When planning our trip to Vermont, there were only a few must-do items on my list.  First and foremost, visit my friend Shanon.  She’s in New Hampshire this year for her fellowship and I miss her something fierce.  Second, visit King Arthur Flour.  I’ve long been a fan of King Arthur’s recipes and products, and have been dying to visit their headquarters in person.  As luck would have it, Shanon lives pretty darn close to King Arthur so we were able to check both items off the list in a single day.  Plus, who else would I rather visit this fabulous store with than one of my best baking buddies?  We really wanted to take one of the many classes offered at the King Arthur baking center, but unfortunately the classes we were interested in did not fit into our schedules.  Oh well.  We had a great time anyway and Shanon showed me around this bakers’ mecca.

This store was kind of like a paradise for me.  I was so excited and hyped up.  There was SO much to look at, I was honestly a bit overwhelmed.  I spent the majority of the time in the store looking like this:

They really had just about everything I could want for baking, and lots of things I couldn’t have imagined.  All sorts of flours, sugars, flavorings, mix-ins, bakeware, utensils, etc. etc.  I was on major overload and could hardly think straight.  I threw completely random items into my cart the entire time.  It was chaotic.  Of the two or three things I actually intended to buy there, I bought zero.  I was just too excited and overstimulated.  (I have since ordered them online.)  I wish I could go back and chill the heck out.

I saw all kinds of Ateco pastry tips, my favorite thing.

We eventually did leave the store after I had bought what seemed like way too much stuff.  Then Shanon showed us around Hanover, NH where she works.  We visited another food-related shop called Main Street Kitchens that was truly fantastic.  It reminded me a lot of Peppercorn in Boulder, CO, which is a very, very good thing.  I could have browsed and stayed in there all day long.  I ended up buying a few fun cookie cutters, a cookbook about cakes with alcohol, and some positively adorable children’s aprons for both Andrew and Caroline (when she gets bigger, of course).  As you may or may not know, I have a thing for fun aprons and this store had the best selection I have ever seen for both kids and adults.  I was especially happy that they had a good number for boys because in all my previous searching, I have only found a few that didn’t have cupcakes on them or weren’t pink.  Where’s gender equality in the kitchen, people?!

Later that evening we went to dinner at The Canoe Club in Hanover and I had what was one of my favorite meals of the trip.  I ordered the fried four cheese ravioli served with a braised chicken sauce and fresh greens.  It was superb.  Shanon had a squash risotto and Ben had a really good burger.

Wait, did you think I forgot about you all?  No way!  I spent a fair amount of my time in King Arthur trying to piece together a not completely disjointed giveaway for my readers.  Here’s what you can win:

A pound of Bensdorp Dutch-process cocoa, a pound of cappuccino chips, a container of Vietnamese cinnamon, a package of small brioche molds, and a fun fall-patterened kitchen towel.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me what destination is on your foodie list of must-sees.  Whether it be a city, state, country, or a specific restaurant or store, what place are you dying to visit?

The Rules: One entry per person, U.S. residents only.  Commenting will close on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 am EST.  Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered.  One winner will be selected at random and announced next week.  Good luck!

Full Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly because I like you guys.