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!

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

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

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Bundtly Delicious!

Oh how I would love arriving to work with someone having the wonderful nerve to bring a cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes <huge happy sigh>.  I’ve only seemed to have tried their carrot cake and WOW it is FREAKING AMAZING!!!  A little too much icing for me, but still delicious.  Funny, it’s the only flavor people seem to have brought in, unless I missed something.  Please do try one!

They’ve been on my ‘Need To Eat It’ list.  Super cute, moist, tasty and come in four sizes,  Bundtinis (mini bite-size), Bundtlets (miniature) and Bundts (regular sizes in 8 & 10″).

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“Oh my gosh, who brought in another, Nothing Bundt Cake cake?” I yelled in the office.

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Good Griddled Grub

It was around the time of my New Years (my birthday).  (T) decided to take me to The Griddle Cafe, a place located in Hollywood that I’ve been to before, but not in a very, very long time.  We drove separately.

“Are you there yet?” I asked over the phone.

“I’m here!” she responded with great enthusiasm.

I pulled up, lucky enough to find street parking around the corner.  The line was long as usual.  Some talked on the phone, while others wandered off constantly running back to check-in for their table.

“Have you called us yet?”  We too were those people who wondered off.

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CHICKEN & WAFFLES

We’re not here for biscuits and gravy (even though we ordered that).  We’re not even here for eggs and ham.  PEOPLE, we are here for…CHICKEN & WAFFLES!!!

We pull up. “Hey sir, nice ride,” the security guard yells out.

“Thanks!” The Eagle responds back.

We’re at one of my favorite spots for breakfast.   A place I frequent regularly?  Enough I’d say.  So what I’ve learned early on is that you only order what the establishment is known for.  Therefor, when The Eagle asked where did I want to go for waffles, I responded without hesitation…Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles.

As usual we had some small talk with the folks outside.  It’s what we like to do – talk to folks.  Almost making our way to the front door, “Looks like you could use some help,” I tell the man.  He agrees and takes on my offer.  He was trying to take a selfie photo with the restaurants logo.  I smiled with a head nod of approval and continued on.

We finally entered the two-toned, wooden paneled building.  The waitress seated us and we proceeded to read the menu.

Flatware drops on floor “TING, Ting, ting”

WAIT – WHAT?

Read the menu?  I know what I want!

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(looks like an owl <chuckle>)

“Is she actually reading the menu?” A woman yells out.

“Just browsing,” I mumbled.

Do I really need to explain what I ordered people?  Didn’t think so.  Well The Eagle got his regular, the #11, which are giblets with rice, gravy and a biscuit.

Did we enjoy the food?  No time for silly questions.  YES!  And you will too once you go try them out.  As far as I’m concerned, this (B.O.) establishment located in varied parts of Cali offers THE BEST combination of chicken and waffles in town or around.  Their special batter and seasonings are what some of us say, “Is Everything!”

And check this, they’re starting to make their entrees available at grocery stores throughout Southern California.  That’s awesome!

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

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s Memorial Day – Weekend and I must first salute my uncle and grandfather 🙂 I thank them for their service XOXO

Well, speaking of being thankful, at work, ‘the men’ decided to pull out some grills at the employee entrance to show off their BBQ skills – what a joy!  For the rest of us, we followed through with bringing sides and/or desserts.  What did I bring?  Chocolate Chip Cookies 🙂

I must admit I am very disappointed at myself for not creating something theme related. It was a long day, but am glad I was still able to contribute.  It was a wonderful time, bonding over food.

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Well blog friends, I hate to cut this short, but I must run.  Need to get to work and can’t chat long.  I’ll post this whenever I can.  Have a wonderful – wonderful weekend and be safe. 🍪

UPDATE: 

It’s 3am and I’m FINALLY HOME <sigh> Felt bad for not leaving a cookie recipe so here you go…

RECIPE:

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

1 cp (2 sticks) soft butter

3/4 cp packed brown sugar

3/4 cp granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp hot water

1 1/4 all-purpose flour

1 cup of oat flour

1 tsp salt

1 – 1/2 cp chocolate chips

1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mix first four ingredients
  • Mix the following two items then add to cream mixture
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients
  • Scoop out little balls with spoon and place on cookie/baking sheet
  • Place in fridge for 15 minuets
  • Place cookie sheet in oven for about 10 minuets.  (Pull out a couple minuets sooner depending on color or texture preference)