So many things to post, so little time! I guess the only way to start off is to present you with the most amazing packaged chocolate cake mix there is out there to buy on the market. It’s not a Betty Crocker or Pillsbury brand, but an organic, gluten and trans-fat free “healthy” one. Pamela’s Products makes a wide variety of cookie, cake, frosting, and other baking mixes that will leave you more than satisfied. They are beyond good. We usually have this chocolate cake about once a month on average in our house. There are so many ways to dress it up and make it your own. Last week we had a family gathering dinner and this simple and easy to make cake turned out very elegant and tasty. A little raspberry jam in between the layers, sprinkled with powdered sugar and fresh raspberries. I’d have to say that besides peanut butter and chocolate being the #1 best combination of things ever, raspberries and chocolate comes in at a close second, most assuredly.
Other than that, I’ve been going to the farmers market a lot recently and have been enjoying that and taking tons of pictures. Speaking of which, last weekend when I went to the market at the college, I met Amey from Vegan Eats & Treats! She recognized me and thought that since I was taking pictures, it had to be me, the ‘Baking Bird’ girl. It’s good to know there’s other Santa Cruz bloggers out there that appreciate good food and the farmers market and carry on great blogs! It was so nice to meet her. Check out her blog if you haven’t already!
Today I discovered this great beer that I’d die to try: Hitachino Nest Beer. It’s made by a Japanese brewery called Kiuchi that has made sake for almost 200 years. The bottles, which really got me and caught my eye, feature a cartoon-like graphic of an owl. And not only that, it’s called NEST BEER. HELLO PEOPLE, WAS I FREAKING OUT? YES, AND I STILL AM. I need to get my hands on this beer, ASAP. Plus, the flavors available sound amazing–besides the regular white ale, weizen, pale ale, red rice ale, etc, the sweet stout has a mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate and there’s a ginger spiced ale! I’ve looked everywhere online as to where I might be able to get my hands on this stuff, but the closest place looks like at a beer store in San Francisco since they only sell wholesale online. There has to be somewhere other than that! There’s rumors that some Whole Foods stores carry it, so I might try that first. But yeah, check out those labels! I can’t take the cuteness and am so glad that something like this exists in the world!