Chocolatey Banana Burritos – SRC

Chocolatey Banana Dessert Burritos

Oh, what a weekend!!!

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Our poor Autumn had a rough night on Friday and that continued on with a crummy Saturday. We noticed that she started to get warm, and then hot, and then really hot. I called the Dr and we headed over to see what was going on.

The on-call Dr was impressed with how well she behaved and listened to her requests, especially since she had a fever of 102.6 AND a double ear infection. I was so surprised by that diagnosis as she wasn’t pulling on her ears at all, but the Dr said that everyone shows symptoms and pain differently.

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So Saturday was about napping and keeping her propped up to take pressure off her ears. The cuddles were the best, but I really could have done without the almost non-stop whining, crying, screaming. Poor baby!

So after a crummy Saturday I wanted to kick Sunday off with a bang to start off a great day and Father’s Day, so I made dessert for breakfast. Yep!!!

I was so excited to make these Banana Burritos that I skipped breakfast, lunch, and dinner and  jumped right to dessert. Seriously. And it was worth it. So worth it. I mean, breakfast for dinner is awesome, but dessert for dinner is even better.

Moments like that make me really excited to participate in Secret Recipe Club. I love getting ‘forced’ to make recipes from different blogs. It keeps me inspired when I’m feeling blah and don’t feel like doing much of anything, let alone making food, especially something fun and new… like when your toddler has a ranging fever and double ear infection.

But getting Christie’s blog, A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, this month really made my weekend. We enjoyed going through all her different recipes. SOOO many recipes. We first considered making the Twice Baked Potato Frittata and Cannoli Ice Cream with Pistachios and Chocolate. I was really set on making her Cordon Blue Skillet Pasta. But at the last minute I changed my mind. I was staring at a pile of 8 bananas and back to the laptop I went to look for some banaa based recipes. Low and behold, Christie loves banana recipes just like me, so I changed things up and picked these Banana Burritos.

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I couldn’t resist changing things up slightly. I had to toss in mini chocolate chips just to jazz things up even more. You can totally leave them out. But I was having a moment when I just needed chocolate. You know, the one when you are exhausted because your toddler slept ON you in bed. And your jealous dog whined so much your husband caved and allowed him in bed. Ugh!

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I think that this is going to be a great dessert staple in our house. I loved the flavors as it reminded me of bananas foster. The cinnamon in the

I’m hoping Autumn recovers quickly, and that you make these awesome Chocolatey Banana Dessert Burritos.

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Chocolatey Banana Dessert Burritos

Makes 4 burritos

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large bananas, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup dulche de leche
  • 4 whole tortillas, fajita size
  • 4 teaspoons mini chocolate chips

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add the butter and brown sugar. Cook stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add bananas and cinnamon. Simmer until bananas are soft; approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Spread about a 1 tablespoon of dulce de leche on a tortilla. Place a quarter of the banana mixture just off center. Fold in the sides and roll up in burrito fashion. Place seam side down on a baking sheet topped with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray or non-stick cooking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  5. Spray each burrito with cooking spray and bake for 20 minutes. Flip burritos over and bake an additional 20 minutes, until they are golden brown on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Allow to cool slightly before serving with ice cream.

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Happy Father’s Day 2015

Father's Day Fenway Park 2015

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there!

I hope you enjoyed the day. It’s such a great day for families and dads.

I saw that Fenway Park has an event for Father’s Day so we headed over there to check it out. The plan was to walk on the warning track, but since it was raining, it was not permitted but they had other activities for the kids and dads like guys making balloon animals and caricatures.

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We’ve been in Boston for all of these World Series wins! 2004! 2007! 2013!

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Autumn was really excited to see Wally and his dad, hence the pointing. However, whenever we approached them her little body would go stiff and I’d feel her legs clench tight around me. The panic would take over. Once we backed up and she was happy again watching them interact with the other Fenway Park visitors.

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Oh man, the cutes.

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After vising Fenway, we went to Rattlesnake Bar and Grille for lunch. It’s one of our favorite places in Boston. The food is just so good, which is why we have been going for years and years. And, let’s not forget that I had a drink featured on their menu too. Woohoo!

While the rain messed up the plans to walk on the warning track, and Autumn was grumpy from her double ear infection, we still had a wonderful time has a family.

Love you Price/Dada!

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A Weekend in Seattle- The Food

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There are people who vacation and like to shop, but I am someone who likes to experience a place by walking around eating my way through it. Thankfully there are so many creative, delicious places to try. And many use local ingredients as well. Even better!!

{Friday}

I arrived late Thursday night so we had a late start to the day on Friday.

My best friend Emily and I kicked off my sight seeing tour by heading down to Pike Place Market. There are so many options for great food and drinks in and around Pike Place. We skipped stopping off in ‘Original’ Starbucks location as the line was way too long and made a stop for doughnuts instead.

We kicked off our weekend of eating by each getting a doughnut from Daily Dozen Donuts. They make and serve mini donuts from their Pike Place Market stall. Emily got a Maple Bacon one and I got a Maple one. They were the perfect 2 bites to kick off the day.

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Ultimately, we decided on getting our lunch from Pirosky Pirosky and taking it to Rachel’s Ginger Beer to get some drinks.

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Pirosky Piroksy is located outside the Market, but in the area as it’s just across the street from it. They serve a wide variety of hand pies of both the sweet and savory variety. The walk up food vendor does not have

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We continued to walk around Pike Place and then ventured into Downtown Seattle, ultimately wandering to the Pioneer Square area. But then we were in need of a refreshment so we stopped by Bar Sajor.

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I enjoyed a glass of Chardonnay, while Emily had a cocktail and some oysters.

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Taking walk, a bus, a monorail, and another walk ensured that we were hungry for dinner by the time we got back to Emily’s apartment in Lower Queen Anne. Plus we were beat!!! We had been on our feet for hours so getting some takeout from El Camion in Ballard was a perfect plan.

Winner, winner taco dinner!!

Since I was (kinda, sorta!) trying to be conscientious of what I was eating post Whole30, I focused on items that didn’t have cheese, beans, or rice. So I ordered the Shrimp Ceviche ($6.50), a fish taco ($2.00), and an Adobada taco ($1.45).

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Everything was really good. I enjoyed the fish taco the most as it was really flavorful and I enjoyed that it was not a breaded and fried piece of fish, which is what I normally get when I order a fish taco.

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I was shocked at how large the portion was for the ceviche. I expected it was going to be half the size that it was. It really is something to share with multiple people. It was served with tostadas, but I would have preferred for chips instead as the super crisp tostadas were hard to eat.

{Saturday}

Another day of great activities and great food with my best friend in a beautiful city!

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We kicked the day off by walking up to Toulouse Petit in Queen Anne for brunch. Thankfully, we arrived right when they opened so we were able to grab a table quickly. A great ‘win’ as they get really busy because they are so popular being that they are consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the U.S.

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I ordered the ‘Eggs Hussarde’ ($18/$15 during ‘Breakfast Happy Hour’), which is once of their 8 different Eggs Benedict options. It consisted of a toasted split English Muffin, Snake River Farms Ham, poached eggs, the Veal Shallot Pan Sauce, and a Hollandaise Sauce. I was so happy with my selection as it was one of the best Eggs Benedict dishes that I have ever eaten. (You can read a really in depth review of it HERE)

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We continued on working our our way up and through the Queen Anne neighborhood that morning. We stopped off at Cupcake Royale for a bit of a snack. While some might think cupcakes are a fad I think they are classic so they are always a ‘must’ in my book. You just can’t go wrong with a cute handheld mini cake.

And the Maple Bacon cupcake that we split was so good. The texture had great flavor and texture, the frosting was thick and creamy, and you can’t beat the smokey bacon and sweet maple combo.

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Last year, for my first Mother’s Day, Emily sent me Top Pot Doughnut shops’ cookbook. All of the donuts in there look mouth watering, so I was really excited to be able to sample the donuts in the book directly from the source.

We snacked on the doughnuts that we grabbed throughout the day. They were so good that I didn’t want the experience to end!

After a generous amount of food we took a long afternoon hike at Discovery Point. It was such a beautiful day that the walk along the sound was the best way to spend a few hours.

And, of course, work up our appetite again!

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Weeks prior to my trip Emily created an email thread of all the restaurants that we should consider to check out while I was visiting. One of the places that she suggested was Revel in Freemont. I was hooked when I saw the menu so I was excited when we went here for dinner.

We split an order of shrimp cake pancakes, short rib dumplings, and a bowl of dungeons crab noodles ($16). I could have eaten another order of those short rib dumplings but we knew from the start that we wanted to split a dessert so we focused on that.

They create seasonal menus and ones focused on different themes. When we first looked at the menu in late January, the dessert theme was based on the Seahawks. This time it was focused on Dr Suess. We selected “In the Zoo” dessert which a banana

We ended the night by taking a trip to Molly Moon’s, a local ice cream shop in Queen Anne that specializes in great quality ice cream and unique flavors. I was tempted to get a single scoop of ice cream with their homemade hot fudge, but reigned myself in as I had already eaten quite a few rich things that day already. I sampled their seasonal Vegan Coconut Chunk and loved it so I got a kid’s scoop ($3) for that. The perfect amount and the perfect flavor.

 {Sunday}

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We had discussed taking a ride on a ferry on Sunday but the weather was kinda grey, so we visited Freemont again. I liked what I had seen the night before, and I also wanted to see a few things in the area, like the Freemont Troll and Gasworks Park.

Plus, there the Freemont Sunday Market which features food trucks and different vendors so we could browse that while doing some touristy things. (I ended up buying Price the cuff-links that he wore at our wedding from a local craft vendor!)

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Besides doing some shopping, we, of course, ate some delicious food. We checked out the different food trucks and decided on getting some Taiyaki from BeanFish.

Besides thinking that the Taiyaki was super cute… hello fish shaped waffle!… I thought it was a just a great hand-held meal, perfect for browsing the stalls. It was a fun way to kick off the day. Of course I could have happily eaten all of them, but I was satisfied with the savory K-Pop. But I still think I should have gone back for a Gimme S’mores or the Elvis. Okay, I should have gone back for all of them!

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The general theme for the weekend was: eat, walk, eat, walk, eat… repeat.

It worked out really well as it gave us a chance to try a lot of great food and do plenty of catching up as we walked from place to place. I love days/weekends like that.

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After Emily and I visited the Troll and went to Gas Works Park, Peter and their dog Aldo met us so we could all go for lunch.  We ended up at The Leary Traveler, where we enjoyed some food and hard ciders. It was a great pub with a nice selection of brews and food.

I enjoyed their Steak Frites ($15). The 6oz Bistro Steak was served with Frites, Caramelized Onions, and a Demi Glaze. The portion of the food was great for the serving, and the price. I felt like I was getting a great value for lunch as it was so filling, flavorful, and presented so nicely. The Demi Glaze was so good that it was so nice to dip the steak and the fries in it. I did request it medium rare and it came out very rare so I did send it back but a quick extra minute on the grill made it perfect.

It was a grey and rainy so we kept the rest of the afternoon pretty low key with some relaxing back at their apartment. All the walking and eating was catching up with us!

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We tossed around a few ideas for dinner but in the end decided on the Steelhead Diner, which is located above Rachel’s Ginger Beer outside Pike Place Market.

I knew that I was in for a real treat for dinner as soon as I had one of their Crab and Shrimp Tater Tots. I was dreaming about them for weeks afterwards. I was hooked immediately. I was tempted to order another order. I couldn’t help falling in love with the flavors from the crab and shrimp and the creamy texture from the potato. The crunch from the deep fry was the perfect contrast from the soft filling as well.

They were promoting their restaurant week offerings so Emily decided to pick a starter, entry, and dessert from the selection. She enjoyed the soup, but didn’t love the entree, but still thought it was a good menu for the value.

I ordered the wedge salad which seems like a safe pick, but it could have easily fallen flat on it’s face as it’s base of ice berg lettuce is so very basic. But the salad toppings worked so well with the crisp and crunchy lettuce. I was pleasantly satisfied with the salad for dinner.

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While Emily has a (slight-ish) allergy to walnuts and pecans, we still split an order of their Theo Chocolate Pecan Pie. It was a perfect combination of sweet chocolate with the toasted nuts. It reminded me of Thanksgiving, but with a delightful chocolate spin to the typical Pecan Pie. Plus, it was topped off with a generous spoonful of Bourbon Chantilly Creme.

It was so good that Emily happily suffered through the mouth itching!

{Monday}

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Prior to going to the airport for my flight home, Emily took me over to Nielsen’s Pastries to get some Danish pastries. It was tough to pick something as their selection of pastries looked fantastic. I am a big fan of kringle, but I wanted to try something I hadn’t had before so I picked a Snitter, which was described as a flat cinnamon roll that is topped off with a bit of custard. Oh my god. It was so freaking good. Just like a cinnamon roll but 10x better. We each had a Snitter so 3 cost $8.25.

Before heading back to their apartment we grabbed iced coffees from Tully’s.

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At the airport I grabbed a Mariachi Mac and Cheese from Beecher’s. They have an outpost at Sea-Tac so I was able to enjoy their “World Famous” mac and cheese. A very generous 8-oz cup was $6. I enjoyed my mac and cheese on the plane. It was really, really good, although it was cool by then.

The Mariachi Mac and Cheese uses the Classic Mac and Cheese base but also adds roasted Anaheim chilies and a blend of fresh veggies giving it a great South of the Board kick.

It was a wonderful way to end a great foodie weekend!!

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Chocolate Stout Waffles

Chocolate Stout Waffles

We are still riding our wedding high.  Oh man, so much fun. So much work. So exciting. So tiring. So everything!!

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We worked hard on the wedding and were so happy with how it all turned out. We were very hands on with the planning and execution of it. I loved the decorating part, but I really loved the meal planning too!

The food was so important to us so we worked with the organizer and chef to create a fun menu for the night from the stationary and passed hors d’oeuvre to the dinner and to our cake and dessert. (I’ll go into more detail in upcoming wedding related posts.)

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Our venue, Crissey Farm, is owned by the same family that owns the adjoining Barrington Brewery & Restaurant, which is known for their Chocolate Stout Cake. As it’s their signature cake we decided to us it as our wedding cake. We did change things up slightly as they use a chocolate ganache like frosting, but we opted for a chocolate buttercream. The design mimicked this one with it being ‘naked’ and with berries. Oh man, I can’t wait to get our pictures back to see it all over again.

It was incredible. We loved it. I can’t wait to dig into out top tier on our anniversary, although I don’t really think we will wait that long. ha!

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I was inspired by the cake to make these chocolate stout waffles.

They are chocolatey with a hint of beer in the batter. Perfection!

These waffles would be great to serve for Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, or any Sunday for brunch. Chocolate 24/7 please!

While I could have made a chocolate whipped cream, to match the chocolate butter cream used in our cake, I decided to just keep it ‘basic’ with a vanilla bean whipped cream. But I don’t discourage if you want to make it into a chocolate whipped cream. Dive right in!

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As well you can totally trash these up by making them into a sundae! Pile on some ice cream, break out the hot fudge, and dollop on the whipped cream. I wouldn’t hate it if you added some nuts and cherries too.

Celebrate our new marriage along with us by enjoying these Chocolate Stout Waffles, inspired by our wedding cake! Enjoy!!

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Chocolate Stout Waffles

Makes 14 waffles

Ingredients

For the Waffles

  • 2 Cups, plus 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup stout beer
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 Cup miniature chocolate chips, option, but encouraged
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Berries
  • Miniature Chocolate Chips

Process

  1. To make the waffles, preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the milk and small pieces of butter. Microwave in 30 second intervals, mix, and repeat until the butter is melted.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and whisk in the eggs, warm milk and butter mixture, and finally the stout to combine.
  5. Scoop out 1/3 Cup measure into each well of your waffle iron. Cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream, berries, and miniature chocolate chips. Enjoy!!

 

Waffle is slightly adapted from Hungry Girl Por Vida 

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Monday Munchies: Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe- Great Barrington, MA

Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe

This is an extra special edition of Monday Munchies! All because Price and I are now married! Ha! Well, the last 48 hours have been wonderful, but it’s extra special because we served doughnuts, stuffed croissants, quick breads, and breakfast sandwiches from Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe at our Post-Wedding Breakfast.

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Back in early March we went to a luncheon at Crissey Farm, our venue, which allowed us to check out different shops in the area. Almost across the street from the hotel we would be staying at during the wedding weekend, we noticed the Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe. We stopped in there to check them out as an option for our Post-Wedding Breakfast.

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We enjoyed our doughnuts that we grabbed that day that we decided that they would be a great fit for the Post-Wedding Breakfast. So I began the process of working with John, the owner, on creating a wonderful Post-Wedding Breakfast.

Through an exchange of emails we settled on 3 dozen donuts, a dozen of their stuffed croissants, 4 quick breads, and 40 breakfast sandwiches. I was so excited for the breakfast!

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Autumn and I stopped by the morning of the wedding to confirm and pay for our order. She was treated to some doughnut holes. Such a treat!

Autumn enjoyed the doughnut holes, running around the adorable shop, and checking out their doughnut themed books. Totally adorable. She loved it all.

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And just as much, everyone loved the Post-Wedding Breakfast too!

I added some fruit and yogurt to the mix as well, but the shining stars of the breakfast were the goodies from Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe.

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As Price and I were doing our final visits with family and friends, we didn’t get to really sit down to enjoy breakfast then so we took the bit of extras home with us to munch on Sunday and Monday. It was perfect how we didn’t have to stop for lunch on the ride home or worry about dinner. Donuts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! HA!!

They had a wide selection of donuts including the classics like Glazed, Boston Creme, Chocolate Glazed with Sprinkles, but that’s just scratching the surface of their flavors as they also have a Salted Caramel, Key Lime, and Blueberry Sour Cream. From the plain cake donuts to the stuffed ones to the bite sized doughnut holes, they have it all!

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Everything that we had was really awesome. The texture of the different kinds of doughnuts from the yeast based ones to the cake ones. The flavors were just as awesome. The Salted Maple was my favorite as it was a light doughnut that was covered in a generous layer of maple glaze and topped off with a sprinkling of salt.

The sweet and savory stuffed croissants really incredible too. I was really blow away with how stuffed they actually were. I’ve had stuffed croissants before when there is some chocolate in them but these were jam packed full with chocolate in them. Plus, there was a chocolate drizzle on top. OMG, can’t beat it!

And the Zucchini Walnut and the Triple Berry quick breads got rave reviews at our breakfast too. I loved the fresh flavors in both but the crumble on the Triple Berry Bread was what made it my favorite.

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I love places like Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe. Cute, down home places that create amazing products. Doughnuts are simple, but it means that you can’t hide behind anything. What you see is what you get! And when you shop here you get yummy donuts at an affordable price!

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While they don’t have a website, you can like them on Facebook or check them out on Yelp. They have some really great reviews!

When you’re visiting the Berkshires be sure to stop by for a doughnut. You’ll love it!!

Home Sweet Home Doughnut Shoppe

258 Stockbridge Rd

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

 (413) 717-4144

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