Thursday, July 2, 2009

Just Do It

I love romantic surprises...planning them, giving them, recieving them...I live for it.
That's why I find it so sad when friends of mine complain about how rarely their boyfriends, husbands etc take the time to put together thoughtful little gifts.

The thing is...while lavish amounts of money are is more than just the thought that counts. It's the execution. It's super easy (and annoyingly lazy) to tell your lady about what you had "thought" about doing/planning/buying... it takes a true romantic to follow through and DO it.

My girlfriend and I have both been intensely busy with our respective careers in addition to a summer full of travelling. I'm meeting her family at their summer home in Hilton head this weekend so she made me a power point brochure of all the fun things she has planned for us when I arrive. She sent it to me with a very 'effortless-oh-here-go' nonchalantness, but I was blown away by how thoughtful and creative this was! Naturally I made all my co-workers rush over to look at it/brag :)

Similarly when she was having a bad day on Monday I overnighted her childhood favourite book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day to her office...with some hand written revisions I had added in especially for her. She loved this more than any designer garment I've ever gotten her.

So get creative might be surprised at how much fun you have doing it!

Taste Sensation!!

Ok so as many of you know, I'm a bit carbophobic and usually avoid pastries and baked goods at all costs....but I picked up the most delicious cupcakes for my friend Cory's b-day today and she made me taste several...HOLY MADONNA!

PHOEBES CUPCAKES has ridiculously delicious flavour combinations such as:
- Salted Caramel:
Vanilla Cake soaked in Homemade Caramel with Caramel Buttercream Frosting topped with Himalayan Rose Sea Salt and
- Breakfast Cupcakes
Maple soaked Buttermilk Cake with a Maple Butter Frosting topped with Crispy Bacon
- Strawberry lemon curd -
lemon cake filled with lemon curd and strawberry buttercream

Cory's personal favourite was the Boston Creme pie cupcake, which she described as"sheer deliciousness- with a magic shell chocolate top!"

They also package them beautifully with cute window display boxes wrapped in blue satin ribbon- great for gifts and special parties (or random friday binges)

Phoebes Cupcakes
3327 N. Broadway Ave. (at Buckingham) Open 8am-9pm