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Mango sticky rice

mango sticky rice

Home-made with coconut milk and love.

I just googled a couple recipes to get the jist. Didn’t end up soaking my sweet rice for very long at all, perhaps less than an hour, and it turned out just fine. After fully cooking the rice with water in a rice cooker, I boiled 1/2 of a can of coconut milk with a tbsp of sugar and a pinch of salt, and mixed it into the rice. For the coconut sauce on top, I boiled the rest of the coconut milk with a couple tbsp of sugar (to taste), another pinch of salt, and about a tbsp of cornstarch (premixed with about 2 tbsp of water). Let it thicken, drizzle over your mangoes and rice, and top with some sesame seeds! Tasted just like the kind you would get at a Thai restaurant 🙂

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coconut french toast

Coconut french toast @ Isabel’s Cantina in PB. So yums.

– CP

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Isabel’s Cantina

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Pubcakes

Pubcakes is the perfect marriage between two of my loves: beer and cupcakes. Becca (who was interviewed in a previous foodcult post at Cafe Calabria) found this place by watching their “Sh*t beer geeks say” video.  It’s cute little bakery & cafe started up by a bunch of beer geeks who love to bake. They came up with the ingenious idea of making cupcakes with BEER! pubcakes

The one on the left is the “Super Pretzel”, which consists of a chocolate cake made from a Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout, peanut butter, buttercream and a chocolate shell. The one on the right is the “Stoned Portzilla” which is baked with a Stone Smoked Porter, coffee ganache, and caramelized coconut on top. The Super Preztel was a little sweet for me, but my friend who loves peanut butter loved it. The Stoned Portzilla, however, seemed to be everyone’s favorite. I’m not usually a huge fan of coconut shavings, but the caramelized coconut top on this one was so good, adding a great texture to it. On top of that, the cake was super moist. I couldn’t particularly taste the beer that much, since I’ve never had the Stone Smoked Porter before, but Becca, with her refined beer snob pallet, picked up on a lot of the flavors from the beer. At $3.50 a cupcake, this place, without question, beats Sprinkles cupcakes anyday. 

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