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Chocolate Covered Strawberries…Taken with Instagram
I went strawberry picking again today at Stony Hill Garden in Chester, NJ. The strawberries this time were bigger and sweeter than the ones I picked 2 weeks ago. They are so good and delicious! I got some pretty plump ones which are the perfect size to make very nice chocolate covered strawberries with. Mmm…the are so good! 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries…Taken with Instagram

I went strawberry picking again today at Stony Hill Garden in Chester, NJ. The strawberries this time were bigger and sweeter than the ones I picked 2 weeks ago. They are so good and delicious! I got some pretty plump ones which are the perfect size to make very nice chocolate covered strawberries with. Mmm…the are so good! 

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Bar Vivoli Gelateria was recommended to be one of the best gelaterias in Florence. It was a slight challenge to locate as its hidden in an alleyway, but it was so worth making the effort once you take the first bite.

There were so many flavors to choose from, but I finally decided on the Chocolate Hazelnut and Pistachio gelato. My goodness, this stuff is excellent! They must have roasted the nuts as there was this toasty, nutty flavor along with rich chocolate in every bite. Hands down the best thing I ate in Italy thus far.

Bar Vivoli Gelateria was recommended to be one of the best gelaterias in Florence. It was a slight challenge to locate as its hidden in an alleyway, but it was so worth making the effort once you take the first bite.

There were so many flavors to choose from, but I finally decided on the Chocolate Hazelnut and Pistachio gelato. My goodness, this stuff is excellent! They must have roasted the nuts as there was this toasty, nutty flavor along with rich chocolate in every bite. Hands down the best thing I ate in Italy thus far.

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Vosges Haut Chocolate-Exotic Truffle Collection

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Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cupcakes
Ingredients:
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
1 15oz. Can of Pumpkin Puree
3 Eggs
1/3 Cups of Vegetable Oil
2 1/2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 Tablespoons of Milk
1/4-1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips
Directions: (makes about 60 minis or 24 regular)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Using a sifter, sift the cake mix flour into a large bowl and break the lumps. 
Stir in all the other ingredients until it is well incorporated.
Spoon the batter into lined cupcake baking sheets. 
Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of each.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they turn golden brown or stick a toothpick into one of them and it comes out clean. 
Let them cool and enjoy! 

Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 15oz. Can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cups of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 3 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/4-1/2 Cup of Chocolate Chips

Directions: (makes about 60 minis or 24 regular)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a sifter, sift the cake mix flour into a large bowl and break the lumps. 
  3. Stir in all the other ingredients until it is well incorporated.
  4. Spoon the batter into lined cupcake baking sheets. 
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of each.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until they turn golden brown or stick a toothpick into one of them and it comes out clean. 
  7. Let them cool and enjoy! 

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Valhrona Chocolate Chips from tbsp
I admit, sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach.  When I’m out at brunch I want something savory like eggs and bacon, but I also crave pancakes.  I often can’t decide on just one thing.  I convinced my friend Matt to share an order of pancakes with me, but in usual cases, we’re often stuffed before we even tackle them. However, tbsp’s chocolate pancakes are too good to pass up. The pancakes are light an fluffy and the chocolate chips melt while on the warm pancakes, creating a gooey chocolate sauce.  In my opinion, there is no need for syrup. Mmm, so good!
tbsp, 17 W 20th Street (btw 5th and 6th Aveunues)

Buttermilk Pancakes with Valhrona Chocolate Chips from tbsp

I admit, sometimes my eyes are bigger than my stomach. When I’m out at brunch I want something savory like eggs and bacon, but I also crave pancakes. I often can’t decide on just one thing. I convinced my friend Matt to share an order of pancakes with me, but in usual cases, we’re often stuffed before we even tackle them. However, tbsp’s chocolate pancakes are too good to pass up. The pancakes are light an fluffy and the chocolate chips melt while on the warm pancakes, creating a gooey chocolate sauce. In my opinion, there is no need for syrup. Mmm, so good!

tbsp, 17 W 20th Street (btw 5th and 6th Aveunues)

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Milk & Girl Scout Cookies <3

Milk & Girl Scout Cookies <3

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Birthday Celebration #3
When I was asked where I wanted to go have my birthday dinner, I only had one place in mind. However, I&#8217;m not suppose to tell anyone about this place because my cousin loves it so much, she doesn&#8217;t want everyone coming here and making it crowded.  So, I won&#8217;t mention the name of the place here because I kinda feel the same way (haha) But, I believe I&#8217;ve blogged about it before already&#8230;Oops! And I think I&#8217;ve already told a few friends&#8230;Oops again! Oh well. 
This place is first and foremost a sake bar (hint); however, they serve really phenomenal and amazing food.  We ordered a lot of small dishes and shared everything.  I knew I definitely wanted to try their soba noodle again.  I loved it so much the first time, I tried re-creating it at home.  Of course it was epic fail.  On the looks of it, it seemed simple to re-make: cold buckwheat noodles with a little bit of soy sauce and scallions and a dash of wasabi. Nope, I later learned that I was missing the &#8220;bonito infused soy sauce&#8221; and I just couldn&#8217;t recreate the texture of the noodles. Anyway, it blew my mind away the second time as well.  So happy! The next dish that I absolutely love is their chilled roasted duck wrapped around a few slivers of scallion with a touch of basil sauce.  The flavors are so subtle yet so so good.  
For dessert we shared a warm chocolate souffle and a black sesame creme brulee. The waiters came out with a candle on the creme brulee and sang me &#8220;Happy Birthday&#8221;. Then he took a group picture and printed it out for us to keep.  How very nice of him. 

Birthday Celebration #3

When I was asked where I wanted to go have my birthday dinner, I only had one place in mind. However, I’m not suppose to tell anyone about this place because my cousin loves it so much, she doesn’t want everyone coming here and making it crowded.  So, I won’t mention the name of the place here because I kinda feel the same way (haha) But, I believe I’ve blogged about it before already…Oops! And I think I’ve already told a few friends…Oops again! Oh well. 

This place is first and foremost a sake bar (hint); however, they serve really phenomenal and amazing food.  We ordered a lot of small dishes and shared everything.  I knew I definitely wanted to try their soba noodle again.  I loved it so much the first time, I tried re-creating it at home.  Of course it was epic fail.  On the looks of it, it seemed simple to re-make: cold buckwheat noodles with a little bit of soy sauce and scallions and a dash of wasabi. Nope, I later learned that I was missing the “bonito infused soy sauce” and I just couldn’t recreate the texture of the noodles. Anyway, it blew my mind away the second time as well.  So happy! The next dish that I absolutely love is their chilled roasted duck wrapped around a few slivers of scallion with a touch of basil sauce.  The flavors are so subtle yet so so good.  

For dessert we shared a warm chocolate souffle and a black sesame creme brulee. The waiters came out with a candle on the creme brulee and sang me “Happy Birthday”. Then he took a group picture and printed it out for us to keep.  How very nice of him. 

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I bought the Valrhona Home Baking Chocolate Kit #2, as a Christmas present for myself last month.  It came with the following:
1 Le Noir 61%, Dark Chocoalte block 2.2lb: A strong and elegant chocolate taste, complicity between bitterness and a gentle acidity.
1 Cocoa Powder: A very pure and intense cocoa taste, with a very warm red mahogany color. 8.82oz
1 Valrhona Apron: to help you find the pastry chef inside you.
I also found their chocolate cupcake recipe on their website; and I finally had the chance to make it today.  This cupcake is a chocolate lover&#8217;s dream come true.  I absolutely love it! The cake is perfect and the chocolate ganache frosting is so smooth and rich.  
Order your baking kit here.  Find the cupcake recipe here.  
  

I bought the Valrhona Home Baking Chocolate Kit #2, as a Christmas present for myself last month.  It came with the following:

  • 1 Le Noir 61%, Dark Chocoalte block 2.2lb: A strong and elegant chocolate taste, complicity between bitterness and a gentle acidity.
  • 1 Cocoa Powder: A very pure and intense cocoa taste, with a very warm red mahogany color. 8.82oz
  • 1 Valrhona Apron: to help you find the pastry chef inside you.

I also found their chocolate cupcake recipe on their website; and I finally had the chance to make it today.  This cupcake is a chocolate lover’s dream come true.  I absolutely love it! The cake is perfect and the chocolate ganache frosting is so smooth and rich.  

Order your baking kit here.  Find the cupcake recipe here.  

  

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Icing
I was inspired to try to make this chocolate cupcake and strawberry icing from Mimieat&#8217;s blog.  Her cupcake pictures make me drool.  
I asked Mimi a few weeks ago for a super chocolatey cupcake recipe and she recommended me this one that she loves from King Arthur&#8217;s Flour.  The recipe is pretty simple. What surprised me was that this recipe doesn&#8217;t include any eggs, but instead includes vinegar??? I had to read it twice just to make sure.  Will these cupcakes come out moist without any eggs?  I was a bit skeptical, but decided to try it out.  The cupcakes came out tasting pretty well; with a nice chocolatey flavor, except it wasn&#8217;t as moist as I wanted them to be. I&#8217;m not sure what went wrong here as I followed the recipe exactly. 
I think I&#8217;ve mentioned this before that almost everything I ever made from scratch comes out hard as a rock; therefore, I prefer to use boxed cake mixes. Although these were not a total failure, I think I will add eggs to the recipe the next time I try it.  Maybe it will moisten them up some more. 
This strawberry icing is a nice complement to the the cake.  This was also my first time making fresh icing. Adding strawberry puree gives this icing such a nice, fresh flavor.  I used vegan butter and the icing is holding up just fine. 

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Icing

I was inspired to try to make this chocolate cupcake and strawberry icing from Mimieat’s blog.  Her cupcake pictures make me drool.  

I asked Mimi a few weeks ago for a super chocolatey cupcake recipe and she recommended me this one that she loves from King Arthur’s Flour.  The recipe is pretty simple. What surprised me was that this recipe doesn’t include any eggs, but instead includes vinegar??? I had to read it twice just to make sure.  Will these cupcakes come out moist without any eggs?  I was a bit skeptical, but decided to try it out.  The cupcakes came out tasting pretty well; with a nice chocolatey flavor, except it wasn’t as moist as I wanted them to be. I’m not sure what went wrong here as I followed the recipe exactly. 

I think I’ve mentioned this before that almost everything I ever made from scratch comes out hard as a rock; therefore, I prefer to use boxed cake mixes. Although these were not a total failure, I think I will add eggs to the recipe the next time I try it.  Maybe it will moisten them up some more. 

This strawberry icing is a nice complement to the the cake.  This was also my first time making fresh icing. Adding strawberry puree gives this icing such a nice, fresh flavor.  I used vegan butter and the icing is holding up just fine. 

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Sunday morning breakfast&#8230;Blackout Doughnut and Gingerbread Cake Doughnut from the Doughnut Plant in NYC. I decided to try one of their holiday specials, but found the gingerbread one to be a bit too oily and sweet.  The blackout never fails to amaze me.

Sunday morning breakfast…Blackout Doughnut and Gingerbread Cake Doughnut from the Doughnut Plant in NYC. I decided to try one of their holiday specials, but found the gingerbread one to be a bit too oily and sweet.  The blackout never fails to amaze me.

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Brunched at Tbsp this weekend with two of my greatest friends and had such an awesome meal.  This place has everything I want when I go out to eat: generous portions, great flavor, and great value.

Each of the three buttermilk pancakes were at least 1/2 to 1/4 inch thick and sprinkled with yummy dark Valhrona chocolate chips ($11). I had the baked eggs in a skillet which included herbed shitake mushrooms, russet potato hash, house-seasoned pork sausage, fresh spinach, 2 eggs, and a crisp Parmesan crust with whole grain toast ($12).  At first, I was thinking I would just scrape off the Parmesan crust (since I became lactose intolerant- can’t eat dairy), but the yummy, crispy parmesan was so irresistible, I couldn’t help but eat every crunchy bit.  This was absolutely delicious; the perfect brunch meal.

I just ate here and I can’t wait to come back!

Tbsp, 17 W. 20th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave.) Flatiron District 

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I made a collage of all the food we ate while on our 8 day cruise to the Bahamas last month. Mmm&#8230;the food was excellent.  We had everything from conch fritters to hot chocolate molten cake, sushi, and burgers.  We ate like kings and queens!  It was such a great trip! 

I made a collage of all the food we ate while on our 8 day cruise to the Bahamas last month. Mmm…the food was excellent.  We had everything from conch fritters to hot chocolate molten cake, sushi, and burgers.  We ate like kings and queens!  It was such a great trip!