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Imagine All the People…Eating ICE CREAM!

21 Jun

Has something ever captured your taste buds so much that you are constantly looking for it everywhere you go?

Last year, I walked into a Whole Foods and browsed through their ice cream section. Me, I’m a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream fan and I’m also a John Lennon fan. So can you just imagine my happiness thermometer when I glance to see a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor called “Imagine Whirled Peace” in honor of thee John Lennon?!

imagine whirled peace ice cream

IMAGINE this in my belly….

This sweet concoction is made up of:

caramel & sweet cream ice cream swirled with fudge peace signs and toffee cookie pieces

Oh boy! Me and my puppy, LUCYintheskywithdiamonds, by the way, truly enjoyed the pint of ice cream during my one-hour lunch break. Not an appropriate portion size, I know. Nor highly nutritious but tastefully addicting! I have since been able to find this wonderful gift of sweet goodness from Ben & Jerry’s but the memory it left: priceless.

According to Ben & Jerry’s:

When Ben & Jerry’s wanted to talk about peace, we couldn’t think of a better person to exemplify the message than John Lennon. Through his art and lyrics he imagined a world without war and asked us all to ‘Give Peace a Chance’. We hope this whirly mixture of toffee cookies and fudge peace signs enlightens your bellies and souls and makes you ask what you can do to promote peace in your lives.

My go-to has always been Cherry Garcia but every so often, I cheat on it with thoughts of those fudge peace signs and sweet cream ice cream. If it was a moment that was supposed to be experienced once, then it was a moment that was experienced to its fullest….

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Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge – Whittier, Calif.

16 May

When you join:

Cute and Yummy Cupcakes

sweet dreams dessert lounge cupcake

Vanilla Cupcakes

w/in a Chic and Stylish Lounge

sweet dreams uptown whittier

City Lounge

You get:

Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge

What the muhkkk? Who devised this strategic plan to drive cool gals like me that are addicted to extreme sweetness?!

Obviously somebody had a vision and this neat location opened up in the charming area of Uptown Whittier. If you haven’t been yet, Uptown Whittier offers this seemingly calm environment where independant vendors showcase unique items that aren’t found elsewhere in the area. Sweet Dreams Dessert Lounge is kinda hidden behind Uptown and is a great retreat for someone that wants to have their cake and eat it, too.

cheesecake cupcake

Holler!

When you first walk in, you are mesmerized with their cupcake collection and all of a sudden you look afar and notice a rather chic lounge area that looks fitting for a bachelorette pad of some sort. It is the perfect backdrop to a variety of girly events like birthday gatherings, brunch, bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette gatherings, shoot even a makeup party. But the fact of the matter is that it’s a dessert lounge – eating a cupcake never felt so COOL.

sweet dreams dessert lounge

Girly Accents

Not so cool were the prices of the cupcakes ($3.50 or $50.00, I don’t quite remember but I remember paying what felt like a lot). I treated myself to a red velvet cupcake which was good but I had my eye on that cherry cheesecake one that I’ll definitely have to go back to try. And perhaps take with me my fave gals cuz this is the exact place we were meant to be while treating ourselves to a yummy cupcake. What better way to vent or gossip right?

 

 

Hotcakes Bakes – Los Angeles, Calif.

11 Mar
hotcake bakes tres leches cupcake

Joy to the ME!

How is it that this little tower of sugar can make me feel SUPER happy! I mean SUPER happy that a car almost crashed into me after getting this and I just smiled and said it’s ok. Cuz it was NOT ok but this could have been my LAST food to eat and I guess I would have died happy.

But I didn’t die. And in fact, I was able to make a SECOND trip to this bakery on the same day!!!

I had spotted Hotcakes Bakes and booked an appointment to visit in my planner. So the day came and I made my way in and oh boy. The place was small but it was full of cupcakes and it was Heaven. My first pick is always the red velvet, of course. Again with that cream cheese high or just food high for that matter.

So I walk in and see three different areas:

hotcakes bakes

Sample and Cookie Section

hotcakes bakes mini cupcakes

Mini Cupcake Extravaganza

hotcakes bakes cupcakes

Regular-Sized Cupcake Heaven

It was quite hard to decide what I wanted because I wanted it ALL…and I thought about how much I would spend and I thought how it would be ok and I thought about who I would eat this with and I thought about how I just wanted to eat them alone and I thought about how much sugar I would consume and I thought about how crazy I was for thinking all that I was thinking about.

I walk over to the regular-sized cupcake heaven section and I notice this prized area:

A TRES LECHES CUPCAKE WITH HORCHATA ICING AND SPICY MANGO

tres leches cupcake

Tres Leches Spicy Mango Cupcake with Horchata Icing

Ok first of all, this has all the fixings a Mexican place would offer.

Tres leches is a popular cake in the Hispanic community, most times soggy

because of all the cream in there. Horchata is our famed white, rice drink and come on! a mango with chili powder on top! Give me one of those right now! Well they did and I ate in about two bites – world record for me, two bites, one cupcake!

Ok well enough about me, Hotcakes Bakes was featured on Cupcake Wars and they WON! So of course this delectable treat would be a may-jer party in my mouth! It’s a winner in my book and more!

Anywhos. So good. I mean so good! Well different for the gal that always chooses the red velvet cupcake, know what I’m sayin’.

hotcakes bakes red velvet cupcake

Icing Much?

But regardless of how much that Tres Leches cupcake was, I still managed to get me-self a red velvet cupcake because, well, why wouldn’t I?

babycakes NYC – Downtown Los Angeles

4 Mar babycakes nyc logo

Yesterday as I was walking in downtown with some classmates looking for fragrance oils, I spotted this little bakery that I’ve had on my checklist for a while. So on our way back, we made a pit stop for a sweet break. Babycakes NYC is a vegan bakery hidden on 6th street. I’ve never had a vegan treat before so it was quite a different experience. But I don’t want to keep blabbing away…i’ll let the pictures do the talking:

babycakes nyc downtown los angeles

a delectable selection

babycakes nyc downtown los angeles red velvet

Red Velvet Cupcake

babycakes downtown los angeles donut

Chocolate Sprinkles Doughnut

babycakes downtown los angeles mini donuts

baby donuts!

babycakes donut

Cookie Crumble Doughnut

babycakes los angeles doughnut

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut

Overall, I would like to think that I engorged in a sweet feast that was good for me. After checking out their web site, I found out that these babies were: gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free and casein-free, which explained the different texture and taste when I first tried the red velvet cupcake.

babycakes doughnut

this one was my FAVE 🙂

Tasty Treat Thursday – Chocolate Muffin

3 Feb
    
a whole lotta muffin top

 It isn’t every Thursday that it’s Tasty Treat Thursday, so today as I was driving or, actually, sitting in traffic, I was reflecting back on things that have left memorable impacts on my life.  Coffee Bean chocolate muffins were indeed one of them.

It was after a long day trip in San Diego, on our way back home, that the BF decided to stop for some coffee.  Me, not being the coffee enthusiast as most, was shy with the menu but decided on the Winter Dream Chai Tea Latte (that should definitely be a post in its entirety!).  The BF ordered his drink of choice and an order of chocolate muffins.

So moist, so soft, so YUMMY.

They had just the right amount of chocolate and for my eating pleasure, also contained, the right amount of chocolate chips.  So, for old times’ sake, I made a pit stop at Coffee Bean close by and ordered a few – one of the best choices made today.  Thank you chocolate muffins for the memories that I will cherish always.

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