Decadent Delights of Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee

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While on a mini-vacay in San Diego, doughnuts caught my attention like a doggie in a window.  My pupils enlarged, tongue salivated and mind wondered, How much did those marvelous delights cost?  No ordinary 67078448_10156922507176865_4852540822245081088_ndoughnuts, these read gourmet creations.  On average the stunning creations cost $5 a pop and five dollars well spent.   I thought about the doughnut  I devoured all day.  As any woman, I also thought about the calories.   Again, like the cost I thought, these donuts are worth it.

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My mouth watered at the sight of the Blueberry corncake doughnuts, glazed old fashioned doughnut, the maple frosted bacon topped doughnut and the whimsical marshmallow topped S’mores doughnut.   Kindly, the bakery staff offered cut two doughnuts for me to take a bite into,  the amazing blueberry corncake reminiscent of cornbread and the incredible old fashioned donut, dense cake-style and balanced in sweetness.

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Sidecar hosts location in Costa Mesa, Santa Monica, Torrance,  and Del Mar Highland Town Center.

Open daily at 6:30am
Sunday – Thursday ’till 6:00pm
Friday & Saturday ’till 9:00pm

Visit their Website: https://www.sidecardoughnuts.com/

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Light and Freshing, Cucumber Cheesecake Recipe

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Many years ago, I would have turned my nose to the thought of cucumber cheesecake.  But with signature spas adding cucumber to water, experiencing more latin cuisine which introduce the cucumber with lime or just with a splash of Tajin, now it’s easy to imagine the infinite possibilities of cucumber.

Recipe at Meltingtaste.com 

 

How Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy Helped Famous Amos Cookie Company Get Started

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To a knew generation it is quite possible they don’t know the face behind the Famous Cookie brand or what’s quite worse, not know the brand at all.   Once upon time, Famous Amos and his cookie brand were truly famous.  Let’s begin with the back story of Mr. Amos.  Wally Amos was the first black talent agent of the famous Willam Morris Agency, now called Willam Morris Endeavor.   In 1967, Amos left William Morris, and moved to Los Angeles, where he struggled to set up his own personal img_1359management company.  Burdened with the debt of his failing business, Amos began to take comfort in baking chocolate chip cookies.

 

The business man in him saw an opportunity.  After all, he had connections, confidence and modified modified version of his Aunt Della’s recipe.   With those ingredients he planned to open the first freestanding cookie store.  Now LA is known for donuts but cookies?

A few friends such as singer Helen Reddy (I am Woman) and Marvin Gaye financially backed him with $25,000,   add an innovative marketing initiative, which included an extensive advertising campaign and a gala grand opening.  The first Famous Amos cookie store opened on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1975. Within months, Amos had opened two more West Coast franchises, and the New York-based Bloomingdale’s department store had begun selling the gourmet cookies.

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Jay-Z Invests In Black-owned Vegan Company, Partake Foods

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Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is putting his fortune to good use with a recent $1 million investment in a Black-owned vegan company called Partake Foods, reports Black Enterprise.

ormer Coca-Cola sales director, Denise Woodard, started the company in 2016 after her daughter was diagnosed with a variety of food allergies. She states on the company’s websitethat after leaving several grocery stores frustrated and mystified because there were no allergy-friendly snacks on the shelves, she decided to do something about it and create her own.   READ MORE

Downtown Disney District Adss Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes

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The Downtown Disney District location will be the first for Black Tap to introduce its enhanced counter service style. After ordering and once you’re seated, a Black Tap team member will take any of your other menu, drink and CrazyShake orders. This will also be the first location where CrazyShakes can be ordered to go from a take-out Shake Window.

What’s so crazy about these shakes? Why are these burgers award-winning? READ MORE

 

Inside the H.E. Williams Candy Factory- Cranking Out Old Fashioned Candy

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H.E. Williams Candy Factory is located in Chesapeake and has been in business since 1919.

According to the company Facebook Page:

The family business philosophy hasn’t changed much over the years; keep it simple, work hard, and make a great product. All business is done via mail or telephone, there’s not a computer, atm, or cash register to be found, and there’s no online store; payments are accepted in cash or check only. Even still, the family can hardly keep up with the demand for their signature treats, selling batches almost as fast as they make them. We sell our tasty treats right in the factory, through local distributors in VA and NC, and we also ship orders via USPS.

 

Check Out How the Candy is Made:

 

Cannoli Cake Recipe

 

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Recipe by Lisa Huff- Click to See Her Recipe

 

Growing up in New York, I am familiar with the cannoli culture so when a friend of mine pictured shared a photo of a cannoli cake, it a caught my attention.   I reposted it on our Multi Cultural Cooking Network page on Facebook.   And like after like, share after and saves happened.

Click Here to Enjoy checking out this recipe.

 

Los Angeles: Danny Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts

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The movie and television tough guy, Danny Trejo has a sweet side.  The menu features fun names of his delectable treats, the machete is jelly filled.  Other donuts include the O.G., Abuelita, Low Rider and more.  He passion for food extends beyond sweets.  He started with Danny Trejo’s Tacos.   The menu included vegan and gluten-free menu items.  Check out his website and a great interview with the Duke of Donuts.  http://www.trejosdonuts.com

Food Truck Wednesdays in Maryland

Hooray for Wednesdays! Yay! Fun! Fun! Fun! 

Why the cheers for the week’s “get over the hump day?” Well, it’s because in Maryland, there are tantalizing tastes just waiting to be discovered at Food Truck Wednesdays. This fiesta of food happens every Wednesday from spring to the end of October at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department in Arbutus, MD and Red Lion Hotel’s parking lot in Timonium, MD. 

The food trucks include all kinds of scrumptious local and international cuisine including: soul-food, Greek, Mexican, Korean, Indian and even dessert trucks. Here are just some of the food trucks who frequent the event:

  • The Gypsy Queen
  • Greek on the Street
  • Beef on the Street
  • Wanna Pizza This
  • Kommie Pig
  • Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
  • Farm to Charm
  • Mexican on the Run
  • Deja Roux

The Multi Cultural Cooking Network had the opportunity to catch up with one of the founders of the event, Chad Houck of H2 Markets. What a chat! We talked to him about the origins of the event, how the trucks are selected and what to expect in the coming months. Check out the interview above, and find out more information about Food Truck Wednesdays by going to FoodTruckNites.com.

Photo and video provided by Foundation Media Services

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Eat your food on the run at Food Truck Wednesdays. Here is a Korean Beef BBQ Wrap from the Gypsy Queen food truck