It was another long, rainy day at work...the kind during which the only sensible thing to do is get happy and cozy with some consumable treats.
Today's New Activity: Dessert from What Has to be the County's Most Feebly Named Establishment
I'm not sure what single event launched the cupcake movement of recent years. Something has to happen on a grand scale when all of a sudden people are willing to pay up to $3.50 for a single cupcake when they know it would buy them a dozen cupcakes from the grocery store. Admittedly I don't really get the cupcake thing. I certainly wouldn't refuse one, but it's a rare day when I'd go out of my day to get one.
I guess today was a rare one, because it found me at "Let's Cupcake," a little bakery I'd noticed when I was out on my lunch hour a few months ago. And today I felt like bringing a treat home for the family and Monkey and I to enjoy to mark what felt like a long but very satisfying week.
I chose one each of these flavors: red velvet, apple caramel, rocky road, and s'mores. And while they were definitely tasty, I have to put out there something my friend Jesse and I agreed upon just this afternoon: cupcakes, especially expensive, "gourmet" cupcakes, are usually a disappointment.
I'm not sure what accounts for this phenomenon. I think it has to do with the fact that the cupcakes have to be expensive if the owner of the cupcake bakery has a prayer of meeting overheads, but paying a (relative) lot for something automatically builds up the expectation. And seriously, how good can a cupcake possibly get? I personally think the best ever cupcake is a yellow cake one made at home, out of a box, and topped with simple chocolate frosting. But nobody would dream of paying more than a bake sale 50 cents for that kind of cupcake.
Anyway, they were still pretty good.
The other thing I tried for the first time today was the new instant coffee from Starbucks (Via--Tribute blend).
Last week one of the baristas there told me it won in a taste test among their employees when up against the regular Tribute coffee, which of course I didn't believe. And by the way I love the Tribute blend. Just putting that out there. And I still don't believe the bit about the taste test, but I've still been wanting to try out some of that instant stuff. I figured if it were palatable, it would be a nice thing to have in my purse for the days when I'm running late and not able to make it to Starbucks before work (a nice alternative to getting a ticket trying to make it anyway). Verdict: it was pretty good. Instant coffee has come a long way.
But the real party in my tummy happened this evening, when I went with the folks for the first time to Pyzano's Pizzeria, near our house, which served the best veggie pizza I've ever eaten.
Yes, it was a whole day of new activities all about eating and drinking. And yes, I just made yet another Yo, Gabba Gabba reference. You know you have a toddler when...