November 11th, 2012. Girls’ Day @ Mink! 

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

It’s not every day I’m in White Rock/South Surrey.  Despite being a nice little city with some great hidden gems for eating, it’s just so out of the way! Of course a good reason to go is to see Tracy!  A more beautiful, strong and faithful soul I have yet to meet amongst my peers.

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

JooHee and I took the opportunity to hang out with Tracy and her 2 daughters at her little condo, but then she suggested we go down to Mink!  Yes, yes yes 😀

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

After a little bit of browsing we decided to share the S’mores Chocolate Fondue option!  If you haven’t figured it out yet: I love fondue. I LOVE s’mores!  Perfect choice!

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

The platter consisted of graham crackers, marshmallows, and a pot of melted chocolate with a little hibachi for us to roast the marshmallows on!  The silver tray it came on was such a nice, elegant touch 🙂

mink a chocolate cafe - south surrey

mink a chocolate cafe – south surrey

 

 

 

 

 

While we did have to go to the counter to ask them to re-light the candle burning under the chocolate a couple times we still had a fun and sticky time!

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April 18th, 2012. Vegas Business Trip Day 5

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

Our final dinner in Vegas?  The Buffet at The Aria.  Can I just say this?  AWESOME BUFFET!!  Not only is it beautiful inside but the quality of food is pretty great and the variety…the variety!!  Full BBQ/grill bar, amazing seafood bar, Indian food, Asian food and a HUGE selection of desserts!

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went straight for the crab legs 😉  Big, meaty, fresh and so good!  The shrimp cocktail was good too!

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did I mention the vast selection of desserts?  Oh, they put a smile on my face 😀

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything from comfort foods like pies, crumbles, whoopie pies and big chcolate chip cookies to more refined things like tiramisu and creme brulee.

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

They really make dessert fun by adding little twists like deconstructed s’mores, mint chocolate meringue and precious little cakes with gold! 

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sweet tooth was well satisfied ;D

the buffet @ the aria

the buffet @ the aria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would DEFINITELY recommend The Buffet at Aria and would TOTALLY come back for more if I came back to Vegas!

April 6th, 2012. Lifegroup Girls’ Easter Luncheon

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

Us girls in Lifegroup wanted to take the opportunity of a long weekend to get together and bond over tea, lunch-stuff, cupcakes, etc.. Hello, Easter Long Weekend!

white rock, south surrey

white rock, south surrey

 

 

 

 

Fortuitously we were blessed with an amazingly sunny day! After another long and gloomy winter season it was just so nice to see such brilliant sunshine. Definitely made the drive down to White Rock pleasant.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

We’d originally wanted to do a high-tea sort of thing, but seeing as how the good ones are so far out in Vancouver and the ones in the neighborhood seemed a bit steep in price we came to the compromise of a luncheon!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed like a better way to go so that not everyone had to be subject to a group fixed price and we could be more flexible.  Tracycakes was the unanimous vote.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

The shop is nicely situated on the waterfront strip in White Rock and is full of the most precious knick knacks and things for the home.  A mix of modern-rustic-country-nautica the shutter bugs among us just couldn’t get enough!

 

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Pair that with the cute tea ware and adorable baked goods in the pastry display case..yeah…really….it took all my will-power to stay in my seat.  Haha! 😉

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

 

I chose to have the Chicken Pot Pie as my meal.  I’m kind of a sucker for them..!  Chicken, diced potatoes, peas, carrots and onions in a gravy topped off with a hat of crisp, flaky pastry.  Not exactly a pie, the gravy was runny, but it was okay.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

The salad was Tracy’s Signature Salad with strings of beets and carrots toasted pecans, feta cheese and their signature raspberry poppyseed dressing.  Funny enough I thought the greens were a bit…tough…..but other than that I loved the touch of cream from the feta, the natural slightly sweet from the carrots and beets and even the pecans were nice.  Nice dressing, too!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

I couldn’t come here and NOT have a sweet treat. After MUCH contemplation I finally settled on 2 babycakes: the Lovely Lavender – a vanilla cupcake with Bavarian filling topped with lovely purple butter cream icing, and the ‘Smores – chocolate cupcake with marshmallow filling topped with chocolate butter icing and graham cracker dust.

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

Both were incredibly moist and delicious and beautiful! I think they hit all the notes well. Pretty to look at, great scent, and delicious in my mouth! Sure they could be sweet for some, but I think that’s why the babycakes area good way to go. Bite-sized things are great!  How amazing is this cupcake??!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Yaisa also had the Lovely Lavender as well as the Ra~Ra~Raspberry, a rich chocolate cake filled with whip cream and topped with raspberry icing.  Both so lovely!

tracycakes bakery cafe

tracycakes bakery cafe

 

 

 

 

Can’t remember exactly what it was that Camille got, but it was sweet, it was super rich and definitey measured up to her chocolate-tooth expectations 😉  What a wonderful afternoon!

Homemade S’Mores Cookies

November 5, 2012

February 11th, 2012. Homemade S’Mores Cookies~

homemade s'mores cookies

homemade s’mores cookies

 

 

 

Susannah was throwing a Valentine’s Cookie Exchange Party…and I was invited~!  Along with many of our mutual summer grass volleyball friends 🙂

homemade s'mores cookies

homemade s’mores cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

The rules of a cookie exchange is that everyone brings baked goods (preferably homemade) and then we exchange!!  Basically everyone gets to go home with a variety of baked goods!

homemade s'mores cookies

homemade s’mores cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyways, I decided to go with my old stand-by…S’Mores Cookies!  But with a twist…Heart-shaped!!!

homemade s'mores cookies

homemade s’mores cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s really not a lot that beats the sweet, warm, delicious aura of fresh baked goods in the home 🙂

homemade s'mores cookies

homemade s’mores cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deliciously ready for a great party!!