October Degustabox Review ’17

October Degustabox Review ’17

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Degustabox. All opinions are my own.

First off, Happy (belated) Halloween! I’ve made the decision to not dress up as anything—just drop by a department Halloween party, and then head home. I know, I am such a partier I have no control šŸ˜›

With November here, and Thanksgiving (and my first FALL marathon) coming up, it’s time again for another Degustabox review!

October Degustabox
October Degustabox

Unlike last month’s box, October’s offerings were much more appealing to me. It contained old favorites, and new brands I’ve been meaning to try!

I was ecstatic to see a bag of Hippeas chickpea puffs thrown in. I first spotted them at Starbucks, and then I happened to pass by their warehouse near downtown Santa Monica since it’s right along the Expo Line! I was beyond ecstatic to try the new and local vegan-friendly alternative to cheese puffs.

Hippeas -
Hippeas – Vegan White Cheddar

These were beyond crazy delicious. They had a firm texture, a nice crisp crunch, and each puff was coated with just the right amount of vegan cheese flavoring.

Since it was a box arriving in time for candy’s famous holiday, it made sense that a bag of Cow Tales made a comeback. It’s always been a childhood favorite of mine, but Degustabox has partnered with them before in the past. I also noticed the new colorful, cartoon-y packaging.

Cow Tales Minis
Cow Tales Minis

Then there were two cups of original SunButter…I was certainly awestruck. Fortunately, I can have peanuts and foods with peanut-based ingredients, but I think I still prefer sunflower butter over peanut butter. It has a much smoother consistency in my opinion, while still keeping peanut butter-like thickness.

I had one cup serve an unconventional purpose: as a dip for plain Boboli pizza crust, which was also a featured product in this month’s box. Honestly, it was a pretty good combo!

Sunflower butter and pizza crust
SunButter cup and Boboli Original Mini Pizza Crust

I had the other cup scooped into a cottage cheese chocolate proyo bowl, which is something along the lines of what I’m normally used to as an after-dinner snack.

Just like old times
Just like old times

The Bush’s White Chili Beans contained “chicken base” as one of their ingredients, so I had to pass on trying it. I don’t see why it did though…I’m sure the recipe would have been just as good—if not better—without the addition of a meat product.

Does it have to have chicken in it?
Does it have to have chicken in it?

I was however able to try the Bush’s Kidney Beans in a Mild Chili Sauce, after thorough examination of the ingredients for any meat source. I initially thought about adding it to one of my crockpot dinners, but then I thought why not try it on its own? I warmed it up for lunch in lab one day, and it was definitely nourishing through its well-mixed flavors of ripe tomatoes, chili peppers and cumin. It had enough fiber to keep me satiated as I worked the rest of the afternoon.

Suitable for a lunch break.
Suitable for a lunch break.

The Quadratini Raspberry-Yoghurt wafer cubes were an interesting snackable. I normally don’t prefer wafers over other types of cookies and biscuits, but these wafers were certainly an exception. Each cube has four layers of raspberry-yoghurt flavored cream, sandwiched between mini crunchy wafer squares.

Quadratini Raspberry-Yoghurt Wafer Cubes

They definitely had a yogurt-like aftertaste, but that did not detract from their delicious taste.

Unlike other wafers I've had!
Unlike other wafers I’ve had!

When I saw a small cup of overnight oats, I was reminded of my early blogging days when overnight oats and OIAJ (oats in a jar) were super trendy. Now that brand name companies got a hold of this one-time, food-bloggers-only secret, I wasn’t surprised to find this container from Dave’s Naturals in this month’s box.

Dave's Naturals Overnight Oats - Apple Nut
Dave’s Naturals Overnight Oats – Apple Nut

This flavor had dried apple cubes, chia seeds, and dried oats. All I added was enough almond milk to soak the oats in, and after letting it sit in the fridge overnight, I pulled it out and it made for THE best stuck-in-lab-analyzing-data-all-morning snack.

The Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt snacks were light, poppable, and had a creamy yogurt coating that worked well with the chewy cherry flavor. These were able to keep a gummy-like texture due to pectin. No gelatin was seen in sight, which was a mark of approval in my book!

Welch's Fruit 'n Yogurt Snacks
Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Snacks

I didn’t get a chance to try the two Kernal Season’s Popcorn Seasoning bottles (White Cheddar and Kettle Corn), since I gifted them to my sister, who is a greater consumer of popcorn than I’ll ever be, haha!

Which of these October Degustabox products would you try?

Back to Work

Back to Work

This past month has been a greatly busy time for me, but I like to think that what I am doing right now will be a wise investment for me in the coming months.

It’s been four months since I was awarded my Bachelor’s degree, and my plan has always been to go on to graduate school. The “type” of graduate school changed over the years, but in the end, I decided that a PhD is something I truly want to pursue. Over the summer, I narrowed down the list of programs I plan to apply to and spoke with some professors, pretty much asking them if I was on the right track.

Was in a Sunflower Seed Butter daze a few weeks ago: sunbutter on toast, and a generous dollop in hot grains cereal.
Was in a sunflower seed butter daze a few weeks ago: sunbutter on toast, and a generous dollop in hot grains cereal.

After getting some helpful feedback, I decided to take the new GRE, even though I took the older version (before it switched formats) during the summer after my freshman year. It’s been two years since I last took it, so might as well take it andĀ see what happens…

I’m also continuing my lab work rather than looking for a job in industry. I originally thought I would be able to get a job in industry for a couple months before starting school, butĀ the general consensus was lab time >>>Ā working in industry, and so I’m grateful for notĀ halting work in my current lab ;).Ā Rather than making money, I actually had to move my part-time sales associate job availability to weekends. So I’ve had to sacrifice an extra couple dollars every week, but I figure it is what I have to do to reach my real goals.

And then thereĀ are the logistical aspects of it all: e-mailing my letter of rec writers, filling out those applications, paying for those applications (my savings account is going to be soooo dry :P!), submitting everything…and then waiting.

The timeline for this takes me to December, so the next few months will be hectic for sure. Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about classes on top of all this so I don’t think I’ll be dying of stress. But even so, the anxiety has kicked in, and has caused restless nights and me being sleep-deprived. It comes and goes, but man is it frustrating!

I was soooo excited to try the newest flavor of Questbars that I ordered from iHerb: White Chocolate Raspberry!!
I was soooo excited to try the newest flavor of Questbars that I ordered from iHerb: White Chocolate Raspberry!!

I also have this desire of wanting to move on with my life. Everyone I know has gone/is going back to school, and I feel like the odd one out still living at home just waiting. It’s not like I miss undergrad or anything (far from it…), but I find myself daydreaming of living in the city, in an apartment, within walking distance of everything and anything.

Questbar White Chocolate Raspberry---unwrapped.
Questbar White Chocolate Raspberry—unwrapped.

But even if I’m in a great location, I still have to be happy: happy with the program, and whatever research lab I end up in. From what I’ve researched, the schools I’m applying to have programs that can offer me something, and labs I’d be interested in working in. I only hope they see the same in me ;).

Once I’m done with the whole application submissions process, I hope to outline what I did/needed to apply in a future post. I’m sure others will be in the same boat in the future, and I know it helps me when I hear about how others fared in getting into grad/med/whatever school :P!

Are you in the process of applying to anything (undergrad, grad, med school)?

If you went through the arduous process and made it to the other side, what are some tips you have?

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