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Dinner in Under 30 Minutes…Thanks to Foodler

While I generally cook healthy, if not exciting, meals, sometimes my brain gets all fried or my day gets away from me (or both) and the dinner hour quickly approaches and I am reduced to offering what is on hand (a funny friend calls this Freezer Tapas -I’ve done this and it isn’t always pretty). So when I was asked if I would review a Foodler, food delivery site, I perked up and signed up. Take Out? I’m there!

So I wanted to recreate a day I would need this kind of back-up dinner, and that, not surprisingly, was fairly easy – I just had my regular Tuesday – too many carpools later,  I sat down with my children and we browsed the site together. Everyone has strong opinions when it comes to food and this is surprising, we easily found several places with food that everyone wanted.

Foodler has a variety of restaurants listed by area, popularity, delivery fee and rating.  You can type in your zip code or town and a list of restaurants pop up. I also really liked the search feature (looking for burgers, burritos, or soup? A list of restaurants that have your chosen food and their ratings appear.

I did not love accessing the site on my iPad (but that could be due to operator clueless-ness), I found it much easier to navigate on the computer. Some restaurants that I might have tried had a fairly high minimum order and some charge higher delivery charges than others (just look, it’s not hidden).  There is also a point rewards system that I didn’t really focus on but if you are a frequent flier then it may work out. Another Foodler perk also gives hours of operation and has handy mapping feature.

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Go here to see if they deliver in your area – Foodler Service Areas by State.

We decided on Thai food and even tried a new place for us, Mango Thai Cuisine in West Newton. It was easy to order and to make changes to the order (I have a tendency to over-order when I am hungry) and the piping hot food arrived in no time at all (really about 20 minutes). Our hands down favorite was the Crispy Chicken Pad Thai Noodles and the Scallion Pancakes were a close second. Hmm… a reasonably priced dinner in under 30 minutes? That I didn’t cook? That was easy to order from my laptop? Well, I did make a green salad and roasted some cauliflower in olive oil for the veggies we didn’t remember to order. That made it just right.

I will definitely keep this resource on deck for future non-cook nights.

Thanks to Foodler for providing a $15 credit to facilitate this review. Opinions, as always, are my own.

 

Friends With Kids

Good times? I hope so! I have been invited to the preview of the movie Friends With Kids tonight. Well, the perks just keep rolling in here at Capability Mom! Food, Film, what next? A Family Vacation – for the alliteration, natch (actually that would be really nice…just throwing it out there). So I will let you know how it is – the trailer looks funny (the restricted trailer is really funny – go here to see that). What happens when you mix Kissing Jessica Stein and a few Bridesmaids with a dash of Mad MenThe Brothers McMullen and a healthy dose of Parks and Rec? Sounds like a hit to me. Here is what David Edelstein of New York Magazine says about it – If Ingmar Bergman Were Funny – Friends With Kids is the best breeder movie in years”.

Here is the synopsis:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.friendswithkids.com

SYNOPSIS:  Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way.  They decide to have a kid together – and date other people.

Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, directed, and stars in the romantic comedy Friends with Kids. She plays Julie, a Manhattanite whose biological clock is about to run out, so she convinces her longtime platonic best friend, Jason (Adam Scott) to father a child with her. They seem to have a much easier time juggling the responsibilities of new parenthood without the complication of being in a relationship with each other, which is in contrast to the two couples they are closest to. As their friends’ marriages implode, Julie and Jason’s happy equilibrium topples over as well when he falls for a hot young artist (Megan Fox) and she begins dating a successful businessman (Edward Burns).

There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.

FRIENDS WITH KIDS stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt (KISSING JESSICA STEIN). Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release FRIENDS WITH KIDS on March 9, 2012.

Update: Yes, I know it has been days…sorry, I had house things to deal with. If you need to know, I think we have clothes moths. So I have been basking in the joy that unrelenting laundering of clothes and bagging of woolens and  vacuuming brings. I will spare you the details.

So the movie. My husband and I went into Boston for a rare mid-week movie date – we may in fact be the target demographic for this movie – or off by just a few years. We both liked the movie and agreed that the sleeplessness, crankiness and chaos of life with young children was authentically portrayed.

All of  the actors were wonderful and I could have seen more group scenes because the chemistry was so great.  I did even tear up near the end, but don’t go by me…I cry at Hallmark commercials. If you haven’t survived the early years with young children, you may be afraid. If you have, you can congratulate yourself on getting past them. BTW, I hear the teen years are a breeze. A sequel, maybe?

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