Mantry Unboxing: Bourbon Breakfast + November Favorites

So I missed posting about my favorites from the October Mantry box, GQ: How to Entertain in Style, but looking back, I don’t think it was as much “I forgot” as it was “I wasn’t that impressed.” The salami was good, as most cured meats are, and the chocolate “salami” was as tasty as it was an interesting concept but nothing really hit right-on for me. Thankfully our November Mantry box, Leftovers, was different and I want to share some of the things I enjoyed most:

  • Good News Cashews and Coconut Granola by Hudson Henry Baking, Co.
    Just before starting on this blog post I ate about a handful and a half of this stuff. Something about granola makes me think it’s going to be a terrible snack but if you can look past how messy it can be if you eat it by itself, it’s really not. I paired it this morning with a bit of blueberry Yoplait Light yogurt. The bag it’s delivered in is sizable – probably one of the most impressively large items I’ve had delivered via Mantry, and the flavor it provides is not lacking in either the cashew or coconut categories it draws its name from. Fresh and crunchy, this is some A+ granola!
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  • Maplewood Smoked Bacon by Broadbent’s
    This was the first thing I tore into upon receipt of the box. The bacon is thick-cut and fries up beautifully. I added nothing to it or the pan aside from some fresh-cracked black pepper and even it wasn’t necessary. Mine and Erin’s tastebuds were assaulted with the strong, salty flavor you’d expect from country ham with a texture that was much thicker and sort-of chewier than your average bacon. There’s very little grease when you fry it up, likely because of how it’s cured, so you feel like you’re getting a nice fatty protein without as much of the fatty part. I enjoyed this bacon so much I ordered some for my parents and for my sister and her husband for Christmas.
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  • “Ragin’ Rooster” Sriracha Mustard by Green Mountain Mustard
    Last week I made up some hamburgers that were equal parts lean ground beef and breakfast sausage. With a side of hand-cut cheese fries, the burgers didn’t need anything extra to assist with flavor but the addition of this Sriracha Mustard was a wise one. The mustard was a nice flavor compliment to the spice in the sausage while the Sriracha aspect provided a spicier “kick” while also adding a hint of sweetness that you don’t normally find in your average hamburger. We were both big fans of this one!
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  • Spicy Maple Bourbon Pickles by Brooklyn Brine
    Also going on the aforementioned sausage burger, these Spicy Maple Bourbon Pickles stood well against the strong flavors of the sausage and Sriracha mustard, allowing for an even fuller range of tastes that basically attacked the palate on every front. I’m not a huge pickle-eater but these pickles along with the tiny onions floating around with them brought forth a nice extra bit of spice (but not too much) and a sweetness to the table. Again, not a big pickle eater, but I think these would stand well even on their own, let alone a kick-ass burger.
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I’m trying to keep up the practice of utilizing my newborn Pinterest account to maintain a list of the Mantry items I’ve reviewed. You can find that board here.

December’s Mantry crate’s theme is Bourbon Breakfast and aims to give us a legit reason to look forward to waking up in the morning, especially during these cold, dark winter mornings most folks are currently experiencing (I say most because it was 53 degrees on the way to the gym at 5:30am here in east Tennessee). So maybe it isn’t as cold here as it is other places and maybe I’m more of a morning person than most but that doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to enjoy some of these bourbon-infused and inspired breakfast delights in this month’s box! Let’s get going:

Going left to right:
Hazelnut Whiskey Cookies from Whimsy & Spice, Brooklyn, NY
Bacon Spread from Skillet Street Food, Seattle, WA
100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup from The Syrup Shop, Burlington, VT
Hazelnut Pancake Mix from Freddy Guy Hazelnut Farm, Monmouth, OR
Bourbon Blueberry Jam from Jam Stand, Brooklyn, NY
Spicy Borsellino from La Quercia, Norwalk, IA

Saying I’m excited to get down on some of these breakfast goodies is an understatement. I struck out when I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chai Protein Shakes from PaleOMG this morning – a little too bitter for my taste and, according to Erin via text message, adding honey doesn’t do it any favors. I do intend to give these another shot on Wednesday, though, and will be adding some things I think will make them taste better (and still keep it Paleo-esque) since serving them in our Butterbeer cups we picked up in Diagon Alley back in October apparently didn’t do the trick on its own!

Fingers crossed for good results from everything and tasty breakfasts!

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Reboot Day 5 – AKA “Five Days a Baby”

Today was the last day of eating solid food, thus ending phase 1. The eating hasn’t been death for me or anything but it’s certainly not anything like I’m used to. I choked down the last little bit of broccoli soup tonight with a large cup of water and felt not only relieved but accomplished: I finished day 5.

The upcoming phase (day 6-15) obviously means that a trip to the grocery was in order. There’s something insanely embarrassing about picking up 30 stalks of celery (we actually needed 50) and 12 cucumbers (we actually needed 24), three large bags of kale, three bags of apples and an entire shelf of coconut water. “It’s embarrassing to have your buggy full of healthy stuff but not if you had…beer and stuff?” Erin asked.

“Yes” is my response to that.

I feel like we’re hoarding vegetables, or like I told her tonight, like we’re planning a giant fruit fly experiment at home. Our cashier tonight tried to make us (me) feel better by saying that earlier a guy came through “with like 50 bags of pretzels.” It didn’t work. I’d love 50 bags of pretzels.

Today’s cravings included biscuits and gravy, waffles, maple syrup, peanut butter, huevos rancheros, Spanish rice, a hamburger from literally every place we passed today that sells hamburgers, pork bbq and pizza in addition to the aforementioned 50 bags of pretzels.

In fact, Foodbeast posted this photo of a pizza burger today on Facebook and I wanted to just die. The burger is cooked inside the pizza dough, which is then topped and baked like a pizza. If I could somehow fit my love of Mexican into this dish – maybe top the pizza with chorizo – then it would be an X-rated fantasy of mine come true in the most beautiful way possible.

I griped all the way home from the grocery today. Erin has been a real trooper through all of this and has been the only reason I’ve not given up on it yet. How she’s not yet filed for a divorce is beyond me but there’s 10 days left so anything can happen. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t.

Today (Day Five)

Feeling: Mostly well. I’ve noticed a near-nauseous feeling late this afternoon and into the evening. Energy level is normal, though and still no headaches.
Mood: Grouch.
Weight: 254 lbs
Blood Pressure: 119/86
Feelings toward Joe: I hope he poops himself inside-out.

I suppose aside from losing weight, bringing down my cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure, one positive I can take away from this experience is I can sign off my blog by saying that it’s “time for tea”. I can totally dig that.