Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Can I get that delivered?

New York City - an agoraphobics dream.

Not exactly the next catch phrase for New York's Convention and Visitor's Bureau, but if you don't like to leave the house this city is the place for you. Delivery is sometimes free and sometimes it will cost you a pretty penny - but you can get what you want brought right to your door.

Michael has been intrigued (I have too, but he actually took the time to put together the order) with the idea of getting groceries delivered through a company called 'Fresh Direct'. They are relatively popular in the city, they claim to have better meat/fish, fresher produce, and lower prices than the grocery store. They aren't cheap, but their prices are the same as or lower than the grocery store.

Our first delivery came today. Trixie supervised the unpacking of the boxes.

Our delivery time was between 10am and noon (you can pick the block of time that best fits your schedule). At 10:30 our 2 boxes arrived, the friendly delivery guy brought them up the stairs without complaint. (It's only one flight, but the mail man always grumbles about coming up the stairs)

The smaller box held the 'grocery' items - only these two bottles in this big old box!

Box #2, now we have some food! The box had a cardboard divider, right half held produce and the left half the meat and deli items. Everything was in a box, double boxed or bagged - no drips or spills. The first layer has the strawberries, blueberries, chicken and mushroom Marsala, fresh mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted red peppers. (This is making me hungry - can't wait for dinner tonight.)

First layer unpacked - second layer has red snapper on the left and HUGE portobello mushrooms, asparagus, a red onion, and kiwi fruit on the right. All of the produce is bagged and labeled, the asparagus had foam padding wrapped around the delicate tips.

Good thing the box is almost empty, the fridge is full. The last two items are some bagged arugula and a foam container with plum tomatoes. The tomatoes had some extra padding in the container, they were nice and bright red and not crushed or smushed even though they were at the bottom of the box.

A close up of our beautiful produce. What a harvest!

Roxy is so BORED - no catnip or Pounce in the box! Why would you get a delivery and not think about the cats, humans are so rude.

Roxy moved to enjoy some sun in the back window. Renovations last night opened up the space, making it more comfortable for cats with curves.