My Uber Eats Experience & A Ring Doorbell Update

Have you tried Uber Eats, yet? I thought I’d pop in and just share my experience in case you’re interested. This isn’t a Sponsored post, Uber Eats does not know me, just sharing because I’ve had excellent experiences and have really enjoyed it.

This past summer, I went from having never used Uber to lately using it a lot. The first time I used Uber was when I was in Maui for a week this past summer. I used it then to get to a car rental place, back to the hotel after I turned my car in toward the end of the trip and to get to the airport when it was time to leave. All were very good experiences and much faster/more affordable than the old days of taking a taxi.

 

I now use it here at home almost every time I need to go to the airport. I’ve also used it when visiting family in Ohio during the trips where I’ve flown to Ohio instead of driving. The drivers have always been on time, super courteous, fun to chat with and all around great people. I’ve had no bad experiences to report, so far.

About a month ago I discovered Uber Eats and added the app to my phone. I had never used it before, but the driver for the company I used returning home from the airport after my Thankgiving trip mentioned Uber Eats during the drive home. I decided then to give it a try.

Note: I usually use Uber to go to the airport because it’s so inexpensive and they drop me right off at the curb/door. When returning home I prefer to use a limo/car service because the Uber pickup lot is a long, long, long way from the Atlanta airport. It’s just too far to drag a big, 48 lb suitcase while pulling a carry-on bag, too…especially when it’s super cold or hot out.

 

Uber Eats

About a week ago I decided to give Uber Eats a try. They were incredibly fast and it was sooo much faster than ordering pizza or food from a local restaurant that delivers. And the fee for the service is only $2.99! It would probably cost me that much in gas to go pick up the food myself.

I used it again today and WOW, can’t get over how fast it is! This time around I tried a restaurant I had never heard of called, Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q. OMGosh, it was soo good–just like the barbeque I grew up eating in all the best BBQ restaurants here in the south! You can’t see it, but there were 4 big pieces of brisket. Tons of food, this will be three meals for me. I will definitely be dining with them again!

In the photo below, I forgot to include the toasted bread that came with the meal. I also ordered their banana pudding. The pudding was okay but didn’t taste as “southern/homemade” as I like. But the beef brisket and pulled pork were excellent, as were the collard greens and cole slaw. (Please ignore the greenery, I’m working on a little project right now and it’s all across the kitchen counter. Arggg.)

Great Barbecue and Beef Brisket from Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q

 

Both times that I’ve ordered via the Uber Eats app on my phone, it was super easy, only taking me about 3-5 minutes (if that long) to choose my items and place my order. Both times, the food was at my door in about 25 minutes, I was astounded that it could be made and delivered that quickly. Uber Eats must have a hotline to the restaurants and the restaurants must really pay attention when those orders come in because the food is ready super fast and on its way to your home before you can turn around.

When the food is ready and en route, you get a notice on your phone that it’s on the way. You can even track the meal right to your door, very much like when you call for an Uber ride. The Uber Eats driver delivers the food right to your door, unlike the regular Uber service where you have to keep watch because the driver doesn’t come to the door when they pick you up.

Uber Eats always suggests in their app a tip amount that I feel is too low, so I always end up selecting the option to choose my own amount and tip generously for great service. I just really appreciate great service when it happens!

Hope this little review helps in case you’ve been thinking about trying Uber Eats. I’ve been very pleased so far and will definitely continue to use the service.

 

Ring Doorbell Update

I hope to share tomorrow how my Ring Doorbell installation went for Metamorphosis Monday. There have been a few hiccups but I think there’s a solution, so will be working on that over the next few days. In the meantime, the Ring Doorbell appears to be doing its job thwarting any package stealing, attempted break-ins and robberies–not that I’ve ever had any. (That comment will make sense in a minute. lol) I purchased my Ring Doorbell Pro here: Ring Doorbell.

Remember the treats I had put together for the wonderful folks who deliver our packages during the busy holiday season? (See that post here: A Thank-you for Our Delivery Folks During the Holiday Season.) It’s been raining the last couple of days so I moved the treat boxes from the bench to the floor of the porch to keep them from getting wet.

 

You can just barely see the treats there in the lower, right-hand side of this screenshot from the Ring video taken this morning when I received an alert from the Ring app on my phone saying movement had been detected on the front porch. Do you see the would-be-thief coming up the front steps? 🙂

 

Ahh, there’s a better shot of him to give the police so they can run a comparison through their criminal database looking for a match. I bet this isn’t his first attempted robbery!

 

Apparently, this guy is familiar with the Ring Security doorbell. He hightailed it off the porch the minute he saw it–deciding a can of soda and a pack of crackers just wasn’t worth the jail time. Ha!

 

The treats are back up on the benches now that the sun has come back out. Hopefully, that will make them a little less tempting to the furry neighbors who inhabit my yard.

 

Today, I realized I need to add the logo/words, “Uber Eats” to the sign.

Sign for Delivery Appreciation

After my food was delivered today, later I played the visit back in the Ring app because I’m still experimenting with it to see how it works. In the video, I noticed the delivery courier looked over at the treat bins and I heard her say aloud, “Nice!” Unfortunately, she didn’t take anything from the bin. No worries, though– I made up for it with a really nice tip. ‘Tis the season! Love this time of year!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, dear friend! See you tomorrow for Metamorphosis Monday!

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Comments

  1. I have a ring and love it… The snacks are a great idea.

  2. How timely! I just noticed a sign about Uber Eats yesterday and was wondering about it. Too funny about the ‘visitor’ but I wouldn’t think a bench much of a deterrent, ha! I like that you will add Uber Eats to your sign; makes one aware of how many delivery folks there are.

  3. Oh MY! What a surprise! Did you tell him to “scoot” loudly? Is that why he took off? My husband says that squirrels have always had better PR than mice! Merry Christmas, I look forward to all of your posts!

    • lol That’s too funny…I think your husband is right! No, I missed the alert when he came up onto the porch because I had forgotten to take my phone off “Do not disturb” when I awoke this morning. I’m sure he saw the Ring doorbell and changed his mind. 😉

      • Jane Franks says:

        I have a funny squirrel story, too. Not that unusual, but I have a vertical bird feeder hung from a small tree that is right off the corner of my porch. We only have a couple of squirrels around and I thought he would show up but wondered if he would use the feeder with me on the porch just a few feet away. Well, that did not deter him as he hung by his hind feet upside down on a small branch in front of the feeder digging the seeds out of the feeder with his front paws and hungrily stuffing them in his mouth and eating upside down. He didn’t stay too long, and is so cute I don’t have the heart to shoo him away. The birds do a pretty good job of that when it’s “their turn”!! Ha!!

  4. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    Susan, you are so sweet. What a kind gesture and good idea to thank those who deliver! I am going to follow suit since since the majority of my shopping is done online. Also,I am interested in adding an app and system to keep an eye on my porch since we get many deliveries and some neighbors in the area have had some problems with packages stolen! Thank you for these great tips.

  5. I can hear the banter at the different delivery depots. “I’ll go, I’ll go, no pick me I want to go. Wait you went last time, pick me!!” I’m sure the delivery folks love to drop off packages at your place Susan with that great choice of snacks and beverages. Uber Eats sounds great, I’ll have to check and see if that is offered in my area. I know we have a service called DoorDash which I’ve used before. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and blessings in the coming year.

  6. I’ve seen notices about Uber Eats on my app but haven’t used it as we had a delivery service already. However, that service quit so I might be trying Uber Eats. The nerve of your would-be thief! If he can afford the fur coat he’s wearing he can buy his own snacks. Happy Sunday!

  7. I already love your Ring! The visual is so perfectly clear – nice. I also wanted to come through my screen and grab that brisket and collard greens! Wow, I’ll have to check out Uber Eats and see if small town here has it.

  8. Sandra D in Joliet says:

    The thought did cross my mind that a critter or two might help themselves. They probably think it’s for them since they can’t read the sign. I feed the birds and squirrels and I’m sure some would love something different than seeds and suet. It was nice he decided to go his merry way but knowing squirrels, he’s in his nest planning his next move. He’ll probably inch closer and closer every day…or not. I keep my seeds in galvanized garbage cans because I learned real quick the hard plastic ones don’t work. One day a squirrel was going in circles on one of the lids trying to figure out how to make a huge haul. So far trash can 1, squirrely 0. They have learned how to jump over to the suet feeder and hang upside down to feed off it. All the other birds have learned to hang on upside down but they can’t hold on for long like all the woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees. I’ll be watching for the Ring updates as you post them.

  9. Linda Page says:

    I am glad you have good security cause those Georgia can be ruthless!!! Thanks for the laugh!! Liked your Uber Eats experience.

  10. Michelle B says:

    Thanks for the review on Uber Eats. I am going to share it with my mom. This would be great for her. It’s very hard for her to get out for takeout food. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Susan, that is such a sweet gesture and I’m sure all the delivery folks agree. This surely is the most wonderful time of the year. 🙂 I’m very impressed with your security doorbell and am going to look into one for myself. I love that it doubles as a critter cam for your entertainment! Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a spectacular new year.

  12. Thanks for the Uber Eats info. Sometimes you just don’t want to cook.
    I wonder if you can use Ring if you don’t have a smart phone.
    Squirrels can be a menace, but I may never get over the raccoon ripping my porch screen off and casually walking around-several times. After we caught Satan, one of his relative showed up. They would have no problem with your amazing snack box.

  13. Cyndi Raines says:

    Now that you have us all drooling, I’m glad that you can get great meals reasonably priced and with fast service. It’s hard cooking for one. Your Ring looks like it is going to be a great help to you. Nice pic of your porch and would be Bandit! Lol.

  14. Cyndi Raines says:

    Oh, Susan! I just noticed the Christmas lights flashing on the house in your header of the post! How cute is that! That’s new right? Love it!

  15. Charlotte Bruce says:

    Thanks for the post about Uber Eats…been wanting to try them. We use Insta-Cart to get lots of groceries delivered to the door. I’m not sure how many states have that, but wouldn’t be surprised if it keeps gaining popularity. And anywhere there’s a Wal-Mart, they also have some kind of delivery svc. It’s great for all those items too heavy to lug from car into house/apt (and we live upstairs, so it’s even better!). Cute squirrel!

  16. Jodi Stubbs says:

    You are a genuinely nice person! Hope your holidays are as sweet as you are
    !!

  17. Susan,
    Your latest “would be” perpetrator story made my Monday! Thanks for the Uber tip also!

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