One of the pluses of living in LA is that my folks, who reside in Texas, are just a non-stop flight away. So when I learned that I had to have surgery, I asked my mom to come in town and take care of me. #MamasGirl #8GoingOn35
In planning our meals for that week, Mom mentioned that it would be a good idea for us to make a large supermarket run so that we could nosh and nest without having to leave my apartment. "That's cute and all, Mom," I said, "but you don't even cook! What are we going to eat for dinner, popcorn?" She laughed. "It's true, though!" I exclaimed. "And it's not like I'll be able to cook." She agreed. Granted, there was always Blue Apron (too labor intensive) or Seamless Web (the options in LA suck) and Postmates/Caviar (great selections, but too expensive), but I had a better idea...
Munchery, a meal delivery service that I had already been utilizing for a few weeks leading up to my surgery, could not have been a better option for those first few post-operative days. And nights. With meals and snacks created by local chefs (think along the lines of LA's very own Roy Choi) who have worked at some seriously brag-worthy restaurants (ahem, Spago and Providence to name a few), each chilled order is hand-delivered to your door, literally "ready to heat when you want to eat." Here's the nitty-gritty of how it all works!
With the ability to peruse Munchery's menu for the upcoming week, I ordered the following selections - to be delivered between 6-7PM - for the eve post my procedure:
- Your Perfect Burger
- Vegetable Tortilla Soup
- Jalapeno & Gouda Mac 'n' Cheese
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart
With the exception of the mediocre tortilla soup, every other dish was, quite literally, life-altering. I mean, who the hell would have thought that you could savor one of the best burgers YOU'VE EVER HAD IN YOUR LIFE (yes, I really just said that) courtesy of a meal delivery service? In the comfort of your own home, no less! Well, when you start with a patty is constructed of sous-vide cooked Niman Ranch ground beef, you already know that you're in for something incredibly special. Add to that an assortment of crucial "make-your-own-burger" accoutrement: Brioche bun, California cheddar, apple wood-smoked bacon, sliced red onion, caramelized onions, sliced tomato, butter lettuce, mayo, ketchup, and a secret sauce. And some really, really delicious and salty kettle-cooked potato chips.
I may have still been high from the anesthesia, but here's one sensation that I will not soon forget: When I took my first bite of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart, I had a full-body orgasm. With a buttery, crumbly, chocolate-cookie crust that gave way to a generous amount of creamy homemade peanut butter suffocated by a layer of chocolate ganache, how could I not?? Oh my fcuking god. WOW!
For those of you who don't live in LA, I pity you. Why? Because you will never taste these fcuking glorious items. However, with Munchery available in other US cities - SF, Seattle, and NYC - I'm confident that there are plenty of stellar meals/snacks that I will never get to experience, either. I suppose it's a fair trade-off!
Until we eat again,
The Lunch Belle