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Family Activity: Taste Test Your City

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Over the next few weeks, Ayva is going to have a lot of days off from school. Next week, she’s out for Thanksgiving, and then Christmas break starts a little while after that. As I’m looking for ways to keep her busy, a cool idea hit me. We can eat our way through the Bay Area! From See’s Candies to Jelly Belly, there are quite a few tasty treats that have their roots right in our backyard.

A couple of months ago, we went to a See’s Candies event in San Francisco. I learned so much about how the company was started by Charles See with recipes from his mother, Mary, and Ayva loved tasting all of the different flavors of chocolate. She couldn’t believe that they were freshly made and delivered each day, and was blown away by the selection.  Since then, I’ve read a book about the chocolate brand, and feel a sense of hometown pride whenever I ride past a See’s store now. There are so many other brands like that around here, and I’m looking forward to checking them out with my little taste tester this holiday season!

You don’t have to live in Oakland to taste test your city, though. Every city has their own food traditions and flavors that you can indulge in. Take your little ones out to taste, then come home and create your own version of whatever it is that you tried! It’s another cool way to engage in the holidays, and create fun family memories.

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I’m linking up with a few other ladies to share the spirit of the season. Amiyrah from Four Hats and Frugal, Natasha from Houseful Of Nicholes, Mandi from Chewsy Lovers, Val from Children of the Old School and Yolonda from Notorious Spinks. Check them out and get filled up with more of the season’s spirit!
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Thursday 20th of November 2014

This is a great idea for the kids' time off that's coming up. We have so many little mom and pop restaurants (and candy shops) here on the island. I'm going to have to take them out a little bit and teach them more about our history and culture. Thanks!


Thursday 20th of November 2014

This is such a cool idea! We haven't gotten out much in our city and we've been here two years! It's about that time. Thanks for the inspiration!

Notorious Spinks

Thursday 20th of November 2014

I love See's Candies. Their peanut clusters are everything.