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Montreal Eats: Les Glaceurs in Old Montréal

We made a trip here after evening mass at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal. It was a 30 degrees day and some ice cold gelati was very much in order. And it was especially easier to convince the parents because since it was such a hot day, dad and mum were more than accommodating to Jie and my request for dessert before dinner!



“Everyday, Les Glaceurs prepare some of the freshest & most delicious homemade cupcakes from traditional recipes and decorated with a touch of fantasy. We use only the highest quality ingredients in perfect dosage, and we believe this is what makes our cupcakes so irresistible!” – lesglaceurs.ca

While Les Glaceurs is famous for their cupcakes and almost everyone talks about their Red Velvet and extremely generous frosting, we aimed straight for their bright pink wall with its long rectangular board and various flavours of the day written in chalk.

We chose a waffle cone dipped in chocolate and peanuts with two scoops of Pistache and Bric-à-brac. And my did the nice server really know how to put a huge smile on my face with such generous scoops! Loved the pistachio nut-to-ice cream ratio and with the tiny biscuit bits in the Bric-à-brac, it was so goooooooood! Don’t you want to just eat that scrumptious looking thing out of the computer screen right now?

NYC Eats: Georgetown Cupcake in SoHo

Popularly known for their hit reality TV series on TLC- DC CUPCAKES, sisters Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne were the pioneers of the cupcakery scene back in 2008 when they opened their first shop in DC. The two sisters gamely gave up their corporate careers to pursue a sweeter dream and 4 years later, they are the proud owners of 3 cupcakeries- in Georgetown, Bethesda, SoHo, with 2 more opening in Boston and Los Angeles later this year.

According to Wiki, Georgetown Cupcake offers 18 flavors daily, including multiple varieties of chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet that are available each day, three seasonal flavors, and other flavors on rotation throughout the week.

I had been dying to try their cupcakes after watching DC CUPCAKES almost everyday on STAR World and when I found out they had a branch in SoHo, I was determined to add Georgetown Cupcake to my NYC list of places to eat! We made a detour here before brunch as Balthazar was fully booked till 3.30pm so the plan was to come here for a pre-brunch appetizer sort of thing and walking a couple of streets down to Balthazar after!

It felt almost surreal walking into the shop and seeing the displays of prettily frosted cupcakes, their characteristic swirl and designs as well as the iconic bright pink boxes that I had so often seen on TV. ‘I WAS FINALLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO TASTE A GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE!’ was what was playing in my head over and over again as the excitement mounted and I was almost on my tippity toes trying to pick out the flavors I was actually going to try. Which of course was possibly one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make.. Have I mentioned that I was a huge fan?

Recipe: Good Ol’ Carrot Cake and Happy Easter!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

Today is the most important day in the church calendar for all Catholics because Jesus is risen from the dead! This also signals the end of the Easter Triduum which marked the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection which began on Maundy (Holy Thursday). Easter Sunday is therefore a celebration of the very essence of our Christian faith because we have a God who willingly became a man on earth to die for our sins and rose again 3 days later.

And this brings me to my bake of the week- Good ol’ healthy carrot cake filled with fruit, made sinful by the large dollop of cream cheese frosting and topped off with a Cookies N Creme Easter egg for the occasion.

I never quite understood the tradition of Easter eggs. I only knew that I used to look forward to Easter egg hunts that IJ would plan for us on Easter Mondays back in primary school. We would head downstairs to the canteen and common areas at our stipulated timings cohort by cohort to search for the Easter eggs the teachers had hidden for us. The winners would then be rewarded with chocolate Easter eggs. Unfortunately I was never one of the lucky few :(

And now that I am all grown up, I can buy my own chocolate Easter eggs but alas, it’s never quite the same. I think next time if I ever do have my own kids, I’ll plan Easter egg hunts for them every Easter Sunday and that will be our own special way of celebrating Easter- that is of course after attending mass!

Recipe: Mini Red Velvets with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nothing spells Valentine’ Day better than Red Velvet cupcakes- red and sweet with frosting topped with a heart shaped sprinkle. Yes, Red Velvet and Valentine’s Day should be synonymous. Why? Because looking at these seductive red sexy things certainly puts one in the mood for lurveeeee doesnt it?

Almost everyone Ive known has baked a Red Velvet cake/cupcake/cake pop before so I knew I had to jump onto the bandwagon as well to see what the craze was all about. And what better occasion to bake these lovely luscious looking cupcakes than Valentine’s Day in conjunction with February Sweet Adventures Blog Hop- Love at First Bite!

Recipe: Ferrero Rocher Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Minis

Sorry for the lack of updates for the last 2+ weeks. I cannot believe it’s February already. Did January just fly by without me noticing? Still, it had been pretty crazy with multiple flare ups and bed-ridden days but of course not forgetting the many CNY reunion dinners with the lou-hei and steamboats. Dad and mum were sweet enough to drive up to KL for a weekend where we stayed at the Sheraton and since dad was a member of the Starwood Hotels, we were able to enjoy some privileges- free flow of Hors d’oeuvres every evening with pots of TWG tea, enjoying breakfast in the lounge with the lovely view from the top in the mornings. It was a nice break with the family..

Anyhow with all the craziness of Christmas and Chinese New Year, I had not been baking at all so my swollen arthritic hands were starting to get itchy and I decided to get back to my oven and make something special for everyone who had been so sweet and looking after this sick child all this while.

I stumbled upon this Ferrero Rocher cupcake recipe and was thrilled at the idea of cutting open a cupcake and seeing a ferrero rocher chocolate ball inside (little things in life excite me) so I decided to try it. I made 2 batches of 6 big cupcakes and did not realise I had so much remaining batter left! Ended up making chocolate minis (about 46 of them) which turned out to be a terrific idea because the chocolate minis were delish and fluffy.

And of course I wanted an excuse to use the new baby that daddy had bought for me last Christmas!