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fun in NYC #blogher12

4 Aug

Well Blogher ’12 has drawn to a close. I’ll be posting a more substantive retrospective tomorrow, but the short summary is that I got some awesome tech takeaways, and met some great people.

I strolled the expo a bit more today, and got to hang out with the Got Milk milkmen.


I also had a hot date with Zac Ephron, except I was a little turned off because he had something in his nose, and didn’t get it when I tried to indicate that to him with subtlety, but he didn’t get it, so I had to take matters into my own hands.


Hersheys and Wal-Mart sponsored a hospitality suite that featured INDOOR SMORES. You know my feelings on smores. I went back twice.



Starbucks also had a hospitality suite featuring its new single-brew coffeemaker. I was very skeptical because I really do not like Keurig. I’ve tried all kinds of pods and settings and everything, and I can never get it to make anything other than gross. The new bux machine makes drip coffee, espresso, and lattes. I made a latte (with double espresso, naturally), and it was surprisingly good. I’m still not going to buy one of the machines, because I make coffee at home all of never, but I won’t turn my nose up if someone else offers me a cup.

After I was done with a day full of awesome tech-centered seminars, Mr. Beez and I wandered down to Lindy’s famous overpriced deli for a sammich. It’s within view of Times Square, which the absurd prices reflect, however the food was surprisingly decent (despite the abysmal Yelp reviews). Mr. Beez had the worlds largest sandwich full of meat, which I had to help him eat because it was so massive.

Mr. Beez and I also went out on the town on Friday night for dinner. The 3 Monkeys was the closest reasonably-priced eatery that had great results on Yelp. It was a comfortable bar, with quick service and a great beer selection. We had a charcuterie plate, which was good but nothing special. For my meal, I ordered the sliders sampler. You get to pick 3 sliders from beef, chicken, pork, and lamb. I went for the beef, chicken, and lamb. The beef was a classic cheddar bacon cheeseburger, which was solid and satisfying. The chicken was really surprisingly good, it was juicy and just the perfect amount of salty. The lamb, however, I am still dreaming about. IT WAS AMAZING. In a full burger size, it would have been overkill, but the slider was OMG DELICIOUS. We’ve got time to grab some brunch before catching the plane tomorrow, and I am seriously considering strong-arming Mr. Beez for a trip back there.

Tonight we also went to the movies to see THE BATMAN. It may sound like a bit of a waste to go all the way to NYC to see a movie, but I really really did not want to see this movie surrounded by loud overstimulated Pittsburghers. Instead, we saw the movie surrounded by New Yorkers and tourists, and being the only overstimulated yinzers in the crowd, we ruined it for everyone else. I loved seeing all the footage of Pittsburgh pieced together. It actually made it MORE fun to me, to watch the chase go UP Smithfield street, then DOWN Smithfield Street, then UP Smithfield Street, then HOW DID WE GET TO OAKLAND?


So tomorrow we head back to the ‘burgh, and I’ll get to snuggle that little baby girl that I’ve missed over the last few days (having 2 back to back weekends away is hard). We’ve been running around like crazy people this whole vacation, so I can’t say I feel rested. Still, I do feel ready to get back to work. That’s a good thing, because I’ve got a whole pile of stuff to tackle when I wander back to the office on Monday.

Sinful Sweets

18 Jul

A couple weekends ago, Mr. Beez, Baby Beez and I spent most of the day hanging out around the house. We did laundry, watched TV, and did all those kinds of exciting weekend-y things. As I am apt to do, in the late afternoon I got a little restless. I needed to go OUT. ANYWHERE. Just to do some THING.  Since it was hot out, it was a perfect day to get some ice cream!

We ventured over to Sinful Sweets Chocolate Company in Lawrenceville.  For some reason I had misiniformation about this place. I thought it was just a candy store selling various commercial candies.  Instead, it is a for-real chocolate shop, offering its own confections.  They also offer ice cream (I can’t recall the brand).  I was very pleased to see maple walnut on the menu, and that flavor did not disappoint.

They offer a number of cake pops, chocolate covered dried fruits and cookies, as well as chocolate bars and truffles.  I picked out a couple cake pops and an “antioxidant bar” (milk chocolate with dried fruit–cranberries, blueberries, and cherries I think).  I really enjoyed the chocolate bar, but didn’t find much about it that made it significantly stand out from other high quality chocolate bars. 

The cake pop flavors I picked were red velvet and carrot.  Cake pops aren’t really my thing to begin with, so I’m a poor judge of them.  I expect the consistency of cake, except cake pops never are the consistency of cake.  They are more firm than that, because the cake is all mashed up with icing to get that pop shape.  So all of this is to say that if you like cake pops, I think you’ll enjoy these…except I don’t much like cake pops, so maybe I don’t really know  (why did I order them? I think the heat went to my head).

Sinful Sweets is a perfectly capable and tasty chocolate shop.  The trouble is that in the local chocolates market, they’re always going to be measured up against Sarris.  I believe Sarris is truly exceptional, and that’s a tough competitor to be up against.  Sinful Sweets has a fun marketing angle, the products are high quality, and their products will make for fun “local” gifts (like for hostess gifts, bridesmaids gifts, etc.)


14 Dec

I got a present!

A friend sent me a jar of Koeze Seafoam Chocolates!  They are amazing!

They are crunchy and melty, and taste like lovely milk chocolate covered toasted marshmallows!  I shared some with my office mates, and then chowed down! I cannot be trusted with chocolates!

It was extra-special, because I LOVE getting surprises in the mail!