Drinking Events This Weekend in Boston

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So I saw that The Boston Calendar for the next week has a lot of fun booze-related events and had to share. We will be attending the Bit Fest event tomorrow night!

Image from Bit Fest

Image from Bit Fest

June 4 & 5 – Bit Fest – Night Shift Brewing

June 4, July 16, August 13, September 3 Beer Tastings Aboard Roseway

June 5 – CLINK. Summer Wine Dinner Series in The Yard

June 6 – Summer Boston Sea Party with Social Boston Sports

June 6 – Boston Pirate Bar Crawl

June 8 – Craft Beer for a Cause 

June 9 – Squats & Sangria: Free bootcamp in Seaport

June 11 – Historic Beer in a Historic Place

*Thanks to Boston Calendar for all these great events!

National Donut Day!

3 Jun maple+bacon

PSA: June 5 is National Donut Day!

Dunkin Donuts is giving a free donut with a purchase of a beverage, so you know where Cdog and I will be on Friday. My favorite donut is the chocolate glazed. Boring, maybe. Delicious, absolutely.

If you are in the South, Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut – no purchase necessary. If you can’t get a free donut on Friday, here are some local donuts to check out.

Union Square Donuts

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Image from Union Square Donuts website

62 Restaurant in Salem has a donut bar on Sundays

Good morning #doughnut fans!! #62doughnutbar is open 9am-noon. Hope to see you!! #doughnutlife #salemma

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Kanes Donuts in Saugus & Boston

Fun fact: National Donut Day was instituted in 1938 to commemorate Salvation Army workers who surprised soldiers with donut deliveries.

The diet can start tomorrow.

What’s your favorite?

Boston Events for May

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First, where the heck did April go? Second, happy May! Third, what are you up to this month? Need some ideas? Eventbrite provided a listical of all the fun things to do in and around Boston this may.

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Some of the items that caught my eye:

May 13 7-9:30: Beer School and it’s FREE! By Slumbrew and Craft Beer Celler BEERSCHOOL, held at American Fresh Assembly Row

May 14 5:30 – 8:30 PM: First Literacy 26th Spelling Bee (I may not be going, but I love a good spelling bee. Fact: my favorite word is onomatopoeia)

May 16 1 – 7 PM: HarpoonFest

May 22 – 24: Boston Calling Music Festival 

May 23: Kteb and Stud Muffin’s Anniversary!

May 26 6:30 – 8:30 PM: Beer and Cheese with Night Shift Brewing

May 27 5 PM – 10 PM: Original Gravity Concert at Aeornaut Brewing Company

May 29 – May 30: American Craft Beer Fest

 

Jacob’s Creek introduces Two Lands

24 Apr Image courtesy of Jacob's Creek

On April 9, Jacob’s Creek hosted a digital wine tasting. No, there is no technology that allows you to drink through your device… yet. I was sent a bottle of the Chardonnay (2014), Pinot Grigio (2014), Shiraz (2013) and Cabernet Sauvignon (2013), and Jacob’s Creek broadcasted a wine tasting session via a video streaming service.

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Two gentleman, Bernard Hickin, chief winemaker of Australia’s Jacob’s Creek and Ehren Jordan, a boutique winemaker from Napa Valley (Failla Wines) joined forces to create Two Lands, which is described as “California Craftsmanship meets Australian Character.” The best of both worlds.

 

We started off by tasting the Pinot Grigio and right away, I could tell this would be my summer white of choice. It had great pear, apple and citrus flavors, but it wasn’t too sweet. To me, that is perfection. The Chardonnay had an elegance to it and had a great balance of fruit and oak with hints of vanilla, nutmeg and spice. Next up was the Cabernet Sauvignon, which had a good texture, was soft and had some current flavors. Erhen said he wanted to make a cab that tasted like a cab. He believed that American cabs got away from making a real cab and so he got out of the habit of drinking it, but now he wants to drink cab again because of his collaboration. They both agreed that this would pair well with a rib-eye steak. The Shiraz had an intensity to it, but had a softness because of the tannins, and it was full of fruit flavors – plum, red fruits. Some tasters also described it with the following words, “bacon, rosemary, mulberry, dark plum, black pepper with a cedar on finish.” You had me at bacon.

One thing that stood out to me was that Berndard and Ehren just wanted to make good wines that they would want to drink and they did this by doing less to the wines. They said that sometimes people try to add too much or do too much to a wine and they didn’t want to do that.

The wines were produced in a limited quantity and are only available in the U.S. For the whites, about 7,000 cases were shipped and for the reds about 10,000-12,000 cases were shipped. All four wines sell for under $15 a bottle and can be found across the country. We may or may not have seen the Cabernet Sauvignon at Wegmans this weekend for $10.

Blue sky delights in the Barossa last week.

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We ended the wine tasting on a nice existential note. Ehren reflected on the surreality of the situation he was experiencing. He got on a plane in San Francisco, arrived in Australia a day later and knew that he was there to indulge in an extremely old craft, but was talking about it via live streaming video to people on the other side of the world, that were a day behind. Technology.

Follow Jacob’s Creek on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Thanks to Jacob’s Creek for letting me “attend” its wine tasting. Now go out and buy some Two Lands or better yet, come over this summer and we’ll enjoy a glass of Pinot Grigio together!

For tasting notes on each wine, please find the fact sheets below. (I apologize for not providing more detailed notes on the flavors. I do not claim to be a expert in wine tasting.)

Two Lands Cabernet

Two Lands Shiraz

Two Lands Pinot Grigio

Two Lands Chardonnay

National Grilled Cheese Month

23 Apr Image from All Recipes

April is National Grilled Cheese Month! I love grilled cheese. Add bacon and we have a serious situation on our hands. The other day in our cafeteria I ordered a grilled cheese with bacon and the guy next to me looked at me like I was 1. a genius and 2. like I had 10 heads. He said, “Did you just order a grilled cheese with bacon?” To him I said, “You’ve never had bacon on your grilled cheese? You should try it, it is life-changing.” He agreed that anything with bacon is infinitely better, and we went our separate ways. I am pretty sure he probably came back the next day and ordered a grilled cheese with bacon.

Image from All Recipes

Image from All Recipes

Anwyays, if you are looking for a few ways to up your grilled cheese game, check out some that I’ve tried in the past:

And if you are in the Boston area, or if you visit Boston, I implore you to seek out Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck.

Image from Roxy's Grilled Cheese

Image from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato…

23 Mar How cute is this little flower? (Photo from Amorino's FB page)

Scoop on the street- Amorino, a popular European café and gelateria is staking a claim in Boston – at 249 Newbury Street to be exact. The Newbury location is the first in the United States, and has more than 100 locations including cities such as Paris, London, Milan and Madrid.

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How do these sound? L’Inimitable (a Nutella-inspired hazelnut & chocolate), Mango Alfonso d’India (Indian Alfonso mango), and the Bronte Pistachio (Pistacchio Verde di Bronte PDO)… Yes, please. These are just a few of the up to 23 gourmet gelato flavors they have at a time and will also serve a flavor of the month!

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Photo: from Amorino’s Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/AmorinoBoston/timeline

This month’s flavor:

Guests are served their gelato in a signature flower shape… pictured below. How cute!

How cute is this little flower? (Photo from Amorino's FB page)

Photo: from Amorino’s FB page

Café items include a selection of fine Italian coffees, ten flavors of hot chocolate, tea, fresh pastries and breakfast items, and, in the warmer months, granitas. Sweet items include beautifully crafted luxury chocolates, milk covered roasted almonds, and candied oranges dipped in chocolate. Did I mention the macarons? They have eight different flavors. I think I found our next dessert destination!

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Photo: from Amorino’s FB page

Talk about following your dreams… Amorino is owned and operated by  Léa Sasportes, a 28 year old former engineer who followed her passion for the industry from France to the United States one year ago. She fell in love with Newbury Street’s European feel and knew it needed to be the spot for Amorino’s first US location.

If you are available on Thursday at from 11 am to 2 pm, stop by and enjoy a complimentary small cup or cone! To become instantly hungry, follow Amorino on Facebook or on Twitter.

National Chip & Dip Day: March 23

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While my social feeds are filled with angry people regarding their March Madness brackets, I am excited to report to you a different kind of March Madness. On March 23, the nation celebrates National Chip & Dip Day! If you remember from my post on What I’m giving up for Lent, I said I wasn’t going to set myself up for failure and decided to leave chips off of the fried food list. Thank goodness because I LOVE chips and dip!

Favorite dip: french onion dip with ruffles.

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Second favorite: chips and (white) queso dip from Mexican restaurants.

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Third favorite: chips and guacamole.

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Like I said, I love chips and dip. Watching a sporting event on TV is an excuse for me to have some sort of chip & dip. Super Bowl… more like scooper bowl.

When I found out that Tostitos is giving one free dip to anyone in America named Chip, I got really excited! No, my name is not Chip, but my BFF’s dad’s name is Chip! That is exciting for him! Don’t believe me, check it out! www.EveryChipGetsADip.com 

To all you Chips out there, you’re awesome. Enjoy a free dip from Tostitos!

Happy National Chip & Dip Day!

Also, here’s a recipe for magic and my 4th favorite dip… Buffalo Chicken Dip.

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