Samuel Adams Crowd Craft Project

Ok I have two questions for you:

1 – Do you need a break from work for a minute?

2 – Do you want to give Sam Adams your input on what their next beer should look / taste like?

Well then, you’re in luck! Samuel Adams has paired up with social media guru, Guy Kawasaki, for the first ever Samuel Adams Crowd Craft Project. The point of this contest is to take valuable feedback and suggestions from Sam Adams beer enthusiasts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ in order to create a crowd-sourced beer of fan-approved perfection.

With Guy’s passion for social media and innovation combined with Samuel Adams passion for high quality craft beer, this social collaboration brew is sure to be a standout.

So hurry people, because there are only TWO DAYS left to vote!

What you’ll vote on:

  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Body (mouth feel)
  • Malt (sweetness)
  • Hops (bitterness)
  • Yeast (finish)

When the voting period ends on February 5th, brewers will take the top choice from each category (above) and use them for the collaborative ale recipe, which will be brewed throughout the month of February. The beer will be revealed at Guy Kawasaki’s Girl + Guy party in Austin, Texas on March 10th during an annual interactive festival.

Here’s my beer that I voted on :)

What my beer creation looked like

And just as a reminder…if you have two seconds, please head over to my Facebook profile and click on the photo I shared of my fab friend Kate striking a yoga pose. Then click “like” in order to vote for Kate. She could win tickets to the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain in Vermont on the weekend of June 21-24. Thank you SO MUCH!

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Tortellini = happiness

This past weekend was wonderful – it was the first in a while where we didn’t have too much on the agenda. I (as I’m sure many people do) have a tendency to over schedule myself. Especially on the weekends when I feel like I have to cram every last bit of fun and relaxation in (did I just say that I need to cram in fun and relaxation? Sad, but true).

Friday night we got to babysit Declan, Saturday I attended a wonderful yoga class taught by my fab friend Kate (more on her in a few – we need your help with something!) and then Sunday my sisters and I went to a bridal show and then a bunch of us tried out Sweet Cheeks Q in Fenway. It was great – the whole experience, decor, and vibe in the restaurant felt very authentic to me. I also loved the deeelicious pulled pork. I surprisingly didn’t love their mac ‘n’ cheese unfortunately…but their cole slaw definitely redeemed the negative feelings I had toward the mac ‘n’ cheese.

Saturday night Col and I wanted to make a tasty meal for a night in of hanging out and wedding chatter. We decided to try out our first recipe from the cook book my future mother-in-law gave us. That’s right, Mrs. T compiled a bunch of her and her families recipes and made an amazing, beautiful cook book! She printed out a copy for Colin and I for Christmas and it is honestly one of the best gifts I have ever received. I know Col and I will put it to good use together when we’re making dinner for each other and eventually for the little Colin and Colleen’s that will be running around one day. :)

Check out our meal! And scroll to the bottom for a special favor I need to ask of you, please…

Ingredients

The sausage is cooking away!

Almost there...

Yum!

Yay wedding stuff!

Now on to the special favor, if you don’t mind! I will be heading to the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton Mountain in Vermont on the weekend of June 21-24. I am SO pumped for it and I truly think it’s going to be amazing (more on this soon). Anywho…my friend Kate entered their Facebook photo contest and I really hope she wins so I have a buddy to come to the event with me! All she has to do to win is to have the most “likes” on her photo….soooo if you don’t mind, please go to my Facebook profile and click on the photo I shared of Kate striking a yoga pose. Then click “like” and it will count toward her votes! Thank you SO MUCH in advance!

Here is the photo to look out for on my Facebook profile:

Kate - the amazing yogini!

Hey, It’s OK…

…to be excited that American Idol is back

…to think being in a long distance relationship stinks (if you’ve been there, you’d most likely agree)

…to speak up for yourself and what you believe in

…to cry in your cube (it — or should I say s*it — happens!)

…to write everything down so you don’t forget things (I <3 lists)

…to be mad when your sneeze doesn’t come out

…to wish negative Facebook rants didn’t exist

…to believe your horoscope is true

…to unsubscribe from emails

…to order a burger (again…)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday. :)

 

 

The 28th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl!

Ice cream is one of my favorite things in the world. I think many people would agree.

Donating money to a great cause is another one of my favorite things in the world. I also think people would agree with this.

Outdoor summer activities, yep, they’re another one of my favorite things. I’m going with the fact that you’re nodding your head right now.

80′s cover band, might be my TOP favorite thing. I’m going to assume it’s yours too.

Free things are also on the list of favorites. Bet they’re on yours too.

Close your eyes. Imagine all of these wonderful things together in one place. No you’re not in heaven, but you’re close. Open your eyes. Get in your car or hop on the T and head to City Hall Plaza. Pay your way and enter into the world of happiness, ice cream and 80s tunes. Come together and join the community in order to benefit the Jimmy Fund at their 28th annual Scooper Bowl. All proceeds go towards cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tell your friends and family! Bring everyone! Try over 30 flavors, like I aim to! (and yes, my sister’s wedding is in a month…I like to live my life on the edge…) Check the Jimmy Fund/Scooper Bowl out on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tickets sold online as well as at the door. $8 – ages 10 and up, $4 – ages 3 to 9, FREE 3 and under. $15 for a Scooper Pass, enter up to 3 times during the event. The Scooper Bowl goes from Tuesday, June 8th – Thursday, June 10th from 12pm – 8pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday – the AMAZING 80′s cover band, Fast Times will be performing at the Scooper Bowl from 5:30 to 8:00pm (thanks Nicole!!) Another GREAT reason to go. :)

But for one lucky craic reader, you and a guest are going FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is follow @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund on Twitter and comment on this post letting me know why you’d like to go to the Scooper Bowl. Or you could follow both of us and tweet about why you’d like to go (don’t forget to include @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund in your tweets please) Winner announced this evening, so get moving folks!

Good luck!

Is it possible to make potato chips in the microwave?

They stand there, tense. Nobody moves a muscle. Most are crouched in the ‘ready to run’ position as if they were at a track meet, ready to win. Some stare up at the board so intensely their eyes might bulge out of their heads. Everybody stands around, waiting and waiting to make their move. They wait for the man in charge to tell them where to go. Then, ding! The bell goes off and the announcement has been made – there’s no turning back now. The heard of people make a run for it. People are elbowing, pushing, some are even boxing out. Hearts race, anxiety levels rise, sweat pours down their faces.

All to get a good seat on the 5:15 commuter rail.

First let’s start off with this -

I was watching American Idol tonight and Crystal did an amazing version of Janis Joplin’s ‘Me and Bobby McGee.’ Simon mentioned that Pink also did a great cover of this song, so I had to look it up. Pretty impressive.

I heard that the Boloco in Harvard Square is giving away free burritos tomorrow! I work in Kendall, so if this is true you better believe I will be there. I’ll try to update as soon as I get confirmation…

Red Sky Boston has a Tuesday night special – every Tuesday is Ladies 80′s Night from 5pm-9pm. With a $10 drink purchase you get a complimentary three course dinner. Not too shabby. 16-18 North Street, Boston (617) 742-3333 * They also have half price appetizers every day!

http://www.redskyboston.com/events.html

The South End Martini Shopping Crawl is tomorrow from 6pm-9pm at 652 Tremont Street, Boston. Join with the South End Athletic Company, Motley, and South End Eye for *free* cocktails!

For more information, go to their Facebook page here – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102503149784782&ref=mf

Tomorrow is the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center – 1 Seaport Lane, Boston (800) 440-3318, 10am.

Go here to purchase tickets – http://calendar.boston.com/boston-ma/events/show/103678405-boston-flower-garden-show?camp=localsearch:on:twit:ttd

Whole Foods (Symphony) have some *free* cooking demos coming up, this Friday March 26th from 4pm-7pm and Sunday March 28th from 11am-3pm – 15 Westland Ave, Boston (617) 375-1010.

Lastly, is it really possible to make potato chips in the microwave?? I need to try this out…

http://www.parenting.com/recipes-gallery/Recipes/10-White-Foods-for-Picky-Eaters/9/

Have a good night :)