Brunching, Birthdays and Twinkies

4 April 2010

There’s nothing better than knowing that Sunday isn’t the end of the weekend. I love what I do for work, but sometimes it’s nice to have a 3 day weekend to decompress and come back fresh and recharged, or at least that’s what is supposed to happen. This weekend was not unlike many weekends, complete with brunches, overeating and friends. Saturday may have been gray and rainy, but the day was filled with good eats and good people. I met a friend for brunch at Twinkie which is like a bohemian hybrid of British, American and French breakfast/brunches spots. Breakfast fare of bagels, muffins, fresh fruit juices, eggs, club sandwiches, savory tarts, cheesecake, scones, sausage and beans and a gluten & lactose-free menu, is served all day from 10am-6pm. The decor was minimalist yet inviting and somewhat resembled what I would imagine a Scandinavian canteen would look like. The service was efficient and pleasant and they were even accommodating, allowing me to substitute matzah for the bread basket that came with my menu. Luckily there was nutella and jam to make up for the cardboard-like consistency of the matzah. And while there were boxes of twinkies on the shelves decorating […]…

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Taking pleasure in no self-control: Chocolate Peanut-Butter & Banana Tartlets

22 March 2010

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I was supposed to be off dessert for lent. You ask, but aren’t you Jewish? Yes I am. But I thought that by giving up something in solidarity with my Catholic friends I’d be more likely to exercise self-control. Well, that’s gone out the window. Between cupcakes, tiramisu, milano cookies and bits of chocolate here and there over the last couple of weeks, this test of self-restraint was an epic fail. Giving up foods does not work unless you’re Catholic and then somehow you’re able to for at least 40 days a year. I just don’t have it in me. This weekend was no exception. I went to my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party (the first of my friends to have a baby, I might add) where, in true mommy fashion, there was enough food for an army. Little Miss Cupcake provided the Baby Einstein themed cupcakes and Pizza Hut provided… well you know. To top off a weekend of gluttony, I wanted to make the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Tartlets that I saw on Serve it Forth. An easy recipe in theory, but my mishap with the tartlet […]…

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