June was born a year ago today! Yay! We celebrated last weekend with family, friends, and fried chicken, as one does.
Since the weather is so beautiful this time a year, an al fresco party at Garfield Park in South Pasadena was the order of the day. We reserved a gazebo a few months in advance and got to planning soon after.
With the exception of selecting the theme and purchasing candy for the piñata, the entire affair was executed by two amazing and talented friends: Esme and Sarah. Delegation without guilt is truly a Mom’s best friend.
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In recognition of National Doughnut Day, the only food holiday worth a hoot, I’ve rounded up my all-time favorite deep-fried delights! From filled Bismarcks to glazed rings and craggly old fashioneds, I’m forever on the hunt for doughnut perfection. Here are the very best specimens from my never-ending quest:
Passion Fruit Bismarck from Dough in Brooklyn, NY
Dulce de Leche Churro from Mr. Churro in Los Angeles, CA
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There were a lot of loaves to love in 2014. While some were complimentary, most were not. What they did have in common; water, flour, yeast, magic!
Chef David’s Mom’s Cape Cod Squash Rolls from Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, California
Clark Street Bread Baguette from Petit Trois in Los Angeles, California
Bread Basket from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Nevada
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While doughnuts dominated 2013’s Year in Delicious, 2014 featured more diversity. Ever the equal opportunity sweets seeker, I set aside plenty of gastro real estate for everything under the sugary sun from puddings to pies to pastries and cake! Without further ado, here are the 10 best sweets that I ate this year…
Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery in Honolulu, Hawaii
Whether served simply with a dusting of sugar or fancily with a coconut custard filling, the Portuguese doughnuts at Leonard’s were a treat for the senses. Mmm…deep-fried paradise.
Kouign Amann from b.Patisserie in San Francisco, California
Beneath the unbeatably flaky layers of laminated dough, a gorgeous sugar-tinged and buttery center was revealed. A spectacular creation by pastry goddess Belinda Leong. We’re not worthy.
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