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Win a Spring Break Extravaganza with Amanda + Merrill!

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Hello, dear Food52ers! After this never-ending winter, we think you deserve a vacation. So we're giving a few lucky readers a Spring Break Getaway in New York City!

If you win, you'll experience a thrilling weekend with Amanda and Merrill at the Food52 offices and around the city. Watch the video below, where A&M share more of the details. 

Some terms and conditions apply. For more details, and to enter our sweeps, click here.

Special thanks to our tireless videographer Kyle Orosz, and the lovely people of Union Square Greenmarket for not asking us to leave their premises.

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Tags: spring break, videos, vacation, amanda and merrill, sweepstakes, giveaway, new york

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11 months ago amazinc

It's already April 8 and I'm juist home from a "road Warrior" trip, but I Reeeealy wanted to join you in NYC. Too funny and I love your mutt. Thanks for the guffaw. Marianne

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11 months ago Connie Mayse

Nice! If you ever decide to do it for real, sign me up!

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11 months ago Ginger Spaugy

Drat...I was all set to WIN ! You are hilarious, love your sense of humor! Happy April :D

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11 months ago KimR

Haha! You got me! And it's April 4 now. It's the April Fools joke that keeps on giving!

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11 months ago Kristina

SPANKY rocks!

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11 months ago Christine

awww, i was SO excited to enter! hahaha!

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11 months ago Katie

I was all set to enter! Teach me to cook! ;)

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11 months ago Deb W

Wait a minute, this isn't real! From the editors wrapped in blankets at the green market to the flying pink unicorn (or was I hallucinating?) this is brilliant. Nice antidote to high'fallutin foodiness, Thank You!

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11 months ago Kim Kelly

You got me! Too funny....I will be there the May 19th to 24th to visit my daughter...Can I come visit you?????

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11 months ago Angie

That was hysterical! Loved the mushroom foraging NYC style! Great job ladies! It would have been fun to join you two tho!!

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11 months ago chantal Corbat

haha

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11 months ago Julia

I was so bummed this was a hoax lol! The dishwashing scene was perfect - reminds me of an essay I loved from Cooking for Mr. Latte, Amanda. :o)

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11 months ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks all for your good humor and for putting up with our shenanigans!

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11 months ago Lelieth

That was priceless!

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11 months ago Ellen King

Loved the pup...

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11 months ago Amy

Ahhh :( Was hoping to win!

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11 months ago Brian

Ha! Loved it. Got me with that one. There I was, watching the video and wondering why the cue card was so far off to the side and then watching the kids all crowded around the table. Made me wonder if it was real or not, considering the price of real estate in New York. Ignore the grumpy people that do not appreciate a little levity on the first day of April.

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11 months ago Donna Bassett

Love it! If you're hiring, I'm your gal! Love, love, love to
cook and create!!!

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11 months ago Anita Louise Reilly

You should not pull jokes on people over 70 they can get very disappointed if they don't win.

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11 months ago Dana M. Lindley-spence

thanks I needed a good laugh.

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11 months ago Tom Hackim

That was actually very funny! But i would have loved to win and thus wine!

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11 months ago Lisa Griffith

What a Hoot, here I thought...hmmmm a trip to New York, go shopping and then do some dishes...oh well go figure..LOL

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11 months ago Karen Terry

Great April Fools! Love your sense of humort.

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11 months ago Lisa

I mean, I wouldn't mind going to New York during spring break. With those graphics also? Yes, please! ;)

Always,
Mostly Lis

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11 months ago Devon

That was great!

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11 months ago Mike Podewell

love it

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11 months ago Mike Podewell

love it

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11 months ago Dorothy Frisken

Ladies, with style like that, who could resist? I was ready to jump on a plane from Australia just to pick up some fashion cues. Fantastic food and a sense of humour. You're my Food365.

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11 months ago Audrey Lakin

Ha! You got me! So would love to hang out with all of you on the beautiful 13 th floor!!!
If you are hiring, can I work from North Carolina ?

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11 months ago amy jackson

I actually AM an April Fool (i.e., today's my birthday). Thank for the present! Actually, I get a present from the 2 of you every time I go to your site! One click and I'm a goner..hours later I re-surface, refreshed and renewed! THANK YOU!!!

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11 months ago Deborah Dal Fovo

Love your April Fool's video!!! Especially the 'vacation mode' cooking students (so true). This definitely brightened my day! Bravissime!
-Deborah Dal Fovo, Italian Chef

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11 months ago tastysweet

Now I am in for a good April Fool's caper, but not this one. Sorry.

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11 months ago Sam

Incredibly lame. Won't be shopping with you in the future. What a sad ploy to get folks to visit your website. You that desperate?

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11 months ago Arlene Vogel

shouldn't joke about winning..

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11 months ago Kelly Massey

Um What? All I can say is whew! I thought man, I have to find a place to comment about them looking into the promotors or cards to read-Bad! Then the April Fool "joke"? Poor taste. Wasted my valuable time. Brand new to your site. Think I will take my leave. I haven't found a reason YET to keep ALL THE EMAILS COMING! Very Proud of your stuff-prices outlandish. Can find same for less in Texas and y'all clearly did not learn from your mamas how to set the table. Knife always on right with blade pointed in!

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11 months ago Tom Salamone

Kelly: Go easy. This is a nice food site with a lot of nice folks willing to offer sound advice to very good and, like me, novice cooks. This plus fantastic recipes with instructions that even I can follow allowing someone like me to produce some quite fine meals. Again, go easy and be well.

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11 months ago Jana McMahon

You got me. I would still love to win a trip to NYC and hang out with you. I will need some dishwashing gloves though.

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11 months ago jenniebgood

Good One - you got me!

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11 months ago J.B.

Oh drat - I really did want to visit NY and dress like Amanda!

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11 months ago Mary Ellen Segraves

I really DO want to come and visit you!!

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11 months ago wanderash

HA! LOVE it!

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11 months ago TerryKes

You were my first GOTCHA! of the day ... well played! Well played!

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11 months ago Sodium Girl

BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!

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11 months ago Kathy Hagle

Maybe we can trade sweepstake offers, you can win a trip to Oregon to visit my lush home sweet home. Good April fools joke.

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11 months ago LesliePhid

and I so wanted to win!

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11 months ago Curtis Horton

You outdid Michelle Bachmann, congratulations! ;)
It was very funny, and you got me, too

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11 months ago Marcia Robbins

love the video!

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11 months ago DocdMomDeb

Got me!!!

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11 months ago Linda O'Dell Benton

I love, love, love, Food52. My newest best website to visit. I have never dreamed, salivated, wished for, so much in my life. Y'all just know how to grab one's attention. Too bad I had to unpack my luggage. I was convinced I could win this one hands down! Thanks for your uniqueness!

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11 months ago The Culinary Chase

HA! :)

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11 months ago Lori

now THAT was hilarious. thank you so, so much. you have no idea.

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11 months ago marciamiller

Good one ladies!(actually the "b" word!)

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11 months ago Niki e

It would be a nice time and something to do

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11 months ago Karen Burkett

Cute video, I was ready to enter. You're my kind of people

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11 months ago Bridget Hammond Couch

Would definitely loved to have entered and get out of the Chicago spring time weather (still snow on the ground). Great idea...would love it if it was real!

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11 months ago Nicole Hersey

You guys are so cute. Can I just come by your office and hang out?

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11 months ago robinorig

It would be fun to come, disappointed it's not real! You should do it!

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11 months ago judith

oh crumb! How you tease! I wanna come to New York and play with you all!

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11 months ago danti

Hahaha awesome video clip

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11 months ago phip

Brilliant
Kudos….

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11 months ago vivanat

I always love your April Fool's videos - though I agree, I would actually enter this one! ;)

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11 months ago Victoria Riordan

Booo...You really should give away that trip, I would love to come to NYC and hang out at the office, it would be fascinating!

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11 months ago Ginger Smith

Not nice to have such a tease.

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11 months ago Cheryl Shanks

Wow, looking forward!

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11 months ago Marsha Nikooforsat

Say it isn't so!!! That was really, really good!!!!! Love food52!!! You definitely got me!!!

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11 months ago Tracy

I don't recall the last time anyone has pulled an April Fool's Joke on me. I'm disappointed the shot at going to NYC wasn't true, but your joke was awesome!

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11 months ago Marsha Nikooforsat

What a fun video!! I am so signing up!!

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11 months ago sheli

Hysterical! I would come anyway just because I love your humor! I love FOOD52 and any experience would be a blast!

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11 months ago Charlotte Bowling

love to see NY.

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11 months ago Sandra

You should seriously consider sponsoring your Food 52 sweepstakes…plus, you got me. My son's birthday is today too! HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY TO ALL OF YOU AT FOOD 52...

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11 months ago Angela Simmons

nice thanks for sharing

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11 months ago Chris

That was good. I felt bad, it was soooo low budget!

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11 months ago Louise

Okay, I feel into your trap. That was a good one!

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11 months ago Lilly Crouch

Humor is a sign of intelligence.

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11 months ago Melina Hammer

Hilarious!!! The foraging for mushrooms part may be one of my favorite moments, aside from Merrill's looking off-camera…. :D

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11 months ago Cynthia

That was too funny!! thanks for making my morning!

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11 months ago Nancy Hemmig

April Fools!

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11 months ago Madeline D'Andrea

So cute, what a riot. You've made me a fan in a different way because I see you don't take yourselves too seriously. Have a great day.

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11 months ago Kathleen Foley-Hughes

I was ready to pack my rolling pin and bikini to come to NY to spend time with all of you. That was a great April Fool's Day Joke! Thanks for the laughs on a rainy day!

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11 months ago Jessica

Amazing

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11 months ago Gary Cole

The car was packed!It took 1 day to get grandma in the car!

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11 months ago James H. Strotman

How to play dirty pool; this is it. You have ruined my day.I cannot take a joke when expectations are so high. "elephant tears!

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11 months ago mkefoodie

Adorbs...and appreciate the time you took to entertain!

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11 months ago E J

Very cute. We appreciate the humor.

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11 months ago Sally

April Fools! I am coming to visit anyway!

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11 months ago Barbara Tack

Bummer. Try again later, please?

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11 months ago Ellyn

So sad its not for real..but a great April Fools none the less!!

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11 months ago Miachel

Hahaha

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11 months ago Wiesia

Jokes on us! This is sad it's not real! I was looking forward to a fun spring break with the Food52 friends!

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11 months ago Ana

Hahahaha!! totally funny, made me smile!! But in all seriousness, I would love to go spend some time with you guys, it did sound like fun!! :)

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11 months ago Jacki

Ha- I think it should e a real contest. Sounded like fun- actually disappointed it was not real.

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11 months ago Gail

...still love this site

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11 months ago Gail

I wanted that.

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11 months ago mamamarti

Tee Hee! Thanks ladies, I needed a laugh today. Perfect.

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11 months ago Kenneth Miller

That's great!!! Funny start to the day!! Love it. You gals rock!!

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11 months ago Susanne Edwards

As much as I love this great joke,

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11 months ago GracyO

Haha I wish this were real. :)

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11 months ago pattie

thanks for the morning chuckles

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11 months ago Michele Jacobson

You guys are the funniest~I actually tried it despite the April Fools disclaimer! LOVE to forage at Farmers' Markets! :)

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11 months ago shelley kirkwood

but I want to go to there

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11 months ago Laurie

You guys are awesome.

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11 months ago lesley

How cruel!!!

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11 months ago calendargirl

Hilarious! You are the best. Happy April Fools!

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11 months ago Susanne Edwards

So cute, although I did try it 3 times, HOPING. Ha! Ha! Great site, and if you change your mind and really have this contest, please enter me.

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11 months ago Cathy Rantz

funny

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11 months ago Panfusine

this had me spilling my coffee laughing! Happy April Fools day!

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11 months ago SpringChick

I needed that!

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11 months ago Lulu17

Brilliant. Thanks for the smile. But do please consider doing it as a real contest.

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11 months ago Holly Nystrom

Cute. HAD a feeling, but was still hoping!

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11 months ago LakeRuby

I laughed out loud :)

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11 months ago Miss Gerhardt

My favorite thing about you two - with so many SERIOUS food people
you never fail to keep in mind food is fun!
Come to Austin and do a booksigning!

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11 months ago Roberto Santos

So, being a "man" is out of the question for winning, right...????

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11 months ago Joy Belamarich

LOL.

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11 months ago Diane Ackley

Cool April Fool's Joke!! Would have loved the contest, though!!

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11 months ago Bruce Foster

Ha ha! Very well done, ladies. You had me going there for a bit....
Still, I agree with others. You really should consider that very contest. Especially the truffle foraging!

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11 months ago Antigoni Sander McCloud

Oh my goodness! That was brilliant!

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11 months ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

too cute! I don't need airfare to come shop and cook with you, though. :)

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11 months ago MsDirection

Ah! What if I really want to win? This sounds super cool (except the dishes part).

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11 months ago Stephanie Denzer

That actually sounds like an ideal Spring Break!! Not even joking. I want to come cook with you and hang in your offices rather than just imagining I'm there via Instagram glimpses!!

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11 months ago Kim

April fools indeed! What a shame; it's one contest I would have tried!

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11 months ago Nancy Hemmig

I had already packed my bag! Zut Alors!

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11 months ago allstar379

aw...I would have actually entered this, even if it meant "mushroom foraging" :)

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11 months ago kayakct

My real April Fools joke was not clicking on the box to not notify me of new comments so my emails are going crazy. I did love the joke and think hanging with you would be brilliant!

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11 months ago Hina

That was a great one, I really was fooled! :)

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11 months ago bthelove

Hilarious! Thanks, girls! Love your truffle dog.

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11 months ago Sandra Garratt

April Fools? No, please say it's for real, I was really excited about the contest......

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11 months ago Lisa

That was hilarious, but I really wanted to come and hang out with you all!

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11 months ago Virginia Luppescu

You got me. I mean Ina just had a legit contest. Thought you might be copying her.

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11 months ago shecht

You guys crack me up! Lol!

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11 months ago Fernando Rios Jr.

Rats.......

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11 months ago Frankie57

That was hilarious. Believe it or not, I actually WOULD wash dishes for you guys!

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11 months ago lbrussell

Ha ha! That took me a minute…….
Very clever, ladies.

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11 months ago Judith

What fun! I really do want to visit!

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11 months ago craig

Good one!

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11 months ago Terri Foster

Funny video but mean trick! I would love to come see you guys - I've never been to NY!

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11 months ago smgrooms

Oh man! Lol. Cool video....

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11 months ago Karen Di Brino Erwin

Good one!!! I agree with the other comment!! You all should plan a giveaway like this!!!

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11 months ago carltodasco

wow

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11 months ago GingerToastedSesame

mean trick :(

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11 months ago Sigita

really clever- thanks for the effort!

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11 months ago Sarah

noooooooooo you guys got me!

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11 months ago Pascale Poitras

Loved this!!! Nice way to start the day. I would enter!!!

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11 months ago Susan B.

I realize this was a joke (and a good one) but it would be SO MUCH FUN to have that opportunity! Love you guys!

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11 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I truly love your greenmarket outfits. Way to rock a Spring Look when it's still arctic out!!!

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11 months ago kayakct

Love this!

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11 months ago crunchygooey

Hilarious! Now please figure out a way to do this for real!