Thursday, December 16, 2010

{Sweet Treats} Dots Cupcakes, Old Town Pasadena, CA

Dots Cupcakes is hands-down my favorite cupcake shop this side of the prime meridian. If you’re ever in Pasadena, do yourself a merry little favor and pick up a box of their perfectly proportioned cupcakes. They come in regular or mini, so you can go all-out or opt for a guilt-free mini to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to their regular flavors (favorite: Red Velvet), they have the tastiest seasonal flavors too, like the Snowflake (pictured above), which is a vanilla cupcake topped with toasted coconut and filled with condensed milk. 

All I want for Christmas is more Dots cupcakes!

(Source: midnightmastication)

{Man’s Best Friend} Three Dog Bakery, Old Town Pasadena, CA
This past week, I picked up some treats for my little pup at Three Dog Bakery. Pictured above are the Pupcakes and Ruffles, which in addition to having the punniest names, also feature all-natural, good-for-your-pooch ingredients. Unfortunately, my dog is a super picky eater and didn’t really like them…but I can’t really say for myself if the treats are good or not. Maybe I should be daring and try one? Talk about a real foodie adventure.

{Man’s Best Friend} Three Dog Bakery, Old Town Pasadena, CA

This past week, I picked up some treats for my little pup at Three Dog Bakery. Pictured above are the Pupcakes and Ruffles, which in addition to having the punniest names, also feature all-natural, good-for-your-pooch ingredients. Unfortunately, my dog is a super picky eater and didn’t really like them…but I can’t really say for myself if the treats are good or not. Maybe I should be daring and try one? Talk about a real foodie adventure.

{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA
Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

{Restaurant Review} Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps, Old Town Pasadena, CA

Father Nature’s Lavash Wraps is a little hole-in-the wall cafe in Old Town Pasadena serving an impressive array of Greek/Mediterranean wraps made with lavash, a type of thin flatbread. They serve various types of veggie wraps, falafel wraps, chicken wraps, sandwiches and salads, featuring all sorts of unique flavors. I had ”The French Connection” wrap, which included grilled zucchini, grilled onion, red and green bell pepper, eggplant, feta cheese, pepper and garlic sauce spread. It tasted very healthy and flavorful and was definitely a welcome break from the ordinary wrap scene. For a reasonable price compared to some of the nicer sit-down places in Old Town, I’d definitely recommend Father Nature if you’re in the area and looking for a bite to eat.

Monday, December 6, 2010

{Restaurant Review} Milk, Los Angeles, CA

Milk - part ice cream parlor, part bakery and part cafe - was the perfect place for a late lunch this Sunday. My friends and I had been longing to eat there after seeing the girls of The Hills visit the restaurant in one of the episodes. The tiny restaurant with ample outdoor seating sported cute decor, a very friendly staff, and remarkably delicious food. I sipped on an Arnold Palmer and enjoyed a perfectly toasted Ham and Cheese sandwich. The sandwich was very flavorful and satisfying. The tomatoes were particularly fresh and tasty. My friends both had the Herb Roasted Chicken Sandwich, which they also found to be very good. The main dishes came with a side salad (fairly average in flavor, but fresh, nonetheless) and an interesting little serving of something called freekeh, which was a mixture of a grain with wild mushrooms, bell peppers and herbs. (You can see it in the little plastic container sitting on our plates.) Here’s the description they had written on a chalkboard of what it is:

Freekeh - ancient grain made of young green durum wheat that’s harvested when the seeds are green, yet still soft and moist. They are sundried and roasted. It contains high protein, high fiber, four times the fiber of brown rice and has almost no gluten.

After the meal, we faced the very difficult decision of choosing which desserts we wanted! Milk’s sweets are baked on site and feature delicious things like Blue Velvet cake, coconut macaroons, cupcakes, many varieties of cookies and more. They also have ice cream sandwiches and bars. I allllmost opted for the Blue Velvet cake, but decided to indulge instead in scoop of Nutella ice cream. Self-explanatory deliciousness ensued.

Although the place is a bit pricey, I’d give Milk five stars for amazing service, delicious and fresh food and an unbeatable dessert selection. 

(Source: midnightmastication)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

{Restaurant Review} 2-9 Cafe, North University Park, USC, Los Angeles

My friends Kevin, Adriana and I headed over the the 2-9 Cafe yesterday for a light lunch in the lovely sunny weather. Located just a couple blocks from USC, this place has a really cozy cafe ambiance and lovely patio area. Unfortunately, the service was pretty bad. :/

Fortunately, the food was pretty good, although a bit on the expensive side despite its proximity to a college campus. I had the Lamb Gyro wrap, which was decent, but nowhere near as good as the gyro pita sandwiches that Daphne’s Greek Cafe serves up on campus in the Cafe 84 dining center. The side caesar salad was really fresh and delicious. Adriana had the Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich, which she said was really delicious…although, you can put guacamole on anything and Adriana will say it’s good.. :)

Kevin ordered the Barbeque Chicken Sandwich, which he also said was pretty delicious. He does warn future diners to watch out for the toothpick that holds the sandwich together though. It’s sneaky and he got poked while taking a big bite.

With Kevin’s sandwich came the star of the meal… sweet potato fries. They were perfection!! Adriana and I were constantly stealing them and dipping them in the ranch sauce. So good. Definitely thinking about getting some to snack on while I study tomorrow… 

(Source: midnightmastication)

{Sweets for the Sweet} Sprinkles Cupcakes
My cousin Windsen and his lovely girlfriend Ashley were in town this week and brought me a red velvet cupcake from their visit to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. Although I am a die-hard Dots Cupcakes fan, I have to commend Sprinkles on their cream cheese frosting…so rich…so yummy…

{Sweets for the Sweet} Sprinkles Cupcakes

My cousin Windsen and his lovely girlfriend Ashley were in town this week and brought me a red velvet cupcake from their visit to Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. Although I am a die-hard Dots Cupcakes fan, I have to commend Sprinkles on their cream cheese frosting…so rich…so yummy…

{Post-Thanksgiving Treats}
Leftover turkey
Mixed greens
Shredded carrots
Goat cheese
Raspberry Vinaigrette

{Post-Thanksgiving Treats}

  • Leftover turkey
  • Mixed greens
  • Shredded carrots
  • Goat cheese
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette

{Things I love about Texas} Rudy’s Barbeque, Leon Springs, TX

Self-explanatory goodness.
If you haven’t been there, do your taste buds a favor and giddy on up!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
{Neighborhood Treasure} Sol Y Luna Baking Co.
Sol Y Luna Baking Co. is a wonderful little bakery located just a few minutes from my house in San Antonio. They’ve been around for a couple years now and they have consistently created the most wonderfully tasty baked goods, including my favorite red velvet cupcakes, oatmeal raisin cookies, and ham and cheese croissants. They also have really good artichoke and feta focaccia bread and spicy jalapeno, cheese and sausage kolaches. Really, all of their treats are so yummy!
Today, my mom and I stopped by for a visit and I tried a new-to-me sandwich, featuring mozzarella cheese, tomato and cucumber, with a really flavorful garlic spread and balsamic vinegar, sandwiched between two slices of what I want to say is sourdough bread. Truly the perfect, light midday meal from one of my favorite local bakeries. 

{Neighborhood Treasure} Sol Y Luna Baking Co.

Sol Y Luna Baking Co. is a wonderful little bakery located just a few minutes from my house in San Antonio. They’ve been around for a couple years now and they have consistently created the most wonderfully tasty baked goods, including my favorite red velvet cupcakes, oatmeal raisin cookies, and ham and cheese croissants. They also have really good artichoke and feta focaccia bread and spicy jalapeno, cheese and sausage kolaches. Really, all of their treats are so yummy!

Today, my mom and I stopped by for a visit and I tried a new-to-me sandwich, featuring mozzarella cheese, tomato and cucumber, with a really flavorful garlic spread and balsamic vinegar, sandwiched between two slices of what I want to say is sourdough bread. Truly the perfect, light midday meal from one of my favorite local bakeries. 

Tastes Like Texas, Feels Like Home :)

I love Luby’s. This place serves up quintessential comfort food that leaves you feeling so happy and satisfied. With locations only mainly in Texas (with a few in Oklahoma and Arkansas), I really look forward to eating at Luby’s when I come home during vacations. Most importantly, Luby’s macaroni and cheese is what defines childhood in Texas. It’s pretty much what makes the world go ‘round. :)