Friday, August 30, 2013

Nong Khai, Thailand - September 2012

Sitting here in a suburban coffee shop after a day at work, it's hard to imagine that a year ago, my boyfriend and I were backpacking in Southeast Asia. I'd go back in a second, even if it means withstanding outrageous humidity, daily downpours, and instant ants whenever a certain someone gets cookie crumbs all over the bed. Instead, I'll have to settle for a little reminiscing.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Great Seattle Ice Cream Quest Round 3: Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale, one of Seattle's most popular cupcake shops, does ice cream as well. There aren't any basic flavors here--the goal seems to be to combine as many types of dessert as possible into a single, efficient package. Nothing reflects this concept better than the cupcake ice cream sundae.

It's about as outrageous as it sounds: a cupcake is placed in a cup, ice cream is scooped on top, and it's finished up with whipped cream and a topping. It's sugar overload. I got July's cupcake of the month, the Blueberry Brown Betty, with honey snickerdoodle ice cream and caramel sauce for the topping.

My boyfriend helped me with it, and with great determination, we managed to finish it. I probably wouldn't get it again--and yet, I would happily get a cupcake with ice cream on the side. I guess something about ice cream on top of frosting was just a little too much. And, you know...the extra sugar drizzle and fluffy fat piles on top.

Up next: Bluebird