Friday, February 28, 2014
During my recent trip to Los Angeles, I really wanted to check out Cafe Maji, a charming little cafe offering a cotton candy affogato, Italian sodas, latte art, and dessert waffles.
The cafe is oddly located inside a Fitness Center, but has become so popular that many visitors are there just for the food and drinks.
I started with a matcha latte. They drew the most adorable sleeping bear. So cute!
The drink itself was just average quality, but I loved my bear. Each latte also came with a small cream puff.
This was one of the main reasons I wanted to come here after seeing several Instagram videos posted by my friends. Generous scoops of vanilla ice cream is topped with a tall tower of fluffy white cotton candy. On the side is a steaming espresso. You drizzle the espresso on, instantly dissolving the cotton candy and creating caramelized sugar on the vanilla ice cream, offset by espresso. It’s really fun to watch and eat.
Here’s a video taken with Mr. K’s phone camera:
Friday, February 28, 2014
It’s been awhile since I did a giveaway, so I have a couple of fun ones lined up, including this one for some new yummy candy.
With my sweet tooth, I’m always trying to find ways to feel less guilty about snacking on candy, so when I was given a chance to sample a new line of caramel and fruit chews that contain no artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup, I definitely wanted to give them a try.
The Lovely Candy Company is a fairly new business that has come out with a line of caramel and fruit chews. There are three varieties currently available: Original Chewy Caramels, Chocolate Swirl Caramels and Superfruit Chews (cranberry, raspberry and blueberry). The chews are available at Target and select retail grocery stores. You can find the whole list here.
I really enjoyed trying out these candies. You can definitely taste the natural ingredients. They aren’t as sweet as typical candy either. When I usually eat candy, I get a big sugar rush and a sudden urge to snack and eat even more. But I didn’t really feel that way with these. They were pleasant and enjoyable, but not too sweet.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
One of my favorite dishes to order at a Thai restaurant is the pineapple fried rice. I don’t know what I love most about it: the presentation, the use of cashew nuts, or the sauces that flavor the rice.
I’ve been wanting to make Thai-style pineapple fried rice for the longest time. Every time I see pineapples on sale, I’ll buy one with the intention of making the rice dish. And then I get lazy and the pineapple becomes really ripe, and we just end up cutting the pineapple and eating it.
But I finally did it. I made it. And it was quite easy. It makes me think that the restaurants charge far too much for it.