SPUD Local & Organic Delivery is Fantastic

I was first told about SPUD (Small Potatoes Urban Delivery) and their Fresh Harvest Box from a co-worker who has a forty minute commute and picks her son at daycare on the way back home.

Local and organic delivery

Local and organic delivery

Her life is hectic and she mentioned that one of her saving graces was not having to go to the store to shop. She said she was sampling new foods by eating what was in season and expanding her cooking repertoire…all because of the little purple bin that was delivered to her door each week.

After listening to my co-worker’s high praise, I decided to check SPUD out and upon signing up I received a discount on my first five orders. The Harvest Box is a local, organic delight that’s delivered to my home every Thursday. The ease of use at which I fill my orders is astounding, and I can pause my delivery any time I go out of town for business or vacation.

In the past, I have found it challenging to create and prepare meals that are both satisfying and fast. Formerly, I ate mostly frozen entrees at home and actually ended up eating out a lot (delicious and expensive in San Francisco). I never considered myself a great cook (I found out later it was because I was cooking hungry), and as an athlete I enjoy eating healthily.

SPUD has helped me grow as a chef because fresh food demands to be used within the week before my next delivery. I have begun to plan meals around my deliveries and have found the recipes on the SPUD site quite helpful.

My method for cooking begins as I walk in the door like a ravenous beast and will usually start with fresh fruit or some raw veggies to stem the tide.
I relish the fact that I can pronounce all the ingredients on the products that I buy, I then choose a recipe and begin preparing my meal.

I’m also really impressed how much SPUD supports the local community, and makes it easy for it’s customers to participate in the company initiatives. I had been planning to do spring cleaning with my housemates, and we were going to donate our clothes, but it was a bit of a hassle because none of us had time to get the car and carve up our day.

SPUD simplified the process by picking up clothes in the bins that I hadn’t yet returned and then donated them to a great local cause. Presently spud is collecting school supplies and clothing for children to be donated to the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Cub.

Recently I’ve sampled local delicacies including grass-fed ground beef from Drakes Bay Family Farms (who are committed to sustainable agricultural and land management practices). In addition I also enjoyedKicks Cookies which were absolutely delightful…crisp, scrumptious, and produced in San Jose.

To sum up, this is why I like SPUD:
I have one less errand to run
It’s easy to modify an order
The produce is fresh
The products are local
I support my community

I highly recommend giving Spud a shot…it makes your weeks easier, you eat healthier, and you’ll enjoy opening your box..trust me.

Dinner When The Power Is Out

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A perfect dinner when the power is out…A burrito the size of my arm and a Pacifico from Ocean Taqueria: San Francisco’s finest.

Dinner at the Slanted Door

Goodness, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a fine meal…the complexity of the flavors once again shows how much I *don’t* know how to cook.

Reservations are a great idea so I called at 11am, and it took about 15 calls to get past the busy signal, and they actually only had a table for two on the 5th of July at 9:15pm…however I talked to the hostess at 5:30 pm at their suggestion, and got a reservation for the same night at 8pm. It was totally worth the hassle.