Tag Archives: Dessert

Craving Pinkberry

14 Jul


What’s the best place to get frozen yogurt in town? In my town, it’s Pinkberry, hands down. The first time I had Pinkberry a few years ago, I was hooked. My bf and I were steady regulars and when our local Pinkberry began delivery service, we had the business card posted on our refrigerator (it was the only thing posted on the refrigerator) and in addition to going into Pinkberry locations, the phone number of Pasadena’s Pinkberry was practically on speed dial. Since we were going there so often, we started stocking our freezer with pints of fro-yo from Pinkberry. My fro-yo crave craze died down significantly since first being introduced Pinkberry. Actually, it had been a while since my last Pinkberry craving, but on a hot summer day over the weekend, the craving came back with a vengeance. I made it a point to head to Pinkberry to order my favorite, the original frozen yogurt with mangos, strawberries, and gummi bears. My second choice wasn’t available, which is green tea (seasonal) with granola. If that flavor was in season, I would have ordered both. It was just as yummy as I remembered, and my craving for Pinkberry was definitely satisfied. What satisfies your cravings on a hot summer day?

Craving Porto’s Bakery

27 Apr



What do we call a seriously packed restaurant filled with people lined up to order food, drinks, cakes, and pastries at every single moment from open to close? That restaurant would be Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, where people are lined up everywhere we turn just to place an order from this Cuban restaurant in Glendale. After waiting in two different lines, I was able to sneak my way to the “cake line,” which was much shorter than the other lines to the counters to order. I needed desserts for a small get together at our house with friends, and Porto’s is always a hit! There are so many options that it’s almost impossible to decide what to chose, everything looks so incredibly mouthwatering. With some restraint, I ordered a Strawberry Shortcake and a dozen individual sweets including the Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Triple Chocolate Mouse, Fruit Tart, something called the Banana Mille Fuille, and the most amazing dessert of all the Josephine (Senorita). I was helped by Stanley, who actually allowed me to order the cold sweets from a different counter in addition to my cake. I asked him what the most amazing thing was that I couldn’t leave without, and he suggested the Josephine describing it as a cake with layers of crispy puff pastry lined with custard and real whipped cream, finished with powdered sugar. I am so glad I asked him, it was ridiculously good! Everyone loved the strawberry shortcake as well. Like all cakes from Porto’s, the order was completely devoured. It’s no wonder Porto’s is always full of customers.

Craving Crepevine

22 Mar


Have you ever had an experience with food that you will remember for years to come? There are a few of those foodgasmic experiences that come every so often, when the stars align, my my taste buds ignite, and I can’t help but say, “Oh my God!” One of those experiences was at the Crepevine years ago in San Francisco on Irving St. Like an old, but never forgotten romance, I reminisced about this French crepe love affair and suggested going to the Crepevine on Irving Street after working out with my brother. I wasn’t terribly hungry, but usually can’t resist dessert and definitely couldn’t resist an opportunity to meet up with Bananniekins, a girl whose sweet tooth rivals mine. Although a worthy adversary, Anniekins and I instead chose to join forces to murder the Sweet Crepe named the “Sunset,” filled with Strawberries, Bananas, and Nutella, drizzled with chocolate sauce and surrounded by whipped cream and ice cream. It was a good night, I slept tight, but I did let the sweet tooth bite!

Cravings Stroopwafels

2 Mar


Are there certain things that we can’t stop eating until there’s none left? My friend Ro came back from Holland and introduced me to stroopwafels, which are probably some of the most delicious things I’ve ever had in my life. Stroopwafels are thin waffle cookies with a butterscotch, carmel-like syrup filling in the middle. Since I can’t read Dutch, I’m not entirely sure what the ingredients are. Whatever are in these tasty cookies from Holland, I couldn’t get enough of them. They are fantastic with hot tea! Some one who speaks Dutch could have lied and told me stroopwafels are made out of pure sugar and grounded ecstasy pills and I would probably still have eaten the whole bag… not saying that I did, but I really actually did. Nom nom nom.

Craving Halo-Halo

27 Feb



What is Halo-Halo? Halo-Halo is a Filipino dessert consisting of Coconut Gel, Red Mung Beans, White Beans, Sugar Palm Fruit, Jackfruit, Macapuno (Gelatinous Coconut Strings) mixed with shaved ice, ice cream, and milk. Instead of buying the ingredients separately, there are bottles of Halo-Halo mixtures that can be purchased at a local Asian market (hopefully) along with an ice shaving machine, which is needed for making shaved ice, an other key ingredient. One bottle serves two. Finding this bottle in a market where its workers may not understand what you’re saying is the hard part, making the Halo-Halo is the easy part. First we add the Halo-Halo mix, then the shaved ice, then the ice cream, then milk. If you’re like me, I prefer good ol’ fashioned vanilla ice cream; however, coconut, cantaloupe, mango, and ube flavored ice cream are all other great choices to give this dessert a more tropical taste. Regular, soy, almond or skim milk makes this treat plenty sweet, but adding condensed milk is also an option. While this dessert looks a like a drink, it’s eaten (and usually devoured by cravy individuals) with a spoon. Soooooo gooood!

Craving Ding A Lings

25 Feb

semi sweet

Who can turn down a sweet treat? Not that I’d ever been on a diet, but even if I was on a strict one, I don’t think I could or would turn down Ding A Lings from Semi Sweet Bakery. I was given some of these sweetest of treats from Jax, one of my dearest and most entertaining of friends. My first experience of having them was during a Downtown LA food tour for the bachelorette party of another good friend Di. Semi Sweet Bakery encourages us to follow our noses to their cakes, cookies, and tarts, and after trying their Ding a Lings, we’ll be following our taste buds. I was able to indulge in the 4 different flavors I was given: PB Crunch, Red Velvet, Traditional, and a mystery one with a white-chocolatey-flavored outside and white cake with strawberry-flavored-filling inside that I had never tried before, which is super delicious and probably now my new favorite flavor. Since Jax now lives in downtown LA, whenever I visit, I’ll be within walking distance of this bakery. I was informed that I would also be within walking distance to the Cecil Hotel, which is believed to be haunted and has recently been in the News for all the wrong reasons. In the spirit of Jax’s YOLO (You Only Live Once) motto, she suggested we go into the Cecil Hotel’s elevator, the last place where Canadian tourist, Elisa Lam, was recorded before turning up dead in the roof top water tank (Gross!). Um, no thanks. I will have to turn down that offer. You do only live once, but the Cecil Hotel will be the last place you’ll see me. I’ll be YOLOing at Semi Sweet eating ding a lings, thank you.

Craving For Hot Fudge Cake At Bob’s Big Boy

22 Feb


Don’t significant others contribute to many of our cravings? Spending enough time with some one, we often start developing a taste for and an enjoyment of specific things that our favorite guys or gals crave. Even if we may not love something as much as the other (if at all), we can always be good sports and take one for the team, knowing that if going somewhere or doing something makes our honeys happy, we’re happy too. My boyfriend was craving to go to Bob’s Big Boy, a drive-in burger joint in Burbank, like the ones you see in the Greaser movies with a full service “Car Hop” on Saturday and Sunday nights, where All-American meals get delivered to the cars of patrons. On Friday nights, the parking becomes a classic car show. Since it’s been a little chilly-willy in SoCal lately (well, for SoCal), we opted to eat inside the 50’s style diner and waited a while to sit at the first-come-first-serve counter. Although I don’t and probably won’t ever share in my boyfriend’s craving for the Bob’s Big Boy’s Famous Original Double Deck Hamburger, we did share the Decadent Hot Fudge Cake, which he said I had to have. My bf is originally from the Los Angeles area and growing up his Mom used to take him and his sister to a Bob’s Big Boy, and he decided to take me to the oldest one in America, knowing I’d love their dessert. The Decadent Hot Fudge Cake is delicious vanilla ice cream between two layers of luscious devil’s food cake, smothered with creamy hot fudge and covered with whipped cream and a cherry. Mmmmm Mmmmm. That cake had no chance, it was over before it began.

Craving For, Raving About, and Savoring My Favorite Restaurant Giorgio Baldi

15 Feb

Giorgio Baldi

Giorgio Baldi2

If there was one last meal you could have before leaving this world, what would it be? It’s a silly hypothetical question that we would never likely have to answer. Still, last night when my boyfriend took me to Giorgio Baldi, my favorite restaurant in the whole world, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I posed this question and responded with my answer. I told him if I knew I were to die tomorrow, I could probably be ok going after having what I ordered for dinner. Not a very romantic statement to make, but I sincerely meant it because I ate like I wasn’t going to see the next day. Off of the Pacific Coast Highway on 114 W. Channel Rd in Santa Monica, this little Italian restaurant that seats about 60 people at capacity has people packed to the max to be served food that is simply out of this world good. We each ordered the Mista salad: Butter lettuce, radicchio, carrots, and tomatoes in a red wine vinaigrette and we shared the Clams, Langostines, and Agnolotti: homemade ravioli filled with sweet white corn in a white truffle sauce. I dream about this ravioli, it’s the best, I love it so much that I get butterflies in my stomach in nervous and anxious anticipation of having it. I had one order as an appetizer, one order with my main course, the Dover Sole with spinach and potatoes, and another order before my dessert. I call them “crack ravioli;” I have become a fiend for them. For dessert, we had the Butterscotch pudding, which I die for.

The first time I had this pudding was an unforgettable and funny story, which will always have me order this dessert before we even get seated at a table. A few years ago when eating at GB for by birthday, there was a table behind us with three men who were all eating something out of this tiny glass, all just going at it with spoons in hand, they all stopped talking; I had never seen anything like it. I mentioned that I just had to have what they were having. Keep in mind, GB is tiny, so the people at the neighboring tables can hear your entire dinner conversation; it’s unavoidable, the tables are so close. The men heard what I mentioned and then offered to share theirs with me. Pulcone (my favorite server, the entire staff; however, is is very sweet) then took a spoonful from their dessert and offered it to me. I told him that I couldn’t accept a bite from their pudding and I would just order my own. To my disappointment, they were sold out. Considering the restaurant’s clientele, of course there was a good reason why three men in a restaurant were all eating out of one cup, they were having the last one. Or so I thought… Pulcone then took a spoonful out of the very last pudding in the restaurant that the men had paid for to-go and had already wrapped in a doggie bag, so I was obligated to try it. That spoonful was heaven and every time I order it, I think of that night. We offered to pay for the dessert, but it was actually for the wife of one of those men and had already been paid for. Poor woman will probably always wonder why a bite was missing from her butterscotch pudding; however, GB no longer allows any one to take the cups home or take this dessert to go (cup shortage issue).

Thank you Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi, you are my favorite! I crave, I rave about, I savor you forever!

Craving Fortune Cookies

10 Feb

fortune cookie

Is getting a good fortune in a cookie just as rewarding as eating the fortune cookie? I have always loved fortune cookies (the way the look, the way they taste, the way they make me feel: happy) and have always looked forward to having them after a meal at a Chinese restaurant or while strolling though China Town in San Francisco. When I was a little girl, my parents would open their cookie to see their fortune and allow me to eat their cookies or at least half of theirs. I would give them the small white paper that was inside since it appeared that they were more excited about what my fortune said than the tasty treat that it came in. Yay, more for me! I was just going to end up throwing away the small piece of paper with the one-line phrase and lucky numbers. My mom or dad would stash the fortune in their purse of pocket and hope that those numbers really were lucky and the phrase indeed came true since who has ever gotten a bad fortune in their cookie? That’s if it really was a fortune and not a statement like “People are naturally attracted to you” or a suggestion like “You are a an artistic person – let your colors show.” Now, when my family and I go to Chinese restaurants, my dad would have to request from the server that every one at the table get two cookies so that every one can eat their own cookie and the others can be pushed my way.

Fortune Cookies are always a happy experiences, no matter if we prefer eating the cookie or receiving the fortune; Well, unless on a rare occasion Mr. or Mrs. cookie-maker forgot to slip the fortune in or it fell out some how, then that’s a bummer. Today is Chinese New Year and it is officially the year of the snake, which get a bad wrap in my opinion, but I have a feeling that it’s going to be a great one. Since I’m sharing my fortune cookie cravings I will also share my fortunes: May we live long and prosperous lives and may success come to our plans. Happy New Year!

Craving Tutti Gelati

8 Feb

Tutti Gelati

Doesn’t the word gelato sound so much more appetizing than ice cream? When I recently went to Tuttil Gelati in Old Town Pasadena, I got a scoop of coffee gelato and a scoop of hazelnut gelato in a sugar cone and learned that gelati is plural for gelato. That means two scoops qualifies as officially having gelati. After many times of passing by this place and finally trying it, I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back once the craving kicks. We can’t ever go wrong with having this dessert after dinner, or on a warm sunny day, or at a birthday party, or as a bribe for children to eat all their food (which would mean we get some too). Actually, the time is always right, even when it’s wrong… like after a bad breakup, when we’re sick, even after a failed bribe when children don’t eat all their food. Doesn’t it seem like ice cream is the universal problem solver and is usually associated with happy times regardless if it’s of the Italian kind or straight from a pint of Ben & Jerry’s? It’s like the taste of it adds to an already blissful occasion or wipes away all of the problems of the world, even for just a split second. Ok, are our mouthes watering yet? Now’s the time to check the freezer and see if there’s any pistachio gelato waiting to satisfy our taste buds.