Saturday, March 18, 2017
Babycakes turned ONE this weekend. This little guy is the icing on the cake to our family and he sure did fancy tasting buttercream frosting for the first time! I just wish Id thought to photograph his entourage of siblings all line up in the studio watching this session and laughing hysterically. We really wondered if Eden would get into it, seeing as how averse he is to most foods other than mommas milk, but he wasted no time diving into his yummy cake by Sweet Boutique!
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
My girls know me well – I was born in the wrong century. With a taste for the finer things in life, Id be very content to live the “Downton” existence with afternoon tea time and garden parties and evening wear and dance cards. And with that in mind, they treated me for my birthday to an indulgent afternoon with all the pomp & circumstance you’d imagine royalty enjoyed on a daily basis in the Victorian era. Teatime at The Chocolate Buffet Sukhothai Hotel!!
Here my girls and I (and our dapper little escort) partook of afternoon high tea in style. Two adjacent rooms with parallel buffets, one sweet and one savory, are laden with the the choicest of culinary delights. Delicate tea sandwiches, crispy spring rolls, salmon croissants, seared tuna bites, fresh sushi, giant prawns, seasonal fruits, exotic olives and nuts are amongst the savory selections and kept our palate balanced so we could frequent the other table; an extensive selection of all things seductively sweet! The name says it all, “The Chocolate Buffet” does not disappoint with every conceivable truffle and trifle. Eclairs, cakes, pastries, fondue, macaroons, creme brûlée, fruit tarts and even an assortment or sherbets and ice creams tantalize the insatiable craving for just a bite more of something sweet. And it just wouldn’t be high tea without scones and clotted cream, of which we partook more than our share!
But the real highlight of the whole experience is the trolly manned by Swiss pastry chef Laurent who hand crafts custom hot chocolates for guests from a wide assortment of cocoas from around the world. He will educate you in the varying flavors of chocolate from the robust to mild, acidic to earthy, bitter to sweet and then concoct according to your preferred taste, a demitasse cup of the richest hot chocolate you’ve ever experienced. Top with cream or a dollop of hazelnut or swirl of caramel or sprinkle of chili or dusting of sea salt for a blend unique specifically to you. (Swiss Miss will forever be ruined in your list of guilty pleasures!)
And as our afternoon drew to a close and we felt that we could not bear to look at one more chocolate chip (for our lack of self control,) the courteous staff, knowing it was my birthday, presented me with a lovely chocolate cake in celebration of the occasion. We blew out the candles and boxed it up to take home to the littles who were feeling very left out that we’d spend the entire afternoon in the likes of “Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory” without them.
I do feel I should have been born in a century where afternoon high tea was a daily pleasure, but how in the world did those ladies live in corsets? We were grateful for the “breathing room” of our loose fitting dresses as we made our departure after 3 hours of chocolate indulgence! Ill be coming back for special occasions, but my figure would suffer greatly if I had this little luxury every day! Recommending this at the top of my list of “things to do in Bangkok”!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
This post is just a tad late, but I seem to do a better job keeping up on Instagram. Follow us over there for your “daily dose of vitamin E”. Lots of Eden updates and snapshots into our crazy little life!
What to do when its 110 degrees outside every day for over a month straight?
Host an Ice Cream Social of course!!
Gigi served up a sweet shop party for her friends to celebrate her 5th birthday.
(Well ok, her fairy-Grandmother brought all the party-fixin’s in her suitcase from the US and corralled half a dozen sugar-crazed kids.) Me with a brand-new-nursing baby did little more than “pin” some ideas and let Abi and Britain help Grandmoni execute all the implementation.
As is the tradition in our family, Gigi got to invite 5 friends since she was turning 5. In addition to 5 cutie pies who donned their party apparel, we had one very dapper little gentleman who was also on the invite list because Gigi insisted that Peter had to come too!! He’s 1 and quite the little ladies-man!
Table lavishly laden with sugar sprinkles, sweet syrups, cookie crumbs, frothy whipped cream and a cherry for the top, we handed each child a bowl and let them create their masterpiece. (I did apologize to the parents for the excessive amount of sugar – especially Anya’s mom who told me this is the first time she has had sugar – ever. (gulp!!) Im so sorry! …… it could be worse I assured them…Ive been known to host parties and send home live animals!)
Oh these sweet days of pink and sugar sprinkles and pigtails and chapstick! My sweet baby girl. Always a bandaid stuck somewhere. Chewing gum connoisseur. Future negotiator for the UN, present persuader of everyone in our house. Loves nail polish and dresses that twirl. Eats rice like a proper Asian. Has been known to request an “omelet with no egg” and “spaghetti with no sauce”. High maintenance diva but willingly relinquished her position as baby-of-the-family to a little brother she adores! Loves naptime with books and M&M’s every afternoon. Eats hummus with a spoon and drinks lime juice from the bottle. Contagious giggler and affectionate snuggler. Can you please just stop growing now?!!
Hope your day was as sweet as you are little monkey!!