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Do you have a good cupcake recipe?

June 22nd, 2012 4 Comments

Cupcakes

I whipped up these from a recipe I found on FoodNetwork.com, but I wasn’t impressed.  I need a standard vanilla and/or chocolate cupcake that’s quick and delicious.  If you have one you love, can you please share it in the comments below??

Thanks!

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The sweetest spot in San Antonio

April 27th, 2012 No Comments

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Not that many of you will be roaming around central Texas, but should be in town, hit up Bird Bakery.

I found out about Bird Bakery on E! News that was randomly on while I was working. Out of the corner of my eye I saw my friend Elizabeth Chambers looking as gorgeous as ever and talking about her new venture and handsome taste tester, actor Armie Hammer.

Elizabeth, Town & Country cover model, was actually one of my first models for the CLICK bags!  (The hottie posing with her ended up charming me into several dates :)  CLICK bags are still available, btw.

 

 

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say not many models end up opening bakeries, so you can guess that Elizabeth is a different breed of beautiful. Even though she’s from Colorado, the girl is as southern as they come. Hence her tenure as a Pi Phi at UT with all of my girlfriends. It’s unfortunate she is LA today.

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As for her goods, they’re pretty darn delicious. The carrot cake is the favorite, but I’m willing to bet the cookies give the cupcakes a run for their money. I devoured one and took more for the road.

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Great picture, don’t you think?!! Lol. Great cupcake, let’s just leave it at that.

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Cutest cupcakes in San Fran

September 22nd, 2011 No Comments

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Nope, not Sprinkles. They haven’t made it to the city yet so Kara’s Cupcakes has the downtown market cornered! As she very well should. The recipes are inventive.

I love the carrot cake, banana, and vanilla. Many people rave about the fleur de sal.

If you’re a local this is no front page news, but visitors should definitely indulge!

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Delicious Dish: Rose Petal Strawberry Cupcakes

June 16th, 2011 No Comments

I love the idea to use rose petals as cupcake decorations. The recipe sounds delicious too!

Strawberry-Rose Cupcakes

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water*
  • 2 1/2 cups small rose petals (organically grown)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water (optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line 16 muffin cups with liners. Beat butter and sugar with a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; beat until well blended.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Gradually beat into butter mixture until well blended.
  • Whisk together jam and rose water to taste in a small bowl. Spread 2 heaping tbsp. batter in each liner. Top with 1 tsp. jam mixture, then another 2 heaping tbsp. batter, carefully spreading it to cover jam.
  • Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted toward the edge comes out clean, 25 to 27 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting and decorate with rose petals.
  • For the icing: beat cream cheese, butter, rose water, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.

 

 

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Back to the Big Apple :)

May 11th, 2010 No Comments

This trip might come as a bit of a surprise to you. But I’m so excited to be heading up back to my island home.

Here’s what my travel to get there entails:

5am CST – Pry eyelids open

7am – I leave on a JetBlue plane.

11:30am EST – Pry eyelids open again as plan reaches the gate.

11:34am – I set foot into the great state of New York.

1pm – Mani/pedi with Lucy at BB Nails (I haven’t had a mani/pedi since Sarah’s birthday, yikes!).  My love Adrien is joining me!

2:30pm – Meeting #1

4:30pm – Meeting #2

6pm – Drinks with a few of my favorite peeps (minus one new mommy).

7:30pm – Dinner meeting.

9pm – Pass the F out.

Obviously it’ a work trip, but I’m squeezing in a little me time.  And of course, spring hasn’t hit NYC yet so I’m forced to lug multiple pairs of boots across the country.  Whatever, the trip could yield some great partnerships, so keep your fingers crossed.

Below are pics with captions from my entire trip.

 

If you’re flying an airline that shares a terminal with Southwest, 9.5 times out of 10, the security line won’t border on obnoxious, it will be full blown ridiculous.

(This one at Hobby zig-zags and fills the entire terminal.)

Check it out. “That guy” who spilled half her bag in the security line pulled it together and made her flight.

Always my first stop in NYC: BB Nails on the corner of Lex and E 30th. Litterally I get off the plane and take a taxi straight here. Of course, I had to make the appointment with Lucy at least a week in advance. She’s that good! The number here is 212-689-1892.

How sweet is my Megs to come meet me to catch up?! I love this lady.

I’m off to meet G and Charlotte for lunch uptown. Trying out a new iPhone app for pics, what do you think? This effect doesn’t really fit the photo, but it’s my favorite thus far. More to come on this later.

I love surprising people with sweet treats. Usually I make them, but in NYC I have so many favorite bakeries, I pick one per trip and stock up to distribute to friends, people I take meetings with, etc. Such a simple gesture that always makes them smile.

The trick is to bring something people love and wouldn’t get for themselves (cupcakes from Sprinkles/Crave/Buttercup) or truly unique that people might not know about.

Today I picked up unbelievably delicious brownie bites from Bouchon bakery at Columbus Circle on my way to meet G. Another favorite is the cinnamon toast from Stumptown coffee. In Houston I go to Dapaco’s in the Heights for tres leches cake. As for LA, my go-to is Delucious cookies from Food+Lab.

I got my daily dose of Charlotte in person today. She’s such a good baby!!

For more of this precious face and tips from her beautiful mommy visit G’s blog www.georgiegirlnyc.com

The real deal in action.

G is quite a stylish mommy. She makes motherhood look so simple and glamorous! Love her Tory Burch shades and Steve Madden flats.

Maybe One Day Head To Toe:

— Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

— Yumi-Mazao trench from Encore

— Black leggings

— Fendi boots

— Faux snake clutch from vintage store on 19th street in Houston

I’ve always wanted a white trench, but it’s so impractical for New Yorkers who need outerwear that can look clean even though it’s embarrassingly dirty. For Houston and LA, a white trench will get a couple months of good use without looking worn.

As for a mommies, a white anything probably got pushed to the back of your closet. Just shows you the “Maybe One Day” isn’t necessarily around the corner for me.

After my last trip to NYC, I had put all of my boots away for summer. But never underestimate New York weather to throw a wrench in your plan. These Fendi boots have actually lasted through 3 years in New York, and with a little shine, look as good as new. (Side note: Did you see the video Adrien, Sarah, and I made on the roof of Gawker when Adrien was strutting his stuff in these boots? Too funny. Oh the memories!) Ok, he’s done. 10 minutes and 6 bucks later, these boots are ready to walk again.

Is it just me or is it true that the NY Times is a much better read in print than online? I lead a digital life, but you really can’t beat reading The Times (or WSJ or Vogue) in your hands. Some things just don’t translate. And it’s nice to go old school from time to time. Just my opinion.

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Babycakes Moves West! (NYC and now LA)

January 14th, 2010

Babycakes Moves West! (NYC and now LA)

My favorite “healthy” NYC bakery has finally made the move to the left coast, but for some reason settled down before they hit sand.  Apparently the LES native insists on keeping  “East” in their recipe! The trendy, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free bakery is packed with downtown dwellers, but have left those of us living west of Hollywood salivating from afar. You would never know these sweet treats are better for your body than Sprinkles.

It’s definitely a step in the right direction, I am keeping my fingers crossed for a Weho location soon!

Los Angeles: 130 East 6th Street 213.623.5555

New York: 248 Broome Street (Btwn Orchard & Ludlow) 212.677.5047

Late night reinforcements.

January 4th, 2010

Late night reinforcements.

When I told my mom it was going to be a long night, she brought home my latest favorite cupcake (Coconut) from Crave.  To compliment the sugar high, I hit up the Micky D’s around the corner for a cup of caffeine.  Starbucks is closed, but I hear the quality of McDonald’s coffee is actually better.  Haven’t done any research, but the mild flavor doesn’t taste half bad.

Why will I be up so late, you ask?

Well….

I’ve been working on a new iteration of MTM for the last month.  My designer/programmer, a beacon-of-light friend who knows the space, little ole me, and even Mason are excited by all of the new fun features it will have. But with the holidays upon us, it has been hard to make substantial progress.  Although, I must say, I have hired the most dedicated designer on the planet (not an exaggeration).  As for the friend, he’s one of those modest heros who doesn’t need a cape to save lives.

So, after a 3 hour discussion, we said “good enough” is not nearly “good enough” – We’re pushing back the launch date from January 6 to February 1.  Just in time for Fashion Week!

For at least 12 hours in two days, I have been going through each post to categorize all of the content from Tumblr to WordPress so that when we do roll it out, you will be able to find anything and everything your little heart desires.  Couple that with conference calls and I’m geeked out man.  (But in a good way!)

Since that has been my focus for the last two days, I have yet to write out posts for the upcoming week, submit two LA guides for CultureMap.com, print business cards, and pack up all of your goodie bags.  Let’s put aside the fact my fingers are crying for a manicure, I have a million errands to run before I leave, and Mason would love to go to the park.

So a small amount of weight has been lifted, but I’m still gonna need every ounce of that cupcake to get it all done.

Get a little sleep for me!

June 26th, 2009 No Comments

Why make a difficult decision?  Just get both!

My mid-day snack from Crave. On the left is Coconut, my new favorite, but I had never sampled the hummingbird. I was sold when she said banana cake. Saving the rest for mom Iike a good girl.