Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Passover Mousse

It's usually hard to enjoy desserts over Passover since you can't use flour, however Tyla's famous mousse makes you forget all of that. This flourless kosher-chocolate mousse is amazing, so light and fluffy yet rich in taste. Despite eating an enormous amount of food at the seder, I had two cups of this mousse. Yum.

The Hall at Palihouse

Sunday night I had dinner with three girls from highschool at The Hall Courtyard Brasserie at Palihouse. We ordered two desserts - the Chocolate Banana Muffin and the Blackberry Tarte. I was hesitant to order the muffin, because who wants a muffin for dessert? But since it was the only chocolate on the menu, we had to, and I'm so glad we did. This was no muffin at all, maybe muffin batter... It was like a hot gooey chocolate pudding topped with sauteed bananas an caramelized/candied walnuts. It was unreal.

The tarte was good too, I'm not a huge blackberry fan but topped with vanilla ice cream, it complimented the heavy chocolate of the "muffin" well. It was very pretty too!

Cake Bakeshop

Lauren brought these back from Cake Bakeshop in Manhattan Beach last weekend: one vanilla with chocolate buttercream, one red velvet with cream cheese frosting. They were pretty good, the cake was average but the icing was great, super fluffy and flavorful. The chocolate buttercream almost had a mocha taste and the cream cheese had similar to the giant cupcake from La Provence.

Monday, March 15, 2010


I went to Tart on Fairfax the other night for dinner, and the food was great. Usually a restaurant with a lot of fattening foods on the menu has good dessert. This was the case.

While the decision was hard to make, I went with the Skillet Cookie Sunday. It was great: a piping hot skillet of gooey chocolate chip cookie currently cooking in it as vanilla ice cream and whipped cream melted on top. I have to go back and try the S'Mores Ice Cream Pie or the Brownie Sundae.


I stumbled upon this little chocolate store on Larchmont over the weekend. Not only did I love the name of it, Chocoholics, but the main photo hanging in the store was of Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory. Their chocolates were so pretty I wanted to get a lot but they are not cheap, so I picked three.

A vanilla creme, a hazelnut praline (topped with lavender) and a passion fruit heart. They were all good, but the passion fruit was by far the most exciting one. Yum.

Barefoot Contessa's Chunky Cookies

As much as I love a roll of Tollhouse cookie dough, there is no homemade cookie better than Ina Garten's box mix. Her "Chocolate Chunk Cookie" mix comes with the dry ingredients and chocolate chips that are so good it's hard not to eat them during the baking process. The recipe suggests adding walnuts, but I like to take it a step further and add shredded coconut as well. They remind me a lot of Levain cookies, they are SO good.

Ina has a bunch of other box mixes, the "Outrageous Brownie" is amazing too. Can't wait to try more! Check them out HERE

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dole Whip

I've always seen these at DisneyLand and never would have gone for it, but since we were waiting outside the Tiki Tiki Room, we all got one to share. It was pretty good! It's a cup full of pineapple juice with pineapple frozen yogurt, an of course topped with a maraschino cherry.

It's no Mickey ice cream bar, but it's good. I would not recommend sharing though...backwash, ew.