Shop #SmallBizSat for the Food Lover in Your Life

Happy “Black Friday”!

Don’t forget – tomorrow is “Small Business Saturday“!

SBS

I always love to shop “small”. I find that small businesses are often local “Rock Star Brands“.  Whenever I travel, I always try to visit the “Mom and Pop” shops in order to get a better feel of the city or town. When I am home, I find it more interesting, more authentic somehow, to try to shop and eat local.

I have compiled this short list of small(er) businesses to check out this #SmallBizSat if you are a food lover or if you have a “foodie” on your holiday shopping list.  There are many wonderful shops but these places have left an impression on me this year (or in past years).

Several shops have websites, but if you are able, try to visit the shops.  I think you will love the special attention and customer service you receive.  Continue reading

3…2…1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am counting down the final hours, minutes and seconds of 2011.  Before I launch into a NEW YEAR of food fun, I thought I would take a look back on this year of my eating, drinking and all things food related and “countdown” the highlights.
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  
 
 

THINGS I ATE:

7.  Cranberry Mustard from the Wisconsin Cheeseman.  My turkey sandwiches would not have been the same without this delightful little condiment.  I got a jar in January and I can honestly say that as long as the company continues to make this product, I will have a jar in my refrigerator going forward.

6.  Best of Soup Appetizer at The Chart House Restaurant. The perfect appetizer for this soup lover who wanted to try ALL the soups on the menu. Three perfect tasting size portions, in a beautiful formation of ramekins, included a New England style Clam Chowder, a sherry kissed Lobster Bisque and a chilled Gazpacho.

5.  Jersey Devil Chocolates.  I have tried a lot of spicy sweet chocolate bars and products from all over the world but this brand knocked out the competition.  Dark chocolate, chipotle chili and cranberries are combined in a delicate balance of exquisite goodness.  I found Jersey Devil Chocolates to be the ultimate chocolate bar / candy treat this year.  Continue reading