Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

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Georgetown Cupcake - Christmas Butterscotch Cheesecake

Here we have Georgetown Cupcake's Christmas Butterscotch Cheesecake - What a cute and festive way to celebrate the holidays - and hey, cheesecake is always a good idea! This flavor consists of a "Callebaut butterscotch cheesecake with a graham cracker crust topped with a butterscotch frosting and fondant holly".

I always enjoy Georgetown Cupcake's cheesecakes and this one was extra rich with a double dose of butterscotch.  I especially loved the tiny little holly decoration to add a pop of color to the butterscotch layers.  Even if you're not a huge fan of butterscotch, this is a decadent and creamy treat for anyone that is a fan of sweets and cheesecake :o)

Friday, December 18, 2015

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 17th, 2015

Anthropologie & Starbucks Gold Mugs

I love these metallic gold coffee goods that Anthropologie and Starbucks has out this season - so cute and festive for the holidays!  Anthropologie has had the gold monogram mugs out for a few years now I think, but I finally caved and bought one recently.  The Starbucks gold heart cup ornament has little gold hearts all around, and is a super cute addition to my growing collection.  If you're looking for some nice holiday gifts for someone, or some affordable gold accents for your home, be sure to check these items out! 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 16th, 2015

Target- Brunch Pajamas

I loved these brunch-themed pajamas at Target as soon as I saw them, and then they happened to go on sale which was even better! Who wouldn't love pajamas with pancakes, waffles, and bacon strips throughout, haha.  These would be a perfect gift for anyone that loves brunch, breakfast, or carbs in general :o)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 15th, 2015

Shake Shack - Holiday Shakes

Instead of a custard calendar this month, Shake Shack is offering 3 decadent shakes that are perfect for the holidays:

- Gingerbread : Gingerbread spiced frozen custard topped with whipped cream and cinnamon cookie crumble
- Chocolate Peppermint: Chocolate frozen custard blended with peppermint and topped with whipped cream and crumbled chocolate covered candy canes.
- Christmas Cookie: Sugar cookie frozen custard topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.

Be sure to try these out while they're available through January 3rd!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 14th, 2015

Anthropologie - Pumpkin Card

I'm a big fan of buying cards to use as decoration for my apartment, and as soon as I saw this one at Anthropologie I knew I had to add it to my collection! It's the perfect way for a PSL fan like myself to show how much I love them, haha.  It has the perfect amount of metallic details to make it totally display-worthy! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Georgetown Cupcake - December Flavors

There are a TON of December-only flavors at Georgetown Cupcake currently, and they're the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

- Chocolate Eggnog: Valrhona chocolate egg nog cupcake topped with a (non-alcoholic) rum-infused frosting, a dusting of nutmeg and a light blue fondant snowflake

- White Chocolate Peppermint: White Callebaut chocolate peppermint-infused cupcake topped with a candy-cane striped white chocolate buttercream frosting

- Chocolate Peppermint: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a rich peppermint-infused Callebaut chocolate ganache icing topped with crushed peppermint candies

- Gingerbread: Gingerbread cupcake topped with a cinnamon-infused cream cheese frosting and a fondant gingerbread man

- Snowball Coconut: Georgetown Cupcake's holiday inspired coconut cupcake topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting and coconut flakes

- Rudolph Red Velvet: Classic red velvet cupcake with a vanilla cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant red-nosed reindeer

- Reindeer Munch Crunch: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a peppermint chocolate ganache center, frosted with Callebaut white chocolate peppermint buttercream frosting, and topped with crushed peppermint and a drizzle of peppermint chocolate ganache

- Snowy Vanilla and Buttercream: Classic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cupcake topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting, sparkling sanding sugar, and a shimmering light blue fondant snowflake

- Christmas Caramel: Caramel cupcake with a salted caramel-infused buttercream frosting topped with a caramel drizzle and a green fondant Christmas tree

- Holiday Lava Fudge: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a rich fudge core topped with a vanilla icing, a fudge star drizzle, and a green fondant Christmas tree

- Christmas Butterscotch Cheesecake: Callebaut butterscotch cheesecake with a graham cracker crust topped with a butterscotch frosting and fondant holly

- Santa's Chocolate Chip: Vanilla chocolate chip cupcake with a whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting topped with a fondant snowflake

- Sticky Toffee Pudding: Georgetown Cupcake's modern twist on the traditional English sticky toffee pudding - Toffee cupcake with a caramel core, topped with a toffee-infused frosting, and a caramel star drizzle and fondant holly

- Hanukkah: Baby blue-tinted traditional sweet vanilla buttercream frosting on a madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake with a silver fondant Star of David

- New Year's Sparkling Vanilla: Classic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cupcake topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting, sparkling sanding sugar, and a shimmering silver fondant snowflake embossed with "2016"

Lunchtime Links for December 9th, 2015

Shake Shack - Hanukoncrete

Shake Shack always does a good job with holiday and limited edition items, and this year there's a fun Hannukah-themed concrete to enjoy!

The Hanukoncrete (yes, that's really the name, haha) consists of vanilla custard, strawberry puree, and a glazed doughnut - all of the components for a delicious dessert. This is perfect for anyone that loves sweets in general, but even more so for anyone that loves jelly doughnuts.  If the idea of a doughnut in ice cream sounds like too much, don't knock it until you've tried it - soooo totally worth it, haha.  This special concrete is available at Shake Shack until December 14th!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 8th, 2015

Starbucks - Mini Cup Ornaments

I always love seeing what new designs Starbucks comes out with for their holiday mug and ornament collection, and this year they did not disappoint!  I love collecting the mini travel cup ornaments, and they have lots of cute designs this year.  Two of my favorites so far are the ones pictured above- a confetti design and a DC-specific design.  I'm not exactly sure how many cities are included in the special holiday ornament collection as they're not sold online, but I am glad that DC made the list! I really like that there are so many different patterns and colors to choose from, and these mini cups would make a great gift for anyone that loves Starbucks! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Lunchtime Links for December 7th, 2015

Sugar Paper x Target

I first got a few of the Sugar Paper LA x Target planners last year and have loved using them throughout this year.  This year, I was super excited to find out that they were coming out with another set of planners, calendars, and journals for 2016 AND holiday wrapping supplies!  Everything is super cute and comes in a wide range of colors and patterns.  As you can see I definitely leaned more towards the light peachy pink, gold dot, and mint items but there are also lots of bright-colored items as well.  I love how they all coordinate perfectly with each other and will be very helpful in keeping my organized!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Gingerbread Oreos

I was pleasantly surprised to come across a display of Gingerbread Oreos at Target a few weeks ago, because I hadn't really heard too much about it online beforehand.  I have to admit I don't normally seek out gingerbread foods, but the smiling Gingerbread man got me, haha. 

Right off the bat the filling smells like a warm spice-blend frosting, and it pairs perfectly with the golden Oreo cookies.  Taste-wise it doesn't have quite the punch that some true gingerbread cookies have, but there's enough to let you know the gingerbread roots.  These were great with a cup of coffee at work!   

Monday, November 30, 2015

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Hallmark - Doughnut Ornament

I happened to browse in a Hallmark store recently and couldn't resist buying this cute little doughnut-themed ornament - perfect for my food/drink Christmas tree!  It's a little hard to tell in this photo, but this ornament is seriously tiny - around half the size of my thumb, haha.  This is the perfect ornament for anyone that loves doughnuts, or just miniature food in general :o) 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Skoshbox - November Box

The November Skoshbox included a bunch of little samples, and a nice mix of sweet and savory flavors.  Along the bottom of the photo are sesame mochi filled chocolates, Hello Kitty chocolate-filled marshmallows, and strawberry milk candies.  I especially loved the sesame mochi chocolates because they had a very strong and nutty sesame flavor.  At the top of the photo are panda chocolate biscuits, a savory senbei (rice crackers with soy sauce flavor), and dinosaur shaped milk biscuits.  Milk biscuits are very popular with young children (I think they also dissolve quickly so little kids can eat them safely), but they're just as tasty for adults, haha.  I really enjoyed everything in this month's box, and I'm already looking forward to December's box!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lunchtime Links for November 23rd, 2015

Target- Reindeer Mugs

I need a new mug like I need a hole in the head, but of course I just couldn't resist looking at the holiday offerings at Target when they were starting to roll out, haha.  Clearly, it did not take long for me to pick up one of these cute little reindeer mugs!  

This reindeer has such a cute face and is wrapped in a bright red plaid scarf on the bottom.  In addition to drinking out of it like a regular mug, I think this would be a really cute pen holder or holiday decoration for your home with some ornaments inside or little flowers.  Be sure to check out this mug and the other super cute holiday kitchen items that are available at Target soon! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Lunchtime Links for November 20th, 2015

Mean Girls Holiday Shirt

Anyone that is a fan of the "Mean Girls" movie will love this holiday shirt at Target! It's one of the most popular lines in the movie (in a movie FULL of popular lines, haha) all decked out in a festive holiday theme.  We may never actually see Glen Coco in the movie, but this is a fun twist on the usual festive holiday clothing that comes out around this time of year.  As an extra bonus, it's a slouchy and very soft fabric!  Target also has a ton of other quote t-shirts and holiday tops, so be sure to check them out soon! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Japan Visit - Bus Tour

While most of my visit to Japan was spent staying with family, my mom and I did get a chance to go on a one-day bus tour to spend some time outside of Tokyo.  Unfortunately it rained pretty much all day, but we all made the best of it and had a great time.  In my experience I've found that bus tours in Japan are always packed with a lot of activities, sightseeing spots, and plenty of food haha.

The bus tour that we chose included lunch at a hotel, a small local art museum, tea and cheesecake at a cheesecake factory, "all you can fit" dorayaki (red bean paste pancake snacks), jellies, as well as local carrots, potatoes, and onions, into 2 separate bags, and all you can pick and eat Pione grapes. So as you can see, basically all food mixed with a bit of sightseeing haha.  We also stopped at some local rest areas in between, which is always fun in Japan because there's a ton of gifts and things to look at.  Even thought it was raining, it was still fun getting to see things outside of Tokyo all in one day!

These Shinshu apple souvenirs were so cute, especially the Arukuma apple-bear mascot!

The tea and cheesecakes at the cheesecake factory were delicious- Japanese cheesecakes are usually lighter in texture and more creamy than the ones in the US.  Of course we bought some at their gift shop to share with family.

It had finally stopped raining by the time we got to the Pione grapes, and we got to see row after row of these perfectly shaped bunches.

These Pione grapes were seriously unlike any other grape I've had before - super sweet and each grape is packed with a ton of flavor and juice.  One of the stipulations of "all you can eat grapes" here was that you had to finish the whole bunch, haha.  Meaning, you couldn't just eat a few off of the first bunch and take a second, third, etc. bunch " to-go".  Which is very smart on the owners' end because Pione grapes are very expensive and if you didn't have that stipulation, people would just wind up taking a whole bucket full of grapes home with them, haha.  I wish they sold these grapes in the US, they are so delicious! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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Japan Visit - Kit Kats

Of course it wouldn't be a visit to Japan without getting some limited edition Kit Kats! I always love Japan's enthusiasm for different Kit Kat flavors, and this fall's selection at the airport did not disappoint.  From the top left we have Sweet Potato (meant to be toasted in a toaster oven), Pumpkin Purin (like a Flan/pudding), Adzuki bean (sweet red bean), and Strawberry Cheesecake.  

I love that there are more of these "toaster oven" versions of Kit Kats.  They are plenty delicious on their own, but warming them up in the toaster oven browns the mini bars and makes it taste more like a dessert.  The pumpkin purin is also a personal favorite - just a hint of pumpkin and custard flavor, which of course is something I would like.  I've actually had the Adzuki and Strawberry Cheesecake flavors before, but I like them a lot so of course I had to pick some up.  No matter what time of the year you go to Japan, there are pretty much always new Kit Kat flavors available, especially at the airport - be sure to check out the shops before your flight out of Japan! 

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Japan Visit - Matcha (Green Tea) Snacks

Japanese snacks come in all sorts of varieties and flavors, but I'd say that the dominant "special" flavor is matcha/green tea.  In a standard supermarket or conbini (convenience store) you can find at least a handful of snacks with matcha somehow incorporated in it.

These are some of the fun matcha flavored sweets that I picked up during my visit.  From the top left we have Oreo bits (Mini Oreos in the US) with a matcha cream filling, Sakura matcha Kit Kats, Galbo mini round chocolate biscuits with a matcha coating, and Milky brand matcha latte chocolates.  As you can see, chocolate is a common pairing with matcha sweets, which makes sense because they are a tasty combination, and pretty to look at, haha.  I've been slowly making way through these snacks and they are all very delicious! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

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Japan Visit - Japanese Cakes

Food in Japan is pretty much delicious anywhere you go, but I have a deep affinity for Japanese sweets.  There's just so many different flavors and types of cakes, tarts, cupcakes, pies, etc. that it can get a little overwhelming, haha.  I'm not saying sweets in the US are bad by any means, but there's just something about the way they make sweets in Japan that is so, so good.

While I was in Japan, a bunch of my relatives were able to get together, and my aunt brought this insane looking box packed with Fujiya cakes, haha.  Just some of the more interesting flavors include purple sweet potato, green tea, and chestnut - all popular flavors for sweets in Japan.  The Fujiya brand has been around for forever, so it's always a nostalgic taste for most people in Japan.

These pretty cakes were slightly fancier and super delicious as well.  My mom and I enjoyed these cakes at a cafe inside of a department store, which had a giant display of about 20 different cakes to choose from - how could you resist?  We both went with seasonal cake flavors - chestnut Mont Blanc, and a muscat grape cake.  A cake with grapes on it might sound a little strange, but these are incredibly sweet seedless grapes that are very popular in the fall in Japan.  A perfect afternoon stop between shopping with lots of tea! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Japan Visit - Food Displays

One thing you may notice when you visit Japan is the sheer volume of food displays outside of restaurants.  They've been around for as long as I can remember, but I always love seeing all of the different plastic foods because they really do look so real, haha.  I've seen countless TV programs in Japan about how these display foods are made, and they really do put in a lot of effort to make them look as realistic as possible.  It's also a great way for people that don't read or speak Japanese to easily decide where to eat or what to order, since you don't need to read menu to figure it out.

This is just a small part of the food display outside of a sushi restaurant (surprise) that we went to the day I arrived in Japan.

And here's the real sushi - not too much of a difference unless you're looking at them really closely, haha.

And here we have a food display outside of a Chinese restaurant inside of a department store, showing some of the entree options as well as the sides that come with certain set meals.

While these dishes are not in the previous photo, I thought it was pretty awesome that this Chinese restaurant offered so many different set menu options - I mean, who wouldn't want a small tonkotsu ramen as a side dish to the entree?  

Finally, we have a delicious shrimp burger from Mos Burger - and I didn't take a photo of the fake one, but at first glance it would be really difficult to figure out if this was real or fake, because both the display and the real burger look identical, haha.  And this is a fast food burger place - when's the last time you got a burger in an American fast food place and it looked just like the photo??  Especially the perfectly toasted bun, not smashed down into a sad sliver of bread, haha.  

These are just a fraction of the amazing food displays you can see everywhere in Japan - such a fun and practical way to figure out what you'd like to eat!! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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Japan Visit - Starbucks Roasted Nutty Chestnut Latte

As you might be able to tell between yesterday's Mister Donut post and this one today, chestnuts are a big thing in Japan, particularly in the fall.  Starbucks even gets in on the seasonal fun with two chestnut-based drinks that were available through September - a Roasted Nutty Chestnut Latte and Frappuccino.

Luckily, there is a Starbucks located within 5 minutes of my oldest brother's apartment, so I was able to try the Roasted Nutty Chestnut Latte right before the end of the month.  This drink was SO pretty in person with the design on top, and looked EXACTLY like the photo which is impressively common with Japanese food/drink.  The only reason why the left part doesn't have the pattern on top is because I took the lid off to take the photo, haha.  This latte tasted amazing, with a deep chestnut flavor.  I will say that I'm glad I got this in the Tall (Short in the US) because it was definitely very decadent and sweet, so I'm not sure if I could've had a larger size.  I wish they would bring this flavor to the US, I think it would do well here! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Japan Visit - Mister Donut

Of course a visit to Mister Donut was on the Must list during my trip to Japan!  It's always so delicious, and they have a good selection of seasonal items pretty frequently so there's always something new to try.

It being the end of September, fall and Halloween doughnuts were in full force in the shop that I went to - there were so many fun flavors to choose from! 

We wound up getting a chestnut marron cream doughnut, plain Pon de Lion, brown Pon de Lion, and a chestnut Pon de Lion.  If you ever find yourself at a Mister Donut in Japan or other Asian country, you must try a Pon de Lion- the little doughnut holes have mochi in them, which make them extra chewy and super tasty!  I also loved the fall-only chestnut doughnuts - not too sweet, with a deep chestnut flavor throughout.

In addition to the delicious doughnuts, there was one VERY important reason for the Mister Donut visit - right before I went to Japan, they started a promotion for these super fun Hello Kitty collaboration curry plates, with a number of purchases on a point card.  Of course I had to get one since it was still going on while I was there, and I'm so happy I was able to get the design I wanted.  As you can see, it was a very tasty and worthwhile trip to Mister Donut! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

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Japan Visit - Starbucks Pumpkin Pie Latte

At the end of September, I had a relatively short but fun trip to Japan, mainly to visit family members.  While I wasn't able to get out and do a lot of stuff every day, of course I had a great time seeing everyone... and enjoying all the food and drink that I was able to cram in during my visit, haha.

One of the great things about Japan is the presence of Conbini, or convenience stores, just about everywhere.  The idea of a convenience store might be pretty boring to us in the US, but in Japan they are a mecca of delicious snacks, drinks, and even full on meals that are quick and tasty.  I was very happy to come across this Starbucks branded Pumpkin Pie Latte at one such conbini, and I loved it! It's basically like a latte in juice box form, and it had all of the sweet pumpkin flavor you'd expect from a pumpkin pie latte.  The relatively small size (which is average for Japan) makes this just the right amount of a sweet iced latte for an afternoon treat.  I wish they would sell these drinks in the US as well, I think they would be a big hit! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

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West Elm - Sweater Weather Tote

I found this tote bag on sale at West Elm a while back, but it's now a great time of year to start using it :o)  Of course it's no secret that I love fall, and this tote bag is the perfect way to celebrate the cooler season.  The bag is roomy and works well as a tote for the farmers' market, fall festivals, and weekend shopping trips.  While this specific tote bag doesn't look like it's available online anymore, West Elm has lots of cute tote bags out now - including states, cities, and holiday themes

Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Shake Shack - Center City Pretzel Concrete

I visited some college friends in Philly a few weeks ago, and CONVENIENTLY one of my friends lived a few short blocks from the Center City Shake Shack, haha.  Of course being at a different location, I had to try out one of their location-specific concretes!

This Center City Pretzel concrete consists of vanilla custard, Philly-style soft pretzel, caramel sauce, marshmallow sauce, and banana.  As you can see, there were lots of big chunks of soft pretzel in the cups, which were definitely the best parts of the concrete! I actually didn't see the banana on the menu, but we definitely tasted the banana once we started eating this.  I'm not entirely sure what the banana has to do with the pretzel custard, but I can pretend like it's more healthy that way, haha.  I would definitely recommend trying out this custard if you like soft pretzels! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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Georgetown Cupcake - Chocolate-dipped Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Before I talk about this cupcake, I want to mention how much I've loved the change to these cute patterned bags at Georgetown Cupcake - very festive! 

This Chocolate-dipped Chocolate Toffee Crunch cupcake has a very long name, first of all, haha.  But the many components made for a delicious secret flavor cupcake! The chocolate cake had little bits of toffee throughout, with a thick chocolate ganache on top.  This was perfect with my soy latte at Starbucks, and a very decadently chocolate-y way to start off my day :o)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lunchtime Links for November 3rd, 2015

Shake Shack - November Custard Calendar

Looks like another fun- but shortened- month of custard flavors at Shake Shack!

11/1: Shackenstein
11/2 - 11/8: Salted Maple
11/9 - 11/15: Grandma's Apple Pie

Be sure to check out the custard flavors before their Thanksgiving break!

Monday, November 2, 2015

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Georgetown Cupcake - November Flavors

Happy November everyone!  We have another month of great flavors at Georgetown Cupcakes in November:

- Caramel AppleFresh apple cupcake with a caramel core topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a caramel star drizzle
- Pumpkin SpicePumpkin spice cupcake with a maple-infused cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant maple leaf
- Pumpkin CheesecakePumpkin-infused cheesecake cupcake 
topped with maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf
- Election Red Velvet Donkey: Red velvet cupcake with fondant Democratic donkey
- Election Red Velvet Elephant: Red velvet cupcake with fondant Republican elephant
- Thanksgiving Maple Chocolate ChipMaple Cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a maple frosting and fondant turkey

Friday, October 30, 2015

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National Apple Harvest Festival - October 11th, 2015

It's pretty clear from my posts and rampant pumpkin purchases that I love fall, especially all of the foods associated with this time of year.  This of course includes all different kinds of fall festivals which pop up in the area during the fall, which is a great way to go somewhere new and enjoy the fall goodies.  

This was my second year going to the National Apple Harvest Festival, and it was a beautiful day to go check it out! I met up with my friend T and her family for the day, and we had a great sunny day to walk around.  This festival is just outside of Gettysburg, PA, and it's an easy drive from the DC area to go for the day.  There's lots of things for kids and adults to enjoy there, and of course lots of tasty food! 

This was the perfect snack to get things started, haha - once you order, a whole apple is cut up and then topped with warm caramel and chopped nuts - a much easier way to enjoy the taste of a caramel apple, haha.

 Sort of ironic that one of my favorite foods at the apple festival is actually pumpkin, but seriously- make sure you get this!! The pumpkin funnel cake with the cinnamon sugar topping is soooooooooo delicious.  

Of course I had to pick up some apple cider before heading out - apparently everyone else at the festival had the same idea because there was a huge line (especially since it was the last day of the festival).  I didn't want anything too big, so this little jar was perfect for me.  If you live close enough to drive out to this festival, it's definitely a worthwhile visit! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Dunkin' Donuts Mug Candles

I recently came across this lovely sight at my local Dunkin' Donuts - coffee candles!! The best of both worlds, in my opinion.  Currently there are two scents - Pumpkin Spice and French Vanilla, and the candles come in cute glass mugs with the Dunkin' Donuts logo on it.  Of course I'm partial to the Pumpkin Spice scent, but I think these would make such a cute gift for anyone that is a fan of coffee, especially Dunkin' Donuts :o) 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Georgetown Cupcake - Halloween Bat + Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

Here we have the remaining two Halloween flavors from Georgetown Cupcake that are available for the rest of the month: Halloween Bat and Halloween Ghost!

Halloween Bat is a Classic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cupcake topped with orange buttercream frosting and a black fondant bat, and Halloween Ghost is a Chocolate squared cupcake with a fondant ghost.  Compared to the other two Halloween cupcake flavors, these don't sound AS exciting when you read the description because they're pretty much Vanilla and Chocolate Squared cupcakes.  However, the bright orange frosting and cute fondant shapes make these totally fun for Halloween!  These would be perfect for anyone that wants to keep the classic flavors, but with a themed twist.  If you want to try them out be sure to get them before the end of October! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Starbucks - Pumpkin Spice Latte Sleeve

Everyone that knows me knows my love of pumpkin foods, especially Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte!  When I saw online that Starbucks was running a promotion on Twitter for a PSL coffee cup sleeve, I was all over it immediately!

I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see this nice little box in the mail...

...with this awesomely cheesy and wonderful celebration of Pumpkin Spice Lattes inside! The knit sleeve is a bright orange color and says "TEAM PSL", and it's the perfect way to declare my love of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, haha.  Thank you to Starbucks for having such a great promotion! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

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Georgetown Cupcake - Chocolate Spider Web + Vanilla Spider Cupcakes

Georgetown Cupcake always has fun, festive flavors for holidays, and this year's Halloween selections are no exception.  In the photo above we have the Chocolate Spider Web, which is a "Valrhona chocolate cupcake baked with crushed toffee pieces, topped with purple buttercream frosting and fudge spider web drizzle", and a Vanilla Spider cupcake, which is a "Classic Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cupcake baked with M&M candy pieces, topped with orange buttercream frosting and a black fondant spider".  Both flavors are available through the rest of October.

I have to admit the tiny little fondant spider freaked me out at first glance when I opened the box, haha.  Both cupcakes have a mix-in component which I always like because it adds a lot of texture to the cake portion.  Whether you're a chocolate or a vanilla fan, either of these cupcakes should appease just about any type of sweet tooth.  The bright colors and creepy decorations would make these perfect for a Halloween party! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Monday, October 19, 2015

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Skoshbox - October Box

Here we have the October Skoshbox, packed with lots of colorful goodies.  Considering I had done a lot of shopping in Japanese grocery stores recently, I was very happy (and surprised) that I had no overlap with what I bought and this box's contents.  

A few highlights so far are the kimchi flavored chips on the far left - so crunchy and way too easy to munch on the whole sleeve of them, haha.  The torotto chocolates in the top center were also delicious, with a cute little chocolate cube that didn't stick to your fingers but were like little fudgy brownie bites.  I am looking forward to the next box of fun snacks! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

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Shake Shack - Pickled Jalapeno Burger

Shake Shack burgers are delicious as is, but then add on some fried goodies and it gets about 293847374 times better, haha.  The Dupont Circle and F street locations in DC are currently offering a Pickled Jalapeno burger in honor of the 10 year anniversary of Every Day with Rachael Ray!

The tribute Pickled JalapeƱo Burger ($6.19) is a cheeseburger topped with crispy marinated shallots, Gordy’s Thai basil pickled jalapeƱos and sriracha sauce.

I can personally attest to both the crispy marinated shallots and Gordy's Thai basil pickled jalapenos being AWESOME, as I've had them separately in burgers/hot dogs at Shake Shack in the past.  Be sure to head over to the Dupont or F Street Shake Shacks soon, because this burger is only available until this Sunday (10/18)! 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lunchtime Links for October 15th, 2015

Mindy Kaling - DC Book Tour

Back in September, Mindy Kaling made a stop in DC on her book tour, and I was one of the lucky fans that was able to buy a ticket!  And I say really lucky because the tickets sold out online REALLY quickly, that I have no idea how I was able to snag one.

The event took place at Sixth & I, where I have also seen some of my other favorite celebs like Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel, and waited in a looooooooooooong line outside with a million other Mindy fans before we all flooded in to the building in a flurry of brightly colored accessories, haha.  

While Mindy was not doing a signing at the event, the ticket included an autographed copy of the book.  So far, the book is super funny and all Mindy fans will love it :o) 

This is obviously a horribly blurry photo, but I just wanted to show how CLOSE I was to Mindy as she walked in to the event - haha. I loved her dress! 

The discussion between the moderator and Mindy was awesome - lots of questions and a mix of funny and thoughtful responses from Mindy, for both professional and personal topics.  You could tell that everyone in the room really was a big fan of Mindy, and it was such a fun night! 

Lastly, I just wanted to share the first page of the book - I love that Mindy included a page basically made for her autograph, haha!  Be sure to pick up a copy of her new book if you're interested, and check her out at a book signing tour stop if she's coming to a place near you!