Chocolate cake. Chocolate. Cake. CHOCOLATE CAKE. I had a chocolate cake that I loved; it was my favorite chocolate cake in all the world. It was made by a waitress at a restaurant a mere 7 minutes from my front door. It wasn’t available every day, but I could wrangle a piece a week if I really wanted. Sadly, the restaurant expanded to two additional locations, and they decided to go with desserts that were easy to mass produce and my beloved chocolate cake was no more. We even tried to special order one for my birthday, but they weren’t interested. Ever since, I’ve been sampling cakes around town, hoping that I might find something better or at the very least comparable, but alas my search has yielded nothing so far. I have decided that I must take matters into my own hands and find a recipe.
My first try was the “Ultimate Chocolate Cake” by Buzzfeed Tasty
Ratings out of a possible 10
Chocolate Flavor: 8 – it was really good, but not quite perfect.
Texture: 10 – spot on.
Frosting: 6.5 – a little better than “okay”, but I’ve had and made better.
The “M” word: 8.5 – perfect moisture day of and after, but dried out easily.
Effort: 7 – a little more than a simple rip and bake, but I think anyone who has made a cake from scratch before would be able to execute the recipe.
Overall: 7.5 – my taste testers literally RAVED about this cake, but for me, it wasn’t quite up to snuff. I do think it is important to note that I don’t care for stout and I could definitely taste it in the final product.
As you guys well know when it comes to fashion, I am usually of the “more is more” philosophy. Embroidery, sparkle, pattern – bring it on, but recently I discovered the brand ORTTU and I’ve found myself really admiring the simplicity of their designs. Now I will acknowledge what they lack in bells and whistles, they make up for in drape and additional fabric, but this more minimalist approach to dressing has really pulled me in.
I was showing Andy some of my favorite pieces, and he has dubbed the aesthetic “Star Wars Chic” – as in the garments look like something a really put together fashionable Jedi would wear. I think that’s probably the highest form of praise in the realm of the geekboy, right?
What do you think? I’m thinking of trying to integrate a piece or two into my normal rotation.
I don’t usually get political in this space, but today has had me doing a lot of reflecting on our country and the problems we are facing. The last year has been rough, it seems like there isn’t a day that goes by without something in the headlines that makes me want to hang my head and cry or scream and throw something across the room. It’s hard to get out of bed and fight everyday when the outlook seems so bleak, but that’s what this country was founded on, people fighting for a better life. So instead of closing your browser, curling up in a depressed ball and saying “fuck it”. Do something, register to vote, educate yourself, and get ready for November. Fight for what you believe in, stand up for those who can’t protect themselves, and fight ignorance and intolerance by rising above petty squabbles and being a living example of what this country needs more of. The only way we really lose is if we stop trying.
It’s been a bit rainy in Tallahassee lately, but Andy and I still managed to make it out for brunch and errands this past weekend. Since we were feeling a bit adventurous, we decided to try out a place that someone had recommended to us, The Hideaway. Attached to the back of our local tiki bar Waterworks, the hideaway offers a bright cozy atmosphere and breakfast and lunch from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday and brunch from 9am-5pm on the weekends.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take advantage of the adorable patio area because the skies opened up shortly after this picture was taken. The interior was bright and airy, and the staff were quick to help us figure out seating and how to order. Everything is ordered and paid for at the counter and then delivered to the table; the beverage menu is on the back wall and the food menus are located in stands by the register. After placing our orders, we hopped up onto the stools at one of the tall tables and sipped on our chai lattes while our food was being prepared.
Our food came out right away, and we chatted and shared our way through the meal, like we do, and before you knew it, our plates were clean and our mugs empty.
Andy opted for the “Smothered Biscuits & Eggs”, and I went for the “Lox Benedict”. Personally I think I won the “who’s meal was better” award, but he said with a bit more spice mine wouldn’t have had a chance. Our chai’s were both nice and perfect for the weather.
Afterwards, Andy and I both agreed that we will be adding this place to our rotation. The food was good, the vibe was super low key, the staff were friendly and helpful, and you gotta love a good local hidden gem. I can’t wait to go back and try one of their famous waffles next time around.
In an effort to honor the sanctity of the Summer Bucket list, I decided to kick things off by shopping for sunglasses. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for; I wanted sunnies with that little extra something special. It is summer after all. Like I thought, the internet came through like a champ and I found all sorts of wonderful over the top options. The price tag however… I’m just looking for something fun, not a lifelong style commitment. Fortunately, there is this wonderful thing called Amazon, and it was more than happy to hook me up with plenty of options, all of which were under $20. Here are my top contenders.