parisan dream 

City of love, fashion, and food. How can one city encompass it all?

Before my short 5 day trip to Paris earlier in October (2015),  I made HAVE TO TASTE list of restaurants and cafes. These comprised of pizzerias, artisan boulangeries, patisseries, and chocolatier shops. Paris has a history rich in excellent French cuisine. But the meals I had there ranged from Italian, Spanish, Mediterranean, etc. Additionally, if you know me- I love pastries and bread. And this is where Paris takes the cake. Nothing beats a fresh croissant and my exposure to “fresh croissants” is limited to Costco’s selection and the occasional visit to Porto’s.

The pictures below encompass all the delicious food I got to try.
Buratta @ East Mama  Pizza – Mammagherita Dop @ East Mama
  Red is Dead – Bruschetta @ East Mama  Pasta Fresca – Bresaola E Spinaci @ East Mama
  Selection of Macaroons @ Ladurée Chocolatier Shop @  Jacques Genin
  Chocolates @ Jacques Genin 

  Foie Gras 
  
  

funfetti filled rolls

It’s simple- crescent roll dough, cake batter mix, butter and a whole lotta sprinkles. One of my friend’s two favorite foods are cinnamon rolls and funfetti cake, so as a going away surprise I decided to put both of them together. With the help of Google, I stumbled across a few recipes, took the best ideas, and rolled them into one.

Ingredients

  • 1 can of Pillsbury Crescent Roll Dough
  • 1 cup of sprinkles
  • 1 box of any white cake mix (Sara Lee is my favorite)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup cream/ half and half / milk

Directions

  • Preheat the oven according to the crescent roll can.
  • Unroll crescent roll dough and smooth-en out using a rolling pin
  • Brush 2 Tb of melted butter on dough. Sprinkle 2 Tb of cake mix on top of butter, evenly coating the dough. Brush another 2 Tb of melted butter over cake mix. Douse top layer with sprinkles.
  • Next roll the dough into a log shape. Then cut into 8 even pieces. Repeat the previous steps for as many batches as needed.
  • Bake the funfetti rolls according to the package instructions.

For the frosting

  • Take 1/2 cup of cake mix and whisk together with 1/2 cup of milk. Add more liquid to get desired consistency.

Enjoy!

chocolat 

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Mexican hot chocolate surpasses any other type of hot chocolate. Sweet, steamy, yet spicy. A few nights ago my friend introduced me to Abuelita – a brand of hot chocolate mix that you can pick up at any Mexican grocery store. Break apart one of the chocolate tablets into boiling milk and whisk until you have a mug of frothy, chocolatey bliss.

Since it was only fitting, we proceeded to watch Chocolat, starring Johnny Depp, which is a film about a chocolatier shop. For someone that isn’t a fan of chocolate, I was quite hungry after the film. Almost every single scene had chocolate in it and by the end of the film I was craving chocolate, or some version of it.  Which brings me to the point of today’s post.

A few years ago I attempted to make chocolate avocado pudding. And I completely failed. Looking back, I know it’s because the avocados weren’t even ripe so I ended up eating unripe avocado with chocolate drizzled over it. Now, after the movie and the hot chocolate, I am inspired to make it again.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Ripe Avocados
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Can Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tsb. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

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Blend all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and top with whatever you want! I love homemade whipping cream and fresh berries; my sister opted for coconut flakes.

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I was very happy with the result this time – the key is to use soft, ripe avocados.

Enjoy!

welcome.

I have wanted to document all the food stuffs in my life for years – and finally have decided to dedicate the time to do so. Eating is my favorite hobby, and thankfully I also love to cook. My cooking knowledge is quite basic, but it prevents my recent college graduate self from living off of packaged Kraft Mac and Cheese (which I DO crave more often than not…). I like to eat simple, clean, and healthy, however I indulge in the cheesy, carby, and sweet stuffs more than I’d like to admit. I love exploring local restaurants however also enjoy traveling to different parts of the world, mainly to try their cuisines.The blog posts to come will encompass all of the above.

I hope starting this blog will motivate me to try new things, broaden my palate, and heck, channel my inner Julia Child. But most of all, I know it will keep my heart happy and tummy full!

Here’s to the start of a wonderful food filled journey.