Monday, April 7, 2014

NYC Cronut Adventure



I'm still dreaming about that Cronut. It tasted amazing! I can't get over how good it was. It was one of the best pastries I've ever had. The flavors were delicate and complimented each other really well. I wish I have one now! Chef Ansel launches a new flavor every month and they always look good. If only I can taste them all :)

Here are some tips if you're planning to go on your own Cronut adventure:

1. Go early. The bakery opens at 8am. We went on a Monday and it was cold so I didn't think the line was going to be too crazy. We were in line at 7:30 am and were in the bakery by 9:00 am. I'm sure this will be different when the weather gets warmer. Lines are known to start as early as 5:00 am when it was first introduced. There's no guarantee that you'll get a Cronut just because you waited in line. They sell out quickly so go as early as you can! 

2. You're going to be in line for a while so bring someone you really like :) The time will fly by when you have good company. 

3. If you weren't able to get a Cronut or if you are not an early bird, there are still many delicious items you should try. The crazy Cronut line was gone be 10:00 am so go there later in the day and enjoy all the other pastries. 

4. There's also a pre-order system on their website that's opened every Monday. I heard it's pretty hard to log on because of the number of people logging on at the same time. If you're lucky enough to  order, you can just skip the line and pick up your wonderful Cronuts so it might be worth a shot. 

I can't wait to go back and try more pastries and desserts. Chef Ansel's creations are fun and delicious (his latest is a milk and cookie shot!). He is so inspiring with his passion for baking and creating new treats. His bakery is a must-vist if you're ever in New York City :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My Newest Creation :)


I found these beautiful pink biscuits while shopping in a boutique chocolate shop and I had to get them. They're so pretty! I was told that French people dunk them in their champagne for a sweet treat. How wonderful is that? Although I haven't tried them with champagne yet, I was inspired to make a rose lychee tiramisu right when I saw these lovely pink biscuits.


Rose lychee is a flavor combination that I fell in love with when I tried Pierre Herme's Ispahan macarons. I was really excited to adapt it into a tiramisu version. I've never made tiramisu before and through my internet search, it doesn't look like anyone else have made a rose lychee tiramisu before either! IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I CAN BE THE FIRST ONE EVER? This thought alone was very exciting :) Even if I'm not, I'm really proud of how it turned out. I made changes to a matcha tiramisu recipe that I found and the result was amazing!


James also requested me to make the matcha tiramisu :) My family really enjoyed it at our New Year's celebration last weekend and that made me really happy. I can't wait to make it again and test out a few tweaks to my recipe. I will share it once I have the chance to test it out a few more times so stay tuned!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Before and After: Living Room



I'm so happy to be blogging again. The past four to five months have been pretty tough. James and I would work at our job during the day and then head to our place afterwards to fix it up. We would get home at 1 or 2 am and basically crash and do it all over again the next day. We were exhausted but extremely happy to finally have a place to call our own. It was hard work but it's so rewarding.

I can't wait to share pics of our labor of love. It's still a work in progress but I'm excited that the hard labor part is done. Now the fun begins with all the decorating and furnishing.  I hope you enjoy these posts and videos about our new home :)

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Continue reading below to get all the details about our living room :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Welcome to my YouTube Channel!



I finally did it! I started my own YouTube channel! I'm so excited with this new project. I've been wanting to do this for a while now. I love blogging and this channel is going to make it even more fun. I'll be able to show you my DIY projects and recipes in video format. They're going to be a lot easier to follow than a series of step-by-step photos.

I'm aiming to have a video up every Friday but I'm still finding my way around video editing and YouTube so please forgive me if it's not consistent at first :)

I hope to see you there and please subscribe to get my video updates. Thank you so much for inspiring me to be more creative! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas {and a sneak peek}


Hello all! I've missed you! James and I have been working hard renovating our new place for the past few months and we're so excited that we're finally moved in...just in time for the holidays :) Here's a little sneak peek of our labor of love. I can't wait to share more! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. See you in 2014!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Minion Macarons

Minions! I had the pleasure of making these cuties for a special birthday last week :) 


I piped small circles of macaron batter for the eyeballs once the macaron rounds have set. It gives it a nice raised texture once they are baked. I painted the outer edges with edible Pearl Dust mixed with a little lemon extract and filled them in with white chocolate. I then dotted each eyeball with milk chocolate. I drew the rest of the details with edible marker :)

The minions have such fun personalities. I had fun drawing all the different expressions :)


The birthday girl loved her minion macarons so I was very happy!