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Get Your First Bites of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at the Harbor Point Block Party, Part of Stamford Lights Festival

12 Sep

People have been moaning and groaning, drooling in anticipation for Dinosaur Bar-B-Que to open.

Is it open?

When will it open?

It has to open soon!

OmNomCT…do you know when it will open?

Well, we’ve still got some time before that happens, but you can get your first licks in on September 22 from 4-8 pm.  Just stop by during that time at 711 Canal Street (by Fairway Market and Yale and Town) for the first annual Harbor Point Block Party, part of Stamford Lights.  OmNomCT officially endorses this and thinks this could prove to be epically awesome.

So, yes, let’s get focused.  BBQ kind of has that effect on us, you know?  You might remember that we announced that Dinosaur was trying to get a spot in Stamford, then everybody went crazy when we found out it was a done deal.  Heck, we even got to talk to the grand pitmaster and awesome BBQ god himself, John Stage.  People swear by their BBQ (and swear if they don’t get theirs) so we’re sure that people want their first tastes to see what the big fuss is about.

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Visit the Pez Factory and Pop in Some Sweet Candy Fun – Orange, CT

15 May

Jumping for joy and trying to swallow those Pez whole

Kristien’s parents were in our ‘hood recently and we were scrambling to find something to do.  A few days ago we found out about the Pez factory and Visitor Center in Orange, CT.  Well, all signs pointed to going.  We saw articles on Connecticut Day Trips and CT Out and About and had a few friends who talked about the factory and knew that it was destiny…a very sugary sweet destiny.

I sense much nerdiness in you…

The trip didn’t take too long from Stamford, just about 40 minutes.  When you arrive at the factory, you see a huge Pez sign and on the side three giant Pez ammunition packs.  At the entrance you see tons of Pez dispensers behind glass and floating above you is the Pez bike built by Orange County Choppers.  Adults pay $5, seniors pay $4, kids 3-12 pay $4, and children under 3 are free.  Good news, though:  keep the receipt and you’ll get $2 back with any purchase.

Follow along the walls and find how Pez has grown from a treat that was supposed to stop people from smoking in 1927 to a sugary sweet that people of all ages can’t get enough of.  There’s lots to learn along the way and lots to see.  You’ll have even more to see, though, if you check out the Visitor Center during weekdays.  Yes, you can actually see Pez being created in the factory.  Sweet!

Pour a bit of sunshine into your Pez pail for just $4.99! :)

When you’re done exploring and checking out the amazing collection of Pez dispensers, check out what’s for sale.  You’ll find lots of fun and collectible dispensers for sale.  Most of them are $1.99, so you can stock up and not go broke.  Some of the fun collector sets are Lord of the Rings, Muppets, Marvel, Hello Kitty, and even Disney.  My favorite part?  The HUGE mix your own bucket of Pez station with 14 flavors.  Yes, choose from Lemon, Strawberry, Orange, Sour Apple, Sour Blue Raspberry, Sour Watermelon, Sour Pineapple, Grape, Chocolate, Cola, and more and put them into a Pez pail for just $4.99.  You get to keep the pail and will have tons of Pez to add into your new dispensers.

Our swag from the visit?

Dispensers and Pez pail…and a fun Pez lanyard that you get as part of admission!

A surprise Hello Kitty lunch pail dispenser collection for my sister and a Batman dispenser for my best man, Paul.

Yoda, Animal, and Kermit for me.

Animal for Kristien…you can tell who the true Pez fiend is, huh?

Pez Factory and Visitor Center

Address:  35 Prindle Hill Rd
                  Orange, CT 06477
Phone: 203-298-0201

Site:  http://www.pez.com/visit_us/

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