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Blue Apron Review

This review is for the vegetarian offerings of Blue Apron and I will say it's my 2nd favorite delivery meal kit option after Purple Carrot. Blue Apron has a fancy grilled cheese sandwich every other week which is the main reason I keep the box. I don't buy bread because I wouldn't be responsible with it and eat it way too fast. lol So it's very rare I eat a grilled cheese sandwich. Blue Apron's grilled cheese are always made with some kind of white cheese and then another ingredient inside the sandwich  (like mango chutney, mushrooms or caramelized onion) and served with a side salad of lettuce (something else I never buy). Normally I would still be hungry after a grilled cheese so having that side salad is perfect. 

Pear Martini



I finally was able to get my hands on a bottle of Kate Hudson's vodka King St. which is gluten-free and uses alkaline water. It's named after King Street in NYC where Kate lived briefly in her 20s. While I rarely eat pears, the flavor of a delicious crisp pear with a splash of elderflower liqueur made the perfect combo! I picked up the generic brand of elderflower liqueur instead of St. Germain and didn't taste a difference so I will be getting the cheap bottle from now on. It adds a bit of sweetness to the drink so I don't have to use simple syrup. 

Makes 1 cocktail

Ingredients:
  • 3 oz pear nectar  juice
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 3 oz elderflower liquor
  • squeeze of lemon
  • dash of bitters
Directions:
Shake all the ingredients together and pour into a chilled martini glass.


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