Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Why Do I Love DASANI DROPS?

Hello World,

It's been awhile since I've written anything so let's bring you up to date!  We are expecting our first baby girl in September and we are also now married!  Yay, us!

Okay now on to business.  I've been an "Influenster" for quite some time now. It's a great site where you can sign up and try new products and submit awesome reviews.  Great thing is, you get to keep the products!  If you would like an invite, send me an e-mail at ChroniclesofMarti@gmail.com!

I recently received Dasani Drops, Dasana bottled water, and some awesome coupons from Influenster and I am writing a review today about them.

I love Dasani Drops because it's sugar free and zero calories.  No artificial sugars either--i.e. aspartame.  Okay you are thinking sugar free and zero calorie must tastes BLAH! However, it doesn't!  You can control the amount you want to put in your water and I like to put lots.  It gives it this nice flavored water without having to drink Kool-Aid! 

I received Strawberry Kiwi and Grape in my box.  I really want to try the other flavor such as Pineapple Coconut, Mixed Berry, and Pink Lemonade.



The drops by itself taste concentrated so that is a good thing.  The only con is that it stains your fingers for a day.  Not a bad trade-off!

Try it out for yourself and post your comments here!

Disclaimer:  These items were received complimentary from Influenster.  Make sure you visit:
DASANI™ Facebook Page.
DASANI DROPS™ Twitter Page.
DASANI™ Review Page.






Thursday, July 5, 2012

Indian Cuisine: Compliments of Sunil

Our dear friend, Sunil or "Sunny" decided to cook for us one weekend.  We all met up at the Galaviz's (as usual!) and waited semi-patiently for the Goat Masala (Goat Curry) and Grilled Indian-Spiced Chicken to finish cooking.  Unfortunately, the goat masala was the first thing to finish cooking so we had to conduct quality control with the chapatis (wheat flatbread) while we waited on the chicken.

The Goat Masala was very, very good.  I've never had goat before and you couldn't even tell it was goat. It has the same consistency as chicken, a little more tender.  The spices were all there and it was soooo delicious.  The chicken drumsticks had a nice grilled touch to them and the spices reflected throughout the entire drumstick.  We always love it when Sunil cooks.  (It gives me a break, lol.)


I found a similar recipe here if anyone wants to try out the Goat Masala:  http://indianfood.about.com/od/meatdishes/r/Goat-Curry-Mutton-Curry.htm

Plano, TX: Zander's House

Menu:  http://www.zandershouse.com/
Hours: 
Monday:  11:00 a.m.- 3 p.m. | 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Tuesday:  CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday:  11:00 a.m.- 3 p.m. | 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. 
Friday:  11 a.m.- 3 p.m. | 5 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Saturday:  12 p.m.- 11 p.m.*
Sunday:  12 p.m.- 10 p.m.
*Please check the Calendar Page or call ahead on Saturday nights as they sometimes are close for private parties*

My fiance and I are foodies and decided to check out Zander's on our designated "date night".  We try to pick a different place every week.

I am Vietnamese so of course, I will be slightly picky.

Appetizers:

We ordered the Fresh Spring Rolls with Shrimp which are always (at every Viet restaurant I've been to) are skimpy.  It was tasty.  I didn't really care for the "crunchy" that they added inside (which isn't traditional) and they could have offered more meat inside like the traditional pork and shrimp.  Most places have been known to cut one shrimp in half and make it look like it's two.

The Beef Carpaccio was excellent!! The herbs, spices, and beef were prepared to perfection.  I've had the "rare" beef version before and this one was actually slightly seared.  We used the reserved sauce with our dinner.









Dinner:

The entrees we had were the Spicy Basil Beef, Salt and Pepper Calamari, and Mixed Greens.  The calamari had a nice crisp and flavor to it.  Spicy Basil Beef could have used a little more basil but it was still good. Mixed greens were my fave!!!  It had bok choy, brocolli, peppers, and snap peas.

Everything we ordered tasted great.  The Jack Daniels on the rocks wasn't skimpy either, lol.

Next time, we'll sit at the family-style table and have them bring us whatever that's off the menu-- off-the-menu items are always great!

The only gripe I would have is that they didn't offer Pho, Banh Xeo, or some other traditional Vietnamese dishes and the prices are a "tad" expensive.  However, the serving sizes of the entrees were plentiful.

For two appetizers, 3 entrees, green tea, and one Jack on the rocks, our tab was about $82 and that includes tip.

Plano, TX: UrbanRio

Menu:  http://www.urbanrio.com/Menu.aspx
Hours:  Monday through Saturday- 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

My friends and I were sitting at Filmore's Pub and decided to cheat a little and go check out this new place called "Urban Rio".

We walked passed the antique shops and approached a very attractive and inviting UrbanRio.  The set-up, atmosphere, and building reminded me of Urban Crust/32 Degrees.

We were welcomed by friendly and helpful hostesses and decided to go upstairs to the bar area.  The decor is beautiful, contemporary, and trendy.  They have the glow-lighted ambiance and several tv's throughout the bar area.

We went outside to the patio area and it's very spacious and the bar is also connected to the outside area.  I love this place already!  The menu itself was short and sweet, it wasn't too wordy-- they weren't killing any fonts! The cedar wood used as the backing was a nice touch and "UrbanRio" was branded on the back of the wood.  Had a very nice selection of food and was unique.

Warm, fresh chips and cold salsa came out promptly.  The chips were the traditional yellow corn and they even had green chips.  The salsa had a nice spicy kick to it.  I think it could have been a tiny bit more flavorful.

Our waitress was nice and very knowledgeable. She did forget one thing but that's normal.  She even tried to get us a sample of some beans that we requested to taste but was not successful.  ::sad face::  It's okay, our overall service experience was great.

We ordered the Tropical Ahi Tuna Ceviche which has fresh ahi tuna, avocado, and GRAPEFRUIT pico de gallo.  It was very tasty and I love ahi tuna too.  They even have apricot pico.

What we also love is that their specialty and house margaritas which were made what I consider the "real" way.  No generic-pre-mixed laced with sour at all!  They even have tequila on TAP!

We all ordered the La Verdadera Margarita and it was made just perfect.  The right amount of tequila, a hint of sweetness, and not too much ice. They are served in colorful hand-blown glasses. They could have used a garnish or something to make it more presentable.  Maybe even a lime.

Next, we ordered the appetizer, Smoked Brisket Quesadillas.

Smoked Brisket Quesadillas with La Verdadera Margarita

 It was EXCELLENT!  It was double-layered (maybe triple?), yummy cheese, seasoned pork, and topped with a flavorful "crema" with cilantro and roasted corn kernels.

We will definitely be back!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Coppell, TX: Mua Sushi


Menu:  http://www.muasushi.com/menu/
Hours: 
Lunch- Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner- Sunday through Thursday 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m. & Friday through Saturday 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

I decided to venture out of the office and get lunch one day.  I normally bring my own lunch so luckily this turned out pretty good.

I tried the Beef Teriyaki Bento Box from Mua Sushi located in Coppell, TX.

It consisted of beef teriyaki over grilled onions, steamed rice, California roll, a fried dumpling, various pickled veggies (oshinko- Japanese radish- is my favorite!), miso soup, and ginger dressing salad.  It was definitely worth $10!

The order was prepared very quickly, the staff was nice, and my food tasted awesome!  This will definitely be a repeat!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Richardson, TX: Shuck N Jive

Site:  http://richardson.shucknjive.com/
Hours:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Daily

We had an itching for seafood one night...I think it was Sunday?  So we decided to pay a visit to Shuck N Jive in Richardson, TX.

The place had a good crowd and the bar was average size.  We usually sit at the bar because normally you receive better and fast service (notice I said normally).  Our bartender, Hunter was also great.  We got our usual whiskey on the rocks (that night it was Maker's Mark).  They have draft beers also and a nice-size tv screen by the bar for your sports viewing pleasure which I happened to witness double overtime in professional basketball for the first time ever.

We ordered a 1/2 dozen of oysters on the half shell and they were awesome! I love raw and chargrilled oysters.  Marc's only had raw oysters maybe 2 or 3 times and he likes it so yay for us!!!  The raw ones go great with lemon, horseradish, a lil hot sauce or cocktail sauce.  We are supposed to make chargrilled oysters this weekend....mmmmmmmmm I can't wait to kill them!! (lol, literally).

We both ordered snow crab legs and they were the perfect size and serving.  Unfortunately the dish only came with one potato cut in half and one small corn.  I am a fan of corn and potatoes when it comes to seafood boils.  So we ordered two more corns and yeah, it was pricey for corn...  Butter and lemons are one of the greatest dipping/sauce combinations (next to garlic, butter, and lemons) for crab legs, shrimp, any seafood for that matter. 

I've been wanting crawfish and I'm so mad at myself for never getting any crawfish when I was in Baton Rouge.  I ate everything else there though, lol.  So I *had* to order one pound of crawfish because the other people at the bar were eating crawfish and said it was good.  My initial choice was crawfish (over crab legs) but when they told me it was $6.99 a pound, I was like ohhhh nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I paid $4.99 a pound ( I ordered five pounds) in Houston last year and they were plump, well seasoned, and AWESOME so I wasn't terribly upset.  I was in Houston on business so I didn't mind shelling out $4.99 a pound.  However, I'm used to paying an average of $2.50-$2.99 a pound and anything past that was expensive to me.

I can't fathom paying $6.99 a pound for crawfish and crawfish that were mostly small.  Of course, in Dallas, they have to be in season...so that explains why they are small but if they get them from Louisiana (which they are in season more often than not) then why can't it be in season now?!?! Oh well, anyways, I ordered one pound and they were good but not the right size..most were small and you can't get any juice out of the head when they're small!  Yes, true crawfish eaters must suck the heads cause that is the best way to get the most out of the crawfish along with their tails.  I'll check back again with Shuck N Jive on the crawfish in a couple months to see if the price ever gets lower and the crawfishies grow.

Shuck N Jive is a great place that is right around the corner, has a good selection of seafood and cajun dishes, nice casual atmosphere, and of course the doozy of them all for Marc..they have Golden Tee Live!!