Shortcake, Los Angeles

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Short Cake to sample some of their offerings, and boy was I in for a treat! Right when Natalie and I arrived the food wouldn’t stop coming. Every single thing we tried was delicious, but my favorites were the tuna salad croissant sandwich, buttercup, and rustic apple pie. In addition to their sandwiches and sweets are a variety of coffees and teas. If you need a jolt of energy go for the shakerato, which includes four (yes, 4!) shots of espresso.

In addition to all these amazing treats, I was introduced to a handful of other food bloggers: Adrianna/A Cozy Kitchen, Lynn/The Actor’s Diet, Kristin/The Cuisinerd, Julie Wolfson, Leah/FreutCake, and the woman who organized it all, Nastassia/Let Me Eat Cake. A big thank you to Nastassia, Hourie, and Short Cake for such a wonderful time.

Short Cake
6333 W. 3rd St. Stall #316
Los Angeles, CA 90036


my new stamp / Unique Day 1 (sans sleep!) / new gluten free PB&J sandwich cookies! / Unique Day 2 (with 8 hrs of sleep, big difference in appearance I think)

What a week! Unique LA was much more easy going this time around, but I still had lots of last minute work to do. On Friday night I didn’t get one wink of sleep and stayed up until we got home from the show on Saturday. I can’t recall the last time I pulled an all nighter, but it’s infinitely more fun/easier when you’re doing something you love and not homework.

As always, I have to thank Gary for all his help.  While “Hurricane Sara” went through the apartment he would clean up after me and feed me. And on top of that he helped me man the table all weekend long without one single complaint!

I also have to thank my brother Alex for coming by both days to bring us food and keep us company! And thank you to my buddies Laura and Chris, Erin, Margaret, and Shannon. It really makes the weekend fly by when you have friends to lean on and make you laugh. I also got to meet a blog reader/instagram friend, which was so awesome. Thanks for your support,  Alexis!

I’ll be back in the kitchen with a new cake this week (so excited about this one, even if I can’t eat it! More on that later though).

Unique LA Spring Show This Weekend!

Friday, already? I’ve been under a mound of work in preparation for Unique LA this weekend. Will you be coming? If you visit, please let me know you’re a blog reader! I might look like a zombie from lack of sleep but it’ll sure make my day better. I will have my s’mores kits and PB&J cookies, and a very delicious chocolate chip cookie as well.

And be sure to visit my friends Lulu Dee at Table 112, Sass & Peril at Booth 267, and Paper Pastries at Booth 101! Make sure to tell them I sent you ;)

Unique LA Spring Show
When: May 12 & 13 (Saturday & Sunday)  //   11am – 6pm
Where: The California Market Center (110 East Ninth Street, LA, CA 90079)

Valentine’s Party at Myrtle

Outside Myrtle’s window, Geronimo balloon, Handsome Coffee Roasters, Matchbox Kitchen cookies

A couple of months ago a new boutique called Myrtle opened up in Echo Park that stocks independent women designers, as well as a bit of vintage. Shop owner Whitney Bickers carries the likes of Alexandra Grecco, Fieldguided, Kyyote Jewelry, and Paper & Type stationery just to name a few. I went to her shop opening party with the intentions of giving her a box of my cookies as a shopwarming gift but was too shy. As luck would have it, a month later she asked me if I wanted to participate in a little Valentine’s Day party she was planning. To say I was ecstatic is an understatement. Not only does she support female designers striking it out on their own but everything in the shop is thoughtfully curated. And of course Whitney is as nice as they come.

Even though I got sick the morning of, there was lots of fun to be had. Handsome Coffee Roasters was there handing out delicious espressos made to order and the Pablove Foundation brought Kourage the Kauzbot as well as some other goodies. As for Matchbox Kitchen, I brought a special order of chocolate and vanilla heart cookies and topped them off with sprinkles naturally dyed with beets. I also had sampler boxes for sale that the wonderful Laura of Lulu Dee designed for me (more on that soon!).

For more pictures and information visit Mrytle’s blog.

Myrtle’s chalkboard sign, Pablove’s table setup, chocolate and vanilla heart cookies, Handsome Coffee beans

Big News

For the last few weeks you might have heard me mention how I’ve got a lot on my plate with an important deadline looming my way. Back to back catering events with the big project sandwiched between meant lots of stress and little sleep. But I’m happy to finally let you guys know what I’ve been up to!

I will be selling Matchbox Kitchen cookies and other goodies at the 4th annual Unique LA holiday show! The photos I posted as a sneak peek were for my online shop (which you can find right here). To say I am excited is an understatement, but it feels a little surreal as well. I spent the whole week nervously anticipating the email telling me whether I got in or not, and right up to last Friday I genuinely thought I wasn’t going to get in. The thought of being rejected was so heartbreaking that it made me realize how much I wanted it. I will be honest and say that I kept hemming and hawing whether or not this was something I really wanted to pursue.  There’s so, so much work involved in starting a food related businesses (and any business in general). I told myself not to get my hopes up and not to think about all the fun stuff like booth design until I knew for sure.  And now that day is here and I am extremely grateful, excited, scared, nervous, the list goes on… I try not to think about it too much or else I get overwhelmed, haha.

Anyway, I hope that if you’re in the LA area on December 3 and 4 that you’ll come by to Unique LA and try some sweets! I hope to have a special treat for blog readers, too, so don’t be shy. The coming weeks are filled with lots of work and I’ll be sure to update you guys on my progress.

Last but not least, a huge thank you goes out to my friends Van and Karina for designing my packaging! They had a very tight deadline to work with and delivered exactly what I was looking for. We’ll be working together more until the big show comes. So if you’re looking for a couple of great designers look no further than these two.  They were such a pleasure to work with and I can’t wait for more meetings and start some taste testings with them!

Renegade LA

Saturday was the perfect day for Renegade.  The weather wasn’t hot like I expected it to be, but instead it was sunny with a nice breeze.  It was my first time going to the Cornfields, and I am so glad they chose this as the location! Parking was a breeze and it wasn’t hard to navigate like last year’s location.  I got to focus on all the amazing things being sold instead of trying to figure out where I was in the building!
Anyway, there were a ton of amazing vendors but I only got a few little things.

Sandwich wrapper from Chez Sucre Chez
Chef pencil set from Paper Pastries (for the bf, since he is a chef)
A birthday card from The Social Type
There were lots of lovely things that caught my eye, but what I really wanted was this necklace by Erica Weiner.  Unfortunately it was this or the facial I had already scheduled for myself on Monday.  My birthday is coming up soon though…hmm…