Cupcake Critiques (4 those w/ short patience)

You know, sometimes it’s best to just get to the point.  You know, is it good or not?  No time for sites that talk you up and down and all around.  Well Q, that’s what blogging is about… I guess.  My issue isn’t so much the stretched out rambling, but that some blogs have the same language, the same set up.  A story about their grandmother, which goes into a flashback as a child, something dramatic as an adult that gets tied around relationships or health then – BAM, the recipe!  Well, no lie, I shall offer a few of those myself here and there because sometimes they’re fun, but with my time in-between, LETS MIX IT UP!  (FYI these are all located in CA)

Getting To The Point #1 – Crumbs Bake Shop

Always dry, will never go back.  However for some reason my best friend likes them.  She’s a loser!  Why are they popular?  I have nothing else to say and refuse to post a photo (arms crossed).

Amenities *
Customer Service ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience ***
Taste *
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Pineapples & Pancakes

(Facebook repost)

Alright, I have another one for ya!  The Eagle and I (the boyfriend) took a trip to try out this Pineapple Upside-Down Pancake.   These trips aren’t always planned, for sometimes the people call upon us.  Who are these people?  You know, the people.  The people reach out to us when in need of deciding where to eat.  It’s what we do…and I enjoy it.

We pull up, seems the lot knew we were in the neighborhood – parking was easy.  The Eagle steps out to adjust his sun-glasses.  “BEEP” the car locks.  “Head towards the green awning”, I yell out.  We worked our way to the door, confirming its entrance.

It’s bright and pleasant inside, I smile with approval.  The waitress guides us to our seat, seconds for waiting.  I suddenly hear chatter, “I think it’s her?”  I knew what they’re thinking.  The sounds take me back to Jacks n Joe‘s.

I place the order – DISHES CRASH!!!

“She ordered it,” a young girl whispers.

“You think she’ll like it?” another questions.

The Eagle wasn’t so sure so we opted to share yet ordered potatoes and eggs with a biscuit on the side.

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Dessert in Israel

Allow me to first take this time to thank you all for liking my post, following along, leaving comments or simply browsing while passing through.  Note I have also visited you alls pages and am impressed with your stories, creativity, recipes and knowledge. xoxo

The Fisherman’s Restaurant at Old Jaffa Port.  I’ll keep this short and sweet 🙂

Malabi, a creamy, popular Middle Eastern milk-based pudding.   However, an Arab dessert, it has become a staple in Israel.  Usually sweetened with rosewater, Malabi can be served with varied toppings such as nuts, pomegranate seeds or pistachios .  Mine was served with strawberry sauce, coconut shaving and nuts.  Also known as Muhallabieh, you can find this sweet treat as a street food item or upscale establishment.

Fun fact I’ve learned is that the recipe originally comes form Turkey and is an offering to Turkish Jewish weddings, symbolizing a ‘sweet’ journey ahead.  How sweet!

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The restaurant itself was simple – nice.  It sits along the water offering indoor and outdoor dinning options with some eye catching and eye sore views.  We were a large party who easily took up 3 – 4 tables.  Service was pleasant, food was decent or good for those who have a huge appreciation for bread and hummus (basically Mediterranean food, but I’m not those people) yet clearly the dessert was something special.  Not completely sure, but for those who care it may be the only kosher restaurant in Jaffa Port.

Getting back to the dessert, unfortunately, the coconut shavings interfered with my over enjoyment of this dessert, I’m not a fan of coconut, but my respect for the dish still remains.  Our host covered the meal so I am unable to offer cost, but when you go, go with a huge appetite!

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste *
Price 

Happy Resurrection Sunday for those who celebrate!

A Sabbath Stew while in Israel

My apologies for not posting yesterday on Sunday.  I guess my days are a little busier than I thought.

Well, It’s been a journey while here in Tel Aviv, a good one.   I woke up worried about breakfast – no electricity to be used.  Laid in bed for a second, a moment of thanks and gratitude, then off about my day.

T was my roommate while staying at Hotel Cinema – an Atlas Boutique Hotel.  She’s actually Jewish.  I thought, she must be ecstatic to have a sabbath while here on this land.

Anyways, I get out the bed.  I felt responsibility at my door.  “Let’s do it,” I tell myself trying to get pumped.  Another long day ahead and the people depend on me.  “<Sigh> what’s for breakfast,” I question out loud.  Clearly I’m speaking to myself for my roommate already left the room.

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What to do with my Banana?

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“pssst”

“pssst”

“Hey, you over there!”

It was the banana trying to get my attention.  Now I know what you’re thinking?  You’re thinking I’m crazy.  Well, just know I love food and it loves me back to the point I hear it speak to me.  Sometimes I resist.  Other times… .

It kept asking me crazy questions like, “Do you love me?”  I’m thinking – OF COURSE!  Who doesn’t love fruit?

“Rub some sugar on me,” the banana kept saying.

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