After long days my remedy for destressing is baking and as much as I try to curb my carb cravings I always seem to day dream of baking something devilish! So when I got home today after a busy day at work I knew exactly was I was going to make, Martha Stewarts Pineapple Coconut muffins! She makes a loaf but I love lil muffins so i can give them away and this way it lessen the chances of me having an entire loaf of this scrumptious treat! Here is the original recipe but I made a couple alterations to make it a little less sinful.
Alright the chocolate craving has hit me again! I go for months with no urge and then like a lightning bullet it hits me and I need a bite of a 70% dark of goodness! I've gotten to know myself pretty well by this point and so I know to stock up incase this happens... but this time my mind slipped and nowhere in the house was choclate not even a chip to be found! (we used them for poker night last week). So 30mins later I found myself down aisle 3 in Wholefoods glazed over in from of a wall of Chocolate. Somehow the one chocolate bar I came in for turned into 4 marvellous crafted bars of bliss! I'm a sucker for really good quality chocolate it's one of the things I splurge on. And with Valentines day approaching I'm sending out a little hint that anyone can win me over with Valrhona!
Last night I went to one of my favourite restaurants in the city called Chambar. And as always the service and meal was superb. At the moment Vancouver is in the midst of dine-out and so I was a bit nervous about getting a table but lucky for us they opened Cafe Medina next door to accommodate (this is my second fav spot for brunch). I went with my foodie friend from new york who I knew would love it. Something about the atmosphere in the space with the lights and candles always makes the Chambar dining experience just that much better then other spots in Vancouver. But back to the food. For starters I love beets so I ordered the beet and fennel with pomegranate and sheeps feta salad and Korey had the roasted celeriac and morel soup which was presented in a beautiful fashion with the server pouring the soup at the table over a bowl of apples, watercress and lingonberries. Next up... Mussels (the main reason I am so in love with Chambar) with tomato and coconut YUM! And if I am correct the other dish was Arctic Char. For desert I went right for the ice-cream and Chocolate Salted chocolate caramel bar and when it was presented the icecream was quickly melting so I did what any sain person would do and quickly ate it up! The other desert was Lemon curd, toasted meringue, and thyme scented shortbread. A perfect meal yet again at Chambar! Muah!
Check out Bake Sale catering and delivery in Austin! Yum those treats sure do look to good to be true. How cute are the mini oreas and caramel popcorn macaroons! Mercy! Andrea has made a successful business out of the simple guilty pleasures that people like me live for! Look at the special evens menu here