I Tried Third Love (and now I want to punch someone)

This is a follow up post to my original Third Love Review, so read that post first, okay?

First of all, you guys are awesome!  Thank you for using my referral code to try Third Love Bras.  A bunch of you used my link to check out Third Love and several of you purchased a bra. (I’d love to hear your experience!) I was pretty excited to receive the emails from Third Love thanking me for the referral and telling me that I had $15 to use. Cool….. I’d wanted to try one of the other styles.

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I got five referral codes.  Yay!  Except that you can’t use more than one code per order, which would be okay…. but one bra isn’t enough to get free shipping (and you guys know how I feel about shipping), underwear doesn’t count and you have to spend $100 to use the code…..  By the time I’d clicked around on the site I’d also talked myself into a couple more bras in a few different colors.  I really should have just used the one code, ordered two bras and been done with the whole thing, but I was thinking 5 referrals seems like maybe they could at least let me combine two on an order…. maybe something?

Here’s what I sent:

I wrote a review of my Third Love experience on my blog and I have gotten 5 referral codes since that post. I’d like to order a couple more bras, but I can’t seem to combine the codes in my shopping cart. I don’t need 5 bras and the codes are only good for 60 days. Can you help me? https://phoenixrize.blog/2017/04/05/i-tried-third-love-bras/

I thought I’d send them a (private) message on Twitter because I’ve had good luck with reaching other customer service reps there before.  (April 21st)

Hmm…. maybe Facebook?  (April 22nd)

Or…. email? (April 25th)

Okay, now I’m getting ticked.  I finally started getting a few replies, but they were basically to just blow me off.

Twitter CS took five days to respond and basically said “Yep, doesn’t work. Bye.”        *sigh* Fine

Facebook CS took seven days and sent me this:

Hello there Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your blog! We are thrilled to hear you received 5 referral credits. Be advised that referral codes cannot be combined and that the subtotal of the order must be $100. You can read more about the policy here: https://help.thirdlove.com/hc/en-us/articles/229380368-How-does-Give-15-Get-15-work- If there is anything else we can do to further assist, don’t hesitate to write back.
I’m not sure if they didn’t expect me to read the policy, or if they hadn’t read it themselves.
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Did you read that last line?  The one about “if you refer 5 friends and they all place orders with us, you will receive a code for 50% off one Standard Collection bra….. Yep. I hadn’t even realized that was possible.  Apparently they hadn’t either.

I asked repeatedly, Facebook and email (I’d given up on Twitter) how do I get the code for having referred 5 friends.  (The Facebook CS quit replying and I gave up on them because the Email CS was replying… slowly, but at least they responded.)

I asked if I was misunderstanding… maybe I didn’t have the right kind of referral? Or maybe I’d earned the code, but I had to do something special to get it. I was asked for the codes I’d received.  I sent them and also the link to the policy that Facebook CS had sent me.

Honestly I was just ticked at this point and hated to let it go.  A saner person might have just given up.

Eight days passed and apparently a manager was brought in at some point. Finally, on May 9th, Email CS sent me a code for 50% off one standard collection bra.  OMG!

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It was absolutely NOT worth the time and aggravation that it took to receive this one bloody code.  Really, all I was hoping for when I sent the first message was maybe a Free Shipping code…. or a straight up “nope, sorry” but then they gave all the run around… and I do NOT like being ignored… especially when I’m trying to give you my damn money!

Code in hand, er… copied, I went to the Third Love site and tried to find the Standard Collection bras.  Ummm…. that’s not a category.  Can’t find anything that says Standard Collection.  Fine…. I put three bras that I liked in my cart and decided I’d order whichever one the code worked on…… and I got 50% off all three.

I still can’t figure out which one of us wasn’t understanding the whole thing.  Was I being unreasonable, or were they being dense?

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So my final review of Third Love bras is this:

They are awesome bras (dammit).

If you are an easy size, forget it! Go to Victoria’s Secret and buy all the cute shit you can get your hands on.

If you are a busty, difficult to fit gal…. you’re gonna love Third Love…. but only if you don’t have any interaction with customer service.  Order the size you think you are and the next size up.  Return the one that doesn’t fit for a refund, not an exchange.  Now that you know what size you are with Third Love you can order whatever else you want.

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So are you one of my five referrals?  How did it go for you?  Love? Hate…. somewhere in between?  Tell me!

Kamiya86 

Boo was sitting on my lap the other morning, trying to wheedle a few more nibbles of omelette from Brian. ‘She needs to get her teeth cleaned again,’ he said, falling prey to her big brown eyes and feeding her a bit of egg.

I’m not sure which one of us growled at him… honesty it could have been either one. Boo is a Pomeranian, and they’re prone to bad teeth. I try to brush her teeth, but she hates it and… well, I’m a terrible mommy.

Boo actually handles it all better than I do… I’m the one that needs to be sedated during her appointments. (I’m a Helicopter Pom Mom.) Once I dropped her off for her cleaning I had to keep myself distracted until it was time to pick her up, so Mom and I went shopping and out to lunch. Food and Retail Therapy are my solutions to most everything.

I’ve driven past Kamiya86 a dozen times and wanted to try it out, but when I’ve actually had the time Mom wasn’t feeling up to trying sushi (I’m still working to convince her that raw fish is yummy) or Brian was in the car (he’s going to take even more convincing). This time Brian was at home and Mom was feeling brave, so relying on the one review on the Find Me Gluten Free app we decided to give it a shot. (And we were only 20 minutes or so from home, so if we needed to, we could go home and die.)

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I asked the hostess if they had a Gluten Free Menu.  She said they didn’t have a specific GF menu, but most everything could be made gluten free.

Our waitress was very sweet, but didn’t have the best English.  She nodded confidently when I said that we had a gluten allergy and said ‘no problem.’  She returned with our drinks and a bottle of gluten free soy sauce then peered at the menu with me.  We started off simple and ordered Summer Rolls as an appetizer.  The hostess was hovering nearby and made sure that I was getting the Summer Rolls and not the Spring Rolls, which are deep fried.  She stayed close while we made our order and reminded the waitress to bring us the sweet and sour sauce instead of the peanut sauce.

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Pad Thai is usually safe so I figured I’d go with an easy choice.  The waitress nodded and agreed that it was gluten free.  Mom wanted to be more difficult.  She pointed at several different dishes that I was pretty sure weren’t safe for us.

“Please just order the Panang Curry, Mom,” I tried again.

“What about the Pad Thai? Do I like Pad Thai?” This is an old conversation.

“You hate the Pad Thai…. its noodles.”

She made a face, “I don’t like all those noodles.”

“I know!  Order the Panang Curry.”  Fortunately there weren’t many other diners in the restaurant to think that I am a horrible daughter for yelling at my sweet mother.  (She just looks sweet, btw.)  We have this conversation every time we order Thai.  I think she’s just messing with me.

Mom finally settled on the Panang Curry….. shocker!  She and I have very similar taste except where it comes to noodles/pasta.  I guess throw her off when I order things with noodles.

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I was actually a little jealous, the curry smelled delicious. Mom let me sneak a taste and it was very good. Surprise, surprise, she didn’t want to try any of my noodles.  I did make her try the chicken from the Pad Thai though. So often the chicken in Pad Thai is dry and chewy, but it was nicely seasoned and juicy.  The sauce was fabulous with just a hint of lime. The addition of bean sprouts added a nice fresh crunch.  I wished for some crushed peanuts on top, but all in all, this is my favorite Pad Thai in Florida so far.

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I got a text from Brian after lunch that Boo had finished her dental cleaning… no cavities! and would be ready to go home in a few hours.  Such a relief!  Mom and I shopped until it was time to pick her up.  Apparently I was still really wound, I shop a little wildly when I’m anxious…. because I bought a giant cat-cube-tower-thing at the pet store and then went a tiny bit bizerk in Home Goods (that store is SO dangerous!).

Boo was not the least bit amused with me when I picked her up.  She did give the vet a couple friendly licks before we left, so I’m taking that as a sign that she was okay with them.  Boo isn’t the most…. well, she’s a bit anti-social.  She’s not mean, it just takes her a long while to warm up to people and other dogs.  Until she decides if she likes you she not going to let you touch her… she prefers to just watch people from under the couch.   She’s a distrusting little introvert…. like her momma.  (Too bad I can’t fit under the couch.)

She whined a little on the car ride home until I turned the air conditioning on full blast and pointed all the vents at her.  She’s not impressed with the Florida heat. (She didn’t like Missouri winters either though!) At home, she ran straight to Brian even though I reminded her that it was his idea to send her to the vet in the first place.  Snot.

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A week or so later Mom and I drug Brain to Kamiya86 for lunch.  He was hesitant, but I promised that we’d just try a small sushi sampler and he could have Fried Rice for his meal.

We had a different waitress this time who seemed much more confident about the gluten free items on the menu.  She said the Miso Soup was gluten free, and since it came with our meal anyway I figured I’d try it.  (I did a quick google when she left and confirmed that while some Miso soups have barley they can be made gluten free.) The soup was interesting.  It was a nicely flavored broth with bits of tofu and wide leaves of seaweed.

We picked a small sushi appetizer that our waitress assured us would be safe and give us a nice variety to try.  I tried to use the chop sticks, but mostly ended up flinging raw fish around the table.  Brian had better luck with the chop sticks and the waitress gave Mom a set of kid’s chopsticks to take home and practice.

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The sushi was delicious.  Mom and Brian even enjoyed it and agreed that we’d need to come back soon and try a few more of the different options.

Full disclosure: I did have a bit of an upset tummy later.  I didn’t feel like I’d been glutened, that’s a faster reaction and hurts more and usually comes with a headache. This was just more like something didn’t entirely agree with me.  The Miso soup could have been to blame, maybe it wasn’t GF(?), but Brian did some googling and read that some people have trouble digesting the raw fish.  I’m going to lean toward the raw fish theory…. or maybe just too much rice for me.  Sometimes I have trouble when I eat a lot of rice.  I will definitely go back, but I’ll go a little easier on the sushi and skip the Miso all together (it was good, but not something I’d crave).

1286 3RD STREET SOUTH
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250

D-Luxe Burger 

Oh! All the wonderful Gluten Free FOOD in Walt Disney World!!

Thank heavens for all the walking we have to do around the parks or I wouldn’t be able to waddle back to the hotel at night!

During our most recent trip to Disney Springs (what used to be know as Downtown Disney) Brian was hungry (as usual).  I’d read good reviews from the Disney bloggers that I follow so we decided to give D-Luxe Burger a try.

The burger was good. Nothing amazing, but better than a regular quick-service burger. The bun was dry… so so dry. The fries were good though and all the fry dips were Gluten Free.

Our meal was delivered to our table in a paper to-go bag. I assume that’s how they differentiate Allergy meals from regular meals which are served on plastic trays.


Not my most favorite meal in the world of Disney, but it was a good enough burger and we appreciated the differentiation between our meal’s (paper bag) and the non-allergy friendly meals’ (plastic tray) delivery.

The staff was kind and knowledgeable… of course we got the poor gal that was being trained that day… nothing like being a learning experience! Her trainer was with her though and explained how to enter allergy orders and then called the chef upfront who confirmed that we just had the one allergy.

They’ve added a lot of new shops and restaurants to Disney Springs since our last visit (a year and a half?). D-Luxe Burger is located in the new section and is situated next to one of the ‘river’ areas. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed the pretty view with our French fries.

Definitely worth a visit.

Flava Moose

I posted something on Instagram a while back… I don’t remember what, but I do post a lot of food pics (food, Jamberry, seashells and my Pomeranian!) and I received a notification that Flava Moose liked my photo.

Flava Moose?  Oh, I had to see who was this Flava Moose.

Flava Moose is just the yummiest, most overwhelming and awesome ice cream shop in the universe!  (And I’ve made it my mission to check them all out!) Flava Moose may just be my favorite though.

Why?  Well, to start with, the combinations are endless!  IMG_3814.jpg

You begin by choosing a size… a Small is still three scoops…. just sayin’….

Then you choose whether you want Ice Cream, Gelato or Ice.

Next you you have to pick a Milk…. Soy, Cashew, Almond, Coconut, 2% Lactade, Whole or Greek Yogurt. (I’d vote for whole milk, but if you have a dairy issue, they’ve got you covered!)

Nope, not done yet…. What kind of sugar do you want to use?  Splenda, Honey, Regular Sugar, Maple Sugar or Stevia?

How about a waffle bowl?  Or would you like you ice cream in a crepe?  They’re made fresh as you watch.

(I was talking with the Flava Moose man during my last visit and I’d mentioned that I was img_3816Gluten Free so I couldn’t have the waffle bowl….the delicious smell was torture! and he said that they’d been considering adding GF waffles and crepes.  Eeeeep! Of course I squealed and promised that I’d come in and taste test for them! One in each flavor should do it, right?)

No no, we’re not done… I got side-tracked with the whole GF waffle bowl thing….. NOW…. pick a flavor.  Your brain may just possibly explode from the sheer possibilities of deliciousness.

 

 

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Brian chooses chocolate every time.  He says he’s a purist.  (whatever)  Mom is working her way through the fruit flavors and I’m bouncing around the menu.  Blackberry & Raspberry was delicious!  So was Lavender & Raspberry….. (I’m on a raspberry kick lately.) I’m thinking I want to try the chai next time… or maybe the rose?  There are also veggie flavors to choose from.. carrot, broccoli, aloe, corn…. I’m not sure about those…. they sound too healthy.

 

 

Okay, but that’s just the ingredients… now lets talk about how it’s made!  Each order is made individually… that’s how you can have so many combinations.  They first blend the base flavor and the milk then the concoction is poured over a -40° pan.  Using two scraper/spatulas they scrape and smooth and blend the ice cream mixture until it is just the smoothest, creamiest and dreamiest.img_3812

Of course you can add toppings and sauces, but I don’t usually choose to add any. I think I heard that there were over 18 different toppings.

It’s not a super fast process, but it is fun to watch.  We took our out-of-town-friends to try Flava Moose last week.  It was our last stop on the two-day “See Where We Live Now” tour and we were all getting kind of tired from running around.  It was nice to stop and let the ice cream be the entertainment for a bit.  The Flava Moose crew mixed our ice creams and chatted with us as one at a time we each received our chosen creations.  We’d all grab a spoon and sample each other’s and oooh and ahh.  Then the next ice cream mix was being drizzled on the -40° pan and the scraping, smearing and squooshing show would begin again.  It would probably make a great first date stop.  The shop is only two blocks from the beach… after you got your ice cream you could walk to the beach to eat it…. yeah… ice cream and a walk on the beach… totally romantic!  (Yes, my idea of romance does include ice cream…. duh.)

Every time you leave the Flava Moose crew hollers “Bye, see you tomorrow!” and I think ‘thank, goodness I don’t live closer or, yeah… I would back tomorrow.  Blast you, Moosie!’

 

311 North 3rd Street
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

A few weeks ago I noticed the sign for Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe and immediately googled the menu.  Jackpot!  Right on the front page of the menu it said that most items either were, or could be Gluten Free.

I’ve been trying to drag Mom and Brian there, but they kept making faces at me.  I like really Greek food… the more olives, grape leaves, lamb and feta that you can throw at a dish the better.  Mom and Brian aren’t quite into it that much, so I had to keep giving them the menu and whining to get them to go.

It’s a good thing it took me several tries to get them to go since apparently Taziki’s didn’t open until that very day.  We missed the grand opening event by an hour, but they were still quite busy.  The owner, John, came over to greet us and chat about the menu.  I told him that we were excited to see so many Gluten Free options on the menu.  (I like to make tell the owners/staff/chefs how much I appreciate the GF options.  I know it can be more work to keep things safe for us GF people and I like to make sure they know how much it is appreciated… and that it affects our decision to choose a restaurant.)

John was super sweet and knowledgable about the menu.  He mentioned a lemon chicken soup and since Brian was working on a cold I asked if that one was GF.  He thought for a moment and then replied that no, it wasn’t because the stock had wheat.  I was impressed that he knew.  Later when he visited our table to check on us he told us that everyone who works at the cafe has to take tests on all the menu items and has to know what is in everything.  Nice.

I ordered the Taziki’s Feast without the skordalia sauce, since it isn’t GF.

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 Taziki’s Feast with the Chargrilled Lamb – Fresh grilled lamb, carefully seasoned, and served with our homemade skordalia sauce 

It was fabulous! I really liked the salad too.  Could have used more olives, but that could just be me and my olive obsession.

You’ll notice the Pita triangle on the edge of my plate.  Not Gluten Free.   I mentioned it to John when he stopped by to check up on us.  I said it would be nice if they had a button or something to denote Gluten Free orders to prevent cross contamination.  He was very apologetic and said they did have a GF button (or something similar) and that the kitchen should have known better.  They’d only been open a few hours, and it was crazy busy.  I was impressed with how well they did with our orders as it was, so I didn’t really want to complain… just point it out.  It was obvious and I was able to remove it and just avoid that area of the salad.

Mom and Brian really enjoyed their lunches too.  Brian had salmon, Mom had shrimp and I stole nibbles from both.  I think I’ll order the shrimp next time.  It was quite tasty with the lemon and butter.

All in all I’m pretty excited about the new restaurant.  They’re impressive with they’re understanding of the menu and all the ingredients.  The Pita Triangle guy needs a bit of work, but it was the first two hours, so….  The food was delicious, fresh and bright and the restaurant is pretty and spacious.  I’m looking forward to going back soon.  Mom and Brian even agree… I win again!

14035 Beach Blvd.
Suite 8
Jacksonville, FL 32224

 

Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza

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Brian has been wanting to try Tommy’s Brick Oven Pizza for a while now, but some how Epik Burger keeps interfering… (I dunno… don’t look at me…. ) The other night he was craving pizza and I’d had my Epik Burger fix the day before so I couldn’t really say anything.  Tommy’s had really good reviews on Find Me Gluten Free.

Why haven’t we been eating here all along?!  The pizza was fabulous!  No, seriously… not ‘good for gluten free,’ but GOOD… actually good. Best of all, the Gluten Free-ness of the pizza seemed to be an honest concern for the staff.   Out front there’s a guy tossing pizza dough in the air and stretching crust onto pans…..  and that just looks like Gluten Doom…. but then I saw one of the other guys dissapear into a different room and come back with the prepared GF pizza on a sheet of parchment paper.  The pizza was transfered from the paper into the brick oven…. completely avoiding the gluten-ed crust tossing area.

According to their menu all the toppings are Gluten Free except for the meatballs.

Mom and I decided to share a pizza.  They’re 12″ and that’s plenty for the two of us.

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Funghi Pizza
This pesto based pie is topped with Portabella and button mushroom slices, and lightly topped with mozzarella, then dusted with Romano cheese for the finishing touch.

The Brumos (59) Racer Pie
A ‘World-Class’ Pie, for our local ‘World-Class’ Daytona Racing team: Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, and Ham. A True Champion!img_3582

Brian was right…. and now I’m addicted to Tommy’s pizza.  We went back again a few nights later.  This time I wanted to try a pizza with the tomato sauce instead of the Basil Pesto…. Brian has already settled on his favorite and he went with the Brumos (59) Race Pie again.  This time Mom and I split the Jack Murray Pie.

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Everyone loved Tommy’s Uncle Jack, and he loved it loaded! Here’s his favorite with Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Onions, Olives, and Bacon.

I’m not sure which was my favorite…. both were really good. I’m thinking next time I’ll tell Mom to order the Funghi Pie and Brian to order the Brumos Racer Pie and then I’ll steal pieces from them both!

4160 Southside Boulevard Unit 2
Jacksonville FL 32216

Rice Bowl

I’ve been trying to convince Brian to go to The Rice Bowl since we first visited Jacksonville in July, but he kept turning his nose up at the suggestion… and then, knowing me so well, would distract me with Epik Burger or MShack.  Last week I finally put my flip-flop down and insisted we give The Rice Bowl a try.  (Honestly, because I have no control at Epik Burger or MShack and will eat myself stupid… and I’m trying to be better…. all this eating out is delicious… but not good on the waistline!)

We asked for a Gluten Free menu before we were seated and it took them a bit to find one…. it had gotten mixed in with the other menus… but they weren’t at all perturbed by the request.  The GF menu was extensive and clearly marked and the waitress was helpful with suggestions and clarifications.

Mom and I decided to share an appetizer and entree.  (See?  I can be sensible.) img_2419

Spring Rolls

Cilantro, lettuce, basil, carrot and shrimp wrapped with ricepaper and served with hoisin sauce

Royal Dish

Chicken,beef,lobster and shrimp served with special blend of vegetable with a traditional brown sauce (white sauce for GF)

Brian ordered a huge bowl of Fried Rice…. most places use soy sauce in their fried rice, so he doesn’t get to have it often.

Fried Rice (Combination)

Includes your choice of meat and onion, carrot, green pepper, scallion. Toppings include tomato, cucumber, pineapple, cashews

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The Royal Dish was delicious. It’s a good thing that Mom and I decided to share because I’d have been compelled to eat it all….. and I might have exploded in the attempt.  The GF white sauce (used instead of the usual brown sauce) was light and flavorful.  The vegetables were plentiful and cooked perfectly…. the meats… tender and delicious. The fried rice (served as a side with the Royal Dish) was quite good too…. light and flavorful.

The Spring Rolls were just so-so… they could have used a bit more flavor… maybe a bit of mint?  And the shredded lettuce was difficult to keep from falling out of the wrapper.  The Hoisin sauce was yummy though.

I was very pleased with the Rice Bowl… even Brian admitted that it was a good find… ha!

Rice Bowl Asian Cuisine
13947 Beach Blvd #110
Jacksonville, FL 32224