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Get your kids eating healthy in 2020 with Yumble

 

Do you have a picky eater in your home? Oh! How I remember those days. Our daughter was a picky eater (she still is). She gets that from my husband. He’s a picky eater too. Thankfully my son has never been a picky eater, and I’ll pretty much eat whatever you put in front of me (except olives and celery – yuck!).

As a mom, I have always strive to feed my kids wholesome, healthy, kid-friendly meals. I’m grateful that my kids would eat spinach, broccoli, chick peas and other not-normally-kid-favorite foods.

I was fortunate to be a stay at home mom. I honestly don’t know how busy, working parents are able to prepare meals for their families. I especially don’t know how they make their meals “kid friendly.”

Let me introduce you to Yumble. Yumble is a weekly food subscription service that offers wholesome, healthy, kid friendly foods that already cooked. All you need to do is pop them in the microwave for a minute or two. Talk about a convenience.

Yumble is not a new service. Yumble has been around for a while. It’s been around since 2017. It’s grown by leaps and bounds. They were even featured on Shark Tank. 

Yumble meals cost approximately between $6.99 – $7.99 each, which includes shipping. Yumble meals are complete meals, meaning you don’t have to add anything more to  them, unless you want to.

PHOTO SOURCE: Yumble Kids Facebook page

Yumble has meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They even have a snack popper option (they are really good too).

The meals are made with kids in mind. Yumble takes the foods that kids love, and offers them in a healthy, more wholesome way.

Each meal is pre-portioned for kids. There is no weighing or measuring. Simply pop the meal in the microwave to warm it up, serve and watch your child gobble it up.

Yumble gave me the opportunity to try out their service for a month. While it’s true that my kids are older than the target demographic, I personally cannot eat large meals. I had surgery and I can only eat small meals. Yumble’s meals actually worked out well for me. I felt full and satisfied after each meal. My kids even tried out some of the meals too and loved them.

Here are just a few examples of the meals you’ll find on the Yumble website.

Classic Cheese Ravioli
With organic tomatoes in a veggie packed marinara sauce

Snack Poppers
Protein-rich grain plus flax seed for fiber and Omega-3

Chicken Mozzarella
Organic chicken in a veggie packed organic tomato sauce

Savory Meatballs & Veggies
Made from NAE Beef and our veggie packed cheese sauce

Handmade Pizza Pocket
With freshly picked green chickpeas and organic corn

Turkey Sausage & Eggs
All-natural and gluten-free with over 20g of protein

 

The menu changes often, so you always get a nice variety of meals to choose from. You can pick and choose the meals that your child likes the most.

By the way… the Turkey Sausage & Eggs pictured above was one of my most favorite Yumble meals. Mmmm!!!

I know that often foods look a lot prettier on websites, and that the real food doesn’t look anything like it. That is not the case at all. Yumble foods look just as delicious in real life as they do on the website. Here are some examples.

Chicken Mozzarella (the nuggets in my photo are grouped together, not separately link in the website photo).

Handmade Pizza Pocket

Savory Meatballs & Veggies

Snack Poppers (I cut one open so you can see the inside of it).

Turkey Sausage & Eggs (in the Yumble packae) before it’s cooked. There is cheese inside the eggs.

Yumble also sends along some goodies (depending on your subscription) such as the blue bowl and blue eating utensils seen in the photos above. They also send along cards to help inspire dinner conversations, a bento box and a special “mat” that keeps the food dish from sliding around on the table (or high chair).

The food is made fresh, and it tastes fresh when you eat it. They do not taste like frozen foods. They taste like you just made it yourself. That is one of the reasons why I love Yumble. The foods are not just tasty, they taste fresh and homemade too.

Because the food is made fresh, it doesn’t last long in the fridge. They are prepared for your little one to eat the week they are shipped to you. If they cannot be eaten during that week, you might want to consider freezing them.

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthy, why not include your child as well? With Yumble, you know your child is not only eating food they love, but foods a meet a parent’s approval.

If you are interested in learning more about Yumble, or if you would like to give it a try for yourself, visit Yumble.com.

You can set up a subscription for one child (6 meals), two children (12 meals) or 2-3 kids (24 meals), per week. You can also cancel at any time if you are not satisfied with the food or service. Be sure to check out Yumble on social media too (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

What do you think about Yumble? Do you think you might want to try it out with your child?

Kimberly

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

5 Reasons Why Eating Grass-Fed Beef Is Good For You

 

 

Who doesn’t like a juicy steak of grass-fed beef now and again? You may have heard of this type of beef but maybe you’re not sure what the fuss is all about. Grass-fed beef describes cattle raised on grass or alfalfa at least half of the year. There are serious health benefits to be had from eating grass-fed beef, rather than grain-fed cattle raised on products made from soy or corn.

So if you’re looking for fresh ingredients in your next family meal, talk to your local farmer. Or keep an eye out for beef with the American Grassfed Association (GFA) seal. Otherwise, learn more about why this type of beef makes all the difference.

What’s The Difference Between Grain-Fed And Grass-Fed Beef?

Most grain-fed cows are reared and mass-fed in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). However, as CAFOs are unclean, the cows are injected with antibiotics to prevent sickness. They’re also given steroids to increase their growth and boost beef production.

Grass-fed cattle, on the other hand, are free to graze naturally grown grass. Most farms with grass-fed cattle don’t use antibiotics, steroids or pesticides, as it’s been proven that these substances can have damaging effects on humans.

What One Grass-Fed Beef Steak Contains

Just one 214-gram steak of grass-fed beef contains all of these lovely vitamins and minerals:

  • 49 g Protein
  • 45 mg Omega-3 fatty acids
  • 14.3 mg Niacin
  • 0.3 mg Riboflavin
  • 28 mcg Folate
  • 1.4 mg Vitamin B6
  • 2.7 mcg Vitamin B12
  • 1.5 mg Pantothenic Acid
  • 139 mg Choline
  • 16.3 mg Betaine
  • 4 mg Iron
  • 118 mg Sodium
  • 49 mg Magnesium
  • 454 mg Phosphorus
  • 732 mg Potassium
  • 45 mcg Selenium
  • 7.7 mg Zinc
  • 19 mg Calcium

So What Are The Health Benefits?

1. Fewer Calories

The total fat content of grass-fed beef is lower because their diet is more natural. If your average consumption of beef per year is approximately 67 pounds, you could be saving yourself 16,642 calories a year.

2. Healthier Blood Sugar Levels

Grass-fed beef contains a fatty acid that’s good for you called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Indeed, a recent study showed that CLA can help prevent conditions such as obesity and diabetes, with 37% of those who were given CLA showing better insulin sensitivity over those who didn’t.

3. Helps Fight Against Cancer

You’ve already heard about CLA, but this amazing substance is one of the strongest anti-cancer nutrients out there. It’s also the only anti-cancer nutrient that comes from meat. There’s twice the amount of CLA in grass-fed beef, compared to grain-fed beef.

4. More Healthy Fats

Grass-fed beef delivers up to six times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed beef. If you’re still considering going for grain-fed beef because it could be cheaper, it contains higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which are already over-consumed in most regular American diets.

Meanwhile, increasing your omega-3 intake can result in significant health benefits that have been proven by studies:

  • Helps rheumatoid arthritis by reducing stiffness and joint pain
  • Increases mental well-being for sufferers of depression
  • Aids mental focus in conditions such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD)

5. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

There’s clinical evidence to show that CLA, the nutrient that’s abundant in grass-fed beef, lowers your risk of heart disease. By eating grass-fed beef, there are other ways that you’re protecting your heart with:

  • High amounts of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidants including vitamin E
  • Lower amounts of bad cholesterol (a sign of heart disease)
  • Less unhealthy fats

The Last Word

Grass-fed beef contains more vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids plus CLAs than grain-fed beef. So if you’re serious about eating delicious meat that’s also great for your health, try buying the highest quality you can afford.

Start a new tradition with Gramma in a Box

 

Do you have special family traditions? Do you have special traditions that your family does outside of the holidays? Sadly, I don’t think many families do have traditions except for those that involve holiday such as Christmas. Hanukkah, Easter or Thanksgiving.

I will admit that my family doesn’t have any traditions outside of the holidays either.

If you are looking to start some new family traditions, especially with your child or grandchild, might I recommend Gramma in a Box.

There are so many wonderful monthly subscription boxes available these days. Books, toys, games, beauty, collectibles… there is a subscription box for just about anything. Even dogs and cats have their own subscription boxes.

Gramma in a Box is a monthly subscription box that provides you with what you need to make yummy treats together with your child/grandchild.

I love the cute holiday stickers that adorned the box.

Each month you will receive a fun filled box of treats to make. Your box includes almost everything you need to make and decorate up to 20 cookie and candy treats, including fresh homemade cookies, a variety of sprinkles and colored frosting, two easy candy crafts, detailed instruction sheet with photos, as well as decorating ideas. Some months will also include holiday theme candy and cookies, such as the Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day photos below. This will be a fun memory maker for children who do not live near their Gramma, or as a great activity for when Gramma visits! So fun and easy that even Grandpa will enjoy helping out!

Can you image how excited a child would be if they received one of the Gramma in a Box boxes? They would be overjoyed! Not only because the box contains delicious goodies, but also because he/she can spend quality time with gramma, making wonderful memories together that will last a lifetime.

I reviewed one of the Gramma in a Box boxes a while back. The one I received was Easter themed. You can read that review here – Enjoy some sweet treats with your family with Gramma in a Box.

Easter cookies we made with another Gramma in a Box box.

I received another box recently. This time the box had a fall/Thanksgiving theme.

Inside the box were the supplies needed to make Fall Cookies, Turkey Buddies and Harvest Bark, so name a few.

Inside Gramma in a Box boxes you’ll find pre-made cookies to decorate based on the box’s theme. There is little to no baking involved. That is a good thing for people like me who can’t bake to save their life. Seriously… I am a horrible baker. I mess up pre-made cookies! Besides, the best part about making cookies is the decorating and eating anyway.

The most you need to do for the most part is microwave ingredients to melt them. That is easy enough to do. Even a child can do that.

I WISH I was able to do a special activity with my great-grandmother, as well as my grandmother (my paternal grandmother raised me since I was a toddler). Both of these amazing women are long gone. I wish I could go back in time. If I knew then what I know now, I would have spent every possible moment with them. I miss them both terribly.

You do not need to be a Grandmother (or Grandfather) to utilize this box with a child. Parents, aunts, uncles, siblings… just about anyone can enjoy creating delicious treats with Gramma in a Box.

For the life of me I cannot find the photos of the creations I made with this month’s box. Ugh!

My favorite treat with this month’s box was the cute turkeys made out of Ritz-like crackers and candy corn. Sweet chocolate and salty crackers together are a yummy combination. Mmm!

The Harvest Bark was also delicious. And it was so easy to put together. It’s a recipe that I can recreate on my own as well.

That is another reason why I appreciate Gramma in a Box. None of the treats are that hard to make on your own. You can use the box as inspiration for other things you can make/bake with your child/grandchild. I know that I’ll be making the Harvest Bark again.

Everything you need to make each goodie is included in the box, with the exception of stuff you already have on hand (kitchen utensils and the like). Gramma in a Box even includes frosting in bags that all you need to do is cut off the tip and you are ready to decorate.

A subscription box like this would make a great gift for a child – or gift it to Grandma so that she can have fun with her grandchildren.

Gramma in a Box will be having a special “Black Friday” sale. You can get a one year subscription (12 boxes) for $190 (normally $220). That is a $30 savings.

You can buy one box, or you can pre-pay for three, six or twelve months. I would recommend subscribing to one box. If you love, by all means, take advantage of the three, six or twelve month options.

If you are interested in learning more about Gramma in a Box, or to subscribe, visit GrammainaBox.com. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

What do you think about Gramma in a Box? Is is something you would like to explore with your child/grandchild? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

The creator of Gramma in a Box – Terry Chamberlin

Kimberly

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

Enjoy un-fried foods with New Air’s Magic Chef air fryer

 

How often do you fry your food?

My husband and I used to fry foods, especially french fries, many years ago. We stopped frying our french fries not so much for health reasons (although eating fried foods is not good for you), but for our kid’s safety. When our kids were little, we worried one of them would grab up at the pan and spill it on them.

Many decades ago, when I was around ten years old, my mom was frying food on the stove (I forget what she was frying). The pan caught fire. She asked my sister to hold the front door open so she could throw the burning pan out the front door, to avoid catching the kitchen on fire. As she ran down the hallway to the front door, the flames were burning her hands and arms. She couldn’t handle the pain anymore, so she threw the pan out the door. Unfortunately, my sister wasn’t completely out of the way and got hit with the flaming hot oil. Both my mom and sister suffered from horrible, painful burns as a result and were left with bad scars.

It was this situation that made me not trust frying food. We stopped frying things and switched to baking things instead.

I have heard about air fryers. I have seen them advertised on television as well as online. I’ve watched many YouTube videos about air fryer, and I’ve been impressed by the outcome.

I was fortunate to receive an air fryer to review from NewAir. They sent me their Magic Chef® 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer.

The Magic Chef® 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer cooks up crispy, delicious snacks without added oil, making it the perfect companion for your healthy lifestyle. Intuitive digital controls and presets make it a snap to use, and the included recipe book will take your cooking way beyond basic french fries. Trust Magic Chef® to make air frying safe and simple enough for everyday eating.

To be honest with you, I couldn’t wait to try this out. Just the thought of air frying our favorite foods without cooking them in oil, as well as baking our french fries, sounded too good to be true.

The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer has a large cooking basket. I have seen other air fryers that had baskets that looked way too small to cook a meal in, especially dinner. The cooking basket for this air fryer is one of the largest I’ve come across. I believe there might be larger ones, but for me and my husband, the 3.7 size works just fine. It even works well when one, or both, of our children are home for dinner (they have various work/school schedules.

The basket, as well as the inner part of the basket (where you place your food), can both be fully removed from the unit to be cleaned. It’s even dishwasher safe.

Crispy fries air fried to perfection.

The inner basket (cooking surface part) is non-stick. So far, with everything we’ve cooked in the air fryer, nothing has stuck to the basket. It’s so easy to clean, more so than trying to clean a pan.

This air fryer is super easy to use. You don’t even have to worry about trying to figure out the proper time and temperature settings for most foods. This air fryer comes with several presets, such as steak, fries, fish and chicken, to name a few. Simply select your option, press start and let the air fryer do the rest.

My husband and I like to stop the unit about half way through it’s cooking time to move around the fries, or to flip the meat. It’s not that the air fryer doesn’t cook both sides of the foods (it does!), we just like to give each side equal amount of time to be close to the heating source.

We’ve even baked in the air fryer, like the delicious “breakfast bombs” my husband made for me a few times. They are made with scrambled eggs, cheese and sausage and/or bacon (it’s up to you). They cooked perfectly in the air fryer. He did place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the basket (I guess to prevent them from oozing all over the place until they cooked).

“Breakfast Bombs”

Look at how perfectly baked the breakfast bombs are. Yummy!

The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer has a digital control panel that allows you to easily select the food you want to air fry, or change settings (heat, time) to suit your needs. You can cook things up to 400 degrees.

This air fryer beeps to let you know when your food is done, so you can go on and do other things while it’s cooking.

You can also pull out the basket while it’s cooking to check on your foods progress or to flip/shake foods around, and when you put the basket back into the air fryer, cooking resumes exactly where it was when you took the basket out. You don’t need to reset anything. Plus it actually turns off when the basket it out, which is a great safety feature.

I didn’t think we’d use this air fryer as much as we do. I thought we’d use it from time to time. I honestly thought we’d use it to “fry” our french fries, which we have once a week. The truth is that we use the air fryer almost every day. So far it’s mostly at dinner time, but my husband does make the breakfast bombs frequently, and I’ve used the air fryer to cook fish sticks or warm up left over foods for lunch.

Personally, I think the air fryer cooks steak better than in a pan. In a pan I feel like it dries out the meat too much. The air fryer cooks steak meat perfectly (for me), and it stays moist.

Steak getting ready to be cooked in our air fryer.

We haven’t tried to cook two different foods in the The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer as of yet.

Some of the other foods we’ve cooked in the air fryer include breaded pork chops, pork cutlets, potatoes, zucchini fries, chicken cutlets and fish filets. I want to try “baking” a potato in the air fryer too. Baking potatoes in the oven seems to take forever. I am hopeful that the air fryer will cut down the baking time while giving us the same baked potato result.

The The Magic Chef 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer comes with a cookbook as well with several delicious recipes inside.

A great addition to this air fryer (or any air fryer) is the cookbook, The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes, the newest collection of recipes from writing and cooking partners Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss. You DO NOT need to be diabetic to enjoy the recipes in this book. I have diabetes, but no one else in my family does. We’ve tried some recipes in this book, and everyone in my family enjoys them.

There are 80 recipes in this book. I’m not kidding when I say you can cook A LOT of things in the air fryer.

This recipe book features recipes for meat, vegetables and even desserts. Some of the recipes in this book include;

  • Sunday Morning French Toast
  • Diner-Style Pork Chops (these are the pork chops that we’ve made in the air fryer)
  • Crisp Parmesan Broccoli Florets
  • Pecan Baked Apples
  • Southwestern Egg Rolls
  • Nashville Hot Chicken

The book starts off with tips on a healthy lifestyle, followed about more information about what air frying is all about.

The book has recipes for appetizers, desserts, snacks, meat, seafood, side dishes – even vegetarian meals.

I love mushrooms, and there is a mouth-watering recipe for stuffed mushrooms in this cookbook (yes, cooked in the air fryer). I want to try this recipe, but I’m the only person who enjoys mushrooms, so I haven’t made it yet.

There is a recipe for stuffed potato skins that I’m looking forward to trying.

From this cookbook we’ve made the pork chops, zucchini fries (“sticks” in the cookbook, my family calls them fries), and the herb marinated chicken.

I have half of this cookbook “dog earred” with recipes we want to try. And like I said, just because this is a “diabetic” cookbook does not mean it’s only for diabetics. The recipes in this book are for anyone who enjoys cooking with an air fryer, as well as for those who want to eat healthier.

The book features many great tips, as well as a few photos. I wish there were more photos. I love to see what food looks like when it’s cooked.

There are plenty of recipes in this book that would be great for the holiday season, like these Pecan Baked Apples. I haven’t tried them yet, but I am looking forward to making them one day.

You can find this book on Amazon (linked above – NOT an affiliate link), or do a search for The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook: Healthy, Everyday Recipes for People with Diabetes, by Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss.

This air fryer is large in size (due to it’s large capacity basket), but it doesn’t take up that much space. We keep ours on top of the pantry. It’s not one of those appliances that gets pushed into the closet, like our blender and popcorn maker, because we use the air fryer so often.

The air fryer measures 14.00″D (w/handle) x 11.25″W x 11.80″H and weighs in just under 10 pounds (my cats weigh more than this!).

I’ve totally jumped on the air fryer bandwagon. I am totally hooked on air frying, so much so that I am collecting more recipes to try in our NewAir Magic Chef air fryer.

If you are interested in learning more about the Magic Chef® 3.7 Quart Digital Air Fryer, visit the NewAir website at NewAir.com, then click on the “shop” tab on top.

NewAir carries several different size air fryers, as well as ice makers, portable air conditioners, wine fridges and more.

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

An air fryer would make a great gift for people who love to cook, college students, senior citizens or anyone who wants healthier alternatives.

Are you into air frying? What is your favorite food to make in an air fryer?

Kimberly

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

Do you love coffee?

 

Do you love coffee? Are you “addicted” to coffee like I am? Ok… I’m not truly addicted, but I do drink 1-2 cups per day, usually one in the AM and one in the PM. I’m one of those people who can drink coffee late at night and still fall asleep (thankfully).

I don’t drink coffee for the caffeine kick. To be honest, the caffeine for coffee (and tea) has no effect on me. That is why I am able to sleep right after drinking coffee. I drink coffee because I find it soothing and comforting. Just like people find a hot cup of tea soothing and relaxing. I have the same feelings when I drink coffee. After a long day, a hot cup of coffee is relaxing to me.

I have tried all different kinds of coffee. I consider myself a “coffee snob,” per say. I can drink diner coffee (usually the worse kind of coffee), but I prefer to drink quality coffee such as the Coffee or Bust recommends, whenever possible.

When I’m out and about, Dunkin Donuts is my coffee of choice. I’m not a fan of Starbucks. When I’m at home I like to mix things up and try different coffees from different brands. The coffee I drink at home can either be inexpensive stuff I buy in bulk at Costco, or coffee that you would expect to get at fine restaurants.

PHOTO SOURCE: Difference Coffee’s Facebook page

Recently I had the opportunity to try out coffee from Difference Coffee.

Difference Coffee can be found in 48 Michelin Starred Restaurants and 24 Luxury Hotels & Members Clubs.

Difference Coffee is available in the “pods” or “capsules” that fit Nespresso machines.

Their coffee is sourced from legendary estates, rare varietals and coffee competitions, guaranteeing exceptional aromas and flavors.

Difference Coffee is not too bitter, not too sour. Their roast profiles were curated by Roast Master Johnny England, a licensed Q Grader, as well as a certified World Barista Championship Head Judge.

Just like wine, I honestly don’t know much about specific details like this. All I know and appreciate is how something tastes.

I was sent some Difference Coffee to review. I had to dig out my Nespresso machine. I haven’t used it in years (I use an e-brewer, which is like a Keurig). I’m glad I saved my Nespresso. I knew I would eventually need it again. I’m glad it worked just fine too.

I was sent to review Jamaican Blue Mountain and Panama Geisha. I also received a beautiful little gold cup and saucer, as well as a tiny golden spoon (too cute!).

Jamaican Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain area in Jamaica produces some of the finest coffees in the world, with a particularly mellow chocolate flavor. For centuries it has been revered as some of the best and, therefore, commands a hefty premium to other specialty coffees. However, not all coffee called Jamaica Blue Mountain is in fact the real deal.

For starters, many roasters create a Blend using Jamaican coffee and that of others which may include as little as 10% of the blend. Others are selling a 2nd grade Jamaican Coffee called Jamaica Supreme, confusing clients. Finally, even within those beans who’s origin is the Blue Mountain, there are many grades ranging from specialty to commercial.

Difference Coffee sources its Jamaica Blue Mountain from Gold Cup Estate, one of the highest elevation farms in the region. Only Grade 1, Which is the largest bean size awarded by the Jamaican Coffee Board is selected, ensuring the maximization of flavors and taste.

Panama Geisha

Most coffee connoisseurs would agree that the most coveted coffee in the world is the Geisha Varietal grown in Panama. The coffee is so unique in its character that shortly after its introduction in 2003 at the Best of Panama Competition, the Specialty Coffee Association of Panama had to create a distinct category for this unique varital at its competition. But, not all Geisha’s are equal.

Difference Coffee is proud to source its Geisha from the original estate that discovered the Geisha bean, Hacienda La Esmeralda. The most prized coffee estate in the world, Esmeralda’s beans are so sought after that their top micro-lots can be sourced only at their annual auction. No wonder our Panama Geisha is currently the highest ranked coffee capsule by Coffee Review.

I had the chance to try both coffees. You can clearly see the difference between these coffees and other types of coffees you can buy in a local store, or even online. This is NOT the same type of coffee you get at a local coffee shop. This is quality coffee. There is a huge difference.

They pack A LOT of flavor in such a tiny pod/capsule.

Each coffee is presented in a beautiful box. Each box comes with a detailed description of the coffee, including information I didn’t realize some people considered important when it came to coffee, like the coffee strength and the altitude in which the coffee was grown. WOW! And I thought I was a “coffee snob.” I guess there are thousand of people out there that take their coffee much more seriously than I do. To them, coffee is like a fine wine.

Each individually pod has it’s own cushy spot in the box, and the pods are beautifully decorated.

It took me a few times to get used to both of the coffees. My taste buds were not used to such fine coffee. I have also never experienced either variety before. I’ve heard of Jamaican Blue, but never tried it.

I am enjoying both coffees, but I think I like Panama Geisha the best.

I drink these coffees as a special treat. If I drank them as my morning coffee, they would be gone by now. LOL!

Difference Coffee is extremely limited in supply and is sold by strict allocation through their dedicated online boutique to members of the Difference Coffee Club. From what I can tell, it’s free to join the club (but the coffee will cost you).

The individual pods/capsules sell from about $2.90 (USD) up to around $5.75 (USD). This is per pod. There are 10 pods/capsules per box. You can see now why I have been enjoying this as a treat and not as my morning coffee. As delicious as these coffees are, they are not “budget friendly” for many of us, myself included.

If you are interested in learning more about Difference Coffee, you can visit them online at DifferenceCoffee.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you drink coffee? What is your favorite type of coffee?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no 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 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.