Midnight Bakery

18 Dec 18
Roam Diaries

This past week has flown by, as it tends to when you are busy and having fun. Anastasia and Nick waited for me to arrive before setting up the Christmas tree, which I felt very honored and thankful that they would think to wait and celebrate setting up for Christmas with me. They have a […]

18 Dec 18
Have You Laughed Today?

Exhausted New York City bakery owner, Stephanie, finds herself trapped in the same lonely routine: work by day, fall asleep to Hallmark Channel Christmas movies on the couch by night. But this Christmas Eve, Stephanie wakes up to find herself in a Hallmark movie of her very own!

18 Dec 18
Smexy Books

Not the Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt AMZ * BN * K * Audible Peyton and Noah by Heidi McLaughlin AMZ * BN * K * Audible Meant for Me by Sierra Cartwright AMZ * BN * K * Audible Veracity by SM Shade AMZ * BN * K * Audible The Nashville Bet by […]

17 Dec 18
Data-Labor-Technology

Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery, a 23,000 sq. ft. “immersive coffee experience,” which opened in New York’s Meatpacking District Friday, bears more resemblance to a boutique hotel than a coffee shop. The location, which employs 280 staff members, features two coffee bars that offer seven brewing methods and drinks that aren’t available at Starbucks’ regular locations; a […]

16 Dec 18
Travel Help Guru

25%* off Hotel Daniel Vienna (Promo Code Not Needed) is republished from https://www.travelhelpguru.com/ Get Discount Promo code & hotel info Hotel name: Hotel Daniel Vienna Address: Landstraßer Gürtel 5, 03. Landstraße, 1030 Vienna, Austria City: Vienna Country: Austria Description: The Daniel Vienna combines individual design with a location right next to Belvedere Palace and the […]

16 Dec 18
Lioness at Large

  December 31, the last day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, is New Year’s Eve and, simultaneously, the seventh day of Christmastide. In many countries, the holiday is also known as Old Year’s Day or Saint Sylvester’s Day.   The earliest known record of a New Year festival dates from about 2000 bce […]

16 Dec 18
Brewed in Maryland

A look at Monument City Brewing and what is in store for 2019.

16 Dec 18
Jill's Book Blog

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. This Sunday I’m reading We’ll Always Have Christmas by Jenny Hale. […]

15 Dec 18
Twin Cities
More than ever, America is counting down to Christmas by watching Hallmark holiday movies, but we’ve found a new way to embrace this cultural phenomenon: We went in search of local spots that make us feel like we’re extras on the set of a Hallmark Channel “Countdown to Christmas” movie. If you’re a fan, you know what we sought: Main streets dressed up in twinkly lights; cozy bakeries, coffee shops, bookstores or other cute shops for people dressed in Christmas sweaters to gather; gazebos and ice skating rinks — and, of course, Christmas tree farms. Judging by the ratings so far this holiday season — think blizzard effect — why are so many of us enchanted by this sparkly world that Hallmark has created? A street scene from the 2017 Hallmark movie “Christmas in Evergreen.” (Ryan Plummer / Crown Media) “We are not just creating a backdrop, we are truly embracing the spirit of the holiday season,” says Michelle Vicary, the Crown Media Family Networks’ executive who oversees the programming for the Hallmark Channel. “Even in these days that are so busy, getting ready for the holidays, we’ve created an environment to stop and enjoy what’s important in this season. … We make that promise through the Hallmark lens; that, if you choose to spend two hours with us, as opposed to hundreds of other options, our promise is that you’re going to walk away feeling better.” We need that, don’t we? “In a world with a 24/7 news cycle that has to be fed — much of it polarizing, much of it dark — this is an antidote,” Vicary says. “And it’s just as necessary for people’s souls and spirits as the rest.” (In addition to the 22 new Christmas movies debuting on the 2018 Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel between Oct. 27 (“Christmas at Pemberley Manor”) and Dec. 29 (“A Midnight Kiss”) this holiday season, and other Hallmark Christmas movies playing around the clock the rest of the time, there are two Hanukkah-themed movies currently in development. There’s also an app, a radio station, books, merchandise and a social media community.) Here’s our list of locations where you can experience a Hallmark moment. Keg and Case West Seventh Market, 928 W. Seventh St., St. Paul: There’s no trendier place in St. Paul right now than this culinary and retail marketplace housed in the historic Schmidt brewery — and we can totally see a Hallmark heroine at work here, perhaps behind the counter at the Rose Street Patisserie: Along with the holiday carousel and Christmas tree lot outside, it would be just like “The Sweetest Christmas,” a 2017 Hallmark movie about Kylie, a pastry chef, who finds her life coming around full circle after she breaks up with her long-term boyfriend during the holidays — and then finds herself riding a carousel with Nick, her high-school sweetheart (when she’s not trying to win a gingerbread competition). Speaking of gingerbread, check out the gingerbread village at Spinning Wylde, the organic and gourmet cotton candy shop. “There have been some Hallmarky moments,” says Keg and Case spokeswoman Mary Quinn McCallum, “when the snow is falling and a fire is going in the outdoor fireplace and people are drinking cocoa.” A festively festooned restaurant features prominently in “Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe,” and while this 2018 movie was filmed in Canada, we’d like to offer up Meritage in downtown St. Paul if you want to feel like you’re dining on the set of a Hallmark movie. (Courtesy of Caitlin Abrams) Meritage, 410 St. Peter St., St. Paul: A festively festooned restaurant features prominently in “Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe,” and while this 2018 movie was filmed in Canada, we’d like to offer up Meritage in downtown St. Paul if you want to feel like you’re dining on the set of a Hallmark movie. The view across the way is a sparkling Christmas tree. “We’re blessed with this beautiful space — which turns 100 years old next year — and its 30-foot ceilings,” says owner Desta Klein. Rather than “Hallmark at Christmas,” though, Klein describes the vibe as “Versailles in winter.” At Meritage, Richard Anderson of Cherub Designs accessorized the restaurant’s winter look with black and white bows, “champagne bubbles” hanging down, winter birch branches. “It’s not Christmas per se — no Santas, no religion — it’s more a celebration of winter and how sparkly this season is,” Klein says. “The whole room is just aglow.” WinterSkate in front on Landmark Center. (Photo courtesy Visit St. Paul) The Irvine Park gazebo (251 Walnut St., St. Paul); Wells Fargo WinterSkate (379 St. Peter St., St. Paul); Holiday Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory of St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo & Conservatory (1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul): In “Christmas Connection,” a 2017 Hallmark holiday movie filmed in Winnipeg, we were most amused that a single parent working as a newspaper reporter in “Chicago” could afford to live in a mansion fit for Summit Avenue, especially one that has more lights on it than Rice Park at Christmas. But, just like Jonathan the journalist and Sydney the flight attendant, we can afford to go to ice skating in a park — and one particularly picturesque skating spot during the holidays is Wells Fargo WinterSkate next to Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]In the the movie, the skating rink is paired with a gazebo — in fact, gazebos are featured prominently in more than one Hallmark movie. Locally, we suggest heading to Irvine Park’s gazebo if you’re looking for that particular Hallmark photo opp. In “Christmas Connection,” Jonathan and Sydney make festive stops all around town as they try to figure out how Sydney’s parents met there long ago. The mystery does not include a conservatory, but a spokeswoman with the St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department recommended the holiday flower show in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Sunken Garden as a Hallmark moment, especially this year with its romantic Victorian theme (and plenty of poinsettias). The 2016 hallmark movie “Love Always, Santa” was actually filmed in Northfield, Minn. In this scene, the actors are at the HideAway. (Courtesy of MarVista Entertainment) The city of Northfield, Minn.: Hallmark movie fans don’t need to imagine they’re on the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie if they head to Northfield. This cute little town actually was the setting of the 2016 Hallmark Christmas movie “Love Always, Santa.” The story centers around a little girl named Lily who asks Santa for her mother, Celia, a widow, to be happy and find love again after her husband, Lily’s father, died three years earlier on Christmas Day.  When a struggling writer, Jake, receives the letter, he finds inspiration — and a chance at love and happiness. It’s a good time to visit: The town is still dressed up from Winter Walk, its annual holiday celebration that was actually included in the movie. “Division Street is all decorated, the storefronts are decorated, there are lights in all the trees and there’s a Christmas tree on Bridge Square — it’s very Hallmarky,” says Lisa Peterson, director of tourism for the Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. There’s also another option for fans: “You can take a self-guided Hallmark ‘Love Always, Santa’ tour,” Peterson says. The stops include Celia and Lily’s home; Celia’s coffee shop (HideAway Coffeehouse and Winebar); a bookstore (Content Bookstore) and the historic inn where Jake stayed (and the Hallmark actors, actually — the Archer House River Inn). Although Hallmark Christmas movies are secular in nature, churches are sometimes featured. Scores of volunteers start right after Thanksgiving to decorate Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, creating a Hallmark aesthetic. (Courtesy of Grace Lutheran Church) Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, 7800 150th St. W., Apple Valley: Although Hallmark Christmas movies are secular in nature, churches are sometimes featured, such as in the 2018 film “Christmas Everlasting,” in which a funeral brings our heroine back to her “Wisconsin” hometown (it was actually filmed in Georgia). Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley would have fit in with the Hallmark aesthetic as it is heavily adorned during this season of Advent. The transformation to Christmas begins immediately after Thanksgiving and involves volunteers, support staff, ladders, hoists, prayer and joyful hearts (even when taking it all down again). There’s a “tree forest,” angel figurines, a larger manger, handmade banners, greenery and, of course, strings of lights. “People come in and just gasp,” says Laurel Jacobson, volunteer coordinator. “It’s really quite beautiful — you should come and take a look!” Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm, 10970 43rd St. N., Lake Elmo: A Christmas tree farm is a pretty common site in a Hallmark Christmas movie. “Yah, you’re right about that,” says Deb Krueger of Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo. The Krueger Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Elmo. (Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff) This family-owned operation also gets compared to other iconic places: “Someone just said we’re more fun than Disneyland,” Krueger said with a chuckle (shorter lines, cooler temperatures). This Christmas tree farm certainly could make the cut for a Hallmark holiday. In addition to the trees for sale, there’s a big tree strung with lights, there are lights in the buildings, there’s a star in the warming house. “It’s adorable,” Krueger says. Still, even someone who works on a real, working Christmas tree farm enjoys the fictional ones on the Hallmark Channel: “When I come in at night, when I’m cold and tired, I like to watch Hallmark,” she says. “A number of Christmas tree farms have been featured, although it’s usually just briefly — a girl with high heels, buying a tree. I grin every time.” As for Krueger, what’s on her feet? “Rubber Birkenstocks, until it gets cold,” says the hearty Minnesotan. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]She hopes Hallmark continues to feature operations like hers: “It’s more important than ever to show Christmas tree farms,” she says. “If everyone planted just one tree, it would help cool the planet.” It’s not just her Christmas wish, Krueger says: “It’s Mother Nature’s.” FYI If you know of a local spot that takes holiday decorating and aesthetic to the “Hallmark” level (extreme), let us know by contacting Molly Guthrey at 651-228-5505 or mguthrey@pioneerpress.com. We’ll update our list.
14 Dec 18
Branelfi1996

ONE need not be a chamber to be haunted, One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing: Material place. Far safer, of a midnight meeting haunted house papers, essays, and research papers. Writing sample of descriptive essay on a given topic “Haunted House” Haunted Houses A haunted house is one believed to […]

14 Dec 18
Camping World

Many RVers dream of traveling to Alaska, considering it the ultimate destination on their bucket lists. So we’ve created a series of articles to help you navigate the Last Frontier in a motorhome or travel trailer, in hopes that you can enjoy exploring the 49th state, as well! Talkeetna If you have a visit to […]

14 Dec 18
SCNG
#gallery-1475060-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1475060-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1475060-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1475060-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opened Dec. 3 in Santa Ana in the Southcoast Marketplace at 2841 West MacArthur Blvd. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Sprouts Farmers Market hold interviews with job candidates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18  at more than 300 stores in 19 states to fill non-seasonal, full- and part-time positions. Interested candidates can visit sprouts.com/careers to view openings by store. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG) Instacart has expanded its partnership with Superior Grocers, offering one-hour or same-day delivery from its Orange County stores. Shoppers use the Instacart website or app to access the store’s inventory, order, pay, then wait for arrival. (Courtesy of Instacart) Goodwill of Orange County said its Fullerton store will move to a new location, shifting from College Plaza on Chapman Ave., to a newly remodeled center on N. Raymond Ave. in February 2019. The nonprofit said the new, 7,800 square-foot store will offer “a modern spin on traditional thrift store shopping.” (Courtesy of Goodwill of Orange County) Yen Ching Restaurant, located at 574 S. Glassell St., in Orange, posted on its FaceBook page that it is closing after almost 40 years..(File photo, Orange County Regiser/SCNG) Googie-inspired interior at Yen Ching in Orange. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) House special beef at Yen Ching in Orange. (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG) Yen Ching’s extensive menu includes favorites such as beef with broccoli and sweet and sour pork. (File photo by Jebb Harris) Napolini Pizzeria in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers create-your-own and signature Neopolitan-style pizzas, sandwiches, salads and Italian desserts. Seen here: California pizza with chicken, barbecue sauce, red onions, cilantro, mozzarella and smoked gouda. Downtown Disney District is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Amanda Quinlan, photographer) Napolini Pizzeria in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort offers create-your-own Neapolitan-style pizzas, sandwiches, salads and Italian desserts. Downtown Disney District is located in Anaheim, Calif. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Cultivation Kitchen aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen, seen in this artist’s rendering, aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen, seen in this artist’s rendering, aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Cultivation Kitchen aims to help diners “eat mindfully” by serving grass-fed beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce. (Courtesy of Cultivation Kitchen) Are you a frustrated parent or stressed worker bee running out of time for gift shopping? Retailers have some last-minute plans for you. From shopping online, overnight in the aisles or dashing courtesy of a free ride, they want to make sure you spend that hard-earned cash. Kohl’s is perhaps digging in the deepest, announcing Tuesday, Dec. 11 it will remain open all day and night for three days leading up to Christmas. So, hypothetically you could have dinner, put the kids to bed, don some of those popular onesie pajamas, and shop Kohl’s aisles in relative comfort — at 1 a.m. Don’t laugh. There are night owls aplenty eager to escape the holiday shopping chaos. And Kohl’s, which went on a hiring spree in early fall, is counting on it. Kohl’s “marathon shopping hours,” a very long shift for employees, begins at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21 and ends at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. The lone exception in Southern California is the Thousand Oaks Kohl’s, which is confined to limited hours under city laws. That store’s hours are 8 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight Friday through Monday. Other retailers, such as Target and Walmart, are counting virtual shopping, 24/7. To help with pickups, Target will stay open until midnight Christmas Eve, while Walmart will shutter most stores at 6 p.m. The brick-and-mortar industry has pivoted to online pickup counters, so shoppers can place an order from the comfort of home, then go and retrieve the item a day or two later. Old Navy and Lyft are partnering up to offer shoppers free rides to stores Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. Customers who buy online and opt to pickup at the store can then use their Lyft app for the retrieval. Go to lyft.com/oldnavy for more information. Sprouts hiring in all departments Sprouts Farmers Market hold interviews with job candidates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18  at more than 300 stores in 19 states to fill non-seasonal, full- and part-time positions. Interested candidates can visit sprouts.com/careers to view openings by store. The grocer in a statement said openings are available in all Sprouts departments, including store management and specialized areas like The Butcher Shop and Fish Market, Market Corner Deli, and Vitamins and Supplements Department. Candidates can learn more during one-on-one interviews at the hiring events. Applications can be completed at a store or online at sprouts.com/careers. You must be at least 16 years old to apply. Job opportunities include: Department managers and assistant department managers (produce, deli, meat and seafood, vitamins and body care, grocery, bakery and more) Cashiers Clerks (all departments) Courtesy clerks (checkout assistants) Backup receivers and scan coordinators Goodwill moving in Fullerton Goodwill of Orange County said its Fullerton store will move to a new location, shifting from College Plaza on Chapman Ave., to a newly remodeled center on N. Raymond Ave. in February 2019. The nonprofit said the new, 7,800 square-foot store will offer “a modern spin on traditional thrift store shopping.” The interior will include wood beam ceilings and a restored original brick wall from Boy’s Market, the family-fun grocery store found in the 1920s that used to occupy the space. Nicole Suydam, president and CEO, Goodwill OC, said “every purchase supports transformative programs and services focused on creating brighter futures for individuals facing barriers.” More than 92 cents from every dollar spent at Goodwill of OC stores and boutiques is reinvested into Goodwill’s programs and services, which help people facing challenges to employment, including individuals with disabilities and veterans, find and keep meaningful jobs. The College Plaza store is planned to close at the end of February 2019. Store employees will be transferred to the new Fullerton store upon closing. The new store also needs some new help. Goodwill is accepting applications for additional positions at the new location. Apply online at ocgoodwill.org or by calling 714-547-6308 ext. 496. Superior delivery expansion Instacart is expanding its partnership with Superior Groceries for same-day home deliveries from all of its stores in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The expansion adds 34 more stores to Instacart’s delivery range. Newer delivery cities include: Santa Ana, Buena Park, Bellflower, Los Angeles, Lynwood, South El Monte, Cudahy, Montebello, Huntington Park, Compton, City of Industry, Covina, Long Beach, Ontario, Rialto, Fontana, Inglewood, Chino, Corona, Moreno Valley, Baldwin Park, San Bernardino, Pico Rivera, Lancaster, Bakersfield, Palmdale, Oxnard, Gardena, Maywood, Pomona and El Monte. To use the service, customers either go online from a desktop computer or download the Instacart app. Add your delivery ZIP code, then select Superior Grocers as the store for shopping. A list of available goods will pop up. Select, add to cart, pay and expect a delivery in an hour. For more, head online to instacart.com Blaze Pizza in Santa Ana Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza opened Dec. 3 in Santa Ana in the Southcoast Marketplace at 2841 West MacArthur Blvd. The restaurant features an interactive open kitchen format where guests customize personal signature pizzas or create their own, for around $8.95. The Pasadena-based company said the Santa Ana restaurant created about 50 new jobs for the community. In case you missed these stories … Anne Valespino, our Orange County restaurant writer, reported on a slew of news this past week. Highlights include: Yen Ching Restaurant will serve its last meals on New Year’s Eve. The longtime owners said Wednesday, Dec. 12 that they are retiring and will shutter the Chinese restaurant at 574 S. Glassell St. in Orange. The property has been sold to the same operator that owns the senior-living facility next door. Information: 714-997-3300; yenchingoc.com Cultivation Kitchen, a new restaurant coming to Farmers Park in front of the Anaheim Packing District, is designed to look like a greenhouse and will serve whole, plant-based foods, sustainable seafood and grass-fed beef. Shaheen Sadeghi, developer of the Lab, the Camp and the Packing District constructed the building but Cultivation Kitchen is the brainchild of Dale LaFlam. It’s due to open in mid- to late January could be one of Orange County’s most distinctive glass buildings. Address: 350 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim. Napolini Pizzeria is back at Downtown Disney. The quick-serve restaurant is a little sister to the full-service Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria next door. Napolini popped up Saturday, Dec. 1 in the same spot since it was closed for about five months for remodeling. “It’s part of all the renovations in Downtown  Disney,” said Lauren Polhill, a spokeswoman for Patina Restaurant Group and Delaware North. “Disney decided it was time and we were more than happy to hop on board and refresh the decor.” 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714-776-6200, patinagroup.com/napolini. Okayama Kobo Bakery & Cafe has opened in downtown Anaheim. The because bakery serves gluten-free cookies and muffins made from Japanese rice flours. It brews GroundWork Coffee from Los Angeles; this is the first U.S. retail shop for the Japanese bakery. It has also opened Bizen Beer Bar, a craft brew pub next door. Address: 155 W. Center St. Promenade, Anaheim, 714-603-7332, okayamakobousa.com
14 Dec 18
GENSHAI - Giving, Living, Mastering

[ad_1] How much fun would it be to make the desserts served at your own wedding? The former Stephanie Kaat said it sounded better a year ago, but not so much two days before she exchanged vows with Keegan Waggett. “We were up at midnight the Thursday before the wedding,” she said, as she addressed […]