Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sweet Treats



I love my morning coffee.
While weekends are left to french pressed coffee and sipping second cups still in my pajamas,
weekday mornings are all about getting out the door on time.
It's fast, convenient and makes a really good cup of coffee.
I love the variety of coffees and tea K-Cups that are available for it.

When I was asked to try a new line of coffees, teas and hot chocolates for my Keurig brewer called
of course I said yes!




I had the opportunity to try the vanilla and caramel flavored coffees, 
the milk and dark hot chocolates and by far my favorite,
the Chai Tea Latte.
It was so creamy, had a wonderful chai flavor and for me just the right amount of sweetness.
It is the perfect afternoon treat on a chilly day!



The coffees, while rich and creamy tasting, were a bit too sweet for my taste.
I may not be the norm on that though.  
I tend to like very strong coffee with a small amount of cream and sugar.
The vanilla and caramel flavors were very nice though, not artificial tasting.


The hot chocolates were delicious!
I want my hot chocolates on the sweeter side and a nice splash of milk mellowed them out beautifully.

I think that Keurig makes a great brewer,
 and it's nice to have so many choices on what you can brew in them!

Do you have a single serve brewing system at home?



I received samples of Cafe Escapes as part of a BzzAgent campaign.
Any opinions expressed are entirely my own.



Monday, March 11, 2013

Deer In The Headlights



Have you ever had the feeling that you're speaking another language, Klingon perhaps?
They stare...I mean a deer in the headlights frozen kind of stare.
Charlie Brown and I'm the adult going whah, whah, whah, whah.

I was born, raised and up until about 20 years ago, called Canada home.
Along with that comes something my fellow Canadians will know well, the infamous butter tart.
A sweet, delectable little gem of a pastry that you can't help but love!
It is the dessert of my childhood.
The closest thing you'll find in the US is pecan pie, but it's not even really close...at all.

Ask for a butter tart in the US and you're sure to get the aforementioned stares.
I gave up many years ago trying to find any locally. Occasionally a saintly relative will post a package of some, and they will find their way into my mailbox to be savored and enjoyed.

Well the other day - I was craving them - I mean something fierce!
No time for snail mail to deliver this time.  
Oh no! 
It was time to break out the baking skills and make my own.
So that's exactly what I did.

Behold...


The flaky goodness of a delicate crust.
A perfectly browned top.


The precise amount of runny, syrupy center, surrounding the raisins.
Melt in your mouth sweetness.
It was pure bliss.

Do you have a favorite childhood dessert?

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Outside The Box



I'm no Andrew Zimmern.
You won't find me eating bugs on a stick or some strange unidentifiable goo.
I'm also not bald and a man, 
ok maybe that's a bad example, 
but what I'm trying to say is that I like to try new foods.
I think it's good to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.
Last weekend my husband I drove to Koreatown in Los Angeles
 to look around and find somewhere to have lunch.
We ended up at Myung In Dumplings,
an unassuming little place in a strip mall, easily passed over if you weren't looking.


While what we ate wasn't eyeballs or something crazy...it was completely delicious!
King dumplings with pork and kimchi.
Their dough so light and airy...absolutely magnificent.
Perfectly formed swirled buns, steamed to perfection.
 Puts my past attempts at making pretty pork buns to shame.
Must practice!
Then a tray full of savory little shumai - pockets of pure deliciousness!
A cold beer, and I couldn't have been happier.

I love finding a little gem of a restaurant like this.

What about you...
Have you eaten outside the box lately?

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