Monday, June 21, 2010

Setting Sail: Bermuda Tourism Luncheon at Asana Boston

By: Finance Foodie 

Well summer has officially arrived in Boston – the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the weather has warmed. As I congratulated myself for surviving another frostbite-inducing New England winter, I started to brainstorm possible warm weather vacation destinations for my annual summer vacation (a reward for not freezing to death).

The vacation fairies must have been reading my mind (or tracking my Google searches) because the Bermuda Department of Tourism (BDOT) breezed into town last week and held a luncheon to showcase their tropical island and their new tourism initiatives. The lunch was held at Asana in the Back Bay – which I’ve eaten at a few times before (due to its close proximity to my apartment). Needless to say, I was quite excited for this event – both for the food and the learning opportunity.

The lunch began with a few remarks by William Griffith, the Director of BDOT. In all honesty, I had never considered going to Bermuda before since 1.) It seemed like a destination for old people 2.) There are cheaper alternatives – i.e. if I wanted to lie on a beach, I’d do it in Mexico sipping on $1 Coronas 3.) Lack of activities – my type A, always need to be active personality would probably go stir crazy lying on the beach for a week. However, upon hearing Mr. Griffith speak about how people of all ages and incomes vacation in Bermuda, the genuinely friendly locals, the myriad activities available (golf, spa, snorkeling, scenic tours, etc.), and the excellent cuisine (both at the high and low end) had me reconsidering. When he mentioned that Bermuda was only a two hour plane ride away from NYC (and that Jet Blue was selling $149 round trip tickets) – perfect for a quick weekend trip, he had me sold!
Even the lunch got me in a tropical island mood (such wily marketing!)! The first course was a Maine Lobster Salad, served with Papaya and a Thai vinaigrette. My long time readers know how much I dislike salads (I mean, why on earth would you eat the same thing you feed a rabbit?) - but luckily, the meaty and generously portioned lobster made up for the rawness of the leaves. I do want point out that although my lobster was clean and fresh, my fellow writer Simone’s lobster was not deveined – which was disappointing and pretty gross. Even more insulting, the waiter then tried to unsuccessfully pass off the “lobster excrements” as the salad dressing. No words.
The second course I had was a Seared Filet Mignon drizzled in a Sherry sauce and served with an onion compote and a whisp of mashed potatoes. Although I was tempted to go with the more festive Banana Salsa George Bank Cod, the carnivore cave woman in me decided to go with the more traditional steak. Tender, buttery, and full of flavor – this was a very enjoyable dish.
For dessert, I had a Rhum Baba (rum cake) with a side of vanilla cream and chopped passion fruits. A sweet ending to a sweet lunch! And now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to run a few miles to get swimsuit ready for the beach – see you on the island!

Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston
776 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8888

********Giveaway!*******
Congrats #10 - Gina

Financefoodie.com, in conjunction with Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes, is giving one lucky reader their very own taste of Bermuda – a 32oz Rum Cake in your choice of flavor! I had sampled Tortuga’s cake at the Fancy Food Show last year and whoo wee – the cakes transported me off the (Manhattan) island and on to the (much more relaxing Caribbean) islands! Their cakes are moist and fluffy - and taste like they came straight from Grandmama's oven! 
 

You can enter up to FIVE times:
1. In my comments section, go to the Tortuga web site and tell me what flavor cake you want to try (I’ve tried most – coconut is my fave – but the banana sounds amazing!)
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet / facebook this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)
4. Follow Tortuga on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
5. Become a fan of  Tortuga on Facebook (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ended Monday June 28 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards that night!

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207 comments:

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Traumajunky said...

The banana cake for me. Thanks!

Traumajunky said...

Tortuga on Facebook.

Traumajunky said...

Following Tortuga on Twitter (traumajunky).

Traumajunky said...

Following you on Twitter (traumajunky).

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake

Nicole C. said...

I would love to try the coconut!

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Sue said...

Definitely Coconut!! Thanks for the giveway.

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Gina said...

I would love to try either Key Lime or Coconut.
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Gina said...

I am a fan of Tortuga on Facebook.
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Gina said...

I Follow Tortuga on Twitter.
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Mamushi Love said...

I'd love to try the Blue Mountain Coffee flavor.

PAIGE said...

I want to try the Key Lime Rum Cake. Mmmmmm

debbie said...

I would like to try the key lime,I have some of their other flavors, and they are really good.
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tamathamc said...

They all sound amazing but would really like to try the Blue Mountain Coffee Large 33oz Rum Cake

mar said...

I would like to try the chocolate rum cake!

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peg42 said...

Your description of these Tortuga cakes has my mouth watering. I'd love to try the Coconut Rum Cake.
Thanks so much for this giveaway.
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Theron said...

Coconut....

peg42 said...

I Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (peg42)
Thanks again
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peg42 said...

I'm a fan of Tortuga on Facebook (Margaret E. Smith)
Thanks
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peg42 said...

I Follow Tortuga on Twitter (peg42)
Thanks again
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peg42 said...

I retweeted:
http://twitter.com/peg42/status/16716722466
and shared on FB too.
Thanks
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Rebecca Graham said...

The Pineapple sounds good.

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Denise S. said...

I'd love to try the Coconut Rum Cake!

ky2here said...

Also following tortugarumco on twitter as ky2here1.

ky2here said...

Following finance foodie on twitter as ky2here1.

ky2here said...

Blue Mountain Coffee Large 33oz Rum Cake sounds fantastic.

ky2here said...

Might as well toss in a tweet:

http://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/16726297506

Kiara said...

I would like to try the Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake.
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abfantom said...

I would love to try Tortuga Rum Company's Chocolate Rum cake

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Bobbie~Denise said...

I would love to try the coconut.

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Stacey said...

I would love to try the pineapple!

Laura C said...

I would like to try cinnamon raisin.

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cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

I want to try the banana cake.

Rhonda Petersen said...

I would also love the Coconut Rum cake. I'm sure it would be awesome. Thanks nync@lycos.com

Amanda said...

The Coconut or Pineapple cake sounds totally delicious! thanks for the chance to win!

Laura C said...

Follow Finance Foodie on twitter.
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stepper997 said...

I'd like to try the pineapple, wonder if it has a pina colada taste with the rum cake.

mogrill said...

Id like the Coconut.
Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

The Taylor Bunch said...

tortuga on facebook
joni taylor
jonilynntaylor at gmail dot com

The Taylor Bunch said...

my hubs would def say chocolate
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Deborah said...

I'd like to try the Original...really, I'd like to try the Coconut but no one else in my family likes coconut (they're odd).

Deborah said...

I follow financefoodie1 on Twitter @AsTheNight.

Deborah said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/AsTheNight/status/16786813569.

Deborah said...

I 'like' Tortuga Rum Cake Company on FB id: Deborah Rosen.

Deborah said...

I follow TortugaRumCo on Twitter @AsTheNight.

Sue E said...

Too bad they don't have a sampler, so I could try several flavors! They all sound delicious, guess I'll choose coconut since you liked it best.

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Sue E said...

I follow you on Twitter as suebaby05.

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Sue E said...

I follow Tortuga on Twitter as suebaby05.

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Sue E said...

FB Fan of Tortuga Rum Cake Company

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Sue E said...

Tweet
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Andie said...

I follow financefoodie1 on twitter!

Andie said...

i follow @tortuga on twitter.

Andie said...

Coconut sounds divine! Rum and Coconut...how can that be bad?!?!?

Andie said...

http://twitter.com/SewIntoEwe/status/16789690001

I tweeted about the lovely site, and contest!

sksweeps said...

I'd love the Rum Fudge (Case of 6) !

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llinda29 said...

I want Original Golden Large 33oz Rum Cake (with Walnuts)

sweetsue said...

Chocolate sounds delicious!
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sweetsue said...

I am following financefoodie1 on twitter as ptowngirl.
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Danica D. said...

I am a Facebook fan of Tortuga Rum Cakes. (Danica D.)

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Danica D. said...

The cinnamon raisin rum cake calls my name!

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julis55 said...

Definitely Coconut

Anonymous said...

I would love to try the Original Golden Large 33oz Rum Cake (with Walnuts)! Thanks for the chance!

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Anonymous said...

I Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter.
@femalebiker21

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Anonymous said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/femalebiker21/status/16828047371

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Anonymous said...

I follow Tortuga on Twitter. @femalebiker21

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lsfish said...

I would love to try the pineapple flavor

cdziuba said...

I have to say the Key Lime appeals to me the most.


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cdziuba said...

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cdziuba said...

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cdziuba said...

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cdziuba said...

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stowelljg said...

Wow! There are so many great things at the Tortuga Rum Company, Ltd., site! I would really like the Cinnamon Raisin Large 33oz Rum Cake. Yum! Too bad they don’t offer a turtle rum cake (pecans, caramel, and chocolate) since “tortuga” is Spanish for turtle!

stowelljg said...

I'm following Finance Foodie on Twitter (@stowelljg)

stowelljg said...

I'm following Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes on Twitter (@stowelljg).

stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/16889602349

Alicia said...

i would LOVE to try the cocanut!

Alicia said...

The coconut I would Love to try!!

Alicia said...

Coconut cake I would love to try!

Amanda said...

Since I am a chocoholic, that's what I'd love to try!

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Katie said...

Coconut sounds the best! I love all things Coconut!
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Mom Caboodle said...

I would love to try the Pineapple Rum Cake.

Mom Caboodle said...

fan of Tortuga on Facebook (Shanna Bailes)

Mom Caboodle said...

Follow Tortuga on Twitter

stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/16967967125

Missybeez said...

Finance Foodie on Twitter @Missybeez80



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Missybeez said...

I would like the banana.


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stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/17005369688

clynsg said...

Chocolate is always my first choice, so since they have a chocolate one, easy decision.

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Mary A said...

I've tried the original flavor and they are yummy. I would also like to try the Key Lime. Thanks for the giveaway.
maryDOTavingerATgmailDOTcomf

T.V and Book Addict said...

Banana of course! I love anything banana flavored especially banana smoothies haha I used to have a banana tree in my backyard but Hurricane Ike killed it :( I miss it so much!

T.V and Book Addict said...

Follow Tortuga which means turtle in spanish, on twitter. @tvandbookaddict

T.V and Book Addict said...

Follow you on twitter now. @tvandbookaddict

stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/17086183471

heaventrees said...

I love the Original Tortuga Rum Cake but would like to try the Chocolate Cake next.

Aisling said...

I'd most like to try the Key Lime Cake.

Robin said...

I love to try their chocolate rum cake

bison61 said...

I would pick coconut

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jsc123 said...

I am following via Twitter as jlsc123.

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jsc123 said...

I would love to try the Chocolate Rum Cake from Tortuga.
Thank you so much for the giveaway.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

jsc123 said...

I am a fan of Tortuga via Facebook as Jill Myrick.

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jsc123 said...

I am following Tortuga via Twitter as jlsc123.

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Kim said...

i want to try the pineapple. avonbaby87@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Chocolate would be my flavor of choice!

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Katie R said...

I would like to try the chocolate rum cake.

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Leslie S. said...

I want to try the pineapple rum cake. Thanks!

amanda said...

I'd like to try the Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake

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checkers said...

The Pineapple cake I picked since I love anything pineapple.
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checkers said...

Following you on Twitter,id- checkkers

checkers said...

tweeted, https://twitter.com/checkkers/status/17157769510

checkers said...

I Become a fan of Tortuga on Facebook.
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checkers said...

I'm Following Tortuga on Twitter
id checkkers

stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/17164645193

idahomom said...

I would love Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake. It sounds decadent.

idahomom said...

Kathy N Scott likes Tortuga on facebook.

idahomom said...

idahomom7 is following tortuga on twitter

idahomom said...

idahomom7 is following you on twitter

idahomom said...

http://twitter.com/idahomom7/status/17180742263

Anonymous said...

I think I'd like to try the pineapple---that combined with rum sounds very summery to me.

farrell@crosslake.net

HollieInNH said...

I follow you on Facebook.
:)

HollieInNH said...

I have to go with banana...yum!

tawnda said...

didn't see any 32 oz... hoping it's a typo... ;-) The Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake sounds yummy

Louis said...

I really like the Pineapple Large 33oz Rum Cake

Louis said...

following financefoodie1 on twitter @rosidentevil

Louis said...

following TortugaRumCo on twitter @rosidentevil

Louis said...

I like Tortuga Rum Cake Company on FaceBook (louis huff) :)

Louis said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/17189016250

Rosa said...

I'd like to try the Original Golden Rum Cake with Walnuts.

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Steph said...

I think the Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake sounds delicious.

rah267 said...

crazyred61@yahoo.com
I want to try pineapple

TXsunlover said...

Coconut or Chocolate. Both sound good!
Thanks for the chance to win!
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

sam said...

coconut for SURE.
Love my coconut :)

Cameron said...

Would love to try the pineapple, mmm...

brownhairgirl7 said...

I would most like to try the Coconut Rum Cake.

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brownhairgirl7 said...

I follow Tortuga on Twitter (username MissJo1990).

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brownhairgirl7 said...

I follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (username MissJo1990).

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brownhairgirl7 said...

I tweeted the giveaway:

http://twitter.com/MissJo1990/status/17206848262

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2kidsblogger said...

Coconut Rum Cake definitely!


thanks for sponsoring this.

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2kidsblogger said...

i follow you on twitter - 2kidsblogger

2kidsblogger said...

a fan of Tortuga on Facebook

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2kidsblogger said...

i follow TortugaRumCo - 2kidsblogger

Hotsnotty2 said...

I would love to try Tortuga Rum Company's Chocolate Rum cake, thanks!

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Hbomb said...

Chocolate!
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Hbomb said...

I follow tortuga via twitter (@xbeautifulcoma)
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Hbomb said...

I follow you via twitter (@xbeautifulcoma)
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Atreau said...

I'd love to try the key lime flavor!

katybaby said...

Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (@katyjv1988)
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katybaby said...

I want to try the coconut cake!
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katybaby said...

Retweet: http://twitter.com/katyjv1988/status/17228628412

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katybaby said...

fan of Tortuga on FB (Katy Smith)
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katybaby said...

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shiloh said...

The Blue Mountain Coffee flavor sounds so good tonight, but I expect tomorrow the coconut would win out.

Jessilyn82 said...

I'd love to try the Key Lime Flavor
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Jessilyn82 said...

I follow on Twitter as Jessilyn82
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Jessilyn82 said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/Jessilyn82/status/17230165322

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Jessilyn82 said...

Liked Tortuga on facebook
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Jessilyn82 said...

I follow Tortuga on Twitter as Jessilyn82
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Carolsue said...

Key Lime sounds yummy to me!
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Jennai said...

OOoooooh, I'd want the Blue Mountain Coffee Large 33oz Rum Cake
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Jennai said...

I like Tortuga on Facebook
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Jennai said...

I follow Tortuga on Twitter @cezovski
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Jennai said...

I follow you on Twitter @cezovski
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stowelljg said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/stowelljg/status/17243532166

Melissa B. said...

Original Golden Rum Cake (with Walnuts)

Laura C said...

follow Tortuga on twitter

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Laura C said...

Tortuga on facebook
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Anne J said...

I'd go for the pineapple rum cake
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Anne J said...

I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of tortuga

Anne J said...

I follow tortuga on twitter, lunaj1456

Anne J said...

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456

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purango said...

I want to try Coconut. garrettsambo@aol.com

purango said...

I became a fan of Tortuga on Facebook. garrettsambo@aol.com

Pamela S said...

I'd love to try the Lime. And I went to Bermuda for my honeymoon and it was GREAT! So go!

Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

Michelle B said...

I would like to try the chocolate one
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Michelle B said...

Following fiancefoodie on twitter
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Michelle B said...

Following Tortuga on Twitter
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Michelle B said...

A fan of Tortuga on Facebook
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ladyvon5845 said...

The Pineapple sounds great.

FDP 4 Life said...

i am their fb fan tony l smoaks
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FDP 4 Life said...

i follow you on twitter @fdp4life
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FDP 4 Life said...

i want to try the coconut cake
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07violet said...

chocolate, they all sound good though

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07violet said...

following you on twitter (07violet)

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plhill2000 said...

I would love the Blue Mountain Coffee Cake.

07violet said...

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Anonymous said...

Arr!
Feelin' like a pirate,
by gum—
would luv me a cake
of Pineapple Rum!

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susan1215 said...

I'd like to try the chocolate flavor

susan1215 said...

Tortuga facebook fan

susan1215 said...

follow Tortuga via twitter susan1215

susan1215 said...

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Gianna said...

Chocolate Large 33oz Rum Cake

amy16323 said...

The banana cake
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Ardy22 said...

follow you twitter

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Ardy22 said...

I want to try their key lime!

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Ardy22 said...

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Ardy22 said...

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Ardy22 said...

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tina reynolds said...

I would love the pineapple thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

tina reynolds said...

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tina reynolds said...

I like Tortuga Rum Cake Company on facebook (mrstinareynolds)

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