National Chocolate Day 2019

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Sad day: when you are the one to inform the chocolate shop that it’s National Chocolate Day

Happy day: when you discover a new chocolate shop

Proud day: when your 19-month-old is almost more excited than you and shouts “CHOCOLATE!” “CANDY!” “GUMBALL!” “MORE CHOCOLATE!” “BIG ONE!!!” #mychild

Cora Lee Candies has been churning out toffee and chocolates and “Grumpies” and “Barque” in Glenview since 1963 – probably long before the first National Chocolate Day. The assorted creams and caramels are covered in thick smooth chocolate and they have a decent “retro” section with wax bottles, candy dots, flying saucers, Big League Chew, etc. Basically something for everyone. Including sponge candy covered in dark chocolate. That’s the something for me.

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happening now: Firecakes

 

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Crème brûlée donut: stop. With mascarpone: Stop. Chocolate mascarpone: STOP. Fig chocolate mascarpone: STAAAAHHPP.

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And a lil PB&J back to school special featuring peanut butter mousse and raspberry blood orange jelly. A far cry from soggy lunchbox sandwiches of yore. A new cry of deliciousness.

Happening now at Firecakes. GO!!!

Stop at Whistle Stop!

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As autumn falls upon us, you, dear reader, will most likely be heading to Michigan to pick some apples. It’s just what you do. And what pairs oh so nicely with freshly picked apples? How about some freshly baked peanut butter treats? (please see the ginormous peanut butter choc chunk cookie and BRILLIANT peanut butter/butterscotch/chocolate/rice krispies ROLL above. Also: why hasn’t anyone thought of rolling rice krispies treats before??!? It seems the only way to do it.)

Whistle Stop Grocery in Union Pier is right there on Red Arrow Highway, ready for your bakery (and general coffee, breakfast, lunch) needs. So close to so many orchards (including my fave Twin Maple), it’s the perfect stop off before and/or after apple picking. Plus they have a cutie little outdoor picnic table area so you can keep catching some autumn breezy sun while you eat.

 

 

WLW: ready for layers

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It’s hot again. I was ready/still am ready for layers. LAYERS OF CAKE.

Specifically, the Russian Honey Cake from 20th Century Cafe in San Francisco. But then also these tortes:

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Just your usual walnut & apricot, coconut & orange, AND (/or) hazelnut cream layers.

Oh, but then also this:

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Dobos Torte with a little brûléed top.

Forget extended summer weather, forget early PSLs. Today, in my dreams, I’m headed to cloudy San Fran and wrapping myself in these layers. That is all.

*pics by: @ohhappydaily, @monbraee, @chowhall_

 

found: Lost (Larson)

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Found: new favorite bakery cafe: Lost Larson.

Found: largest assortment of laminated pastries to ever grace a countertop. twisted/rolled/folded/braided/sugared/all screaming “EAT ME! EAT ME!” – this place is a crispy layered wonderland. (see above: delicious kouign amann and churros croissant)

Found: a pastry photoshoot in progress (but they didn’t need a hand/mouth model)

Found: coffee that lives up to the pastry

Found: big open windows and a tucked away back garden

Lost (otherwise known as “returning for”):  cardamom buns, chocolate passionfruit hazelnut caramel tart whatwhatwhat, princess cake, rye raisin cookie, etc, etc, etc, etc.

Found: new favorite tasting companion (see below)

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Is it a cookie? Is it a cheesecake? Who knows….. IT IS PERFECTION.

A combo of chongos zamoranos and a citrusy goat cheese cream topped with a cherry or a blueberry or whatever’s seasonal, Loba Pastry‘s lil cookie concoction is a chewy buttery not-too-sweet cheesy almost-nutty dream. Kinda like a suped up corner blondie.

They had 4 left when I stopped in, and really I should have gotten all 4. But I’m so nice I left some for you! Better call ahead to be sure they’re still there.

 

 

Summer 2019 PSA

I don’t know what the deal with peach is…..(Did I miss it? Has it not happened yet??)…. but I do know this: Mario’s has new flavors including lychee and grapefruit, and the grapefruit is AMAZING – frozen bits of grapefruit and all (and combos well with watermelon) – and I’m getting the lychee next time.

At minimum, get a large.

You are welcome.