Posts tagged vacation
Posts tagged vacation
3 and a half hot dogs later, and a plane ride to NYC, Lindsay decided to leave the hot dog eating streak to me. Full hot dog number 4 was from Shake Shack, paired with a delicious strawberry shake that I sadly spilled all over myself, and the last and final hot dog of the trip, was from a place called Crif Dogs, where the menu of different toppings filled up the whole chalk board and I got to see my dear friend Casey D.
Okay… sorry about filling up my blog with gross pictures of me eating in other cities than the one I currently reside in. Thanks for your patience.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…
Pictures of Lindsay and Cora eating hot dogs part 1.
I went to Chicago and I had very few goals of the trip other than to have a really great time and eat a lot of hot dogs. I was successful at both. I love hot dogs. I love hot dogs so much. And Chicago hot dogs are special. They’re “dragged through the grass” (there’s a lot of crap on them, and that’s just how you’re supposed eat them). There was mustard on them, and I don’t even like mustard. But I loved these dogs.
Chicago is not joking about their deep dish pizzas. Nothing like it anywhere else.
It would be like me to go and travel and check out bakeries, because that’s kind of my thing… but I don’t think I stepped into one single bakery my whole trip, I’m not even sure if I had dessert (aside from milkshakes, but that’s kind of a drink/borderline food). I would call my vaca diet comfort food, but I’m not sure if that’s what it is exactly…
I ate what I felt like eating. Which may or may not have included 5+ hot dogs.
I’m back in Boston and life is back to normal… or as normal as it gets. I ate my way through wonderfully delicious not-so-great-for-you food in Chicago… and then kept it going in NYC for a couple of days. It was fantastic. Vacation is my favorite.
As I uploaded the pictures from my camera, I realized I am VERY behind. Many posts from vacation are a-coming… birthday things, hot dog week and so on… And some MORE BIG NEWS. But maybe not for a couple of weeks.
Almost a year ago I went to Disney World and visited Minnie Mouse’s house and was overjoyed in her kitchen, especially since she seems like such a baker. I think Minnie Mouse is a cartoon mouse version of me… or my idol… or something.
looking at Sleeping Beauty’s house
Well, when I was on vacation in LA last week, I went to Disneyland (for the first time ever!) and I got to visit Minnie’s west coast house. I was ecstatic.
The houses were different but equally wonderful. The kitchen had the same neat cake thing in the oven, but there were some other different things going on in the kitchen. And in Disney World, Minnie has a sewing machine and her house is a little bigger and in Disneyland she has her knitting things out.
So obviously, I wish it was my house.
Happy Vacation to me! Yes, I mentioned that I already went away for a bit but then came back. I was in Jersey for my annual mother’s side of the family vacation/reunion (pictured above is a fantastic breakfast that my mom put on). But now I’m actually on MY vacation. 3 and a half weeks where I don’t need to set foot inside my school (with the exception of having to go in for a day to clean up my art room and set up for next school year). I don’t have plans to go anywhere special, but I will have my niece for a week again, for Camp Cora, which I am VERY excited about. She’s twelve now, almost my height and we can share the same bathing suits (which is crazy).
A lot of people have been talking about how summer is ending. Well, this is my summer break so summer is just beginning (again). I have time to rest, get things done, read, run, visit, maybe some day trips, and of course, bake.
My vacation baking goals are the following (not necessarily new, but things I want to accomplish during my break):
Over vacation, Sprinkles Cupcakes was probably the most exciting place I visited to get my sweet fix on. For those of you who don’t know, Sprinkles is known as the first cupcake bakery and have since become very popular since they opened up their doors in Beverly Hills.
Their line was out the door when I was there.
The line actually moved quite fast and I was overjoyed in cupcake heaven. I posted a picture of myself in front of the store while I was away. I couldn’t stop smiling.
There were so many delicious sounding options that I couldn’t pick just one… so I got two. I got a strawberry one and I can’t remember what the other one was but it had brown sugar in the title. They were put in an adorable box fit for two, which is made from recycled materials (as are a lot of their paper goods) because they’re all about sustainability.
Yes, I’ve had my beef against cupcakeries because of the too much frosting issue, and not that Sprinkles had a reasonable amount of frosting or anything, but it was heavenly.
Like.. if a cloud was turned into a cupcake. A strawberry flavored cloud that’s actually nothing like a cloud at all.
Over my vacation I was in LA for just barely 4 days trying to do as much as possible and visit with as many people that I could in the short time I was there. I’d say I had a very successful, and very wonderful trip.
While there, Ellen, an old friend from my hometown (and a fellow dancer, back when we were dancers) contacted me and we met up for cupcakes and then she took me to the macaron store, Paulette's that she works at in Beverly Hills. I posted a picture of the counter here.
But here’s another one
The store was very simple and pretty. All white except for the beautiful rainbow of macaroons. Ellen treated me to a dozen macarons which I was overjoyed to accept and very appreciative of (as were the friends I visited later in the week). I’ve only had french macaroons a very limited number of times and I think they were blown away by these cookies! The size of a macaron (in general) with it’s sweetness and subtle tastes is so elegant; you don’t want to eat them all at once, but you could.
Such a classy cookie… er.. cookie sandwich…? Macaron.
Here’s Ellen and I in front front of the store
I was so happy to see her face and share baking talk.
I’ve mentioned it before, but in case you missed it, I LOVE FOODTRUCKS. I can’t pinpoint it but there’s something about eating food that came out of a vechicle that I just think is the greatest! If you get it, then you’re with me, and if you don’t get it, that’s okay too. Being on vacation in cities that are warm the whole year I saw myself foodtrucks aplenty. One of the trucks I had a meal at was called Me So Hungry (yes, a little offensive, if you’re offended by that), a lovely bright green truck with “Asian fusion” food and Vietnamese sandwiches. AND they had cupcakes.
And they were really good.
I got the vegan banana peanut butter one (a glorious combo, which I must try and make sometime) and I liked it a lot. It was a normal sized cupcake (the size that I usually make) and the right amount of frosting for my taste.
What am I doing blogging, while I’m on vacation, in LA? you ask. Well I’m still sort of on Boston time and I wake up far earlier than my pal Duncan, who I am currently visiting, so I figured it wouldn’t be a great waste of my time to hit up the ol’ blog for a bit.
After a very full day of hiking in Griffith Park, eating breakfast burritos, fruit-in-a-bag and other yummy things, going to the LACMA and walking A LOT, we were kinda pooped by “going out time.” (When I’m on vacation, I tend to pack things in.) Somehow my baking blog came up and Duncan was like “you wanna bake?” and I was like “you better believe it!”
It’s hard to see, but that’s a view of the HOLLYWOOD sign from the Griffith Observatory area. (We also went all the way to the tippy-top of Griffith, which I think is the highest point in LA.)