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Sam Adams Brewery Tour


BEST FREE TOUR EVER!!!!

If you have time to go out to Jamaica Plain and do this tour I highly recommend it because you get to drink beer for free ~kinda (they suggest that you leave a couple bucks that is donated to the local community).

Mike and I are not big beer drinkers but we still had fun. Our guide was a funny young guy that showed us around their small brewery which is now only used as a testing facility. We were schooled in Sam Adams history, tasted the malts, smelled the hops then went on to try 3 different beers in our free tasting glasses. Yes, more free stuff!

Note: arrive early in the day (b4 noon) or you may not get a tour ticket. No reservations.

Website: http://www.samueladams.com/share-passion/tours.aspx

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Top Chef Season 5 DVD Giveaway!

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Hey Everybody!

A&E Home Entertainment has sent me a copy of the “TOP CHEF: NEW YORK – Season 5”¬† DVD collection (which was just released yesterday) to give away to one of my fine readers. Jam-packed with enticing extras including never-before-aired Stew Room footage, extended interviews, cooking demonstrations and more ‚ÄĒ TOP CHEF: NEW YORK will satisfy the appetite of any fan, foodie or cook.

To win this tasty set all you have to do is leave a comment on this post that answers this question… which cheftestant (any season) would you like to cook you a meal?

As Padma would say “Readers… you have 10 days to enter. Your time starts NOW — Good luck!”

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1 Year Blogaversary

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I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for an entire year. In celebration I’m holding my first ever giveaway. Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite Sprinkles cupcake flavor (if you haven’t had a Sprinkles cupcake …shame on you!¬† j/k –you can just put your favorite cupcake flavor in general).

sprinkles-mixThe winner will be chosen at random and receive a lovely canister of Sprinkles cupcake mix. Yum!

Good Luck and thanks for eating with me for the last year!

Don’t forget to include your email address with your comment so I can contact you if you win. Contest ends Feb 8th, 2009.

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Factory Tour

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Mike and I headed off to Berkeley to take the Scharffen Berger Chocolate factory tour. Scharffen Berger is a boutique chocolatier specializing in dark chocolate. Don’t expect a wild Willy Wonka adventure but a low key highly informative romp through the chocolate making process from bean to bar. This isn’t something for the small kiddies as 90% is spent sitting listening to a verbal presentation while looking at old laminated pieces of paper (super low-tech but interesting). The last 10% is allocated for the tour of the facility. Unfortunately we went on a day in which no chocolate was being made so none of the equipment was in use but still cool to see.

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NO HAIR IN THE CHOCOLATE! Mike with his hairnets

Throughout the FREE, 1-hour tour we got to sample 5 different chocolates! My favorite was the milk chocolate something Scharffen Berger just began to produce due to public demand. Even though we didn’t see a river of chocolate or any umpa lumpas we still had a great time.

UPDATE:¬† Sad news…I just saw online that the live tours have been discontinued and it was announced that Hersey’s is closing the factory sometime this year. We must of been one of the last groups through. Scharffen Berger was bought by Hersey’s in 2005. They say they plan to move operations out of California to save money. You can still take the virtual tour.
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