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Nikki + Ryan

Photo by Tyler Branch

Last August I had the privilege of creating a wedding cake for my friend Ryan and his bride Nikki. All they requested was a “naked” style cake with their colors being ivory and sage. They also mentioned their venue The Lombardi House as inspiration for the look. Their main concern was to have the cake “look good for the photos” since they wanted to have their special day featured in a wedding blog. No pressure.

I instantly knew I wanted to add some wafer paper flowers. They are definitely on trend with the latest cake decorating techniques and add a nice modern touch to any design. They are also lightweight which I felt was important to balance a naked style cake.

They chose carrot cake with cream cheese frosting as their flavors.

Nikki and Ryan’s wedding was featured in Green Wedding Shoes. You can read about their special day and view their beautiful photos under Modern Boho Wedding at Lombardi House: Nikki + Ryan.

A goal of mine was to have one of my creations featured in a popular wedding or food blog. A big THANKS to the Carandangs for allowing that to happen. Hopefully it won’t be my last.

 

Although we are already a few days into Autumn, it still feels like summertime in SoCal! Global warming anyone? 

With temperatures still well into the 90s and 80s, we have to find ways to stay deliciously cool. Here are a few chilling treats from my summer travels. Enjoy.

 

Butter Pecan Ice Cream. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory 1 Water St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

 
 

Vanilla and Chocolate soft serve in a J-shaped Ice Cream Cone tastes like Captain Crunch cereal. Play J Ice Cream Truck. SoHo, NYC

 
 

Watermelon Ice Tea. Keven Parker Soul Food Cafe. Reading Terminal Market 51 N 12th St., Philadelphia, PA

 
 

Strawberries n Cream Joe Latti. Joe’s Italian Ice 2201 S Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92802

 
 

I even made my own homemade Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Can’t wait to try other yummy flavors.

 

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Regina and Daniel

How to pull off a Surprise Wedding.

Imagine getting invited to an engagement party only to find out it’s the couple’s actual wedding day. That’s exactly what Regina and Daniel were able to pull off last Sunday. SURPRISE!

Congratulations you two. It was an honor to make your engagem… WEDDING cake.

Shout out to Carissa Woo Photography for taking some lovely shots of the special day. Check out more photos from her blog. You can even follow her on Instagram @carissawoophotography.

I attended this year’s Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo yesterday and had the privilege of watching a cooking demo by Border Grill’s Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. I remember learning how to chop an onion from watching them on Too Hot Tamales as a kid!

They were both presented with the first ever Torch Award for their work in the restaurant and food industry. I salute these women chef entreprenuers and respect women like them for being trailblazers in a male dominated profession. Their wise words and success stories are truly inspiring. Well deserved.