Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramelized Bananas and Chocolate

Pb icecream with Caramelized Bananas and ChocolateI can’t believe I haven’t posted in 2 months. I can’t give excuses…I was lazy. But now I’m back! My dad’s birthday is coming up so I thought I would ¬†highlight his favorite things: peanut butter and ice-cream! Now, who could resist the American classic: pb, chocolate, and bananas. I know I can’t! Even though it is officially autumn, here in LA, it most definitely isn’t, therefore, ice cream is still perfectly acceptable!ready to eat Continue reading

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Fritelles from Carrara Pastries

creamy inside FrittellesI know I haven’t posted in almost a month, but it’s summer…I just guess I’ve been busy. So, I thought today I would finally tell you about what may be my favorite all-time pastry: the Frittelle from Carrara Pastries in Moorpark,CA(I always finish them off before I can photograph them usually..woops). The Carrara website describes these Fritelles as being “also reknowned as “little balls of heaven” this pastry is rolled in sugar and filled with our fantastic cream chantilly.” This little ball of heaven is Amazing! The step-by-step play: 1. As you bite in you taste the sweetness from the sugar followed by a satisfying crunch from the shell. 2. You are overwhelmed by the vanilla silkiness and cool-to-the-tongue richness of the cream. 3. You savor whole bite for a second before slurping up the cream starting to ooze out of the pastry. 4. Dive right back in and repeat!more creaminess Continue reading

Porto’s Bakery and Cafe: My Favorite Cuban Bakery

portos-collage-burbankSo if you have ever been to L.A., specifically the San Fernando Valley, I hope you have heard of Porto’s Bakery and Cafe, a real-deal Cuban bakery that never ceases to amaze me. Everything is baked fresh daily, but sooo much of it! You see trays of fresh treats constantly coming out and just the other day I was buying bread and it was still warm from the oven. Delicious! If absolutely scrumptious smelling desserts(I haven’t eaten gotten to the savory) doesn’t make you want to check this place out, than the prices will. Since they mass produce all the pastries(and trust there is always a line), they are able to sell them for an extremely affordable price. A plain croissant is just a $1.15(wow). Now, I said there is always a long line, but they also have what must be a few dozen employees taking down your order so it goes relatively quickly. Since everyone always orders a few boxes of goodies, these people have amazing memories, I swear. They are so efficient and remember your whole order.BREAD CIABATTA Continue reading

Health(ier) Strawberry Shortcake with Goat Cheese Whip Cream

  Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day! I know, healthy strawberry shortcake and goat cheese??? Trust me, it’s so delicious and light! I decided to give this classic dessert a healthy update today by using low-carb muffins and a goat cheese whip cream made partly with Greek yogurt for a more protein-packed dessert. Of course, who could forget the star of the show: beautiful, sweet, ripe, red strawberries. This treat features a moist muffin where you can really taste the agave paired with a contrasting zesty whipped cream and then the freshness of the strawberries kicking in! I love this treat for it’s wonderful textures and flavors. I also love how it isn’t an overload of sweetness. A perfect summer treat if you ask me. Continue reading