Get Thee to A Sugar Shack: Places to Visit During Maple Sugar Season

Maybe I read too many Little House on the Prairie books when I was young
(remember the maple syrup covered snow Laura’s grandmother made) but the
idea of visiting a maple sugar farm has always been high on my to-do list. I dig the rustic settings, the old fashioned techniques used, and the sweet amber syrup that nature gifts us.

Photo Credit: Sterling College http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingcollege/6829934432/
Photo Credit: Sterling College http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingcollege/6829934432/

A Few Fun Facts About Maple Syrup

  • The Maple harvest season begins in late February and ends in late March or early April depending on the location.
  • A maple farm is called a sugarbush or a sugar wood.
  • Maples are usually tapped beginning at 30 to 40 years of age and can continue to be tapped until they are over 100 years old.
  • Canada produces over 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup. 91% of that is produced in Quebec.

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Foodie Destination: Magnolia Bakery – New York City

For the love of banana pudding

Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery
photo credit Mangolia Bakery

Whenever I am in New York City, I make sure to stop by the Magnolia Bakery and get their Banana Pudding.

How can I describe it? Let’s see, savoring a spoonful of their pudding is like sitting at your grandmother’s kitchen table eating something obviously made with love – banana flavored love at that. I mean truly, they don’t mess around, their banana pudding is classic – not a desert that is trying to be anything other then what it is, simple perfection. Need more convincing? Imagine layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas and creamy vanilla pudding. (more…)

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