Monday, December 24, 2012

Hail Merry Macaroons

Hail Merry recently reached out to me to try some of the company's new macroons.  I willingly obliged, of course, as I never turn down the opportunity to try out a new gluten free dessert.  I was already familiar with Hail Merry's delicious flavored nuts but didn't know the company also offered macaroons.

I received both the fleur de sal and strawberry flavors and both were delicious.  Hail Merry's macaroons are bite size, light and delicious.  Unlike many other macaroons they didn't taste solely of whipped coconut; these macaroons definitely packed a flavorful punch.  I also enjoyed that they were bite size so I could have one without feeling too guilty.

Based on the company's website it appears that the fleur de sal and strawberry flavors may not be available to order online but, based on those two flavors, I'd be excited to try the vanilla and chocolate as well.  If they are half as delicious as the strawberry and fleur de sal then they are well worth the purchase.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Hail Merry 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Odd Fellows / YOLO

UPDATE:  This place has since reopened under the name YOLO.  While I haven't eaten at the new establishment I can say I probably won't go back there based on the horrible name choice of YOLO.  Like, really?  Based on my most recent Yelp! check, YOLO has 1.5 stars.  Here is more info about YOLO from Foobooz:

"Do you really only live once? Odd Fellows, located on 1201 Spruce Street, is trying to defy that notion with their revamped storefront, now called YOLO (as in, You Only Live Once). Yes, they are Drake fans.
Under new ownership, YOLO plans on revamping their entire menu and focusing primarily on brunch options and baked goods. While their coffee menu will experience little change, their coffee provider, formerly Counter Culture, will now be the localGreen Street Coffee."
Full article here.

I recently went down to Philadelphia to visit my sister, a new Philly resident.  While I'm sad that she left Asheville because it means I won't be visiting Posana anytime soon, I'm also glad to have her closer to me in New York City. 

We walked around the neighborhood near her temporary sublet and decided to eat dinner at Odd Fellows.  It's a bit of a strange place to walk into, as it is a cafe and full restaurant.  The coffee machines greet you upon entrance, creating a bit of an off-kilter vibe.  We stuck with the decision because of the beautiful big windows and airy feel the restaurant/cafe had and the fact that the menu is marked with gluten free options.

I opted for a salmon dish... and unfortunately can't remember what else the dish was served with.  What I do remember, however, is that it was merely okay and not great.  My sister and her boyfriend felt the same way about their dishes, which were not gluten free so I couldn't try them.

I won't be going back to Odd Fellows Cafe... but for those of you who want to try it know in advance that it is BYO.
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Odd Fellows Cafe
1201 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Map)
(484) 897-0633

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Heavenly Cupcakes

I recently met up with a friend visiting from out of town, Anjalee, for dinner at Rama Thai in San Diego's Gaslamp district.  While the menu looked delicious, I withheld from eating because I had just finished up an enormous brunch at Snooze (check out that post here).

While walking back to my car from the restaurant I passed by Heavenly Cupcakes.  While it was hours since I finished my brunch at Snooze I was still pretty full from it but I couldn't resist stopping in to see Heavenly Cupcakes offers gluten free cupcakes.  The woman working behind the counter pointed out the bakery's gluten free Red Velvet option and told me that they often have other flavors available.  I couldn't resist indulging myself and bought the gluten free red velvet for myself as a Sunday treat.

The cupcake tasted very similar to Sprinkles' gluten free red velvet cupcake, which is to say delicious.  I'll definitely visit again to check out the other gluten free flavors at Heavenly Cupcakes.  They also hold monthly tastings on the second Wednesday of each month from 4-9pm during which you can visit the shop and try three mini cupcakes and voted on your preferred flavor; the aggregate winner will be featured as a special cupcake flavor the next month.  Parking can be a bit tough in this area so Heavenly Cupcakes offers curbside delivery as a pickup option.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Heavenly Cupcakes
518 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101 (Map)
(619) 235-9235