We got my son's birthday cake at the Bon Pastry and the look on his face when he saw it was priceless! His grandmother had gotten a cake from there before which he had and he's been dreaming about having another ever since. We got him his favorite chocolate cake with raspberry and chocolate mousse filling. It was heavenly! It was funny to watch him carefully guarding his cake while our family was taking pieces. He was actually worried there wouldn't be any left for him!
After completing my first ever marathon, I decided to treat myself to a well deserved pedi for my tired feet. I visited Natural Nail & Spa, told them what I had done and let them take over. They were very gentle with my feet, they did a really good job on my massage (I had them do extra) and polished me perfectly. It was a nice treat to myself that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I treated my mom to a pedicure after seeing her feet in sandals last summer and took her to the Seasons Nails & Spa. I asked the ladies there if they could take care of her while I went off running errands and they did. They really took great care with her. They were kind, attentive and made her feet look sandal-worthy. When I went to pick her up, my mom was actively engaged in giving them her life story. And they were still nice to her.
I went to Star Nail & Wax just for a polish change when I wanted to get ready for date night with my husband. They told me I didn't need an appointment and that it was okay to just show up. They were true to their word. I showed up, was seated and had perfectly polished nails in 20 minutes. I also received service with a smile!
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. When I have a good breakfast, my day is golden. One of the best breakfast places I've ever found is the seemingly innocuous Mama Kat's Restuarant & Pie Shop. They're easy to miss, but if you find them (long story on how that happened), you'll be hooked for life. Their breakfasts are legendary to the locals who know about them - and I'm not local but I still go. It's worth the drive if breakfast is your thing.
My husband's biggest vice is his love for turon - a crispy, sticky Filipino sweet. He's crazy about them! After having some experimental tries at other bakeries, I finally hit the goldmine at Fillpino Desserts Plus. Their turon is always done expertly well (according to my husband) and is always, always crispy and not rubbery. He loves this place and would get upset if anything ever happened to them.
When my friend was planning her wedding, we went on the search for a lot of things. Despite having a wedding planner, she wanted to be pretty hands on. We looked at Elegance Gourmet Wedding Cakes as one of her cake options. At the consultation, I felt the cake artist did listen to what she wanted, but kept adding in extras my friend didn't want. After the second add on, she got a little huffy with us. I was taken aback by it and my friend was just downright mad. She got up before even tasting anything and we left. I understand her getting mad - she was very specific on what she wanted, but this cake artist wanted to add their own flair to it - which just didn't jive with my friend.
My husband took my car to Dynamite Shine to have them detail it out. I normally only have that done once or twice a year, but my husband was tired of looking at it. They had my car all day, but it was worth it. The care and attention to detail was impressive, down to the window sills. My car looked like it was brand new again. I'm sure it took some doing, but Dynamite really is dynamite!
My mom brought a cake and some rolls from the Gemmae Bake Shop to my house one afternoon as a treat to my kids. The cake was moist and had just the right amount of sweetness to it without giving you a sugar overdose. The rolls were crusty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. It was a nice surprise to have discovered a new bakery.
We had a sleep over last summer for my daughter and 5 of her friends. I wanted to make the evening special, so I ordered a bunch of cupcakes from Elizabethan Desserts. Their red velvet is my daughter's favorite. Between the 6 girls, they snarfed down a dozen cupcakes before I knew it! They demolished the batch leaving nothing for my son or husband (me neither!). The guys were a little upset, but I totally understand. If you're going to indulge in sweets, there's nothing better than Elizabethan Dessert's cupcakes.