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From xkcd: A problem I have

learning to cook From xkcd: A problem I have

This situation happens to me a lot, being a single guy with little skills in the kitchen. Just wondering, does this also apply to you?

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Highlighting the personal factor of personal chefs

A recent customer sent us feedback (along with photos!) of her meals from Munchery Chef Nicole Gimmillaro of A Moveable Feast Food Delivery Service, serving the Marin area. Thank you Kate!

Most important question: how was the food? Kate showered us with these complements:

So yummy!
very fresh, tasty

More over, we would like to highlight something you don’t normally get from eating out at your local restaurants. Kate wrote about Chef Nicole:

she was very nice too, very professional and lovely

We were delighted with these comments. Then, we get to see the proof photos:

A handwritten note!

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And here’s a detailed photo of the Spring Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing (click it to see full size):

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If you would like to try out Chef Nicole’s food, check out her profile on Munchery. You rock Nicole!
https://munchery.com/chefs/nicoles-food-services

Meanwhile, please excuse us … we have to go wipe off our drools.

 

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Farmers Market Awesomeness

Ever since we started going to the Farmers Market at the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday mornings, we can’t help not coming back. With nearly 100 farms, artisans, and purveyors, we continue to be surprised on each visit. We can see why our Munchery chefs love shopping at markets like these!

Here’s a scene of the crowd and the view back towards the downtown buildings. It was 70-degree weather with not a cloud in the sky (which is actually not very common for San Francisco!).

Now, check out a small sample of stuff we picked up yesterday.

These strawberries, grown in Watsonville (about 1.5 hr drive away), are to die for. I have eaten a lot of strawberries, but these take the top spot!

Then there’s organic Saint Benoît Yogurt, made in Sonoma County. Our boys devour these in a flash.

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Here are some super sweet chirimoyas (custard apples). I haven’t eaten these in years. They remind me so much of my grandmother’s garden.

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Last but not least, we picked up some Roli Roti’s rotisserie chicken, and ate them on the spot!

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Our Munchery chefs love to shop at various Farmers Markets. They support sustainable and locally grown produce. We love them for that! The food they create taste so much better thanks to such fresh ingredients. We all get to enjoy their great meals, and in turn do our part to support these wonderful local communities.

The Farmers Market is operated by a nonprofit: the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA). Check them out: http://www.cuesa.org/

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Trying to lose weight? A balanced diet is half the battle

I have a friend in Chicago who’s always trying to lose weight. She’s not fat, but she realized that she needed to slim down. She started to exercise a lot, running every week, doing marathon, swimming and even boxing. She pours a lot of effort into burning calories. But even with so much exercising, she could not lose the weight as fast as she’d like.

And she’s not alone. Many Americans face this problem. One thing to keep in mind when losing weight is: It’s all about input vs output. If you eat less than you work out, you’ll lose weight, so to speak. Put plainly, the food you eat is as important as the amount of work out you do.

To help my friend, I gave her some small tips to improve her diet. The most important thing is to commit to small changes in your diet, and gradually build a habit. Then it’s as simple as keep the habit.

- Drink a glass of water before you eat. Water helps you fill the stomach so you don’t eat too much. Note that it has to be water, not soda or any caloric beverages.

- Don’t go crazy exercising, but do small exercise often. If you do too much exercising at once, you’ll end up wanting to eat a lot more to compensate. The key thing is balancing exercise and diet. Remember: if you eat more calories than you’ve burned, then you’ve rendered your exercise effort worthless.

- Eat slowly, and only eat until you’re 80% full. This one is hard. Basically, you should only eat enough that the food lasts you until the next meal. Once you build this habit, your stomach will adapt to the amount of food you’re putting in your body per meal, and you won’t feel hungry eating a low amount of food.

- Eat things that are low in calories. This includes drinking water and eat plenty of raw vegetables. A salad is great, but you have to avoid dressing that are high in calories. Munchery can help with this, the best thing is to subscribe to a chef who will cook healthy food using organic ingredients.

Avoid fried foods, for example dishes that are labeled as “breaded”, “crispy” or “battered” – those are the code words for “fried”.

- Don’t do anything that make you become ravenously hungry, because once you are, it’s easy to overeat to compensate. Don’t skip breakfast. It’s also better to spread your diet out: eat small chunks of meal rather than one huge meal.

 

If you enjoyed this post, you should subscribe to us for more tips on losing weight. We also write about healthy diet, organic food and eating smart.

 

 

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How much do you spend on food monthly?

Mint.com recently released data they have aggregated across many users regarding how much is spent on food monthly.

Some interesting highlights (these are all averages per month):

  • Fast food: 5.2 purchases at $10.05 per transaction. Per month, we spend about $51.79 each.
  • Groceries: 6.8 trips to the store at $41.97 per trip. That’s $286.91 per month.
  • Restaurants: 6 dinners per month, with the average meal costing $28.47. Per month, we spend about $172.27.

Add in spending on other miscellaneous (coffee, alcohol & bars, etc..) and the monthly spending comes to $581.46 per month per person.

At Munchery, we believe you can do better and get a few dinners done for you by professional chefs. Each meal costs less than eating at an average restaurant, yet the food is significantly better tasting AND healthy to boot!

Other interesting average amounts spent at these popular fast food chains:

  • Chipotle: $10.95
  • In-N-Out: $9.21
  • McDonalds: $7.06
  • Burger King: $7.56
  • A&W: $18.96

See Mint video here:

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Leaving it to the chef

See the screenshot below for the receipt we printed for one of the recent orders we got.

This is what Munchery is about, leaving it to the chef to decide the menu for you!

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