Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ladurée in New York!

I never thought this day would come! Finally, the world's best French macarons have landed on American soil, right on 70th and Madison. This Ladurée location shares the same decor as those in Paris, which fits in perfectly on the Upper East Side.

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Although there was a line, I had so much to look at in the store beyond the realm of sweets.

The most beautiful boxes.

Various Animal Chocolates.

Macaron Scented Candles.

And finally, the Macarons!

Although I bought several boxes on this day, here is my cute pink box of six.

Blackcurrant & Violet



Orange Blossom

Strawberry & Mint


I'm madly in love with this store, and can't wait to go back...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brunch at Penelope

While in New York, I had brunch Sunday Morning at Penelope, an adorable little place that reminded me of a country house.

All of their baked goodies looked amazing!

I ordered the Nutella French Toast, which was delicious! A great last meal in NY.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie

This Peanut Butter Cup Brownie from Vinoteque was really great. The brownie itself wasn't anything too special, but the peanut butter ice cream was. It sat on top of whipped cream with caramel sauce and chopped peanuts. Everything at this restaurant was great, I love Tapas, and I will definitely be going back.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Taste of Beverly Hills: Picnic In The Hills

The final Taste of Beverly Hills event today was themed "Picnic in the Hills" and was sponsored by Target. They handed out large jars at the door, and set up an adorable lemonade stand which was necessary on this insanely hot day!

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The stand perfectly captured the essence of Summer.

The bar tenders were cranking out lemonade, which included mint, strawberries and watermelon.

It was great! Super sweet and refreshing.

We were even allowed to take lemons home!

Mint Hummus on a Cracker, and Curry Chicken Salad on Pumpernickel from Literati Café

Assorted Baked Goods from Richard Ruskell Pastries at the Montage

The best chocolate milk I've ever had from Ruskell Pastries at the Montage

Strawberry Thyme Flavored Ice from Ice Ice Shavie

Farro Arugula Parmesan Salad from BLD/Grace

Fried Chicken with Fresh Corn Salad from Lexington Social House (this was a favorite)

Roasted Tomato Tartlet with Blue, Goat and Ricotta Cheeses from Vinoteque on Melrose

Peanut Butter Empanadas with Fluff and Chocolate Sauce from Vinoteque on Melrose

Sweet Tomato Gazpacho with Bacon from The Curious Palate

Root Vegetable Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce from Erbe Matte (this was another favorite)

Chocolate Challah from Got Kosher?

An Interview with "Hungry Girl" Lisa Lillen

Mini Sloppy Joe from Clementine (this was another favorite)

Pizza from Pitfire Pizza

Debi Mazar and her husband Gabriele Corcos from "Extra Virgin" Cooking Pasta and Salad

Mini Cornbread Muffins with Blueberries from Huckleberry

Spinach, Quinoa and Pulled Pork from Huckleberry

Rigatoni Bolognese from Terroni

And Finally, a Q+A with Giadi De Laurentiis!

What a great weekend, I'm so happy to have been able to attend. Can't wait for next year!

Taste of Beverly Hills: Desserts After Dark

Tonight's Taste events was called "Dessert After Dark" hosted by Duff Goldman. Right in the middle of Rodeo Drive was this insane REAL cake made by Charm City Cakes West, their new LA location!

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Duff talking to the crowd

Me and Duff!

The Charm City girls at their booth! They had three kinds of cake to try, I had the Pecan.

Mini Cupcakes from B Sweet

Strawberry Cobbler from Brandiva and Sir Jerks

Godiva Liquor

Chocolate Ice Cream Infused with Frangelico and Candied Hazelnuts from Drunken Udder

Gorgeous Chocolates from Compartes

I tried several and they were all terrific, the best chocolates I had at the event!

Cookies from DeLuscious

Red Velvet Gelato from Pazzo Gelato

Assorted Cheeses from The Cheese Shop

Fresh Peaches with Cream and Cinnamon Granola from Craft

Cotton Candy from Dolly's Sweet Dreams

Panna Cotta with Limoncello and Mint from Oliverio at The Avalon Hotel

Lemon Meringue with Whipped Cream and Peaches from Farm Shop

Chocolate Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory

Mini Fruit Pies from Sweet Butter Kitchen Cafe & Market

Gingerbread Cookies from Sweet Butter Kitchen Cafe & Market

Cinnamon Sugar Fonuts

Milkshakes from The Counter

Mini Pies from Simple Things

Mint Chocolate Bon Bon from Sweet Rose Creamery

Slices of Whoopie Pies from Xtreme Desserts

Irish Butter Cake Made with Kerrygold Butter

Cake from Rosebud Cakes

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream and Blueberry from Rosebud Cakes

Chocolates by Emanuel Andrén Gastronomy

Emanuel's Passion Fruit and Blueberry Lemon Chocolates