My first DELICIOUS gluten-free cupcake

The first time I experienced a vegan/gluten-free bakery was a few years ago when I took (T), a friend of mine out for her birthday.  I forgot the place.  Somewhere in Los Angeles, near Pico or Adams.  Any-who, it was…ok, little dry, odd and different from everything “normal folk” who eat the “normal stuff” would think about “those types” of cupcakes.  I was open to the idea of it, it didn’t kill me, but I also didn’t need to return .

Years later, here I am in Vegas and I was helping a friend with a bridal shower and she happened to order vegan cupcakes.  I thought, “Oh, well maybe I’ll eat a quarter of it and give the other portion away”.  NOPE, NOT AT ALL FOLKS!  These cupcakes were SOOOOOO DELICIOUS!  What flavor did I try?  Carrot I told you I’m on a roll people since my Bundtly Delicious Blog. They were from Gluten Zero Bakery.  We ordered chocolate, carrot cake, red velvet and lemon.

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Now I must admit I wasn’t a fan of the chocolate and learned that with these specialty desserts, the moist and tasty ones are those containing additional ingredients such as fruit and vegetables.  Getting back to those carrot cupcakes, I could have sat and eaten them all night, alone, in a corner and with no distractions.  If and whenever is Las Vegas, take the trip to visit this place.  And trust me, GET THE CARROT!

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I didn’t pick up the cupcakes therefor can not comment, but friends say it’s a great place!

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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).

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What I love about Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Don’t you just love the holidays?  Well I do!  I love the build up and planning.  I love early and last minuet shopping, themed decorating, family time, personalized cards, home videos, church service, holiday playlist and most of all – MENU MAKING lol

I mean, Christmas to me is all about…

Jesus

Celebrating Family

Peppermint Bark

(drum roll) …and Bread pudding

Yup, that’s right people I said it, bread pudding and I don’t feel bad about it at all.  You see, Jesus came into the world to offer happiness for being in a world of such madness.  In the bible, for those who read it, you will come across a scripture that talks about Jesus breaking bread and it went into all kinds of breads and foods he would prepare to eat along his journey and one was bread pudding.  Look into Matthew 26:26 which goes into how they broke bread pudding in half with great joy and shared it amongst the people.  It’s a great verse, go check it out.

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NOW, usually I’m known for making my own, but this year due to personal circumstances I couldn’t get it done.  However, I did find a place The Eagle and I went to called Lola’s – A Lousiana Kitchen.  I tried their Lola’s Famous Bread Pudding which was topped with a Jim Beam praline sauce.  All for the cost of 6 bucks and it was YUMMY!  Would I go back?  Yes.  The consistency was just right, not too mushy or too dry.  The sauce was mixed with raisins and nuts and I licked every drizzle of it from the plate.  It was a good balance or ratio of fat to bread offering a beautiful texture to enjoy.

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We look forward to going back to try other items on the menu and our server was supper awesome!

Dad and Dana’s

With over 30 years of experience, Dana’s Bakery is a must try.  Located at 720 N Homewoood Ave. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s a place that my parents have been going to for years.  Do we live in the area?  No, but to this day my father takes the monthly drive down for some traditional goodies.

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Originally located in The Hill District, this tiny shop only accepts cash.  Prices range from 65 cents to a couple of dollars depending on what you get.  Besides the small fried cakes of sweetened dough, they also offer a variety of goodies such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes and tiered cakes.  Their small brick building is surrounded by churches and a community college and F.Y.I. my father once told me Dana is the name of his daughter.

Well, with no disrespect to what I bake when home for the holidays, you can always count on my dad walking in with a box from Dana’s.  Everyone gets so excited as we dive into the bakery box.  We keep it simple with the usual glaze, but feel free to try other flavors and let me know what you think.

Absolutely, easily THE BEST IN THE BURGH!

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