Posts tagged ‘breakfast’

Now that’s a piece of coffeecake

A couple of friends and I ate at Hobee’s for brunch last weekend in Sunnyvale, California.  The blueberry coffeecake was described on the menu as “Our Famous Blueberry Coffeecake.”  Believe it or not, I did not order it!  For some strange reason (perhaps it was all the Sprinkles cupcakes I had…blog post in the works) I was not feeling like cake for brunch that day.  Luckily, one of my dining companions ordered it and let me have a bite.  It was quite delicious but I don’t know if it’s the best coffeecake I’ve ever had.  The sheer size of it is what’s so amazing.  Not to mention the enormous glob of butter on top!

Here in all it’s glory, Hobee’s famous blueberry coffeecake:



November 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm 5 comments


giant donut

Yes, the above picture is pretty much my dream come true.   Me inside a giant donut.  If only it were edible…

Over the weekend I toured the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  These statues were one of the highlights of my visit!  Why does Google have statues of giant desserts at their headquarters?  Aside from the fact that they’re awesome, they help promote the Android, Google’s new smart phone operating system.

Here is more info about the Android, from someone who knows/cares more than I do (Thanks, Sean!):

Android operating system releases are named after pastries with alphabetically sequential names. So far we have Cupcake, Donut, and Eclair, which have all earned statues next to the original, green Android at Google’s headquarters. Rumor has it that the next releases will be Flan and Gingerbread, but beyond that your guess is as good as mine.

If you’re ever in the Mountain View area, go check out these statues!  They are tons of fun.   I’ll let you know if new statues are added!

Click here for more pictures from my photo shoot!

November 11, 2009 at 12:10 am 15 comments

A Michigan Tradition

outside cider mill

Last week I visited a Michigan fall landmark: the cider mill.   Molly, a native Michigander, showed me around her favorite cider mill in Northville.  At first, I was confused by all the hype.  I mean, how much fun could it be to sit around drinking cider and eating donuts?  After I visited I understood why a trip to the cider mill should be a mandatory fall event.  There’s something relaxing about sitting at a picnic table amidst pumpkins and haystacks, drinking hot apple cider.  Here is sampling of what we tried…

Hot apple cider: A staple.  Not too sweet.  Delicious.

Cider slush:  Apple cider blended with ice.  If you’re not in the mood for hot apple cider, try this as an alternative.

Caramel apple:  This was SO good!  They cut up the apple for you and add another layer of caramel and nuts.  By cutting the apple, they eliminate the most common complaint about this delicious dessert–the mess.  I love caramel apples but sometimes they are nearly impossible to eat.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like having to fight with my food before I eat it.  This alone is worth the 20 minute drive from Ann Arbor.

Spice donut:  Outstanding.  According to the cider mill’s website, the spice donut is “vanilla cake mix blended with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, cooled and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.”  This is definitely NOT your average Krispy Kreme donut (more on my aversion to Krispy Kreme later).  The donut is more like a moist cake without frosting.  And because of the spices it doesn’t even need frosting.  I bought 6 and brought them home to my roommates.  They didn’t last long.

apple at cider mill

me cider mill

molly cider mill

September 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm 20 comments

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