Drift Away Coffee Monthly Subscription Box

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You guys know I love my subscription boxes and trying new things! The holidays are around the corner and these are great as a gift because who doesn’t love coming home to a box of goodies?

Drift Away was kind enough to send me a tasting kit of their coffees. This first box comes with one of each note; fruity, classic, balanced, bold. As you try each coffee, log into the iOS app or website and get ones that are catered to your taste. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the founders Anu and Suyog want to bring their passion of coffee into your home. This is perfect for that coffee lover on your list!

I’m more of a tea drinker myself but I brought my boyfriend along for this journey who has a cup of joe every morning. I also love that each bag is personalized and has the date and your name on it.

The Novice = Me

The Expert = The Boyfriend

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Each resealable package has 2oz of beans that you grind and filter over your cup.

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This “fruity” blend from Kenya contains grapefruit, cedar and melon. This is considered a light roast.

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Novice

“The colour is light and the smell is a bit on the faint side. The taste was also lacking in my opinion but then again, it is a light roast. Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I prefer my tea strong so this is not my “cup of tea”…hehe.”

Expert

“I don’t like this one. It tastes like cardboard to me.” (He had nothing else to say because he really wasn’t feeling this one)

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This “classic” blend from Nicaragua contains toffee, peanut and nut. This is considered a medium roast.

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Novice

“You can definitely see that these beans are darker than the previous ones. They’re also more fragrant. The hint of nut gives it a nice aroma for sure!”

Expert

“The hint of nut is mild but you can taste it for sure. I like it better than the last one.”

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This “balanced” blend from Brazil contains chocolate, peanut and citric. This is considered a medium roast as well.

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Novice

“Why are these beans lighter than the last but considered a medium blend…The aroma is nice and not as bitter in my opinion.”

Expert

“It’s not a strong aroma coffee and has a nice light taste. I can’t taste it as much but still better than the first.” (If you haven’t caught on by now, he really hated the “fruity” blend, lol)

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This “bold” blend from Papua New Guinea contains toffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. This is considered a dark roast.

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Novice

“These beans are so dark! It’s so fragrant and the taste is so smooth. I didn’t think I would like the dark roast but it’s my favourite out of the four.”

Expert

“I like that it’s more bold and the taste is strong in this one. (His mom had some and actually wanted to pick up a bag!)”

Oreo Krispie Treats

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Any recipe with Oreo instantly makes it 10x better in my opinion so when I saw this recipe I couldn’t resist! It’s super easy to make and you only need a few ingredients. Follow along with me in the video above :).

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups regular Oreos, crushed
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows or 40 large marshmallows
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  1. Pour Oreos into a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat marshmallows and butter over medium heat until only a few lumps of mallows are left.
  3. Pour marshmallow mixture over Oreos and mix well until all the Oreos are coated.
  4. Press mixture into an 8×8 inch pan and let sit until cooled.
  5. Cut into squares and serve.

Source: http://www.highheelsandgrills.com/oreo-krispie-treats/

Shiso Tree Review

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3160 Steeles Avenue East (Markham)

(905) 479-9319

Pricing: Pricey

Type: Restaurant/Cafe

Cuisine: Japanese/Fusion

Rating

Food: 9/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Service: 8/10

Shiso Tree Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My boyfriend surprised me by taking me here for dinner on a random day and it quickly became one of my favourite places! This Japanese fusion place is a great place to take a date for any occasion.

nori-fries

The Nori Fries are AMAZING! It’s seasoned so evenly and the fries are covered from head to toe so no matter whichever one you pick, it will be full of flavour. They have different variations and I can’t wait to try the others.

side-salad

This Side Salad comes with almost every dish, just like if you were to go to any Japanese restaurants. Nothing special about the salad.

shiso-clam-vongole

The Shiso Clam Vongole has white wine, olive oil, garlic, bacon, tomato and Manila clams. I cannot begin to descibe how amazing this is. There is a good amount of clams and everything has such a bold flavour that isn’t too overpowering. Vongole is more on the lighter side that uses olive oil instead of cream or tomato sauce so you really get to taste to ingredients for what they are.

unagi-don

Their Unagi Don has a cream teriyaki sauce and shimeji mushrooms with Japanese BBQ sauce eel. Again, great flavour and everything is cooked perfectly.

Side Note: After writing this post, I have decided to go to Shiso Tree for dinner this weekend.

Sweet Note Review

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505 Highway 7 (Markham)

(905) 877-9338

Type: Cafe

Cuisine: Dessert

Price: Cheap – Average

Rating

Food: 7.5/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Sweet Note Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I came here quite a few times when they first opened and enjoy their desserts very much. Unfortunately, I’m not in the area as much anymore but will pop by when I have the chance.

The decor is very cutesy and everything has a bold pop of colour. It’s just how I like it and the atmosphere is very at ease. You can spend hours catching up with a friend here. You have your own privacy and can talk comfortably. Their flavours and sauces change so it may be different each time you go.

throat-soother

The Throat Soother is a nice blend of peppermint, orange peel and echinacea (coneflower). I love that they have an hourglass to let you know when your tea is done steeping. There’s also a little tray for you to put your tea bag aside to steep later.

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I’ve never had a Baked Alaska but it was interesting! This one had a pineapple ice cream and vanilla cake inside topped with meringue. There were different textures and it was a mixture of warm and cold which was new for me. I didn’t mind it because everything was yummy but it’s not something I love.

frozen-creme-brulee

Their Frozen Creme Brulee is just what you expect. It has the same smooth, creamy texture of creme brulee but cold instead of hot. I didn’t even know this was a thing but it tastes just as good! I do prefer it hot though but I would get this again.

vanilla-souffle-and-sauce

The Vanilla Souffle and Chocolate Sauce was one of my favourites! It takes 20 mins to make so be sure you aren’t in a rush. It comes out puffed and bouncy. I cut a bit of it open and poured the sauce in after trying it by itself. It’s airy and light, the perfect tasting souffle!

chocolate-lava-cake

Thier Chocolate Lava Cake comes with a scoop of sorbet and a macaron shell. I was a little dissapointed because the centre didn’t really ooze out for me. I think it may have been a little overcooked sadly…

cafe-affogato

Their Cafe Affogato uses real espresso that you pour over the ice cream and this tastes the best when you use good quality ingredients. They got it right at Sweet Note since they make everything themselves, except the drinks.

black-sesame-and-chocolate-mousse

I love their Black Sesame and Chocolate Mousse. This was a special monthly flavour that is rotated monthly. It was smooth and SO creamy! The taste was strong and an added plus is that you get to keep the bottle! I use mine to hold all my bobby pins.

black-sesame-matcha-macarons

I tried their Black Sesame and Matcha Macarons and these were also something I would get again. The filling was smooth and the macaron shell was hard on the outside but soft on the inside.

Mac and Cheese Fest 2016

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This was the 2nd annual Mac and Cheese Fest and I was hesitant to go to this one since the first one was such a failure (I didn’t even get any mac and cheese!). But I took a chance and I’m super glad I did.

This one was much more organized and the venue was at the Ontario Place island, which meant there was a lot more space for the vendors and foodies to wander about.

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They implemented a ticket system which definitely saved time at the stalls. People aren’t fumbling for cash and and holding up lines and if you only have card, the ticket booths can accomodate.

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This Five Cheese with Truffle Butter mac and cheese interesting. The truffle butter was strong and mixed with the five cheeses, it was a strong taste. I would’ve preferred something milder but it was still great.

italian-bacon-and-cheese-mac

This Italian Bacon and Cheese Mac was amazing! This one was more to my taste, still savoury but also a hint of saltiness. And the pasta was cooked to perfection, not overcooked like some of the others.

jerk-mac-and-cheese-with-jerk-chicken

This Jerk Mac and Cheese with Jerk Chicken was so flavourful because of all the spices. Not only did you get pieces of jerk chicken but it was infused into the mac and cheese.

mac-n-queso-tortilla-bowl

The Mac N Queso Tortilla Bowl was chorizo, pineapple salsa, creme fraiche and pickled jalapenos. The mac and cheese itself was great, nicely seasoned with a spicy kick. But the tortilla bowl tasted like cardboard. You’re paying extra for it but in the end, it’s just ging to go to waste. Such a shame.

mac-smash

The Mac Smash was one of my favourites. It was really simple but I loved how the mac and cheese, Doritos, lettuce, pico, sour cream and chili sauce came together. It’s also mess free and they use what they already have. They place everything into the bag and it’s your job to “smash” the Doritos and mix it up.

mac-and-cheesecake-ice-cream

The Mac and Cheesecake Ice Cream was from the sme vendor and had cherry jolly rancher Mac, cheesecake ice cream, cinnamon crunch topped with a blueberry cheesecake drizzle. This was pretty amazing as well and I loved how they thought outside of the box. This sounds overwhelmingly sweet but it actually isn’t. I think a large part had to do with the cheesecake ice cream.

unicorn-cake-balls

These Unicorn Cake Balls are basically just colourful battered cake pops without the stick. They were pretty good but probably the last thing I’d get out of everything. We used our last tickets on these because everything else was more than what we had :p.

I can’t wait to see what next year’s has in store. I hope it has a free shuttle again as well!

Universal Yums: September 2016 Thailand

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The Thai have great snacks and they come in a wide variety. They can be sweet, savoury, spicy even! You got a little bit of everything in this snack box and I enjoyed every bit of it! Do any of you have a favourite? What did you think of this box?

Universal Yums September 2016 Thailand:
*Instant Thai Tea (BONUS)
*Spicy Sesame Coated Peanuts
*Glendee Chocolate Coconut Chips
*Tao Kae Noi Big Roll BBQ
*Tom Yum PRETZ
*Euro Pandan Cake
*Little Farm Garlic Bread
*Sanghai Strawberry Cream Wafers
*United Coffee Candy
*Amira Tamarind Candy