Tuesday, March 31, 2009

A whoopie cookie

After I posted the article about whoopie pies, I finally got around to reading the whole article. If you read all the way to page two, you read that Magnolia has a maple whoopie pie!! So, that was put on my agenda for Friday night. Here you can see (or maybe you can't) it's not really a whoopie pie, but two cookies with maple cream in between. Which is why when we told the guy behind the register that we had a whoopie pie, he kept calling it a whoopie cookie. We were so tempted by everything else in the place, that we decided to split a slice of cake, as well. Because it started to get super crowded in there, as it always does, and the staff started to freak out, as they always do, we quickly just chose one. I wanted to try the Hummingbird cake, but since Heidi has to ask 500 questions before she can settle on something and the staff were seriously not having it, I suggested the coconut cake, she agreed and that was that. But when he went to cut us a slice, he said there wasn't enough left for a whole slice... so they gave it to us for free! Perfect!
The verdict is that the whoopie cookie was really delicious. The cookies were perfect -- soft on the inside with a little bit of crispiness on the outside. The cream was really tasty, and I love maple. But I'm not sure I'd go out of my way for this again. If I want a whoopie pie, I'm going to go for a real one. But if you are going to Magnolia anyway, it's worth a try.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

30 Rock quote of the week -- 3/26 The Return of Dennis!

Jack: The only time I came close to vomiting is when I saw Ann Coulter's shoulderblades.

If I were there, I would have said that her face makes me want to vomit. But, alas, it's just a TV show.

I love that they keep finding ways to bring Dennis back. He's such a great character!

The Office quote of the week -- 3/26

Michael: I had a great time at the prom, and no one said yes to that, either.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

National Social Work Month

Just a few more days to celebrate!

But April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so there's still lots of fun to be had!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Whoopies in the news

I like to think I'm a little ahead of the dessert curve. After all, I have been eating cupcakes from Magnolia since at least 1999, which is when I moved to the city. Now whoopie pies, which I fell in love with in Maine last year, are apparently sweeping the nation, according to the New York Times.

(thanks for the article, Jill.)

Jersey in the house!

I am sure this was a dream come true for Jon Stewart, and it was a dream come true for me to watch it.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
Bruce Springsteen - Interview
Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things w/ Demetri MartinPolitical Humor

In addition to the interview, Bruce Springsteen performed his new song. I'll admit that this is not one of my favorite Springsteen songs, but I really liked this acoustic version.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream
Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things w/ Demetri MartinPolitical Humor

Also, I saw the guy on the right on Sixth Ave last week, right outside of the Tasty D-lite! You could call it a "Sixth Avenue Freeze-out." (ba-dum-bum!) Heidi couldn't believe I wouldn't talk to him. But, you know, I've seen Jon Stewart three times and I've never talked to him, so I can't imagine I'd ever talk to anyone.

30 Rock quote of the week -- 3/19

Please tell me Jon Hamm isn't really gone from the show! Oh, to be part of his bubble world!

Jack, talking about Tracy Jordan: His video game made a fortune and he invested all of it in a company that dismantles bank signs. They're doing very well.

The Office quote of the week -- 3/19

Pam: I can tell Michael's mood by which comedy routine he chooses to do. The more infantile, the more upset he is. And he just skipped the Ace Ventura talking butt thing. He never skips it. This is bad.

Monday, March 16, 2009

30 Rock quote of the week -- 3/12

Another tough one...

Of course I loved Liz's joy over hearing that there is a "ham" button on the mini-microwave. I also loved her glee when she learned that she could use it in the shower. And, yes, Jack's desire to market it to the holy trinity of advertisers -- college students, the morbidly obese and homosexuals, made me laugh out loud.

But my quote goes to Blond Actress. When Liz told her that she was spreading herself too thin, Jenna responds, "I only heard the 'thin' part."

The Office quote of the week 3/12

When asked why he keeps a diary, Dwight says: To keep secrets from my computer.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Image Restored

So, my NJ people have been taking a hit lately. First, there is this one. (Yes, I watched. what can I say?)

Then there is this one. (Can't you just imagine her thinking, "yes, I am fabulous" during this speech?)

But I just learned we have this one, which just about evens it out... (I'm talking about Paul Rudd. I always knew that Jon Stewart was from NJ.)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cupcakes and more cupcakes

Last week my book club met to talk about The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, which, if you have read it or watch Oprah, you know is about a boy and his dogs. So my friend Marci made these adorable cupcakes for us. I ate two, which ended up being my dinner for the evening.

Then, because I can, I went out the following evening to try this new cupcake place that I have been wanting to try for weeks. This time, I decided to eat some real food first, then ventured to the East side.

Butter Lane has three kinds of cupcakes -- vanilla, chocolate and banana -- but several kinds of frosting (all the taster cups are pictured here).

You can taste all of the frostings and then choose what you want on your cupcake. We got three to share -- no pretending that we were only going to have one each and then decide if we wanted to go back for a third. My pick was the vanilla/vanilla (of course). They have French Buttercream and American Buttercream. I chose the French because it tasted smoother and you could actually see the vanilla bean flecks in it. On my last bite, I realized what made it different -- it tasted like meringue, which is not surprising since it has egg whites in it. For some reason, once I tasted the egg whites, I wasn't that thrilled, but until then I was in heaven. (I would endorse this cupcake.) Heidi's pick was the "Elvis" which was banana with peanut butter frosting and marshmallows on the top. She nearly fainted when she bit into it (only slightly exaggerating). I liked it too, but she definitely liked it best. The third pick we went back and forth on for a while, but eventually, I got my way, which was the vanilla cupcake with key lime frosting. Then, because I never get to the East side, I got one with chocolate frosting to take home. The women that worked there figure they just made two new best friends! You can always tell how good the cake part is by whether I scrape the wrapper clean. It was clean!
Done and Done!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Office quote of the week 3/5

Meredith: Maybe she's your soul mate.
Dwight: Not likely. There are three billion women on the planet and most of them live in Asia. The numbers don't add up.

30 Rock quote of the week -- 3/5

"Donuts then bed? What are you depressed about or celebrating?"
From Pete to Liz when she said she was going to the 24 hour donut place and then going home to bed.

My friend Esther tries to say that she's Liz Lemon, but here's proof that I am the real Liz.

The City

I would recognize this counter anywhere! (Although it did help that they showed it from the outside, too.) What are the chances that Allie ate anything? (like their highly rated sticky bun, which I'm going to try one of these days.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

30 Rock quote of the week -- 2/26

Okay, so I'm a little late...

Tracy Jordan: I cursed for three hours to get it out of my system, you dumb b----.

Jack: I was about to do the whole Run-to-the-airport-thing like Ross did on "Friends" and Liz Lemon did in real life.