My Top 5 Donuts Shops in (and around) Los Angeles

I am a born and raised Angeleno and that means growing up with plenty of donuts on hand every weekend so donuts are close to my LA heart! I wanted to round up my favorite donut places around town especially since Los Angeles is the donut capital of America, did you know that?! Apparently that came to be in the 1970s when Cambodian refugees, coming to America, were mentored by Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian immigrant, who taught them how to run their own donut shops in order to learn a profitable trade to sustain them and their new life in America. Here’s an interesting article on how Los Angeles became the donut capital of America!

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Little Sweet Eats – Hello Kitty Grand Cafe

I got to preview the amazing Hello Kitty Grand Cafe a few weeks ago and I’m still dreaming about how perfectly kawaii this place it! My adorable friend Jaycee (@MagicallyKawaii) invited me so I felt so lucky to see it right before it opened.

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Instagram Highlight Video: Mickey True Original Exhibit Pizza Party – Los Angeles

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Thought I’d add some of my Instagram highlight videos here on YouTube for the fun of it and also incase you don’t follow me on Instagram! Back in October of 2018 I was invited by Disneystyle to check out an art piece by Shinique Smith for the Mickey True Original Exhibit before it headed to it’s final home in New York. Continue reading “Instagram Highlight Video: Mickey True Original Exhibit Pizza Party – Los Angeles”

Little Sweet Eats – Bites & Bashes Cafe

We’ve been living in the South Bay (Torrance, Lomita, Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches) for about a month now, woohoo and we absolutely have been loving all our weekends! Yesterday we drove by the cutest cafe while dropping @Mobythesuperschnauzer off at his new groomers. As soon as I saw the cute, colorful sign outside of Bites & Bashes Cafe and it’s promises of coffee it was enough for me to make my husband hit the brakes haha!

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My Top 5 Disneyland Desserts

PictureToday I’m talking about 2 of my favorite topics melded into one sweet package – Disneyland + Desserts! One of the best reasons to go to Disneyland is for all the treats that you can find. They impart that Disney magic on everything, even the food! Now, I still have not been to Disneyworld (I know, gasp!) so here I will share with you my favorite desserts from the Disneyland Park in CA in addition to a little ode to a sorely missed favorite of mine.

5. Caramel Apples

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Now, even though these are farther away from my number 1 Disneyland dessert, the artistry of the caramel apples around the park are not to be dismissed. Disney is great at creating so many different types of caramel apples that you can’t help but want to collect them! The problem is that they are perishable so you can’t! I’ve seen the standard Mickey and Minnie caramel apples but I’ve also seen some awesome ones like a Cheshire cat apple, bunny apples, pumpkin apples and even a rainbow apple.

4. Churros

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Imagine this – you’re walking around Disneyland, you’re tired, it’s crowded, you’re about to kill the people that are in your party because they don’t want to take a break and your feet are killing you and all of a sudden you smell it – the churro cart and everything melts away. All of a sudden you realize – “Hey, I’ll tell my friends it’s churro time!” After they oblige you’ve got an awesome Disneyland treat AND a reason to sit down and take a break! You can’t beat the churros at Disneyland. It’s not like they are a ton better than ones you can get outside of the park, but because you are in the park they do seem better. Also, some of the churro carts in the park offer dipping sauces like chocolate!

3. Mickey Ice Cream Bar

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Ice cream shaped like Mickey – this is one of my favorite Disneyland summer treats! What’s great about most of the ice cream treat stands around the park is that they have a 3-D display of the ice cream novelties that you can buy. It’s always nice to have a visual of what you are about to eat like when you go to the Japanese food court at Mitsuwa (It’s a Southern California reference if you’re unfamiliar). This is a classic Disneyland dessert at it’s finest.

2. Mickey Shaped Beignets

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Ummm, hello, fried dough + powdered sugar + Mickey mouse shapes = Smiles! I think the Mickey Mouse beignets at Cafe Orleans are one of the most unique things about Disneyland park. I mean, how do you get them that shape? Do they have a special cutter to do that? I almost want to stage (aka intern) in their kitchen just to learn how to make them. They are perfection.

1. Dole Whip

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Ahh, and now we’ve come to my number one Disneyland dessert. I’m listing the Dole Whip as my number one treat mainly for nostalgic reasons. You can find the Dole Whip at the Dole Whip shack in front of the Tiki Tiki Room. The Tiki Tiki Room is one my parents favorite attractions at the park so getting a Dole Whip and watching the show always reminds me of family (Ohana). You are even welcome to enjoy your Dole Whip treat during the Tiki Tiki Room show but please, don’t throw it at the animatronics or I will hunt you down and kill you =)

And now, a little blast from the past – Fantasia Ice Cream

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Now, I did tell you that I would share with you one more Disneyland dessert treat that is sadly no longer with us – Fantasia Ice Cream (super sad face!!). Back in the day, Disneyland’s main ice cream sponsor was Carnation Ice Cream. Carnation created an ice cream flavor ONLY available at Disneyland in CA and later at Disney California Adventures. This ice cream flavor was a color extravaganza with Banana, Pistachio and Cherry ice creams! It was almost like a rainbow sherbert without the sherbert and a taste similar to spumoni without the chocolate. Unfortunately, Carnation (which was later taken over by Nestle) was replaced by Dreyers and they felt there was not much demand for the flavor and the recipe has been lost to the public forever. You can recreate the flavor at Cold Stone Creamery, kind of, but of course it is nothing like the original. One of my life’s goals is to get this back in the park. If anyone who reads this has any incite on this lost gem please email me!
And there you have it, my top 5 Disneyland Desserts! What are yours?

Homemade Almond Milk! Yum!

I made almond milk for the first time after hearing so much about the almond milk from Pressed Juicery! This is sweetened with a little bit of date and some vanilla extract. It’s so fresh and delicious, like a healthy, natural melted milk shake. If you want to make your own just follow these steps:
ingredients:

1 cups of raw unsalted almonds
3.5 cups of filtered water
2-4 Pitted dates, depending on how sweet you want it
1 tsp of vanilla extract, or a whole vanilla bean if you like!
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
A pinch of sea salt
Tools Needed:
A blender (I used my nutribullet)
cheesecloth or specialized Nut Milk Bag or sieve
Directions:
1. In a bowl or container put the almonds in water until it’s covered. You’re going to soak these almonds for about 6-8 hours till the skins are soft. When you are done soaking the almonds drain and rinse them. Now, I took the skins off the almonds by easily slipping them off with my index finger and thumb. Some people don’t take the skins off but I guess it’s a matter of how you want your almond milk to look. Without the skins the almonds are white and therefore will produce a pure white milk.
2. Next put the almonds, filtered water, pitted dates, and vanilla in a blender or something like a nutribullet which I have. Since my nutribullet is small I halved the ingredients and did it in 2 batches.
3. Blend on the highest speed for 1 minute
4. Next strain your blended Almond milk through your cheesecloth/nut milk bag/sieve into another container. If using cheesecloth or a nutmilk bag squeeze the remaining almond milk into the container, almost like milking a cow!
5. Pour the almond milk back into the blender and add the cinnamon and salt and blend on low to combine.
6. Pour into a container and now you’re done! The milk will last for 3-5 days in the fridge. Use it for cereal or anywhere else you use milk! It’s also super delicious on it’s own!

The French Macaron – It was love at first bite!

According to Wikipedia the A macaron (/mɑːˈkæ rɵŋ/ mah--rhon)[1][2] is a sweet confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies.

They are predominantly a French confection

I distinctly remember the first time I ever had a French Macaron. I was with my best friend out on a rare window shopping trip down Montana Ave in Santa Monica. We were having the best time and decided to walk into this small French bakery to make it even better. These little round discs caught my eye because first off I’ve never seen them before and second, they came in so many colors! Sweet pastel pink, green, blue, purple – you had to just imagine what these colors could taste like.To my surprise they were crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside, like a tiny crispy cake! After that I would never forget them and in fact became a little obsessed with them since I had no idea when I would see them again because soon after the little French Bakery on Montana was no longer there. Luckily, they caught on like wildfire here in LA and at many places here there are huge varieties of unique flavors like the green tea and rose at Jin Patisserie on Abbot Kinney. If you’ve never had a French Macaron yourself I definitely advise you to seek some out! You won’t regret it and if you are already a French Macaron lover like me or know one you can express your love for them with the French Macaron Earrings in the Little Sweet Thing Store!

 

French Macaron Earrings. They are available in Pink and Purple. They are also customizable in case you don’t see the flavor you love!