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    B&W, Orange&Black, Red Velvet

    Benjie just returned from New York and my one request was to bring me back some black&white cookies, a New York staple. He brought me back 4 cookies, two traditional black and whites, an orange and black (Halloween themed?) and a red velvet from William Greenberg Jr. So what ‘s the difference between a regular cookie and a B&W one? Basically it’s like a cake in cookie form. The inside is cakey and the top is covered 50/50 in vanilla and chocolate frosting. See why I am a fan?

    I have to admit I had my first black&white cookie in Chicago at Bennison’s Bakery and I loved it! So I was excited to get the real deal from NY. Unlike the first one I tried, these ones were extremely cake like, no cookie crunch outside. Either way I’m still a fan of the cake cookies and it’s true the best bite is in the middle.

    Update: The Red Velvet b&w cookie is ridiculous good- half cream cheese frosting & half milk chocolate frosting on red velvet cake.

    There is a good and simple recipe for the cookies at  Salad in a Jar and I will attempt to make them soon.  To be continued.

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    bananacreamtart

    All I wanted for my birthday was a Tartine double pan au chocolat and that was what I got plus more. Benjie and I flew up to San Francisco this past Thursday and our first stop was Tartine. I ordered the banana cream tart, which was recommended by Sheena and a couple double pan au chocolates of course. The banana cream tart was prefect, flaky pastry crust, a dark chocolate shell filled with caramel, pastry  cream and bananas. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Tartine. I had to make a second stop before leaving to L.A and unfortunately they ran out of double pan au chocolate so I settled with a frangipane (almond) croissant which was just as good. If you are ever in San Francisco, Tartine is a definite must!

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    chicago dog -9912

    I miss you.

    Hot Doug’s in particular. Best chicago dog EVER. Fried & Grilled <3

    P.S

    Anyone want to send me some neon green relish?

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    Donut Summit

    A couple months ago while I was in Chicago, I remembered seeing a twitter post about a doughnut gathering coming soon in L.A. Before I got too excited I checked the date and realized that I would be back in L.A for it and continued to be excited by such an event. I knew I had to go! Well time flew and the Donut Summit took place this past weekend. I was suppose to go to the Rose Bowl flea market Sunday morning, so I got ready and put on my Mister Donut shirt, not knowing it was donut day  till a few minutes later while checking twitter, I was reminded that it was that day. I ditched the flea market and picked up some donuts from a local donut shop I frequent in Alhambra, King’s Donuts. *side note: (I’ve never even had their donuts, I go there solely for the cream puffs, they are my all time favorite.) Off to Griffith Park  it was , the festivities were to start at 1pm.

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    Angel Food Bakery

    Angel Food Bakery

    1636 Montrose

    Chicago, IL 60613

    http://www.angelfoodltd.com/

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    Xoco-9838

    Choco Flan, also known as the “Impossible Cake” is my new favorite dessert. I’ve had my eyes on this flan for months and barley tried it this past week at Rick Bayless’s new addition Xoco in Chicago. All I can say is that it’s just as amazing as I imagined it to be. I’ve been procrastinating on ordering it since September because I’ve been intimated by it and afraid it may not be as good as hyped up in my head. It definitely did not disappoint. I love flan and the fact that chocolate cake + flan existed together was a winner. The chocolate cake was dense and chocolaty and complemented the creamy flan on top. What really stood out was  the Cajeta (Goat Milk Caramel Sauce), it was overpowered with mexican cinnamon and really added to the whole cake. It’s honestly my new favorite cake and I can not wait to make it at home. Lucky for us, Rick Bayless has the recipe for the dessert on his website. Enjoy!

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    SFood

    I made my way up to San Francisco two weeks ago for a couple days armed with a list of places I’ve been wanting to try. Of course I wasn’t able to make my way to all of them, but I am happy with the one’s I was able to check out. I forgot what an awesome city SF is and how much I love walking up hills, well maybe not the hills part, but San Francisco is a beautiful city filled with lots of character , art and interesting people. Oh and lots of food….

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