Foodler

Though not a stranger to foodler.com, I wasted no time responding when Rachel of Boston Food Bloggers put a message up on facebook asking if anyone was interested in receiving a $15 credit at foodler to use in return for a review post. Two things I never turn down: free money and an excuse to order-in.

If you’ve never used foodler, it’s pretty straight forward. You enter in your address or a city and it returns a list of places that you can order from using the site.

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Some of them are close by and others are not-so-much. You can narrow it down by distance… although some of those not-so-close-by will deliver for $10 or so. There are quite a few places in Quincy that use foodler so we’ve never had a hard time picking a place to order from. Another cool feature of foodler? It stores what you’ve ordered so you can look back (great feature because sometimes I can’t remember what I’ve tried… or if there was something I really liked, I don’t always remember what it was.)

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As you can see by the star ratings, you can rate not only the restaurant itself, but each individual dish you ordered. I love this feature – I definitely use it as a reference when ordering something I’m unfamiliar with and to review what I ordered for other users. Yet another perk of using foodler? There are always coupons (for free items when you spend a certain dollar amount) or rebate offers (at least on your first order from a particular place – it’s usually between 10 and 20% and gets “refunded” back into your foodler account for a future order.)

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On Friday night we decided to order from Sher-A-Punjab, a newer Indian restaurant in Quincy. This was our first time ordering from there but they had great reviews, for our entrees we went with:

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And no Indian meal is complete without some naan, to mix it up we went with:

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This was delicious… it is described as a tandoor cooked naan with pistacio and coconut. And of course, the “chips and salsa” of Indian food:

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with a trio of sauces:

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Everything truly was delicious and arrived via delivery faster than promised! You can pay using any major credit card and store different addresses – it remembers where you’ve had food delivered to so you don’t have to type everything in every time you order. You can also add any tip to the delivery driver right into your credit card transaction… or pay in cash upon arrival if you wish. Credit or not, we will definitely be using foodler.com again and again.

*Disclaimer, a $15 credit for use at foodler.com was given to me in exchange for this review. However, my opinions are completely mine and truthful.

Friends Do Things Together, La La La La

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This weekend was crazy busy but it was such a blast. On Saturday, after a bridal shower for one friend, I hit the road to Maine for another bridal shower yesterday. Of course, no trip to Maine is complete without a stop at the New Hampshire Liquor Store where I picked up Piña Colada mix for happy hour cocktails.

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I found this awesome pre-mixed Pina Colada by Bacardi that’s made with coconut water and pineapple juice. It’s super refreshing but definitely has a punch. We enjoyed a round before heading out to dinner.

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We ventured to dinner at a new-to-us restaurant, Pasta’z.

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The entrees are served in skillets which is different but pretty cool. I had the chicken, broccoli and ziti. It stayed warm to the very last bite. The garlic bread was super-garlicky but I liked it.

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We shared a couple of Caprese salads and a bottle of pinot noir. Our meal left us sufficiently stuffed and in search of a nightcap. We ended the evening at our local watering hole with a round of margaritas and some great people watching.

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{me and my homies, we’re tighter than a glove}

 

The Hollywood Brown Derby

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There is one place we always try to visit when in Walt Disney World – The Hollywood Brown Derby.

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The décor is comprised mainly of ornate molding and dark wood. Illustrations of famous Hollywood patrons adorn the walls.

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Our three-course prix-fixe menu began with: lobster bisque for mom, cobb salad for myself (they have one of the best I’ve ever had) and a crab cake for dad.

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Next we chose our entrees. Mom and dad both went with the steak and I went with a noodle dish topped with coconut encrusted tofu.

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Check out the presentation on that steak! It was delicious too… each bite melted in my mouth (because of course I had to try it… a few times).

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My noodle bowl was so good. It was chock full of bokchoy, edamame, snow peas and mushrooms. The coconut encrusted tofu was out-of-this-world good.

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We finished up the meal with the dessert course. Mom went with the decadent chocolate cake, dad went with the grapefruit cake (one of the Brown Derby’s specialties) and I went with a caramelized apple cheesecake.

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Check out that slice of dried grapefruit! It was huge and super-thin.

The Hollywood Brown Derby did not disappoint. Not only were our meals delicious but it was apparent that a lot of attention went into the composition of each dish.

The prix-fixe menu set us back $60/person plus tax & gratuity. It included our choices for each course and non-alcoholic drinks. Not only that but it also afforded us priority seating for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fireworks Show, Fantasmic. Unfortunately the show was rained out but we did get to enjoy it later in the week.

Do you have any spots you must-dine at when on vacation? Or do you like to try new things every time?

I like to think we did a combination of tried & true and new on this vacation. The Hollywood Brown Derby is one we’ve been to many times but we tried a new one that I can’t wait to tell you about in a future post!

Sushi Steal

I’m pretty sure that anyone who has e-mail these days is aware of the terms “Groupon”, “LivingSocial”, “BuyWithMe” and so on. If you don’t, well get on it. I get a handful of deal offers from other similar sites too and a few weeks ago I scored a few saves to Beni Café in Quincy via Eversave. The deal was $7 for $15 worth of food and non-alcoholic drinks. But to make the deal even sweeter, Eversave gave a promo code for $5 off any save (due to the Bruins nabbing the Stanley Cup). In the end, $15 of sushi for $2?! Yes, please.

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Beni Café is a pretty small restaurant. The décor is quite modern and really reminds me of a smoothie bar which works because they do in fact sell smoothies. I ordered my food for takeout and couldn’t resist adding a Thai Iced Tea to my meal. “With boba?” the man asked, “okay” I replied not really knowing what “boba” was or why I didn’t decline it. Oh well. But the tea was SO.GOOD. If you’ve never had a Thai Iced Tea I totally recommend trying one. It’s essentially tea with coconut milk and in my case, gelatinous floaties. To clarify, I didn’t not like the boba… I just thought they were weird. Anyone a fan of boba?

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For food I ordered a sampler which had 2 pieces each of tuna, shrimp and salmon sashimi and a spicy tuna roll ($11.25). I also ordered a seaweed salad ($4). What you see here is about 1/3 of the seaweed salad and 1/2 of the sashimi. All for $2 (with the save)!!!

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The sushi quality was quite good, the spicy tuna rolls weren’t the best I’d ever had but they were still pretty tasty. I loved the seaweed salad, I went back and finished the entire portion. With that said, if you are in the Quincy area and are looking for a place for get sushi takeout, I’d recommend checking it out!