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How I feed via deliveries by UPS, FedEx, and USPS, instead of dining in different restaurants during the pandemic.

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Overview

Since I live in a rather remote area and thus beyond reach of urban restaurants (and PrimeNow, DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates, Instacart, Zomato, etc.), I’ve had to depend on UPS, FedEx, and USPS trucks deliverying packages from on-line markets.

My food search online is both due to FOMO and my need to go low sodium.

Here are my favorites (and not so favorites) from those markets.

Salt, Fat, and Sugar

Sooo good, but sooo bad for you.

Get all 3 in Kerry Gold Butter buscuits, mailed from Caroll’s Gifts in Ireland. $10 US for two boxes.

Korean BBQ Bulgogi “fire meat” (rib-eye, short-rib beef, chicken, pork marinated in soy sauce) shipped in a $19.99 foam box with cold packs from Omonausa.com. Free shipping for orders over $200.

Dash Diet

You can lower your blood pressure by eating lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy. Look for foods that don’t have much fat or cholesterol. This approach has a name: the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. It includes lean meats, poultry, fish, and nuts. It’s also high in protein and fiber and avoids sugary drinks, sweets, and red meats.

NEW: The amount of potassium is now required to be on food labels.

Grow your own

When you grow veggies from seen, you’re assured of the lack of pesticides (because you didn’t put it there).

(But what about the dirt?)

Here are the veggies:

  • Rashishes are among the shorting growing time, and thus the first harvest in the Spring. If you find them bitter, see how they taste fried in button.

  • Snow peas

  • Potatoes

  • Red Bell Peppers

  • Bush beans

  • Snap peas

  • Beets. Its leaves takes like spinich.

  • Cucumbers

  • Catelupe

  • Corn

  • Carrots

  • Mushrooms

  • Watermelon

  • Stinging Nettle

  • Bok choy (Chinese cabbage)

Big on-line stores

Amazon.com has a “gourmet” section. Using the Amazon Visa card gets us 5% back. PROTIP: Beware that some items are marked up by those who resell stuff from elsewhere.

If you like Whole Foods for their wokeness but hate Amazon, ThriveMarket.com carries many of the same shelf items. Note they ask for $60/year membership.

Walmart.com also has a 5% rebate when using their credit card. They actually have healthy stuff among all that junk and over-processed food, such as No salt added cans of corn and beans:

Target, surprisingly, has great prices on many items despite their “bougy” vibe. They have a gluten free food section online.

(Cost Plus) worldmarket.com has food from around the world. Note their SMS coupons exclude discounts on food items.

Costco.com Grocery delivers free over $75, even with their membership at $60-$100/year. But, as you know, selection is limited and even more so online.

Specialty on-line stores

goldbelly.com is the e-commerce platform for 1,000 restaurants. They now has a deal with videos on QVC.

Handshake on Spotify has salt-free rubs and USA seasonings

CucinaAndAmore.com creates the foods they sell online ($35 shipping). They invented shelf-stable Quinoa & cauliflower meal kits, tomato-free salsas, pasta, pasta sauce, pesto, artichokes, fruit jams, balsamic vinegar, wafer rolls.

ShopMove.co offers cooked meals and snacks “from Michelin chefs and celebrity bakers”. Free shipping over $35. Their $6 Lemon Rice is lemoney. I think there’s too much dough for me on ther $6 Hong Kong Pineapple Buns. Their $12 Chicken Tikka Masala has a bit of hot spice.

JustAsianFood.com has snacks from China, Japan, Thailand, etc.

Balduccis.com offers top brands from Europe

igourmet.com

mouth.com snacks, drinks, bacon, jerkey

foodzie.com

MarketHallFoods.com

ImportFood.com

Zingermans.com tinned fish, $200 packaged DIY ruben sandwich (too expensive)

TasteOfSpain.com sells J. Vela thick white asparagus

kayanoya.com has Japanese yuzu citrus juice and peel preserve, unique sweet and sour flavor. They also have low-sodium stock powders.

The duo of $74 olive oil bottles from Brightland are based on heirloom Arbequina and Arbosana olives harvested from a single-family farm in California’s Central Coast. no fillers or artificial preservatives. Founder Aishwarya Iyer’s ancestors were salt farmers in South India. A drizzle of “Awake” accentuates pasta, roast chicken, and crusty bread. “Alive” evokes a vibrancy in vinaigrettes, raw vegetables, and, something sweet and bitter like dark chocolate.

Fortnum and Mason is a large department store in London and throughout the UK (since 1707). They are famous for their “hampers” (baskets) containing their biscuits, preserves, candies, teas, coffees, and wines. Their $18.95 Piccadilly Biscuit tin contains butter biscuits: Stem Ginger (my all-time favorite), Salted Caramel, Macadamia Nut, Lemon Curd, Fruit & Nut Flapjack and Chocolate Pearl (a cut above your regular chocolate chip). $25 for delivery to the US.

MyFitnessPal rates 100g of Stem Ginger at 470 calories and 66g carbs (burned off by 1.2 hours of cycling or 48 minutes of running).


Waters

Good water makes for better-tasting tea, coffee, rice, etc.

Alkaline water (above neutral pH of 7) is better for you than acidic water.

NOTE: There are 33.814 fluid ounces in a liter. 25.36 fluid ounces in a pint = 750 ml. A half-liter bottle contains 16.9 fluid ounces.

Among all brands:

Glass bottles:

San Pellegrino (green bottles) are my favorite (with alkaline pH: 7.7 and high TDS: 1109 and no sodium). It has what’s described as “medium bubbly”, which is supposed to enhance taste. It’s offered at many fine (especially Italian) restaurants because it’s from the San Pellegrino Terme area in Val Brembana area of the Italian Alps, since 1932. Now available in both glass and PET plastic bottles, in a variety of flavored and unflavored varieties. https://www.sanpellegrino.com/us/water/glass

Hildon water from a chalkly aquifer in Hampshire (south of England) are what is served in the UK Parliment and in Royal household (by Royal Warrant). Each liter contains 7.7mg of sodium, Nitrate level of 6 ml per liter, and TDS of 312 in 11.1 or 25.3 fluid ounce (.75 Liter) glass “Bordeaux” bottles. Its pH is a neutral 7.2.

Plastic bottles:

Icelandic I think is best due to its naturally highest (most alkaline) pH of 8.4 from the pristine Ölfus Spring in vulcanic Iceland.

Fiji water (slightly Alkaline at pH: 7.7 with TDS: 222) was filtered through vulcanic rock. It comes only in thicker plastic bottles.

Voss (acidic pH: 5.5 ) still and processed sparkling waters come in heavy glass bottles (designed by the former Creative Director for Calvin Klein). Despite its name, the products are not bottled in the municipality of Voss in Norway but in the pristine wilderness of Southern Norway. Low TDS (total dissolved solids) level of 44.

Perrier sparkling Mineral Water is well-known (advertised). Unfortunately, the water from Les Bouillens is Acidic at pH: 5.5 with TDS: 475. It now comes in flavorless and fruity variants. Commonly used in cocktails and drinks, it contains total dissolved solids of 475 mg/L of water, which provides extra carbonation to create strong bubbles in mixed drinks.

Saint-Geron lightly carbonated pH: 6 (very hard/acidic) water with TDS: 1158 comes out of a spring in volcanic Auvergne, France. Dubbed “The Queen of Mineral Waters”, has been bottled since Roman days. While the water contains carbonic acid, its sparkling water is not overpowering.

  • from Amazon $0.31 / Fl Oz at $95.59 for pack of 12, 25.3-oz bottles.

Meats

Many wild game meats (venison, pheasant, quail, rabbit, etc.) are known to be high in purines which cause gout inflammation.

That’s also the case with organ meats (“sweetbreads”) such as liver, kidney, tongue, heart.

Salmon and shellfish seems to be an exception to fish with high purine levels, in that most gout sufferers don’t have a problem with it.

Cheeses

Washington State Univerity’s Cougar Cheese got a Highly Recommend” rating on Bon Appetit! “Refrigerate upon arrival” $25.00 per 30-ounce can (plus shipping) in 8 flavors: Cougar Gold® (aged 14 months), Natural Cheddar (aged at least a year), Smoky Cheddar, Viking (similar to a Monterey Jack), Dill Garlic, Sweet Basil, Hot Pepper, Crimson Fire

Veggies

(Avoid beets, okra, rhubarb, turnips which contain high levels of oxalates which increase uric acid levels in the blood.)

Articles

https://www.mofad.org/events/2020/0820/chopsueysupperclub

http://www.oprah.com/food/the-best-online-grocery-shopping-websites/all 2010

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/online-specialty-food-stores

https://www.thespruceeats.com/gourmet-specialty-food-shops-1666059

http://www.tullabs.com/cicadaworld/cicadarecipes.pdf Recipies for Cicadas