Now to rewind a few days to the bear's birthday. We were both tired from long days at work, so he opted for good takeout at home rather than going out. He requested Italian, so I dropped by my favorite Italian lunch spot on the way home from the office. They also serve dinner, have takeout, and have fresh pastas + sauces + toppings available for takeout/cooking at home. Ironically, I have yet to try their fritto misto.
I also dropped by Vanilla Bake Shop. Again.
Serious cake envy. If only Vanilla Bake Shop had come about earlier and my wedding cake budget were bigger...
This time, I tried their mini shot glass ice box treats.
[Nestled in cups for transport. They transport much better than the top-heavy mini cupcakes, that's for sure.]
[See? Pretty unharmed. That's dirt cake, berry shortcake, tiramisu, and meyer lemon raspberry, from left to right.]
So good. The bear thoroughly enjoyed them as well, and he's not really a sweets person. Our favorites were the dirt cake [deep, rich flavor but not rib-sticking] and meyer lemon raspberry [perfect balance of tart, sweet and creamy]. I really love their frothy vanilla bean frosting, whether on these or cupcakes.
Les macarons, again.
There were four. I came home ravenous the next day after my 2+ hour commute home [whine whine gripe gripe], so I forgot to take a photo before I was more than halfway through.
Tomorrow will be birthday surprise day, although it's no longer a surprise. I'm horrible at keeping secrets, especially because he's such a good guesser. Boo!