Degustabox August Edition

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A good way to end the workday is to find a fun package at your doorstep. In the mail last week, my August Degustabox delivery brightened the end of my workday. It was filled with delicious goodies for me to eat.

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Degustabox tries to send out new and fun products to its recipients, opening up your palate to new food and ingredients. I was able to try a bunch of new things this month. I love trying new foods, restaurants, seeing new places, and meeting new people so Degustabox is perfect for someone like me.

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Immediately I broke into this new flavor of Pop Chips.  I love Pop Chips! BBQ is my favorite flavor but these cheddar and sour cream flavored with ridges is in the Top 3 for sure. I will be buying a bag of these the moment I see them in the stores.

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This group ended up being my favorites of the bunch. The Sir Kensington chipotle mayonnaise was a fun and different spread to use on my lunchbox sandwiches to give them a kick. And the Goya Cookies I devoured while watching Olympic gymnastics- Yay for Team USA!

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There was turkey jerky which BC basically stole from me and ate all himself. I managed to snag one and was a fan. I like jerky but not all the nitrates usually added so this non-nitrate brand was great!

This month I tried aloe juice for the first time. This Alo brand aloe juice was a pretty delicious afternoon pick-me-up at work one day. It is made with aloe (of course), mango, and mangosteen. I love, love, love mangosteen and it is impossible to find in North America.

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This is what mangosteen looks like at a home-cooked dinner in a small village on Bali, Indonesia. Sorry for the blur but there is no electricity where we were on Bali but man was that dinner so good!

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In this month’s Degustabox was a bag of White Lily White Grape Seed Flour. I have never heard of such a thing before so I asked the Google what to do with it and the answer was anything!

I picked up a bunch of delicious in-season, juicy peaches at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market this weekend and used my newfound knowledge of white grape seed flour and made a batch of peach brown betty.

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If you don’t know what brown betty is, it is like a dessert crisp but I think it is better. The recipe I used this time called for breadcrumbs and flour instead of oatmeal so I used some leftover Farmer’s Market lemon rosemary bread cubed(1/2 cup), butter (1/3 cup), white grape seed flour (1/2 cup), brown sugar (1/2 cup), cinnamon, juice of 1 lemon, and 5 peaches.  That’s all! It is easy-peasy. Everything goes together, mix, put on top of the peaches. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes and voila- an awesome summer dessert!

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BC added ice cream to the top of his portion while I ate mine as is.  It was definitely one of my better forays into baking.

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Reader Question: Have you ever heard of apple/peach/pear brown betty? What is your favorite fruit dessert?

Disclaimer: My Degustabox was complimentary but all opinions are my own.  If you want to sign up for a monthly Degustabox membership- go here to do it!

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Skim Boarding and Bloody Mary’s in Dewey Beach

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Another summer filled with beach weekends has come to an end for me.  The summer is over early for us because of our upcoming National Park roadtrip begins in a few weeks. While we made it to Dewey Beach five (!) times this summer, it never seems like enough of this magical place.

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Last weekend was the Zap Amateur World Championships of Skim Boarding.  Skim boarding is a big thing in Dewey Beach so I was snapchatting it out to my followers and taking lots of photos.

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The championship was on my beach block too so we could see it from our deck.

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Some of the skimboarders were small kids and there were a few 30-somethings in the mix but mostly teenagers.

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This also happened at the Starboard:

Starboard Bloody Mary w crab and bacon

It is strange because I’ve always hated Bloody Mary’s. But one rough morning in Dewey Beach I ordered one and my mind was changed. But it could be because it was mostly vodka, with bacon and jumbo lump crabmeat on top.

Starboard’s make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, if that’s your thing:

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Jam Session at the Bottle and Cork was a mess this past weekend. It was 110 degrees outside and the Bottle and Cork is an open air venue.  I’m not kidding- it was actually 110 degrees. Me and my sweaty back were smashed into the only air-conditioned section with hundreds of other miserable beach-goers sucking down ice water. 

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The heat also made the beach pretty miserably hot on Saturday. Unfortunately, Ed’s Chicken and Crab shack in Dewey Beach wasn’t able to escape the heat. Some drunk girl smashed her car into the open air restaurant, hit a gas line, and blew up the place.  She was able to escape and it was closed when it occurred so no one was hurt.  But her car was incinerated along with the restaurant. 

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So long Ed! (He’s retiring and not rebuilding). Check out pictures of the inferno here.

Coincidentally, my favorite margarita Monday venue, Holy Frijoles, in the Hampden section of Baltimore, burned down too! I’m just going to walk around with a fire extinguisher or at least a spray bottle of water to put out fires and cool myself down on these dog days of summer!

Reader question: Bloody Mary’s- yay or nay? I used to say nay but now I’m like “heyyyyyy-yea!!!!

If you are on snapchat- find me- andreaonvaca.

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