Archive for February, 2010

Perfect pairings

Now I have another reason to visit Baltimore.

I have been intrigued by Baltimore since I became an ardent fan of The Wire.  If you haven’t seen it, you should.  It will change your life.  No, I am not exaggerating.

Back to why I want to visit Baltimore: new cocktail and cupcake pairings at Pazo.  This article in the Baltimore Sun describes some of the creative flavors.

I want to try this one: 

Rum Baba Cupcake, made with Crème Fraiche & Candied Mint, paired with Classic Elderflower Mondello Mojito, $9, made with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and fresh lemon

And this one:

Pazo Chocolate Cupcake (pictured), made with white chocolate mousse & salted caramel, paired with an Espresso Martini, $14, made with Van Gogh Espresso Vodka and chilled espresso

Ooh this one sounds pretty good too:

Bacon & Manchego Cupcake, made with Miticrema Mousse, paired with Warm Apple Cider, $11, made with Grey Goose La Poire, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram and Velvet Falernum

Maybe I’ll experiment and to come up with new cupcake flavors of my own.  Stay tuned.  Let me know if you ever make it to Baltimore.

February 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm 1 comment

Lady Gaga Cupcakes

Love Lady Gaga?  Then you’ll love these cute cupcakes at CupcakesOMG!

Photo from CupcakesOMG!

Thanks Natalie for the link!

February 20, 2010 at 9:41 am 1 comment

History + chocolate

Combining two of my loves.  Two great Berlin monuments, on display in chocolate at Fassbender & Rausch.

Brandenburg Gate

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church 

February 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm 3 comments

European hot chocolate

70% cacao at Fassbender & Rausch in Berlin

Hot chocolate in Europe  is unlike anything in the United States.   It is creamy, velvety, and thick.   Chocolate in liquid form.  The thought of asking for “skim milk, no whipped cream” didn’t even cross my mind, as it would have desecrated the tasty drink.  Not to mention the request was beyond my language capabilities (except in France where I’m pretty sure they would have refused anyway).

I got into a routine where I would have a hot chocolate almost every afternoon during my trip.  And a coffee every morning of course.  I love the café culture in Europe where you can sit down and order only a coffee or hot chocolate and stay all afternoon.  “To go” orders are practically non-existent.  Taking a break from the cold and enjoying a liquid dessert was one of the highlights of my trip.

Wondering where to find these life-changing hot chocolates?  In Paris, I’d recommend Angelina or Café de Flore.  In Budapest we went to Aztek Choxolat Café, which had several different kinds of hot chocolates, including sour cherry and ginger.  I absolutely loved Café Savoy in Prague–definitely try the “double” chocolate (pictured below).  The above picture is of my hot chocolate at Fassbender & Rausch in Berlin.

“Double” deliciousness at Café Savoy in Prague

February 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm 5 comments


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