Happy Halloween!

It’s a perfect night to get your baking on and feed your sweet tooth with a lollipop, cookie or a fun themed cupcake- costume not required!

 

Lollipop from Crate & Barrel

White chocolate ghosts via Martha Stewart

Fondant ghost recipe via Martha Stewart

Scary pear heads recipe via Martha Stewart


20 Below: The Egg Slicer

To ease the work of slicing a hard boiled egg…

OXO Egg Slicer, $19.99


Food: Beautiful Swiss Sweets

One of the things that I love most about my blog is that I have a space to celebrate the talents of amazing people I know. Years ago I worked with Odise in Switzerland but it was only recently that I learned about her amazing talent for cookie and cake design. I love Odise’s work because of her simple design aesthetic and the obvious care she takes in creating her sweets.

cookies, cakes and photos by Odise Mattle

Odise is based in Switzerland so of course it’s a bit of a challenge for me to get a hold of her LoveCake creations. For now, the photos will have to do!

Thanks Odise for sending these photos my way. I’ve been excited to share your work ever since I saw the first photo!


Travel: Boston

I know I’ve already posted a lot from my trip to Boston a couple of months ago (here, here, and here) but I can’t help but post more! I hope you enjoy this series!

A very delicious sandwich with such fresh ingredients! Delicious. From The Italian Cafe in the Financial District. (And yes – I did love the fact that there was a white Mini Cooper right outside the window!)

Logo of Black Ink – a sweet stationery shop in Beacon Hill.

Cheers.

Chanel on Newbury Street.

Harvard in white.

While I don’t love cannoli, I had to give the famous ones at Mike’s Pastry a try. Sweet!

Many thanks to Lisa F. for all her Boston travel advice! Much appreciated!

Photos by Jordana.


20 Below: Breakfast at The Bag Lady

One of my most favourite things to do in London is to have breakfast with friends at The Bag Lady. The colourful kitschy decor always entertains me, the servers are always smiling, and the food is delicious (try the peanut butter cookies – yum!). The plates at The Bag Lady are always mismatched but on one of my last visits I noticed that a collection of white serving pieces formed on our table. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo.

Breakfast at The Bag Lady, price varies but it’s always less than $20

So if you’re ever in London (Ontario), be sure to stop by for a bite to eat at The Bag Lady. Better yet – let me know you’re coming and I’ll meet you there!


Cupcakes on the east side

Jordana and I are just step-in-step this week!

You’ll recall that earlier this week Jordana featured the quaint cupcake shop Sweet in Boston. Meanwhile, here in Toronto I was snapping pics at Desmond & Beatrice, a cute cupcake bakery in the ever-hip Leslieville neighbourhood.

I had the pleasure of sampling the salted caramel and red velvet cupcakes (not shown.. should have taken the pics *before* eating) – the red velvet’s cream cheese frosting took the cake and declared that cupcake a winner!

And, folks, I’m very fussy when it comes to frosting so just so you know, you can trust me here that these are worth the calories, uh huh. (And Desmond & Beatrice also offers icing shots- for real!! Apparently kids love ‘em.. and I really like that idea, myself.)

Q: Are cupcakes the new black? white?- there are cupcake shops popping up everywhere!

The blueberry lemon at Desmond & Beatrice- as if that even matters. Just look at these perfect concoctions.

The Vanilla Latte cupcakes

The Easter-topped Very Vanilla cupcakes


Food: Sweet Cupcakes in Boston

Although lovely Sweet cupcake shop was right around the corner from the hotel I stayed at in Boston, I didn’t have a chance to actually ever make a purchase. I took a few pictures of the white (and pink) shop as I passed by early one morning but I regret not going back to treat myself.

Has anyone tasted the cupcakes from this Boston cupcake chain?

Photos by Jordana.