Tis the season, everyone!
What better way to herald in the holiday season than with a Buche de Noel (also known as a yule log)? If you are not familiar with this particular dessert, it is traditionally a rolled cake in the shape of a log that is served near Christmastime. Typically, a Buche de Noel is a roulade style cake, very similar to a giant sized Hostess Ho Ho.
However, the most recent class offered at William Dean Chocolates was not for the average yule log cake! Participants created oh so fancy Buche de Noels with silicone molds and unique ingredients/flavors.
I absolutely love when a favorite local restaurant comes out with new menu items. As much as I love the “tried and true” of certain menu aspects, bringing something fresh and fun to the table is always a plus.
Flamestone Grill (located in Oldsmar, FL) recently debuted a number of new menu items, and I was fortunate enough to be invited in to experience them. Over the years, my family has dined there regularly, so I was very excited to see the new look of the menu, as well as the new food offerings.
I have to admit: sometimes I get frustrated with the selection of spices available at the grocery store. The store shelves can do the trick for certain basics, but if I’m looking for something unique or out of the ordinary, it can be hard to come across.
I recently was introduced to an amazing shop in St. Petersburg – the Savory Spice Shop. After a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, Justin, my mom, and I stopped in to peruse the offerings. And oh my, were we impressed.
Yesterday marked the conclusion of our Tampa Bay Brunch tour. The last stop? Piquant in Hyde Park Village. I was truly looking forward to our visit, as I had never dined there previously. However, I had heard nothing but glowing reviews from others. And the fact that cronuts would be involved? Yes and yes.
I have to say: the ambiance in Piquant is absolutely wonderful. The interior is chic yet comfortable. The tables are surrounded by ghost chairs, and the walls are covered in various patterned wallpaper. There is even an outdoor patio for dining, which would be perfect during days like we’ve been having lately!