Around Town: Molten Chocolate Cakery, Seattle

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Seattle is filled with unique little shops tucked behind tree-lined streets, so when I found Molten Chocolate Cakery, I could not have been more pleased. The cakery is decorated with charming trinkets and cozy wooden tables and chairs, and the chocolate aroma greets you at the door. I was tempted to order everything on the menu because they had one of the best selections of desserts I have seen in a long time: milkshakes, cake, cookies, pudding, ice cream…tell me when to stop. Order one of their thick milkshakes, rich chocolate molten lava cakes, or gooey cookies and you’ll have yourself a decadent afternoon treat. I am such a fan of this place, and the next time I am in Seattle craving molten chocolate cake (which is almost always), you’ll find me here.

P.S. Since this week seems to be chocolate-themed, check out Chocolate Croissants for more sweetness.

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{Photos by Lauren}

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Interview with a Blogger: Krissy from Dainty Chef

Krissy’s blog, Dainty Chef, is one of the wonderful food blogs that I follow. I am constantly in awe of the crisp photographs and seriously delicious recipes. Krissy makes each post personal and I always feel like I am learning something new from her blog! Thank you, Krissy, for taking the time to answer my questions! – Lauren

Who are your favorite chefs/bakers?

My favorite chefs/bakers would have to be my mother and my grandmother. I have learned so much from both of them growing up in the kitchen with them. They are a true inspiration to me and have kept us well-fed for many years. They pull off dinner parties with such ease & grace that I hope I am able to do the same one day!

What is your favorite meal or dessert you’ve ever made?

This is a tough question because I have made some really delicious things. I think the dessert that knocked my socks off was Tres Leches cake. I served it at a dinner party to some of my college friends and we were all blown away by it. It is currently my choice every year for my birthday cake.

If you could have a guest of honor (from any time in history) over for dinner, who would it be and what would you serve?

I would pick my Grandpa. He died the Monday after my husband & I were married. It was something that we knew was coming, but never did I think he wouldn’t be at my wedding to see me walk down the aisle. He loved my Grandmother and her cooking so much that it would have been an honor to cook or bake for him. Since it wasn’t until I was married that I developed a passion for baking & cooking, he never got to sample anything I ever made. I would serve him one of his favorite meals, Lemon BBQ Meatloaves. For dessert, I would make him a Chocolate Pound Cake for dessert, knowing that he loved that cake so much.

Best baking/cooking tip?

My favorite cooking tip would be to shred your chicken with your KitchenAid mixer. It is a huge time saver! If you place warm chicken into the bowl of your mixer, turn on the speed to medium, and wait a few minutes, you will have perfectly shredded restaurant style chicken.

What is the best piece of advice you would give a baking/cooking enthusiast?

This may be the teacher in me, but knowing that everyone makes mistakes in the kitchen. I have had some pretty bad failures in the kitchen, but knowing that tomorrow is a brand new day to start over is always a good feeling. Another thing I would say is enjoy and challenge yourself in the kitchen. I always have some good tunes on and make sure that I don’t stress. Cooking & baking is supposed to be fun!

What is your favorite movie snack and why?

I love Cinnamon-Sugar popcorn. I just make popcorn in the microwave, pour a little bit of melted butter over it, then sprinkle some cinnamon sugar on top. My mom used to make it for me all the time growing up. Being one of four kids, it was nice to know that she made that special snack just for me.

What is your favorite movie and why?

The Sound of Music or Singin’ in the Rain, I am a total nerd when it comes to musicals. There is just something so magical about both of those stories, I never get sick of watching them.

What would your last bite on earth be?

Chocolate chip cookie dough

{photos courtesy of Dainty Chef}

That’s a Wrap!

First week of April? Check! I’m loving that it’s spring, but I am swamped with work to wrap up the semester. There are lots of good things to look forward to though, so it’s time to buckle down and keep my eye on the goal(s).

Wrapping up the week with a recap…

Saw The Hunger Games
Ate an amazing breakfast dish at Blue Duck Tavern [photo above]
Tried my first Georgetown Cupcake
Also tried my first Sprinkles cupcake
Determined to find a grilled cheese food truck after reading this article
Inspired by the quote in the second photo above
Found my first Banksy [3rd photo above]

Have a wonderful weekend!

{photos by a dash of cinema}

Friday’s Features

The Vow trailer. I know this movie doesn’t come out until February, but I saw it in the previews in theaters and couldn’t get over it.

We are already half-way through fall. I haven’t had the chance to bust out any scarves, coats, or boots, but the absence of cold weather hasn’t stopped me from cozying up and watching my shows and movies. This weekend includes a trip to the beach, great food, great people, and a lot of reminiscing. Have a really great weekend! For the time being, these are the things I have been watching + craving.

♥ Bubble gum cigars. I remember eating these as a kid. They are so much more fun than regular stick gum. You can order them here.

♥ The minimalist’s way to celebrate a birthday. Chocolate cake truffles.

♥ Audrey Hepburn’s test screen shots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

♥ Plastic popcorn bucket. I used this in my A Dash of Cinema picture (seen on my homepage). You can get them here. In addition to popcorn, this bucket is great for holding magazines and flowers.

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The Getty Adventures

My afternoon view

On Saturday afternoon, I went on an adventure to The Getty museum in Los Angeles, where I saw pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, and Bellotto, to name a few. Not only is the art I admired stunning, but the architecture of the museum is beautiful, as well. On most levels there are outdoor decks where I spent a good couple of hours lounging in the sun and looking out over Los Angeles. From where I sat, I could see Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, UCLA, and LAX. Spending my day at the museum made me think of some movies that involve museums and art, all of which include mystery and priceless pieces of work.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

How to Steal a Million (1966)

Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

The DaVinci Code (2006)

Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

Haystacks by Claude Monet

Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by Bernardo Bellotto

Photo credit: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A Brownie A Day

I can’t start watching a movie without a snack by my side. One snack in particular that is sweet and comforting is the classic brownie. Bake a batch of these double-chocolate brownies and pour yourself a cold glass of milk. I used 4 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate instead of 6 ounces, and it ended up being the right amount of chocolate. 15 minutes was just enough time to bake the brownie all the way through. I like to take my brownies (cookies, cakes, and cupcakes) out of the oven about 5 minutes earlier so it will have a fudgier and softer taste. This was the best recipe I’ve found for brownies, and I guarantee that the entire batch will be gone by the end of the night!

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