For Kelly’s grad/birthday party, Steph and I had spent all day and evening making her the most fun grad gift ever – a cake! You wouldn’t believe the amount of work this took, but it was sooo much fun and sooo worth it.
We slept over at Steph’s house that night, walked over to Times Coffee Shop in Kaneohe to have strawberry pancakes and blueberry waffles for dinner.
The three cake layers are composed of Kelly’s favorite cake/desserts. The bottom layer is super fudgey, dark chocolate brownies, the middle is a rice krispies, and the top is a chocolate cake dome. Pretty awesome, eh?
We also made a little mini chocolate cake for Kelly to eat all herself, hehehe :)
It was an exciting accomplishment for both of us…we even did some of the flowers ourselves!
During the same summer we had an afternoon tea party at my house. I was absolutely obsessed with the concept of afternoon tea. Tea at 1024, The Veranda at the Mandarin, Halekulani, Moana Surfrider…we’ve done it all and then some!
The Summer of 2004, right after our high school graduation was probably the best summer of all.
Here’s where we used to sit and have lunch every day during high school. From left to right is Kelly, Shann, myself, and my prom date and fellow food blogger, Justin.
Kristen and I went to La Mer for the first time…or first taste of real fine dining without our parents. We felt quite grown up! (even though my dad had to drive us there and pick us up after dinner, hehe).
Fast forward a couple months. It’s our first year in college. Shann and I were the only one from our group of friends to end up in NYC…and luckily we lived just a few streets away from each other!
Our very first evening party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
Justin came in from Yale and spent the weekend with us. We took the subway from NYU all the way to Silver Moon Bakery near Columbia, ate lots of pastries and walked all the way back downtown. Full with almond brioche toast, chocolate brioche, and a simple iced brioche (we were in a brioche-y mood!), we crossed at least 100 streets!
The view from my seat (yes, I always had the same seat!) at the Starbucks on West 4th Street. I practically lived in that Starbucks freshman year. The fact that the NYU meal plan worked at Starbucks also helped quite a bit!
And then we all had to go fly back to school in January…
A month later, I met my parents at my aunt’s home in LA for spring break.
Rewinding back to November, we celebrated Thanksgiving in Shann’s dorm. Friends came in from New Haven, Boston, and Cornell and we cooked the feast ourselves! Oh wait. No. We ordered most of it. But we made the stuffing! From a box. We got pumpkin pie from Veniero’s and custard pie from Something Sweet. Turkey from Food Emporium. And we had a good time. Yes. That was the most important part. We had a good time :)
Well I’m going to go and clean out the rest of my room. There’s just so much stuff. I leave Hawaii in just over two weeks. A little sad. A bunch excited. A lot to pack.
This time of year, I think of “Oh my? It’s fruitcake weather!” — one of the memorable lines in Truman Capote’s wonderfully incisive portrait of his alter ego Buddy’s time in the South baking with his eccentric cousin Sook in “A Christmas Memory.” However, reading the story sets me to … Continue reading
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “China Black”, “Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume”, and “Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas”. We have added a link to the end of each one to … Continue reading
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