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June’s “Very Hungry Caterpillar” 1st Birthday

June's 1st Birthday

June was born a year ago today! Yay! We celebrated last weekend with family, friends, and fried chicken, as one does.

June's 1st Birthday

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.

June's 1st Birthday

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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National Doughnut Day 2015: The 10 Best Doughnuts Ever

Doughnut Vault - Chicago

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:

Dough - Brooklyn

Passion Fruit Bismarck from Dough in Brooklyn, NY

Mr. Churro - Los Angeles

Dulce de Leche Churro from Mr. Churro in Los Angeles, CA

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The Year in Delicious: Top 10 Breads of 2014

Fishing with Dynamite - Manhattan Beach

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

Petit Trois - Hollywood

Clark Street Bread Baguette from Petit Trois in Los Angeles, California

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas (MGM Grand)

Bread Basket from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Year in Delicious: Top 10 Sweets of 2014

The Year in Delicious: Top 10 Sweets of 2014

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…

Leonard's Bakery - Kaimuki - Honolulu

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.

B. Patisserie - San Francisco

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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