Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mobile Gift Certificates for Bedford Farms and Sudbury Coffee Works

Ice Cream from an 1880s Farm; Store-Roasted Coffee

Kango’s westward expansion continues – and for two of Kango’s favorite indulgences: coffee and ice cream – made by two unique institutions.

We are really excited to be working with two great local brands to extend their gift programs onto the KangoGift platform.

Sudbury Coffee Works sells premium roasted beans (fresh out of a snazzy French roaster in the corner of their shop), as well as desserts, sandwiches, fresh salads, and of course, ever-fresh cups of coffee and espresso. Owner Dan has two decades of experience in hospitality, and his devoted fans stop in for grilled muffins in the morning and for daily specials at lunch. Of course, coffee is good anytime of day. Check them out, or send a KangoGift to someone who’s already in love with Sudbury Coffee, right on Union, off Route 20/Boston Post Road.

130 years ago, Bedford Farms started out as a real deal dairy farm. They’ve been selling ice cream since the ’40s, making deliveries to customer’s homes, back when the milkman showed up with glass bottles of your daily milk. They’re now the longest running business in the town, and while no longer a working farm, their outrageous and creamy 60 flavors have this ice cream stand seeing the longest lines in town. Open year round, they’ve also got frozen yogurt and soft serve, as well as ice cream pies in Graham Cracker or Oreo crust. The Sundae Party Package for 50 is a sure way to make 50 friends fast. They're now in Bedford and Concord, so show your love and send someone a KangoGift to Bedford Farms – it’s the 21st Century version of the milkman at your doorstep.

Thanks again to all the Kango fans who have embraced KangoGift! We will continue to work with great businesses and ensure we are building a service that you love! We have grand plans and stay tuned for some exciting announcements.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Going (Metro)West for Gelato and Crêpes

Ciao, fans outside Boston city center – we’re expanding westward – to Wellesley and Natick to welcome a pair of delizioso additions to KangoGift: The Gelato Café in Wellesley Center and Melt Gelato & Crêpe Café at the Natick Mall.

We all know we can take food lessons from the Italians, and that’s true when it comes to frozen desserts. For you novices in gelato, the Italian version of ice cream is good-like-nothing-you’ve-had-before creaminess in traditional and natural flavors like Hazelnut, Pistachio, Biscotti, Amaretto, Lemon, Fruits, as well as modern takes like Double Dutch Chocolate, Dark Rum, Peanut Butter, Caramel Brownie, and Key Lime Pie. With lower butterfat content, gelato is less solidly frozen than American ice cream, making it smooth and surprisingly dense in flavor and texture.

Sure, Italy’s got the Coloseum, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Puccini. But could gelato be its real national treasure? Foodies swear by this as the best ice cream in the world, and Kango thinks back to his own jaunt through Venice and Rome, hopping into cozy gelaterias on a quest to taste (and be delighted by) one flavor after another.

Now, without waiting to cross the Atlantic, we’ve got two outstanding options to enjoy gelato, not to mention crêpes (Thank you, France!). The Gelato Café is your full dessert stop in Wellesley, with sorbet, chocolate, espresso and organic coffee (and free Wi-Fi) also on the menu. Over at the Natick Mall, Melt Gelato & Crêpe Café is a good excuse to take a break from putting that dent in your credit card and to indulge in some low-cost treats like sweet or savory crêpes, paninis, and lots of frozen goodness. Buon appetito!