Monday, February 28, 2011

Put the 'S' on that cones

I've always dreaded making scones for P.B (Zanzibar has another location in P.B) or should I say, I dread making scones.. ;p they are so messy and I always end up having flour all over my hair..but today there's something about it that sorta makes me a little happy..after zesting the orange and sprinkle the cranberry on top of it,I took a moment and look at it..I never realized how pretty it looked..I suddenly feel all "Martha Stewart-y" :)

Or maybe because I can finally breathe through my nose, that I am grateful for all the little things in life that makes me happy..either was a good day..

And also..My parents are coming in April!

Aren't they pretty? :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oh you fancy huh?!

I have been hiatus last week from blogging because I was in LAX on Valentine's day night sending off my brother who is leaving to Malaysia and I was also sick. Valentine's day makes me sick,like,literally..( yes love has that effect on me..I'm joking..! ;p)

on a pre valentine's day I brought my brother to Zanzibar for dinner.Zanzibar had this whole Valentine's day special menu. Whitney was telling me that our new Chef, Nathan, made this fried oyster with lemon-chive aioli and tobiko caviar on it and she told me that I had to try it. I don't like raw oyster because there's always a funky taste in my mouth after eating it. But if its been cooked I'll eat em'!

So then came the 3 oysters, looking all pretty with Caviar on top of it. And Whitney was right.It was delish.! Since it was only 3 oysters, I took 2 and my brother took one ;p ( He told me he's not fancy with food,so, ok!) I dont think that we are having this as part our normal appetizer menu but I think that we should!

Nathan also has a blog of his own..I love promoting good blogs! check it out >North Coast Cuisine.

C'est Belle huh?
(that's "It's beautiful" in french since we're all being fancy here.. ;p )

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bloody Love me Passion-ly

Whitney ordered some Passion Fruit Puree for us and told me that I can use it to make the cupcakes. Usually on Monday I would make the chocolate Vegan. But then I thought since Passion Fruit and Chocolate both have such strong flavors, I didn't think those two would make a good combination..but this is just my opinion..So then I decided to make the white Bouchan cake and pair it with Passion Fruit Butter cream. And finished them with sanding sugar on top.It turned out wonderfully!

And today I decided to make another White Bouchan Cake for my cake of the week, since I made Chocolate Strawberry Buttercream cake last week, I didn't want to make something chocolate-y again this week. I went over to the bar to see what puree we have and I saw Peach and Blood Orange. I took both puree because I wasn't sure if I wanted to do Peach or Blood Orange Butter cream.I have a little taste of blood Orange puree and I love the tangy taste! Its weird because I don't really like Blood Orange as a fruit but I like it as a puree! Whitney suggested that I should decorate the cake with sweetened shreded coconut. who would have known those 3 combine, it would turned out Great!

And Yes,I use white Bouchan Cake recipe a lot for most of my cake of the week because 1) it's versatile 2) it taste good!

Like I would always say every week...head over to Zanzibar Cafe downtown to get your hands on those cupcakes and Cakes!

White Bouchan Cupcakes with Passion Fruit Buttercream

White Bouchan Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Brockton Villa in La Jolla

Every Wednesday morning me and my friend Anna would go for our weekly Hula Class,but today I woke up feeling a little low ( My brother is going home for good in 2 weeks, and one of my boss just quit his job so sudden yesterday so its like a double whammy for me in 2 days..) Anyways, I still woke up and got dressed for Hula waited for Anna to come by (but secretly prayed that Anna forgot about it or woke up late hehe!) because we carpool to Hula class. The Class started at 9am and usually Anna would swing by at 830am. But 830 turned to 840 then to 845 and then my phone rang (it was Anna) and She told me that she was running late because she just got out from work and she was on her way to my place..but I told her I wasn't feeling great this morning and wouldn't mind if we skip Hula today, I told her what happened and she suggested we go for brunch. So she came over and brought me to Brockton Villa in La Jolla its on 1235 Coast Blvd La Jolla. She told me the best thing to try over there is Coast toast which is, their famous French Toast, Similar to a soufflé, extra rich with a hint of orange. So We ordered that and Carne Asada Benedict.

I absolutely love the Coast toast! The Baguette is crispy on the outside and goey inside.Its not eggy and not to sweet and you can taste the hint of orange. I highly recommend you guys to order this.

The Carne Asada Benedict is delicious as well. It's their House-Made Carne Asada with Avocado,Poached Eggs,English Muffin. Topped with Cilantro Hollandaise Sauce. Hello Hollandaise sauce! I love Hollandaise sauce! they served it with rosemary potatoes and the potatoes are well seasoned and the carne asada is yummy!

So if you guys ever wanted to try a new breakfast place, this is the place to go. Its by La Jolla cove so the beach would be your view! The restaurant is really cute but it's slightly expensive. The Coast Toast is $12 and Carne Asada is $13. Here's their website Brockton Villa .

And Thanks to Anna for bringing me here and make my day a little better. :)

Carne Asada Benedict

Coast Toast

Tuesday cake!

Since the strawberry buttercream tasted so good with the White Bouchan cake that I did last week,I decided to make a chocolate cake with Strawberry buttercream. ( I wasnt feeling "creative" this week,and besides, chocolate and strawberry can't go wrong anyways.. ;) ) So I made the vegan chocolate cake ( Zanzibar special of course..its so moist and its vegan..) And to add a little "evil" on the chocolate cake I made the Buttercream with strawberry puree and it taste like valentine in your mouth. :) Whitney decided to call it a Sweetheart cake because its almost Valentine's day (not that I care it's Valentine's day..but it sounded cute so why not? :) ) Whitney Piped hearts for the border on top of the cake and it looks super cute and I personally love it.!

Head over to Zanzibar Downtown peeps! Have a slice of cake with a Berry Patch tea! you know you want to! :)