Dessert

Lette Macarons is Open in Southlake Park Village!

I've been following Lette Macarons on Instagram for over a month. When I saw that a location was coming all the way from Beverly Hills to li'l ole Southlake (Texas), I was ecstatic. Finally I'd have a macaron spot that I could quickly and easily drive to! Dallas can be a real hassle sometimes. The new shop opened on Friday, but I didn't get a chance to visit and I'd actually stopped at a Dallas macaron spot with a friend that day. I decided to swing by after a very productive Sunday afternoon writing new blog posts to try a box of six macarons. Gotta treat yoself, right? 💁🏾

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As I walked in, I was greeted with a sample of the chocolate macaron and I couldn't believe my tastebuds. The store manager, Marina, was super nice and told me a little more about Lette's beginnings as I chose the six macarons for my box. But back to these perfectly crafted macarons! I honestly feel like I've been missing out because I haven't had any macarons quite like these..and when I did a little bit of research as I was munching on my box at home, I found that this is how macarons are actually supposed to be. Anatomy of a Perfect Macaron from blogger, Indulge with Mimi explains and breaks it down perfectly.

Lette has a total of 14 flavors to choose from and plenty of macs to go around! I've looked at the menu several times in the last month, so I pretty much knew what I wanted to try.

These are the flavors I chose (bottom to top; left to right): Earl Grey Tea, Sweet Wedding Almond, Caribbean Chocolate, Sicilian Pistachio, Rose, Salted Caramel. 

The flavor that intrigued me the most was the Salted Caramel because the filling was real salted caramel. I didn't realize it until a little bit oozed as I was picking it up. I think I'll always love rose- and pistachio-flavored macarons. Caribbean Chocolate was super rich as it's made with dark chocolate. Sweet Wedding Almond got a FULL reaction from me -- it was DE-FREAKING-LICIOUS. Earl Grey Tea was new to me, but very pleasant.

The interior was fluffy, yet chewy and pleasant -- no air pockets, no crunchiness, none of what a macaron shouldn't be. I know they're a very new shop and I'll continue to see how they do over time, but the macarons were so fresh and consistent. At some shops, I tend to get some that seem fresh and others that are crunchy with air pockets and/or seem stale. I've learned that I've probably been spending A LOT of money on macarons that aren't exactly up to par. These, however, were beautifully made. See my photos I managed to take of the exterior and interior of the Earl Grey Tea and Sweet Wedding Almond macarons -- I practically devoured the rest.

I would absolutely recommend Lette! This is definitely going to be my new macaron spot from now on. Everyone should go show them some love and visit -- you will not be disappointed! Also, follow them on Instagram at @lette.southlake to stay updated on any promotions and special flavors.

Lette is located in Park Village at 1151 S. Southlake Blvd in Southlake, TX

There are also 5 locations in Southern California and online ordering is available nationwide.
 

 

Whisk Crêpes Café | French Delectables in the Heart of Dallas

I always seem to find the cutest Dallas food spots on Instagram -- places I don't ever find in a Google search. That's the power of social media for you! The other day, I came across Whisk Crêpes Cafe in Dallas that I immediate knew I needed to try. 

Since I was in the area today working on a new city article, I decided to stop by for a quick bite. The entire menu consists of only crêpes both savory and sweet. There are several specialty dishes, but you can also create your own crepe by choosing the toppings à la carte.

I spent a few minutes at the register browsing the menu trying to figure out what type I wanted before settling on the Cinnamon Apple on flour (buckwheat is also available for savory crêpes). It was delicious! Triangle folded filled with cinnamon apples and cream cheese, drizzled in caramel and topped with pecans. It tasted like a comfy overcast day watching Netflix on a plate. Every single bite was enjoyable.

If you're a huge crêpe fan or want a wider variety than what you'd typically find on a restaurant menu, this is where you need to go. I love sweet, dessert-tasting things...but next time I go, I definitely want to try a savory crêpe.

Whisk Crêpes Cafe is located at 1888 Sylvan Ave.
They are now open 7 days a week from 8AM-10PM

National Chocolate Day | Sablon Chocolate Lounge

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting Sablon in West Village for my very first media tasting. I'm in West Village all the time and I've passed by several times, but have never actually stopped to try the delectables on the menu. Interestingly, the timing was perfect because now I can share it with you for National Chocolate Day!

The concept of Sablon Chocolate Lounge was created by Sudhir Shah after an inspiring trip through Europe and was born in early 2016. The space was very relaxing and the overall atmosphere was a reflection of chocolate in every way -- from the dark reclaimed wood to the artistic interior touches. Sablon is Dallas' first and only premium dining lounge that offers couverture chocolate dishes, drinks, and savory bites. I'm seriously kicking myself for not going much sooner! They have everything from hot chocolate to fondue to shots (minus the alcohol). It's insane in the most amazing way. This spot is perfect for laid-back business meetings, date nights, or simply catching up with friends.

I will definitely be visiting again very soon. My birthday is actually next week, so I might have the perfect excuse to indulge! I practically live in this area for meetings and now I have a new spot to recommend on my radar. If you're in the mood for something sweet or a cute date night, pop in for a unique chocolate experience. The prices are excellent and you won't break the bank to satisfy your craving.

Sablon Chocolate Lounge is located at 3839 McKinney Ave #157 in Dallas

Dallas Sugar Rush | Kate Weiser Chocolate, Sugarfina + Cake Bar

I'm a huge foodie, but I love sweets. Clearly not the best thing for your diet, but damnit they're satisfying. For months, the same Dallas-based shops have been catching my eye on Instagram -- Kate Weiser Chocolate, Sugarfina, and Cake Bar have looked oh-so delicious. So, last week as I was driving through Dallas I thought it would be a fabulous idea to just stop at all three spots to try them out! 

Kate Weiser Chocolate | Trinity Groves

I'll be honest -- I didn't do very much research on Kate Weiser before I stopped by. There were sooo many options! Perhaps if they were ordinary chocolates I wouldn't have had such a difficult time selecting a few out of 30+ flavors. At $2.50 a pop, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a large box of the chocolates, so I only got a tiny box of two to start.

I decided on the Truffle Honey and Cognac (left to right). The Truffle Honey was delicious, but the Cognac was extremely strong. If you're a fan of cognac, then you'll probably love the Cognac...but my little taste buds were screaming! 

Kate Weiser chocolate from Trinity Groves and Baby Champagne Bears infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne (Brut & Rosé) from Sugarfina at Market in Highland Park Village.

Kate Weiser chocolate from Trinity Groves and Baby Champagne Bears infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne (Brut & Rosé) from Sugarfina at Market in Highland Park Village.

Perfect For: These would be perfect as a gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, or anniversaries. Make sure you get these for someone who will appreciate!

Sugarfina | Highland Park Village

So many other bloggers post cute Insta photos with Sugarfina gummies! I'll admit that it's the only reason why I went hunting for them in Dallas. I circled Highland Park Village several times until I realized that they are located within a boutique called, Market. Initially, I thought Market would be...well, an actual market. When I walked inside, there was nothing but clothes and accessories; however, in a dedicated corner was an entire wall of Sugarfina candies. 

For cutesy gummies and chocolates, they were pretty pricey. Many of the little acrylic cubes didn't hold very many piece. After pacing back and forth trying to figure out what I wanted, I settled on the Mint Chocolate Caviar (yes, because it had several pieces) and the Baby Champagne Bears (above) infused with Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne. I would probably only buy these for cute picture, to treat myself, or be flat-out bougie.

Mint Chocolate Caviar from Sugarfina at Market in Highland Park Village.

Mint Chocolate Caviar from Sugarfina at Market in Highland Park Village.

Perfect For: Sugarfina makes me think of those sweet life milestones like weddings and baby showers. Great for party favors since they're already in acrylic boxes and you can purchase sleeves and gift wrap for them as well!

Cake Bar | Trinity Groves

My final stop of the afternoon was at Cake Bar at Trinity Groves. I've been looking for the perfect strawberry cake, so I just had to swoop by. Plus, who doesn't love cake? The cake was delicious of course and not dry (thank God). I think I might try the regular Strawberry cake next time or the Italian Cream -- those are my absolute favorite flavors to eat. I think the Neopolitan slice was an appealing option since it was my first visit and I could try three flavors in one slice.

Slice of Neopolitan cake from Cake Bar at Trinity Groves (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla layers).

Slice of Neopolitan cake from Cake Bar at Trinity Groves (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla layers).

Perfect For: The prices here are pretty good for different size cakes, so if you need more than a slice, that option is also available. Perfect for any occasion where you'll need a cake.

What are your favorite spots in Dallas to satisfy sugar cravings?

Denver Foodie Experience | Good Times Burgers & Voodoo Doughnuts

A few weeks ago, I hopped in the car with my family for a road trip from Dallas (Texas) to Denver, Colorado. My parents were raised there (high school sweethearts) and we like to visit to see my grandmother during the summer. Since I'm incorporating more of my lifestyle and everyday experiences outside of the beauty world on my blog, I wanted to share a few of my favorite food spots whenever I'm in Denver.

Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard

The first spot is Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard. On our last trip last summer, I was the only person in the car who wanted to eat here. I think we may have stopped here twice per my request. But this time, everyone was super hungry after a long day so they decided to get burgers with me. *evil laugh* They were hooked and confessed that they went multiple times after I flew back to Dallas early for my internship. I told 'em it was fire!

Good Times Guacamole Bacon Burger

I usually order a regular cheeseburger but I wanted to try something a bit different, so I got the Guacamole Bacon Burger. OH. MY. GOSH. The guacamole was amazing and not the bland kind. It actually had a spicy kick to it which made the burger so much more interesting and enjoyable...because I can't stand bland food. Their site calls it "taste bud heaven" -- they aren't lying! 

All combos come with fries and you have the option to get Natural Cut or Wild Fries. Wild Fries have a batter seasoned with spices while the Natural Cut are your good ole salted fries. I get the natural cut fries and love 'em!

Good Times Vanilla Frozen Custard

It definitely wouldn't be Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard without the frozen custard! I didn't get any this time, but my dad and sister decided to get a small cup to share. There are quite a few mouthwatering flavors and mixes such as Strawberry Cheesecake Addiction and Raspberry Chocolate Truffle...or you can go with the plain ol' vanilla (as pictured above).

Good Times Chicken Strips

On my last day in Denver we went to the mountains, so we were extremely hungry after walking around in the sun so much. Guess where we went? *covers eyes* On this second visit, I decided to get something different from what I usually get. I tried the chicken strips in a combo with Natural Cut fries and honey mustard to dip. Not only were the chicken strips very fresh and hot, but it wasn't that McDonald's chicken nugget type of chicken (y'all know what I'm talking about). 

I highly recommend this place when you're in Colorado and there are many locations!

Voodoo Doughnut: Mile High

Before we even stopped at Good Times at the beginning of the weekend, Voodoo Doughtnut was a must! They also have locations in Portland, Oregon and a new one right in Austin, Texas as well as Taipei City, Taiwan. If you're looking for something off-the-wall and unusual, this is it. The names are just as crazy as the actual doughnuts. There are doughnuts with everything on them from your favorite breakfast cereal to maple bacon! What you get really depends on what you personally like. See what I picked on this trip below.

Voodoo Doughnut Denver Mile High Pink Box
Voodoo Doughnuts

Voodoo Doll Doughnut (filled with raspberry jelly and topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake) // Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut (maple frosting with strips of bacon) // Dirt Doughnut (vanilla frosting and crushed Oreo cookies)


I'm planning on going back next month in August, so I'll definitely be hitting my favorite spots and trying some new ones to share. Stay tuned!