Monday, September 8, 2014

Sprinkles

The LINQ
3545 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-0522

I could jump for joy, I love Sprinkles! I love the design of their stores, I love the look of their products and packaging, I love how delicious their treats are! We made multiple trips back to Sprinkles during our stay in Vegas.
Everything tends to look better at night in Vegas - sparkly lights!
The famous cupcake ATM!!! We saw many people use it with such happiness and excitement when the cupcake was dispensed. I wanted to try, but it only takes credit card and I didn't want to pay for the exchange rate.
But it doesn't matter. You can get the same cupcakes in store! But we were here for their frozen treats.
I spy waffle cones and red velvet waffle cones!
If you order a Sprinkles sundae, you get a scoop of ice cream between a cupcake bottom and top. If your order a Sprinkles sandwich, you get a scoop of ice cream between two cupcake tops!
You can also get cookie sundaes, or a cookie sandwich with a scoop of ice cream in between.
We tried their yummy caramelized Cap'n Crunch ice cream which is what it sounds like, Cap'n crunch cereal sprinkled into milky Cap'n Crunch flavoured ice cream. And the strawberry ice cream, sometimes when the heat is too much, I default to fruits instead of chocolate or overly sweet desserts.
And our favourite, the blood orange sorbet, which is a dairy-free citrus sorbet flavored by zesty blood oranges. Perfectly refreshing!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Payard Patisserie and Bistro

Caesars Palace Hotel
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7849

Even though we've been to many Payard locations, we couldn't help taking a look at what the display cases offered.
Each piece of dessert looks like a work of art!
Let's just say we made plenty of visit to Payard during our stay in Vegas.
Hot days call for mango and raspberry gelato. And smoothies.
And my favourite one of all, the macaron ice cream sandwich!
Isn't the box cute?
The coconut mango was so good and refreshing. The macaron shells were the perfect texture and held the frozen treat nicely. I was worried the macaron might be too soggy or too crisp and crumb away, but it wasn't. This is a treat I'll crave every summer, luckily they serve it in New York as well!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Carlo's Bake Shop

3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 607-2356

You know I don't go anywhere without at least visiting some bakeries! Since we never make the trek over to Hoboken to visit the original shop during our New York City trips, we decided to visit their newly opened Vegas location.
Not surprising, there was a lineup. But there's a viewing gallery into the bakery's workspace to help you pass the time.

Beach cakes being decorated . . .
Fresh pastries from the oven . . .
Vegas themed cake being worked on . . .
Once you reach the front of the line, someone at the counter waves you over to enter the bakery.
Once there, you can stare at all the different dessert choices available.
And there's a lot of choices.
I didn't even know what to order as I was racking my brain to remember what they're best known for.
Was it their cookies?
The cupcakes?
Once Howard and I were ready, we placed our order with someone behind the counter. They write everything down and then you proceed to the waiting area as they pack everything up.
I went with one of the cupcakes!
When your order is ready, you get called over to the cashier to pay. I have to say, they have their crowd control figured out.
The box was tied up so nicely that we opened it back in our hotel room. We got two giant cookies, two small butter cookies, my cupcake, and a Danish for breakfast the next day. I wasn't a fan of the butter cookies, but I enjoyed my giant M&M cookie. The peanut butter cookie was good too. The cupcake was okay, probably because I was expecting spectacular from all the press and fame from this empire. Let's just say, I'm glad we don't make the extra trip to Hoboken when we're in New York.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: September 3, 2014

Rules are meant to be broken sometimes. I couldn't make this completely wordless! Here are some 2014 books that I look forward to reading!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20701978-baked-occasions?from_search=true http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20980942-bar-tartine?from_search=true http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18167006-delicious?from_search=true http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19637620-the-secret-recipes

Previously "wordless" editions can be found here and here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Central Restaurant

Caesar's Palace
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 650-5921

Our go to spot for breakfast, this place is open 24 hours and we could sit in for a nice meal or grab a quick bite at the bar.
I just wanted to rave about this crème brûlée French toast. Brioche bread, powdered sugar, syrup, and
. . . crème brûlée custard! Howard, who doesn't even like French toast, had to admit that this was darn good. He ended up eating half of it so that I could try his dish.
Breakfast is always a win with home fries, ketchup, eggs, and toast. Oh and there's sausages? Even better.
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