Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

The other and I went out to eastern Long Island today to pick some strawberries as well as stop by the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. I was only there a short period of time but I really, really want to go back at some point. I stopped into Kate Spade and Bath and Body Works, the latter of which happens to be having their semi-annual sale. After stocking up on some good smelling things, including something for the other, off we went to the farm. Needless to say, I ate two for every one put in the basket. At one point while I was happily munching away, the other told me to move quickly in another direction. Apparently a snake had decided he would like to join me in the munching of the strawberries. He did get some nice pictures of its beady little eyes though…

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What Liberty Ate Magazine

What Liberty Ate Magazine

This new online magazine, also free, focuses mostly on recipes and brilliant food photography. Everything looks so pretty and yummy. It is the kind of food photography that can make you contemplate trying that food you’ve been allergic to your whole life. Now where did I leave that Epi-Pen? You won’t want to read this one with an empty pantry–I can tell you that. In every issue, there is also a spotting of travel and design. One thing that really stood out to me out of all the magazines I’ve read is the little bits of famous poetry thrown in here and there. Read an issue here.

Brownies and Country Fairs

Brownies and Country Fairs

My mom baked two trays of brownies this morning, one for us and the other to console some friends. Brownies are the breakfast of champions, no? Love. After a bite, off we went to the Annual Country Fair at Argyle Lake in Babylon, New York. It is held each year by the non-profit, Babylon Beautification Society. They’re one of the many societies that keep Long Island pretty. I didn’t get many pictures of the artwork and such, as I didn’t want to offend, but here is what I have.At the lake, there is a September 11 memorial garden. The white flowers inside are so delicate, they seem to be crumpled tissues tied to branches. The nasty swans were out of course and I managed to get a picture of one. Thank science for zoom lenses. I bought 15 National Geographic Magazines ranging from 1971 to 1980, for $1. Score! She asked me if I wanted the whole box, but my arms aren’t of bionic material so I turned it down. When we returned home, I checked the garden to see if any more vegetables had ripened and there on a flower (heck if I know the breed), was a butterfly. The day turned out okay and tomorrow may be even better with the postage of my new Ewa Michalak PL Toffik bra and the delivery of the new hot tub! Oh! Maybe I can wear my Freya bikini in the hot tub, while reading my new old National Geographic magazines!

UNREAL Candy. Nom. Nom. Nom.

UNREAL Candy. Nom. Nom. Nom.

The folks over at BzzAgent used their crystal ball to peer into my appetite and said, “Hey, this lady may love candy.” Wow, does that quote make me look fat? Haha! After a short time, I was sent a Try-One-Free coupon for UNREAL candy and some BOGO coupons to give away. I’m using the former to review the candy. I was about to give up on finding this candy, when I popped into Staples for some ink cartridges and there the candy was, on its own little cardboard stand. I’ve always been a sucker for peanut butter cups so naturally, I picked up a two-pack.

Like a lot of people, I like candy but its hard to buy it when I think of all the crap its about to put in my body. A moment on the lips, forever on the hips. Now I’m not saying this is a low-calorie food, but ITS NOT EMPTY CALORIES. Those calories are used to make up fiber and protein, which is what helps keep you full–that means less calories in the long run. The slogan of the brand is “Unjunked. Unreal.” By that, they mean no artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oil, corn cyrup, preservatives (OMG it has an expiration date! Better eat fast :D), or GMOs.

There was definitely a difference in taste and texture, though not a bad one. You know how Reeses peanut butter is a bit…powdery? This stuff is creamier and the chocolate itself  is less sweet, but not to the point of tasting like bitter dark chocolate. This has 11 grams of sugar, as opposed to the 21 grams the other guy packs.

I’m not easily parted with my loyalty to Reeses but I would recommend UNREAL candy, at least the peanut butter cups, because it just doesn’t carry that guilt that comes along with most candy. And as Americans, we put enough sh*t in our bodies. Seriously.

P.S. I’m not getting paid for this; I just got a free coupon because I’m a BzzAgent. This review is solely for educational purposes. Educating your stomach, that is.

Stash Tea Herbal Tea Sampler

Stash Tea Herbal Tea Sampler

I received this Stash Herbal Tea Sampler as a part of the complimentary Influenster VoxBox program. I’m a bit of a pessimist in that I can usually find a negative attribute in a product. Honestly, the only negative attribute I could find with this tea brand is that I CAN’T FIND IT IN BULK.
I am a regular tea drinker, though not so regular that I turn up my nose at bagged tea. I also have a sweet tooth and a thing for fruit. Most of the teas (9 variations, 18 bags) were fruit-based, and this brand pulled it off beautifully. You know what you’re drinking; there’s no guessing games. Hm, is this apple or pear? So on and so forth. The first flavor I tried was blueberry superfruit. The bag smelled strongly of blueberries and the flavor followed suit. At this point, I’ve tried all 9 flavors and this is pretty consistent among all the flavors. This tea (taste wise) is basically fruit juice, without all the bad stuff and decidedly more adult. I mean, whose inner child DOESN’T want to drink fruit juice out of a dainty china teacup?
To sum up, I would buy this and I probably will (I’m running low on bags). The price seemed pretty average for tea and the flavor is much better so why wouldn’t I purchase? 
Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Creamy Devotion 32% Cacao Milk Chocolate

Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Creamy Devotion 32% Cacao Milk Chocolate

Phew.
I was sent the complimentary Valentine’s Day-themed VoxBox by Influenster. It had been a few hours since I had breakfast so, I hungrily decided to open, test, and photograph the chocolate. I like to say that I don’t care about packaging, but I have known to judge a few books by their covers (and they wound up being really great reads!) That being said, I like the packaging on this this. The coloring is nice (I’m a sucker for metallic blue ombre) and the package mixes raised lettering with gold accents. I also likes the pale gold color of the foil wrapping; it felt classier than a pure gold smooth foil.
Now, I’m not really one to buy chocolate by itself. I generally like chocolate mixed with something else, which I know Ghirardelli produces. Because of this, I was satisfied just munching on one square of chocolate. It was milkier tasting than the milk chocolate I’m used to; I don’t have strong taste buds, but even that stood out to me.
Another thing I liked it that they encourage you to recycle the packaging (which I unaware could be recycled) and that the ingredients are simple.
There were also attributes I didn’t like, though neither of which dealt with the flavor. I don’t like that the saturated fat in one serving size (3 squares) is 40% of a days’ worth. I also did not like packaging the product back up; this isn’t just a trait of this brand. Putting chocolate bars back into this kind of packaging feels a lot like trying to fit a camping tent back into its original bag.
Overall, if you are a no-frills chocolate fan, go for it. The flavors make it stick out from regular chocolate and the packaging makes you feel classy, even if half the product is on your face.