Free Pretzel Day at Auntie Anne’s

Whether it’s a great marketing ploy or just an evil plan to get people addicted to their goods, but I am sold on Free Pretzel Day at Auntie Anne’s.

On Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., anyone who walks into their local Auntie Anne’s pretzel shop can get one free original or cinnamon sugar pretzel – no strings attached.

If you think you’ll go about your daily routine on Saturday and completely forget to go get your free pretzel, visit www.freepretzelday.com to sign up for a free text message reminder.

And if you’re really a pretzel fan, take photos of you and your crew on Free Pretzel Day and email them to Auntie Anne’s. Photos will be shared on the pretzel company’s facebook page and 100 lucky winners will be randomly chosen to receive a free t-shirt.

Check with your local Auntie Anne’s for details or visit www.auntieannes.com .

Disappointment at Euro Pane

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I may hear a lot of complaints later, but I have to say this: I bought a mini carrot cake from Euro Pane in Pasadena today, and it wasn’t very good. It was dry.

Because carrot cake is supposed to be super moist and Euro Pane is supposed to be super delicious, I was disappointed. The rest of the cake wasn’t bad. While the cream cheese frosting was a little too heavy for my taste, the gold foil garnish was a nice (frou-frou) touch. I’ve never been disappointed by Euro Pane before so I’m hoping that this dry carrot cake is a fluke.

I also bought a slice of blueberry lemon chiffon cake from Euro Pane. It was delicious.

Other notes: The best carrot cake I’ve had is from Craft in Los Angeles. After dinner, the restaurant gives each guest a take home carrot cupcake. The cake was moist, the shredded carrots were flavorful and not at all dry or stringy. The streusel topping was a just the right balance of crunchy, soft and sweet.