I love going to the farmer's market. I love seeing what's in season, touching the produce and giving herbs a good sniff. So I was a little reluctant when OpenTaste approached me about trying out their new food delivery service. I fear with delivery services you get the produce rejects that are shipped on hot containers for weeks across the open seas. It also seems like there's always a big mark up, making it cost prohibitive. So I read the site carefully and was really impressed to see what they're doing.
OpenTaste works directly with local farmers. In fact, when you're looking at say broccoli, you'll see that it's grown by Lakeside Organic Gardens. A video on their page features one of the owners talking about their practices as the largest family owned organic grower-shipper in the state of CA. If you end up liking Lakeside's broccoli, then you can go to the Lakeside Organic Gardens page and see what else they grow and become a Lakeside groupie.
I'm very careful where I buy my meat and fish, ensuring it's produced responsibly and without chemical "extras." What I really like OpenTaste for is their great line up of meat and seafood. You can sort by beef, organic, no hormones, no antibiotics, never frozen, which by the way, pertains to all of their meat. It's delivered in a very nice, sturdy cold packaging container with large ice strips on the bottom, as well as attached to the wrapped meat.
Then there's the freshness piece. Items aren't sitting around a big warehouse where vegetables go to die. They're picked fresh from the farm the day the item is ordered. When I placed my order on a Tuesday, everything was delivered the following day. It's a less than 24 hour window from order to delivery, and nothing is ever frozen. The quality of items was impeccable. No loser produce here.
Then there's the price. There's no mark-up. That's right. No mark-up. They don't deal with middlemen like grocery stores do. The prices are set by the growers and farmers. AND, delivery is free when the order is over $35. Seriously. The prices are really good too. They're cheaper than Whole Foods, but right, who isn't.
I'm even going to sweeten the pot for my fellow Los Angeles County dwellers and give you $15 off your first order when you use the promotional code 1C33CC on the OpenTaste website. Yes, I will benefit from this as well, but I really believe OpenTaste is offering a great service for a great cost. Give it a try and let me know what you think. They're working on expanding, but right now are just in LA County.
And here's what I made with their beautiful tri tip, which came from Premier Meats. Premier Meats delivers to 5 Star Hotels and high end restaurants. You can't even find this line in a grocery store. This was a very nice cut of meat and I think the delicate Asian flavors worked well with it. I hope you enjoy the recipe and OpenTaste.
Asian Grilled Tri Tip
- 1/3 cup liquid aminos or low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons ginger, freshly grated or minced
- 1 tablespoon lemongrass, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tri tip - approximately 2-1/2 pounds
- Whisk together all ingredients except for the tri tip and place in a large zip lock bag. Add the tri tip to the bag and allow to sit for an hour or overnight.
- Drain and discard the marinade. Heat a grill on medium high. Once hot, turn off one of the burners. Place the tri tip on the hot side of the grill, searing on both sides for about 6-8 minutes. Once seared, move the meat to the cooler side of the grill and close the lid. Allow to cook for about 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 130F for medium-rare.
- Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Then slice the meat against the grain and enjoy!
Pair this tri tip with summer grilled vegetables or place it under a bed of cauliflower parsnip puree for a complete meal.
*I received complementary food from Open Taste for product testing purposes, but all opinions are always my own.