I tried the new Starbucks Pineapple Refresher

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  I had stars that were going to expire so I decided to try the new refresher. I have seen some reviews of people that love it and others of people that hate it. It’s often sold out but I was in a location where they had it.  I am not really a fan of pineapple flavours. I like other refreshers from Starbucks and I love passion fruit so thought it might be good. There are options to add coconut milk or lemonade. I always get coconut milk in my coffee but I don’t like it in refreshers and I always like lemonade. The drink at first seemed okay but it had a strange bitter aftertaste after each sip. I am not sure the addition of the lemonade made it like that but my mom and I both didn’t like it. It was drinkable but not something I would order again. I will stick to the the Mango Dragon Fruit refresher as my go to refresher from Starbucks.  Let me know if you have tried it in the comments or on Instagram @livingottawalocal.

I tried more meal kits from Vegano




Vegano is the first company I have ordered a second meal kit from. I even have credits with other companies but I can’t find anything I like. It’s amazing I found a vegan company I like. The meal kit is $70 including delivery for 3 meals for two people. The price is good for what you get I usually get three or four big portions out of each kit even though they are meant to be two portions. 

The first meal I made this week is grilled zucchini spaghetti it came with big pieces of grilled zucchini that the instructions say to put in the oven for 15 minutes. I cut the zucchini into pieces. The spaghetti was brown rice and the kit had cashew spinach dip, arugula, and a lemon vinaigrette. This one is easy to put together. It’s delicious I would order it again. 


The second meal was an Indian butter cauliflower. This is meant to be a vegan version of butter chicken. It came with garlic naan and rice. I had leftover khichari which is rice and lentils. I didn’t cook the rice in the kit I will use it another time. The cauliflower was cut up and it was easy to cook with the sauce.I also added soy curls and vegan butter to this dish. There was green chutney that was meant to be plated on top I marinated the soy curls in it. I was expecting the garlic naan to be more like garlic bread with parsley and butter but it was just bread that had a garlic flavour in it. It was a good dish. Before I became vegan I would buy those vegetarian canned butter chicken sauces from Costco the flavour of this dish was similar. It was good but because I am not a big fan of cauliflower I’m not sure if I would order this dish again. 


The third dish was vegan southwest polenta cakes. I had a lot of other food this week. The instructions say cook within 5 days, I didn’t cook it until 7 days but it was fine. The polenta was very tasty and the portion is huge. I have leftovers for a couple days. I was only able to salvage half the avocado and I think it was because someone was not gentle with it but it could be because I left it so long. The instructions says to cook the polenta in a pan and then the peppers. I wish I had thought to heat the polenta in the air fryer because I think it would have gotten nice and crisp. The black bean and corn salsa was meant to be added cold on top but I sautéed it with the peppers. The peppers had a nice spice to them and matched nicely with the dish. This dish also came with cilantro for garnish and it was still fresh after 7 days. This dish was easy to prepare and tasty. I might order it again in the future. 

I have already ordered another set of meals from Vegano for next week. I will definitely be reviewing more of the meals in the future. 

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