Have you noticed how I’ve been writing about desserts a lot, as of late? I maintain an editorial calendar in order to keep some sense of schedule, amidst this loca vida I have. I try to space out my posts between restaurant reviews (3 of which are way late), product reviews (another 5 which are even more late), events, savory dishes I make at home, client events and desserts.
But, there are some moments that interrupt the regularly scheduled anecdote.
Last week, it was the announcement that I’m the new food columnist for Latina Magazine. Read here for that. How exciting, right! Then right after that, I shared I was the guest blogger on Dean & DeLuca’s blog, featuring a flan (dessert) for Cinco de Mayo. See here for that sexalicious of a thing!
So, now I’m two scheduled posts behind.
And, today, having missed the opportunity to do a fabulous round-up for extraordinary Mother’s Day gifts, I get tagged in a Facebook post about an event I did two weekends ago:
Yes, more dessert. See what I mean. I can’t get back on track. But, this time, it’s completely justified.
See, my friend The Broke Socialite, is where I was 5 five years ago: newly self-employed, bursting and replete with creative ideas that express her sweet (no pun intended) spirit. Her first of many swanky and off the beaten path events is this SUGAR coma thing!
If you have a sweet tooth that will rotten your teeth like mine (MINE ARE NOT ROTTEN) then you will appreciate this experience.
Morning and Afternoon.
Lots of them.
You have limo service.
You stop and taste: Sweets. Baked goods. Sip coffee. Croissants.
And then on to the next one.
And you are in a coma.
A serious one.
Need any more reasons to do it?
I was asked to be the last stop of the afternoon tour and let me tell you, what a smash hit it was. Melecotte and I have quickly become friends (after her over the top spread in STIR IT 28–a benefit for Haiti) and we were paired together to feature our desserts at a cute wine boutique, appropriately called The Wine Shoe, quaintly situated in an artistic district called Castleberry Hills. It was the day of the Kentucky Derby, so I came out in proper fashion, hat, stilettos and a TWEET ME ABOUT IT shirt.
Prior to the coma-goers arriving, Nora, owner of The Wine Shoe, as fun and laid back as could be , spent some time with us going over wines that would pair perfectly with our delectables.
She has over 120 varieties of national and international specialty boutique brands that will satiate your senses.
On MeleCottes’s platters: lemon drops, apple cake, chocolate something and blackberry ice custard. Over the top, again.
But, I love that because she hooks up my fixes every time I have them.
On my side of the wine: Cuban espresso flan, which didn’t look half as good as it was (and gone)—uncooperative little son of a gun; Lemon almond flan and cinnamon & lime infused arroz con leche. Let me tell you something about flan: I loathe making them in ramekins. Seriously. As much as it’s my favorite dessert, why can’t everyone be happy with one big OL’ pie that I slice up? Really!? Truthfully, ramekins are prettier and perfectly suited for individualisms, but goodness, the process is just too much.
Sidebar note: My feelings about making flan in 6.5 oz. ramekins are going to quickly change. I feel it.
Our 20-minute stop was anything but boring or comatose. The attendees were engaged, everyone tasted everything, asked questions, sipped Nora’s wonderful wines, all while Mark from LeahandMark photography did an extraordinary job in capturing the afternoon (as he always does–remember STIR IT pictures! Wow).
Folks boxed up goodies and left in a jiffy.
I think I’ll be taking a break from posting on desserts for a while, unless of course something jumps at me and I must share. Oh, wait, I have a lemon zest whipped cream post scheduled for this week and a chocolate truffle explosion for end of month. I guess I’ll leave the pistachio flan for sometime in June or July!
My hips are spreading just thinking about it!
Thanks to my girl Moni and A for always coming through and helping me set up; Christina, for taking fabulous shots, because yet again, I forgot my camera; and for sharing your goodies. And, Cecille for making me pretty name plaques for my desserts…she’s so on it! And of course, to Leah & Mark for taking some awesome shots of the entire day, which you can view here. (Mark took the ones of the pm tour).
Read Melecotte’s recount here.
Make sure to read my column tomorrow on LATINA. Would appreciate the support!
Eat well, love unapologetically, pray with true intention, and take care of yourself.