Review: Bonefish Grill restaurant! @BonefishGrill #HelloNewMenu



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My boyfriend and I drove cross country from California to NY four years ago.  Along the way, we saw signs for the Bonefish Grill restaurant, but never stopped there.   I looked up their menu online and really wanted to try it there.  But by that time it was too late.  Not too long ago though, one opened up about half an hour from home.   We’re not big mall shoppers (like only when it’s an absolute necessity).   The mall is extremely busy and it’s nearly impossible trying to get a parking space near dinner time, unless you want to pay for valet.  Which we don’t.  Bargain Hounds don’t pay for free parking :)

I’ve been telling my boyfriend that I really want to try this restaurant.  My birthday is this week and he’s been asking me where I wanted to go, and I was going to tell him I finally wanted to try Bonefish Grill.  Well, to my surprise, I was selected through Tomoson to receive a gift box from Bonefish Grill, which included a gift card, in return for a review.

Within days, I received this awesome package!

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But what’s in it, right?  I didn’t know what they were sending me in the box, so I was very anxious to see what was in it!

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I received a copy of their new menu, some recipe cards, some blue fish gummy candy, and a $50 Bonefish Grill gift card!  Woohoo!

We wasted NO time to finally try out Bonefish Grill.  I knew they had a new menu, as this was part of their blog campaign, so I thoroughly researched their new menu online before our dinner out.  A lot of things on their menu sounded good to me, and I was not exactly sure what I would be getting.

We made reservations for 7:15 and got there about 1/2 an hour early, mainly so we could find a parking space.   To our surprise, we found one rather quickly.  We went in early just in case they could seat us earlier than our reservation time, but we ended up getting seated at about 7:13.   Which was ok with us, they were really busy!

The ambiance of the restaurant was really nice.  The decor had an Asian flare to it (and so does their menu) and there was a flameless candle at each table.  It’s a good thing they had the candles at the tables, because it was so dark, we would not have been able to read our menus otherwise!

Our server’s name was Chris (same name as my boyfriend, so easy to remember!)  and he was exceptionally helpful and friendly.  He took our drink orders (just soda for us) and we ordered appetizers.  Shortly afterwards, he brought us out some sliced bread and an oil/pesto mixture to dip it in.  This bread was delicious!  It was hot and crispy on the outside, and warm and soft on th inside.  I’m not one  to try something I’m unsure of, but I did try the oil and it was really good.

This is the only picture I took without the flash.

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It wasn’t too long before our appetizers arrived.  I ordered calamari, and Chris ordered crab cakes.  My calamari was delicious!  They were very lightly battered and very crispy, just how I like them.  Chris’s crab cakes came with a dipping sauce which he also really liked, even though he said it was really spicy.  He usually doesn’t like spicy things, but he said it was really good.

My calamari also came with a dipping sauce.  I usually eat my calamari just plain but I did try the sauce and I thought the sauce was really sweet, so I just ate them without the sauce.  I did accidentally eat a fried red pepper though, because it was so dark I couldn’t see what I was eating.  I don’t like cooked peppers in any way, shape or form, so that was not a pleasant surprise or taste for my palate, lol.    But the calamari themselves were absolutely delicious.

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After we finished our appetizers, it did take at least a half an hour for our entrees to come out.  I’m assuming because it was so busy in there.

And I will tell you – it was worth the wait!

Chris ordered the ribeye steak (well done) with asparagus and Au Gratin potatoes.    He said it was one of the best steaks he ever had.  (The 13 oz. steak was $27, so it better have been good!)    When the server brought out our entrees, he asked Chris to cut open his steak to make sure it was cooked correctly.  Which I do like when they ask that, but unless they gave him a flashlight, it was nearly impossible to tell.    Chris enjoyed every part of his entree.  He said the Au Gratin potatoes were creamy and cheesy and delicious, and he said the asparagus were delicious too.  And when he was eating his steak, I have to quote him.  “This steak is so good, it’s enough to make a grown man cry”.   He might not have actually cried, but he absolutely loved the steak.

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So for my entree, I ordered the wood-grilled scallops and shrimp in a lemon butter sauce, with a side of garlic whipped potatoes and jasmine rice.  The rice was very much like Asian sticky rice with a hint of jasmine, and the flavor was very nice.  The garlic whipped potatoes were very creamy and you could really taste the garlic in them.  I love garlic, so I thought they were really good.  If you aren’t a big fan of garlic you will probably not like them though.

But the wood-grilled scallops and shrimp?  Oh my.  Hands down, they were the best shrimp and scallops I’ve ever had.  The wood-grilled taste was unbelievable, and the lemon butter sauce they put on top of them just about sent me over the edge.  At first bite I was so glad I decided on this as my main course. I would, without hesitation, order this entree again.

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Now here’s something we almost never do.  We saw some desserts come out at the tables around us and got curious about their desserts.  Chris was torn between the Jamaican Coconut Pie and the Key Lime Pie, and I was torn between the Jamaican Coconut Pie and the Macadamia Nut brownie with ice cream dessert.   We ended up each ordering a piece of the Coconut Pie.  The description was “Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie creamy custard, rum sauce + whipped cream”.  The picture on their menu looked creamy and we both really wanted that.

When it arrived, we were a little surprised.  Or maybe a lot surprised.  There was no custard whatsoever, and it was not creamy at all.  It wasn’t even a pie.  It was dry like a macaroon all the way through, with whipped cream on top, and a little sauce drizzled over the corner of it and on the plate.  The sauce tasted like it was not cooked all the way.  You could feel the texture of the sugar granules in it because the sugar never dissolved in the sauce, which I’m assuming is because the sauce wasn’t cooked long enough.  It tasted like the beginning stage of caramel, like when you are waiting for the brown sugar and butter to thicken.   The coconut was so dry and thick, I couldn’t even eat it.  So I was really disappointed in the dessert.  Especially since we almost never eat dessert.  We were both wishing we had tried something else for desssert, and when we go back, we will most definitely try a different dessert.

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Overall, this was a $90 meal for the two of us. But thanks to Bonefish Grill and our $50 gift card, it ended up being a $40 meal.   We did leave feeling very full and pleased with our meals overall.

If you haven’t checked out Bonefish Grill, you should!  They have a great new menu and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll love.   Check out their restaurant locator to see where the nearest Bonefish Grill is to you.

Have you tried Bonefish Grill’s new menu yet?  Comment below and let me know what your favorite entree is!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Product Review: Marshmallow Soap from The Marshmallow Soap Company!



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I’ve been out of town on a business trip all week, and I was saving my Marshmallow Soap to review while I was on my trip, because there’s nothing enjoyable about using hotel soap (or any trial sized hotel products for that matter).  And I wanted to indulge in something nice while I was away.  So as much as it was killing me to not use my soap before this week, I packed them away in my travel bag.

I do have to say, that at first, the company forgot to send me my product to review.  I was told I would be getting 4 soaps and a few body butters to review.  After emailing them, they said they forgot to mail my package and promptly mailed me the soaps to review.  Unfortunately, I did not get all 4 soaps promised, and I never received any of the body butters, so I’m unable to review those specific products.

I did receive three different marshmallow soaps from the Marshmallow Soap Company.  When I first heard about this product, I was very intrigued.   Marshmallow soap?  What is that? And are they soft like marshmallows?  What are they made of?

These are just some of the questions I had when I heard about this product.

The Marshmallow Soap Company sent me three scents of soaps.  There was a label on the tall one, but in my excitement when they came in, I did remove the label to open the package to smell the soap and I completely forgot what they scent was.  But it’s very fruity smelling, and smells delicious, lol.   The other flavors (or scents) I received were Born in the USA Watermelon Lemonade and Mrs. Hazelnut.

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When you take them out of their packaging, they look like wonderful little bite sized desserts.  I mean, they even have sprinkles on them!  (Are the sprinkles edible?)

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And yes, they are soft and squishy, just like a marshmallow!  How is it possible that this is also a soap?  That may be a question I will never understand.

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One of my concerns, was if the soap would just disintegrate and dissolve before my eyes as soon as it got wet, like a real marshmallow would.  To my surprise, it did not. And not only that, but they also float!

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The shape changed slightly because it’s soft and squishy, but did not immediately dissolve.    One of my pet peeves with soaps is when they do not lather.  When I wash, I want a good lather.  The lather is what makes me feel like it’s cleaning my skin.   Well no problems here, this soaps lathers up just fine.

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This is the watermelon-lemonade soap with sprinkles on it.

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And again, it lathers just fine.

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It did not happen on purpose, but my favorite soap was saved best for last. Mrs. Hazelnut scented marshmallow soap.  I don’t know if it’s because I was starving from not eating much today or what, but as soon as I opened the box, you could smell the hazelnut aroma and I just wanted to eat the soap.  It smelled so yummy!   Plus, it just looked like fudge with sprinkles on top.   Who knew that washing could make you so hungry!

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Still intrigued about marshmallow soap?  Here’s a little more info on their soaps.  They are Eco Friendly – Cruelty Free – Vegetable Derived and contain No Parabens, Phthalates & Nitro Musk.  These are natural soaps, not detergent based like most soaps you buy at your local grocery stores.  This means they are also better for your skin.

Not only did these soaps leave my hands smelling nice, they left them soft and smooth.

You can purchase Marshmallow Soaps right through their website.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest, too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Amazon ~ Makeup or desk organizer just $2.27 shipped!



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Right now on Amazon you can purchase this super cute makeup organizer for just $2.27 shipped!

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Product Review for dog #bullysticks Best for My Pets!



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You probably already know this, but my favorite thing to blog about is my dogs.  We have six dogs, and five are Chihuahuas.  Very picky, finicky, Chihuahuas.

One of our Chihuahuas is a merle. She’s only 8 months old, and because of the merle gene, she is ginormous!!  All of our other Chihuahuas are around 5-6 lbs.  But not our Molly.  She’s a whopping 15 lbs at just 8 months old.  Yes, you read that right.  15 pounds!!  She’s not fat at all, just HUGE.  Long, tall, and Paul Bunyan-like, lol.  She’s very clumsy, very playful, quite adorable, and very loving.  But she’s also very destructive.  VERY.

If she can get her teeth around it, she’ll chew it.  Not edible?  Not a problem.  The beast will make it edible.  She finds things that we didn’t even know we had.  Out of no where, we’ll find her chomping on something and wonder what it was.   The only time she’s not chewing or destroying something is when she is sleeping.  And unfortunately, that’s just not often enough!

We are forever trying to find treats that are safe, yet will keep her little chompers busy for a while so she will stop destroying our things.  We can’t seem to find something that she can’t devour in a matter of minutes.  And real bones are not an option.  They are just too dangerous.  I don’t like how they splinter, and Chihuahuas are (normally) small dogs and I wouldn’t want any of our other dogs getting a hold of the bones.

I had completely forgotten about Bully Sticks!  Our other female Chihuahua, Annabelle, loves bully sticks.  We haven’t had any in the house in quite a while.  I’ve been meaning to look them up on Amazon to price out a package of them but keep forgetting.   So when I had the opportunity to review a bag of Bully Sticks from Best For My Pets, I jumped at the chance!

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I received an 8 oz bag of 6″ sized bully sticks, which are perfect sizes for Chihuahuas!  There were at least about 20 sticks in the package.  I sat on the floor and opened them up, and let the craziness begin!

Molly is always front and center, and that’s her in this picture, sticking her whole face into the bag of bully sticks!  Cody is our 5 lb. chihuahua who likes to stalk all the other dogs.  Cody is not very popular among the other dogs, lol.

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Molly and Cody again…

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And again….

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She finally picked the one she wanted!

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And now Cody wants one…

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But first, he has to stalk some of the other dogs.  Sammy actually pulled out two Bully Sticks while Cody watches…

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Noah takes his…

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Annabelle has already started gnawing on her bully stick, when Cody comes over to inspect…

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Finally it’s Cody’s turn.

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After everyone got their bully sticks, I went to check up on Molly.  Notice that she’s not only chewing on her bully stick, but there’s another one laying next to her!   She stole a bully stick from one of the other dogs!

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Then I checked up on Annabelle, because out of all of the dogs, she is our most pickiest one of them all.  But no worries here!  Annabelle was thoroughly enjoying her bully stick!

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Maxi enjoyed his bully stick, too, but he always prefers to chew on things while laying on my lap.  I think he feels safer and knows I won’t let Molly take it from him, lol!

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So would you like your dogs to try these bully sticks?  You can purchase them right on Amazon!   They are normally $68.99 for this sized package, but right now you can purchase them for just $28.90 shipped!  Prices on Amazon change all the time, so you might want to hurry and snag these at this price while you can!

These bully sticks don’t just give your dogs something to keep their mouths busy, but they also clean their teeth!  Chihuahuas area known for having dental issues, so I’m always on the lookout for products promoting healthy teeth and gums for them.  These bully sticks are also 100% pure beef, and are free of chemicals, preservatives and additives.   And if your dog doesn’t absolutely love them, they come with a 100% Money back guarantee!  You have nothing to lose, and I’m betting your dog will LOVE these!

Want to see Annabelle and Molly chewing on their bully sticks?  Check out this quick clip!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Check out my video & review on the Big Boss Power Juicer from #bigbosskitchen!



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Ok, so I can’t tell you enough how excited I was to try this latest product from Big Boss!  I’m a huge new fan of Big Boss products.   First I got to review their Slice-A-Roo, then the Swirlio, and now this!  This is the Big Boss 800 Watt Power Juicer!

I love juice. But, it’s one of those thing I always forget to buy when I’m grocery shopping.  Chris sometimes remembers to buy juice when he shops with me, but it’s just one of those things that I always forget to put on my list.  I always remember to buy my fruits and veggies though.

I love all fruits, and I love almost all veggies.   So since I always seem to have these foods on hand, I can make my own healthy juices, even when I forget to buy juice at the store!   I’ve tried some of the “healthy” fruit & veggie drinks they sell in the store, and I just don’t like them.  Have you ever seen all of the ingredients in these “healthy” drinks?   It’s crazy.   When I want apple juice, I want it to be 100% apples.  When I want grapefruit juice, I want it to be 100% grapefruit.  And when I want a healthy fruit & veggie drink, I want it to be 100% my fruits & veggies.  I don’t want a lot of preservatives I can’t even pronounce.

Thanks to the Big Boss Power Juicer, I can now have it my way!

For starters, look at this thing.   It’s a nice looking appliance, and the one I received was all stainless steel.   It has a lot of components to it, which intimidated me at first, but I quickly figured it all out and now it’s a piece of cake to set up and clean up.

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This thing has an extra-wide, 3″ feeder and you can place an entire, whole apple in it!  You don’t have to core it, peel it, nothing.  Just place the whole apple in the feeder, and this thing does all the work for you.  It separates the pulp from the juice with ease.  This juicer also comes with a container to hold your juice, and it has a flip-lid on it.   There is a spout that pours the juice into the container.   If you don’t want to drink your juice right away, you can just place the container in the fridge so you can drink it later.  They thought of everything!

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In this picture below, you can see the apple sitting in the feeder.  This was a whole apple, unpeeled and not cored.

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Just place your food in the feeder, turn the unit on, and press down on the black pusher.

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In a matter of seconds, you have amazing, healthy juice!

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You can see the pulp on the top of the plastic lid and when you lift it up, you can see all of the pulp in the pulp reservoir.

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This is the extremely thin and fine mesh “basket” that keeps your juice from getting pulp in it.  Nothing but juice will get through this!

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Before you know it, you’ve got delicious, healthy, preservative-free juice!  And it tastes amazing!

 

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This juicer comes with a book of recipes, but to my surprise – this juicer doesn’t only make juice.  You can use it to make soups, broth, and even breads!  Who knew?!

I’m still experimenting with fruits & veggies, and I’m learning a lot, too.  Like, who knew that celery helps insomnia?  I had no idea.  I could definitely use a dose of that before bedtime!

There are so many recipes, and the BF and I are very excited to try them all out.

If you’d like to purchase this, it’s available on Amazon for just $99.99 with free shipping!

Want to see it in action?  Check out my quick video below!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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