Last weekend, Boston Parent Blogger Jill Notkin and I were treated to the opening of the 22nd season of the chocolate buffet at the Langham Hotel.
The theme this year – the Five Elements of Taste – is both inspired and delicious. It’s nearly impossible to try everything you’ll want to try – I started with a made-to-order crepe, and then moved to a whole bunch of the small one or two bite desserts. But, my personal favorite is the chocolate croissant bread pudding, a returning favorite from past years. Add some of the caramel sauce, and wow. Just yum.
Pastry Chef Jed Hackney explained that throughout the year, unpopular selections are replaced with other creations. I also asked about food allergies, and was told that the chef can provide walkthroughs of the entire buffet for those with food allergies. As a mom to a child with a severe nut allergy, this made me confident that I can bring my daughter to the chocolate buffet.
The chocolate buffet runs through June and is $38 for adults and $25 for children 5 through 12.
Jill Notkin of The Daily Grind writes about the Shop & Shop Mom Blogger Event.
Stop & Shop for Back-to-School
It’s no secret that Stop & Shop is my grocery storeof choice. After becoming a self-described grocery money-saving maven, I did the comparisons and found that indeed, Stop & Shop is the major grocery chain with the best prices, the most innovative ideas, and the most money-saving opportunities. Some things that rock about the store are:
their Scan It! program (note: if you have coupons for free items, you’ll need assistance)
super friendly service (I left an entire bag of groceries there a few months ago, and the customer service peeps could not have been more helpful)
frequent mailings including great discounts, freebies, and coupons
I attended an event last week at the fantastic Sibling Rivalry in Boston, hosted by Stop & Shop’s always informative consumer advisor, Andrea Astrachan. She talked to us bloggers about their private labels, Simply Enjoy and their organic line, Nature’s Promise, both for use in our homes, and in lunch boxes. I have tried many items of both against their name-brand comp and have found them to be absolutely comparable, except that their price is lower. They make great snacks for school lunches (try the organic mac ‘n cheese, it’s a staple in our house), and my single favorite money-saver – their Nature’s Promise milk.
Two of our Boston Parent Bloggers Compete on the Just Dance Stage
The 2010 BlogHer conference was hosted in NYC, making it an ideal spot for Boston Parent Bloggers to congregate. Whether traveling by car or train (or, in some cases, plane), the proximity made it more accessible for our New England-based friends. Rather than try to capture the spirit of the conference from so many voices, we’ve set up a Mr. Linky so bloggers can share their own posts.