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I Love Pumpkins | October 31, 2008

I hope you’ve had a fabulous Halloween so far. Remember to pause and appreciate all the pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns while you’re out trick or treating and partying tonight. Send me your photos, stories and tales!
Halloween pumpkin carving seems has been elevated to new heights these days. Have you seen the Death Star? This year political pumpkins were also [...]

Godiva Pumpkin Spice Truffles

I Love Pumpkins | October 30, 2008

Delightfully cute packaging makes these truffles festive and fun! It’s almost a shame to unwrap them.
When you do, you’ll find smooth milk chocolate dusted with superfine spice-and-sugar. The gold-colored ganache is almost the very same color as Godiva’s gold packaging. All three bites of the truffle taste like pumpkin pie without a doubt, and the [...]

Pier One Imports’ Pumpkin Soup Bowl, Lighted Grapevine Pumpkin & Artificial Mini Pumpkins

I Love Pumpkins | October 29, 2008

Pier One is selling some nice-looking covered pumpkin serving dishes that would be fun to eat from!
But they’re sidestepping their commitment to pumpkins in the candle department by creating “Harvest Spice Cake” candles. Are they afraid to call them “Pumpkin Spice Cake” candles? Do they think people might lose interest after Thanksgiving or so, if [...]

EAT IT UP! Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

I Love Pumpkins | October 28, 2008

There was a plethora of pumpkin tastes at the 2008 Half Moon Bay Arts & Pumpkin Festival. But believe it or not, the longest line at any food stand was the line for… Troop 263 BSA French Fries! 
Don’t forget to also read about Pumpkin Festival Fashion and Pumpkin Festival Fights.


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Fight Breaks Out at Pumpkin Festival!

I Love Pumpkins | October 28, 2008

My Sunday at the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival started with a fight in the parking lot of ACE Hardware. A kid in a used gold-grill BMW had gold teeth to match. In fact, his gold-plated teeth were pretty cool - imprinted with stars and letters of the alphabet - but let’s just say we [...]

What should you wear to a Pumpkin Festival?

I Love Pumpkins | October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Festival Fashions at Half Moon Bay ranged from orange-and-earth tones… to San Francisco Giants’ black-and-orange… all the way to straight-up pumpkin-in-your-face.


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Odwalla Pumpkin Protein Drink

I Love Pumpkins | October 27, 2008

What a thrill – a pumpkin-flavored Odwalla drink claiming to deliver “tasty pumpkin pie perfection”!
It smells great, with a slight hint of banana, vanilla and orange peel in the top notes. Who knew a protein drink could have top notes? The texture is milky and it coats the palate like a delicious paint. 
Despite 30 grams [...]

Starbucks Pumpkin Scone & Pumpkin Muffin

I Love Pumpkins | October 26, 2008

Starbucks’ Pumpkin Muffin smells just like it should – spicy pumpkin goodness wafts right out of the bag and there is no mistaking it! This is a flavorful, well-crafted muffin whose small size betrays its weight and density. The texture is rich and the muffin is quite dark in color with a cheesecake center that’s [...]

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

I Love Pumpkins | October 26, 2008

Mmm… whipped cream. Burying your lips in the whipped cream – which is sprinkled with pumpkin spices – is surely the most delicious part of this experience. If only the entire cup were filled with whipped cream… it’s sweet and delicious… it sticks to your lips making them smooth and greasy… it’s… it’s…
Enough of that!!
The [...]

SHOOTOUT: There is a Pumpkin for what Ales you!

I Love Pumpkins | October 25, 2008

A Taste Test of four fine Pumpkin Ales by Gordo Grassi
   Seasonal beers have been around for ages, and some would claim that Pumpkin Ales may be among the first to appear - before the widespread use of hops, when spices and herbs were the dominant adjuncts to the barley mash.  Pumpkin Ales have been [...]

The Best New Chef of 2008 Loves Pumpkins!

I Love Pumpkins | October 22, 2008

This weekend, the pumpkins at Ubuntu in Napa will be starring in a vegan pumpkin soup with star anise and cinnamon. Chef Jeremy Fox – himself a rising star and one of the best new chefs of 2008 – will be stepping outside his gorgeous kitchen at Ubuntu and cooking outdoors at a special event [...]

Jolly Pumpkin Brewing Company “La Roja” Ale

I Love Pumpkins | October 22, 2008

Jolly Pumpkin’s red barrel-aged Flemish style ale smells malty and tastes almost like a cider with its small carbonation. It has a sour front but goes down very smooth, and ends with a fantastic cherry-strawberry finish.
I’ll tell you a secret though: this beer is not a pumpkin beer and isn’t meant to be. But hey, any brewery [...]

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Friend or Foe?

I Love Pumpkins | October 21, 2008

Classic pumpkin pies use a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Spices are paramount to bringing out the flavor of pumpkins.
Most pumpkin pie recipes tell you exactly how much of each spice to use. Other recipes call for pre-mixed “Pumpkin Pie Spice” which is a combination of all the spices required for a pie. 
Should you [...]

Tasty Little Crunchies (TLC) with Pumpkin Spice Flax

Master P | October 20, 2008

This tasty little crunchy from Kashi, or simply put a granola bar, has a nice pumpkin and nutmeg flavor, and it is as the name indicates, quite crunchy. Since it is a Kashi brand, it is also fairly healthy granola bar. It has a high fiber and omega 3 content, and they have managed to [...]

Pumpkinize Your Home with Pumpkin Candles

I Love Pumpkins | October 18, 2008

Yankee Candle loves pumpkins! They’re featuring 4 different pumpkin candles at my local Bed Bath & Beyond and on their website there’s even one more called Frosted Pumpkin.
Spiced Pumpkin gave me visions of traditional Cape Cod, East Coast homes. Spicy and cozy.
Pumpkin Patch smells just like Spiced Pumpkin but has a childish label. It’s like Spiced [...]

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