Oh My God. I am not huge on getting food delivered. I would rather go out to eat, but I think I’ve been transformed. I was taking the elevator in my building a couple of weeks ago and saw a sign for Galley Foods. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time, but the next time I got in the elevator I decided to actually read the sign. Oh a food delivery service that was like actual food. Not Chinese food, not pizza, not your typical delivery food. They delivered dinner. Real home cooked dinner. I thought, I could get on board with this. So I downloaded the app and got to reading about it. Basically Monday through Friday they have three or four different dinner options (I think in some areas they even deliver lunch). Each day the menu changes and the price varies between $12 and $16 dollars. It might seem a little expensive, but it includes tax, delivery fee, and tip. Which most delivery does not. I haven’t ordered a $16 dollar meal, but they are newer and were introduced when customers said they wanted bigger portions. In my opinion the $12 meals I’ve ordered have been plenty of food for me. I am really hoping this company does well in Baltimore and sticks around because I see myself ordering it often during busy season when we are allotted $15 to spend every day we work over 11 hours, which is everyday. It was the easiest thing ever to order and I think that is something else that drew me in. When you place your order you get to pick when you want it delivered. I’ve been using it as a way to force myself to study for a couple of hours after work before dinner. Usually I get home, cook myself something and then have no motivation to study. So the couple of times that I’ve ordered I’ve scheduled it for 7:30-8pm so I have time to study when I get home before vegging out on the couch to watch whatever show is on that night. The first time I ordered I got a text message a couple of minutes before my food arrived. The delivery person told me they would be showing up soon and to preheat my oven to 350 degrees. A couple of minutes later I got an email with heating and plating instructions. It was really neat and I appreciated the heads up so by the time my meal arrived I wouldn’t have to wait an additional 15 minutes just for my oven to preheat. Below are the three meals I’ve tried; apple cider pork, pasta with rosa sauce, and chicken pot pie. If you want to give it a try, you can use this link, it gives you your first meal free! I have really been enjoying the service and I think anyone in the Baltimore/DC area will enjoy it as well!!!
I know I’ve talked about Blue Apron before, but I hadn’t gotten a box since last March when I accidentally forgot to cancel a week. Well again I accidentally forgot to cancel a week and got an email two weeks ago saying my box was on it’s way. Whoops. Oh well I thought, I just won’t grocery shop this week. I have enough for lunches and my dinners will clearly be all taken care of. OH boy am I happy I forgot to cancel my box. This one was most certainly my favorite and I wish I could make these three meals often. On the menu was pizza, salmon, and mixed mushroom tacos. My box came on a Saturday and when I got home from class I picked it up from the front desk and went home to unpack it. Sara volunteers with a shelter on Saturdays and doesn’t get home until late so I asked her if she wanted to join me and split a Blue Apron meal. She said of course so we decided on pizza for dinner because lets be real, weekends are for pizza (case in point we had pizza last Friday for dinner). I prepped the meal while she was gone and right as she walked in the door the pizza was ready. It was a plain cheese pizza with mozzarella cheese and spinach and it was to die for. I will definitely be recreating it another time. I think the best part of the pizza (for me at least) was the honey and red pepper crushed drizzle that went on top. OH MY GOD the spicy but sweet really nailed it for me. The whole meal was delicious.
Next up was the salmon and farro salad that I cooked on Monday night when I got home from work. There was a lot that went into prepping this meal, but it was all worth it. The salmon was perfectly cooked and the salad added an extra touch. The farro salad was dressed with a mustard type vinaigrette. Also in the salad was cut up apple and brussel sprouts. I’ve never been a huge brussel sprout eater, but I think I’ve found a new way to enjoy them! I was so happy to have left overs on Wednesday when I finally got around to eating them! I didn’t want to stink up the kitchen with salmon at lunch time.
The last meal in my box was the mixed mushroom tacos. Now I am not a mushroom eater, never have been and I never really thought I would be. But these tacos may have changed my mind. There were two different kinds of mushrooms that were used and they were cooked which I think helped my palate. Along with the mixed mushrooms were pickled onions which were interesting. I’d never had pickled onions, but the flavor was unique and I think it added a lot to the tacos. And on top of the onions and mushrooms were friend avocados. I wish the coating for the avocados was thicker, but that may have been my faults. I also managed not to burn myself while frying them which in itself is a huge accomplishment for me. Overall the meal was good and I enjoyed a new and different way to eat mushrooms.
I recently discovered the Blue Apron had an app for the iPhone. When I first started out with Blue Apron they didn’t have an app so it was neat to see that they finally had one. I quickly downloaded it and enjoyed peaking around the app. It even lets you upload pictures and add some things to it. The picture above is one I took and then used the app to make it look nicer. I think I will be using it more often and I see a couple of boxes in my future! If you want to try it out, I would highly suggest it!
Here is my typical three week check in. I’ve had a lot going on and not much time to check in. Just this past weekend I was a part of the Baltimore Running Festival. I joined a relay team with some of my co-workers and ended up running the second leg which was 7 miles. I was really afraid because I hadn’t run since my poor performance at the Charles St. 12, but I knew I just had to go for it. I ended up running the fastest I’ve ever run and was completely shocked and so happy with it. It may not have been fast for others, but for me it was perfect. Right after I started I found myself behind two girls who were running the full marathon. I decided to stick with them as they seemed to be running a pace that worked for me. After a mile my phone let me know we were running about a 10:45 mile which again was quick for me. I usually like to take things nice and slow and don’t really push myself (it’s something I need to work on – pushing myself that is) so I was worried about being able to keep the pace. I told myself to stay with them and try to hold on to it. For the next two and a half miles i kept with them and was pleased. If I can get through three to three and a half miles I can usually keep up the pace I’m on or get a second wind. Most of the first half of the leg was through a couple of small rolling hills but for the most part downhill (my knees were really feeling that yesterday). Miles two, three, and four were all faster than the one before and I was again so happy. BUT by the time mile 5 rolled around we had finally made it into downtown and were at the last bit. Unfortunately for this leg you run past your transfer spot for another mileish and then run back. It felt like the turn around spot was never going to come. I just kept hoping for it, but never saw it UNTIL we got to the Under Armour headquarters. I was so thankful to see the turn around and knew I would be done soon. Mile six and seven were a lot slower, but by this point I was starting to wish for the transfer spot to appear. Even though they were slower when I finished I felt good. I never once through the race felt like I was going to die, which was a great feeling. I think the weather played a huge role in this. When we all met up at 6:45 it was really cold, felt like fall in NH cold, but by the time I started running around 9ish it had warmed up a bit. Just enough for the perfect fall run. I tried to hydrate a lot on Thursday and Friday leading up to race day because I know I don’t drink enough water when I’m not sitting at my desk (and I’ve been out of the office for the past month) but I believe I did a good job staying hydrated. After about two miles I came across a water stop but was feeling strong so I didn’t stop. I honestly don’t think it would have helped any if I had, but by the time I got to the water stop around the 4th mile I was more than ready for water. At most of the water stops they also had oranges, bananas, bags of chips, and GU packets which was a great way to get a little pick me up. Overall it was a great time and I left feeling very proud of myself. I think the 10k distance is my distance, this was longer than a 10k, but just enough. I feel like during a 5k I don’t have time enough to warm up to my full potential and anything longer than 6 miles I have trouble holding on until the whole time. Granted if I properly trained maybe a half marathon would be my distance, who knows. I have a couple of fun 5ks coming up that I’m looking forward to and then still trying to decide whether or not to run the Sole of the City 10k again. It unfortunately is on April 16th and we have a big party on April 15th every year to celebrate a special day. So I will have to ponder on that idea a bit since I really wanted to try and do the B3 challenge, but maybe 2016 just isn’t the year.