Donut Love on Valentine’s Day

Feb
09

With 4 days left on the countdown to Valentine’s, we thought it would be helpful of us to lend a hand with those still pondering how to best express their feelings. Nothing says “I love you” like heart shaped panda Donuts and a cheeky pun-filled greeting card. Our friends at California Donuts have put together just that for your Valentine’s day needs. They are offering 3 Donut Love packages – each priced at $25 with options of Panda shaped heart donuts to Heart donuts with icing proclamations of love. Paired with each of these is a punny Donut greeting card from Ilootpaperie. This Valentine’s day collection will be available staring 11am on a first come first serve basis in limited quantities. Go to their instagram @CaliforniaDonuts for more information on how to snag some serious delicious for the one you love. And while you’re there – you can get their Girl Scout donuts for yourself xo.

California Donuts
3540 West 3rd
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Photos courtesy of James Lee of Mr & Mrs Creamery
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Suite Foods Waffle Shop

Jan
30

We make our way up north this week to visit Suite Foods Waffle Shop with Michelle and James. Located in a cute little communal store in Bernal Heights, Suite Foods Waffle Shop is in a storefront with other food places. Using organic yeast risen flour, they specialize in authentic Liege waffles that are lightly caramelized. A slight pearl sugar crunch provides each bite with the perfect texture – definitely worth a visit!

Suite Foods Waffles
331 Cortland Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94110

Michelle: We got the Maple Bacon & Poached Egg Waffle, also known and called the “Walk Off Grand Slam”, and Chocolate with Frozen Kuhsterd. The worker Alex assisted us. The thing that’s special about Suite Foods is they make traditional Liege waffles, their waffles are like Belgian waffles. The typical waffles are usually made from pancake batter, but these aren’t like pancake waffles. The batter is made like a cookie dough batter and rolled up into a ball before being put in the waffle iron. Suite Foods adds these pearl sugar specks into the batter that helps give sweetness and texture in the waffle.

For our Maple Bacon & Poached Egg Waffle, Alex mixed in shredded maple bacon into the batter before making the waffle, and then cut it open to add the poached egg in the middle! You have to be careful when taking a bite into it so the egg doesn’t explode! But when eating these three together, savory mixed in with the sweet, you’ll surely have a harmonious set of flavors dancing in your mouth.

The Chocolate Waffle with Frozen Kuhsterd was also good. A nice warm waffle mixed with frozen “custard” was absolutely a nice sweet treat after our sweet and savory waffle. If you’re in the area, this is a great little place to grab a sweet snack!

** 2.9.15 Update: We discovered from Sivan Wilensky, President at Suite Foods, upon the release of our post that the Waffle Shop was closing down so that they could focus on their wholesale, catering and festivals. Their last day at the 311 Cortland Avenue location was February the 1st. However! we were happy to learn that a new shop location is definitely something that they are working on. In the meanwhile, Suite Foods are available to cater your special events and also on their websites is an ample list of retail locations where their delicious waffles may be enjoyed.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Nicole Photography
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Ice Que

Jan
23

A little over a year ago we featured Quenelle in Burbank in Dessert Tour with a Q & A and learned about owner John Park and his passion for ice cream. In the time since we’ve spoken to him, John has certainly been busy – with the January grand opening of his new shave ice spot Ice Que in Alhambra and a second location for Quenelle opening soon in San Marino which will include a pressed juicery. James of Dessert Tour stopped by Ice Que to partake of the shave ice goodness.

James tried three of the Oma-QUE-Se menu items, Ice Que’s playful twist on Omakase which is the Japanese phrase for chef’s choice at a sushi restaurant. While you can assemble your own shave ice bowl as you do with halo-halo or patbingsu, Ice Que offers nine chef curated combinations in their Oma-QUE-Se menu. James ordered two of the asian inspired items – Black & White and the current crowd favorite the Milk & Honey. Then he rounded out the day’s tasting with the Horchata bowl.

The Black & White bowl featured black sesame shave snow, condensed milk, coconut tapioca, rice cakes and black sesame flakes. The Milk & Honey featured vanilla shave ice, coffee caramel, egg pudding, honey jelly, rice cakes and coconut flakes. The Horchata was the favorite of James and his crew of the three items that were ordered. It featured cinnamon milk horchata ice cream, caramelized rice, vanilla ice and almond cookie batter. James was particularly fond of the housemade rice crisp that was super light and crunchy when paired with the almond cookie dough. 

Ice Que
On corner of Main and 4th
401 W. Main St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

James was also able to catch up with John for a quick minute.

James: With much success coming off of Quenelle Ice Cream, what was the inspiration of opening a shave ice shop? And what sets you apart?
John: Every culture have their version of shave ice. So what we are trying to do is bring that all together with many of the ingredients made in house from scratch… and be true to each culture. So the syrups, sauces, gummies, oreos, mochi for example are all made in house.

Photos courtesy of James Lee of Mr & Mrs Creamery
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Dessert Tour NYC: Shake Shack Vanilla Milkshake

Jan
16

Shake Shack has established a reputation for itself in the realm of the best burger battle. But today we will be covering Shake Shack from a sweet tooth’s angle and set our focus on their Vanilla Shake. Made fresh daily from real sugar and organic milk, Shake Shack serves up their dense, rich and creamy Frozen Custard in Shake or Concrete form. You can also order their Frozen Custard Ice Cream in a cup or cone.

Shake Shack 
154 E 86th Street Location
New York, NY 10128
Upper East Side

Michelle: When you visit the East Coast, one of the staple places on your recommended “list of eats” is most likely Shake Shack. What is Shake Shack? With locations all over the East Coast (NYC, Boston) and the first location now open in Las Vegas, Nevada, as a visitor or resident, if you have not tried Shake Shack yet, most likely you may have passed by a location or two.

Some absolutely love it, some have a love/hate relationship, and some just say, “you just have to try it!” It’s said to be the “equivalent” to your West Coast “In-N-Out”, however, in my humble opinion, we may continue the west coast vs east coast battle because their prices may be around the same range, but their tasty burgers are not quite comparable. However, we’re not here for their burgers, the Dessert Tour gang is here for their Vanilla Shake!

Could you really eat a burger then drink a shake after? Yes! Especially on a warm day in NYC. The hefty-ness of the burger goes well when you drink the sweet milkshake – it’s nice and cold. Also, when you take a few extra sips, the straw doesn’t get clogged (like some milkshakes do) but you still get brain freeze! Definitely something to get even by itself.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Nicole Photography
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Dessert Tour OC: Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream in Anaheim

Jan
09

Naturally ice cream goes perfectly with pie so following our last two weeks’ posts on pies, we take you to Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream second location at the Anaheim Packing District on this Dessert Tour Friday. They have been serving up fresh dense goodness – made in their original Santa Ana shop from locally sourced cream – for generations of Orange County ice cream lovers since 1972. Classic as well as new flavors like Coffee OREO® are scooped out daily. Handmade Drumsticks, Ice Cream Sandwiches and hand-dipped frozen bananas are also available to delight your tastebuds.

Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream
Anaheim Packing District
440 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

James: Hans’ Ice Cream is neatly located inside the current hipster hub of Orange County, Anaheim Packing District. Hans’ ice cream are homemade in small batches and generally has a very creamy consistency. We opted for the Cookie Dough during this warm day outing and it did not disappoint, the wifey loved it. If a scoop or two does not satisfy your craving, Hans’ has other options to fulfill your needs from multiple sundae menus, to your favorite floats, shakes & malts.

Photos courtesy of James Lee of Mr & Mrs Creamery
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Mission Pie SF

Jan
02

For our first Dessert Tour post of 2015 we decided to continue with our pie coverage but swinging up to Mission Pie in San Francisco where they firmly believe that “Good pie is worth sharing.” Sourcing from local farms and produce distributors, Mission Pie creates delicious pies from the highest quality ingredients.

Mission Pie
2901 Mission Street at 25th
San Francisco, CA 94110

Michelle: The “Mission District” is an up-and-coming neighborhood in San Francisco that has a distinct culture of its own. Graffiti art, murals and drawings everywhere, every block and alleyway has its own little charm. Located in the heart of the Mission District, a corner pie shop named Mission Pie resides on Mission Street between 25th & 26th Street.

We ate the Banana Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Apple Blackberry. The Banana Cream Pie was a light pudding-like cream pie, and very refreshing. The Pumpkin Pie was not too creamy. The Apple Blackberry had granola on top, and included a good mix of fruits. But what we loved about Mission Pie is their crust. The crust was so flaky, really thin, and it really set their pies apart from your average pie. Our “fav” was the Banana Cream Pie – a definite must try.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Nicole Photography

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The Pie Hole LA

Dec
26

Happy Holidays from your Dessert Tour team. We hope your holidays have been filled with sweet time with loved ones as well as of course sweet treats. For this Friday’s post we felt pie would be the perfect post Holiday topic – so we take you to The Pie Hole in Los Angeles.

The Pie Hole’s mission is clearly and simply stated: happiness one slice at a time. And they achieve just that with their artisanal fresh baked pie by the slice served up in flavors such as Mom’s Apple Crumble, Moe’s Pumpkin and Mexican Chocolate. They also bake up individual savory pies: Breakfast Hand Pie, Chicken ‘n’ Cornbread and Angel City Steak ‘n’ Ale to name a few. To accompany all this the Pie Hole brews their own organic coffee program featuring their house blends roasted to precise deliciousness. In addition to their two locations, The Pie Hole is now serving up pie at LAX Terminal 2! We discovered this by chance and happily brought a Chicken ‘n’ Cornbread with us onto a flight.

The Pie Hole
714 Traction Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013

James: Their first location which we visited is also their original location in DTLA Art District. We ordered the Earl Grey and Mexican Chocolate. Both were really good. The pies are a good balance of fillings, creme and most importantly with all pies: the crust and shell. The crust has a nice flaky crunch. Not super hard or tough as if it’s been a week old – but fresh! Their use of a good amount of butter gives it it’s nice flaky texture. The Earl Grey is subtle but noticeable and is complimented with chantilly creme (vanilla whip cream).

The Mexican Chocolate is the bolder flavor of the two. Baked into the goodness is the taste of spices such as cinnamon & nutmeg. The chocolate adds another layer of crunch.

The spot in DTLA is a nice hole in the wall, fitting to its name. It’s one of the few places in town that is pie-centric. And by focusing on just making pies they definitely make things right. A few small tables and a couple of communal tables makes up their seating arrangements at this nice spot in DTLA. They have now expanded to the heart of old towne Pasadena and it’s great to see that they’re thriving well in the short amount of time since it’s original opening.

Michelle: Pie Hole is definitely one of the yummier pies I’ve had in a long time.  I don’t normally crave for pie, but this is a must go to!

I love the Earl Grey because you would not necessarily think that a tea flavor would transpose so well to a pie. It was very light, and the mixture of the pie filling and crust was an amazing balance. The Earl Grey Tea flavor was refreshing. The Mexican Chocolate is great for the chocolate lovers. It’s bolder. I really like the communal picnic table they have in the middle – makes The Pie Hole a great spot for sharing pie and socializing. And on this particular Dessert Tour adventure, we ran into a certain renown DJ at the spot scroll below to see if you recognize who.

Photos courtesy of Michelle Nicole Photography

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