There are two very important reasons to celebrate this week! First and foremost, it is Cdog and Paul’s 6th Anniversary! And without that anniversary, we wouldn’t be celebrating Monkey’s 2nd birthday!
Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to the Gentile Family! We love you!
Here is a cake for Camille:
Camille loves hot dogs!
Do you love technology? Do you love making things easy? Reserve is a dining concierge app, which is actually backed by founders of Uber and Foursquare, that allowed diners to make reservations, but also split the bill in the app.
Images from Reserve’s website
Here’s how it works: after confirming your reservation on Reserve, you can add your guest through your phone’s contact list and Reserve will send a text message inviting them to share the bill. From there your guest can accept your invite, and have their portion of the bill charged to the card on file in the app once the meal is over. The entire check — including tax, tip and Reserve’s $5 concierge fee — is divided evenly between everyone who accepts.
Reserve also provides recommendations of great places to go, and makes it easy for you to invite friends to join you. I haven’t used it yet, but for those that are looking for a seamless way to enjoy a meal with friends, it seems like a great app.
Reserve is available for iOS and Android.
Are you using Reserve? Do you like it?
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
Image from Union Square Donuts website
62 Restaurant in Salem has a donut bar on Sundays
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?
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.
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
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
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
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.
Second favorite: chips and (white) queso dip from Mexican restaurants.
Third favorite: chips and guacamole.
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.
Impressed? You shouldn’t be. Wikipedia is a wealth of information…
I’d like to discuss a drink that I’ve had good and bad experiences with. Shandies. Shandies are more popular in western Europe than other parts of the world, but they’ve been making quite a fuss in the US over the past few years. When I first was told that a beer was mixed with lemonade, two things went through my head – gross and yum! I know very conflicting thoughts. Therefore, I had to try one. The first shandy I tried was a Narragansett Del’s Shandy. I’m going to tell you right now, I did not hate it. It was not gross. It was delightfully refreshing. Since then, I’ve tasted a few others and have not had the same experience. They’ve either been way too sweet or just didn’t mix well.
That was until I tried Traveler Beer Company’s Lemon Shandy, based out of Burlington, VT (so sort of local). It is a really good balance between the two. Traveler Beer Company has taken the European shandy and elevated it with natural ingredients and new flavors, brewing with real fruit, rather than mixing. It tastes fresh and it is refreshing. I can see it being my shandy of choice come the summer. If you are interested in trying it for yourself, check out where it is sold near you. And, the mascot, if you will, is a mustache!
While perusing the Traveler Beer Company’s website, I came across a page promoting their Craft Brew Races & Costume Contest. Beer + costumes + running = yes please! Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Thanks to Stuntman PR and Traveler’s for sending me a few samples of this deliciousness.