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This Is Framingham
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Rugelach at Kugel’s

December 30th, 2009


I was going through some old pictures on my camera and came across this beauty of chocolate rugelach I got at Kugel’s(located in Trolley Square) about a month ago and forgot to post about it.  Usually when I find rugelach, it’s too dry, lacking flavor or just a different style altogether but this is just like the kind my aunt used to serve at her house when I was a kid. 
I don’t know where else in Framingham they have rugelach like this so I just wanted to give a shout out to Kugel’s for selling such a fine product (as well has serving great breakfasts and sandwiches).

Another Framingham salad dressing

December 16th, 2009


In addition  to Ken’s and Fanny’s dressing (which can be found next to each other at Stop& Shop),  Gerard Farm makes their own salad dressing too.
I just got around to trying yesterday and it has an interesting flavor, very sweet and I think it would go well on something like Napa cabbage salad.
Also, I’ve heard they will be closing (just for the season) at the end of the month, although there is no mention on their website of an exact date.
For more info on everything else Gerard Farm has, check out their site:
http://www.gerardfarm.com

Burrito Bar at Whole Foods

October 31st, 2009


I’m usually not much of a burrito girl but yesterday I was in Whole Foods and saw how good everything looked on the burrito bar, so I went for it.
You don’t physically make it yourself, but the burrito makers will put as much or as little of whatever you want on there.  The guy making my burrito was a particularly good sport, and didn’t mind having “the paparazzi” (as he called me) taking pictures of the burrito making process.

You get a choice of white, wheat, spinach or sun-dried tomato tortilla and then brown or white rice and black beans.
Then you choose from grilled vegetables, chipolte chicken, shredded beef or pork carnitas.  I actually saw tofu on there too, although it’s not listed on the board.

I asked for a mix of grilled vegetables and chicken and then we moved onto the last section which had a nice assortment of toppings like cilantro, vegetables, guacamole and salsa:

My almost done burrito:

Which doesn’t look like much in this picture but it did have a lot in there considering I asked him to go light on the rice and beans, which are buried on the bottom and you can’t see the guacamole and chicken covered by the salsa but it was a pretty substantial burrito. 

For $4.99 I think it’s a  good deal (beef and pork is $5.29)  and it can be a nice alternative to buying a pre-made sandwich for just as much, if not more, money and not picking your ingredients.

Sweet Boutique

October 24th, 2009


I was making a Halloween care package to send to my sister in Oregon and thought I’d check out Sweet Boutique for seasonal treats.  They have a nice display of chocolate pops, candy corn, maple wafers, pumpkin fudge and packaged chocolates with Halloween-themed wrappers.

They also have lots of hand-dipped goodies like chocolate covered marshmallows and pretzels:

Pretzel “brooms”:

A great product they have are these packaged sugar eyes that you can put on cupcakes or your own chocolates at home:

If you’re looking for some Halloween treats and want to support a local business run by very nice people, please visit Sweet Boutique (371 Worcester Rd) and check out their site at http://sweetboutiqueframingham.com
Happy Halloween!


Produce store coming along

September 20th, 2009

Back in July I posted about a sign for new produce store in the Trolley Square plaza.  Last week I was walking by and saw a crew working on the interior and a flyer in the window that lends a little more information about what the store will carry:

My friend Yanna and I are really looking forward to checking this place out.  Looks like they still have another few weeks of work left to do inside but it’s definitely coming along !

There’s a new salad dressing in town

September 15th, 2009


I love Fanny’s salad dressing and was surprised to find that La Cantina now offers a Balsamic Vinigrette version. I bought some and sent it to my sister in Oregon who is a devoted Fanny’s original fan and got a bottle for Ethan and I to try.
It’s great stuff. Since we bought it I haven’t used original at all, not that I won’t use it anymore but it’s very good. I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a new salad dressing to give it a try. I’m guessing they offer it at La Cantina but I found it at Stop & Shop.

Amy’s Convenience Store

July 5th, 2009


It’s not often I have a reason to travel “up north” to Saxonville, but when I do I always make a point to stop at Amy’s convenience store (68 Water St.) just for the fact that they it’s the only store in Framingham (or anywhere in the area) I know of that sells Hershey ice cream’s Chocolate Marshmallow Whirl, which is my all-time favorite, pre-packaged, individual serving ice cream treat.
Other stores carry Hershey ice cream products but not this particular item.
If you’re a fan of chocolate ice cream and marshmallow, this is a must-try!

I’m so greatful to Amy’s for carrying this and I guess it’s a good thing they’re on the other side of town to keep me from buying these more often and keeps these a special treat 🙂

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