Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Euro Trip Foods - Part 4

Scotland! So much history... and haggis.

@ The Last Drop, Edinburgh
Steak and Caledonian Ale Pie, topped with puff pastry

Snack Time: Haggis Roll
@ Jenny Ha's, Edinburgh
Baked Potato with Chicken Curry
Traditional Scottish Breakfast: check out the difference/similarities from a Traditional English Breakfast
Fried Eggs, Haggis, Black Pudding, Sausage, Ham, Tomato, Tattie Scone
@ Pizza Express, Edinburgh
Pizza Dough Balls with Garlic Butter
Fiorentina Pizza, Rustichella Pizza
Banoffee Pie, Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Gelato
Next stop... Paris!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

time to spend money!

December is going to be shopping time! And I'm doing good so far in not going crazy and buying everything and anything penguiny for myself. Not to say I haven't been tempted. Here are some awesome shops/bakeries/crafters/etc that I've come across in going to the Queen Bee Market - Handmade Arts and Craft Show and Patchwork - Indie Arts and Crafts Festival recently.

I've shared some finds in the past in going to other shows/festivals/or something else:
Happy Tape
Sweet and Saucy Shop

But here are more awesome things to check out!
Sweet! Baking & Candy Making Supplies

I recently bought some baggies and boxes. Can't wait to get them and do some packaging!

The Twinery
Need some cute baker's/crafter's twine? Lots of colors to choose from!

My Sticky Designs - custom vinyl letting & graphics for your home
This could be an awesome gift this season! For someone else... or yourself!

I actually found this one design at Target (oh Target), but it wasn't exactly what I wanted. So perhaps, one day I will ask her to create one to my specifications.

Shortnin Bread Bakery

I picked up a Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie, and a hand decorated Snowflake sugar cookie. I probably should have taken a picture before I inhaled... oops. Hindsight. Both we YUMMY!! Check out the bakery for more treats and cakes!

Something totally new... to me anyways. Fancy toffees/brittles!
Pop Candy Co. - Butter Crunch Treats

I sampled the P.O.P mix, the No-Nut P.O.P and the Rosemary Almond. Mmmmm! All the different flavors totally came out in the sweet and savory. Especially the herbed flavor. Check out their site to to check out the other flavors and to order some! Great gifts that'll keep well too!

Meringue Bake Shop - Custom Cupcakes

I wanted to try a Push Cake... but alas, sold out! Must have been so good!!

 Also, check out her blog!

Really awesome notepads, cards, calendars and lists... NICE.

The Paisley Mill (etsy shop)


Really cute wooden key chains, pins, earrings... I bought a key chain and pin as gifts!

(this post got eff'd up with the layout. too annoyed to try to fix it now.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Euro Trip Foods - Part 3

(back to) England... Bath,Wales, Leeds, York

@ The George Inn, Lacock
Chicken and Mushroom Pie
 @ Bottelinos, Bath
Marinated olives, Tortellini alla Bottelino- Spinach & Cheese Tortellini with a Tomato Cream Sauce
Snack time! Traditional Welsh Cake
@ The Bay Bistro, Rhosilli
Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Panini
@ Yard Bar & Kitchen, Cardiff
Welsh Ham & Eggs
Snack Time! Cornish Pasty
Cornish Steak Pasty
@ Max's Chinese Restaurant, Leeds
Hot & Sour Soup, Beef Chow Mein, Aubergine in Black Bean Sauce, Sweet & Sour Pork

@ Bettys, York
Afternoon Tea Set - petite desserts, scone with jam and clotted cream, smoked salmon and chicken sandwiches

@ Akbar's The Grand, Leeds
giant "family" sized garlic naan
Chicken Tikka Masala
More snacks/treats!
Fat Rascal - big scone-like thing
Egg Custard Tart
Next stop... Scotland!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

the goings ons

I've been "busy" lately... eeeesh. Oh life.

Here's what I've been up to:
hand-stamped packaging

gift baskets

working on packaging methods
The holidays are FAST approaching. I hope to bake new stuff this year! (But who can't help but make the "oldies but goodies"?)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Euro Trip Foods - Part 2

Ireland - lots of green, sheep, and cliffs... and Guinness.
@ Riordan's, Galway
Ham & Cheese Sandwich w/ Vegetable Soup + Soda Bread 
@ Busker Brownes, Galway
Pear Cider - much will be consumed in Ireland
Lemon Sole
@ Inis Mor
Ham & Cheese Sandwich (again)
@ Dail Bar & Restaurant, Galway
Berry Cider
Cajun Chicken & Smoked Bacon Penne

@ Danny Mac's, Lahinch
Baked Potato with Sweet Corn & Butter
@ The Diner, Dingle
Leek & Potato Soup with Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Onion Rings
@ Stonechat, Killarney
more cider!
Seafood Chowder, Spicy Salmon Firecrackers
@ Rowan Tree Cafe & Bar, Ennis
Diavolo pizza - tomato, mozzarella and spicy salami
@ O'shea's Merchant Pub, Dublin
Italian Beef Burger

@ Joy of Cha, Dublin (Temple Bar district)
Bora Bora Tea
BLT Bagel
next stop... back to England!