After hearing so much about Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills, was delighted to receive this goodie bonanza at a recent event and can now attest to the fact that they do, indeed, have some amazing macarons here. The sugar cookies and the flavored popcorn were great but those macarons hit just the right spot!
Allow some of the hospitality industry’s best offer their twists on St Patrick’s Day libations you can create at home! On the heels of winning Food Network’s 2016 Christmas Cookie Challenge, pastry chef Brittani Szczecina at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Resort & Spa has turned her attention to yet another holiday with this smooth, sophisticated St. Patrick’s Day treat. Bailey’s Irish Cream Panna Cotta · 4 cups heavy cream · ½ cup sugar · 6 gelatin sheets · 4 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream · Pinch of salt Bloom gelatin in ice water for five minutes or until soft. Remove from ice water and squeeze; set aside on a dry towel. Bring the remaining ingredients to a simmer and stir in the gelatin. Pour into desired glasses and let set in the fridge for at least two hours. Garnish with your favorite toppings: crushed chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles, or even a mini cupcake. Get creative!
Everyday you learn something new and this is one of those news alerts that I was surprised to read. I would have never known that the simple, almost mundane, activity of taking pictures of a hotel room to share with friends or to blog about could actually help save a life!
The social action organization Exchange Initiative is encouraging travelers to help fight sex trafficking during January, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, by uploading hotel room photos to the free TraffickCam mobile app. Today, January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Photos uploaded with the TraffickCam app are anonymously added to a national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps.
Bon Voyage from Hot Chocolate Designs (Photo Credit - HCD)
Like what you see? I did too! Aren't these simply the 'funnest' shoes ever?! Hot Chocolate Design is a Venezuelan company whose uniquely designed shoes have made their way to the U.S. and worldwide. They are known for their high quality and one-of-a-kind styles that are often influenced by different tastes, styles and eras. Beautifully packaged in a cake-themed decorative box too! Styles include Chocolaticas® (flats), Double Topping (heels) and Double Cream (platforms) available in a wide variety of prints and designs to match any mood, event or theme. Don't take my word for it - check out their amazing store on Amazon. Share your fave look sin the comments below. Mine has got to be the Bon Voyage design shared up top!
Gravity from Hot Chocolate Designs (Photo credit - HCD)