are four levels of spice to chose from. Hubby enjoyed the flavor, but prefers them raw with lemon and Tabasco. The cajun spice is the strongest in The Big Bang mix. You can also chose from blue crab when in season, crawfish, snow crab legs, king crab legs, shrimp with heads, shrimp without heads, lobster tail, baby clams or mussels. All of those come with corn or potatoes except the oysters. Check out their menu for more information. I really enjoyed the catfish, it wasn't greasy and it came out so hot I had to wait a little bit for it to cool. The french fries remind me of Arby's fries back in the 70's, very tasty. Soft in the inside and crisp on the outside. While you can't tell in the photo since they are hidden by the catfish, there were so many that you could easily share with someone or take them home for later. The amount of catfish was satisfying, if you weren't really hungry you could easily take home a piece or two for later. It was a generous portion. The tarter sauce was your standard sauce yet tasty. Our orders arrived in only thirteen minutes. I'm sure the waitress brought it out as soon as it was ready. She was very attentive and checked on us several times to make sure we were happy with our orders and refills were done before we had to ask. 

It was an enjoyable experience and we shall return. I think I will try the crab legs or fried shrimp basket next time. If you are on a tight budget, I recommend ordering off the fried basket section of the menu. They will run you $10 to $12 and are generous portions. If you are in the mood to splurge, definitely order off the Let's Shake It part of the menu. They range from $9.00 to $29.99. They give you gloves and a bib when you order off the "Let's Shake It!" part of the menu. They also offer hand wipes and lots of napkins are on the table. Plus, they offer beer and wine. What's your favorite seafood restaurant?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Kumo Sushi Restaurant Review - Fuquay Varina, NC

2916 North Main Street
Suite 112
Fuquay Varina, NC  27526
(919) 986-0983

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Interior View

Miso Soup

House Salad

Sashimi Lunch - $9.95

Any Three Rolls - $10.95

This is a review of a sushi & hibachi restaurant located in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina called Kumo Sushi. I visited on a Friday around 2 pm. They are closed on Mondays. The hours Tuesday through Friday are 11 am to 3 pm and 4:30 pm to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday they are open from noon to 10 pm. Their health score is 97%, which is very good. When we arrived we were immediately seated at a booth. They only had two other customers.

We ordered from the lunch menu which is less expensive. I ordered the "Any Three Rolls" and I picked the Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll and the Alaska Roll. It comes with soup or salad and I ordered the Miso Soup. The soup was served barely warm though it was tasty. The Alaska Roll states on the menu that it includes "salmon, avocado and cucumbers". It's shown on the far left in the photo above. It was pretty good, but all of the rolls tasted like the quality you get from a grocery store. The second one in the photo is the Spicy Salmon Roll which I disliked the most and didn't even eat it all. It appeared to be ground up salmon mixed with ground up tempura batter. I've had this roll at other restaurants and it didn't taste like that at all and the spice was missing. The texture was awful, so it was very unappetizing. The third roll in the picture is the Shrimp Tempura Roll which was ok though it was only five pieces instead of six. My guest had the Sashimi Lunch which is suppose to have ten pieces of sashimi when it only had nine pieces with three half slices of cucumber. The sashimi salmon pieces were the largest which are of average size compared to other restaurants. The other pieces were smaller than most restaurants serve. The quality was lower than most Asian restaurants. It also comes with salad or soup. The salad was made up of iceberg lettuce, a bit of red cabbage, carrot and cucumber. The lettuce was very crisp. 

Our soup and salad were brought out in about five minutes and our main entrees came out about ten minutes later. Service was quite fast, but the waitress didn't have the friendliest or best attitude. The table next to us, as shown above, wasn't cleared until half way through our meal. The customers left prior to our arrival. That's a pet peeve of mine, it's really unappetizing to sit next to dirty dishes. She had nothing else to do, yet chose to just stand around instead of clearing the table in a timely manner. She really seemed to have a bad attitude about working there as if she was doing the owner a favor and certainly not taking pride in her work. The decor is ok, but the tables and chairs are in desperate need of maintenance. They are all scratched up and worn. I would only recommend this restaurant at lunch when it's less expensive and if you are ok with lower quality. I certainly wouldn't recommend ordering from their expensive dinner menu. I had waited a long time to try this restaurant out due to the low ratings. Recently the ratings have gone up, so I decided to give it a try only to my disappointment. If you want great sushi and sashimi, try Sushi Thai in Cary or Ajisai in Raleigh. Those are my favorites and I highly recommend them.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

ZenFish Poké Bar Restaurant Review - Morrisville, NC

9924 Chapel Hill Road
Morrisville, NC  27560

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Interior View

Regular Poké Bowl - $10.95 + $1 Extra for Zucchini Noodles

Kombucha on Tap - $5.00

The grand opening for this restaurant called ZenFish is on Saturday, May 5th, but they are currently open. There is another location in Durham, North Carolina which I have reviewed previously. When I heard on Facebook that they were opening another location closer to home, I became very excited and made plans to visit the next day. I visited today, Wednesday, around 1 pm. They are near the Park West Village center that has a movie theatre, T.J. Maxx and Target. There is limited parking in front of the building and some more parking behind. There are several other restaurants in this shopping center, so the parking lot is full during the lunch rush. Definitely carpool, if you are going with a bunch of your co-workers. Upon my arrival, I was immediately greeted by the friendly owner, Janet Lee. I think they need a "open" sign since I saw several people walk by not knowing if they were open yet. As a result, they only had a couple other customers while I was there. I checked out the menu which is the same as the Durham location, so I knew what I wanted. The staff is friendly and attentive. 

Ordering is similar to Chipotle, you walk up to the bar and look at all they have to offer that day and select which foods you would like. I asked for a poké bowl and then I was asked which size. I asked for the large size, but as I sat down and looked at the menu I realized I had been given the regular size which offers three scoops of protein rather than five. I recommend ordering the regular size if you had a large breakfast or you'll be eating dinner early, otherwise I recommend the large size. The regular size is $10.95 and the large size costs $13.45. If you want zucchini noodles instead of rice, it costs $1 extra. You can also order a burrito instead, which is similar to what sushi looks like before it's cut into pieces, so it's like a sandwich. Be sure to check out the menu before you go. As shown in the photo above, I chose zucchini noodles, two scoops of salmon, one scoop of house tuna, green onion, thinly sliced cucumbers, jalanpeño, carrots, micro greens, masago, and eel sauce. Avocado is $1 extra. The girl that put my bowl together forgot to ask me which ones I wanted from part 5, crunch. I like to get wontons, furikake and sesame seeds. I hadn't noticed she forgot until I sat down to eat it. I also ordered the Homebucha Bluebird drink, but she didn't have a bottle opener, so she offered the Kombucha on tap. It was very tasty, but not as good as the Bluebird one. The owner gave me a 15% discount since she couldn't open the Bluebird bottle. I thought that was nice, especially since I was really looking forward to tasting it again. My Poké bowl was delicious and all the ingredients were fresh. They have a bench going all the way down the right side and a few tables. When it's busy, be prepared to take it to go. I recommend you give this restaurant a try soon. If you want a 10% discount, show up for their grand opening.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

QVC's TSVs for May 2018

Preorder Numbers for Today's Special Values


1st - Peter Thomas Roth Super Size Un-Wrinkle & Water Drench Kit, $145.00 available in 5 payments & A/D (auto-delivery)
2nd - Jonathan Paul Polarized Fitover Sunglasses with AR Coating, $31.48 available in 7 colors
3rd - Imperial Gold 14K Satin Lame Bracelet, 6 3/4" $749.95 or 7 1/4" $799.95 or 8" $849.95 available in 6 payments & 2 colors
4th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein Short Sleeve Knit Top with Asymmetric Hem, $39.97 available in 4 payments & 6 colors 
5th - Earth Brands Footwear Nubuck Leather Lace Up Sandals called Kirsten, $69.98 available in 4 payments & 6 colors
6th - HP Computer 17" Laptop, $579.96 non-touch or $629.96 touch option available in 6 payments and 7 colors
7th - Denim & Co Beach Hi-Low Tankini Swimsuit with Skirt, $46.52 available in 3 payments & 5 colors
8th - Organized Options Super Pack of Six Jumbo Totes with Ten Compression Bags, $59.92 available in 4 payments & 6 colors

9th - Rastelli Market Fresh Choice of 5 oz. Sirloin or Turkey Burgers, choice of 15 burgers for $55.00 or 30 burgers for $85.00
10th - Quacker Factory DreamJeannes Pull On Straight Leg Crop Pants, $36.24 available 4 payments & 5 colors
11th - bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Seven Piece Collection, $56.94 available in 3 payments & 12 Shades
12th - Simply Linens Home Reflections 2000 Thread Count Easy Care Cooling Set, $48.96-$69.96 Twin-California King available in 4 payments & 7 colors
13th - Clarks Leather Triple Strap Slides called Leisa Spring, $49.98 available in 3 payments & 7 colors

14th - Isaac Mizrahi True Denim Jean Jacket, $49.98 available in 3 payments & 6 colors
15th - Diamonique Jewelry Princess Cut Tennis Bracelet, $49.98 available in 4 payments, Sterling or 14K Plated, choice of 3 colors Silver, Gold or Rose

16th - Copper Chef X-Design Nonstick BBQ Pan, $29.98 12" x 12" or $39.98 12" x 18"

17th - Chair Gym Total Body Workout with Three Levels of Resistance & 5 DVDs, $99.96 available in 4 payments & 6 colors

18th - Radley London Medium Pockets Crossbody Handbag, $119.72 available in 5 payments & 2 colors
19th - It Cosmetics IT's Your Most Beautiful Skin Anti-Aging Collection, $69.95 available in 5 payments & 12 shades

20th - DeLonghi Pinguino 4 in 1 Portable Air Conditioner with Heat, $399.90 available in 6 payments & 3 colors

21st - Belle by Kim Gravel Knit Top with Asymmetrical Hem, $29.97 available in 3 payments & 6 colors

22nd - NuFace Anti-aging Innovations Trinity Micro-current Facial Toning Device, A342929, not available for preorder yet

23rd - FitNation Flex Bike Ultra

24th - Fly London Footwear

25th - Lug Travel & Handbags

26th - Josie Maran

27th - Susan Graver

28th - DynaTrap Insect & Mosquito Control

29th - Beauty with Sandra

30th - Clean It Up

31st - Amazon Fire Tablet


1st - Philosophy
2nd - Vionic Footwear
3rd - Sleep Number Beds
4th - LOGO by Lori Goldstein
5th - Summertime
6th - Corky's Ribs & BBQ
7th - Style It with Jewelry
8th - Breezies Intimates Collection
9th - Perricone MD
10th - Dyson 

I'm sure there are lots of people excited about finally seeing a bareMinerals TSV on the list! It will be interesting to see what they come up with. Yet another It Cosmetics TSV, wow. How many of you have bought everyone of them? I use to buy most of the bareMinerals TSVs and auto deliveries before Leslie sold her company. Since she left I haven't been that excited about the TSVs or the brand. I only bought one to try the Complexion Rescue. Nothing else interests me on the list, well on second thought I will be watching to see what IT Cosmetics has to offer, but lately they haven't tempted me. I mostly love her brushes, so I wish she would have a TSV with just brushes. Josie Maran is the  beauty brand getting my money. I even haven't been that into WEN lately after so many years of purchasing it. So which TSVs will you be anxiously watching for? 

I'll be adding seven more TSVs brands to the list on Sundays, so be sure to check back then. I update the preorder links from every day to every three days, so be sure to check back three to four days prior to the day the TSV you are interested in airs. I post some update alerts on Facebook. If you find a preorder number prior to me posting it, please send me an email, comment below or comment on the blog's Facebook page

Thanks goes out to the following people for helping me find the preorder numbers in the last thirty days: Tanya, Lynn, Amathteach, Anonymous, Marie, Malika, Brandy, Sari and Mary Ann. Thank you so very much for your assistance, it's very much appreciated. Thanks also goes out to those that donated: Scott & Wendy. Thank you so very much, your kindness and generosity warm my heart. Hopefully, I didn't forget anyone. If I did, I apologize. Thanks also goes to the people that clicked on my advertising, affiliate links and referral links. In addition, thanks to those that left comments and product reviews. You are all the ones that keep this blog going. If you would also like to donate, click on the Paypal donate button below. If you can't contribute that way, there are referral and affiliate links below that will help or click on the advertising on the right or simply share my blog with friends. 


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Friday, April 27, 2018

Ipsy Subscription Box Review - April 2018

Social Butterfly - April Ipsy

This is a review of a cosmetic subscription box called Ipsy for only $10 a month. The retail value of my April bag is $57.96 not including the pretty cosmetic bag. It's quite a bargain! I received the following products:
  1. Royal & Langnickel - Moda Metallics Eye Shader, full size, $6.49 retail value
  2. Aurora - 24 Hour Lively Lip Stain in Soft Pink, made in Germany, .03 fl. oz. full size, $8.00 retail value
  3. Ouai - Finishing Crème, .5 fl. oz., $3.52 retail value
  4. Steve Laurant Beauty - Blush in I'm Blushing, made in China, .12 oz. full size, $22 retail value
  5. Trifle Cosmetics - Sugar Bunny Lip Scrub in Watermelon, formulated in Italy, packaging made in China, .34 fl. oz. full size, $17.95
I really like this month's cosmetic bag and it's on trend with rose gold accents, it's one of my favorites. I wish Sephora had bags as nice. Macy's does a good job with many pretty ones, except the last one which is similar to Sephora's awful sacks. I'm happy to receive another brush, it cuts down on the number of times I have to wash my brushes. Having lots of eyeshadow brushes really helps since I use several different colors and change it up a lot. It's quality matches it's price tag. The lip stain is definitely not "soft pink". It's a matte dark purply plum! Geez, how can they get the name so far off, crazy. I would wear it in the fall or winter, it's just too dark for spring and summer. It's goes on quite wet, but it dries quickly. It's like using a magic marker on your lips, which feels quite odd. It's not one you would apply in a rush, you have to be very careful to stay within the lines especially since it's long lasting and a stain. It does have lasting power, but it's a bit dry. It will also highlight any dryness on your lips, so it's a good thing they sent me a lip scrub this month. I've received several Ouai products in subscription boxes over the years. While it's a higher end brand, I don't fancy it. I haven't found their products to be anything special or better than less expense brands. Their plain black and white packaging reminds me of cheap generic products. I wont be trying the Steve Laurant blush since it's made in China. It looks like a pretty color, but it's probably too dark for my extremely fair skin tone. I'm really shocked by it's $22 price tag though it does include a mirror. Trifle Cosmetics has cute packaging with little bunnies on it. This is the first time I've heard of a lip scrub with the watermelon scent. It's usually a vanilla or cake scent, so that's unique. I'm pretty shocked by it's $17.95 price tag since they sent me their full sized tube which is quite small. I'd never spend that much on a lip scrub.

My favorite product this month isn't a product, it's the cosmetic bag followed by the brush. My least favorite product is the blush. If you subscribe, what was your favorite product this month? If you aren't a subscriber, what are your reasons for not subscribing? I paused my account until August, I need a break from Ipsy. I haven't been excited enough about the products they have been sending. Click here to pause your account. It's a bit tricky trying to find where on the website you can pause your account!

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