Monday was my sister’s birthday so I baked her a cake. I had a really hard time deciding what to make because I was stressed out. Finally I decided on a carrot cake because, well, carrot cakes are tasty. I’ll refrain from posting her age.. let’s say we like to regress. Haha.
my first 2 tiered cake
I used the recipe shared by userealbutter, I love her site. The recipe is really easy to make and came out delicious. This cake was 1.5x the cake recipe and 2x the frosting recipe. I used up almost all of the frosting trying to make it look nice. I still suck at frosting cakes apparently. I should stick to fondant..
mmm carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
I also made some hello kitty cake pops using bakerella‘s tutorial.
chocolate cake pops
We ate at Deluxe Diner near Columbia. Food was decent for a diner and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere. Dad’s steak was over done and the meatloaf wasn’t amazing but the salmon and mushroom risotto, turkey club and burger were good. I totally regret ordering this burger… along with the giant beef pattie, it had 2 sausages, cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, and lettuce. Fries were great. *jiggles stomach*
new york burger
My girl cousins in NYC decided to gather and do dinner together so we headed out into the city Friday night after work/classes. We were aiming for Inoteca for some Italian panini sandwiches but the wait was 1 hour so we went over to Essex instead since they had tables. I think our waitress must have hated us because we sat there for what seemed like hours just chatting and talking about our love lives without ordering a ton of appetizers and drinks buuuut it was a great night out. They wouldn’t let me pay because my birthday was coming up. I had the lamb chops with ricotta gnocchi and spinach which was cooked very well and tasted delish. Other dishes at the table included seafood pasta, mussels belgian style (their sweet potato fries were mushy), blackened fish, and duck breast (I love duck). Dessert menu was very unoriginal so we skipped on that.
I kept forgetting to take pictures all night so this is after I ate some already.
Afterwards, we migrated to Ferrara in Little Italy for desserts. We went to the smaller (less famous?) one because we knew they had seats. The carrot cake and tiramisu cake were really good. Other people got canoli and cheesecake but I didn’t taste. Almond cappuccino was also good but was not sweet after eating cake so don’t order them together. Each item was ~$5.. including the cappuccino!
My sister and brother got me the laptop lunchbox!!! Version 2!! I’ve been pining for one for ages but couldn’t bring myself to spend $30 on a lunchbox. It’s bigger than I imaged but I’m so excited to start packing meals in it. =D Thanks Cindy and Jason! I wonder if people will find me weird if I bring that to school.
No bento on Saturday because I went home late, slept late and had work very early. Plus, I usually have lunch with a friend and dinner at home on Saturdays. Maybe I should pack a healthy snack box instead of sucking on a bubble tea all day. Not bringing food usually means unhealthy food as demonstrated by today: hawaiian fried rice (halal style so kinda greasy) and mango bubble tea.
Nothing too special. Boxed carrot cake and lemon frosting. Tried to make roses again on my rose nail but it didn’t turn out. So used the star tip instead. The leaves didn’t even come out that nice. Grr. Tasty though, never had boxed carrot cake before. Next time will add more spices or something.