Thursday, April 18, 2019


Chocolate bunnies of all sizes are ready for Easter.
A look behind the scenes, where all of the chocolate is made.
Green Mountain Chocolate Company
Hopedale, Massachusetts

UPDATE: Green Mountain closed for good in 2021 after its owners retired.

Easter is in full swing at Green Mountain Chocolate Company in Hopedale, Massachusetts. Look around and you'll see chocolate Easter bunnies, chocolate eggs, chocolate-dipped Oreos, chocolate-covered Peeps & bunnies and boxes of Easter chocolates. Green Mountain even sells chocolate-covered potato chips. For Passover, there are chocolate-drizzled matzah and chocolate sedar plates. All of these fine confections are made in house at their Hopedale factory.

Green Mountain Chocolate Company specializes in Swiss and Belgian truffles. There are large showcases of them at their retails stores in Franklin and Hopedale. They also ship their chocolates to customers all around the country and Europe.

Green Mountain Chocolate Company creates special confections for all of the holidays, making them a sweet destination all year round. For Valentine's Day, they make chocolate hearts and chocolate-covered strawberries. At Thanksgiving, they create their own chocolate turkeys and chocolate cornucopias. At Christmas, they make peppermint bark, chocolate Santas and boxes of chocolates. Right before Easter every year, the Easter bunny comes to take free pictures with kids. The store sets out an assortment of samples of chocolates, fudge and chocolate-covered potato chips for parents and kids to snack on while they wait in line. 

Follow Green Mountain Chocolate Company's Facebook page to see their latest chocolatey creations.
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Friday, April 12, 2019


Greens & grains bowl
Salads come with a tasty pita.
CAVA's location at Legacy Place in Dedham, Mass.
Dedham, Massachusetts 
(With locations around the country)

CAVA is often described as being like Chipotle, only with Mediterranean food. It's an accurate comparision. This quick-serve national chain allows customers to build their meals and the results are really tasty.

First, choose your base. Wrap your ingredients up in a pita, or pile them on top of a salad or get a greens & grains bowl, which comes with salads and rice. Next, choose your dips. There's the traditional tzatziki, hummus and eggplant & pepper or try the spicy harissa or crazy feta. Step 3, pick a protein. Choose from chicken, falafel, grilled meatballs and seasonal roasted vegetables. They also serve braised lamb and spicy lamb meatballs, which coast a little more.

There are so many delicious toppings for your creation and you can choose as many as they want, so pile 'em high! There's tomato & cucumber, crumbled feta, pita crisps, kalamata olives, and pickled onions among the many toppings. Finally, choose your dressing with options like yogurt dill, lemon herb tahini and Greek vinaigrette. 

CAVA also offers several soups, along with fruity/healthy fountain drinks.

I loved the greens & grains bowl I made up. The flavor combination and selection of ingredients is wonderful. Right now, there are only a few CAVA locations in New England. Let's hope they expand so everyone can enjoy their food. , ,

Wednesday, April 03, 2019


Bundtlets come in these little containers.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlet
Bundt cakes of all sizes
Nothing Bundt Cakes in Newton, Mass.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Newton, Mass.

Nothing Bundt Cakes, as you may have guessed, whips up nothing but bundt cakes at its hundreds of shops around the country. One of its newest locations just opened in Newton, Massachusetts.

The bundt cakes come in different sizes: small (bundtinis), medium (bundlets) and large (8-10 inch cakes). There are a bunch of different flavors like red velvet, confetti, carrot, marble, lemon and white chocolate raspberry. They are topped off with creamy icing, which is amazingly delicious. I really enjoyed their chocolate chocolate chip cake. The cake is so moist and flavorful, like it just came out of the oven. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes also makes custom cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.  , ,