Oh, hey.

A few things…

1) I’ve been neglected this poor blog since I began graduate school at the beginning of the year. And I’m not going to lie, I’ve been kind of baked-out/foodie’d-out from the holidays, but I shall try to get back on board with posting when I can because I have a) a bit of a backlog of posts at the moment, and b) plenty of other recipes I’d like to share.

2) While I’ve been “away,” someone pinned one of my recipes, the buttery nipple cupcake one, which gave my blog a lot of hits. I don’t use Pinterest because I’m overwhelmed by the idea of it (I can barely keep up with the RSS feeds of other food blogs on Google Reader and on WordPress as it is), but I know so many people who do use it, so I think it’s great that someone thought my take on a recipe was worth pinning. I appreciate you stopping by, new readers. The pressure is on for this to be a not-so-terrible blog.

3) Lastly, I don’t usually talk about politics in public, but Go Ravens!

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Donde esta Santa Claus? It’s Christmas Eve.

I adore the Christmas season and the flavors that come with it. I’m not very timely, but I was hoping to post something somewhat seasonal in time for the holidays. And here I am, just under the wire. I’ll try to have some other holiday posts before the New Year.

A few months ago, because of my love of cookies and cream treats, Cupcake Crusader Stacy pointed me in the direction of cookies and cream macarons at Lamill Coffee in Harbor East. She sent me a review from Bmore Cupcake, in which the author pretty much sold me on trying the cookie. So I went to the cafe and tried it, loved it, and vowed to return. I came back for brunch with my mother one Saturday before seeing the Nutcracker. Since I had the cookies and cream macaron the first time I came to Lamill, I opted for a different flavor, the peppermint chocolate macaron.

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Atwater’s in Three Acts

Prologue

I work and live not far from the Atwater’s at Kenilworth (there are multiple locations), but for whatever reason I hadn’t looked twice at the place. Maybe it’s the unassuming design of the building? I don’t know. Decidedly this underestimation was a huge mistake on my part. I went for the first time early in October, and I’ve since gone several times, enjoying pretty much everything I’ve eaten from there.

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Eating and judging, judging and eating

So one of my friends mentioned how great the bakery at The Fresh Market is. I’m a fan of the place; they have a good selection of produce and I’m a cheerleader for the quality of the meats there. However, I usually ignore the baked goods at grocery stores, as tempting as they are, since I feel like I do enough indulging when I bake my own sweets. There are cakes and other delightful things in the display case that look amazing, but every time I’ve gone to The Fresh Market (henceforth known as TFM) it’s the cupcakes that I can’t ignore. I gave in, for blogging purposes of course, so I could try these cupcakes and channel my inner Cupcake Crusader.

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Slacking; food events

Oh hi, people who actually read this blog!

I’ve been a tad busy lately so I haven’t updated in two weeks, and it feels like forever. But in the mean time before I do a legit post, I thought I might mention some upcoming food and drink goings-on in Baltimore that have caught my eye and y’all might want to attend:

10/20: The Nutella Breakfast Tour! As a part of the DC leg of the tour, the Nutella food truck stops in downtown Baltimore this Saturday. Check out their Facebook event page and follow their Twitter account for details on the location of the truck. There are free Nutella samples, an inflatable Nutella jar… what more could you want? I found out this Nutella truck and tour existed via Boston Tweet. Continue reading

If I was from Paris… Part Deux

This post is a day later than I planned, but oh well. As I mentioned in the previous post, I wasn’t content to head home after Patisserie Poupon so I went to Bonaparte Breads. Because of the name of the bakery, I wasn’t sure what the atmosphere would be like. My first thought was that it might be a small bakery with no tables. I was surprised to see this café right on the water in Fells Point, with tables outside too. Right away I was in love.

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