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Mt. Fuji – It’s not just dining, it’s an experience – Part Two

 

The other day I wrote a post about our experience at the Mt. Fuji restaurant in Hillburn, New York (not too far from New York City). I had so much to say that I had to break the post up into two parts. If you have yet to read part one, you can read it here – Mt. Fuji – It’s not just dining, it’s an experience – Part One.

In my previous post I wrote about Mt. Fuji’s new Y Lounge, located at the restaurant. Not only is it a fabulous place to hang out in before your meal, but it’s also a great place to meet up with family, friends and co-workers to hang out, relax, and enjoy some mouth watering food and great live music (live music is available on select days). You can also come to enjoy the amazing views from on top of the mountain.

After our visit to the Y Lounge, my husband and I were taken to the main dinning area for dinner.

Mt. Fuji is a family friendly restaurant. We saw a lot of children while we were there. We even had a toddler seated at the table with us.

Mt. Fuji has several “party rooms” for large groups. Their hibatchi tables seat eight people. If there are less than eight people in your group you will most likely be seated with other guests. That’s OK because it promotes a sense of community, and it’s a fun way to meet new people.

We weren’t able to chat with the people seated opposite us, but we did have short conversations with the gentleman seated to the left of me (his wife was too busy with their toddler).

The restaurant also offers special booths that give you the sense of authentic Japanese dining. In Japan, people traditionally eat seated on the floor. It’s not that easy to sit on the floor at a busy restaurant, so Mt. Fuji created these special tables/booths with lower benches to give you the sense of eating on the floor, without actually sitting on the floor. You even have to take off your shoes prior to sitting down in one of these special booths (for the Hibachi style eating you keep your shoes on). In these booths, your food is brought to you instead of being cooked in front of you at the Hibachi tables.

These tables are also located next to the windows, offering guests the best views.

The above pictures is one of those tables. Its not the best photo, but hopefully you get the idea.

When we can coordinate it with our busy children, I’d like to take them to Mt. Fuji to experience this type of dining. You need at least four people to sit in these booths, and we’re a family of four, so that works out great.

My husband and I were seated at one of the Hibachi tables. If you are unfamiliar with dining at a Hibachi restaurant, it means that your food is cooked right there in front of you. If you’ve never experienced it before, it’s a lot of fun.

When you are seated at the table you will notice the authentic Japanese dishes nicely arranged around the table.

You’ll notice the traditional soup spoons.

Each place seating comes with a set of chop sticks for an authentic dining experience. They also have traditional eating utensils for those who have not yet mastered chop sticks. My husband used a fork to eat, while I gave chop sticks a shot for most of my meal (I had a hard time eating rice with the chop sticks).

I should mention that the restaurant has a nice variety of beverages. Ice water is given out with your meal (and refills are readily available). My husband enjoyed a fruit punch while I had a “virgin” Strawberry Daiquiri (non-alcoholic).

Their menu had plenty to choose from, in fact, I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted. There were so many options that I wanted to try. My husband is not a fan of seafood (which they have a lot of on their menu), but he found a great chicken meal to order. They do have plenty of chicken and beef options to choose from.

We both ordered Banzai Chicken, made with sesame teriyaki sauce. You can get add-ons such as shrimp, lobster, sirloin and other delicious options. I got sea scallops as an add-on. My husband just stuck with the chicken.

I’m not sure if it’s the case with all menu options, but our meal came with soup, salad, shrimp, rice, noodles and vegetables. The other guests seated at our table also receive the same food items, so it might all come with all meals.

My husband doesn’t like seafood, so I happily ate his shrimp that came with his meal. YUM!!!

The soup is onion soup and it is SO GOOD!!! The salad comes with a house made ginger dressing. Oh my goodness! It was so good! And the shrimp – MMMMM!!!!

What I LOVE about this style of dining is that they not only cook the food in front of you, but the chef is so entertaining. He just didn’t stand there and cook – he put on a show! He even did things to entertain the toddler that was seated at our table. I like that he personalized his “cooking show” to entertain all of his table guests.

Here is an example of our chef cooking our shrimp. I took two other videos, but sadly, the guests seated across from us appeared in both of them. I do not like to use people’s images without their consent. For that reason I cannot share those videos. Sorry.

 

It’s amazing to watch the chefs cook. I could sit and watch them for hours.

My favorite was when he turned a stack of onions into a “volcano” that had real flames shooting from on top of it. Those onions ended up in our meal too.

Everything is freshly made to order. It’s evident when you watch the chef cook, as well as taste your meal. Many ingredients come from Japan too (obviously not the fresh foods, I’m referring to the other ingredients).

The food we had was EXCELLENT! From start to finish – everything was cooked perfectly and taste OH SO GOOD!

Piles of food!

Plenty of rice and noodles for everyone at our table.

The top dipping sauce is some kind of a spicy mustard sauce. The one on the bottom is a ginger sauce which was OUT OF THIS WORLD good!

My meal prior to the chef adding the teriyaki chicken. I had already started eating it at this point, so there was even MORE food on my plate.

Close up of the perfectly cooked sea scallops. Mmm!

Close up of the moist and delicious teriyaki chicken.

There was so much food that I had to take some of my plate home with me. My husband gobbled all of his food up.

EVERYTHING about our meals was incredibly good, right down to the salad and sauces. I cannot wait to go back to either have this again, or try other menu items.

We topped our meal off with dessert. My husband had chocolate ice cream. I had green tea ice cream. I’ve never had green tea ice cream before. It was wonderful! And it was a huge portion.

Green tea ice cream.

During our meal, a man wearing a dragon head came around to sing “Happy Birthday” to guests who were celebrating their birthdays that night. There were probably a half dozen people there for their birthday that night. Needless to say, Mt. Fuji is a fun place to celebrate a special occasion.

The dragon head worn by the person helping people celebrate their special day.

I neglected to mention, most of the female employees wear traditional Japanese kimonos and shoes – imported from Japan, so they are authentic. The men all wear suits (except the chefs). There is no dress code at the restaurant (it used to be that men had to wear ties), however, appropriate attire is required.

A female employee in a traditional Japanese kimono.

Another thing worth noting is that when you are in the restaurant, look up. Even the ceilings are beautifully decorated. The designs are handcrafted from Japanese artists who either came to the restaurant to do their work, or the work was imported from Japan. Everything looks so beautiful from the floor to the ceiling.

Even the bathrooms were beautiful, bright and clean.

After our meal, the owner, Nancy Fujita, took us downstairs to see The Views area of the restaurant. The Views is a space used to host weddings and special events. It’s also open to the public every Sunday for brunch.

This space is GORGEOUS! I joked with my husband that next time I get married I want to have my reception there (ha ha).

Not only is the giant room bright and colorful, but the seating areas are stunning. I cannot imagine hosting a brunch with children and the messes they must make on the fine linens. Mrs. Fujita said that everything is washed, so it’s not a problem.

The Sunday brunch is held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, with the last seating at 2:00 PM.

The cost is $35 per adult and $15 per child. Trust me, that price is well worth it for the amount of food available to you. Here is just a SAMPLING of some of the buffet foods available (please note that their menu changes weekly).

  • Asparagus & Gruyere Cheese Frittata
  • Country Style Bacon & Sausage
  • Texas Style French Toast
  • Raspberry Cheese Blintzes
  • Eggplant Rollatini
  • Pasta (Penne Vodka, Pesto, or Primavera Tortellini Alfredo, Rigatoni Bolognese, Ravioli with Lobster Sauce)
  • Chicken (Florentine, Teriyaki, Provencal, Mediterranean, Marsala)
  • Roast Pork Loin (Mango Chutney, Southern BBQ)
  • Beef (Bourguignon, Stir Fry, Pink Peppercorn)
  • Merlot Demi-Glace or Asian-Style Beef Short Ribs
  • Atlantic Salmon (Teriyaki, Piccata, Saffron Cream Sauce)
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Saffron or Herb Rice Pilaf
  • Prime Rib
  • London Broil
  • Roast Turkey
  • Omelets Made to Order
  • Sushi
  • Fresh Baked Goods
  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Italian & French Pastries

and so much more!

My husband said he’d have to stop eating for a day or two before we go to The Views for brunch (something we are very much planning on doing). This way his stomach is “empty” to fill up on all these great foods.

I cannot wait to go back!

There is a very good reason why this area of the restaurant is called The Views. That is because the views from the windows is spectacular.

The day we went wasn’t exactly clear (it was muggy and humid), but we were still in awe of the views from Mt. Fuji’s vantage point.

On a clear day you can see all the way down to New York City.

I took some photos from the Y Lounge, located directly above The Views, but they didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped they would. Trust me, the views from Mt. Fuji are impressive and they are something you must see in person to enjoy.

The Views also hosts special events. Take for example a Murder Mystery Dinner they are hosting a few weeks from now. That sounds like a lot of fun.

If you are interest in learning more about The View, visit TheViewsatMtFuji.com.

Overall we had THE BEST time at Mt. Fuji. We are excited about returning again and again, both with our kids as well as on “date nights.”

If you are interested in learning more about Mt. Fuji, the Y Lounge and/or The Views, visit MtFujiRestaurants.com. The one we went to is in Hillburn, NY. They also have a location in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

All of their social media links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Mt. Fuji? Do yo think it’s a place you’d love to come and experience for yourself? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free meal for me and my husband in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Mt. Fuji – It’s not just dining, it’s an experience – Part One

 

PHOTO SOURCE: Mt. Fuji (Hillburn) Facebook Page

Nestled high up on a mountain side in Hillburn, New York, is an impressive site. It’s called Mt. Fuji.

Back in the early 1990’s, I used to come to the area frequently from upstate, New York. I would pass Hillburn on Route 17. I’ve seen Mt. Fuji many times, but back then I had no idea what it was. It wasn’t until I met and married my husband in the late 90’s did I find out that the huge building on the mountain side was called Mt. Fuji, and that it was a restaurant.

Over the years, I have always wanted to go to Mt. Fuji and see what it was like to be so far up on the mountain. I could only imagine the spectacular views from up there. I also wondered if you could see New York City from Mt. Fuji.

My husband went to Mt. Fuji decades ago with his family. Our son has also been to Mt. Fuji to attend a party. Our daughter went there with friends too. So I am the only person in my family who has never been to Mt. Fuji. That all changed this past weekend.

Mt. Fuji is part of a chain of restaurants owned and operated by the Fujita family.

Tokuaki “Tony” Fujita was born in Tokushima, Japan. Back then he was was more into Greco-Roman wrestling than anything else (he even competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics). It wasn’t until he came to the United States that his vision of becoming a restauranteur one day came to life.

Mr. & Mrs. Fujita. PHOTO SOURCE: Mt. Fuji’s website.

“Tony” and his wife Kazue (“Kay”) started out as a dishwasher and a waitress. With a lot of hard work and dedication they eventually opened their first restaurant, a luncheonette called “Mr. Fujiyama’s,” back in 1968. That luncheonette eventually led to a multi-chain of Japanese Steakhouses called, Mt. Fuji. Eventually there would be a total of nine restaurants throughout the New York Tristate area (NY, NJ, CT). Today there are two Mt. Fuji restaurants, one in Hillburn, N.Y., and the other in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

I love to hear stories about people dedicated to their passions and who reach their dreams. I find those kinds of stories to be incredibly inspirational.

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to go to Mt. Fuji (FINALLY!) and experience it for myself. My husband came along as well.

Mt. Fuji is located at 296 Old Route 17, Hillburn, N.Y. (10931 is the zip code). It was very easy to find, even more so when you see the massive red structure greeting you at the base of their driveway and that bottom of the mountain. My picture does NOT do this structure justice. It’s MASSIVE!

Driving up the winding driveway to the top of the mountain you could get a glimpse of the beautiful scenery that surrounds the area (Ramapo Valley), as well as Route 17.

At the top of the driveway you’ll find the restaurant.

Mt. Fuji only offers valet parking. It’s free (although a tip is always appreciated). By offering valet parking only, Mt. Fuji is better able to accommodate guests. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to wanting to park in a parking spot, but an inconsiderate driver has parked crooked, taken up two parking spots or some other reason to prevent you from parking your vehicle. The valet’s at Mt. Fuji are great at their job and ensure that there is ample parking for all of their guests. They are also very fast, so you won’t have to worry about waiting on a long line to either drop off your car, or pick it up as you are leaving.

Before you enter the restaurant you’ll walk through a very beautiful garden area, complete with water. I could sit and listen to the water and enjoy the gorgeous flowers all day. I also found the garden to be very welcoming.

Inside were were happily greeted by the host and hostess of the restaurant.

Before we sat down to eat we were introduced to to the new Y Lounge that recently opened at Mt. Fuji in Hillburn.

The Y Lounge is separate from the main dining area. The Y Lounge is meant more for people to meet up with friends to enjoy the spectacular views, live music (currently Friday – Sunday, but offering it more days is in the works), drinks and the most amazing foods you can imagine.

The Y Lounge offers comfortable seating. There is even a separate room for parties and/or large groups. The private room opens up to the lounge, or it can be closed off for a more personal space.

It was in the lounge where we had the opportunity to sit down with the restaurant’s owner, Nancy Fujita. She was happy to answer all the questions me and my husband had about the restaurant and lounge.

I learned that the Hillburn location has been around since 1985. The first time I drove past it was 1987. That seems like a lifetime ago.

Most of the decor you see all around the restaurant was either imported from Japan, or created by Japanese artists and craftsman that came over from Japan.

I don’t say this often, but when you visit the restaurant, be sure to look up. Even the ceilings are beautiful to look at.

Mrs. Fujita went on to tell us about how the restaurant is all about hospitality and creating an authentic Japanese experience to the restaurant patrons. You can tell that all of the employees take pride in how well they treat their guests. My husband will agree with me when I say that every employee that we saw was friendly, smiling and happy. We’ve been to a lot of restaurants, and we’ve never seen such genuinely happy people, as far as the employees are concerned. The moment you step foot in the restaurant you feel very welcomed. That is all part of the vision they had for the restaurant.

We went on to talk about the incredible views and how beautiful they are, most especially during autumn when the leaves change color. My husband and I plan on returning to the restaurant to see that view.

The food available in the Y Lounge is by the amazing Chef Shinohara. He’s worked in many 5 star restaurants in both Japan and New York.

The ingredients to make most of the dishes offered at the Y Lounge come from Japan, as well as most of the dishes and utensils.

We had the opportunity to sample some foods available in the Y Lounge. The food available in the lounge is different than the food available in the main restaurant section. The foods available in the lounge is lighter fare, like snacks and appetizers. But don’t let my use of “snacks” make you think of chips and dips. No way! The menu items are gourmet items and not something you would find in an average lounge.

My husband and I got to try the Crispy Okaki Asparagus and the Honey Spice Burrata. There are many other mentu items (the photo is just from a small section of it).

I should note that chop sticks are readily available, but they do have traditional (American) utensils as well (forks, spoons…).

The first item was tried was the Crispy Okaki Asparagus. We love asparagus, but it’s not a vegetable that we purchase often. It was “to die for!” Oh my goodness!!! It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The crispy “coating” on the asparagus is so flavorful. The crispiness of the coating and the perfectly cooked piece of asparagus were the perfect combination. Even the presentation was beautiful. I would never think to eat asparagus on a stick.

The other dish we tried is the Honey Spice Burrata. I have never heard of this before, but it sounded interesting.

The Honey Spice Burrata has a perfectly rounded mound of soft mozzarella, spices, sweet honey, oil that was turned into tiny “pearls” (so cool!), real gold leaf (which is edible), and edible flowers. It also comes with mouth watering garlic crostini.

MMM!!!! I could LITERALLY eat this every day! I couldn’t get enough of it. Even after we finished the crostini, I still ate this using a spoon. The next time we go back to the Y Lounge, I am definitely ordering this again.

I did see some families in the Y Lounge when we visited Mt. Fuji, but that is because it’s a lovely place to sit and relax while waiting for a table. A lot of guests also wanted to take in the incredible views.

Personally, I’d love to meet up with friends at the Y Lounge. I found it very relaxing and comfortable. The live music added to the experience. I don’t recall the name of the band that was playing the other night, but they were really good.

The Y Lounge is a great way to start off your lunch or dinner, or finish it. The Y Lounge is also a great place to meet up with friends, family and co-workers to sit, relax, chat and take in the whole Mt. Fuji experience.

This was only the first stop for us at Mt. Fuji. Since this post is already long, I am going to continue this review in another post.

If you would like to learn more about Mt. Fuji, you can visit MtFujiRestaurants.com. They can also be found on social media. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

If you are in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Conneticut – even Pennsylvania), Mt. Fuji is something to be experienced. Depending on traffic and your exact location, you can get to Mt. Fuji in Hillburn from New York City in about an hour to an hour and a half. It’s so worth the drive!

Kimberly

*I received free food/beverages while at Mt. Fuji in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Do you like cheese? Check out Just the Cheese snacks

 

Do you love cheese? I do. I love it a bit too much. I can honestly say that I probably have at least a slice or two of cheese every day. I keep pre-cut cheese slices (snack size, not sandwich slices) of cheese on hand all the time. I also try and keep cheese sticks on hand, but my kids tend to gobble them all up before I have a chance to enjoy them. Thank goodness for warehouse packaging.

I enjoy cheese snacks too. Cheese puffs, cheese crackers, cheese flavored popcorn… you name it, I love it!

If you are a cheese lover like me, you might want to check out the unique cheese snack from Just the Cheese.

Just the Cheese snacks are crunchy, low-carb and high protein. They are literally made out of just cheese (and a few other ingredients). Just the Cheese snacks are Keto friendly and gluten-free.

Just the Cheese snacks are available in bars and mini-bites.

The bars are available in the following flavors;

  • Aged Cheddar
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Jalapeno Cheese
  • Mild Cheddar

The mini bites are available in the following flavors;

  • White Cheddar
  • Wisconsin Cheddar
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Jalapeno Cheese
  • Garlic & Chive

I had the opportunity to try a few of the bars. They are about the size of a typical granola bar (as far as the packaging and the size of the “bar”). The difference is that the Just the Cheese snacks are thin (more like a cracker).

The snacks are very crunchy, so if you are looking for a crunchy snack (instead of a sweet or soft one), these are a great choice.

Do they taste like cheese? They sure do!

They are not soft like a slice of cheese (because they are crunchy snacks). The best way I can describe it is sometimes when I make grilled cheese, some of the cheese oozes out and on to the pan. It then cooks a bit until its crunchy. That is how these snacks taste. HOPEFULLY people know what I mean about the cheese that oozes on to the pan.

I did find some of the flavors a bit too salty for my liking, which is odd because they are made with just cheese – literally!

Here is a screen shot of the ingredients and nutritional facts for the cheddar flavored Just the Cheese snacks.

It might just be me. Maybe I’m just a bit more picky about cheese than I thought. The sodium is not that high in these snacks.

I need to get more protein in my diet (I’m not a big meat eater). This is a yummy way to pump up my protein intake. There are 8 grams of protein in one Just the Cheese package. That’s pretty good. It’s better than a handful of cookies or chips.

Another think I like about Just the Cheese snacks is that they don’t need to be kept in the fridge, like regular cheese. That makes these great “on the go” snacks, as well as snacks to tuck into your child’s lunch box.

If you are interested in learning more about Just the Cheese snacks, visit JusttheCheese.com. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Those links are found at the bottom of their website.

You can purchase Just the Cheese snacks on the brand’s website. You can also purchase the snacks as retail locations (there is a store locator on their site) as well as online at;

Are you a fan of cheese? Would you be interested in trying out Just the Cheese snacks?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

New Stuffed Puffs Makes S’mores Easier to Make (and they are YUMMY!)

The summer season is upon us. Although it’s not technically summer yet (not until June 21, 2019), but people are already in the summer state of mind. Once Memorial weekend hits, it’s summer for most people.

There is so much about summer to love (except heat and humidity – ugh!). Vacation, lazy days by the pool, camping, trips to the beach… it’s all great.

One of my favorite things to do during the summer is barbecue. We can’t have a barbecue where we live (in a condo complex) as per the Fire Marshall, so we have to rely on family and friends.

Barbecues are great. Burgers, hot dogs, chicken… my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I also love foods that accompany a great barbecue such as macaroni salad, potato salad, pickles, fresh fruit and freshly made ice tea.

Another delicious summer time treat (or any time!) is S’mores. What’s not to love about the crunchy graham cracker, ooey gooey marshmallow and sweet, melted chocolate.

The brand Stuffed Puff has taken S’more making to a whole new level, making it even easier to enjoy this delicious treat. They recently released a new kind of marshmallow. They are Stuffed Puff Filled Marshmallows.

Stuffed Puff Filled Marshmallows are soft, fluffy, sweet marshmallows on the outside and on the inside you’ll find a real chocolate center.

As you roast (or warm up) the marshmallow on the outside, the chocolate on the inside melts. When added to a graham cracker, you have the ideal S’more without having to carry around (or purchase) chocolate bars. Stuffed Puff eliminates the need for chocolate.

When I first heard of these I knew I had to try them out for myself. Luckily, Stuffed Puff sent me some to try out, as well as some graham crackers and little “forks” to assist me with making the perfect S’more.

Unfortunately we don’t have a barbecue (as explained above) and none of our friends or family have barbecued yet. I had to use the microwave to warm up the marshmallows. I would have used our stove but I was afraid the marshmallow would make a mess.

Oh my goodness!!! These marshmallows make for great S’mores. Not only is it quick and easy, but I found that it’s less messy than traditional S’mores. I think it’s because the marshmallow outside keeps the chocolate from oozing out all over the place.

I have to admit that these are just as delicious straight out of the bag. The chocolate on the inside it’s melted, but when you bite into it the warmth of your mouth somewhat melts the chocolate center.

These are really a “game changer.” I love them! I’ll buy them year round so when the mood strikes I can make a S’mores anytime. Not only that, “as is” they are a yummy snack. I can see myself putting them on top of ice cream, as well as in a cup of hot cocoa. Mmmm…!!!

Check them out “in action.”

I took the S’more apart a bit so that you can see the melted chocolate on the inside (and I made a bit of a mess doing that – LOL). I even cut one of the Stuffed Puffs Chocolate Filled Marshmallows in half so that you can see what the inside looks like.

As you can see there is a decent amount of chocolate in each marshmallow. I found that just one gave me enough chocolate on my S’mores to satisfy me. Any more chocolate would have been too much.

These are awesome. If you are a fan of S’mores you’ll certainly want to give these a try.

Stuffed Puffs Chocolate Filled Marshmallows are available at many retail locations across the country. Look for them where ever you find other marshmallows.

If you would like to learn more about these or other Stuff Puffs products, visit StuffedPuffs.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

Are you a fan of S’mores? What do you think about these chocolate filled marshmallows? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Go “Green” With Your Morning Coffee

 

Are you a coffee drinker? Does someone in your household drink coffee? I can honestly say that I rarely come across someone who doesn’t drink coffee. Some people I know just have one cup in the morning. Other people I know drink several cups throughout the day. Personally, I tend to drink one in the morning and one after work (I can drink caffeine before bed with no problem). Sometimes, like today, I feel like I need an extra cup.

We have three different brewers in our home – a stove top espresso maker, my son’s traditional coffee maker (the kind that uses filters) and my E-Brewer, which is similar to a Keurig (I don’t think they make them anymore).

I have been using a Keurig (and currently E-Brewer) for as long as I can remember (maybe 10+ years). Drinking 1-2 cups per day means that I have contributed A LOT of K-cups in the landfills. Sigh… I feel bad about that (I honestly do), but I like my brewer because I’m usually the only one who drinks coffee in my home on a regular basis (my son makes coffee very now and then). I can’t justify making a whole pot of coffee if I only want one cup. It seems like a waste of coffee, water and a filter. Using the K-cups are so much more convenient. I can pop in my coffee, tea or hot chocolate and in about a minute I have my hot beverage ready to enjoy.

Using K-cups (or similar shaped brands) are very wasteful. The cups cannot be recycled so they end up polluting our landfills. The Atlantic published an article a few years ago that said if all the K-cups used were placed end to end they would circle the globe 10.5 times. WOW!!! When you see it put that way it really makes you think. Suddenly that convenient way to make coffee seems horrible.

There IS a way to continue to enjoy the convenience of your single serve K-Cup (or similar pod) with the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup by Perfect Pod.

The Eco-Flow K-cup works with Keurig 1.0 and 2.0 brewers, Breville, Mr. Coffee and Cuisinart without requiring any adapters.

Because it’s made out of stainless steel, this K-cup will last for many years to come. Best of all it’s reusable and eliminates those wasteful disposable K-Cups/pods.

Check out this brief video.

 

I was sent one to review. I was also sent disposable filters to use with it, however, you don’t need to use the filters if you don’t want to. I have tried the Perfect Pod both ways and I didn’t really notice too much of a difference except for an occasional ground when not using the filter. The filters are around $5 for a package of 50, so they are budget friendly.

I also received one of the scoops seen in the video. It is very handy, but you can use your own scoop if you want. There is no need to make that extra purchase. I would, however, recommend picking one up because it makes filling the pod quick and easy.

I’ve been using the Perfect Pod for a little while now. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like making my own pod of coffee for my brewer. I’m the type of person who rolls out of bed in the morning and needs her coffee ASAP. I thought it was going to be too much of an effort to fill the coffee pod to make my coffee. It’s not! I’m not exaggering when I say it takes seconds to scoop out the coffee, fill the pod, close the lid and pop it in my brewer. It doesn’t take that much longer than it does for me to open the pantry, grab a K-cup and pop it in my brewer. I think our environment is worth a few extra seconds of my time.

My stainless steel pod and handy coffee scoop.

You can even fill the Perfect Pod the night before so that it’s ready to go in the morning. You can fill it with your favorite coffee.

Making your own coffee pod is a lot cheaper than purchasing pre-made pods. That is another thing to take into consideration. For a one time purchase of $12.99 for the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup from Perfect Pod (the Amazon price), you can save A LOT of money in the long run.

Cleaning is super easy. Simply toss out the coffee grounds and rinse out the pod and let it dry. You can also re-purpose the grounds, such as make your own scrub (Google uses for coffee grounds).

Disposible, biodegradable filters.

When I think about it, each year I was contributing probably around 1,000 K-cups into our landfill. That makes me sick to my stomach when I think about that. Now with the ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup I can stop all that unnecessary waste.

The ECO-Flow Stainless Steel K-Cup is available on Amazon (the link is above – it is NOT an affiliate link). You can also check out the brand’s website at PerfectPod.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on their website.

This would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life (or even for yourself). With Father’s Day fast approaching, this would make a great gift for dad too.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Cask Cartel

 

Father’s Day is not that far off (June 16, 2019). In a blink of an eye that day will be here. Do you already have a gift for that special man in your life?

I find buying gifts for men difficult. I think buying for women is so much easier because there seems to be a plethora of products you can buy for a woman (beauty, fashion, jewelry, flowers, perfume, home decor…). For men, all I can usually come up with is cologne, clothing and tools. There is simply so much cologne you can buy for a man, and if your special man is not into fixing things around the home, tools are just a waste of space and money. Don’t get me started on mugs! We have an entire shelf in our cabinet overflowing with mugs for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Sigh…

If you are looking for a different kind of gift idea for Father’s Day, you should check out the assortment of premium spirits available at Cask Cartel.

Normally I’m not one to talk about alcoholic beverages, but I know many people enjoy them. My dad loved drinking the cocktail “screwdriver” as well as gin and tonic. He wasn’t really into rum and bourbon, but he would drink it if it was offered to him at a family get together.

Cask Cartel carries whisky, rum, tequila, gin, vodka and other spirits. What I find interesting at Cask Cartel is the cool variety of products. I especially like some of the really unique bottles, as well as celebrity spirits. Take for example Blackened whiskey by the band Metallica. I’m a fan of the band (I love their music. Yes, I’m a “metal head” of sorts). I never knew they had their own beverage.

Hotties like Ryan Reynolds and Matthew McConaughey, and George Clooeny have their own brand of spirits, as do singers Jay-Z, Ludacris, Pit Bull, Justin Timberlake, and Kenny Chesney. Even porn star Ron Jeremy has their own brand of spirits. How crazy is that? I guess celebrities are really into having their own brand of fine alcohol.

As impressive as I find the huge assortment of celebrity spirits sold at Cask Cartel, is their unique bottles that I find most interesting.

I am a fan of the horror genre. I collect horror themed items. One of my favorite pieces is a bottle of dark red wine in a bottle that is labeled “Blood” and features the mouth of a female vampire with blood streaming down the sides. I’ve had it for many years and I have no interest in opening it up (doing so would compromise the look if it). It’s certainly a conversation piece. I even found a zombie wine bottle holder. It looks like he’s drinking from the bottle of “blood.”

Cask Cartel has more than just macabre bottles. They have many uniquely shaped bottles. Check out a few examples.

Not only that, Cask Cartel even has FOODS marinated in spirits such as pickles and cherries. Those sound really interesting. I would be tempted to try the cherries, but spiked pickles sound a bit odd.

Cask Cartel was kind enough to send me one of their awesome bottles of tequila. Its one of the Skelly branded bottles available on their website. The ones I see on the site are all wearing hats (one is actually a bandanna). Mine didn’t come with anything on his head, but that is OK. He’s still super cool to look at.

How cool is he? He makes a perfect addition to my collection.

I haven’t had the opportunity to try out the tequila it’s self yet. Currently I’m on medication that I can’t drink alcohol while I’m taking it. As soon as I’m off that medication I’ll be sampling the tequila for sure.

Now that I know about the Skelly brand I’m going to want to add to my collection too. Cask Cartel as three different versions on their website.

If the special man in your life enjoys an after dinner cocktail, or a little something to unwind with on the weekends, you should check out the extensive variety of premium spirits available at Cask Cartel. Their website is CaskCartel.com and the brand can be found on social media as well. Their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

A gift from Cask Cartel would also be great if the man in your life likes to collect interesting bottles. There are certainly a lot to choose from on their website as well.

What do you think of the products available at Cask Cartel? Do you think the special man in your life would enjoy a gift from their website? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.