Thanksgiving is almost here, so I invited my friends Jess, Claire and Ann over last weekend for an early celebration. A Friendsgiving, if you will.
I had the best time talking and laughing with them. I recently celebrated my three-year New York City anniversary, and it’s so hard to imagine what would have happened if I never moved here and never met my wonderful NYC friends!
I’m so lucky to have them.
Friendsgiving things I am good at: picture taking, providing photo props, talking, laughing, making sure everyone’s glass is always full.
Friendsgiving things I am not good at: cooking.
I didn’t want to torture my friends (and myself!) by actually making the meal. So I hopped onto Angie’s List to find a professional chef to come and cook for us. I picked Ilia Regini of Healthy Nourished Body because she has a Grade A rating and seemed very passionate about food.
And then while I was on the website, I figured I would just treat myself, and also booked a housecleaner from Best Home Services, a company that also has a Grade A rating and is Angie’s List Certified as well as has a 2015 Super Service Award.
Now I wouldn’t have to lift a finger for Friendsgiving!
The housecleaner was super sweet, and arrived 15 minutes early and ready to work. She made my apartment look as clean as it was the day I moved in!
Ilia was also amazing, and had me pick a soup, salad, main, grain and dessert from a list of over 236 healthy dishes. Not only are her dishes healthy, but she specializes in unique dietary needs. One of my friends can’t have gluten, and so Ilia made our entire meal gluten free (and it still tasted amazing!).
We started with a Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with a hint of coconut.
And then we had a Waldorf Salad with chicken, walnuts, grapes, apple, celery curry and mayo.
For our main course we had the Duck Breast with a blackberry shallot sauce served with Seasoned Quinoa.
And then for dessert we dined on my favorite Thanksgiving dish, Pumpkin Pie. Ours had a special gluten-free almond crust that ended up being delicious (the crust is the best part of the pie, in my opinion, so I take it very seriously).
The food was fabulous, and afterwards Ilia cleaned everything up (and even washed all of the dishes!) so that I could enjoy spending time with my friends.
I certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
Angie’s List is the way to go, not just when you’re having work done on your apartment but also when you’re planning events. It’s easy to find a professional by visiting www.AngiesList.com and searching over 700 service categories. Three million people already use Angie’s List to read more than 10 million verified reviews of local service professionals. Based on the Angie’s List reviews I knew that I could trust both the cleaner and the chef, and it felt just like I was asking a friend for a recommendation.
You can sign up for Angie’s List for free and have access to all of the online reviews, the company’s monthly digital magazine and email customer support. Planning a Friendsgiving party is one thing, but if you’re doing some major work on your apartment, you may want to consider upgrading your membership. A silver membership is $24.99 per year and also includes a fair price guarantee and a service quality guarantee of up to $100,000. Or, you can go for it, and get a gold membership for $99.99 per year which also includes access to eCommerce savings, dispute resolution services and telephone customer service.
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The post is sponsored by Angie’s List. All opinions are my own.