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the ultimate chocolate cake

February 19, 2018

You guys!! This ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CAKE has me so so so excited. Moist, rich, and completely and undeniably pure chocolate.

I’ve spent the last month testing the perfect cake recipe. The one I’ve finally landed on, is actually kind of devils-food-cake-inspired! This chocolate cake is actually a teensy bit dense, but with an intense chocolate flavor (thank you thank you hot coffee).

I’d also like to point out that high quality baking cocoa is actually super important. I love Rodelle! With other recipes, I guess you could just substitute with hot cocoa mix or something, but this is the ultimate chocolate cake here. No time to skimp on the cheap stuff! Continue Reading

best sweet treats in NYC

February 3, 2018

It’s been almost a month since I came back from my trip to New York. I’m actually still sorting through various pictures on my camera roll and trying to get them organized. We literally took a picture everywhere we turned, and I guess I’m kind of paying the price for that. But looking back on all the amazing food we ate, I’m so glad I took so many pictures! Today I’m sharing a couple of the best sweet treats in NYC, to cure our sweet-toothed cravings. Plus, you really can’t experience New York to the fullest without going to places like Cookie DŌ or Dominique Ansel.

I hope you enjoy!

P.S. If you haven’t read my previous NYC post, make sure to check it out! It’s all of the delicious brunch places we went to in the city. If you’re ever in the area, I hope these two posts help you out. There are also more coming… I just have to get another 200 or so photos (and my life) together before I can write another one! Continue Reading

chocolate mocha waffles

January 24, 2018

Chocolate + coffee + waffles. Do I even need to say anything else? Waffles are inarguably the quintessential breakfast/brunch food in the entire world. When you think about waffles, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s a giant, perfectly set table with a humungous stack of waffles in the middle, surrounded by a plethora of syrups and toppings.

These chocolate mocha waffles are something I’ve been craving non-stop. I can’t stop making them! Obviously, you might not be able to make these during hectic weekday mornings, but you could literally just serve these for Sunday brunch and you’d be good to go.

Fun fact: I was actually looking through some of my older recipes, and I stumbled upon my chocolate raspberry waffles and my coffee cupcakes recipes. It’s crazy how fast time flies! Anyways, I felt it was necessary to combine the two into one epic breakfast food. Continue Reading

baked churros

January 16, 2018

I know, I know, everyone’s been starting the new year with juice cleanses/sugar free challenges/new body resets, and I’ll admit, I’ve been tempted to start eating healthier myself. Then these churros happened. And I lost all self control.

Have you ever made a choux pastry before? When I was testing these a week or two ago, I started off by making these Pâte à Choux pastries from the Kitchn (y’all know I loooove the Kitchn), just to get the hang of it. Traditional churros are basically fried choux pastries, piped into logs and rolled in cinnamon sugar. They’re the best, and actually surprisingly easy to whip up! Don’t let the stovetop and seemingly-intimidating-piping scare you.

Side note: these churros kinda remind me of the cronuts I had in New York (here), and now I’m actually having post-NYC withdrawals. Anyone else? Where did you go for the holidays?

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brunchin’ in nyc (NYC eats)

January 4, 2018

Hi friends! I’ve been in New York for the past week. 5 days, to be exact. I’ve seen basically all there is to see, ridden the subway so much that I’ve memorized the stations in lower Manhattan, and most importantly, eaten a whole lot of food. New York was everything I’d dreamed it would be, and more! Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Top of the Rock + the Rockefeller Christmas tree… they’re all exactly how I’d imagined. Especially during the holiday season, traveling to the city was utterly and completely magical.

You know the saying, “Sundays are for brunch”? Well, when you’re vacationing in New York City, the saying should be, “Everyday is a good day to brunch.” Because we didn’t have to get up early, my parents and I brunched every single day we were there. By combining breakfast and lunch, it saves money, and gives you an excuse to eat a late afternoon “snack” at Black Tap or Cookie Do. Plus, brunch is ALWAYS a good idea.

So my first post of 2018 is a food guide of all of the brunch spots we ate at in NYC. Starting off the new year right? I think so. Continue Reading

confetti cinnamon roll muffins

December 29, 2017

Sooooo 2018 is a couple days away…

So much has happened this year, yet it’s flown by so fast that I can honestly hardly remember anything! Anyone else? But I can’t wait for what the new year has in store. Even though 2017 has been a crazy year, I’m actually kind of sad that it’s ending. I’m grateful for all the excitement and adventure that this year has brought me. I wouldn’t go back and change anything!

Today, I’m partnering up with my girl Angie from Indulge Your Inner Foodie, to bring you some easy recipes to celebrate the new year with. I’m showing y’all how to make colorful confetti cinnamon roll muffins (!!), and over on IYIF, Angie is whipping up an some boozy Captain Morgan and Kombucha Shooter drinks (!!!!!!). What better way to end 2017 than with one last epic foodie collab? Make sure to check out Indulge Your Inner Foodie, as well as her Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and TwitterContinue Reading

dc eats

December 26, 2017

As a kid, growing up, I was always so sad when December 26th rolled around. I didn’t care about anything anyone said… I was just so bummed that Christmas day had come and gone, and school would be starting soon, and everything would be going back to normal. But now? I’ve realized the holidays really aren’t over yet… Christmas decor won’t start coming down until a couple days after new years, and until then, people are still prepping for the long-awaited January 1st. So don’t be sad! I like to try and keep up with the Christmas spirit for as long as possible (which means continuing to bake all things gingerbread/peppermint and inhaling hot cocoa by the cup).

Speaking of which, I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Christmas!

My parents and I traveled up to Washington D.C. to meet up with a couple family members, which was so exciting! Even though we didn’t get to spend Christmas at home, we were surrounded by the company and presence of family and amazing food. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it was almost even better away from our actual Christmas tree.

So today I’m sharing a couple fun foods from our wonderful time spent in Washington D.C. Although it isn’t one of my usual posts, it’s still a whole lot of food, so I’m not complaining… hehe. Enjoy!

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eggnog scones

December 23, 2017

Christmas is in two days. Whaaat?

This year has been especially weird, because Christmas is on a Monday, and we don’t get out for winter break until literally the week before Christmas. The sad thing about that is, I’m so preoccupied with studying for exams and finals, that I don’t really get the chance to get in the holiday spirit! aka lounging around my house in fuzzy socks, sipping hot cocoa, and just enjoying the season. Which is why things like peppermint sugar cookies, drinking eggnog, and catching up on Youtube vlogmas are the only things keeping me from becoming a grinch.

Oh yeah, and speaking of eggnog, let’s talk about these eggnog scones. Because that’s really why you’re here, right? They’re chewy, yet with the perfect hint of the buttery flakiness that everyone loves when it comes to scones. Filled with thick, velvety eggnog instead of traditional milk, these pastries are the epitome of the holiday season. I guess I know what I’m having on Christmas morning! YUM. Continue Reading

latest eats (12.18.17)

December 18, 2017

There’s more to my life than just recipes and food, I swear. But not much.

Just kidding. But it is a pretty decently sized part of my life, that up until now, I’ve only shared a small portion of. Developing my own recipes, styling and capturing food, and sharing them is something I love doing, but what about everything else? I’m talking about trying-new-restaurants, making-other-people’s-recipes, and eating-way-too-many-free-samples-at-costco side of it. Because let’s be honest (and I’m speaking on behalf of food bloggers in general), that part dominates about 80% of my life. #freesamplesfolyfe.

Think of Latest Eats almost like one of those “favorites” post that fashion/lifestyle bloggers do, but just a food blogger version.

Don’t get me wrong, my cashew hot cocoa is something I make on a weekly basis, but I’m also frequent maker of other recipes, such as Laura in the Kitchen’s spinach pesto pasta or Sally’s waffles. And I practically live off of spinach roll ups from Zoe’s Kitchen, and shrimp vermicelli from a local Vietnamese restaurant in my area. Maybe you’ll discover new recipes that you’ll make for years to come, or a new restaurant that you’ll fall in love with. Hey, we’re all friends around here, and I’d love to help!

So here are my latest eats!! Continue Reading

holiday gift guide 2017

December 11, 2017

1. Peppermint Marshmallow Travel Mug | 2. Sugar Cookie Measuring Cups | 3. Holiday Gift Tag Box Set | 4. Chunky Knit Pom Pom Beanie | 5. Sally’s Cookie Addiction | 6. Kate Spade Clutch | 7. Embrace What Is Good Sign | 8. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Candle | 9. Snowflakes Kitchen Set | 10. Hand Painted Bible | 11. S’mores maker

Yup, it’s still me. Making a holiday gift guide. On a food blog.

With the holidays coming up, I’ve been on the hunt for great gifts left and right, and I couldn’t resist throwing together a fun little guide for y’all in preparation for the holidays! I’m actually obsessing over this travel mug, which would be perfect for holding my pumpkin hot cocoa on the go, btw. I’m not much of an online shopper, but I stumbled upon some amazing finds that I’m sure anyone like me would loooove to receive this year. Honestly I’m kinda new to this whole “holiday gift guide” thing. I hope I did okay!

And the best part? I’m teaming up with my girl Brooke from Live The Prep Life. She’s actually my favorite person ever, sooo this is kind of the best collab ever. Check out her guide here!

(BTW, I’d toooootallly be ok with receiving the s’mores maker for Christmas. Just sayin’…. :)

Peppermint & Marshmallow Travel Mug - Anthropologie Sugar Cookie Measuring Cups - Anthropologie Holiday Gift Tag Box Set - Anthropologie Chunky Knit Faux Fur Pompom Beanie - Urban Outfitters Sally's Cookie Addiction - Amazon cooke hill bow magda - Kate Spade Embrace What Is Good Sign - Magnolia Market Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Candle - Bath and Body Works Snowflakes 3PC set - Kate Spade Hand Painted Bible - The Hipster Housewife S'mores Maker - Williams Sonoma