Disclosure: I was given a gift card to Stew Leonard’s to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine and 100% true.
I was invited by the folks at Stew Leonard’s to shop for my Christmas groceries which I am so thankful for. Hubby and I didn’t want to cook a massive meal since we just had one last month for Thanksgiving. We wanted to keep it simple and enjoy steak, lobster, shrimp and crab along with a few side dishes. We’re hosting his mom, dad, step mom, and step brother this year.
If you follow this blog, you may remember the first time I visited Stew Leonards out in Farmingdale with a few other mom bloggers. The private tour and demo we were given was eye opening. The distance is a little further than what I would normally travel to shop for groceries, but when I tell you it’s worth it, I mean it.
I drove out to the store yesterday and the moment I walked in, I was in Heaven! The smell of fudge and other baked goods greeted me at the door. The first thing I had to get were these apple cider doughnut holes that weren’t even on my lift. But there’s no way you could pass these up!
But the fish and meat departments are amazing!! I had trouble trying to choose between fresh or frozen shrimp but the gentleman behind the fish department stopped to give me some great advice. As I returned to pick up my shrimp in the freezer area, I met a few other friendly faces who helped me decide which shrimp to buy to accompany my 2 for $12 lobster tails.
As I headed to the meat department, I got busy texting my husband because he’s the steak man. To me, my favorite piece of meat is the filet mignon. I also like skirt steak to. But since we’re cooking for a big crowd, I needed him to help me out as well. People were in line waiting for assistance in picking up the best pork roast…or was it prime rib? I don’t know but whatever it was, it must be amazing! I ended up buying a trip of NY Strip steaks which will be marinated and seasoned to perfection. I may even roast some mushrooms and make a sauce to put on top.
What I love most about visiting Stew Leonard’s is that you rarely hear kids crying and falling out because they don’t want to be there. Why? Because there are fun buttons and entertainment for the kids all around. There’s no reason to cry…ever!
Oh, I can’t forget about the hot and cold food stations that smelled so delicious, I couldn’t pass it up. With all of the prepared heat and eat foods that Stew’s offers, it’s a Godsend for people like me who just don’t like to cook. And, they’re healthy meals!
You can find Stew Leonard’s in Farmingdale, Yonkers, Newington, Danbury, and Norwalk.
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