Friday, October 24, 2014

Cooking Made Easy with Plated

Sure, I don't cook much, but I'm partially a biologist and I can follow protocols ... I mean, recipes ... That's why I use services like Plated when I'm not going out. With Plated, they send you exact ingredients and recipes, expecting you to only have olive oil, salt, and pepper in your kitchen. Pretty much what I have!

Plated isn't dirt cheap - each meal costs $12 with subscription or $15 a la carte. I have a subscription and you can just skip the weeks you don't want a delivery (which is 80% of the time for me). If you order more than $50, then delivery is free. But given the price, I have to say the food I've made using Plated have tasted quite good, if I do say so myself! They recently added dessert options, apparently.

Roast chicken with couscous and yogurt

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lunch at Del Frisco's Grille in Burlington, MA

I first heard of Del Frisco's Grille from their Santa Monica location, but didn't have the chance to check it out. Apparently it's a national chain and there's a location in Burlington, MA.

While the more formal Del Frisco had been around for longer, the company has refocused their efforts on the more casual Del Frisco's Grille. All the new locations they are opening will be the Grille, and each one will have a different decor. The Burlington location has a red-themed decor.

We started lunch with the Ahi tuna tacos, guacamole
Del Frisco's Grille
Coming from LA, this dish is nothing new but still good with fresh tuna and flavorful guacamole.

Next we had a series of flatbreads, starting with the Roasted tomato and mozzarella flatbread
I was pleasantly surprised with this pizza. The flavors were better than I had expected, especially with the roasted tomatoes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Free Airport Parking and Make Money with FlightCar

Have you heard of FlightCar? FlightCar is a way to park your car at the airport for free and make some side money, too. How? Well, they rent out your car to travelers. I just tried parking it for the first time and got my first check in the mail, on top getting 4 days of free airport parking!

Here's how it works:

For the Parker
When your car is rented via FlightCar, it is fully insured. You get $0.10 per mile driven for the first 100 miles per day and $0.40/mile over that. If the renter doesn't fill up the gas tank, you'll also get reimbursed for that. You just need to list your car ahead of time and tell them when you will drop it off and pick it up. You'll need to have the registration in the car.

TIP: Come a bit early. When you drop it off, they're supposed to have a black car to take you to the airport, but when I was there the car was busy picking someone up at the airport. Later, they told me they were supposed to call an Uber if this happens. As an apology they sent me a $20 check. I didn't miss my flight so it's all good, but just keep in mind you might want to get there earlier. You're getting free parking and potentially making money, so I think it's worth it.

For the Renter
So I've looked at the rental prices for FlightCar as well. Depending on the timing, yes, sometimes you can get really cheap rentals at these major airports. But if you're coming last minute and the rental prices have gone way up, then FlightCar has always been the cheapest option.
Try it with $20 off your first rental (or get it as a payout bonus when you list your car!) using this link:

Flightcar is currently available in Boston Logan, SFO, LAX, and Seattle Tacoma Airport.

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