Milk Jar Cookies, Los Angeles

Desserts have been on my mind more than usual lately (which means I've been thinking about them A LOT).
My gallery, TAG Gallery, had to move out of Bergamot Station (goodbye most excellent brownies and mint lemonade from the Bergamot Cafe) due to an impossible rent increase. It has relocated to the "Miracle Mile" district at 5458 Wilshire.

Milk Jar Cookies is two doors west, at 5466.
The cookies are REALLY GOOD.
Severo got me hooked, when he obtained the Lemon Blueberry and Chocolate Caramel Pecan the night of my latest reception [#mycommute, which is up until 8/5/17, btw].

I brought home this haul with the intention of sketching them.
Cinnamon Sugar, Oatmeal Raisin, Chocolate Chip,
Lemon Blueberry, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, Banana.
Only managed to get the Chocolate Caramel Pecan done [and I fear that it looks kind of, um, unsavory].
Looks like I'll have to get more Lemon Blueberry and Banana (my favorites)!
What a shame.

And WHY are desserts on my mind?
January 2 - 27, 2018 will be my next exhibition at TAG -- dessert themed!


Copenhagen Pastry in Culver City

Two slices of rye bread offered as a sample to get us addicted.
The result is affirmative. 
Do you like all things almond like I do? Copenhagen Pastry is your mecca.
We "happened" to drive by the other morning (I think Mr Glutton had it in mind) and picked up an assortment of goodies. We asked the clerk to point out the most almondy items and following are our choices. [I copied the descriptions from Copenhagen Pastry's website. They describe things better than I would.]

Raspberry Macaroon

A rich cake-like piece with a puff pastry bottom topped with generous portions of almond paste, custard and raspberries all covered with crispy almond macaroon
Five Yums

Coffee Bread

“The Perfect Companion” twice baked bread topped with almond meringue with a crunchy shell and a soft center
One Yum -- I was expecting Biscotti and got plain bread with almond. Snore.


Cream of the crop for any almond paste enthusiast this 100% almond paste piece de resistance is dipped in delicious dark chocolate
Five Yums -- but don't try it after the next item

Almond Mazarin

The Almond Mazarin has 3 delicious layers.  Cookie Crust with creamy almond filling, topped with almond brittle and finished with dark Belgian Chocolate.
Five Yums -- OMG
And, if almond isn't your thing, I present the ultimate coconut treat:

Coconut Top

The ultimate, “just right” sweet coconut top with a soft center dipped in rich dark chocolate
Five Yums -- THE best macaroon in town!
Copenhagen Pastry has two locations:
Culver Store, 11113 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 (310)839-8900
Pasadena Store, 3731 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 (626)792-7200

Ready for more, Mr Glutton!


Black and White vs Half Moon

It's NYC vs Utica in a cookie taste test. 
"Look to the cookie," Jerry Seinfeld.

The Black and White (or Half and Half) from William Greenberg Desserts, NYC.
Vanilla and chocolate fondant over a firm sponge cake.
The Half Moon, from Hemstrought's Bakery, Utica, NY.
Fudge and buttercream frosting on a cake base.

Half vs Half
Which was better?
The Central New Yorkers favored the Half Moon, though conceded that the Black and White's  chocolate fondant had a better chocolate flavor. I preferred the Black and White. If the frosting on the Half Moon had been a higher quality buttercream, I might have been swayed. I love a good buttercream!

I flew the test home to LA, to get Severo's opinion.

The Black and White WINS, in our household at least.
Here is a Wikipedia link that goes into detail on the two cookies and their history.


Magnolia Bakery Still Rules the Cupcake World

I'm doing one of those "Post 5 Artworks..." challenges on Facebook [find mine here], and I thought I'd make it more complicated for myself by making blog posts with the art. Each day a different blog. [Yes, I have 5+ blogs. Ack!]

Blog #4 is Dessert Safari [originally Cupcake Safari] created in June 2009. Not sure exactly what compelled me to have this subject split off from The Glutton's Progress -- an art exhibition perhaps? I circle around the concept of a dessert safari as an art project every so often. What does that mean? It's a secret!

For now, have a virtual cupcake:
Anne M Bray, Magnolia Vanilla/Vanilla, Prismacolor pencil on paper, 8x8", ©2010 
Severo recently brought home one of these sweeties and they still taste great. I'm SO glad there is now a branch here in LA at 8389 W 3rd Street x Orlando. In 2010, he'd schlep home a dozen in Tupperware from NYC whenever he had a gig nearby.

OK, now I want a cupcake.


Orange Cake in Vancouver

The best I've ever had!

The frosting is almost as thick as the cake!

159 W Hastings,
Vancouver, BC
8:30am - 5:30pm daily


It's Cupcake O'Clock, 24/7

This had to happen when Society6 added clocks to their printed items:
available here on Society6
Recomposited 12 of the cupcake sketches from 2010 + 11.

Individual cupcake sketches can be seen on my art website here.


The Sprinkles ATM

I had an errand to run in Beverly Hills, and I thought a visit to the Sprinkles ATM would be a nice reward.
I didn't factor in the fact that it was Valentine's Day. Oh well, live and learn.
It was a gorgeous day. Many people had the same genius idea.
Loooooong line for the shop on the right, ATM line on the left.
No line for Sprinkles Ice Cream!
A dapper gent in his V-Day finery.
The ATM!
"Automated Treat Machine"

Delivery of my cupcake
Yes! "Take me home!"
Glamor shot -- The Sprinkles Vanilla/Vanilla
Cross section -- YUM!
I'm going to return -- AT NIGHT -- with The Enabler.
There were some fun elements to the ATM experience that I couldn't capture on such a bright, sunny, and crowded day.
I vote "YES" to the Cupcake ATM experience.