Locals, I’m going to make a big pitch for Angie’s Pantry. I’m not sure why we never tried this before — it would’ve been a lifesaver when the kids were little (maybe she wasn’t around then)? Some things I particularly like about this home-cooked food delivery model:
– you order a week ahead for the following Tuesday, Wednesday, or both (you can pay $5 for delivery, or pick-up if you’d prefer from their storefront near the center of town)
– that turns out to be exactly the part of week when I would most like someone else to feed my family — I’m busy with the day job, and weekend leftovers have run out, and I don’t really want to cook again yet — brilliant!
– Angie varies the cuisine every week, so this past week, for example, leaned Greek, and next week will be leaning Mexican (chicken tacos, guacamole have both been ordered!)
– I feel like this is a particularly nice way to get the kids to try new cuisines pretty regularly, and it also helps keep us from being bored. Kev and I spent too many years making mac-and-cheese with broccoli as a weekday staple just because it was easy to do when mindless and tired. Steamed broccoli, boiled broccoli, roasted broccoli — SO MUCH BROCCOLI.
(Adding insult to injury, ‘broccoli’ was the word I misspelled that knocked me out of the Catholic national spelling bee. [shakes fist at broccoli])
– the food is flavorful, BUT also fairly mild in its seasoning / spicing, which is very helpful when you’re feeding picky children — there are always some general American-ish options too. (She also offers fresh fruit and cookies, which we haven’t gotten, as we always have fresh fruit on hand.)
– I’m getting salad every week now, which is something I think I should eat, and even usually like when I eat it, and yet, generally fail to make for myself
– since you’re reheating at home, it’s easy to adjust the spicing for more adventurous tastes. We have an array of hot sauces in our pantry, and Kevin and I are not afraid to use them.
– the pricing is comparable to getting takeout, but the food is clearly healthier; I can see and taste that Angie doesn’t use a lot of extra oil / butter as a quick shortcut to flavor, as I’m afraid lots of restaurants do, including ones I generally like — I have to consider those restaurants occasional treats, or I’ll start gaining weight and/or feeling a bit ill from the heavy use of oil. I feel like I could eat her food every week.
– it’s not something we need, but Angie always has gluten-free options, which is very nice. I think her dishes are generally not too heavy on salt either (though possibly not low enough to qualify as a low-sodium diet)
– it feels a little like a present from Past Me when the food arrives on Tuesday. “Look, how nice! No need to even think about providing food tonight!” And after you’ve eaten all that food, it’s easy to remember to order for the next week.
Pictured here: Greek salad, roasted cauliflower, beef kofta, pita, tzatziki sauce (the latter three make a great sandwich, which I’ve had for multiple leftover meals so far), and also a Thai pumpkin soup. All very tasty!
I feel like I need a stamp: “Serendib Kitchen Approved!”