Just a Pinch
 I've been spending a lot of time on Mobile Bay lately. The Bay is synonymous with good food. Seafood abounds here and it is oh-so-delicious. 
My personal favorite? Crab meat. 

Fresh caught crabs brought in from the trap (before meeting their doom)

My cute aunt and brother picking crab meat (no easy task!)

Hard at work crackin' those claws
Crab meat is so versatile and wonderful in several dishes. Sauteed or fried crab claws, West Indies Salad, lump crab meat dipped in butter and lemon juice-- it's all divine!! How do you like your crab meat?


Cake Balls!

Adios, cupcakes? These rolled balls of goodness seem to be the latest trend. I picked a couple up at Cream and Sugar in Mobile the other day so my family and I could give them a try. Not bad!

Vanilla cake with a Memorial Day theme

delightful Strawberry cake


This Little Piggy Went to Market

Exploring any sort of food market is like going on a great adventure. Who knows what you just may find...

Market in Progreso, Mexico

Outdoor Farmers' Market in Galway, Ireland
The Eastern Market in Washington, D.C.
The White House FreshFarm Market in D.C.
Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market in D.C.

Foggy Bottom FreshFarm Market in D.C.


Let them eat cake

   "Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was 
    lying under the table: she opened it, and found
    in it a very small cake, on which the words 
    “EAT ME” were beautifully marked in currants. 
    “Well, I’ll eat it,” said Alice, “and if it makes me 
    grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes 
    me grow smaller, I can creep under the door: 
    so either way I’ll get into the garden, and 
    I don’t care which happens!”

She ate a little bit, and said anxiously to herself, 

“Which way? Which way?” holding her hand on the top 
of her head to feel which way it was growing; 
and she was quite surprised to find that she 
remained the same size. To be sure, this is what 
generally happens when one eats cake; but Alice
 had got so much into the way of expecting nothing 
but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it 
seemed quite dull and stupid for life 
to go on in the common way.
So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake."

I just love Alice in Wonderland. This excerpt features a
wonderful topic indeed...cake.  Like Alice, I also enjoy the
occasional nibble of the treat. 

My top favorite cakeries:
Dean's Cake House based in Andalusia 
(Seven Layer Caramel Cake, please)
Baskin Robbins. That's right. I am SUCH 
 a sucker for those ice cream cakes.

Here are some cake shots I have collected 
over the past year or so.
They all are so different yet equally delicious.

This cake created by Mary's Cakes and Pastries was
 the star of the 2011 University of Alabama's Law School
graduates reception 
Graduation-themed cookies and cupcakes to match!

My sweet friend, Dara, who is an excellent
 cake baker, made this birthday cake for my 21st.
Chocolate layers of caramel and toffee with
turtles to top it. Yes, please.
The inside...

Baby cakes! I made these vanilla bean
cupcakes with salted caramel frosting
this past Christmas (like the
Nutcracker theme??)

Chuck's Fish prepared this raspberry cheesecake
for my dad's birthday.
My friend Callie surprised me with this cake
on my 21st birthday.
It was from Edgar's in Birmingham.

Too cute!!

Another creation by Mary's. This was an Alabama/Law school
 themed cake for my brother's 25th
birthday-- made to look like a suit with pinstripe pants. 

He entitled it "law suit"

Check out Mary's Cakes and Pastries' rendition of a "Mad Hatter Tea Party" in desserts. note: these pics are posted on her Facebook page if you are unable to view them

Easter Treats

These chocolate and vanilla bunny cakes disappeared way too quickly...
They came from Andree's, a local wine shop/deli/bakery, in Fairhope, AL. The vanilla ones even had edible glitter dust coating them.

These Springtime shortbread cookies were a product of Mary's Cakes and Pastries in historic downtown Northport, AL.  This is the bakery where I worked my senior year in college (I made my fair share of these cookies!).


Need a good sandwich idea? 

This man documents every sandwich he eats by first scanning it. That's right-- he uses a computer scanner to share images of everything from his own creations to the featured sandwiches of swanky delis. He even has a book, "Scanwiches," coming out in November.

These are no ordinary sandwiches, either. A "falafel burger," "Thanksgiving leftover sandwich," and "salt and vinegar chip sandwich" are all on the menu. Some are beautiful, artistic creations and others are quite unappetizing if one only judges by their scanned appearance. All I have to say is that I'd like to see how this photographer's scanner is holding up these days...

Below is a sandwich that caught my taste buds' attention.

From Urban Rustic: Prosciutto, Avocado, Basil, Pesto, Mozzarella, on a Baguette
Photo Courtesy of


Menu for an outdoor market creperie in Galway, Ireland. 

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