Have I mentioned Menchie's?!

Before I begin, YES, I realize that my latest posts seem to be food-related. However, at least I am posting and it is all for the good of the people. And people, this is good.

Last week, my friend Amber treated me to a "new mommy" trip to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt (our location is on Sawmill Rd, almost to Powell, but there are locations all around the country. I had heard that it was "SO GOOD", but had no idea.  Allow me to explain the magical intersection of delicious flavors+cheery decor+genius setup:

I walk in, instantly greeted by my favorite color combination of lime green and fuschia. I see the back wall, gleaming with stainless steel machines of 12 glorious yogurt flavors. Then Amber tells me, "There are sample cups so you can try as many as you want". Oh. My. God. I try a few, but the world stops when I see "Peanut Butter" and "Hershey Kiss Chocolate" at the same machine. Do you know what this means? I can swirl them. And I do. Then I add Praline Delight (which I regret, it had no flavor) and top it off with banana. Then came the best part. I continue down the Miracle Mile to the toppings bar. I don't know how they keep it so clean and neat but I noticed and appreciated it. While Amber decorated her "pretty" yogurt with fresh, bright mangoes and other fruits, I went straight to the dark side for this: cookie dough pieces, Oreos, cheesecake bites, poundcake bites, and hot fudge. Oh yes, and brownie pieces. Finally, I was satisfied and we were ready to pay. Now, you pay by weight at Menchie's. So if you are "eating for two" like me, this is dangerous. But well worth it. I devoured my concoction and cannot wait to go back-- tomorrow.
(these pictures are from menchies.com) 

Seasonal food review: Pumpkin!

October is my favorite month for many reasons, but my favorite?  The release of limited-time pumpkin goodies at many restaurants. This will be a review-in-progress as I make my way down the list. These are in ranked order of my favorites:

Pumpkin pie blizzard from Dairy Queen:  All the parts of the pumpkin pie you love (the flavor, the chunks of crust), mixed into vanilla soft-serve and eaten icy cold! I absolutely cannot get enough of this stuff.

Pumpkin Cheesecake from Olive Garden: I need to get a slice this season before I review, but I know it's amazing!

Pumpkin Supreme pie from Bob Evans:  This was a last-minute addition to my carryout dinner a few weeks ago. It is layers of pumpkin pie and a smooth cream cheese filling. The crust was flaky and easy to break into, and I was happy I didn't have to share it:)

Pumpkin Spice muffin from Tim Horton's:  Yum! Dad brought me one of these little surprises for breakfast one day. You think there is only a dollop of cream cheese on the top, but wait...it is injected into the entire muffin!  So, every bite gets a little bit of cream cheese to balance out the spice of the muffin. 

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory:  Yeah... one would think this would be at the top of the list, but it didn't make it. Sure, it was delicious, but too many competing flavors. I love pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and pecan pie. But combined, there was too much to think about (along with the $7 price tag!)

What else do you have for me to add?

Recent Adventures?

It seems like everything recently has been about the baby, but life has continued outside of that little realm. I just got back from the *new* Giant Eagle Market District that opened up right outside my neighborhood. That sounds unattractive, and like something you wouldn't want outside of your 'hood, but they used an existing shopping center which I LOVE.

Anyway, guess who was there to open the place?!  The man himself, Adam Richman from Man vs. Food. He was doing a food demo on salmon burgers with a fried green tomato and dill mayonnaise. Hello!!! He was just as funny in person as he is on TV, and he looked great in his scarlet and gray. My foodie friend, Julie, and I were hoping to get up close for some photo ops (and we are actual fans!) but there were about 60 rows of boring duds in front of us. We would have been way more fun to have in the front road. And i would have gotten to sample some of that heaven (the food, not Adam, ha!)

Speaking of food, there were a million samples. Strange things like "My dadz nutz" (which were disturbingly delicious) and popcorn that comes out as a crispy tortilla-type thing you can SPREAD NUTELLA on. OK, I am getting carried away.

Plans this weekend? Well, to recover from my 2 day farm trip with the kindergartners (which was amazing, thanks to Stratford Ecological Center), I have a day off tomorrow!), I am headed up to Jill's to see her sweet babies and maybe make something in the kitchen if I am lucky. I'll let you know if we come up with something interesting...

Where have I been?

I have been over working on my other blog, which I am now ready to introduce to the public. Enjoy:o)
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