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Boudin Fresh New Spring Salads

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in American, Bakery, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue Spring has sprung at your local Boudin where they are serving fresh and delicious seasonal salads for a limited time. I recently went to Boudin with my two children to see how the salads stack against other salads in the area and the flavors of the salads far exceeded my expectations. Boudin has always been my go-to place for soup or sandwiches, and this was my first time trying one of their salads. We placed our order at the cash registers in the front of the restaurant, filled our cups with sweet iced tea, and then took a seat in a comfortable booth to await our lunch. When the mouthwatering salads arrived at our table, we couldn’t wait to sink our taste buds into the fresh and healthy dishes. We began...

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Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To Go Sale (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in American, Bakery, Dessert, Giveaways | 12 comments

  We are thrilled to share that now through February 29th, Marie Callender’s will be celebrating their annual Whole Pie-To Go Sale. During the sale, guests can choose from more than 30 varieties of Marie Callender’s pies for only $7.99, plus tin. The Marie Callender’s whole pie-to go sale includes: Apple: Sliced sweetened apples, spiced with cinnamon. Banana Cream: Fresh ripe bananas, rich vanilla cream, fresh whipped cream or a fluffy meringue. Berry: A variety of only the finest plump, ripe berries, baked in this double crust pie. Blueberry: Blueberries enhanced with flavorful apples. Cherry: With juicy, tart, red cherries. Coconut Cream: Coconut folded into our rich vanilla cream. French Apple: Our traditional apple pie with a crumbly cinnamon streusel topping. Lemon Meringue: Slightly tart, slightly sweet, topped with a light golden meringue. Peach: With thick sliced peaches. Pumpkin:...

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Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Bakery, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

  After spending the morning exploring the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, my kids had worked up a huge appetite. A lunch spot that I have been wanting to try for months, Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe, was just a short drive from the National Park. Once all our exploring was done, we headed over to the cafe to get some tasty sandwiches for lunch. I had heard that all of the bread and pastries were made fresh onsite daily, and I was thrilled to find out that it was true. When we walked into the restaurant, the kids got to see a real working bakery in action through all of the large glass windows. They got to see the big machinery, ovens, and racks of freshly made pastries. As we made our way toward the counter...

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Casey’s Cupcakes Mother’s Day Awesome Almond Delight

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Bakery, Holidays | 0 comments

  Mother’s Day weekend is finally here and what better way treat your sweet momma than with a sweet gift! For this weekend only,Casey’s Cupcakes is offering their Mother’s Day Awesome Almond Delight. This special cupcake features a moist, light almond cake with delicious raspberry cream filling, topped with smooth almond-flavored frosting, decorated with sugar crystals, a fondant glitter heart and flower. Casey’s Cupcakes is a Food Network “Cupcake Wars” award-winning, sophisticated, and delightful confection boutique inspired by the delicious recipes of Casey Reinhardt’s Great-Grandmother. Casey’s Cupcakes uses only the freshest ingredients and offers more than a dozen delicious flavors including sugar-free, gluten free, and vegan options. A perfect choice for every mom who has a soft spot for delectable desserts, Casey’s Cupcakes is a fresh, tasty alternative to your standard card and flowers. If you can’t make it...

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20 Years of Sugar Bliss at Paradise Donuts and Deli

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Bakery, Best of OC, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  After an awful lunch with my two little kids, and my kids being so good about not being wasteful by eating all their food, I treated them to a donut at the neighboring donut shop. We walked across the parking lot to Paradise Donuts and Deli where we were immediately greeted by the owners. We looked at the donut case that was partially bare (although it was pushing 3ish). While the kids were taking their time debating about what sweet treat they were going to order from the glass case, I noticed a family that was having sandwiches inside the shop. The sandwiches were packed with tons of meat and cheese, and not the kind of deli sandwich I would have expected to see being served in a donut shop. The owner must have heard me saw “wow”...

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Tis the Season of..Cookies!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Bakery | 0 comments

  What could possibly make the season brighter than cookies? Stax Cookie Bar in Irvine is making the holidays a little sweeter with their tasty gift options. With more than 16 different flavors (including gluten-free) what could be better? Teacher gifts, hostess gifts..the options are endless. The cookies are available in a gift bag with one dozen for $10.95, or a gift tin filled with a dozen for $16.95, or filled with two dozen for $26.95. The gift tins are offered in brown, black or a festive red. In addition, Stax Cookie Bar offers hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, milk shakes, malts and specialty desserts such as affogatos in three flavors (freshly brewed espresso served over ice cream) and a Smookie (a warm, gooey cookie topped with ice cream and hot fudge.) Stax Cookie Bar is open from 11...

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Have Your Cupcake and Drink it Too with Cupshakes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Bakery, Dessert, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Casey’s Cupcakes Casey’s Cupcakes is putting a whole new twist on the traditional cupcake with their cupshakes. Now cupcake loves can have their cupcake and drink it too! Guests are invited to select their favorite cupcake flavor and then have it magically transformed into a rich and delicious “cupcake” milkshake. The options are endless with this new sweet treat at our favorite OC cupcake shop. When celebrating my son’s birthday last month, we ended the celebration by ordering “cupshakes” to take with us to enjoy on our way home. My son took the cookies and cream cupcake and had them turn it into a cookies and cream flavored milk shake that was delectably delicious. The cupshake doesn’t taste like a traditional milkshake. It has the sweet flavors of the cupcake along with the...

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Pumpkin Patch Perfection at Casey’s Cupcakes

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Bakery, Dining News | 0 comments

  Coming this November, your family can enjoy the flavors of the season with Casey’s Cupcake of the month – Pumpkin Patch Perfection. The cupcake will be available from November 1st through the 30th and features a pumpkin-spiced cupcake, with a perfect pumpkin maple-flavored cream filling, maple-flavored vanilla buttercream frosting, decorated with Tahitian white chocolate curls, a dollop of whipped topping, pumpkin spice and gold glitter. Treat your children to one of these sweet treats or order them for your upcoming holiday celebration. Casey’s Cupcakes has locations in Riverside, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Find your closest location online at...

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Decadant Desserts at SusieCakes in Costa Mesa

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Bakery, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  The hottest new bakery in Orange County just opened up at the South Coast Collection (SOCO), SusieCakes. The new bakery opened with a big family celebration featuring music, face painting, balloon artists, treats and more! SusieCakes was founded by Susan Sarich in 2006 featuring desserts with no-artificial flavors and preservatives. The first location opened in Brentwood and has expanded to multiple locations including the new Costa Mesa location. The celebration of the new bakery opening started with family-friendly music pumping throughout the SOCO courtyard. The kids were lining up for balloon animals and face painting while the bakers came around with trays full of goodies to sample. My kid’s favorite was the whoopie pies, while my tastebuds tantalized over the red velvet cupcakes. After we were done having a sampling of the different desserts offered at SusieCakes, we...

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Celebrating Back-to-School at French’s Pastry

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Bakery, Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  It has been a tradition since I was a child to visit to French’s Pastry for a special back-to-school treat. After all the pressures of meeting new friends, getting settled in a new classroom and adjusting to the new schedule, my mom would always take me to French’s for my favorite sweet treat. Now that I am a mom, I share this tradition with my children. After a busy first week of school, the kids got released early on Friday, and I took them to French’s Pastry. They still act surprised when I pull into the parking lot after all these years of taking them to the bakery at the beginning of the school year. This year was extra special because thanks to Groupon, the kids were able to get $30 worth of treats to enjoy throughout the...

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Blackmarket Bakery Easter Egg Hunt

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Bakery, Events | 0 comments

  Bring your children down to The CAMP in Costa Mesa to participate in the Blackmarket Bakery Easter egg hunt! Every morning, they will hide five Easter eggs throughout The CAMP for children (and adults) to collect. Inside of the eggs will be certificates for free pastries, shirts, Keán Coffee and more! Once all the eggs have been found, children will have to return again the next day for a chance to find more eggs. Blackmarket Bakery also released its seasonal Spring Menu with delights such as the Lavender Almond Scone, Strawberry Bee Sting (available on Friday and Saturday only), Blueberry Lemon Pinwheel and Carrot Cake, Orange Poppyseed Cake. Breads include Hot Cross Buns and Braided Challah. Flourless options include Almond Brownie Bites, Almond Frou Frous, Coconut Haystacks and Walnut Mudslides. When: Daily from Wednesday, April 16 to Saturday...

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Community Supported Bakery Program (CSB) Starts in Orange County

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Bakery | 0 comments

  Families in Orange County can now get fresh, local bakery items through the all-new Community Supported Bakery (CSB) program at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano. Each month, families can order signature loaves using ingredients from The Ecology Center’s harvest. The program is set-up similar to the Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) to help families purchase fresh products sourced from local farmers, or in this case bakers. It will help families to get bread with limited packaging and preservatives to help live healthier lifestyles. This month’s offerings include: Campagne – meaning “country” in French, it is a traditional French country bread made using liquid levain sourdough starter and a combination of wheat and rye flours which give this bread its rich, smokey flavor and darker crumb. Rosemary Sourdough Boule – loaves are leavened with naturally occurring wild...

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A “Swell” Donut Shop in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Bakery, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  Before heading down to the beaches in Laguna, we always make a stop at our favorite donut shop in Laguna – South Swell Donuts. The small family owned donut shop makes the freshest donuts in town, but also has some other sweet treats for guests to enjoy. While the kids always navigate towards their fresh donuts, I cannot resist their Pho. It is one of my favorite places to get Pho in Orange County and it’s always loaded with delicious vegetables in a flavorful broth. For just $7, you’ll get a large bowl of rice noodle soup served with basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, jalapeno (my favorite) and lime with your choice of beef, shrimp or chicken. It is the perfect way to warm up your tummy on a cold afternoon in Orange County. Today we did it backwards...

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Creating Family Memories at Panera Bread

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in American, Bakery, Reviews | 13 comments

 Giveaway sponsored by Panera Bread To most, Panera Bread, is just another bakery chain in Orange County but to our family it is a place where we have created many special memories together. One of our favorite things to do as a family is enjoy the outdoors. We are hardly ever home sitting in front of a television or playing videos – we are almost always outside enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds our community. Since we spend so much time at our local parks and beaches, we will often pick-up a picnic lunch or dinner to bring with us, and Panera Bread has always been our go-to place for our picnic lunches. We have filled our picnic basket with Panera Bread’s fresh sandwiches, salads, and bakery goods more times than I can count. While we all have our...

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Free Bagels at Bagels & Brew for National Bagel Day

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Bakery, Breakfast, Events | 0 comments

 For the second consecutive year, family-owned fast casual restaurant Bagels & Brew will celebrate National Bagel Day Sunday, February 9 by offering each guest a free bagel. The local café will be offering free bagels from open to close at any of Bagels & Brew’s three Orange County locations in Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest. Last year, Bagels & Brew gave away over 1,700 free bagels in its first time celebrating National Bagel Day with free bagels. “We hope to continue growing our neighborhood feel and building our community by saying thanks to our loyal customers and inviting new guests to try us with a free, gourmet bagel,” said Michelle McKay, Co-proprietor of Bagels & Brew. Facts, photos and information provided by Bagels &...

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Panera Bread Holiday Offerings

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in American, Bakery, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 True confession. I love Panera Bread so much that MyPanera card is so scratched up you can’t even read the barcode. So you can imagine how happy I was when a Panera franchise opened last summer in my neighborhood of Huntington Beach. One of the things I like about Panera Bread bakery-cafes are their seasonal menus (yes, and their strong free Wi-Fi!) For the holidays, they are taking comfort food to a delicious new level. Consider the Fontina Grilled Cheese Sandwich, with Vermont white cheddar, fontina cheese, reduced-fat chive and onion cream cheese spread on an Italian four cheese blend, melted to perfection on a thick traditional French white bread, called miche. Try the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo Pasta, which is a rich blend of ricotta, Swiss and Romano cheeses in Alfredo sauce, topped with smoked, pulled antibiotic-free chicken and...

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Gluten Free Bakery: Sugar Blossom Bakery

Posted by on Jun 29, 2011 in Bakery, Reviews | 0 comments

  Tucked away in the charming town of San Clemente is a special bakery with a unique charm. When you first walk into Sugar Blossom Bakery you will be immersed into a pinkalicious world. You can order cupcakes, cookies or specialty coffee. Your children will have a chance to admire all the beautiful artwork within the bakery while enjoying their special treat. Chef Lei Shishak Sugar Blossom Bake Shop was founded by Chef/Owner Lei Shishak. Lei began her culinary career in New York City. While working in finance, she took a weekend job decorating cakes at her neighborhood sweet shop which quickly sparked her desire to learn more about pastry and baking. She enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Graduating at the top of her class with honors, she went on to work in...

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