Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Updates and a Biscoff Spread Giveaway!

First, just a quick note about since I've pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth over the last month or so:

tl;dr version
As many of you know, this is not my full-time or even part-time job. (Actually, I guess it doesn't even fit the definition of 'job' at all since it is not a money-making endeavor!) Lately I've been spending most of my time at a full-time science writing job by day and prancing around the Boston music scene playing with my band and photographing friends' bands by night. The food stuff - this site and my own blog - gets squeezed in the middle somewhere, or, as the case has been recently, mostly neglected. My full-time job is becoming very part-time as of next week, so depending on what other job(s) end up filling the spaces, I might have more time to work on the site. I do have a lot of plans/ideas for BFB, so I just wanted to let you know that I haven't disappeared and updates will hopefully become more frequent in the near future! If you've emailed me or signed up for the site within the last few weeks (or months, even...) and haven't heard back, I will get to you as soon as I can. Many of you emailed with amazing ideas for neighborhood tours, and I don't think I've responded to any of you yet; I apologize. The calendar will eventually be updated, the store will be launched, the giveaway page will be updated, more events will be organized...

short version
I've been neglecting the site while working a full-time job by day and pretending to be a rock star by night. I still exist, and I still have lots of plans for this site. My job situation is changing, so I might have more time to devote to the site soon. Everything will be updated eventually.

Ok, onto to the fun stuff...a giveaway!

biscoff spread
A new treat from Lotus Bakeries is coming to Boston-area Roche Bros. and Market Basket this month: Biscoff Spread, "Europe's Alternative to Peanut Butter." Invented by a Belgian mother, Els Scheppers, it's a nut-free creamy spread made with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Scheppers defeated 2,000 contestants on a Belgian prime time reality TV program, “De Bedenkers” (“The Inventors”) to win the competition with this recipe, which contains Lotus Bakeries' Biscoff Cookies (which you've probably tasted if you've ever been on a Delta flight).

in-store demos
Even if you don't win the giveaway, you can try out the product at two Boston-area in-store demos next Monday, March 7, 2011:

10:00am - Market Basket, Tewksbury, MA
1:30pm - Roche Bros., Westboro, MA

Scheppers will be there.

the giveaway
What's up for grabs? Two Waffles and Biscoff Spread Gift Sets (one jar of spread and eight waffles) and three two-packs of Biscoff Spread! That means there'll be five lucky winners! The giveaway will end on Friday, March 11, at noon; I will use a random number generator to pick five winners from all of the eligible entries. The first two numbers drawn will get the waffle gift sets and the next three will get the two-jar spread sets. How to enter (#1 is required; the rest are optional):

(1) Required: Leave a comment on this post describing how you'd use Biscoff Spread. Eat it out of the jar with a spoon? Spread it on a bagel? On a sandwich?  (one entry)

(2) Tweet or retweet about the giveaway. You must include @BostonFoodBlogs and a link to this post in your tweet. (one entry per tweet or retweet for a maximum of three)

(3) Tweet or retweet about the in-store demos. Please leave a comment on this post telling me that you have done so. (one entry per tweet or retweet for a maximum of three)

(4) Attend one of the in-store demos and blog about it. Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. (four entries)

(5) Become a fan of Boston Food Bloggers on Facebook. The page is located here. (one entry)

Good luck! You have until Friday, March 11 at noon to enter!

the fine print
The photos in this post were supplied by Lotus Bakeries. The five prizes are being provided by and will be shipped directly by Lotus Bakeries. received a product sample but did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. At times, works with brands to put together giveaways or events; all sponsorships, advertisements, freebies, etc. will always be fully disclosed on

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