Ice Cream Break | Ube Shakes

Ube: Filipino purple yam, or as I like to think of it sweet purple heaven. Confused by the color or the name? Don’t be shy, just trust me and  order an ube shake. You will love it. Ube and coconut ice cream and a little bit of milk meet a blender and something magical happens. Sweet purple milkshake heaven. You can experience this piece of icy cold heaven at the Oinkster in Eagle Rock.

Everytime I go to the Oinkster I order an ube shake. I usually pair it with an original pastrami sandwich and their insanely addictive Belgian fries. I am hardly able to walk out I’m so stuffed, but even bursting at the seams it is impossilbe to go to the Oinkster without getting an ube shake. Ube shakes make for the perfect ice cream break!

 

Muffin Mondays | Nectarine Jam Muffins

The end of summer is slowly creeping up. My heart will break when nectarines, peaches and plums start disappearing from the farmer’s markets. Thankfully there is Sqirl Jam to capture my favorite fruits and preserve their beauty for enjoyment in the fall and winter. Jessica Koslow is the jamming maven behind Sqirl.  She meticulously crafts small batches of jams and preserves.  When I crave my favorite juicy summer plums I love Sqirl’s Santa Rosa Plum with Shear Rock Flowering Thyme. For today’s muffins I turned to Sqirl’s Cashmere Nectarine jam. Nectarines are my #1 favorite fruit. True story. What is yours?

These nectarine jam muffins burst with summer sweetness. The muffin is soft, not too sweet and subtly scented with vanilla. The real star here is the jam. It slowly seeps through each nook of the muffin with a nice bit of it settling to the center. I love this jam so much I slather a little extra on with each bite. Simple, summer, splendid. Capture summer in a muffin.

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Ice Cream Break | Scoops Westside

End of the week… time for an ice cream break!

Scoops Westside is the solution to your ice cream cravings. They offer 10-12 different flavors daily (follow them on Twitter or fan them on Facebook to see each days delectable offerings). Scoop’s is run by the charming Matt Kang, say hi if you stop by he is awesome!

Their brown bread ice cream is one of favorite flavors. Sure the salty banana oreo is great and the apple pie ice cream too, but the brown bread is wonderfully simple and perfect. Sweet creamy caramel loveliness studded with Grape Nuts that have a delicate softness from sitting in the ice cream. It has a rich nutty sweetness that I just love. Each Grape Nut filled bite is nostalgic for me and makes me remember loving soggy Grape Nuts for breakfast as a child. Did you eat Grape Nuts? Seems like a strange cereal for a kid to like but I did. And hey, since there is cereal involved, could brown bread be breakfast? Ice cream for breakfast, let’s try it.

Sitting in Scoops Westside with a cup of brown bread enjoyed with one of their cute and colorful spoons is all I need for the perfect afternoon ice cream break. And they have fresh coffee too! A coffee and ice cream break all in one – a great way to end the week.

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Ice Cream Break | Short Order Custard Shakes

It is hot! I’m melting kinda hot! So naturally I want ice cream. Ice cream really is so much better in the summer time. So shall we take an ice cream break?

Or how about a shake break? Great when you are on the go and need a cold refreshment. Short Order offers some incredible custard shakes. While I love a good milk shake, custard shakes really bring more to the table. Short Cake makes the sweet custard that is the base of all of Short Order’s custard shakes. They use Strauss dairy for their custard and it is churned at a slow pace. Custard shakes have a higher fat content than regular ice cream shakes, which gives them that thick velevty wonderful texture. Coffee malt is one of my favorites. Coffee fix plus shake break all in one.

If you are a fan of the vanilla custard shake from Shake Shack in New York then give the vanilla custard shake at Short Order a try it is equally as amazing. Each tahitian vanilla filled sip and I am whisked back to Madison Square Park and wonderful Shake Shack memories. When I first had this vanilla shake I was so thankful to have finally found a cure for my Shake Shack craving right here in LA.

If you’re feeling lucky, try ordering the off-menu special Black Forrest custard shake. So rich, so chocolatey, so wonderful. Best part is enjoying the luxardo cherry on top!

Take an ice cream break, you deserve it.

Muffin Mondays | Dulce de Leche Doughnut Muffins

Some friends recently returned from a short visit to New York, while other friends are currently visiting the big apple as we speak. I am jealous. I miss New York. When I think about their fun travels eating their way through the city my mind instantly drifts to doughnuts. If you’re in the city it is undoubtedly Doughnut Plant, but if you’re in Brooklyn then you go to Dough– they fry in Bed Stuy.

So doughnuts have been flooding my thoughts of late. Specifically the fluffy fried delights from Dough. That spring back texture, that supple dough, that sweetness. If only I were in Brooklyn to enjoy these doughnuts. But since I am not, I needed something to quell my aching need for Dough.

This morning I bring you Dulce de Leche Doughnut Muffins. Why? Because Dough serves a dulce de leche doughnut and that is exactly what I wanted this morning.  Rich sweetness, tender dough, strong caramel tones and a touch of salt to round it all out. These defintiely don’t beat Dough, but these muffins do satisfy a dulce de leche craving.

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Ice Cream Break | Bennett’s Homemade Ice Cream

I came upon the realization that not enough ice cream breaks are taken during the summer. Are you having this problem too? I need more ice cream in my life. I think we should all take weekly ice cream breaks and enjoy a creamy ice cold treat while summer is still here. Are you with me?

For this week’s ice cream break I went to Bennett’s Ice Cream shop in the Original Farmers Market. It seems that most of my farmers market time is consumed by the sweets at Short Cake or the fried doughy delights at Bob’s Donuts so sadly until recently I did not even know Bennett’s existed. Then one fateful day my darling friend Bakelab introduced me to the ice cold wonders of Bennett’s.

You should get the Fancy Nancy. It is Bakelab’s favorite. The Fancy Nancy: coffee ice cream, caramel, bananas. All sounds good right? All flavors amazing on their own, but when put together even better.

Or if you’re feeling classic and comforting I say go for the Butter Pecan. I mean sweet buttery pecan filled goodness never disappoints.

Where will you take an ice cream break? What flavor will you order?

Muffin Mondays | White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Muffins

Lately I’ve been craving white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, in a bad way. I don’t know what started this craving, but it has been all I can think of.  When I was younger they were my favorite cookie. In fact the only cookie I really liked. As a special treat my mom would by them for me from The San Francisco Cookie Company in the mall. They were always warm and fresh. Soft medium rare center and crispy buttery edges. These cookies make me swoon.

To satisfy my cookie craving I decided to bake muffins. Doesn’t seem to make sense but it does. I baked white chocolate macadamia nut muffins and they tasted just like the cookies. Cookies muffinized! The center of the muffin was a touch gooey, the edges were crispy, the white chocolate melty, the macadamia nuts warm and tender. It was delectable. Craving satisfied in muffin form.

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Muffin Mondays | Plum Muffins

When I wake up in the morning I’m starving. Does this happen to you too? I mean stomach growling, need to feast, starving. That and I’m tired. I never wake up not tired. Does this happen to you too? So when I finally stumble into the kitchen I just want to eat. Muffins aren’t always the best solution, sometimes toast is a better option, but muffins just taste so much better!

So tired and hungry I bring you Plum Muffins. One bowl for dry ingredients that you can gather while your butter and sugar are creaming in the mixer. Fold in the dry ingredients and sour cream then the juicy plums. The batter begins to get lucious streaks of red from the plum skin. The whole mixture has an incredible vanilla and stone fruit perfume. The muffins are suple and sweet. They satisfy my morning hunger.

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Muffin Mondays | Peach Shortcake Muffins

Peaches check. Shortcake check. Muffinized yes! The glorious beauty of summer stone fruits, in this case ripe juicy peaches, stuffed into crumbly shortcake all tucked into a muffin form. Break them open hot out of the oven and slather them with fresh whipped cream and more fresh peaches, I mean what can be better? Enjoy these on the patio in the warm summer sunshine. Happiness.

I am so obsessed with summer stone fruits and want anything plum, peach or nectarine. Throwing them into my favorite baked goods only extends the pleasure. These muffins take no time to whip up. Butter is cut into the flour creating a biscuit like texture. The fragrant sweet peaches add umph to the dough. The whole thing is just lovely I tell ya!

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