All good things come with a little time – I’m so excited to FINALLY start my new Flavour Favourites series! Inspired by Christine’s, “5 Great…” feature on her beauty blog empire, Temptalia, (and my favourite beauty blog in general!), this new series is completely devoted to sweets and eats grouped together by one common flavour or ingredient denominator: vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, lemon, blueberry, green tea, pesto, cheddar, asparagus, apple – the list is never-ending and I have so many ideas on how to make this series fun and creative!
This first Flavour Favourites post is dedicated to “5 Great Strawberry Cupcakes” but I’d love to do a spin-off of this in the future and feature a “5 Great Strawberry Breakfasts” post, a “5 Great Strawberry Desserts”, or a “5 Great Savoury Dishes with Strawberries” mash-up. There are so many reasons why I’m so in love with this idea. For one thing, after 500+ posts, there’s just no way everyone is going to remember when I wrote certain posts or even know these posts exist if I’ve written about them in the past. Some of you have just started following Ate by Ate within the last few months and some of you have been by my side since the beginning. Either way, it’ll do one of two things: refresh your memory or introduce you to something brand new! And posts like these are much more bookmark friendly – I know, I know, I need to get on the Pinterest wagon. It’ll happen eventually!
Another reason why I’m in love with doing this series? It’ll be a great way to see, at a glance, what the city has to offer if you love a specific flavour or ingredient to itty bitty pieces and want to know where you can get the goods. The series will either encapsulate previously written posts into one “bigger picture” post (like today’s), or feature items and dishes not yet published but will be at a later date. I especially want to focus on these Flavour Favourites to highlight seasonal foods so we can all take advantage of some great dishes and food at their peak of loveliness. I am going to be one very happy girl when I have enough to create an asparagus one for spring!
I’ve wanted to do this for over a year but as you can imagine, this series is fantastic in theory, a ton of fun to prepare, but waaaay more difficult to execute in actuality. First off, there’s the menu ogling. Then there’s the actual eating and photographing. And from there we painstakingly rack up the posts. And this can only happen if I end up loving the items and dishes! I know it seems like I love everything I eat and think everything is awesome, but there are a number of spots and food things (for lack of a better word) that I haven’t necessarily enjoyed and thus, haven’t written about on the blog. Regardless, I am beyond ecstatic to start this and can’t wait to really rev it up.
- Strawberry “Pinkalicous” – $2.75 at Bakes & Goods, 2523 Yonge Street (Yonge & Eglinton)
- Strawberry Vanilla – $3 at Flour Studio, 883 Eglinton Ave. West (Eglinton & Bathurst)
- Lady in Red – $2.95 at Short & Sweet Cupcakes (February Flavour of the Month), 1945 Avenue Rd. (Avenue & Wilson)
- Strawberry on Grandma’s Dark Cocoa – $2.95 at Prairie Girl Bakery, 18 King Street East (King & Victoria) and First Canadian Place Marketplace (Concourse level)
- Summer Strawberry – $2.65 at The Wedding Cake Shoppe, 859 College Street (College & Ossington)