magnolia bakery
Magnolia Bakery opened their first location in New York City in 1996, at the corner of W 11th St in the West Village. While the bakery is well known for its variety of desserts, it's particularly famous for its cupcakes. Founded by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey, Magnolia Bakery started making cupcakes using leftover cake batter, which soon became quite...
Georgetown Cupcake
During a recent trip to Washington DC, I was able to check off an item on my bucket list: a visit to Georgetown Cupcake. Toronto-raised sisters Katherine Berman and Sophie Lamontagne opened Georgetown Cupcake in 2008. Spending time with their grandmother as children developed their love for the kitchen, which eventually led to them turning their backs to the corporate...
I'm always on the lookout for experiencing new things, and when the weather permits, there is so much to see in the general vicinity of our neighbourhood. Case in point: Terre Bleu Lavender Farm. Not too far from Toronto is the farm, right in the middle of the Grand River Conservation Area in rural Milton, Ontario. It was founded by...
Our little corner of Toronto is home to many ramen houses, most of which we've already tried. When news came out that a new ramen house was opening just across the street, I thought it would be a good idea to go check it out. Konjikihototogisu 金色不如帰 is a tiny ramen house that sits eight people in the Shibuya district...
Instant Pot recipe
NEW TO INSTANT POT? TRY THIS CHOCOLATE CAKE RECIPE I picked up an Instant Pot Ultra 6qt over the holidays, and it wasn't until the festivities were done that I got around to trying it out. I got a good deal for it on Amazon, and the reviews for the device were quite positive. Here's a wonderful first Instant Pot...
easy cupcake recipe
CUPCAKE RECIPE: ADORABLE MINI CAKES TO BRIGHTEN EVERYONE'S DAY Sharing some photos of mini cakes and cupcakes I did during the summer (I can't believe summer's over). Aren't mini cakes just adorable? It's just the right size for one, or two if you feel like sharing. I used the same easy cupcake recipe which you will find below and just...
baked potatoes
BAKED POTATOES WITH ADOBO FLAKES Adobo is an all time Filipino favourite. Every family makes it differently; some make it with eggs, some make it with a lot of sauce. We like it sans eggs, and with just enough sauce that it's almost dry. There's no right or wrong way to do it, so don't be afraid to experiment once...
Japanese Cake
JAPANESE CHEESECAKE Japanese Cheesecake is all the buzz these days. I decided to search for a good recipe and came across, Just One Cookbook's recipe.  Her post includes a video where you can follow how to make it step by step. She'll even show you how to hack it without a springform pan! If you're looking for the perfect Japanese cheesecake recipe,...
wine night
Cheers! Enjoy wine night with good food and great friends Nothing is more welcome than an evening spent in engaged conversation over a bottle of wine with good company. I prepared seafood appetizers, just for the occasion. I'm always thrilled to make flavourful appetizers! Here are some things I've prepared: tuna meatballs filled with bocconcini, smoked salmon with cream cheese in...
chocolate sylvanas
If the good old fashioned Sylvanas wasn't good enough for you. Here's Chocolate Sylvanas. Are there any Filipinos out there who remember Sambos? I looooooove Sambos. PERIOD. It was sold at Café Elyseé waaaaaaaay back. (lol). I tried recreating Sambos based on some very fond memories, making everything with chocolate, including the dacquoise. For the buttercream, if you find that 1 cup...