With a name like The Choc Pot, this dessert cafe was just calling my name. As you may have guessed they specialize in tantalizing chocolate treats. This is where chocolate fantasies become reality.
They have various locations in Sydney and I went to the one in Regent Place. You place your order at the counter and once the desserts are ready, a server will bring it over to you. The menu includes crepes, waffles and more! Continue reading →
Chewy Junior’s is a cream puff chain store from Singapore. They have made their home now across from Waterfront station on the corner of Cordova and Richards street.
Their cream puffs either have a vanilla filling or a chocolate filling. The only difference is in the toppings on top of the cream puff. In the case of the Matcha, it had a matcha filling.
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Trafiq Bakery is located on Main and 26th next to The Main. They serve a small selection of lunch items such as sandwiches and quesadillas as well as baked goods and especially cake!
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
In case you didn’t already know, I have a love affair with waffles :3 Naturally I fell in love with Nero’s after my first visit and I got the chance to visit again last weekend! It was a dreary rainy day and after my brunch with Carmen (check out her blog CuriouslyCarmen!), we went to Nero’s! Yes I always have room for dessert. =)
Luckily nobody was there and there was no line up! Woot! Seriously it’s like a small victory to me everytime I go somewhere with no line up haha The space is tiny inside and you can expect line ups during peak hours for sure so if you’re reading this, it’s probably not a good idea to rush there for Valentine’s day…
The special of the day was the Liege au Chocolat which we decided to try. The waffle comes with raspberries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and plenty of dark chocolate drizzle. It just looked so beautiful! <3 Waffle will you be my valentine?
The waffle was crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside and the toppings went really well together. I like how the warm chocolate solidified on the cold ice cream. The raspberries were plump and offset the sweetness from the chocolate and of course ice cream goes well with any dessert!
You really must come here at least once if you love waffles! Read about my first visit here!
I bought three boxes of cake mix last year when they were on sale at PriceSmart and then I never felt like making cake after. I just wanted cookies … good thing there are recipes for cake mix cookies! Last month I made some gooey butter cookies and this time I turned my Devil’s Food Cake into some chocolatey and moist cookies!
All you need to do is get a box of cake mix of your choice, 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs and beat everything together! It really doesn’t get any easier than that. Then you just spoon it onto your cookie sheet. The batter is very sticky and spreads a lot so I came out with larger than expected cookies.
When they came out of the oven they were very soft and cake-like. After they cooled down though they were more chewy and still moist. I noticed some recipes used oil instead of butter but I think that makes it less chewy. My cookies were big so I baked them for 12-13mins instead of 10mins. I ended up with 21 cookies but could’ve had more if they were a bit smaller.
Check out the recipe here.
By the way, the cake mix brand I always use is Betty Crocker in case you were wondering.
The Hot Chocolate Festival has been on for a few years now but I’ve never actually tried anything despite being a fan of hot chocolate or anything chocolate really. This year I decided to try Terra Bread’s hot chocolate since I work near them. Actually I work near both of their locations, the one in Olympic village and the one on 5th and Ontario St. They have two hot chocolates to choose from: Stollen Kisses or Balsamic Desiderio.
This was the Stollen Kisses Hot Chocolate prepared with Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder, spiced orange and almond syrup. The whipped cream is sprinkled with crumbled macaroon. Right away I could smell the spiced orange flavour! The hot chocolate was rich in chocolate flavour and you could really taste the spiced orange and almond flavours. I found the drink to be a little too sweet though (even for me!).
On the other hand it was a bit weird to be drinking chunks of the coconut and almond macaroon mixed with the hot chocolate but it gives you something to chew on. I just thought of it as like chewing on pearls in bubble tea. Also I’m not sure why my cup wasn’t filled all the way up?
The hot chocolate is also suppose to be served with a stollen kisses macaroon but sadly they ran out for the day. However, they did give me the Maldon Salt Truffle Cookie which was served with the Balsamic Desiderio Hot Chocolate. The truffle cookie had melted chocolate in the centre and was amazingly chocolatey. There were also hints of saltiness to offset the sweetness of the soft chewy cookie. I gobbled this up really fast!
The hot chocolate festival ends Feb. 14th this year.
Thought I’d just quickly share this!
Free any size dark chocolate dream latte after 2pm at Tim Hortons (participating locations) if you didn’t know already! :) Haven’t tried it yet! Coupon below!
Edit: Expires Dec. 25th