Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Fashion


I have been interested in fashion for a long time. I look at magazines for inspirations and to update myself with the trends and whatnots. Having an incredible amount of time at home and spending time with  my 11 month old baby girl, I find myself having this desire to create clothes not just for me but for my little girl, too. I bet many moms with little girls can relate to a yearning to dress their little girls with cute clothes all the time. I get excited whenever Maddie and I are going out because I get to dress her up (and with no complaints from her!). Photo sessions at home is my excuse to use all her new clothes and even order a custom made one for her. Speaking of custom made, I can't deny that what takes up my free time lately is in learning this new craft. I have partnered with a good cutter and sewer and I feel that it is inevitable that I pursue this new craft (new to me, at least) if only to be able to create clothes not just for myself and Maddie, but for the whole family, as well. It gives me a sense of responsibility whenever I opt not to buy a piece of clothing and instead make one for myself with a fraction of the would-be price.
The rosette dress above is the latest I designed for Maddie. It was supposed to be her Holiday dress but it's still a little loose on her. It's for 1-1.5years old. But, I sure can't wait for Maddie to wear it with white stockings and Maryjanes!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Loving Macarons

Jean Paul Hevin. Chocolate, coffee, earl grey.

Multi-colored and dainty! I had to restrain myself from taking a bite off all of them!

Jean Paul Hevin. The heavenly chocolate macarons from JPH is simply sinful. The thick filling, which seems like a kin of the ganache, is fudge-y without being too sweet and has a perfect balance of bitterness to it that sits well with the slightly sweeter chocolate macaron shell. It's like eating a softened dark chocolate bar with an interesting bit of crunchiness. This is, hands down, my favorite chocolate macaron! JPH also has some interesting flavors and one of them is earl grey. Since I HEART tea, earl grey macaron held a lot of appeal. And after one bite, it quickly became my 2nd most favorite flavor.

Laduree. This place is always packed with customers! Not only for the macarons, but also for the wide range of pastries they sell. With its charmingly dimmed lights and old world atmosphere, one can easily be lured inside and experience tête-à-tête Laduree style. My friend, Barnaby, gave me a pistachio-strawberry cake the first time we visited Laduree. The cake is made of 2 big pistachio macaron disks sandwiching fresh cut strawberries and cream. It's simplicity in construction belies how divine they go together.
Bee's mom made it a point to remind us to try their hot chocolate, which is by far the best she has ever tasted. And I should agree. After enjoying one cup for breakfast, the other hot chocolates I had for the rest of the trip seemed a watered-down version of the real thing. Laduree's hot chocolate is so thick that the liquid lava flows like melted chocolate down your throat, leaving a trail of earthy cocoa that relinquishes any doubt you're drinking the real thing.
Pierre Herme. Noticeably, Pierre Herme makes their macarons a tad smaller than, say, JPH, but if you're looking for variety in macaron flavors, well, this place has got it in spades. For a first timer like me, I like to try all the flavors. But Beurre Caramel really caught my attention, with its pale caramel color. True to its name, it is butter-y with a burnt sugar taste. It is a revelation for a baker like me how they capture the real essence of the flavor even in such small proportions. The taste is so clean and evident.

Lining the wall of the shop are various degrees of bitterness and flavor. I got for myself a 75% Dark Chocolate with Fleur de Sel and had to practice all manners of restraint so as not to take a bite right then and there! I know Pierre Herme loves working with intriguing ingredients and fleur de sel is most definitely one of them, as evidenced in not only his chocolates, but in this another favorite of mine: sable chocolat. No wonder he's THE Pierre Herme, his ingenuity in combining components and- consequently- improving texture is remarkable!


Friday, January 29, 2010

The Parthenon

The closest I'll ever get to seeing the Parthenon (I hope not!). A debutante's cake, this is. What a chic way to celebrate one's 18th birthday-- Grecian style. And here I thought it is reserved for wedding themes!
The bottom is 2 layers of carrot cake sandwiched with buttercream, then covered with fondant. The color of the cake is actually dirty white (hard to catch on camera), just like the real Parthenon, charmingly aged with time.

-kitchen of Carla & Elaine-

Monday, January 18, 2010

Tea Cup Cake

This is one of my most favorite cakes! Any couple who loves to drink coffee and tea would surely identify with this creation. This is our present interpretation of our first teacup cake back in 2001 (below).


- Kitchen of Carla & Elaine-

Caged

To create this masterpiece required the utmost patience and skill. The curlicues were made in advance in varying sizes to make sure it will all come together in a cohesive style. And then, once everything is stacked and glued with royal icing, they were painted with gold. The light colored hydrangeas looked like fluttering butterflies who can't help but be drawn to the flickering glints of gold.



-kitchen of Carla & Elaine-


Friday, November 20, 2009

Peppermint Cookies for the Holidays!

What better way to savor the holiday season than to bite into a chewy and dark peppermint cookies?! Now available in Carla & Elaine's! These peppermint cookies are studded with white chocolate chunks for a satisfactory ending to Christmas meals! or better yet, dunk them in cold milk for a BRRRRight morning!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

M&M's Cupcakes

M&M's are my mom's favorite chocolate candies to keep in her bag. My little nieces and nephew love eating them and its size make it just right on their little hands. Five-year-old Javi would get the whole bag and Bella at 3 could just about finish her own share, while 1 year old Jaden only gets to nibble on the candy shell as grandma holds it.
Surely, these cupcakes would have appealed to them as much as it did to the celebrant, whose name is, of course, MM.


-From the kitchen of Carla & Elaine-