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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 11

Very good, Melinda Matice – you correctly deduced that a Civil War-themed cyclorama* resides in Atlanta, GA! I felt like I had to make that the clue for Hotlanta (that’s what the kids call it, right?) because I’ve actually seen it before. The one time I was in Atlanta – for a wedding – we had about 4 hours to kill one day. The cyclorama was listed in the hotel’s list of attractions, and I pretty much bullied my hotel-mates into going there. “You guys, it’s only one of three in the whole COUNTRY!” Anyway. It’s awesome and you should go.

 

HOKAY. Day 11!

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 10

Bienvenido a Miami, Elizabeth Nathan! I did not know this, but Miami has the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings. Crazy, right? Even better, tons of them are painted in that glorious tropical color scheme – pink, yellow, pale blue. I’ve ony ever been to Miami as a kid to visit my late great-uncles, and then we spent most of the day at the beach and most of the night betting on jai alai at the Fontainebleu. (I’m not even kidding you right now.) Jen’s never been, so needless to say we’re beyond excited to spend a couple days there in November. We’re doing a signing at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 18th – we’ll let you know when we have a time for ya!

Meantimes, onward and overward:

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 9

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Fantabulous job, Rebekah Weingartner! Minneapolis is home to the largest continuous system of contained pedestrian walkways in the world. We see how those would come in handy in the winter, especially if Minneapolis gets that fun gray-margarita-slush stuff on the corners like we do in New York. Minneapolis is also home to the famed Guthrie Theater, more Fortune 500 companies than any other state (19!), and Prince. Need we say more? Obviously, we can’t wait to visit Minneapolis — where’s the food scene at?

Moving along to Day 9.

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 8

 

Kudos, Becky Fussman-Thomas! You know that one of the largest bronze monuments in the world, featuring 70 bronze longhorn steers and 3 trail riders to keep ‘em all corralled, is in Pioneer Plaza – downtown Dallas, TX! We hear Dallas has some really great architecture, and we couldn’t be more excited for the barbecue. Where are the best places to eat? (Aside from the French Room at the Adolphus. We’re not that fancy yet.)

While you’re pondering, here’s your clue for Day 8.

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The 12 Days Of Tour Stops: Day 7

Congrats, Rachel Nobel Fields – the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, TX is home to the country’s largest colony of Mexican free-tailed bats! (Fun Fact: I [Liz] was obsessed with bats when I was a little kid. I even wrote a poorly-researched book about them.) Austin is also famous for its unbeatable live music scene, for hosting the ever-increasingly-eclectic SXSW festival every year, and just generally being awesome.  Bet there’s tons of amazing food, too – where should we go in Austin?

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 6

The rumors are true — we’re going to Pittsburgh, PA! Pittsburgh is also known as the City of Bridges, because of…well, all the bridges. The spelling was briefly changed to “Pittsburg” around the turn of the 20th century, but the citizens raised a fuss and insisted it be returned to its original spelling. Power to the people! Pittsburgh is also home to some fantastic professional sports teams (Steelers, anyone? Pirates? Penguins?) and a bunch of unique dialects and regionalisms – as well as tons of awesome food. What’s the inside scoop? (Aside from Primanti Bros, of course.)

Awright, who’s ready for Day 6?

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 5

Well done and huzzah, Stephen Bright!  The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston.” (Well, sorta. If you want to get technical, these guys are here to straighten everyone out.)  Houston is also home to the first domed stadium in the country, and is the the fourth largest city in the US (and the largest in the state). We’ve never been to Houston, but we hear great things – what amazing food places do we need to check out, guys? Let us know!

Ready for Day 5? Of course you are!

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 4

Congrats, Emily Hanhan — you sure know your stuff! The first Irish coffee in the US (modeled after a drink from Shannon International Airport, in Actual Ireland) was served at San Francisco’s Buena Vista café in 1952. San Francisco is also known for having been the center of the California Gold Rush, its famous sourdough bread, cool streetcars, and about 9 million other awesome things. Plus, our buddy Molly lives there now! Hooray! We’ll be — get this — teaching a class at our alma mater, ICC (formerly FCI) on Friday October 19th; and signing books at the Ferry Building location of Book Passage at 1pm on Sunday October 21st. Be there or be…well, somewhere else, I guess. But we hope you’ll be there!

Anyway, on to Day 4.

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 3

Congrats to Kristin Collings for getting last week’s clue – it’s true, we’re going to Raleigh, NC! Raleigh is also known as the City of Oaks (for fairly self-evident reasons). The Big Acorn sculpture in Moore Square Park was designed and donated by sculptor David Benson, and drops at the stroke of midnight each year to ring in the New Year. We’ll be signing books at the famous A Southern Season from 12-2pm on Sunday, October 28th. Neither of us have been to Raleigh, so we’ll need some help from y’all on where to go for delicious food! Give us a hand, won’tcha?

Without further ado, Day 3!

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 2

Congrats to Robin Mates for getting last week’s clue – Seattle! The Space Needle is home to the country’s first revolving restaurant, Sky City, which makes 1 rotation per hour. Seattle was also the first city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio. Way to be ahead of the curve, Seattle! We’ll be doing a demo and signing at Book Larder from 6:30 to 8pm on Monday, October 22.

Neither Jen nor I have been to Seattle before, and we’re super-excited to see what all the fuss is about. We’re hoping to have time to check out Theo Chocolate – but where should we have dinner? Breakfast? OH MY GOD WHERE DO WE GO FOR COFFEE? Help!

Ahem. Back to the contest! Behold: day 2.

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The 12 Days of Tour Stops: Day 1

As I announced last Friday, we’re doling out clues to our tour cities each week – and the first person to comment with the correct answer gets a discount code for 10% off their next order from Liddabit! Huzzah and bully!

First, a disclaimer:

These facts have been exhaustively casually researched and arbitrarily selected by me. Some of them are much easier than others. I apologize in advance if you think this is unfair – it totally is unfair. But them’s the breaks. Also, one prize per person. Them’s also the breaks. And pretty please play nice or so help me I will turn this car around. Thank you.

OKAY! You ready?

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Liddabit: The Book Tour!

It’s true – we wrote a book! And Workman published it! And they’re sending us on tour this October to promote it! On tour to twelve cities, no less! TWELVE!* And most of these cities we haven’t even BEEN to yet!

Of course, we have to let you know which cities, so you can come by and say hello – and so we can start gleaning restaurant and tourist-stop recommendations. But what fun would it be if I just blurted them all out at once? NONE, I tell you! So I’ll be doling out clues – 3 per week, to be exact, each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm – and the first person to leave a comment with the correct guess wins a special shout-out from me and a coupon code for 10% off your next Liddabit order!

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Doing My Best; or, Why I Am A Huge Liar (But You Forgive Me)

So I promised I’d be posting every Friday. Aaaaand then I didn’t. Whoops! So, here’s the deal: I won’t make any more promises I can’t keep; and you will be cool with that. OK? OK!

So much of business is managing expectations – your own, your employees’, your customers’, your purveyors’. When we started out, my first instinct, as a people-pleasing goody-goody, was to say yes. Yes, we can fill that last-minute order! Yes, we can send you samples to review! Yes, yes, yes! Don’t get mad please!

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The Heat Wave Apocalypse

It’s hot out. Really freaking hot. And while I realize there are a select few kooks among you who really love the steamy weather, we at Liddabit abhor it.

Why? Because TERRIBLE THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN WHEN IT’S THIS HOT.

What terrible things, you ask? Let me tell you:

1) Jen, Joan, and Michelle all come down with a super-fast-onset, super-high-fever (102˚!) plague and are down for the count half the week.

2) Our wholesale deliveries melt in transit and need to be replaced.*

3) There is a blackout at the kitchen so all of our chocolate spoils.

…Well, I don’t have visual confirmation of the last one yet, but I’m about to go into the kitchen and find out. Chances are slim that our chocolate was magically saved in a spontaneous bubble of cool air.

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Oatmeal-Raisin-WHAT-now?

TGIF YOU GUYS!

There’s all kinds of exciting stuff going on here. First of all, we just celebrated our 3rd(!) birthday at 61 Local (a fantastic local bar) with a bunch of good friends and extended family. Also, we’re looking at new production spaces in which to build the kitchen of our dreams. But mostly – really what makes us so very happy right this minute – is that we finally have time to work on all those great ideas we’ve been squirreling away all this time. (SO many great ideas.) As a result, you’ll find a (very) limited amount of some delectable new treats at the markets and online this weekend!

AT THE MARKETS (Smorgasburg Sat. June 16, 11a-6p; New Amsterdam Market Sun. June 17, 11a-4p)

Oatmeal Raisin Caramels – soft cinnamon-flecked caramel studded with plump raisins and housemade crunchy granola bits. Just like the cookie, only gooier. (“Gooier” is totally a word.)

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

I was taken to task recently by the PR folks at our publisher, Workman, for letting the blog lie fallow for so long. I was told it would put people off to see that we weren’t updating it regularly; that it made us look like we didn’t care; that we were doing ourselves a disservice by not having something on our site to engage our visitors. Aaaaaand they were pretty much right. (They’re professionals. They know what they’re doing.)

But hey, don’t worry that we’re beating ourselves up about it or anything. I mean, we have been spending most of that time relaxing on the company yacht in the Caribbean writing a cookbook and taking a cheese tour through continental Europe trying to raise funds to build out our own kitchen space; so it’s been time well spent. But now we’ve got some new team members to help us in the kitchen and a book coming out in October to promote, and we’ll be goldarned if we let the blog sit around so long again. Just you wait and see!

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Doomed

Happy New Year, friends! We’re happy to report that we made it through the 2010 holiday season with only minor caramel burns and very minimal brain damage. Now onto 2011!

We’re back in the kitchen cooking up some fantastic new treats to ruin all of your resolutions and get you ready for Valentine’s day! Don’t you just love Valentine’s Day? Or maybe you loathe it with the fire of a thousand suns? Either way, we’re ready for you.

Enter: Chocolate Doom!

See that? That’s a layer of salted cocoa sable cookie topped with some milk chocolate ganache and then a bit of whipped white chocolate… all wrapped up purdy in a nice coating of …more chocolate. So whether you’re a lover or loather of Valentine’s Day, the Doom bar is guaranteed to supply you with enough chocolate to either A. dazzle your lover or B. drown your sorrows. Or, maybe you just like to eat chocolate upon chocolate upon chocolate? That’s fine, too. The Chocolate Doom will be available starting this weekend at the Flea.

Check in next week to find out which Valentine’s Day sweet we’ll be unveiling next! (Hint: they’re heart-shaped and delicious. Don’t say we didn’t warn you).

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Pop Up (Video?) Store!

It’s here! Our Pop-Up store in Manhattan! Located at 39 White St. (off of Church St. in Tribeca), the Pop-Up is loaded with sweet, tart cider, mountains of baked goods and more candy than you can shake a stick at; pop in this weekend and get a head start on your holiday shopping (Don’t know what to bring to your Thanksgiving hosts this year? I’ll give you a clue: it’s called a pie bar. And can you think of a better stocking stuffer than a pack of perfectly salted caramels? You can’t. Unless you’re thinking about a King Bar, in which case, touché).

Stored in the fridge, anything you buy this weekend will definitely last until Christmas (unless you, um, accidentally eat it yourself. Which has never happened to me before. Obviously.), so be sure to stock up before all the good stuff is gone!

If you can’t make it to the Pop-Up, or else to the Brooklyn Flea or New Amsterdam, never fear – you can still get your hands on the most delicious stocking stuffers in town – via the interwebs, of course! Be sure to check the homepage for the cutoff dates for holiday shipping; to be safe, place your order online now for shipping at a later date (example: Christmas!) – just write us a little note in the gift message box telling us when you’d like your order to go out; we’ll make it happen (but only because it’s you, and you’re the best).

Happy holiday chocolate shopping!

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It’s November, have a pie bar!

Happy November, y’alls!

This week, check out Edible Manhattan for an inside look into what it’s like to be Liz and Jen, fabulous and fabulously hardworking entrepreneurs that they are, and stop by Inc., while you’re at it, to peep another piece of awesome Liddabit press!

Since it’s officially November, you’re probably officially preparing for the holidays, so please do yourself a favor and get down to the Flea or New Amsterdam this weekend and pick up a pie bar. Do it. Do it. When pecan pie and candy bars combine, magic happens, people. Magic. And don’t even get me started on the pumpkin pie bar. Just go get one. And then another, because as you’ll find out, one just won’t do.

We’ll also have the very last of the summer’s S’more bars available (and by “very last,” I mean we have about ten left, so go snag one while you can!), as well as some deliciously gooey monkeybread for sale at New Amsterdam! If you don’t know what monkeybread is, all you really have to know is that it starts with croissant dough and gets gooey-er and cinnamon-ier and yummier from there. Go get some.

Also, this week’s kitchen bake off was a battle of epic proportions. Stay tuned to hear more about battle scone!

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Beer and Pretzel “Nothing Short of Epic”

Us, you say? Epic? Oh, stop, stop. …Okay go on.

Liddabit has been getting some pretty awesome and flattering press these days – check out what amNewYork had to say about the “cute young things at Liddabit” (it’s true, Liz and Jen are pretty cute) making “one of the greatest sweet-and-salty mash-ups since kettle corn.” Any guesses as to which Liddabit product amNewYork thinks is so great?

Why, our famous beer and pretzel caramels, of course!

But wait, there’s more! Not only did amNewYork find our beer and pretzel caramels “nothing short of epic,” but the folks over at The Village Voice seem to agree, dubbing the B&P the “Best Edible Repackaging of Beer” in 2010!

We couldn’t be happier for all of the beer and pretzel love – thanks, amNewYork and The Village Voice!

Want to partake in a bit of the epic-ness? Come out to the Brooklyn Flea or the New Amsterdam Market tomorrow and Sunday and grab a six-pack! If you haven’t tried them already, we’re guessing you’ve been trapped under something heavy for the past year or so – sorry about that. Nothing like a bit of beer caramel to take the edge off. See you this weekend!

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