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Raise a glass -- Saratoga Beer Week Tickets Are Now On Sale!

Saratoga Beer Week Kickoff
Saratoga Eagle folks with Jason Fitch - owner of Saratoga City Tavern

The inaugural Saratoga Beer Week, presented by Saratoga.com, is just 2 months away -- February 23-25, 2012 -- and now you can purchase tickets!

2012 is the first year our great city of Saratoga Springs will be hosting a Beer Week (even though it's not starting out as a full "week" just yet), and the organizers held a ribbon cutting for the event at the Saratoga City Tavern on Dec 22.

Saratoga Springs has made Livability.com's Top 10 Winter Cities! What is Livability.com? The site helps you discover the best places in the United States. The staff of Livability has compiled a resource of more than 500 of America's best places to live, work, play, explore and belong--and your very own Saratoga Springs had made the cut!

Many low income families are not able to purchase fresh foods from local farmers. The EOC and Spa City Packs' Jonathan Greene have come together to advocate for a healthier Saratoga.

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Saratoga Beer Week 2012 is February 23 - 25 at the City Center, and throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. We'll be celebrating three days of more than 25 events, beer dinners, The Grand Food and Rare Beer Tasting, and the annual Saratoga Beer Summit.

If you love beer, you won't want to miss this event! Craft beers that are produced locally, around the country, and all over the world will be featured at the event! 
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Impressions of Saratoga is a little shop on Broadway that specializes in Saratoga memorabilia. Have a Saratoga fan in your family? You can certainly find something for anyone at this place. Souvenirs, collectibles, fine crafts, dollhouse miniatures, gifts for horse lovers, jewelry and more!

In the true spirit of the holidays, Impressions of Saratoga is giving away a $150 gift card to one lucky winner. Use the gift card as a gift, buy gifts with it, or just pick something up for yourself!

Enter to win the giveaway here!

I was just forwarded an email with the above title as the subject line. The Young Professionals Network (YPN) is looking for volunteers at a local blood drive they are hosting from 12 noon - 6pm on January 11 at the Wesley Community, located at 131 Lawrence Street in Saratoga.

Whether you have time to serve juice and cookies or just time to give blood and eat these goodies, your participation is much appreciated!

The body of the email has more details and reads as follows:

mrs-londons-almond-croissant.jpgYou are looking at one of the most delicious desserts on the planet; an Almond Croissant from Mrs. London's Bakery. I truly believe this with all my heart. This Holiday Season is an important one for many families, as so many have struggled along with the economy. I am choosing to serve quality over quantity this year, and have even managed to reliquish some "control" (something I'm working on, ok?) over exactly what we will feast upon, with the exception of dessert; on this, I will not be deterred or convinced; we will end our day with Mrs. London's Almond Crossiants AND, for the first time but I'm sure not the last, one of their Yule Logs, or "Buche de Noel"....

I am ashamed to admit it but I've been behind the curve on this jewel of a bakery, and of course many, many people already know it to be world-class (the press has widely covered and sang the praises!) A Yule Log is actually a traditional French dessert comprised of sponge cake, icing, or grenache; I've no doubt Mrs. London's version will be sublime (and in my family, dessert is as important as the actual meal!)

I've been two places in my life that really made me feel like I was indeed in the City of Love, without the price tag (of course, I've never actually been to Paris)....Montreal and Mrs. London's Bakery, 464 Broadway, downtown Saratoga. I came awfully close to making a day of it with a girlfriend recently; tea and an almond crossiant, some shopping, followed by an absolutely scrumptious fresh vegetable sandwich; and I'll take another two almond crossiants to go please. The last two....and I will not apologize even as another client eyed my waxed bag sadly as I finally left this little corner of paradise.

And this is why I know we will not be disappointed in their "Buche de Noel"....order yours in advance by calling Mrs. London's at 518-1652, x303. It's the best $65 you will ever spend on a memorable dessert, serving 10-12! And I haven't even tasted it yet.

Saratoga.com has now teamed up with Mamatoga, an addicting local blog for parents, maintained by two Saratoga Springs mothers who discuss everything kids... where to eat, shop, or play, reviews on dentists, doctors and daycares, kids events and much more.

We are excited to announce this new partnership, which means Mamatoga will deliver the top five kid-friendly events in the Saratoga region every week with their brand new blog on Saratoga.com! The blog is called -- you guessed it -- TOP FIVES and can be found at Saratoga.com/top-fives (easy enough, right?).

Not sure whether a certain event will be kid friendly? Well, you can bet the ladies at Mamatoga will know! Check back each week for a new list of events that your kids are sure to love. Click on the logo below to check out the new blog:

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Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention, there's more to this partnership... from the Mamatoga seal of approval on certain events on our events calendar to non-kid-friendly happenings that are worth getting a babysitter for. Read on for details.

One of my favorite things about summer in the Northeast is stealing off to Massachusetts for a weekend trip to the coast. I love swimming in the Atlantic with the crashing waves and dining out for amazing seafood, especially lobster (my favorite food).

For the rest of the year I am bummed that I can't get this kind of quality seafood so far inland here in Upstate New York... or can I...?

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