Friday, January 18, 2019
I'm a big fan of The Baked Bear's crazy ice cream sandwiches in general, but I can also say that their cookies are fantastic on their own! Even if you're not in the mood for ice cream, they have a wide selection of cookies that you can purchase for a sweet snack or dessert.
In addition to a rotation of regular cookie flavors, they also switch up one cookie every month or so, which is a fun thing to look forward to. Currently, the special cookie is this Gooey Butter Cake cookie, and it's just as rich and delicious as it sounds. It's like a rich yellow butter cake in cookie form. If you're a fan of those classic boxed cake mixes (I am, no shame in that) you'll definitely like this cookie!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
I am always excited to see what new (and sometimes downright odd) flavors that Oreo comes out with, and these Dark Chocolate Oreos are a clear winner for me!
Don't be put off by the fairly "plain" sounding flavor - these have a very rich chocolate flavor, and are really delicious. The dark chocolate creme filling reminds me of a thick chocolate ganache, so anyone that likes chocolate will love these. While these are great on their own, I could also see them being a great ice cream topping/mix-in, as well as for use in baked goods. I hope they keep these in the regular rotation!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Monday, January 14, 2019
I recently had the opportunity to try the brunch menu at Nada in Pike & Rose with my friend C, and we had a great time catching up after the busy holiday season with some delicious Mexican food! We got there at 11:00AM last Saturday when just a few tables in the large dining room were filled, but by the time we were leaving the place was very crowded and lively. I wasn't really surprised though, because I've walked by here at night and it's been very crowded, especially on weekends.
The regular menu has a nice variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, as well as a number of street taco options. The weekend brunch menu items were attached (on the yellow card below) - everything sounded great. We ordered a few items from both menus to share so that we could try a bunch of their menu offerings, and everything was delicious! Their version of the lobster roll was especially amazing, and anyone that likes lobster rolls should definitely order this one. I loved the thoughtful plating of each dish and how each dish just tasted very fresh. Service was attentive but not intrusive - we ordered a few items at a time and the pace wasn't rushed at all. Thank you to Nada for a delicious brunch, and I look forward to trying more dishes (especially the street tacos) soon!
Weekend Brunch Menu
Chips & Trio of Salsas: Fire-roasted tomato ancho, tomatillo verde cruda, and habanero kreeper
C's drink: Horchata cold brew
Lobster Roll Bolsa: Maine lobster + Old Bay aioli;
Chorizo and egg Enchiladas
Street Tacos: Carne Asada - charred tomato salsa, crema, pickled fresnos;
Fried Tofu - guacamole, pickled pepper, guajillo diablo salsa
Love the airy and colorful interior - especially the hallway to the restrooms!
Nada North Bethesda
11886 Grand Park Avenue
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Note: This meal was complimentary, but I was not paid for this post.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
At the end of 2018, I signed up to be a part of the Candelles holiday gift swap and wound up exchanging super fun gifts with my friend which was a funny surprise!
As part of the holiday gift swap, Candelles also sent out this Pepperberry Greens candle to everyone that participated. I love the pink candle wrapping and the festive design! I love that they add this bonus gift after the gift swap is over - it's a cute little surprise since we don't know what it is until it arrives. I encourage anyone that likes buying gifts or doing gift exchanges to sign up for their next gift swap!
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
I was so happy to see that Sugarfina offered their Fukubukuro surprise bags at the beginning of this year, because it's always fun to see what flavors I get in the mystery bag! "Fukubukuro" are surprise or mystery bags that are regularly offered in the New Year in Japan - lots of different brands offer bags and packages for a set price that are worth more than what you pay for.
For this Sugarfina bag, I got the $35 version, which came with everything you see above, plus the taster bag of Bourbon Bears that was the monthly member freebie. This is such a fun way to try out some of the candies that I don't normally check out in the store, and also make for some great gifts too. I hope they keep offering the surprise bags in the future too!
Friday, January 4, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
- Dessert for Two: Oreo balls.
- Gimme Some Oven: Chicken and sweet corn soup.
- Averie Cooks: Snickerdoodle bars with cream cheese frosting.
- How Sweet Eats: Lobster bisque.
- Kirbie's Cravings: Beef and broccoli.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you're all off to a good start in 2019. Mine is off to a very sweet start, thanks to these cute New Year's cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake!
Happy New Year Confetti Chocolate: Valrhona Chocolate & Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Buttercream cupcake decorated with edible New Year's party confetti and a gold fondant disc embossed with 'Happy New Year'
2019 Confetti Vanilla: Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla & Vanilla Buttercream cupcake decorated with edible New Year's party confetti and a gold fondant disc embossed with '2019'