Topbox Review: March 2015

Oh March… Why you gotta be like this? I apparently spoke (much) too soon when I said Edmonton was going to have a “early” Spring. I apologize to everyone if I jinxed our beautiful weather but hey what’s a foot or two of snow on the first day of Spring. Anyways, my March Topbox showed up last week, which makes me happy despite all the snow (well more like dirty slush now).

March Topbox

March Topbox

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Downtown Dining Week 2015: Share at Westin Edmonton

It is one of my favorite times of year – Edmonton Downtown Dining Week! Downtown Dining Week is really great for trying out restaurants at a reasonable price (lunches are $15 and dinners are either $28 or $48 for 3 courses). I do try to get out and try at least one new restaurant but I also make a reservation for The Marc every single year. This year’s event launched on Friday, March 13, 2105 and I got started right away with a dinner at Share in the Westin Edmonton on Saturday. I had heard rave reviews from everyone who attended the Downtown Dining Week launch party about Share’s dessert option, so I knew I had to try it and luckily Teresa was game for dinner.

Frissee and arugula dressed in white truffle dressing, topped with smoked duck breast, shaved ham, grated foie gras, pickled mushroom, confit tomato, and chives

Frissee and arugula dressed in white truffle dressing, topped with smoked duck breast, shaved ham, grated foie gras, pickled mushroom, confit tomato, and chives

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Underground Dinner at The Salt Room

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about food and I am jumping back in with one of the most unreal dinners I’ve had in a long time. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend an underground dinner by Chef Antony Krause of The Salt Room at Mother’s Market here in Edmonton. I have been to Mother’s Market several times and even spent a weekend manning the Molly’s Eats booth there but wasn’t particularly interested in the food options available. Well… that’s definitely changing now that Chef Tony and The Salt Room are there. As of this moment, The Salt Room is the only concession area serving food to eat at Mother’s Market, although there are definitely vendors selling bread, baked goods, etc. I didn’t know what to expect with this underground dinner as I was not familiar with Chef Tony prior to this, but Susan of Molly’s Eats convinced Andrea, Cindy (her recap is already up!), Teresa and I that it would be a wonderful Tuesday evening adventure, so off we went.

When I arrived at the tiny hidden side door on Tuesday night, I certainly wasn’t expecting to be greeted by an intimate table for 10! I was thinking there would be 20-30 people at this underground dinner, but after learning that Chef Tony does all his cooking in a very limited space and on a single induction burner plus a pizza oven, I could see why it’s a table for 10! The menu was a list of ingredients and I couldn’t wait to see what we would be eating.

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Topbox Review: January – February 2015

I just recently received an email saying that my March Topbox has been shipped and I realized that I didn’t tell y’all about January and February! January certainly started off with a bang since I received a package tucked into a Canada Post baggie saying that my package was damaged (as evidenced by the dripping pink liquid all over everything). Before opening the package inside, I carefully rinsed it off in my sink (thank goodness for stainless steel sinks!) and tried to stop it from staining anything. Once opened, it was very clear that somehow the MeMeME Cosmetics Cheek and Lip Tint had broken and every single drop of tint had spilled out. Everything inside was also pretty pink but luckily, it was relatively easy to rinse off. I posted the photo of my broken product on instagram and within 20 minutes, Topbox had responded telling me to email them about a replacement product – talk about excellent customer service! So for January we only have 3 products but the replacement did come with the February box so life is good.

January 2015 Topbox

January 2015 Topbox

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Living La Vida Local: Revojuiceinary

We have all heard of Living La Vida Loca right? I don’t know about you, but I think I have finally reached the age (haha I am not sharing what that is publicly) where the “living the crazy life” is too much for my poor weary bones. Instead, I am definitely trying to live, eat, shop (and more) locally, so I thought I would take the time to talk about some really great local businesses that I’ve come across in Edmonton. I am not going to lie, there was a time I couldn’t wait to get out of here and move to the “big leagues” like Vancouver and Toronto, but really truly, my hometown has grown on me a lot and I am reluctant to think about moving away. While moving may happen for a host of reasons, because Edmonton is a boring, uninspired etc city is definitely not going to one of them.

So the first business in the series I want to talk about is Revojuiceinary. I really like that Revojuiceinary states in their “about us” that they are about social entrepreneurship and want to be a counter-proposal to a for-profit business and that they clearly lay out what that means for them. Obviously, they have to be a sustainable/profitable business but I think their goals are very laudable.

I originally heard about Revojuiceinary at a Hawkers Market event (I don’t know if/when another Edmonton one will pop up) – I was thirsty and they had juice – it was a definitely a demand meet supply moment. I tried their mojito juice and I really enjoyed it… in fact I didn’t miss the rum! Another thing I love about their products is that they use glass mason jars as the container for the juice. Huge points for sustainability there! While I don’t can or pickle foods, several of my friends do, and I am happy to pass these along to them. Also the jars are great lunch containers, so I do keep one or two on hand.

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Adventure Planning – Hello Las Vegas!

Happy Galentine’s Day! I did not realize this was a thing until my twitter feed filled up with mentions of Galentine’s Day, but I think this is super great because you have to celebrate more than your love for your love. I love all my besties (and there are many) so much that I am going to take advantage of this ‘holiday’ to say “Homies, I <3 you!” (not that I really need a holiday to say that).

And really is there a better way to commemorate your everlasting friendship than a girls’ weekend away in Vegas? Vegas.com recently asked me what I would plan for a girls’ weekend at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas… while this may have been a hypothetical question, I have decided it needs to become a reality (hopefully this summer!). So let’s all get in the mood for fun weekend planning with some good ole Katy Perry.

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Topbox Review: December 2014

Well… so much for ending the year on time with a December Topbox post in December, but no matter – I shall make a resolution to be a better, less procrastinating type of blogger this year. Happy New Year and I hope you’re having a marvelous start to 2015!

So I caved to the idea of Black Friday back in November and bought two items from the Topbox sale… Both of which were shipped with my December Topbox. My Topbox arrived right before the holidays and I barely gave it a second thought as I rushed to get ready for Christmas etc (yes – I am a procrastinator in everything I do, not just blogging), so here we go…

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