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My ‘Plated’ Review

October 12, 2016

Two of our friends gifted us a subscription to Plated as a wedding present. Plated is a meal subscription service. Every week you pick 2-3 meals and they mail all the ingredients portioned out along with matching recipe cards. This gift came in handy as I started to run out of dinner ideas.

Here’s my week 1 first impressions. I chose the 3 meals a week for 2 people plan, which is $72 per week. You start by picking 2-3 meals from from about 9 recipes. There’s a good variety of vegitarian options and protein options. A plus about Plated is that you can easily skip weeks for whatever reason. You also choose which day of the week you want the package to be delievered. Plated shippments are tracked so you know exactly when it should be delievered to your door.

It came in one box with cooler bags to keep all the ingredients fresh. I appreciated how organized everything was. The ingredients were grouped and labeled by recipe. I enjoyed the large recipe cards with detailed photos. I will definitely be saving these recipe cards for the future.
fullsizerender-3My biggest complaint would be the portion size. I thought that their filler ingredients outweighed the main ingredient. Their 2 person portion of steak looked more like a portion for one.

Tomato Braised Fish with Fennel, Potatoes and Dill:
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fullsizerender-5fullsizerender-6Sicilian Turkey Meatballs with Eggplant Ragufullsizerender-1 fullsizerender-7Overall, I enjoy using Plated. I do less grocery shopping and don’t have to stress so much about what to make for dinner. We picked recipes based on trying ingredients/recipes that we wouldn’t normally gravitate towards, so it allowed us to expand our horizons. Some of the recepes were better than others. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be continuing my subscription once my current one runs out. For the little amount of food you recieve, it’s just not worth it. Plated is a unique gift that would be great for newlyweds, parents with newborns or just anyone who wants to cook, but don’t have all the time in the world.

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The Nifty Noodle Goes to Kuala Lumpur

August 17, 2016

Kuala Lumpur was a layover and the last stop on our Asia Honeymoon. We spent a day and a half in KL and the majority of the time we were either eating or shopping. We were shocked by how huge the malls were. I wish I took photos of how grand their malls were. American malls would look puny in comparison.

Lot 10

My priority was to eat all the Malaysian food I could get my hands on. A friend recommended we go to Lot 10 because of all the varieties of foods they served. There were multiple stalls and we stuffed our faces until we couldn’t eat anymore. For noodle fans out there, you will find yourself in heaven. 
FullSizeRender (4) FullSizeRender (1)Chinatown- Petaling Street

Chinatown is another spot to get cheap, delicious food. Bargain hunters also flock here for cheap souvenirs and knockoffs. We didn’t buy anything, but be sure to haggle if you do. FullSizeRender (5)Petronas Towers

Petronas Twin Towers are the highest towers in Kuala Lumpur. The tour first takes you up to the observation deck that connects the two buildings before heading up to the Sky Deck on the top floor. Tickets sell out early, so try to buy your tickets online beforehand. It was a little underwhelming, but I guess if you happen to be in KL, you should check it out. FullSizeRender (2)FullSizeRender (3)

Of course a trip to Asia would not be complete without visiting a McDonalds. The fried chicken wings were meh, but I’d go back just for their chicken wrap. IMG_6991

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The Nifty Noodle Goes to Bali- Seminyak

August 9, 2016

We had a packed honeymoon agenda and all we wanted to do towards the end was relax. After Ubud we headed to Seminyak for some much needed R&R. We loved our hotel so much that we barely left the premisise. I don’t have much to say so I’ll let the photos do the talking for me.

Our DIY welcome drinks!

IMG_6911These were a hot commodity.IMG_6921Give me a bucket of fries and I’m a very happy camper. IMG_6924 IMG_6940Bali, you are beautiful! IMG_6937

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The Nifty Noodle Goes to Bali- Ubud

August 3, 2016

We decided to divide our time in Bali and stay in two different areas: Ubud and Semiyak. Ubud is further north in the jungle area. Semiyak is known for their beaches and fancy resorts. I’m glad we stayed at both locations because it provided us with two totally different experiences.

Instagram makes Bali look like paradise, so I was a little shell shocked when I arrived. Bali is still very much a third world country. The drive from the airport to our hotel in Ubud took almost 3 hours. The two places looked close on the map, but because there are one lane roads and no traffic lights, the traffic was insane. The plus side of Bali is that people are very hospitable. As soon as we arrived at our hotel we were greeted with welcome drinks and mini cakes. Another plus was the infinity pool and view of rice paddy fields from our room.

Another reason we chose to stay in Ubud was because it’s centrally located to all the activies we wanted to do.

Mt Batur Sunrise Hike

We sacrificed sleep to be picked up at 2am for our volcano sunrise hike. The drive took about 2 hours. We met up with our guides, were given flashlights and immediately began our hike. I was surprised by how many other tourist were doing the same hike. From the bottom, you could see a line of lights of other people who started the hike earlier.

The first 30 minutes of the hike was relatively easy as the path was paved and flat. The rest of the hike was all uphill. The narrow path was covered in tiny rocks which made it easy to slip. There were so many other people hiking the same path that there was traffic going up. We were able to take it nice and slow. The hike up took around 2 hours and by the time I got to the top I was dripping in sweat.IMG_6815

Our guide found a bench and a less congested area to sit while we waiting for the sun to rise. Our guide hardboiled some eggs in the volcanoes steam. After the sun finally rose, we had an incrediable view of surrounding volcanoes and mountains. DSCF0975

Now that it was daylight, it was kind of crazy to see how steep the trail was. Then, we were told that the way back down was the same way we came up. I thought coming up was scary, but it didn’t compare to coming back down. I slipped a few times on the way down. There were a few people who were in our group that thought it was a smart idea to hike in flip flops. I was so happy that I survived the hike in one piece. The views were definitely worth the trip.IMG_6828

Post hike we got to relax at a natural hot spring at Toya Bungkah Village. It was a much deserved treat for us.

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Biking through Ubud

I wanted to maximize my time in Ubud, so after the hike, I had planned a bike tour. Note to self, never do that again. We biked for 2 hours through small villages, temples, a bamboo forest, rice paddies and a trditional Penglipuran village.DSCF0999

I enjoyed the experience as we got to see less touristy areas of Bali. However, biking through Bali is not for the faint of heart. Some of the paths we biked were along extremely narrow ledges, and if you fell, there was no coming back. There were times stray dogs would chase after us. This was terrifying for me. Crossing roads was also dangerous since there are no traffic lights and there seemed to be no rules on the road. This was another adventure that we are lucky to have survived.DSCF0993Canyoning

This was definitely not my idea. For those of you who know me, I like to play it safe. When I first read about canyoning, I was hesitant to tell Wes because I knew he’d be interested in it. He’s the more adventurous one and it’s no secret that I’m the nervous Nellie. I’m not a strong swimmer, afraid of heights and not very coordinated. Canyoning is probably not the best idea for someone like me, but I wanted to try something that Wes has never done.

When we arrived, we went through a brief training. The guides could see the fear writted on my face, but it took over 2 hours to get to the location and there was no going back for me. Plus, FOMO got the best of me.

I have to admit that this was the best thing I did in Bali. We went down natural water slides, repelled down 75 feet waterfalls, and cliff dived into the canyon. Even though I crashed into the sides of the waterfalls multiple times, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. The scariest part was jumping off the cliffs. You had to leap far enough to prevent crashing into the rocks in the bottom. It was one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve ever done, but I’m so glad that I did it.

This was our highest jump at around 30 feet. I guess from up top, the drop looks higher and much scarier. Here’s Wes’s jump.

And now here’s me…very afarid…

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The Nifty Noodle Goes to Singapore

July 27, 2016

If you’re going to be on a plane for over 20 hours, to you might as well make the most of your time. We opted for a 24 hour layover in Singapore. We arrived around 6:30am and went straight to our hotel to freshen up in their infinity pool As you could see, the pool was pretty bomb.

Hawker Centres

I was in Singapore 4 years ago, but was disappointed that I was not able to leave the airport. The only thing I wanted to do was visit some hawker stalls, so this was on the top of my list this time around. Our taxi driver recommended the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. Lucky for us it was only a 10 minute walk from our hotel. We arrived around 10am and most of the stalls were still closed. There were probably about 60 stalls under one roof; the possiblies were endless.

We read that Tian Tian Hainese Chicken was served some of the best Hainanese chicken. I don’t normally enjoy Hainanese chicken, but since we were in Singapore, I had to. A line was formed even before the stall opened, but the line moved fast. It was worth the wait! But be sure to get it with hot sauce.

IMG_6781IMG_6782Hawker stalls are the place to go for cheap good eats. Each dish was around $2-4 USD. Some of the other dishes we tried were Laksa and Char Kway Teow. I was in noodle heaven. Singapore is also known for their Indian food. I don’t remember the name of this dish, but it was fried dough filled with potatoes and it came with different dipping sauces. 
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Chinatown

This is the place to go if you want to buy souvenirs. They have everything from Super Hero luggage tags to kiddie chopsticks. They also have hawker stalls, but unfortunitely we were too full to try any food here. IMG_6786We loved the beef jerky! It melted in our mouths. Too bad we weren’t able to bring this back to the States.IMG_6798

Eat Chilli Crabs

I think chilli crabs are the most famous dish in Singapore. Wes raved about these chilli crabs. We went to Jumbo Seafood and ordered one chilli crab and one black pepper crab. I made the mistake of wanted to try the black pepper crab. We should have just ordered two chilli crabs. The black pepper crab was good, but could not compare to the chilli crab. The spices were on point. Be sure to order the fried mantou to scoop up the excess sauce. Why can’t we have giant crabs in the States?IMG_6802

Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands is Singapore’s most iconic hotel. They’re known for their infinity pool, but it’s only open for their guests. For less than $20 a ticket, you can go up to the rooftop for a view of the whole city. I’m not sure if I can say that it was worth it, but we were able to score some cool photos. 
IMG_6793 IMG_6795Next to the hotel is the Garden by the Bay and it’s free to walk around the grounds. We had a fun time strooling around this area. I wish we were able to see this at night. 
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Singapore Zoo

This was probably the biggest let down.  It’s not in the city center and not easily accessable by public transportation, so opted for a 1 hour taxi ride. We purchased the 8:15pm tickets for the Night Safari. We waited almost 2 hours to get on the Night Safari. I admit it was an unique experience as we got to drive through the zoo and see the animals at night. It was a 45 minute safari and there was a guide speaking throughout the tour. However, there were a bunch of rude people who spoke over the guide. The wait had been so long that we missed all the other attractions the zoo had to offer. There was an option to walk through the zoo instead of the safari ride. I wonder if that would have been a better experience. IMG_6805

For only having 24 hours in Singapore, I think we were able to accomplish alot. I just wish my stomach was bigger so I could have ate more.