Contemplating the Future and Kane’s Donuts

It’s been way too long since my last post. Nearly 16 months. I’ve been struggling with what to do with this blog while trying horribly to lose weight, not to mention crazy work and family life happenings.

I have tossed around the idea of possibly switching to more of a “lifestyle” format that examines more than just food, providing a better way for me to comment on other aspects of my life. As much as I adore food, it does not make up all of me.

But while I still figure things out…here’s this glorious pic of some fabulous donuts from The world famous Kane’s Donuts in Saugus, MA.

If you have suggestions of what you’d like to see or if you’d follow me to another blog, please let me know in the comments below.

Pictured below: (from top right, clockwise) — Reese’s peanut butter cup, apple cider, chocolate coconut, Maine blueberry, turtle and chocolate glazed.

Find more about Kane’s at: http://www.kanesdonuts.com.

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Favorite Fall Foods

I love autumn. Besides all the bad migraines it brings me each year, I absolutely love the changing colors on the trees, the pumpkin and apple cider drinks, going to the pumpkin patch and wearing chunky wool sweaters with boots.

Today, we stopped at Starbucks to enjoy some of their new fall offerings. I totally indulged in their new salted caramel mocha. Wow — this drink is smooth! Brett enjoyed a (decaf) pumpkin spice latte, which was equally autumnal.Apple Cider Donut from Mann OrchardsThen, we dropped by Mann’s Orchards and Bakery for some of their apple cider donuts. Just stepping out of the car, we were accosted by the warm, inviting smell of these yeasty treats. They were absolutely incredible! A sugary coating and a fluffy interior. I’m just drooling thinking about what these would be like right out of the fryer.

So, what’s your favorite fall food? Leave a comment below!

Review: Red’s Kitchen and Tavern

Red's Kitchen and Tavern exterior signI’m always on the lookout for the next best place for breakfast. I’d have to say breakfast is – by far – my most favorite meal of the day. If I had my way, more places would just specialize in breakfast 24/7. Because honestly, who doesn’t like an omelette for lunch sometimes or some pancakes for dinner?

Well, there’s a new place to get breakfast (and those other two meals a day) on Boston’s North Shore. Red’s Kitchen and Tavern opened earlier this summer and has been busy.

But, let’s take a step back about 50 years and start over in Salem, Mass. This is where Red’s Sandwich Shop first gained a loyal, local following. The sandwich shop stands in a building that dates back to the 18th century and has served meals to many over the years. Based on that popularity, it was a natural progression to open up a second location. Flash forward to May 2012, when the second location – Red’s Kitchen and Tavern – opened up on Route 1 in Peabody, Mass. This location is spacious and new. So, let’s take a look inside…

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Review: Woodman’s of Essex

Woodman's of Essex ExteriorBefore I went to Woodman’s of Litchfield (New Hampshire) last year, I had no idea, until doing a little followup research for a blog post, that its parent restaurant Woodman’s of Essex (Massachusetts) was the birthplace of the fried clam.

But, back in 1916 this little roadside seafood shack started the craze that goes up and down New England’s shores with a frenzy. Today, the restaurant is run by the third and fourth generations of the Woodman family. The lines are still long, the clams are still hot, juicy and oh-so-good.

So, let’s take a closer look at this Massachusetts mainstay…

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Live Blog: Cupcake Camp Boston 2012

7:25 pm

Found a fluffernutter cupcake (didn’t indulge though.) only been able to find one dairy free cupcake so far and it was pretty yummy!

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7:07 pm

Last four cupcakes left! These are a hot item tonite!

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6:49 pm

All out of cuppies for the VIP session and tons of peeps are asking for ’em after seeing them online. Come back in ten minutes!

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Counting Down to Cupcake Camp

There’s less than a week left until Cupcake Camp Boston 2012. This year, there are two options to attend:

  • VIP attendance, $25 per ticket. VIP entrance gets you special entry into the event from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Purchase advance VIP tickets now.
  • General Admission, $5 per ticket. With this option, you are let in after 7 p.m. and this is only available at the door.

Admission is a bit different this year. There are a limited amount of advanced, VIP tickets. But, with this option – you get the first choice of all the cupcakes from the professional and amateur bakers.

The Full Deets

  • When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 21
  • Where: The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville
  • Why: You love cupcakes and proceeds benefit a local food pantry.

So, stop by and see me! I’ll be bringing Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. I know, totally tempting, right?

Cupcake Camp Boston 2012

Registration is now open for amateur bakers to take part in Cupcake Camp Boston 2012 in Somerville, Mass. Last year’s event was an awesome experience for me and my baking-partner-in-crime, Miss Stacey. (Check out my review of the 2011 shindig. It was a sugar rush and a half!!)

Now, if you’re a cupcake baker who wants to take part, stop by the website by April 25. The event will be held 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at the Armory in Somerville. Last year, attendees (not those baking, but devouring the tastees) forked over a small donation to benefit an area food pantry. Warning: Get there early if you want a chance at all of the goods! (You have been warned!) The event also features tons of sweets from Boston-area bakeries. Last year, some of the pro bakers were: Babycakes, the Cupcakory, Treat Cupcake Bar and more.

I plan on baking some interesting chocolate mashed potato cuppies…I hope to see you at Cupcake Camp 2012!! Be sure to follow my Tweets @crelacion where I’ll post more pix on the day of the event, too!