Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chocolate Cylinder

This was amazing. This chocolate cylinder from Gordon Ramsey at The London was filled with a chocolate mousse, pecans, bananas and toasted marshmallow. The side of ice cream was salted pecan.

It sort of tasted like a fancy Snickers bar, but way better. With every bite, I needed two more.

Holsteins Cake Pops

While in Vegas we ate at Holsteins for a casual dinner, and I couldn't help but drool over their elaborate "Lollipop" menu. I picked two to try, a chocolate brownie and a red velvet. They were super cute and pretty good, but still nothing top's Sweet E's in LA.

King Cake

My friend sent me this amazing King Cake right from New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I'd never seen one before, so I was so excited!

It's sort of like a giant Cinnabon, but with a slightly more croissant-like texture and with a thin layer of jelly. The fun thing about this cake was that you get to decorate it yourself. The icing was insane, so gooey and perfectly sweet. It came with the three traditional Mardi Gras colors of crystal sugars to decorate the icing.

The best part, theres a little baby doll inside. If you find it, good luck for the year!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Cookie In A Cookie

WARNING: Fat Kid Alert. I saw this on one of the other many food blogs I read, and felt it was perfect to make on a rainy night. A giant chocolate chip cookie stuffed with an Oreo - what sounds more amazing?!

First take an Oreo and lump about one table spoon of cookie dough on each side. You have to eyeball the right amount.

Too much cookie dough will create a flying saucer effect, which is just a waste! You'll see what I mean below.

Place them all on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 min, until golden brown.

They spread a lot in the oven. This is why you don't want to overdo it on the outer layer of dough.

The end result is insane. One of these is about equivalent to three cookies... but SO worth it. The Oreo inside gets soft, and surprisingly you can taste both flavors of cookies. I really can't verbalize how good this is.

Simple Things Mini Pies

These mini pies from Simple Things are so cute and tasty! I picked up one of each flavor, which included: Blueberry, Cherry, Lemon, Keylime, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Banana Toffee and Chocolate Mud Pie. I love this idea of mini pies, because I always feel overwhelmed by a pie's filling, especially when it comes to fruit pies. This was the perfect portion! Even though they are small, they are packed with flavor. The blueberry was like a fresh muffin, the peanut butter like a Reeses, and the mud pie like a molten chocolate cake. My favorite, however, was the "Banoffee". The toffee creme filling was dense and gooey which was a nice contrast to the crumbly graham cracker crust. Right in the middle of it all, under some whipped cream, were some banana slices. It was SO amazing, that one I would eat in a full size..

Home Made Farm Brownies

For the Oscars my friend's mother made a batch of The Farm's famous brownie. They were so good, and tasted just like the original. However, what I liked better about these was the fact that they were cut into bite size pieces, so I had a few... The real Farm brownies are huge, so I feel guilty eating the whole thing!

Yoko Moko Cigars

I was given these Yoko Moko chocolate cigars as a birthday gift, and they are so amazing! First of all, they are beautifully packaged in a red tin, individually wrapped and placed in between layers of paper.

The cookie itself is like a buttery shortbread, but thin and flakey. It's centered with a creamy milk chocolate. It's so good, you can't just eat one.