Thursday, June 25, 2015

The RSVP Inbox: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Signing up for so many food subscriptions over the years has left one full, mostly unread inbox. I resolved recently to actually dive into it for once to find what have I been missing.

Eater earlier this month explained The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Eater fashion, everything from location to gender to previous accolades, it’s all there.

Reaction? Well, not surprised that the Roca brothers once again have claimed #1. What I am excited about, however are the rising stars of Lima, Peru. I remember reading an article about how Lima is a future foodie capital in Bon Appetit Magazine years ago and remains to be an inspiring reason why everyone needs to travel there.

In the meantime, take a look at the official list here to get the inside scoop of where this year’s 50 best are in the world.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rediscovering Mexican Pastries #2: La Flor de Puebla Bakery

My determination to find more Mexican Pastries continues. This time I ventured out just outside of DC in Riverdale, MD to La Flor de Puebla Bakery to see if it could satisfy this continuous craving of mine.

It was definitely everything I expected as a popular Mexican bakery in the area. Super busy with customers and piles of celebratory cakes ready to be picked up. One item that got me super excited to find was the Beso. Two pieces of sweet pastry kissed together by jam and covered with sugar. I fell in love with these gems in Atlanta and in Mexico so I was hoping to do the same with this one.

However, it was not what I was expecting. The pastry was not as dense, which is not a bad thing. I was expecting more of a cookie type pastry rather than the consistency of bread. There was also not enough jam to my liking inside the Beso. I was expecting it bursting with jam, so much that you have to lick your fingers every two seconds. The Beso was good overall but not good enough for me to go back for seconds.

I am sure I have to be wrong, or maybe I have to try something else to get a better feel for what they offer. Their cakes looked amazing, for instance. In the meantime, the Mexican pastry search continues.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Social Menu: Weekly Trending Foods in Social Media

I felt this week was filled with cold, sweet treats, especially now summer has officially begun. Below is proof of just that.

Need some extra training on your icing skills? Try this easy tutorial on how to pipe roses.

Yes, it is officially Dairy Queen season. Serious Eats takes a closer look at one of Dairy Queen’s finest nostalgic locations.

Honeycomb Soft Serve at Honeymee. The picture says it all.

Frozen Piña Colada. This thing is not your average can from the freezer. I have a feeling I will be trying this before the summer ends.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Shack Full of Sugar

Sugar Shack, one of the infamous, modern donut shops of America, straight from the heart of Richmond, Virginia. I think it is safe to say that thanks to this donut shop, donuts have become the new “cupcake” of DC, which is fine by me. I think it is time for another confection to have some attention.

I have been procrastinating about trying this place out in Alexandria for months. I do not have a family so there is no real need to get a box of a dozen donuts unless it is for work or if I had an unusual, intense craving. Additionally, I live on the other side of town so I had to have some extra motivation to get up to make the trip.

Before I go into the donuts themselves, I must say that as a professional knitter, I was impressed with the oversized, knit donuts hanging from the ceiling. 

There was not much of a visible copy of the menu inside so you have to go by what you can see or what is listed online if you have a smartphone. I was told by word of mouth that I had to try the Tastes Like a Samoa™ donut, and despite my inclinations of taking the Mystery Box of a dozen donuts, I just stuck with my one donut.

Results? First, the donut alone was perfectly baked. You can feel your mouth break through the crust into a soft pillow of dough that had just enough of its own chewy texture. The icing on top is simply a mysterious masterpiece of a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie that I have yet to figure out myself dusted with coconut. I had an impression that the icing was somehow baked under the crust because it absorbed into the dough like glue. The donut was a sure winner, and I am pretty sure I will be back next weekend to try more.

What I recommend after finally trying these new gems of the DMV area? Buy the Mystery Box to discover more of what Sugar Shack’s menu has to offer.  Luckily, it is located near the Four Mile Trail in Alexandria so if you really feel guilty after devouring these treats, you can always go for a run.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Social Menu: Weekly Trending Foods in Social Media

The heat returns! That could be a good or bad thing depending on where you live. In any case, as my body is adjusting to comeback of the heat and humidity, below are some findings that might help you either cool off or just be simply entertained.

I could not help but be intrigued by Tommy Bahama’s recipe for Key Lime Pie on their brand website. Take a look for yourself!

Cannot decide what you flavors you want for a wedding cake? Are you too picky or overwhelmed by the plethora of variations? This fun infographic makes the decision making a little less stressful.

 June is the official National Milkshake Month. Enough said.

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Social Menu: Weekly Trending Foods in Social Media

Social Media Monday returns! 

I am seeing almonds everywhere. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s a coincidence or the warmer weather (excluding the humidity, of course). Whatever the case may be, take a look at these delectable findings that were too difficult not to share:

One of my favorite breakfast pastries ever: Raspberry Almond Croissants

Want to make mouths water? Try combining almonds and cherries Frangipane style.

Yes, this cake may look like a tree and might take as much time as to grow one too, but it is definitely worth the effort. Baumkuchen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rediscovering Mexican Pastries

I rediscovered Mexican pastries once again. Not just one place but three in my neighborhood.

For as simple as they sound, discovering these small holes in the wall got me so excited. I devoted a post several years ago about exploring a Mexican bakery empire in the Atlanta area. Since then, I have been hooked on Mexican treats and was determined to find time to discover a couple of spots on my own around my home in DC.  

First spot, Lourdes Bakery.  It is literally a quaint hole in the wall that sells layers upon layers of pastries in their cabinets. Out of all the pastries they did have, however they did not have Besos, my favorite Mexican pastry of two pecan cookies kissed with pineapple filling and dusted in sugar. They did, however have Mexican Danishes (pineapple to be exact) and so I gave those a shot instead.

Result? Light, slightly buttery, not too flaky with a hint of cinnamon.  The pineapple filling was smooth with not too much texture. Overall, it is a great partner to a cup of coffee. I still crave my favorites down in Georgia, but these are a good replacement in the meantime.

Lourdes Bakery
3407 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20010