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NatureBox: Yay or nay?

I’ve been toying around with the idea of trying out NatureBox for awhile. I see ads in my Facebook newsfeed. I’ve read stories in magazines. I had previously tried out Goodies box, another food subscription box, and was not impressed. It wasn’t until one of my coworkers handed me a delicious bag of NatureBox trail mix that I decided to take the plunge.

This purchase was also spurned by the need to have some healthy snacks available in my office. Right now the snacks that are offered to us are very heavy on the Doritos and Cheetos variety, which are delicious, but not exactly what I want to eat when I am trying to eat better.

For those of you who don’t know, NatureBox has a collection of healthy snacks that are nutritionist approved. They are made with natural ingredients and very little fillers or extra additives, which I like. You get five snacks a month, and you can either choose which ones you want or let them choose for you. It’s $20 per box, which at first seemed a tad high to me, but the bags of snacks are a decent size so you actually get a good amount of product.

As a control freak, I chose each of my snacks in my first box. They have quite the lengthy list of choices so it took my quite a bit of time to choose (not joking).  They have a decent amount of salty and sweet snacks (but too many granolas if you ask me). Here’s what I got and what I think about them.

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I have to start with my favorite: the plantain chips. Man, these are delicious. I love eating them with chips and salsa. I saw plantain chips at Trader Joe’s the last time I was there so I’d be interested to see how these compare.

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My next favorite are the Dark Cocoa Nom Noms. They are little chocolate oat cookies which are just the right about of sweet. A nice little sweet treat.

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I have mixed feelings on the Sea Salt Pop Pops. Upon first taste they were rather bland, but the second time I ate some, they were much better. The popcorn is like partially popped which is kinda weird, but also kinda interesting.

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I was pretty excited to try these Bruschetta Pretzel Pops, and was sorely disappointed. They tasted like pizza, which some people might like, but I didn’t get any of the pretzel flavor I was going for. However, I brought these in to work and they went over quite well with some of my co-workers.

The last two snacks I got I don’t have pictures for because one of them isn’t on the site for some reason and the other appears to have sold out. They threw in an extra snack with my first order — poppyseed sticks. These were pretty standard in terms of poppyseed sticks I’ve had in the past. The one that is sold out is the Taj Mahal Snack mix and that stuff is MONEY. Trail mix with curry-esque spice mix. Mmmm. So good. It saddens me that they don’t have it anymore.

So will I continue to get the NatureBox? Probably. At least for the time being. It all depends on how often they change up their snacks in terms of variety. Part of the fun is trying out new things and if they don’t change around the stock, it sort of defeats the purpose. But I already have half the snacks in my July box picked out and am pretty excited about it.


Restaurant Review: Fox Bros Bar-B-Q

Monday’s are always my busiest day at work and today is no different. So I decided to share a quick restaurant review for you so you wouldn’t go post-less.

I mentioned at the very start of this blog that Eric and I were working our way through Atlanta Magazine’s list of top BBQ places in town, and this weekend we crossed another off our list. We’d already hit the top four places off the list and decided to jump right to No. 7 — Fox Bros.


I’d heard a lot about Fox Bros since living in Georgia, but had never stopped by. Lots of my friends say it is their favorite, so I was eager to give it a go. Eric and I headed out Saturday night after the UGA game and my parents tagged along with us.

The wait wasn’t too bad considering it was a Saturday night. First glance at the menu showed that they had a good mix of traditional BBQ fare as well as some unique takes on the classics (my dad ordered the foxaroni as a side, which was a mix of mac and cheese and brunswick stew. Never had seen that before).

I had stuffed myself with snacks while watching football (I have a tendency to stress eat) so I wasn’t that hungry and opted for the BBQ salad with dark meat chicken. I LOVED the chicken. It was tender, juicy and full of flavor. I’m not a big pulled pork person and usually order chicken or turkey while at BBQ restaurants, and this was some of the best I’d had. Eric got the brisket plate with a side of mac and cheese and their famous Frito pie.

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I never thought a dish served out of a chip bag could be so tasty. The Frito pie was amazing. Crunchy, salty, spicy, meaty. My dad loved it so much he said he would add it to death bed meal list (we all have those, right?). The mac and cheese was also delicious, second in my mind to my favorite mac and cheese from Swallow at the Hollow.

The only disappointment of the meal was their potato salad. My mom ordered it and it was just…odd. The flavor was good, but it had the consistency of mashed potatoes rather than potato salad, if that makes any sense. We all agreed we would skip it the next time.

And there will be a next time. I have been loyal to Swallow at the Hollow for years, saying it is the best BBQ in Atlanta in my opinion. Fox Bros is a close, close second. I am already dreaming about the next time I can get some of that Frito pie.

Review: Stillhouse — Where the cocktails shine

I knew when I started this blog that I wanted to include restaurant reviews. I am a very active Yelper (ahem, Elite even) and love trying out new places so why not? Plus I do not cook every night of the week and when I don’t, we are usually at a restaurant.

Now I know that not all my readers are in Atlanta so these will not be applicable to you, but hey, if you ever are in town for any reason, be sure to check them out. And of course I do travel, so there might be the occasional non-Atlanta review worked in as well.

As you might be able to tell from the title of this post, I am talking about Stillhouse, a new cocktail bar and burger joint in the East Andrews part of Buckhead. My friend Lauren from Pretty Southern invited me to their media event last week so of course I jumped at the chance to go with her. I got there first and sat at the bar and immediately began chatting with the bartender. Part of what Stillhouse is known for is their housemade moonshine. Some people hear “moonshine” and think of people in the country during Prohibition drinking high-proof booze out of mason jars. This is not that kind of moonshine.

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I tried two cocktails, both of which were off menu so I can’t recommend a specific one. But if these are any indication of the quality of the other cocktails, they are bound to be delicious. The first one was a concoction with moonshine, whiskey, muddled blueberry and mint. It was almost like a tasty take on a mojito. The second was my favorite — a coconut, pineapple moonshine mixture. It was  better than any pina colada you have ever had.

Lauren and I both decided that we would return to Stillhouse with our husbands. It is a very chill place that would be an excellent choice to grab drinks whatever the occasion. I supposed I should mention the food as well, even though the drinks were the standout for me.

The menu features just burgers with an array of while toppings. From peanut butter hummus to duck confit, there are a lot of combinations I have not seen before. I got the Skeeter Branch Duck Burger with green tomatoes, goat cheese, duck confit, pickled beets and spinach.

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It was good, but not the most amazing burger I’ve ever had. Whenever I go back, I’m going to try one of the beef burgers because, as much as I like duck, I don’t think it makes a good burger. The standout food item we tried was the mac n cheese. It was made with orecchiette pasta and had a little zip to it. Totally delicious.

All in all, it was an enjoyable evening and someplace I look forward to returning to.

Note: I attended a media event where my meal was covered.