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.

Another week of meal kits from Vegano





My delivery usually comes at 10 am this time it came at 3pm so I was getting worried I wasn’t going to get the kit this week. I don’t buy groceries when I order meal kits because it’s enough food for me. I’m glad I got the kit. 

This weeks menu items were limited because a new menu comes out next week. The meals I chose were not my favourite but I had a discount code and I love a deal. 

The first meal I tried was a Moroccan eggplant tagine with couscous and a green pea and mint purée. The instructions said to cook the couscous for 5-6 minutes but I needed to cook mine for ten minutes. The tagine said to cook for ten minutes that might have been to long. The tagine had eggplant, onions, apricots, red peppers, chickpeas and a side of raisins. There was a lot of tomato paste flavour. The kit also came with some dried herbs to sprinkle on top. When I went to Morocco over 20 years ago every time I would ask for something vegetarian I either got a plate of prunes or an omelette. I expect that things have changed now. This dish did not compare to the food I remember in Morocco it is missing the spices. This tasted more like a curry my mom would make if she was trying to make something quick and easy. The dish was okay and easy to assemble but I wouldn’t order it again. 



The next dish was Lazy Kung Pao Noodles. This is one of their most popular dishes. You can’t really go wrong with rice noodles, sauce, broccoli, spiced peanuts, and green onions. My green onions wilted because my delivery was so late I could only salvage a bit of them. I am a little odd I like frozen broccoli but I don’t like fresh. That’s the only thing I didn’t like about this but that is just my odd taste. The peanuts were really good I ate a lot of them as a snack. This was a good dish but it wasn’t as good as the udon noodles I had in the past. I might order this again. 



The last dish was a roasted beet shawarma. I procrastinated on making this dish because I don’t like beets. I tried the hummus earlier in the week and my first bite was a whole clove of garlic I think they did not have a good enough blender. The rest of the hummus was okay. I only made a quarter of the beets because they gave way to much. I had to cook the beets for fifteen minutes. Then on a plate put the hummus. There was lettuce but I left it too long so couldn’t use it. Then on top of the beets garnish with the roasted chickpeas and pickled onions. It also came with pita bread. It was a good dish I shouldn’t have procrastinated for so long but I will be eating some more of this meal tomorrow. 

This weeks meals were not my personal favourites but they were better than I was expecting. The meals I am getting for next week I am very excited about so expect another post soon. 


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