GrubKit was founded by Max & Barb, a husband-and-wife duo with a huge passion for all things food and drink. They we’re excited to share some of their favorite recipes and ingredients with you.
Their mission is to inspire you to cook more at home and make it effortless by delivering pre-measured specialty ingredients to your door.
Their recipe kits come with just the right amount of pre-measured ingredients that are hand-selected with a focus on healthy and organic choices. No need to run around town trying to find all the different spices for your Indian curry dish or buying a quart of Thai fish sauce that you’ll only use once a year.
Each GrubKit is loaded with delicious and often hard-to-find specialty ingredients. Ingredients are sealed and pre-measured helping you prepare gourmet dishes in no time. Kits include detailed recipe cards along with a handy shopping list for fresh ingredients. We use biodegradable packing peanuts and ingredients are sealed in compostable cello bags.
Getting a jump on the summer season, when mostly locals are in town, Coral Gables known as the “City Beautiful” is offering diners incredible deals at some of the area’s best known restaurants. Similar to the Miami Spice promotion in August, this one lasts only two weeks from June 4-17.
The Fifth Annual Coral Gables Restaurant (a misnomer since the promotion lasts two weeks) includes 20% off regular prices on a fixed three-course lunch and/or dinner menu. The list of restaurants is impressive and features some of the city’s finest, as well as some newcomers.
Italian restaurants like Anacapri on Ponce, the classic and institution of Italian cuisine in the Gables Caffe Abbracci, Caffe Vialetto and Randazzo’s Little Italy are participating as are Le Provencal, Cibo Wine Bar, Talavera Cocina Mexicana and John Martin’s Irish Pub.
Click here to view all participating restaurants and their menus.
As you are driving on Santa Monica Boulevard looking for this spa, don’t expect to find it on the first level of a high rise or accompanying a gym. Willow Spa looks more like someone’s holistic house than a “top ten” rated spa in Los Angeles, but if you can gather your bearings, one visit to Willow Spa may change the way you live and the way you relax.
Known for its Asian-inspired massages, facials and scrubs, Willow Spa is similar to others offering over-the-top treatments in luxurious surroundings. Though most spas open the door for you and close it when you leave just as fast, Willow Spa explains the importance of living well, while also indulging in such treatments. One of the greatest things about this spa- other than its tropical feel and décor- are the packages they put together, such as the Thai “Balance” package that is like a small vacay to paradise, featuring a Tamarind body scrub and Flower and Milk foot soak; or the specialized Bride & Groom package that offers a week by week “to-do” spa and relaxation experience before the big “I do’s.”
If you are ready to roll your eyes about how expensive this “luxurious” treatment is going to cost you, you might want to clasp those rolling eyes and take a look at the price menu. An hour massage is less than a hundred dollars which is considered a bargain, especially in this city. So the next time you are driving down Santa Monica in bumper to bumper traffic, look for the Asian-influenced cottage offering a home away from home… or at least a well-deserved pit stop.
Want an alternative to the neighborhood Chinese buffet? Not quite adventurous to try the downtown Sushi bar? Then take a short drive to Virginia highlands for Surin of Thailand. Tucked away on the outskirts of the Atlanta skyline is this cozy dining hotspot that’s a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Upon entering this intimate dining chalet, guests are greeted by a fragrant floral bouquet, giving the room not only a feeling of Asian paradise, but that of being at home. The long tables are meant for family style dining, perfect for dinner parties or family outings. There are also private tables for special occasions or simply a romantic dinner for two.
Patrons enjoy a wide range of Thai cuisine including Roasted Duck with Red Curry, Crab Angels and a variety of Stir Fry options. All, of course, can be paired with a glass of delectable Plum wine.
With daily stressors that can wear and tear at your body (and every last nerve), it’s nice to have a place to get away from the grind. Kabuki Springs and Spa in Japantown accommodates the pampering needs of all, from private, alternative wellness services to San Francisco’s only Japanese-style community baths.
Designed to promote harmony and relaxation, Kabuki specializes in the exotic Pan-Asian experience. Just $20 at the door and you’re led through orchid and Buddha-lined hallways to a private dressing area, then through the steam curtains into the bath house. Serene music plays in the background as you melt the stress away in the hot tub, warm and cold baths, sauna, or steam room. There is no time limit on relaxation at Kabuki, so take a rest between each bath on cedar lounge chairs and hydrate with cucumber water or detoxifying tea.
Open seven days a week, Kabuki hosts men-only, women-only, or co-ed days, depending on your preference. Talking is strongly discouraged (have fun banging the Thai-style gong if it gets too loud for you!) and intimacy is not allowed. There’s no need for anyone to feel uncomfortable, since personal peace, space, and wellness are Kabuki’s top priority.
This Thai/Japanese restaurant certainly doesn’t suffer for its unconventional location in the heart of Little Havana. With a chic interior- stark white tables against crimson walls- and a buzzing, hip clientele, Mr. Yum is known for providing great service and delicious food. Every meal begins with a fancy amuse bouche and highlights include a special Pad Thai, Panang Curry and an incredible, creative sushi bar that’s as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.
Inspired by the lavishness of European cafes, the Grand Lux Cafe has something for everyone. Influences range from Thai and Malaysian to American and European. Dishes include: Austrian-style Wiener schnitzel and Indochina shrimp and chicken, fused with Chinese and Indian flavors. The cocktail menu features enticing Mai Tais, spicy Bloody Mary’s, and Kicked Up Coladas.