Friday, September 24, 2010


Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was in LA for some fun Emmy events?

Well, I had a little free time and at the last minute I tweeted my friend Jenny of Picky Palate. We met about a year ago at a blogging event and hit it off right away. I remembered she lives in California, so I took a chance and crossed my fingers that she could rearrange her day and spend it in LA with me. Luckily for me, she could.

Before I show you all the yummy stuff we ate, I want to take a minute to reflect.

You see, before I ever started blogging, I remember hearing about people that blogged. I thought why in the world would anyone do that. Why would anyone waste their time sitting in front of their computer … blogging. Especially, when they could be out doing something. Something more fun. That’s stupid. I would never waste my time.

Nope. Not me. Not gonna blog. And definitely not going to blog for almost three years.

But I have to tell you now, as a blogger, attached to my computer, I’ve done more things and met more people than I ever would have otherwise.

People like Jenny and the Pioneer Woman and Tartelette and Steamy Kitchen that I’ve been so happy to spend time with. And people that I may have met briefly but still made a big impact on me … and of course all you that I feel connected with everyday … so many adventures that have truly made the last few years some of the best ones of my life. If I had never decided to post that first photo… on my blog, none of this would have happened. None of it.

Never say never I guess. You don’t know what you’ll be missing out on.

Anyway… enough gushy stuff… back to Jenny.

Jenny drove in to LA Friday afternoon for lunch and we spent time visiting a few places before I went to the Emmy Performers Nominee Reception for Duncan Hines.


First stop… Joan’s on Third. Neither of us had ever been there before, but now we both can’t wait to go back. It’s my new favorite place.

We had cute little bullet sandwiches with prosciutto and apricot glaze. Oh so simple, but oh so fantastic.

Then we had a little dessert.

Just a little.


There were two of us. Come on. It’s not that much.


Snickerdoodle cake, Cloud cupcake, macarons and more.

FYI… I guess you can see why I wanted to make Hi Hats. Looking at these photos, though… I want mine this high next time.

And … like bloggers, do. The photos come first …


… and during. I’m pretty sure people around us thought we were weirdos.


But that’s okay. We were having a blast.


Macarons. Wow. These were much better than my first solo attempt. I’ll have to try them again.

P.S. Jenny – You’re so perty!


After all those sweets, we needed a little milk.

Lucky us……


Milk was just down the street.


This was a cute little shop full of ice cream, cookies, ice cream sandwiches, cake and cupcakes, too.




We went for an assortment of frozen treats.

Our own little ice cream party.

Butterscotch, blueberry, oreo, black and white. All delicious.

When we finished, we decided it was time for dessert. ; )

So off to Scoops for some gelato.


I had caramel brown bread gelato and Jim beam ricotta gelato. I was too consumed to remember what Jenny had, but it was a great way to top off the day.

After we satisfied our sweet tooth, we headed back to the hotel.


Jenny flipped through a copy of the book while I started to get ready for the Emmy party. By the way, the room Duncan Hines put me up in was super swanky. It was covered in mirrors and sliding doors. Here’s a few pics if you’re interested.

The next day, was all free. So I rented a car and met Jenny in her neck of the woods.

And as luck would have it, there was a huge Food Truck Festival going on that Saturday.

Way cool. Fifty plus food trucks all in one location.


Our first truck stop was World Fare.


Hi Jenny!


See these. They’re called Bunny Chows – bread filled with braised short rib, chicken curry, barbeque or vegetarian chili. And they were amazing. And cute to boot.


Also a winner was the blueberry lemonade. Refreshing. Track down this truck and try it.


But the absolute best thing we ate all day was this. It doesn’t look like a lot, but let me tell you… spectacular.

It’s a butterscotch bread pudding and I would get it again in a heartbeat.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the other food trucks at the event.

Jenny – I had the most fun with you in LA. I can’t wait to do it again sometime.

P.S. – Have a favorite food truck worth tracking down? Do tell.

P.S.S. – So glad I started blogging.

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

2 awesome bloggers in one place?! That looks like so much fun! I need to move closer to the West coast.

September 24, 2010 02:29 PM
Heather (Faces of Beauty) said...

you girls are SO GORGEOUS!!! i need to eat everything you guys tried :)

September 24, 2010 02:33 PM
Shaina said...

I absolutely adore Jenny, and you are both so beautiful. I am so jealous of the food truck event. I need to get out to California and hunt a few down myself.

Thanks for sharing your trip!

September 24, 2010 02:43 PM
Krystal R. said...

Oh how awesome…I had heard that you were at the OC Foodie Fest because I was there, too. My girlfriend had texted me that she saw you and Jenny in the parking lot, but I was too busy eating and enjoying lots of treats from all those crazy trucks. I would have loved to accidently bumped into you two fantastic bloggers!! Here’s my blog post from the day – link to

What a fun-foodie eventful weekend you had here in the West Coast, and my fave food trucks include Kogi BBQ, Dogzilla, Piaggo, and Buttermilk Truck. I frequent Kogi BBQ at least once a week because they have rotating specials that are awesome.

September 24, 2010 02:45 PM
Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

that looks like the best day ever! my sister and a friend recently spent a day from NYC eating only food trucks

September 24, 2010 02:46 PM
Kitten with a Whisk said...

OMG that cupcake looks fantastic!

September 24, 2010 02:58 PM
Melissa said...

I have been wanting to try the Nom Nom Truck ever since I saw them in my hometown. Later I found out they were there for the Great American Food Truck Race.. so cool.

September 24, 2010 03:00 PM
Sarah B. said...

Oh yum. YUM YUM YUM. JIM BEAM RICOTTA GELATO?? I mean, seriously, that alone is heaven. Let alone that massive hi hat. We’re just now seeing a few food trucks in my neck of the woods; the city coucil is having a dickens of a time working out what to do with them. It’ll be interesting, but I’m curious to see how it all pans out. Looks delish!

September 24, 2010 03:03 PM
Tammy@Events By Tammy said...

You look like you had so much fun! I wish I could have been there.

September 24, 2010 03:04 PM
Megabite said...

I want all of those sweets, but I’ve got to say that those Bunny Chow’s have me starving.

September 24, 2010 03:05 PM
pollydove said...

WOW!!!! Everything looks SOOOO delicious and your photos are fantastic!!!!

We are all pretty glad you staring blogging too – you are amazing! xo

September 24, 2010 03:08 PM
Maria said...

Everything looks UH-mazing! And what a lovely way to spend time with a friend :)

September 24, 2010 03:18 PM
Jordan said...

Oh wow I love the logo for the Milk Shop! It’s definitely cute and unique :).

September 24, 2010 03:19 PM
Jalissa said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time in LA. I want to go now after seeing all the yummy stuff you had to eat. Thank you for sharing it with us. LA here I come (well maybe one day)

September 24, 2010 03:24 PM
Stephanie said...

Love Picky Palate too! Awesome!

Oh, and I also giggled at how there were so many mirrors in your hotel room that you were in a lot of the pictures while taking the pictures! Great! :)

September 24, 2010 03:24 PM
Jenny Flake said...

I wish we could do that weekend all over again. It really was a blast. I feel so lucky to have you as a friend :)

LOVED all of our adventures!

September 24, 2010 03:36 PM
Mary @ stylefyles said...

ooo looks fantastic! I want to go. Immediately.

September 24, 2010 03:36 PM
lori lucas said...

Most importantly, if you had never started blogging then we would all not have met YOU. Then the world would be without cake pops and parties would not be fun, showers would be boring and our imaginations would not be running wild wondering what new creation you are coming up with. WE are so glad you started blogging!
Your trip looks absolutely wonderful! Lori L

September 24, 2010 03:42 PM
Michelle said...

That ice cream cone photo just might be my favorite ever. I love it.

September 24, 2010 03:57 PM
Michelle said...

Jenny is one of my faves! Looks like a fabulous time!

September 24, 2010 03:58 PM
21 said...

All of those places you went to look amazing. Did you guys finish all the stuff you ate? Unbelievable! Those high hats – I thought I did mine high, but not t hat high! Glad to see you had a great time – I’m a big fan of both your blogs. Been following you both for years.

September 24, 2010 04:09 PM
Katy said...

I might be making this up, but I think bunny chow (or rabbit chow) is a South African thing. Maybe one of your readers can confirm. Looks like an amazing time. The ice cream stop was seriously tooo much yum.

September 24, 2010 04:13 PM
KarenC said...

Wow… those desserts look yummy!

Have I seen Jenny on Food Network in a cooking competition? She looks so familiar.

I’m going to have to check out her blog.

September 24, 2010 04:17 PM
Jenniffer from Cup a Dee Cakes said...

What a wonderful tale! I am just beginning to meet great people through blogging (like you!). Thanks SO much for sharing!

September 24, 2010 04:20 PM
Clarelle said...

Ever heard of Grill em all? In LA. They won gourmet burger food on The Great [Truck] Race on Food T.V! :) i definitely want to try them.

September 24, 2010 04:38 PM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

Wow – look at all those yummy goodies!

September 24, 2010 04:39 PM
Diane {} said...

Jenny is so sweet and I feel honored to have met her.
Hopefully I’ll get to meet you-I’m looking forward to your book signing at Costa Mesa :)
I’ll be seeing Jenny tomorrow and love her energy.
I love your array of sweets, my kind of day.

September 24, 2010 04:40 PM
Fernanda T. said...

Ta Bom Truck offers awesome Brazilian food and some attempts at fusion.

Highly recommend the Pastel, a Brazilian type of empanada, which is deep fried. Try the beef or cheese for a classic, or the banana for a surprising dessert.

September 24, 2010 04:49 PM
Jenny said...

My name (as you can see) is also Jenny, and for a second when I saw at the top of the post, I thought, wow, did i when that cupcake charm thing?

Oh, well.

Love your blog. That gelato looks so good, it’s my new favorite cold food.

September 24, 2010 04:53 PM
Laura Sligh said...

WOW. So much food. The food truck thing looks very cool! I remember food trucks in Philly when I was there during the summer, but they were not nearly as fancy. I am increasingly jealous of your life. Amazing how much can change because of one simple decision.

September 24, 2010 05:04 PM
B Smith said...

You and Jenny in the same place! I would love it!!!!

September 24, 2010 05:07 PM
Amanda :) said...

Jenny is the cutest and sweetest blogger I know! :) Loved all your pics! Totally wishing I had another Snickers Cake from Joan’s right now! :)

September 24, 2010 05:11 PM
Shanna ~ My Favorite Everything said...

I still can’t believe I missed you and Jenny by minutes at the OC Foodie Fest, so many awesome food trucks! Glad you all were able to get in after all!! And I completely agree with you, blogging opens up a whole new world of people and friends and events. And its way more than just behind the computer!! My calendar is packed full! Looking forward to (hopefully) meeting you in SF in Oct?? I’m flying up with Jenny!

September 24, 2010 05:27 PM
Suzanne said...

I need to start blogging…lol

September 24, 2010 05:31 PM
Val said...

11.20pm here: Thank you! You don’t even know how much!!! I am so glad I’ve started reading Cake Wrecks and their Sunday Sweets… because that’s how I found out about your awesome blog!
You brightened my spring, litterally! I was improving my baking skills on some French classics (for I am French ;) ) as a means of seeing la vie en rose and you gave me some goals (Cheesecake bars are my next, or pillow cookies, or…or..!)!
So glad to see how many great people you meet via blogging! Happy for you!
I was already a teeny bit jealous of the Cake Art Party Store, I was longing to find a place like the Lovely Confection Bakery, to go to California let alone.. now you planted in my brain the idea of the Milk Shop….errrr….I ‘m coming!
Thanks for sharing! Keep enjoying this positive whirl of sweetness you got yourself into :)

September 24, 2010 05:39 PM
kendra said...

omg that is so cool that you two are friends! jenny was the very first food blogger i stumbled upon. .. literally! this post really makes me excited to see the food blogger community up close! very cool. ;) PS im dying to know how amazing that black and white ice cream cookie was! it looks amazing! *drool*

September 24, 2010 05:52 PM
Sarah T. said...

Awesome, I follow Picky Palate and it’s so funny to know 2 of my favorite bloggers are also friendsies! I’m also in SoCal (city of Orange) and I’m so glad you enjoyed your taste of California, we are definitely proud of our food trucks down here. Sure, New York may have started it, but we have perfected it. :P My favorite right now is Piaggio on Wheels, also Calbi is delicious! I wish I could’ve gone to the Foodie Fest, it looks like a blast and a half.

September 24, 2010 05:56 PM
Melissa said...

Well I am very happy you decided to become a blogger and look where it has gotten you! It looks like you had a great time in LA! That Bunny Chow thing looks yummy and cute!

September 24, 2010 06:09 PM
Sue said...

You lucky pup! I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends!

September 24, 2010 06:24 PM
Lilika said...

oh my gosh, the things on that food truck looked incredible. I’ll have to keep both my eyes peeled for it, if ever it comes around :D

Glad you had such a great time in LA!

September 24, 2010 06:35 PM
Amy said...

How fun is that?!?! Cool.

And Jenny is very perty.

September 24, 2010 06:42 PM
April said...

I love that you both actually indulged and sampled everything!! It shows what normal non-bloggers do too :)

September 24, 2010 06:58 PM
samantha said...

I’ve had so much fun following your blog, I’ve decided to start my own! Those desserts look amazing hope someday I’ll get out that way and get to try some of them!

September 24, 2010 07:06 PM
Kelly said...

i know the best thai truck ever but it is in hawaii!!

September 24, 2010 07:24 PM
Linz said...

I officially want to try these places.

September 24, 2010 07:33 PM
Wendy in California said...

Kewl story – enjoyed it….luv that our CA “raunch” wagons are actually haute cuisine carriages!

September 24, 2010 08:13 PM
AGinTO said...

I love that you started blogging too! And I can’t wait to hit LA and check out those places… :)

MadeYouLook Natural Skincare

September 24, 2010 08:25 PM
Myra said...

Does it have to be a truck? How about an airstream?

September 24, 2010 08:26 PM
Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. said...

Looks like you all had a blast together! All of those desserts look amazing, especially the ice cream from MILK! What a great way to spend a few days!

September 24, 2010 08:30 PM
Michelle said...

Everything looks irresistible, but I’m getting a tummy ache just looking at it! SO MUCH FOOD! What a dilemma.

September 24, 2010 08:43 PM
Susan said...

I was at the OC foodie fest! Loved it!!
I had to drop my daughter off at college first…so I know missed out on a chance of even seeing you there!
Our favorite that day was Dos Chinos and The Vizzi truck…but the Red Velvet Pancake bites @the Buttermilk truck were yummy!!

September 24, 2010 09:30 PM
aussiemarina said...

you’re glad you started blogging?????? i’m glad i found you………..congrats on your success……

September 24, 2010 09:33 PM
Wei-Wei said...

We’re ALL so glad you started blogging.

September 24, 2010 09:47 PM
Amanda said...

I love eating dessert, but how did y’all eat that much dessert? It all looks good though!

September 24, 2010 09:58 PM
Christene @WhipperBerry said...

Oh my goodness, you guys had some delicious little bites! I’m glad you started blogging too.

September 24, 2010 10:01 PM
Bess said...

tell me the secret: how do you not gain weight when you go all these yummy trips?!?

September 24, 2010 10:56 PM
JiaWei said...

wow! gorgeous food pics. Looks like LA has tons of great food.

September 24, 2010 11:56 PM
Jeanee said...


September 25, 2010 12:05 AM
Angy said...

hi there! i love love love your blog and all your wonderful posts, but i have one you eat anything healthy? i mean, you look in good health, don’t get me wrong! but so far we’ve only read about all your meals consisting of sugar butter cream and flour ;P what’s your secret!

much love.

September 25, 2010 01:19 AM
Imuy said...

I just got diabetes from looking at all the sweets you ate. :)

September 25, 2010 03:25 AM
Stefani said...

Looks like you had a great time and some great food!

September 25, 2010 04:15 AM
Pinepig said...

I stumbled upon your blog a couple months ago. I’ve been enjoying reading about your journeys & learning about how to make cakepops. Thank you for changing your mind & starting blogging!

September 25, 2010 05:14 AM
Nikki said...

Holy schnickeys that was your hotel room!?!??! Love your blog, my friends and I curse you almost daily because of all of the wonderful yummy treats you force us to make :)

September 25, 2010 08:13 AM
joudie's Mood Food said...

Everything looks sensational. I would have eaten EVERYTHING! I love the bread filled with short ribs. Looks sooo YUMM! And all the desserts ofcourse!

September 25, 2010 08:51 AM
Laura Perry said...

Finally, someone who can eat like me! You ladies did the town right! I’m glad you enjoyed yourselves thoroughly and being a Southern Californian I’ll be paying these places a visit for sure!! :)

September 25, 2010 10:11 AM
ardna said...

i’m so glad u blog bakerella, u’re such an inspiration!

September 25, 2010 10:31 AM
Lee said...

Thanks for blogging Girl!!! I absolutely love reading your adventures, looking at your pictures and trying out all of your yummy things!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you decide to blog and share your wonderfulness with others!!! :)

P.S. -if you are ever in Philadelphia, you should definitely track down the falafel truck on 20th and Market! It is the best food truck EVER!! Seriously!!

September 25, 2010 11:04 AM
Rose said...

We just started getting into following those trucks. We’ve only tried the famous Kogi truck which is OKAY and Get Shaved Ice which is the BEEEEEST shaved ice EVER!! We’re looking forward to going to Long Beach’s Food Fest in October…mmmmmm!!

September 25, 2010 11:05 AM
Christine H. said...

There is a super pulled pork truck in Seattle…called Minimus Maximus, it is a Stainless Steel bus that looks like a pig. They have pulled pork sandwiches, slaw and Iced Tea (there are just 2 types of each, but super good-either medium or hot).
Also, in NYC, there is a Waffle Truck called Wafels & Dinges…it moves around each day and they have fabulous Savory and Sweet waffles!
Looks like a great trip…now I know where to go next time I am in LA!

September 25, 2010 11:22 AM
Jennifer said...

That hotel room looked fabulous!! Loved your black ruffled shirt too! :)

September 25, 2010 11:26 AM
Ansa said...

It almost makes me want to take up blogging!
Your room looked SOOOOOO HOITY-TOITY!
Loved the high top cupcake and the Bunny Chows looked sooo yummy.


September 25, 2010 12:10 PM
Jill said...

I need to stop reading your blog while at work….I think I drooled all over my keyboard.

September 25, 2010 12:11 PM
Rachel @ Its a Hero said...

That looks incredible! :) So is that a macaron ice cream sandwich??

September 25, 2010 12:38 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I don’t have a favorite food truck, but I do have a couple really nice ice cream places (and if I win the lotto, I will probably open up my own ice cream places). Yum!

September 25, 2010 12:45 PM
Kelly said...

Um… snickerdoodle cake? I think I need this in my life!

September 25, 2010 01:16 PM
Cindy said...

Wow. Nice hotel room!

I’m so glad you’re blogging :) I love seeing the little things you make, and feeling inspired!

September 25, 2010 01:22 PM
Captain Micah said...

These are some of my favorite posts from you…your city sweets tours. I travel a lot for work, and I am always on the look-out for great surprises. I have quite the sweet tooth, so you give me lots of advice on where to look first! I love how you didn’t get enough sweets at the first place and had to “wash it down” with milk, then gelato. My type of gals!

September 25, 2010 02:19 PM
Michelle said...

LOL! I love the pics of dessert with the diet coke can in the pic :) Everything looks yummy!!!

September 25, 2010 02:19 PM
The Kissters said...

These pictures are beautiful! Looks like so much fun. I think I’m going to go out and buy a sweet treat right now!

September 25, 2010 02:48 PM
Heather from WhipperBerry said...

Sooooo fun! I have a super fun food truck. Slidn’ Thru. It’s a slider truck here in Las Vegas. DELISH!!

Kisses from the WhipperChicks

September 25, 2010 03:07 PM
Wendy said...

Share a link to your first blog post or first picture you posted… that’s a fun story you shared. I’m trying to figure out what my passion is to blog about. I’m currently in the “not going to blog” phase.

September 25, 2010 03:32 PM
Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef said...

wow! those desserts look stellar!

September 25, 2010 06:39 PM
bridget {bake at 350} said...

Bakerella + Picky Palate + desserts = perfect day! :)

September 25, 2010 07:35 PM
Katie said...

Well, I just drooled all over my keyboard. I don’t know if it would be possible for me to select just one of those desserts to try…I want them all! Especially that black and white cookie ice cream sandwich…

September 25, 2010 08:49 PM
Pam said...

I’m imagining the sugar high…. ahhh, and so worth it. ‘-)

September 25, 2010 09:31 PM
Dawn Renee said...

Oh My Gosh!! How did you two not E X P L O D E ;)-

September 25, 2010 11:44 PM
destiny said...

wow! Looks amazing , defenatly going to be trying those!

September 26, 2010 01:31 AM
Gail B said...

Looks like such sweet day ;) Now I know how you guys can eat all that gooness and not gain a pound! It’s the diet Coke! LOL

September 26, 2010 02:55 AM
eszter said...

high calorie cupcake and diet coke -priceless !

September 26, 2010 03:58 AM
Erin said...

I’m so glad you started blogging too =D The ice cream trucks over here in Germany are to die for. well all ice cream over here really but we are lucky to have our own ice cream truck come right to our house in the summer. Perfect way to end the day if i do say so myself!

September 26, 2010 04:57 AM
Judy Workman said...

I made some high hat cupcakes and I have to say they are SO VERY TASTY! Oh my word, we love them! I passed some out to appreciative neighbors and I am already thinking about making more of them. Yum Yum Yum! (I used box cake mix for the cupcakes but made the real recipe for the tops.)

September 26, 2010 09:28 AM
Marèse said...

Wow, you girls are fantastic! And nice to know that I’m not the only ‘geek’ who takes pix of food all the time :-D
And please don’t stop blogging, you’re doing great!

September 26, 2010 09:34 AM
LucyJoy said...

It all looks so yummy, but didn’t you gals have tummy aches after all that?! :o)

September 26, 2010 02:34 PM
Maria @ ScandiFoodie said...

I love this! You girls look so stunning and my gosh the treats you had look fantastic! Maria x

September 26, 2010 03:05 PM
Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes said...

Ooooh i’m so jealous! I’ve always wanted to just have a day where I eat only desserts! Sounds like too much fun!

September 26, 2010 03:50 PM
StrawberryCAKE said...

One of the first posts on my blog was Never say Never. It wasnt about blogging it was just about never saying never…which I found can make me eat my tennis shoes. I agree 100% I have had more fun in the 11months since I started bloggin than…well I have ever had…almost. Looking forward to Blogher in a couple weeks! Wahooo!

September 26, 2010 04:23 PM
susan said...

Didn’t know where else to post this but on the book tour, Chicago but not Milwaukee, boo. We would love to see you north of the border, too. Can’t wait to buy the book!

September 26, 2010 05:21 PM
me_carreon said...

I love Jenny’s earrings….there so purty

September 26, 2010 06:12 PM
marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Jenny & I had the most lovely chat about you yesterday. She told me all about the wonderful time you gals spent together. We were in the car going back & forth from the OC to LA, so there was lots of time to catch up on fun events. I had no idea you had this post up….just stopped by to see what you had going on. Your trip to SoCal looks like it was a blast. I can’t wait to see your book. Hopefully next time you are out this way I could have the opportunity to meet you. Jenny & I will be at BlogHer Food—-you too??

September 26, 2010 06:31 PM
marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Oh, yes jenny is so purty :) xo

September 26, 2010 06:31 PM
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