Friday’s Favorite Things - 5.3.13


1. Red Velvet Cakecup @ The Bees Knees Baking Company
This past week my friend, Lauren (LaurenLovesToEat), and I met up for a “Cakecup Date” at The Bees Knees Baking Co. Lauren in someone I met at a New York Press Dinner, and we sorta just clicked.  It was so nice to talk to her for a couple hours while we enjoyed coffee and cake on a beautiful day in Manhattan.  Last week I raved about The Bees Knees’ Banana Marshmallow Cakecup, this week I tried 3 other flavors in mini sized cakecups.  All 3 flavors were delicious and not too sweet, however my favorite amongst the 3 was undoubtedly the Red Velvet, their best seller.  I'll eventually do a full review once I try the remaining flavors.  And for those of you ever visiting NYC, check out Lauren's blog where she reviews restaurants all over the world, primarily New York City and Hong Kong.  ~ 3 mini cakecups for $7 @ The Bees Knees Baking Company, New York City (West Village)
 


2. Jackie Cardigan @ J.Crew (purchased in white)
One can not have enough white and black cardigans, seriously, certain cardigan styles just look better with work pants, others can be used for layering, and yet others pair well with a dress.  When it comes to style and simplicity, I turn to J.Crew.  Their quality is undeniable, we all know that, I mean I have shirts from J.Crew 10 years ago that still look as good as new.  In any case, I couldn't resist the 25% off J.Crew sale this past week and I had to pick up their 3/4 sleeve Jackie Cardigan in white.  Btw… the sale is still on!  ~ $65 (25% off until TONIGHT) @ J.Crew (other colors available)
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3. Organic Virgin Coconut Oil @ Trader Joe’s 
Lately I have gone coco crazy, you've seen the recipes...
this Blueberry Banana Coconut Oatmeal Bake to
this Almond Joy Hot Chocolate to
this Triple Coconut Cake to
these Toasted Coconut Blueberry Muffins.
A few weeks ago I picked up Coconut Oil from Trader Joe's and it smells just like real coconut, and it tastes like shredded coconut... SO FREAKIN’ GOOD!!!  Initially I was a bit hesitant to purchase Coconut Oil since I haven’t had the best experience with coconut oil, particularly the way it tastes in Indian food, but I believe this has a LOT to do with the quality of coconut oil you are using.  So far, I've been replacing the butter in my baked goods with TJ’s coconut oil and the results have been fantastic.  I can’t wait to experiment more.  Coconut is higher in fat than butter, but nutritionally speaking it is better for you than butter.  Get this stuff, it's good!  ~ $6 @ Trader Joe's
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TELL ME: Do you like Coconut Oil?  What do you use it for?  Do they have "cakecups" where you live?


22 comments:

  1. since you seem to be into coconut products, maybe you'll be interested in this promotion: http://instagram.com/p/Yxth-ptI9Z/

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    1. Thanks Mari! YOU ARE THE BEST! I actually contacted Nikki's Coconut Butter after hearing about it on Tina's blog. Definitely ordering! Thanks girlfriend. :)

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  2. Ooh who doesn't like coconut oil...or any coconut products- the smell is just heavenly! That being said, I don't use it as often as I should given how freely available it is in Mumbai! My use of coconut lately is more in the form of Cocoa Butter & coconut water- both are daily essentials for me! A lot of people seem to shy away from coconut oil because of its saturated fat content but a diet void of sat fats is as unhealthy as sat fat overload! My sister lives in Guangzhou and often visits Hong Kong- I should point her in the direction of Lauren's blog! Happy Friday, Nisha!

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    1. Khushboo - I have tried coconut oil in Kerela cuisine and I wasn't too happy, I think the quality of oil differs. The TJ version is awesome. I love coco butter, I'm not a fan of Coconut Water though. Yup, it is saturated fats, so definitely try to eat it in moderation. Yes, let her know about Lauren's blog, I love her reviews. She does a great job and takes great photos. Happy Friday!

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  3. I LOVE Trader Joe's coconut oil! I use mine on my morning toast and smoothies. Haven't baked with them yet but will be using it the next time I make something with coconut. And don't think this is weird but I read somewhere that coconut oil is good for your hair so I used it in my hair. Not to keen on the residual oil it leaves behind so I stopped. :D Happy Friday!

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    1. Anne - I haven't tried TJ Coco Oil on toast yet, only in baking. Coconut Oil is very good for your hair, many Indian people swear by it. I've tried hair coconut oil in my hair a few times and the results were really great. Just make sure you shampoo twice to get it all out. :)

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  4. LOVE coconut oil! It smells so freakin' good! I could swim in the stuff. It actaully tastes pretty good in Indian curries - it just adds so much flavor. I can't see what other things you decide to make with it!

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    1. Love it too! I haven't tried it in cooking yet, but once I ate Kerela Chicken Biryani cooked in coconut oil and it was just too much. I think sometimes people overdo it. I can't wait to see what else I use it in either. LOL! Thanks P!

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  5. We have a big J Crew Outlet and I really like their stuff. But on the other hand, TJ is a different story - we have none around where I live but I plan on visiting it soon and get coconut oil that everyone keeps talking about - I feel left behind now Happy Friday!

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    1. I haven't been to a JCrew Outlet, but I see their stuff online. I wish we had one close by. I'm surprised you don't have a TJ close by in Texas, I forgot what city you live in, but yea, definitely stock up on the Coconut Oil, it is amazing. :)

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  6. I love that cardigan...tried it on at J Crew last week and almost bought one in black. I'm thinking now that I'll go back and get it...it does look perfect with work pants!

    Have a great weekend Nisha!

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    1. Ameena - I actually bought one in black a few weeks ago and then I picked up one in white. These are life's essentials. LOL! Get it, it's so nice. Looks great with work pants and even skinny jeans with a layered look. The sale ends tonight. Have a great weekend too!

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  7. Such a fun cakecup date!! Can't wait for our next one :)

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    1. Thanks Lauren.. definitely after you return from Europe. See you soon! :)

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  8. Those cakecups look DELICIOUS. Omg. I want, I want!!! You should re-create them at home (and then show us how haha).

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    1. Caitlin - Thanks for your vote of confidence, I will eventually get to it. They are so yummy!

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  9. Oooft coconut oil looks absolutely smooth, soft and wonderful :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. I know.. love coconut oil, it actually melts in your palm if after a few seconds.

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  10. I need to go on a cakecup adventure with you! Looks so delish! And that coconut oil stuff from TJ's is to die for. Literally :D

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    1. Kiran - yeah, it's the first cakecup bakery I have found, I'm sure they'll be popping up in all major cities. TJ's Coco oil is awesome, agreed!

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  11. I love the coconut oil for roasted veggies, and there is an awesome super easy quinoa granola recipe on hungryhungryhippie.com (the ingredients are all flexible, i use more quinoa and no buckwheat) that uses coconut oil and it is addictive!
    Ttrockwood(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I still have to try roasting veggies in Coconut Oil. I'll check out the website you mentioned.. I love quinoa, but need to make it more often. Thanks for the tip.

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