Shut up and take my money! Yes, I may or may not have said this (or at least felt it) when I stepped into Chicago’s Doughnut Vault during my recent visit to the Windy City. In today’s short but sweet post, I’m happy to share these doughnuts that were not only amazingly delicious but also as big as my FACE. Literally located in a teeny tiny vault space, Doughnut Vault offers a small but well-curated doughnut menu. The menu of course offers fan favorite glazed (in vanilla, chocolate, and chestnut), a seasonal jelly filled doughnut, buttermilk old fashioned, a gingerbread stack, doughnut holes, an apple fritter, and a rotating daily special. Short of ordering them all, what’s a girl to do? Continue Reading
Happy Wednesday, Noshers! I recently partnered with Sprouts market for a 4th of July DIY project, where I was given free reign to come up with my own DIY activity related to the holiday. I thought and thought, but the answer was pretty obvious – patriotic CUPCAKES!! I love baking, decorating and most importantly eating sweets, so this was a perfect fit. Today I’ll be walking you through some cute and patriotic cupcake designs just in time for the holiday :).
But first, let me just rave about how awesome new-to-me Sprouts is – coming from the NYC/NJ area, I’d never been to a Sprouts before. When I made my way to my local Sprouts to purchase ingredients for this project, I was pleasantly surprised and super impressed with the store – high quality produce at amazing prices, hard-to-find fruit (including my favorite cotton candy grapes, which I could only find at Whole Foods in NYC), their own brand for staples such as cereal, granola, cocoa, and an awesome selection of organic ingredients. I admit I wasn’t familiar with Sprouts prior to this shopping trip, but I’ll definitely be returning.
Now onto the cupcakes! Continue Reading
Well stick a fork in me and call me basic, because this girl friggin’ LOVES cupcakes. I know, I know – the cupcake craze started years ago, and some might say has since been out-shined by the doughnut craze, the cold brew craze, the [insert artisan handcrafted food here] craze – and don’t get me wrong, I will gladly eat/drink all of these things. But to me, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a travel-sized, portioned-for-one, perfect-frosting-to-cake-ratio cupcake. In NYC, I relied heavily on Magnolia (two blocks from my building in NYC – dangerous!!), Sprinkles, and Sugar Sweet Sunshine. Here in KC, I’ve discovered Cupcake A La Mode.
I admit I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to cupcakes – my absolute favorite is vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. Some may call that boring; I just say – a combination so simply perfect needs no embellishment. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the PB&J cupcake (bottom left) that was calling my name. Um, peanut butter frosting? Yes please. Equally delicious (though second to the PB&J) was the vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Sign me up. Yum.
Cupcake A La Mode has a multitude of cupcake flavors, and I’ve only tried a few. Obviously, I have my work cut out for me. For the sake of blog integrity, yes, I will go back and try the other flavors and report back. You’re welcome!
I recently added Zoku Molds to my kitchen gadget collection – as a result, I’ve made a few popsicle concoctions. One of my favorite creations thus far has been these berry yogurt popsicles. The Greek yogurt makes them taste super decadent (even though I use fat-free yogurt!), you can vary the berries based on what’s on sale or in season (I use frozen berries a lot), and you can also control the sugar/honey quantity. Finally, the mint adds a refreshing highlight – and using it allows me to justify having a fledgling, floundering herb garden on my balcony. My only gripe is that my pop mold only makes 4 pops, though that is no fault of the recipe. What do you think – should I invest in another popsicle mold??
Anyway, if you’re also a homemade popsicle fan, give these a try. They are delicious!
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Happy day, Noshers! Well, it’s a happy day for me at least – I’m sharing my thoughts on some new chocolate I recently sampled. And hopefully happy for you – because you’ll get to read about said chocolate. Okay okay, not as satisfying as eating it but hopefully still good :).
A few weeks ago, the guys at The Lost Sense reached out to me. Locally located (right in Brooklyn!), The Lost Sense prides itself on chocolate truffles that not only look like works of art but also are mouthwateringly delicious. So when they asked if I’d be open to sampling some of their wares, of course I said yes.
When I received my box of truffles, the first thing I noticed was the clean, modern look of the packaging – me likey: Continue Reading