What’s in That Gourmet Food Box?

Gourmet food

Food delivery subscription services make it extremely easy to eat healthy, delicious meals throughout the month, and there are now so many companies out there that offer this service, meaning that you are sure to be able to find one that you truly love. From fresh, pre-portioned ingredients with chef-created recipe cards to inspiring food and music pairings, these gourmet food boxes are able to instantly transform your home dining experience.

HelloFresh
For those of you that dread that weekly trip to the grocery store, HelloFresh is the food subscription service for you. After signing up, HelloFresh will provide you with some recipes to browse and choose from. Once you have picked the ones that you like, you will receive a box containing fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, along with recipe cards, giving you everything that you need to create that gourmet meal.

Try the World
Try the World is quite unique in the way that they collaborate with notable chefs from all over the world. Each month, they pick a chef from a different country to curate a gourmet food box, picking items that are only of the highest quality, as well as truly authentic to their country. The products chosen are sourced from small family-owned business who use artisan methods of production, creating products that cannot usually be found elsewhere. Each box also comes with a culture guide to that country, as well as recipe ideas on different ways that you can use your gourmet products.

Bon Appetit Box
This subscription food box is aimed at those who appreciate French food, delivering the finest gourmet foods from France straight to your doorstep. Bon Appetit offers a few different types of boxes, such as the Paris Aperitif Box, the Café Gourmand Box and the French Breakfast Box, each focusing on a certain range of products.

Peach Dish
Peach Dish focuses on fresh Southern produce, putting their own unique twist on classic Southern dishes. The chosen ingredients are always locally grown and seasonal, with the menu featuring dishes such as Herbed Hanger Steak with Green Beans, Red Onions and Grits, and a Corn, Summer Squash and Basil Risotto. All of the ingredients are pre-measured to work with the recipe cards provided, and the dishes on the menu change weekly as well as seasonally, ensuring that you always enjoy a fantastic variety of fresh and healthy meals.

Turntable Kitchen
For those who enjoy good music with their food, Turntable Kitchen will be a new favorite. The company’s Pairing Box is a specially curated food and music experience, with each box containing an exclusive 7” vinyl, a digital mixtape, a few premium, unique ingredients, seasonal recipes and tasting notes. Themes that past boxes have been based around include A Bistro Dinner, A Farmhouse Feast, A Scandinavian Gathering, and Pizza Party, with many customers choosing to expand on these inspired ideas and create entire dinner parties around each theme.

Gourmet food subscription boxes allow you to try new and exciting foods and recipes in a way that is ever so convenient. Whether you want to sample a few unusual ingredients each month, or would prefer full meals with ingredients that have been perfectly prepared and portioned out, each of these food boxes could add a new element to a standard home-cooked meal.

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Arizona Bucket List

Arizona is not only a state of magnificent natural beauty, but it is also filled with significant historical landmarks and a unique collection of cultures. OROGOLD has put together an Arizona bucket list to ensure that you don’t miss out on any must-see sights while you’re in Arizona.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk
The Grand Canyon makes it way onto thousands of bucket lists each year, but the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a way to appreciate this natural wonder in a completely new way. The Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed walkway that extends seventy feet past the edge of the Grand Canyon, leaving you standing 4000 feet above the gushing Colorado River. With glass panels on the walls and floor, this gives you unobstructed and unbeatable views of this majestic World Wonder.

Lunch at Pizzeria Bianco
With the best pizza in the US found in Arizona, a visit to this world-renowned pizzeria is definitely worth a place on OROGOLD’s Arizona bucket list. Ingredients are sourced directly from local farms, giving each pizza a freshness that you would never have expected. OROGOLD advises that you visit during off-peak hours, as otherwise you are likely to be faced with a wait up to three hours.

Havasu Falls

Hike Havasu Falls
Located in the isolated village of Supai, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the Havasu Falls plunge 100 feet down into a beautiful aquamarine pool. Surrounded by a sandy beach and cottonwood trees, this is one of the most picturesque spots in the country. A hike is the best way to reach the falls, and while ten miles may not seem like too much of a trek, OROGOLD warns that it is considered to be quite a difficult trail, so make sure that you’re prepared.

Face your Fears in the Bat Cave
The Bat Cave is located on the north bank of the Arizona Canal, and there is a special deck that you can wait on just before dusk. As night falls, as many as 20,000 bats venture out of the cave for their night time meal, swarming all around you and making for quite the spectacle.

Climber looking at Humphrey's Peak

Climb Humphrey’s Peak
Located just north of Flagstaff, Humphrey’s Peak is at 12,633 feet, making it the highest point in Arizona. All of the peaks in the region are considered to be sacred by local Native American Indian tribes, as they believe it to be the place where the earth meets the heavens. While the peak is open all year round, OROGOLD would advise that you only carry out the journey in the warmer months, as snow cover can be quite heavy in the winter, requiring a hiking permit for all winter excursions.

OROGOLD’s Arizona bucket list features activities that are truly unique to the state. From standing at Arizona’s highest point to an exhilarating walk over the depths of the Grand Canyon to a taste of the best pizza in the country, these are all must-do activities the next time you are in Arizona.

Healthy Summer Meals – OROGOLD Reviews

With plenty of fresh produce now in season, and lighter meals being so much more appealing in the heat, it is definitely easier to eat healthily in the summer. Whether you’re a big meat eater, a strict vegan, or just simply picky about what you like, OROGOLD has put together some fantastic ideas for healthy summer meals that you can easily take inspiration from for the next time you cook.

Zoodles with chicken.

Zoodles
Zoodles, which stand for zucchini noodles, are all the rage this summer, as they can be eaten raw or cooked in such a variety of ways. Unfortunately, you can’t create zoodles with a simple kitchen knife, but, if you don’t have the right appliance, a spiralizer is cheap to buy and can be used for other vegetables too. For a quick summer lunch, mix your raw zoodles in with whatever veg you have on hand, and top with some pesto. Zoodles can also be used as a lighter replacement for pasta, mixed into any sort of sauce, or even as a noodle alternative, and is delicious stir fried or cooked into a noodle curry. If you are cooking with zoodles and aren’t sure of the serving size, OROGOLD recommends one zucchini per person.

Fresh pesto in a cup

Pesto
Originating from Genoa, Italy, pesto is a sauce that consists of basil, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan. It is extremely simple to make, by just blending all of the ingredients together, and can be created either in a food processor or in a pestle and mortar. The great thing about pesto is that there are so many different alternatives that you can make, depending on ingredients in your kitchen. From a pesto made with arugula and parsley to a pesto made from sun-dried tomatoes and peppers, the options are endless. If you’re not a fan of pesto pasta, OROGOLD suggests trying it as a dip, a marinade, a salad dressing, in a stew, or even simply spread inside a sandwich.

Grilled kebobs.

Grilled Kabobs
There is nothing more satisfying than cranking up the grill on a summer evening and enjoying the aroma of your food cooking on an open flame. Grilled kabobs are one of the easiest dishes to make, whether on a barbecue or on your indoor grill, and can be adapted to suit your tastes. Meat is the obvious choice when it comes to kabobs, but experimentation is always fun, and OROGOLD has some great kabob ideas for you to try. Shrimp that has been marinated in garlic, olive oil and herbs, always taste fantastic when skewered and grilled, as does a mixture of scallop and bacon. For the vegetarians out there, marinated eggplant, bell peppers and halloumi only taste better once they have been charred by the grill.

Summer meals should be light, refreshing, hydrating, and packed with vitamins and minerals to help your body thrive in the warm temperatures. OROGOLD highly recommends that, whenever possible, you shop for produce at your local farmer’s market, as everything will be much fresher, meaning that less work will be needed to make you dish taste absolutely amazing.

How to Get Ready for Swimsuit Season – OROGOLD Reviews

With summer quickly approaching, it is now time to start thinking about swimsuit season. Whether you need to set some workout goals, improve your posture, or find the right sunblock, OROGOLD has some useful tips on how to get ready for swimsuit season.

Office goers climbing up the stairs.

Get Moving
In the weeks leading up to swimsuit season, you need to make the effort to get moving as much as possible. Whether it’s just taking the stairs at work, signing up to a zumba class, or just turning on some music and having a dance at home, every little bit of exercise will start to add up. Set a goal with your workouts, as this will give you a greater sense of accomplishment when you reach it. If there are certain areas of your body that you are looking to target, then come up with a good exercise routine. Push ups are great because they target six different muscles at once; your biceps, triceps, deltoids, abs, pecs and gluteals.

Olive oil being poured in a salad.

Fresh Produce with Less Calories
If you’re still eating as though you’re hibernating away for the winter, now is the time to stop. Try incorporating as much fresh produce as possible into your diet, with at least 50% of it being made up of fruit and vegetables, and the other half containing leans proteins and healthy fats. Try to cut back on refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white pasta, white sugar and white rice. If you eat salads often, make sure that they are healthy, and do not contain excess calories in the dressing or in extra additions, such as with added bacon or cheese.

Woman buying a bikini at a store.

Shop For Your Shape
Now is a great time to begin looking at all of the swimwear collections that are out, and start planning what you will be needing to purchase. OROGOLD recommends always remembering to shop for your shape rather than getting sucked in to the latest trend, which may not flatter your figure in the best way possible. If you are fuller in the hips and thighs, high cut bottoms will help to make your legs look longer and leaner, whereas if you have an hourglass figure, you are lucky in that most styles will look great on you! Be prepared to spend some time shopping for swimwear, as you may need to try on several different styles before you find one that fits your body perfectly.

Woman applying sunscreen by a pool.

The Right Sunblock
Skin cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer, yet many still do not seem to recognize the importance of a good sunblock. Look for a broad spectrum UVA/UVA sunblock, one that has an SPF factor of at least 30. OROGOLD suggests that you apply it half an hour before heading into the sun, and keep reapplying it every two hours for maximum protection.

It is always important to start preparing for swimsuit season in advance, giving yourself enough time to get your body into shape. With a little planning and preparation, you will be able to excitedly anticipate the start of the summer season rather than dread its arrival!