Archive for July, 2013

Bertucci’s Piccolo Flourless Chocolate Cake

Bertucci's Piccolo Flourless Chocolate Cake

Over the weekend, my husband and I went to Bertucci’s for dinner. We always order the same thing, a Sporkie pizza (Sweet Italian sausage and ricotta cheese with house made tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese). When it came time for dessert, I decided to try out one of their small desserts, the Piccolo Flourless Chocolate Cake ($2.99).

Normally I’ll get the Chocolate Budino, a really rich chocolate mousse like dessert. But I wanted something a little lighter, yet something that would still satisfy my sweet tooth.

All I can say is WOW, it was so yummy! The texture was very thick and dense, and because it’s so rich, they only carry it in the small portion. Despite it’s small size, I still ended up taking half of it home, that’s how filling it was.

If you’re looking for a nice after-dinner treat the next time you’re at Bertucci’s, I highly recommend getting the Piccolo Flourless Chocolate Cake. You won’t be disappointed.

Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore Cheesecake Coming To The Cheesecake Factory

Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore

The Cheesecake Factory, known for its more than 30 legendary flavors of cheesecake, celebrates National Cheesecake Day on July 30th by offering dine-in guests any slice of cheesecake for half price! (Facebook fans can sign up for a coupon that offers the same half price deal on 7/29)

They’re also debuting a new cheesecake flavor on July 30th that’s sure to excite fans of s’mores, as it turns America’s classic campfire treat into a new culinary experience. Meet the new Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore cheesecake!

Inspired by the nostalgic bonfire treats made with toasted marshmallows, creamy melted chocolate and graham crackers, Cheesecake Factory puts a unique twist on this classic childhood favorite by combining it with its world-famous cheesecake. Featuring Hershey’s chocolate, the Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Galore is topped with rich chocolate ganache, finished with a large Honey Maid graham cracker square, whipped cream and house made marshmallow that’s toasted to-order, and is as visually impressive as it is delicious.

No telling how many calories this bad boy has, but sometimes you’ve just got to splurge!

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz

Wicked

For years now, I’ve wanted to see Wicked The Musical. We almost went up to New York City last year to see it, but limited seat options plus the headache of traveling to NYC put the brakes on that.

So when I heard that Wicked was coming back to Philadelphia, I told my husband that’s what I wanted for Christmas! Mind you, this conversation happened LAST SUMMER. Yes, tickets for the show went on sale a full year in advance, and we finally got to see the play over the weekend. Let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait!

We took the train into the city and walked a few blocks to the Academy of Music. It was my first time there, and I was amazed at what a beautiful building it was. As you can see from the photo below, we had the best seats in the house – Perks of being married to a former ticket broker. Our seats were in row DDD, the first row in the house!

Wicked Seats For WICKED

If you have not heard of Wicked, it’s the untold story of the witches of OZ. Watching The Wizard Of Oz as a kid, I never knew that Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda, the Good Witch of the Sorth were friends at one time. So it was interesting to see them go back in time and explain the backstory. True Wizard of Oz fans might notice some discrepancies with respect to the original story, but certain liberties had to be taken to make the story work. While I thought it was really great, I think hubby was getting a little bored after awhile, as I caught him yawning more than a few times..

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, it’s not too late to see Wicked, as they are here until August 4th. It’s a great cast, great music, and a great story. Highly recommended.

Thanks to my hubby for a great Christmas gift! 🙂

My First Trip To Detroit: Go Further With Ford 2013

Further With Ford - Alan Mulally

Last week, I got to visit Ford’s HQ in Detroit as part of their Go Further with Ford trend conference. This was my first time visiting the Big D, and my first automotive media trip, so I was doubly excited!

The event started with dinner at the historic Henry Ford Museum, a remarkable museum that houses over 200 acres of invention, inspiration and innovation. 300 years of history. 26 million artifacts in an eye-opening and mind-blowing collection started by Henry Ford himself. I seriously could have spent all night there, there’s just so much to look at. If you’re ever passing through Michigan, make sure to visit The Henry Ford.

Here’s a picture of me sitting in the Rosa Parks bus, in the same seat she sat in!

Here’s a picture of me in the Rosa Parks bus, sitting in the same seat she sat in!

The following day, we were shuttled to Ford’s campus for a full day of activities. There were many components to the event. There were trend panel discussions on topics such as technology, design, and sustainability, with a group of amazing speakers flown in from Google, MIT, Stanford, and more. Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) was one of the featured speakers, and that was really neat. I should have asked him to sign my iPad. 🙂

Further With Ford - Steve Wozniak

We were granted VIP access at Ford and got to see lots of cool things like 3D printing (which lets engineers prototype parts far faster than they normally could) and VIRTTEX (Virtual Test Track Experiment), which as the name suggests, simulates real-world driving scenarios in a safe virtual environment.

What kind of trip would it be without some driving? I got to drive a 2014 Ford Fiesta around an autocross course. I was nervous at first, but I had the instructor ride along with me, and it was actually a lot of fun! The Fiesta is a cute little car with a lot of pep, and it handles quite nicely!

2014 Ford Fiesta

I also participated in an eco-challenge in the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi, which is Ford’s plug-in hybrid model. While the Fusion Hybrid gets an impressive 47MPG city/highway, the Energi gets a staggering 100eMPG! But for me, the biggest surprise was that you’re not forced to make any sacrifices. The Fusion is a full-size vehicle that drives like any other car. The only difference is that you’ve got to plug it in to recharge. And unlike those all-electric cars that have a limited range, the Fusion Energi will continue running on gasoline if/when you run out of power.

I’ll be posting a more detailed review of the Fusion Energi in the near future

I’ll be posting a more detailed review of the Fusion Energi in the near future

I’ve never been much of a green person, but the Fusion really had me looking at things in a different light. While the Energi isn’t a feasible option for me (no garage, no charging stations nearby, etc), the Fusion Hybrid is definitely going to get a second look when it’s time to replace my gas-guzzling Acura. It’s a GREAT looking car, and the technology this car packs is second to none.

All in all, it was a pretty amazing trip. I met some great new friends, drove some very cool cars, and learned a lot about Ford as a company and where they’re headed in the future. And the future’s looking bright!