Posted in Seasonal, The Nom Nom Diaries

The April Challenge/ McAlister’s Deli Review

Happy April, Valued Fools.

After checking my budget for March, I discovered that I spent a total of $371 on fast food. Currently, I am trying to save money for vacation and moving out so it seemed essential to make some cut backs. Add that to the fact that I’m trying to be healthier and it’s a no-brainer that fast food needs to be cut. Drastically.

So me and Mr. D have made it our goal this month to avoid fast food at all costs. Since we are weak, weak souls, we decided to give ourselves a cheat restaurant- okay, fine, TWO cheat restaurants, for our mental health’s sake. One is the Holy Grail itself: Skyline (Which I have reviewed before. Check it out here:

https://raereviewssite.wordpress.com/category/the-nom-nom-diaries/

And another one of my favorite fast food places: McAlister’s Deli, which I will review here today.

  1. Summary

You know those restaurants/ fast food places that you go to just to get the same thing every time? This is NOT one of those places. This is one of those places that does everything and does everything well. All kinds of salads, soups, sandwiches, and potatoes in all kinds of combinations. You can get a full entree with a side (Mac and Cheese, chips, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, fruit, veggies, etc) OR you can choose the Choose 2 and get a half size of two of the following (Sandwich, spud, soup or salad.) On top of that, they have a variety of delicious flavored teas and lemonades. They also have a deal going on for tea-lovers like me where when you buy 9 teas you get the 10th free. You can fill out a survey on your receipt and get a free cookie on your next visit as well.

There are tons of locations in North America, mostly centralized in the southeast. You can choose to sit down, take it to go, or order ahead online or on the phone. Everyone who works here is really nice and polite and my order has never been wrong. It can be a a bit pricey but you totally get what you pay for. If you’re looking to eat healthy/vegan/vegetarian this is the place to go. You could go here everyday and never get bored.

    2. April 2nd Meal

My first visit this month was on April Second and I ordered one of their current featured item: The Black Cherry Chicken Salad. It consisted of Spinach, grilled chicken, bacon, balsamic red onions, dried cherries, candied pecans, Gorgonzola and black cherry vinaigrette, but I ordered it without the Gorgonzola cuz that shiz nasty (If you don’t like bleu cheese, you wont be a fan of this either.) This is my favorite out of all the meals I’ve tried so far (which is saying ALOT.) Usually I pick the Choose 2 but I got the full salad this time. It was about as big as my head!! I ate the whole thing. SO delicious. I combined it with the black cherry vinaigrette that was the perfect balance of sweet and tart. The candied pecans gave it a nice crunch which paired beautifully with the crisp spinach and onion and chewy dried cherries. I don’t typically like my chicken grilled but here, soaked in the vinaigrette and mixed with the greens, it was absolute perfection.

Mr. D had the French Dip, and substituted the Swiss cheese for pepper jack. For those of you who aren’t familiar a French dip is roast beef on a sub, that comes with a Au Jus sauce to dip it in. He loves McAlister’s french dip and orders it all the time- and he used to be the General Manager of Arby’s so he knows a good french dip when he sees one. (Side Note: I love Arby’s french dip but McAlister’s is far superior.) For his side, he got the mac and cheese which was not great. It looked good (comparable to Stouffer’s) but it was room temperature, and very bland.

 BOTTOM LINE: I will continue going back a lot, especially for the month of April.

I would recommend it to anyone in any walk of life, especially those looking to eat healthy/vegan/vegetarian.

General Restaurant Rating: 9/10 Would eat again.

Rae’s Meal Rating: 10/10 Would eat again

Mr. D’s Meal Rating: 10/10 Would eat again (French Dip) and 3/10 Pass (Mac and Cheese)

https://www.mcalistersdeli.com/

 

Like what you read? Leave a comment or suggestion below! What’s your favorite restaurant? What’s your favorite thing to eat here? What restaurant would you like me to review next?

Also, April is far from over and so is this challenge, so look forward to more updates!

Posted in Seasonal

Spring Cleaning: A Journey

Spring is in the air…

And so is dust.

Time to break out the yellow rubber gloves, and finally unpack those boxes you’ve had in your garage since you moved in. If you are an organizational freak, like me, or if you’re a lazy sack of shit, also like me (What can I say? I’m complex) here’s a few spring cleaning tips to get you going.

  1. Make a list of what you want to tackle

You obviously can’t get to everything in one day so prioritizing is a must. Make a plan for the whole week if you have to. Personally, I would start with picking clothes up and starting laundry, because if you have a lot of clothes, or are washing for more than one person, this could take all day. Then pick up all the trash and throw that out. After that I would focus on dusting, cleaning surfaces and furniture, and then mopping/sweeping/vacuuming the floors. After that you get to the fun part: Organizing.

      2. Make a list of supplies

The last thing you want to do is go into such a monumental task unprepared. If you have a Costco or Sams Club membership, it is a great place to go to get cleaning supplies in bulk (Unfortunately, you will need them again in the future.) Otherwise, your nearest Walmart would do. Some of my go to supplies are: The Swiffer/ Swiffer WetJet for sweeping/mopping, Swiffer Duster for dusting, Tide laundry PODS for detergent and sofener, Clorox disinfectant wipes for cleaning counter tops, Fabreeze Heavy duty for whatever scents you may run into, Windex for glass, Compressed Air Duster for cleaning electronics, aaand a little bit of vinegar for the heavy duty or bad smelling stains.

swiffer.PNG

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/swiffer-3-in-1-cleaning-kit/prod11810062.ip

tide.PNG

http://www.target.com/p/tide-pods-42-count-original-laundry-detergent-pacs/-/A-21516452

clorox.PNG

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/clorox-wipes-5pk-5-x-78-count/prod12370175.ip?athcpid=prod12370175&athena=true&athpgid=pdp&athmtid=VaV&athznid=sams_ip_VaV&parentpid=prod360886&xid=pdp:carousel:people-who-viewed-this-item-also-viewed:4

duster.PNG

 

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ultra-Duster-Aerosol-with-Trigger-12-oz/16630941#about-item

 

      3. Don’t Try to do it all at Once

Cleaning is way less intimidating if you do it in sections. How you divide it up is up to you. You could do it by room, or split each room into quadrants. The most important thing is: once you start something, keep going until you finish it! I have a lot of problems with starting 10 different projects and not finishing anything. SO, although those floors are distractingly dirty, finish putting your clothes away first.

       4. Make it as Pleasant as Possible

Trying to get clean and organized sucks, there’s no arguing with that. However, there are some things you can do in order to avoid a completely unpleasant experience. Try throwing some tunes on, things always pass by quicker when you have something to jam to. Keep the house at a comfortable temperature. There is nothing more unmotivating then your house being freezing cold or boiling hot. It is spring now, so pop open some doors and windows or turn on the fans. Also, make sure to wear something comfortable that you wouldn’t mind getting ruined.

      5. Look for Life Hacks

I’m all about things that make my life easier. Sometimes finding those things is as simple as checking Pinterest. If you don’t have an account, I highly suggest getting one. It is free and the ideas are limitless. Follow the link to get set up today: http://www.pinterest.com or download in the app store.

     6. Have a Place for Everything

No matter how hard you try, there’s no way you’ll ever be organized if you have more stuff than places to put that stuff. The key aspect of organization is to have a place for everything, and have everything in its place. My go to spot for Organizers is the Container Store, but it can get a bit pricey there. For people on a smaller budget, Walmart and Target should have what you need as well. When trying to decide on what to organize, focus on your problem areas: Can you never find your shoes? Get a shoe tree; Do you have a jumbled drawer full of crap? Get a drawer organizer; if you don’t have a closet and your clothes don’t have a place or always get wrinkly, get a clothing rack; Once you establish a place for everything, you’d be surprised to find how easy it is to keep things clean.

rack.PNG

(You can also find ones with 3 hampers underneath so there’s a place to sort and store your dirty clothes)

https://www.containerstore.com/s/brushed-chrome-metal-clothes-rack/d?productId=10000191&q=clothing%20rack%20laundry%20bin

 

shoe.PNG

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/studio-3b-trade-6-tier-fabric-shoe-rack/3266791?skuId=40924755&mcid=PS_googlepla_nonbrand_storage_&adpos=1o2&creative=43742658229&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&product_id=40924755&gclid=CjwKEAjw_PfGBRDW_sutqMbQsmMSJAAMpUapQi_qMtlfWibNZyw_HUJpaueQ1SuBQTYLOtZ2TVsachoCHWTw_wcB

drawer.PNG

http://www.target.com/p/interdesign-chevron-fabric-4-piece-nursery-drawer-or-changing-table-organizer-multi-pack-gray-cream/-/A-47934494?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Baby+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Baby&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9015704&gclid=CjwKEAjw_PfGBRDW_sutqMbQsmMSJAAMpUapTIkOu2l8-CyU4LwsSKbD2dkRBVRdgz0EXNZI9VfQ6BoC1nbw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

My Journey is just beginning,  but I will not suffer in silence! I’ll keep you updated on my struggles, and you can update me with yours in the comments below! I should also mention that I am not paid/ sponsored by any of these brands/stores, these are just the brands/stores that I have had great experiences with. If you have any tips or suggestions, leave those in the comments as well. Happy Cleaning!