Friday, April 28, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 27th, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 20th, 2017

Starbucks - Unicorn Frappuccino

By now, many of you will likely have seen this crazy looking Unicorn Frappuccino online, especially yesterday which was the first official day it was available.  Clearly this was something that I had to get, given the combination of Starbucks, limited edition, and made for Instagram!

This drink consists of mango syrup in a pink creme Frappuccino base, sour blue drizzle, whipped cream, and sour pink and blue powder on top.  The "Color-changing" aspect in the advertisements likely comes from stirring the blue drizzle through the pink base, making the drink purple later on.  

Or, if you leave it alone without mixing it that well, it starts to turn into something like a Lush bath bomb inside of a cup, haha.  

After reading a number of reviews online, it seems like there's some inconsistencies with the sweet/sour aspect of the drink.  Many people said the drink was too sour, while other said it tasted like a funky colored vanilla Frappuccino with no distinct fruit flavors.  For me personally, I got a lot of mango flavor throughout, which reminded me of a mango Rita's water ice (so good!!) at first.  Then I did get a few hits of sour flavors, I think from when I finally started drinking the blue drizzle along the side of the cup.  The powder on top was pretty sour, but nothing more than maybe a bite of a Sour Patch Kid gummy.  But as expected the predominant flavor was very, very, very, sweet.  I got about halfway through the drink before deciding that it was something fun to try but I did not have to finish, haha.  I can definitely say I'm happy I tried it, especially since I used a drink reward for it so I didn't technically pay up front for it anyway.  

 As a side note - I have to laugh at the Starbucks Facebook page comments (seriously, go look), with all the people blasting Starbucks for making a drink too sweet and unhealthy.  Last I checked, NO ONE is buying this for health reasons, and people can choose to not get this drink (or any drink/food for that matter) if they don't want to.  When it comes down to it it's a fun and crazy drink, and I hope they keep coming out with more fun flavors moving forward!     

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 17th, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 14th, 2017 - Kimi No Na Wa Movie

 In lieu of my regular Lunchtime Links today, I wanted to share some reviews for the Japanese movie "Kimi No Na Wa" / "Your Name" that is currently out in select US theatres.  This movie was a huge hit in Japan last summer/fall and continues to be really popular, with movie-themed pop up cafes doing really well in Japan.  The animation is really amazing, and I love the soundtrack as well.  The Japanese band Radwimps worked closely with the director to create all of the songs in the movie, and it's really a great compliment to the story.  If you have a chance to see this movie while it is being shown by you, I highly recommend it!! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 12th, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 11th, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lunchtime Links for March 22nd, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lunchtime Links for March 21st, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Lunchtime Links for March 16th, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lunchtime Links for March 7th, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lunchtime Links for March 1st, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - March Flavors

Happy March everyone!  There are a lot of special flavors this month at Georgetown Cupcake, including the start of very spring-like designs and the return of the Unicorn cupcake!

- Chocolate Mint CrunchValrhona chocolate cupcake baked with chocolate mint cookie pieces, topped with a mint-infused whipped chocolate ganache frosting, mint cookie crumble and a mini green fondant heart

- Pink Tulip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake decorated with baby pink vanilla buttercream frosting "tulips"

- Cherry BlossomClassic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with cherries and topped with a cherry infused cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom

- Mocha Chocolate Chip CheesecakeMocha cheesecake cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips with an oreo cookie crust, topped with mocha frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean

- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip TwistPeanut Butter cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a peanut butter and Callebaut chocolate "twist” frosting

- Unicorn: Georgetown Cupcake's classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with nonpareils and topped with purple-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, rainbow jimmies, and a whimsical fondant unicorn

- Cherry CheesecakeCherry cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust and topped with a cherry infused frosting and cherry blossom fondant

- Rainbow: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a baby blue-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sour candy rainbow

- St. Patrick's Day ChocolateValrhona chocolate cupcake with light green vanilla buttercream frosting and a fondant four-leaf clover

- St. Patrick's Day VanillaClassic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with St. Patrick's nonpareils, with light green-tinted vanilla buttercream frosting, and a fondant four-leaf clover

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 28th, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - Milk Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake

I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I LOVE the milk chocolate frosting at Georgetown Cupcake.  It is always fluffy and the perfect milk chocolate flavor, not heavy or cloying at all.  With the fresh strawberry cake as the base, this Milk Chocolate Strawberry cupcake was the perfect balance of both to make a delicious chocolate covered strawberry flavor.  I hope they bring this one back again soon! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 24th, 2017

Forever 21 - Panda Tote

Happy Friday everyone! I cracked up seeing this dancing panda ballerina tote at Forever 21 recently and knew I had to buy it!  On a somewhat related but less fun note, earlier this week Bao Bao the panda left the National Zoo here in DC to go to China.  In a weird way this tote could also look like the panda on the tote is waving goodbye, haha.  Best wishes to Bao Bao in her new home!    

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 22nd, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - Chocolate Ganache Strawberry Surprise Cupcake

This Chocolate Ganache Strawberry Surprise cupcake was the free secret flavor recently, and while it might not be the flashiest cupcake, it was really delicious!  The chocolate cake plus chocolate ganache is always a good combination, and the little "surprise" was a strawberry frosting core.  It actually reminded me a lot of the Chocolate Strawberry Oreos that are out now, even in the appearance haha.  If you don't always like a ton of frosting and love chocolate the chocolate ganache is a perfect choice!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 14th, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I love how the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day there are hearts and cute things everywhere haha.  This new Starbucks sleeve design is so cute!  I hope everyone has a great day with lots of love all around :o)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 13th, 2017

The Candle Creative - Galentine's Day Gift Swap

This year I participated in the Galentine's Day swap hosted by The Candle Creative, which was a fun way to send gifts to someone to celebrate! I got matched up with Diana of Our City Lights, and I knew immediately that it would be really fun to shop for her.  Check out her Instagram feed and you can see our mutual love of cupcakes, Hello Kitty, Mindy Kaling, to just name a few things! 

I received Diana's package over the weekend, and as you can see she totally picked out things that I love haha!  Red Velvet, mugs, cupcakes, and Kate Spade :o)  I can't wait to use everything ASAP!  Thank you to The Candle Creative for hosting such a fun gift swap! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 10th, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - Williams-Sonoma Bethesda Event


Last night was a very fun event at the Bethesda Williams-Sonoma to celebrate the new Georgetown Cupcake baking mixes!  I have been to one of their book signings years ago in Bethesda, so it was fun seeing the co-owners Katherine and Sophie again!  

What a beautiful sight, haha.  These boxed cupcakes were available to take home with a donation to a great organization, No Kid Hungry

Katherine and Sophie are always so nice and friendly, taking photos and chatting with everyone that came out to the store.  I was very happy that they remember seeing my photos on Instagram, haha :o)  

Champagne and mini cupcakes were served, which was a delicious way to celebrate their new product!  The mini cupcakes are so cute, and are perfect little bites for a party. Plus it lets you try a number of different flavors without committing to full-size cupcakes.  

Everyone was excited about the idea of baking their own Georgetown Cupcakes at home, and the ones that were available in the store were selling quick! Congratulations to the Georgetown Cupcake team on their new baking mixes! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 9th, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake

Given my love for both the Red Velvet cupcake and the cheesecake varieties at Georgetown Cupcake, this Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake was a guaranteed winner in my book!  This flavor consists of Classic cheesecake swirled with red velvet and a graham cracker crust, topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a double heart fondant decoration.  The cheesecakes at Georgetown Cupcake are always so smooth and delicious - and the crunchy graham cracker crust adds a lot of texture.  Definitely give this one a try if you also like Red Velvet and/or cheesecake, it's delicious! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 8th, 2017

USPS - Love Skywriting Stamps

These "Love Skywriting" stamps came out in January and they are so fun!  I always like when there are creative designs for the newly issued stamps.  If they aren't available at your local post office - buying them online is very easy and the shipping costs are minimal.  And of course, these are perfect for mailing out Valentine's Day cards which is coming up next week! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 7th, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - Hot Cocoa Cupcake

This Hot Cocoa cupcake from Georgetown Cupcake was available under a different name over Christmas a few months ago, but I was very happy to see it back on the menu in January! 

Georgetown Cupcake's Valrhona chocolate cupcake, stuffed with marshmallow, and topped with a Callebaut milk chocolate buttercream frosting, Callebaut dark chocolate curls, and a white fondant snowflake 

Anyone that loves chocolate will of course enjoy this one - and with the addition of marshmallow it really does mimic the taste of hot cocoa really well.  I especially loved the marshmallow filling, and the little dark chocolate curls on top of the frosting, so good!  Unfortunately this was available only as a January flavor, but I hope they bring it back again soon as a secret flavor! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 3rd, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake Mixes at Williams-Sonoma

For those of you that love to bake or want to try Georgetown Cupcake and can't get to one of their stores, they now have cupcake mixes available at Williams-Sonoma stores and online!!

Currently the following flavors are available: Chocolate, Red Velvet, Vanilla, Lemon, and gluten free Vanilla.  The cupcake mixes are $14.95 each, or $25 for a set of two (same flavor) online.  While the mixes are only for the cake portion and not the delicious frostings, this is still a fun way to try your hand at baking Georgetown Cupcakes at home!  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Lunchtime Links for February 2nd, 2017

Starbucks Tiny Hearts Cold Cup

I originally saw this super cute Valentine's-themed Starbucks cold cup in January, and did not buy it right away (shockingly, haha).  Unfortunately, not too long after, the Valentine's day designs started selling out, and this one wasn't even available online anymore.  Luckily for me, I happened to check out the Starbucks inside a Target store recently and came across a shelf full of Valentine's day items!  This cold cup is light gold all around with tiny little pink and red hearts - so fun!  This will be perfect for making sure that I drink lots of water at work :o)  If anyone is still out looking for these mugs and cups be sure to check the franchise Starbucks stores as well to see if they have any! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Georgetown Cupcake - February Flavors

Happy February everyone!  Georgetown Cupcake has a lot of special flavors this month, and I love how they're all so PINK!

- Strawberry: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with fresh strawberries and topped with a fresh strawberry frosting and a fondant heart

- Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake: Classic cheesecake swirled with red velvet and a graham cracker crust, topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a double heart fondant decoration

- Pink Rose: Classic Madagascar bourbon vanilla cupcake decorated with baby pink vanilla buttercream frosting "roses"

- Valentine's "XO" ChocolateValrhona chocolate cupcake with bubblegum pink vanilla buttercream, Valentine's candy nonpareils, and “XO” fondant

- Valentine's "XO" Vanilla: Madagascar vanilla cupcake with baby pink vanilla buttercream, infused with and covered in Valentine's candy nonpareils and “XO” fondant

- Strawberry Lava FudgeValrhona chocolate cupcake with a rich fudge core topped with a strawberry buttercream frosting and a fudge star drizzle

- Strawberry CheesecakeStrawberry cheesecake baked with fresh strawberries and a graham cracker crust, topped with a fresh strawberry buttercream frosting and a double heart fondant decoration

- Raspberry Chocolate Chip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with fresh raspberries and Callebaut chocolate chips, topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate ganache frosting and a double heart fondant decoration

Friday, January 6, 2017

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017