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Friday, June 2, 2017

Don't forget your donut today - #NationalDonutDay

The first Friday in June is a food holiday no one forgets, National Donut Day. From classic glazed to crazy concoctions, grab a donut June 2.

Enjoyed with morning coffee or as an afternoon snack, donuts are a popular treat. National donut day is celebrated the first Friday in June. Both national chains and local shops offers great reasons to enjoy a donut.

According to TheThings.com, a 2015 survey determined the 15 most popular donut flavors. The most popular flavor was glazed followed closely by chocolate cake.  Based on these findings, the majority of people enjoy the classics.

For those who enjoy the classic donuts, Krispy Kreme is a must stop on Donut Day. The company offer guests a free classic glaze donut this Friday. But, enjoying just one is difficult. The Krispy Kreme red light is a signal it is time to enjoy a warm, classic glaze donut.

But, Krispy Kreme isn't the only donut shop celebrating this Friday. Many local shops will be joining the donut extravaganza. From special flavors to discounts, there are even more reasons to enjoy a donut.

Over the years, donut shops have expanded donut flavors. From bacon to cereal, and even popcorn, creative flavors draw crowds. Glazed and Infused offers a myriad of flavors. From Matcha Yogurt to Banananuetella Bismarck, their flavors mimic popular food trends.

If a donut shop isn't close, making donuts at home isn't too difficult. Instead of frying, baked donuts are relativity simple. Many pans or even the Holstein donut maker easily bring donuts to the table. Use a mix or find a recipe and everyone can get into the donut day fun.

Don't let June 2 pass without enjoying a donut or two. Share a picture of your National Donut Day donut on social media, #NationalDonutDay


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Countdown to Pandora

It's almost time - Pandora opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom May 27

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Free Mini Tacos at Brando's & The Essaness Room

What can make a Cinco de Mayo celebration even better - free mini tacos!

Head over to Brando's & The Essaness Room for free mini tacos on Friday, May 5. 

Guests who visit Brando's and The Essaness Room on Cinco de Mayo will enjoy festive specials like $4 Palomas and FREE Mini Tacos. The tacos will be available on the bar and passed around tables all evening

Cantina Laredo Cinco de Mayo celebration

Are you ready for mucho margaritas?  Cantina Laredo is serving modern Mexican cuisine for the celebration.  Wash down all the delish bites with margarita madness. 

Here are a few of the special margaritas for the occasion.

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas
available for a limited time

Tajin Watermelon ‘Rita Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Monin Agave Syrup, triple sec, fresh lemon and lime, served with a Tajin-Himalayan sea salt rim and watermelon cubes $12 ($5 each on 5/5)
La Favorita Espolón Reposado Tequila, fresh orange juice and margarita mix, topped with a Grand Marnier lime boat float $12
Blood Orange ‘Rita 1800 Silver Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur, Monin Blood Orange Syrup, margarita mix and cranberry juice, topped with a dehydrated blood orange slice $12

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#WordlessWednesday - see the little details


Sometimes the details are more special than the big picture.

BIG Bar celebrates Cinco de Mayo with margarita specials

Who's ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

With the holiday falling on a Friday, the celebrations will be bigger, bolder and more cocktails. 
BIG Bar is ready to make the celebration bigger too. Located inside Hyatt Regency Chicago the mezzanine level lounge will be offering a special five dollar menu.

From open to close, gives can enjoy $5 Corona, Corona Light, and a House Margarita. Plus, the $5  menu also includes chips and salsa and two exclusive menu items only available on Friday: BIG Bar-style chicken or steak tacos and churros.
Want a special margarita to mark Cinco de Mayo? Check out these special margarita to sip and savor.
  • Oak Street Beach ($13) – Sauza Tequila, Triple Sec, lime, and a choice of pomegranate, strawberry, raspberry, mango, or jalapeño
  •  La Villita Crush ($15) – Don Julio, St. Germain, lemon, lime, and pineapple
  • Top of The Tower ($15) – Patron Silver Tequila, Contreau, and lime topped with a choice of Grand Marnier, Midori, Disaronno, and Chambord

Monday, May 1, 2017

Drop of Doom VR debuts at Six Flags Great America

Continuing its quest to be a leader in thrills and technology, Six Flags Great America debuted the Drop of Doom VR ride this past weekend.

If the straight drop didn't originally cause you to scream, the new virtual reality aspect increased the thrill levels.  With the Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus, riders will take on giant mutant spiders.  The ride features:

·         A high speed virtual vertical ascent up 100 stories, while teetering off the edge of a helicopter;
·         A 360-degree rotating view high above massive city skyscrapers that are under siege by enormous spiders;
·         A high-intensity gun battle against a giant arachnid, spewing baby spiders that virtually crawl all over the rider’s body;
·         A thrilling 100-story fiery plunge straight down between towering skyscrapers; and
·         The final showdown with a spider the size of a van, teeth-gnashing and in full attack mode.
“Innovation is in our DNA at Six Flags and adding this type of cutting edge technology to a Drop Tower attraction is a taste of the future for thrill seekers everywhere.” said Hank Salemi, Six Flags Great America park president.

The Drop of Doom VR will run now through Memorial Day.  This ride joins other additions at Six Flags Great America.  The Joker will also be joining the list of thrill rides.