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Scarlet Tea Room

18 West Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91105-2008

Brie, Walnut, and Watercress + Mozzarella and Sundried Tomato Spread

a pot of Yunnan tea

fresh berry romanoff in a dark chocolate cup

classy afternoon tea 🙂

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frosted cupcakery

4817 e. 2nd street
long beach, ca. 90803

as recommended by our friend, we stopped by this shop for a small dessert before lunch, and shared red velvet and chocolate hi-top cupcakes. these two little ones hit the sweet tooth spot just right. aren’t they absolutely darling?

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Creme de la Crepe

36 W. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
I really should leave it up to the experts next time. I decided on a lunch crepe, but obviously I couldn’t decide on an actual crepe on the menu and so I opted to build my own.

I selected a random combination of potato, brie, and basil sauce (I’m sure I’m missing one more ingredient, can’t remember which. I wouldn’t be surprised if I suppressed this from my memory). Who allowed me to toss these ingredients together? Oh gees, it was terrible. I admit it, I am a terrible crepe-builder. It sure does look pretty though, doesn’t it?

all he talks to me about is crepes! crepes! crepes! this incessant bugging had to stop (har har), so I decided to take him to this little restaurant situated in an alleyway on Colorado Blvd. Now let’s think about this – alleyway…dumpster. Not exactly the best combination (strike 2!). But all criticisms aside, he claimed to enjoy his dessert crepe, comprised of mango (?), vanilla ice cream, and dulce de leche.

Our original plan was to try out a creperie in Long Beach that had been suggested to me by my friend. However, seeing as Pasadena is closer to me than Long Beach, I switched up the plans and had us come here instead.

Oh, what cruel punishment of mediocre crepes for my poor choice in creperie! I have failed you, my crepe-fiend friend. Lesson learned: Never settle for second best. It’s ok, we’ve already talked about how I’ve failed and that we have two creperies in mind that we will visit this summer! 🙂 I’ll keep you readers posted – these next two ought to be amazing!

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you are…so sweet! – regina

Apparently Louise’s Trattoria in Old Town Pasadena serves a small selection of Sweet Lady Jane desserts! This happened to be quite lucky because coincidentally, I had been thinking about Sweet Lady Jane earlier that morning while I was in the shower!

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Frostbites

10347 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92505-1809

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Grace is such a cutie.

After a filling Thai dinner, Susan, Grace, and I stopped by Frostbites – and I was initially not planning on buying any but we were immediately beckoned by free samples the second we walked in which somehow/someway lured me to bust out my wallet and hand over my credit card. Wow – this place possesses magical powers. We ordered their most popular item – Sorbet Cream:  frozen custard (as the website boasts: frozen custard is ice cream, but not all ice cream is frozen custard) topped with a fruity Italian ice. HEAVEN.

The frozen custard was so soft, smooth, creamy, enticing. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted ice cream that way before. Just WOW. And the sorbet is apparently made in-house with real ingredients, as opposed to flavorings. Not so much a fan of fruity sorbets, but the combination was pure perfection.

I was so happy…

Thank you, Susan!

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33 E. Union St. Pasadena CA 91103

After some hyperventilation and hysteria over the prospect of being cut from the nursing program due to California’s education budget cuts, and getting assurance that our spots were secure…we celebrated!

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All desserts are made in-house:

Profiteroles – vanilla bean ice cream + chocolate gonache. I had the hardest time pronouncing this! And our waiter made me say it! But it was indeed a lovely dessert, perfect for a summer night. A fancier version of the average cream puff 🙂

Vanilla Creme Brulee – topped with fresh berries + tuile cookie. Extremely creamy, which is indicative of a million + one calories! Very gorgeous dessert. Though I’d have to say it looks more delicious than it actually is!

Churros – yes, I kid you not. A fancier, more gourmet version of the average Mexican churro! Served with three dipping sauces: spiced warm chocolate, Dulce De Leche, and Strawberry. These churros were of melt-in-your-mouth quality! Especially good with the Dulce De Leche. Supposedly one of the more popular desserts in the house.

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cheers to the next three years!

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Dots Cupcakes

400 S. Arroyo Parkway • Pasadena, Ca 91105

Susan and I were totally craving cupcakes. I don’t even have much of a sweet tooth, but I blame this aberration on the few bites of Auntie Em’s that I had yesterday. what a tease. And so with our duk-bo-ssam smelling hair, we stopped by Dots, a little cupcake shop located in Pasadena (there are actually two locations).

They were quite yummy, but not extraordinary. The upside is that they are slightly cheaper than other cupcake shops like Crumbs and Sprinkles. I wanted Auntie Em’s again because those cupcakes were delectable –  smooth texture and the perfect level of sweet. Dots frosting was different…tons sweeter and not as smooth (though I’m sure it’s because of the time of day, as we went an hour before closing, making it logical that the frosting could have stiffened by then). Unfortunately, it would’ve been a longer drive + rush hour to go to Auntie Em’s. Therefore, we opted for the shop closer in proximity.

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meet my friend, susan.

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carrot cake

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red velvet with cream cheese frosting (whoops, you can’t see the red!)

IMG_0397 chocolate lovers for Nick, which he loved and preferred over Auntie Em’s. “So this is what it’s like when doves cry.”

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