Stop everything you are doing right now and feast your eyes on this favoloso subscription box. The husby and I recently had the pleasure of sampling Gourmet Spotting and it was a total love (especially, the pasta, popcorn, brownie, cookie and pancakes). Oh, wait. That’s everything.
Gourmet Spotting is a “curated culinary subscription service of gourmet food from local and international artisans.” I absolutely LOVE that the boxes include foods curated from outside the U.S. as well. Such a nice touch and a great way to feel like you are a “big time” foodie. Thank you Sandro Diazzi and Aman Sarkaria for developing a subscription service that sends FULL SIZE products. My taste buds want to give you a high five.
Everything you need to know about this yum-mo box is below the images (including a coupon code for $10 bucks off!). If food is your thang, then Gourmet Spotting is totes worth signing up and checking out yourself. Mangia! Mangia!
ELI ZABAR BLONDIE: Let’s start off with this brownie. We did. We opened the box, grabbed the camera lickity-split, took the shot and devoured this baby whole. It was a naughty, and it felt naughty. Mission accomplished.
BACORN: The makers of this snack couldn’t have created something better suited for my belly – two of my faves (popcorn & bacon), smoooshed together in a masterpiece of OMG. Love. Didn’t want to share.
STRANGOZZI WITH SUMMER TRUFFLE: I’m a total idiot and thought these cute lil’ birdy nest shapped Strangozzi’s where going to stay in birdy nest shape. But, duh. Either way, I’m not a huge fan of truffle, but this was a total surprise love. I kept it simple, with a drizzle of EVOO and some parmesan/romano cheese. The man fancied it up with some red sauce. He’s crazy like that. WOOT!
ELI ZABAR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE: I realize now that I’m a big fat liar. I was thinking the brownie was the first thing we opened and devoured, but it was actually this gigundo cookie followed immediately by the brownie. Can you say fatty-pants? Anyway…um, can a chocolate Chip cookie ever be bad? No. No it can’t.
SHORTCAKES PANCAKE / WAFFLE MIX: We have not tried this yet. But, I continue to fawn over this container which is SO cute! I will update you when we give it a taste. I’m sure these will be awesome…with bacon…and hashbrowns….and….I just died.
Time to hook yourself up!
At its core, Gourmet Spotting is a curated monthly subscription service for foodies!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- You get 4 to 6 medium/full size delicious gourmet products
- Example of products include fresh pasta from Italy, truffle products, prized tea from China, potato chips from El Salvador, and much more.
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:
$ 37.94 a month (including shipping)
BONUS: Enter 5STYLEHIGH at checkout for $10 off your first month if you sign up for the monthly subscription!
Every time they ship out a Tasting Box, they donate a meal to charity
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Ladies – Valentine’s day is like 4 seconds away. Did you get something awesome for your man yet? If not, please, oh please, hook him up with a “man-cake” from the Butch Bakery. I’m pretty sure if you get him these cupcakes he’ll agree to be your man-slave for life.
I have been stalking this freaking AWESOME bakery for like, a hundred years. Well, not really a hundred years (I’m only 21…duh) – The point is, that I found this joint a while back, then they disappeared, and now they are back in full effect. Thank god. I can finally brag about them.
NOTE: It looks like these cupcakes are only shipping within NY right now, which makes me sad. Wah! Maybe if you keep reading below and send them 1 million emails per day begging them to deliver nationwide they will. No seriously, don’t send them a million emails. Just one would be groovy.
Oh, and also I’m a complete bi-atch and forgot to ask my hubby for the “he says” portion of this post! So, you’ll have to take my word for it – The kid would eat the hell outta these babies.
Get ready to swoon:
Butch Bakery is the place where “Butch meets Buttercream“. The place where cliche’ “golf tee” and “baseball” inspired manly sweets take a back seat to something way awesomer. I mean, check out these flavors (listed below) . Even I’d down one or one million of these babies, and I’m a sophisticated lady.
Oh and P.S. – David is a former Wall Street attorney, so don’t get any funny ideas. He’ll probably beat you up and sue you if you don’t buy his freaking awesome dude-cakes.
Being sued is lame, so you know…you should buy these.
So, um yeah. Butch Bakery cupcakes are available in 12 different flavors, like THE DRILLER – a maple cake topped with crumbled bacon and loaded up with milk-chocolate buttercream.
If brandy is your man’s thang, you should hook him up with THE SIDECAR – a brandy soaked cake featuring an orange brandy buttercream. I can barely breathe.
If he’s a fancy lush who likes to drink in the summer, hook him up with the MOJITO – a rum soaked lime cake with lime mint buttercream.
Oh, and the BEER RUN cupcake is perfect for your average “joe” – a chocolate beer cake with beer infused buttercream, topped with crushed pretzels.
Did you just get wasted? Yeah, so did I. Click here to scope out the rest of the flavors offered.
Oh, and all of the cakes come with a “decorative chocolate disc” available in 6 different styles – Woodland Camo (shown above), Wood Grain, Houndstooth, Plaid, Checkerboard or Marble. You can either pick your fave(s) or they will mix em’ up for you.
PLACE YOUR ORDER!
- The Dry Round features one each of the Driller, Home Run, Campout, Jack Hammer, Big Papi & the Tail Gate – for $25.50
- The Full Round includes the B-52, Rum & Coke, Sidecar, Old Fashioned, Mojito & Beer Run for $25.50 each
- Sample the full 12-flavor line via the Butch Box - for $48 bucks
- Order custom bite-sized versions too! Mini-Mates are $22 bucks per dozen (minimum of 3 dozen)
You lucky New Yorkers. I can’t believe I just wrote this entire post and can’t even order any for my own husby. Dear Butch Bakery, please deliver to Boston, starting in 5 minutes. Love, a former New Yorker. Please, and thank you. You’re the bestest.
Yey! It’s snickity-snackity time!
Oh, sweet, crunchy, healthies delivered to my doorstep in a box. Thanks to NatureBox, I got to try 5 new snacks for FREE this month. P.S. they were SO good, I just signed up for a subscription myself. But, before I blab about how lucky my belly is right now, I’ll give ya’ the scoop on this fab health-foodie box, so you can hook yourself up too:
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
“NatureBox is a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy healthy snacks on a monthly basis.” You get 4-6 full size all-natural snacks that are “made from wholesome ingredients and are Nutritionist-approved. We abide by our strict quality standards: No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Partially Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavors, No Artificial Colors.”
And, in an effort to help feed over 14 million hungry children in America, NatureBox donates 1 meal for every box sent out!
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:
You get the box for $19.95 a month (including shipping)
- Gift (or get) a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription!
Get 25% off your first box! Just enter Promocode: APPLE25 at checkout. Note: 25% discount is only applicable to the month-to-month subscription. The 6-month subscriptions receive 1 month free & 12-month subscriptions receive 3 months free.
Also: Be on the lookout for special NatureBoxes that address dietary needs & personal prefs. If you’re lookin’ for some Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan or Low-Sugar snacks, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list & be notified once the custom boxes launch.
Here’s a sneaky-peeky of what kinda stuff ya’ get:
1. Umami Roasted Nuts: These nuts are a fab source of heart-healthy fats, and super-doop Umami (that means “yummy” for my non-Japanese readers).
2. Pistachio Power Clusters: It took everything I had not to eat this whole entire sweet & savory bag without letting the hub have a taste. But since I’m not a total B-word, I saved him a couple.
3. Toasted Sesame Stix: I’m eating these calcium rich sessy-stix as I type. They’re fab. Enough said.
4.Big Island Pineapple: When I opened the bag, that remake of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by that Hawaiian guy with the insanely long name started playing. Then, I unexplainabley began to hula-dance. Aloha!
5. Apple Orchards Granola: I truly saved the very best for last. I have never tasted granola that was as soft & chewy as an apple pie. NatureBox? Let’s start a serious relationship. Like, yesterday.
Wanna try awesome NatureBox snackies too? Of course you do! Thankfully, they are giving away a future box to one lucky 5-style-high reader! Who-hoo! Be sure to get forty million, bazillion entries & spread the word via the Rafflecopter entry form below. My the force be with you…ha-ha. I have no clue why I just said that. Good luck!
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Here’s where I’m at today:
Keep readin’ to find out why it’s totally NOT a bitch…
If you are anything like me, you have two little devils on your shoulder. One, that is telling you to stuff your face with everything your heart desires, good or bad. And, the other? He’s sprinkling chocolate chips directly into your mouth, while singing the “I like big butts” song.
You know it’s wrong. You know that a millisecond on the lips is like, 40 bazillion years on your hips (and everything in between). But, you do it anyway, because that Angel who is supposed to be on your other shoulder helping you through this, is nowhere to be found. She does eventually come around though - right about the same time Karma does. And then the vicious circle continues to repeat: Start diet. Fall off wagon. Start diet (karma). Fall off wagon..baby got back, infinity (karma, ew).
Recently, I’ve decided to tell the vicious circle (and the stupid diet) to shove it, by living a healthier life. I realize that this is really just a diet in disguise, but by changin’ the rules a lil’ bit, it feels a whole lot better (and my bod is whippin into shape!) Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a ravenous food whore, BUT, I’m exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, while paying attention to my portions and more importantly, the ingredients within. I’ve learned that living like a shipwreck survivor does not work with my wacked personality. I need options and I need good, ol’ fashion rewards. Cue, my new, sweet, intoxicating “Karma”
I feel so lucky (or was it fate?) that I received one of these fiercely magnificent cookies in my Sprig Box this month (I will be blabbin’ about Sprig later this week, P.S.).
Anyway, last night the hub and I decided that it was “reward” time, and decided to split our vegan, gluten free, high protein, no soy, low-glycemic, low net carbs Holistic Chocolate Chip Kookie. Is your tongue twisted from saying that out loud? Yeah, mine too, and I LOVE it.
The Kookie itself was euphoric. Wonderous. So delicious, I wished there were 500 more falling from the heavens directly into my belly (that’s the devil talking, obviously). The angel… she is super-stoked about what’s inside this fancy lil’ cookie treat (see awesome ingredients list below). And, I personally love the brand messaging:
“When you make the right choice – take the higher road – even when nobody else is around and/or nobody else notices, the Universe still rewards you in ways you may not even realize.”
These are one their best-sellers and I know why. I’ll take 4,000 of these please. Find em’: here
INGREDIENTS: Holistic Dry Mix [Almond Meal, Xylitol, Coconut*, Brown Rice*, Psyllium, Rice Protein*, Sea Salt], Almond Butter, Agave Nectar*, Chocolate Chips* (non dairy), Chia Seeds * = Organic
Happy Birthday to my hubby! In honor of his birth, I thought I’d write a post about stuff boys like. All in all, boys are pretty cool. It’s hit or miss on the smells. They either bathe in cologne, or forget how to shower. But, for the most part, they’re pretty awesome. Lately, I’ve been getting some pretty great feedback from the opposite sex regarding my hot bod…just kidding…about my blog – but it all has the same sorta theme: “I could do without the girly products and stuff, but I laughed my ass of when you wrote about….”. I feel honored! So, I figured today was as good a day as any to show em’ a lil’ lovin’ back by poppin’ off a couple of awesomes that are fit for dudes of all shapes, sizes, races, colors and creeds (what the H is a “creed” anyway?). Don’t worry girlfriends. Normal, girl-ish stuff coming back on Monday.
Number-o One: Werd
Werd is pretty awesome if you have man parts. Or, if you have lady parts, but wanna get the coolest gift ever (like these Guinness Brownies) for your fave guy. Werd showcases the “best new gear for men”, which is broken down for you gerber-style in categories (like tech, gear, wear, host, media, ride, space, groom, sport & escape). Say that 5 times fast. You can also peruse it in blog format if your handy on the internets like my hubby. I for one, plan on buying these brownies to celebrate my man’s birthday. Of course I’ll be wasted after the face-stuffing, so there will be no time to wallow in my fat-misery (just kidding, diet). Find it: here.
Numeral II: Bespoke Post “Box of Awesome” (no seriously. That’s what it’s called!)
Okay men. Let’s not pretend that you aren’t majorly jealous of all the subscription boxes out there for the ladies. Well, sirs..be jealous no longer. As far as boxes for dudes go, this one is pretty cool. Unlike most of the lady subscription boxes, the Box of Awesome from Bespoke Post hooks you up with stuff “you’ve never heard of” made by emerging craftsmen and designers and such. Best part? You don’t have to commit. BINGO! Each month they tell you what’s comin’ your way, and you can choose to take it, or skip it. For $45 bucks a month, this is a pretty good deal. Check out August’s “Alchemy” box (pictured above) filled with everything you need for your man-cave-bar-thingy. Find it: here
Numba 3 Skinny Fatties
If you haven’t heard, skinny is the new fatty – ONLY when it comes to ties. Otherwise, all, shapes, sizes and curves are in, FYI. Thanks to the peeps at PureWOW for bringing this genius/company service into my life. If you are in to rockin’ the skinny tie and have a bunch of largies you’re lookin’ to thinify, Skinny Fatties is your new best guy friend. Do guys even say that? $30 buck investment. Do it. Find em’: here.
4-score and seven years ago…(four, duh): Dollar Shave Club
Dolla, dolla shave ya’ll. “Like most good ideas, Dollar Shave Club started with two guys who were pissed off about something and decided to do something about it…“ Any company that has an “about” section that starts with that sentence is pimpdiddy pimp in my eyes! Whether you’re a wooly mammoth, or just your average dude that has to shave every now and then, do your ladies delicate skin a favor and hook yourself up with Dollar Shave Club. For as little as one doll-hair ($1) per month, you can get super awesome razors to shave your man hairs, and you won’t have to put sticky notes all over your house to remember to buy more. Done, and done. Find it: here (if anything, just check out the video on their home page. Hilarious.) Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. Thanks to my friend Sesquille for the hook up on this one. He is in fact an international man of mystery and leisure, so I wouldn’t expect anything less.
Last, but not leastly (5): Imaginary Foundation
Who doesn’t like a good T-shirt? Especially boys. Just look at Simon Cowell. That guy has two outfits. Casual, which includes an all white T-shirt and jeans, and fancy-pants which includes an all black tee and jeans. Anyway, my hubby just purchased 2 T-shirts from these peeps (shown above), so naturally I had to include them today since it’s his birthday and all. You probably have to get a PhD to understand what these t-shirts even mean. Thankfully, they have shirts with swear words for us peasants. Find yours: here.
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