The Cupcakes Of Boston

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Mine was pretty awesome since I got to spend it with friends, family, and watching the UT volleyball tournament. We obviously dominated since we are no 2 in the nation. Last nights match was probably the most intense since it was against the no 19 team. We pulled through though. For today’s Boston post, I thought I would do a recap on the cupcakes of Boston.

First up on the list is Georgetown cupcakes, which is located on Newbury street. They had a ton of flavors, but I decided on a gluten free lava fudge cupcake. I have to say that this cupcake was actually pretty good for being gluten free. It wasn’t the best cupcake I have ever had, but the price was good (2.75) and there was a fudgey surprise in the middle. One of my complaints is the lack of creativity in flavors. They had about 5 variations of chocolate and 5 variations of vanilla. I was confused why someone needs that many types of plain flavors. Georgetown would definitely be higher on my list if they had more creative flavors.

The second place we went to for cupcakes was Sweet. I ordered the Pina Colada flavor, which was one of the summer specials. It was a sweet vanilla bean cake with a shot of pineapple preserves and topped with coconut infused buttercream. Oh my god. How I love Sweet’s buttercream. It is probably one of the most amazing icings I’ve ever had in my life. I love that they have tons of seasonal flavors each month too. The cupcake is so moist, and when you hit the pineapple preserves its a sweet little surprise.

Carrianne decided to get a summer flavor too. She ordered the Lemon Blueberry flavor, which was new even for the summer flavors. It was a lemon juice infused cake with blueberries baked in it, and it was topped with a vanilla bean buttercream that was infused with blueberry puree. She was in heaven, and so was I because she let me have a bite. These cupcakes are amazing and you will never be let down by sweet. If you are ever in Boston, you must go here. There are tons of locations all over the city!

The third cupcake stop was Cakeology. This shop was made famous from Cupcake Wars on the TLC channel. I was super stoked that they had finally opened a store front, and that I would be able to sample the cupcakes from TV. Oh how I was disappointed. I ordered mini versions of German chocolate, mint chocolate, and Boston Cream Pie. The Boston cream pie lacked the cream flavor, the mint was overpowering, and the German chocolate was lacking that coconut flavor and it was just pure chocolate. The only thing I really liked was that all the flavors came in mini versions, so you didn’t have to be a pig.

Then I experienced the holy grail of cupcakes. Okay, I’m lying because I’ve actually been to Crumbs before, but their cupcakes are so superior that it doesn’t matter. These are hands down the best cupcakes that I have ever had in m entire life. The first one we split was Monkey Business. It was a moist banana cake with a nutella core and topped with a nutella buttercream rolled in nuts and drizzled with caramel. OH MY. This cupcake was mind blowing. The cupcake was so moist and the buttercream was to die for. If it wasn’t in the financial district, I would have gone here every day.

The second cupcake that we split was the chocolate sundae cupcake. Oh man was this one good too. It was a chocolate cake filled with vanilla buttercream frosting topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting drizzled with chocolate ganache, sprinkles, chopped peanuts, and a cherry. This cupcake was splendid. It was a fancy version of a chocolate cupcake with much better flavors than just a plain old one. I loved the combination of the cream cheese on top with the vanilla buttercream in the middle. It was splendid. You must go to Crumbs cupcakes if you can. You will not regret it.

The final stop on the cupcake adventure was Party Favors. Since going to college in Boston, I’ve been wanting to try this place forever. It had rave reviews on Yelp, plus the BU online blog did a review on party favors saying that it was the greatest cupcake in Boston. I went in, ordered the Boston Cream Pie cupcake, and went on my merry way. While the cream inside the cupcake was PERFECT and the chocolate ganache was extremely rich, I wasn’t as thrilled as the people who did reviews. I thought it was good, but in my mind Crumbs is far superior to all.

Hope ya’ll enjoyed my sweet adventure because I know I did!

Where is your favorite place to get cupcakes?
What is your favorite cupcake flavor?

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I Love Beantown (Boston Day 3)

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has been having a fantastic weekend. Last night was great (I’ll do a recap on that later), but today I’m going with two of my volleyball players to the UT volleyball game today. I’m super excited. Back to Boston.

Since I went to the concert the night before, I ended up taking a nap for about four hours at Carrianne’s. Once I recovered from the concert, we decided to head over to Harvard Square. I was excited to go shopping, plus the weather was pretty nice outside – about low 70s.

We were walking around Harvard Square, looking for this shop we used to go to that sells bento boxes, and I saw this lovely sign. My brother and I love totoro. It is literally one of the greatest movies of all time (yes, I can be an anime dork sometimes). I had to get a picture of this sign for my brother, but when we realized the bento box store was closed, we headed into this place to see if they had any.

This store had some pretty funny stuff in it. I loved all the ridiculous Totoro stuff. They had tons of stuffed animals, key chains, posters, and bento boxes. The guy that worked there even invited me to a film festival going on near Harvard for all the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. Unfortunately it was a few days after I left Boston, so I wasn’t able to go.

We were walking around, and decided to go get cupcakes. I love cupcakes, so I was super stoked. Sweet is one of Boston’s better cupcake places. We both got cupcakes, and Carrianne’s boyfriend met us there with a friend of his. Afterwards we ended up going shopping at Urban Outfitters and a few other boutiques.

For dinner we decided to go to Wagamama, which was located on JFK st over near Harvard. We were craving some Asian noodles, so this was the perfect place to go. We sat at the table at the window facing the street. It was a nice day to people watch and eat.

I ordered the Yasai Yaki Soba, which was teppan-fried whole wheat noodles with egg, bean sprouts, peppers, white onions and scallions, mushrooms and garlic. It was garnished with fried shallots, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, and cilantro vinegar. I decided to add on some tofu for protein. The tofu was perfect fried and brought a nice addition to the meal. It was a pretty good meal, and I was full.

Carrianne ordered the chili ramen. It was noodles in a spicy broth topped with tofu, chilies, red onion, beansprouts, cilantro, scallion, and a lime of wedge. Her dish was HUGE. She couldn’t even finish it all. It looked really delicious. I totally would have eaten some, but because the broth was chicken and pork I wasn’t able to. Oh the problems of being a vegetarian.

I hope everyone has a fantastic saturday. I’m going to enjoy some volleyball and 8 calorie frozen yogurt. Oh yes, I said 8 calories per oz.

Have you ever heard of Totoro?
What is your favorite anime character?

Bahhston Day 2

Hey ya’ll! Hope everyone has been having a great Friday. Mine has been pretty relaxing. I’ve been reading books, watching some movies, and I’m going out with my younger brother tonight to the UT volleyball game and to dinner (which has yet to be determined). Anyways, let me get back to my trip to Boston.

Friday morning I woke up, and decided to go on a little adventure while Carrianne was at work doing her thing at the Children’s Hospital. I wondered over to Newbury street, which has some of the greatest shopping and has a cute Boston feel to it with the brick buildings alongside both sides of the street.

As I was walking around looking at the shops, I stumbled upon Georgetown Cupcakes. The shop has been made famous by the TV show on TLC following the two sisters that own the company. My stomach was growling, and I wanted to see if the hype about the cupcakes was actually true.

They had tons of cupcakes on display and for sale inside the store. I got to see all this once I waited in line OUTSIDE for about 10 minutes. Apparently the shop was too crowded for people to go in, but really there were just a bunch of annoying girls standing in the way. When I finally got in, I had a hard time choosing what to eat, but I decided to have a gluten free cupcake since I wanted to be nice on my stomach. It was a gluten free lava fudge cupcake (picture will come later when I do a Boston Cupcake review post), and let me tell you it was actually pretty delicious. I went on my merry way with my cupcake and cup of fat free milk.

I was trying to hold off on buying anything because I had promised Carrianne that we would go shopping over the weekend since we both had come into some money. However, I stepped in the Steve Madden store and couldn’t resist (I have a problem with SM because their shoes are amazing). I ended up having to order a pair of boots to be shipped because they had run out of 10. If these shoes go on sale, I’m definitely going to get the tan ones too. They are that fabulous.

After a few more hours of strolling around Boston, Carrianne had texted me that she was walking home from work and wanted to meet at Dunkin Donuts. However, I was going at tortoise pace, so I just met her back at the apartment. Then it was time for dinner.

We went to Fish Market. It is seriously probably one of the best sushi places in Boston. It was quite a trek from Carrianne’s, and I wore uncomfortable shoes. Bad decision. I guess I forgot that we don’t live down the street anymore (oh how I miss that). We were supposed to meet one of our old roommates there, but she ended up not being able to come. Her loss because the food was AMAZING.

For an appetizer, I had Agi Dashi Tofu. It is a fried tofu served in a light shoyu broth with scallions. Oh man. This was a great way to start off the meal. The tofu was perfectly fried, and it was silken tofu so it fell apart when you bit into it. The broth was light, and the dish wasn’t filling at all, so I had room for a ton of sushi rolls.

For my first round, I had a Shiitake Mushroom Tempura Maki roll. There were only 4 pieces, which I was sad about, but the fried mushrooms in the roll were so good that I forgot about how small it was. The brown thing on the right is a fried tofu wrapper and the one of the top left is sweet egg omelet. My mind was blown with the tofu wrapper sushi. I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought I would try it since it is vegetarian friendly. Oh god I could have probably eaten like ten more of those, but I didn’t have time to stay at the restaurant all night.

My last roll was the Salmon Skin roll. It is salmon skin, bonito flakes, cream cheese, and cucumber. This is one of my favorite rolls at Fish Market because it tastes like bacon. Now that I don’t eat meat, except fish, this is the closest thing I will get to eating actual meat. Oh man. The crispiness of the salmon skin meshes perfectly with the smooth texture of the cream cheese. Definitely order this if you ever go here!

After dinner, we had to hurry back to the apartment because I needed to change because I was going out to a concert. My friend, David, had texted me asking me if I wanted to go with him and a few of his friends to some electronic show, so I decided why not. The artist we were going to see was Viceroy, so I put on my best raging outfit: high wasted white shorts, a see through lace black top, and a black bandeau.

This is David, and this photo is actually pretty old. The only photo I took of us this weekend is for another post much later on. He is pretty great. Anyways I met him and his friends at his old frat house over in Cambridge (Yeah, he went to MIT), and we headed over to the concert. One of the other groups was still performing when we got there, so we waited until the real party started. After the concert, we went back to his place and played Mario Kart for a while. Apparently I now suck at Mario Kart. Oh well, it was still really fun and I did get 1st once. Go me.

Hope everyone has a great Friday night! I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Boston fun.

Do you like Electronic Music?
If so, what is your favorite artist?

 

 

 

Arriving Home (Boston Day 1)

Hey ya’ll! I have finally returned back to Austin after a long day of flying and crazy people pushing, shoving at the airport. It is time for the Boston trip recap. I’m sort of ambivalent right now because I really miss Boston, but I’m excited for school to start so I can finish my 5th year and graduate onto bigger and better things.

When I landed in Boston, since I’m a local and all (yes I only lived there two years, but that city became a huge part of me), I decided to take the subway to my best friends apartment. Of course I missed the bus about 4 times before I finally was able to carry my huge suitcase. My best friend, Carrianne, had just gotten off work and I was meeting her and her boyfriend at her apartment. We chilled for a while, finally caught up with each other (she had been in India and China for a semester), and decided what to get for dinner. We chose to get Thai food, and headed over to Dok Bua in Brookline on Harvard Street.

This place is crazy. They have like a gigantic menu with tons and tons of pictures. I was already in heaven since I love looking at pictures of food (food blogger trait? I think so). Apparently, after the fact that I ate here, my dad emailed me a zagats list of the best 5 Thai places in Boston, and Dok Bua was on the list. Success. It took me forever to figure out what I wanted since the menu was so large.

I settled on Pla-Muk-Tod for an appetizer. This is deep fried calamari with a sweet sauce. Oh my oh my. This was some of the best calamari I have ever head. The batter that it was fried in was crispy, but still had this airy texture that was light. The sweet sauce accompanying the dish was perfect. It wasn’t too sweet, and had a subtle hint of a variety of thai flavors. I liked dipping everything in it.

For my main dish, I went pretty simple and just got pad Thai. It came with tons of vegetables, which was perfect because I needed some after a long flight of eating nothing but a sandwich of peanut butter and jelly. The meal was really filling, but not too bad since I didn’t feel stuffed, which is definitely one of the worst feelings ever. After dinner, we walked back to the apartment, watched some TV, and headed to bed early since Carrianne had work and I was exhausted from flying and getting up at like 7 am (I know I should get used to it since school starts on Monday).

Do you eat a lot of Thai?
What is your favorite Thai dish?

Fourteen Things Friday

Happy Friday, but really today is especially happy because it marks the end of summer school for me. I have somehow survived three demanding classes in a 5 week span. I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m still standing. I was actually going to do this post yesterday, but it was going to be called Ten Things Thursday. However I ended up having to study way more than I thought, deal with apartment things, and finish my research proposal. So now its fourteen things – I know you are excited to learn 4 more things about my life than you were originally supposed to know.

1. I have met my first blogger, and she is the sweetest thing ever. Min, who blogs over at Savor the Rainbow, is actually in my agriculture class (which is an awful class). I randomly found her blog one day, and was happy I did. Anyways to the point, she had made some muffins with the Wild Harvest Product from HLS and she let me sample one. THEY WERE AMAZING. Seriously it was the best snack I have had in class all month long. I was sad when it disappeared.
2. Speaking of agriculture, I’m done with summer school. Hallelujah. Although that final is sort of irritating me because the multiple choice part was a little harder than normal. At least in my opinion.

3. I’m going to Austin tomorrow. This means another trip to the Ice Queens snowcone trailer, and food adventures with my family. I also plan on doing some foodie pen pal shopping.

4. I’m having my first volleyball practice since a while ago on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited to see my girls. They are the cutest things ever. I will share a picture soon.

5. I decided to drown my agriculture final sorrows and my excitement for school to be over in some froyo from Crazy Good. I got White Chocolate Macadamia with chocolate sauce, strawberries, pineapple, jimmies, and gummy bears. Best treat for a hot day.
Yes, I have also discovered instagram – months later. Hello new addiction.

6. I have finally completely moved out of my old apartment, and I am into my new apartment Granted I still have a million boxes every where, but the main point is that I have a glorious new closet or should I say closets – as in two.
This photo doesn’t even do it justice because it chops off both sides. Also I have another bar under the clothes on the left for more of my clothing that is still in boxes. Remember, this is just my first closet! I love life.

7. I’m going to start volunteering at the Food Bank in San Marcos next week. I’m super excited to do something worthwhile for once. Also I’ll be researching more opportunities to help out the community in a food and health related way.

8. New snack alert. Normally I’m not a big eater of processed foods, but sometimes when you are sitting in class for 6 hours straight – you need easy snacks. In comes, fiber one cookie bars – SO much better than the brownies.
9. I’m going on a mini-vacation to Dallas with my mom and younger brother. Hopefully I can convince them to go to the Trader Joe’s in Fort Worth, but if not I’ll settle for H&M and a two story forever 21.

10. You guys must think all I eat is pancakes, but I really don’t. I just eat them on the weekends only. Anyways I’ll post up the recipe tomorrow and just share the picture now:
Lemon Raspberry Pancakes, so delicious with a nice tart taste.

12. I got a 101.6 in Accounting. I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m a nutrition major that is a science girl, so going into accounting I was a bit scared from all the horror stories of the other nutrition majors. However, I was a boss and destroyed it.

13. I have a new favorite snack: Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple with banana slices, mini chocolate chips, and a little bit of sugar free syrup.
This is the perfect snack on a hot day plus it is pretty sweet and very low calorie. I mean the whole pint of ice cream is only about 150 calories.

14. I’m not sure I have announced it on my blog, but I’m going to Boston from August 16th-22nd. I’m really excited for many reason: 1. It is during HLS, so I’ll get to meet tons of bloggy buddies, 2. I get to see my best friend, 3. Best friend and I will go on epic food adventures, 4. I’ll get to pretend I have a fabulous city life for a week, and 5. I get to see someone special. I seriously love Boston, and I’m not just biased from having gone to college there.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. Mine is going to be filled with food, family, and fun. I can’t wait because I have needed this break for a long time.

Do you have any exciting news in your life right now?
Are you going to HLS in Boston?