Everything about this downtown Cuse spot is perfection. The moment you walk in, you know it’s something special. It is everything you would expect from a modern downtown cafe, and then some — if it can be put in any category. Everything about this place is beautiful. The simple, yet chic décor along with the display of sweets make you want to say “I’ll have one of everything please.” Always met with freshly made desserts and a variety of unique options daily. I sampled a cinnamon scone, a minty macaron, and a lemon-rose water donut topped with raspberry sugar. DIABEETUS, right? Not exactly — They actually offer healthier menu options such as porridge, yogurt and granola, soups, and more. If you go here and order yogurt though, you are my hero. LOL. I also could not leave without first trying the quiche. They offer a different intriguing quiche combination every day. I sampled the broccoli and kale quiche. SOO tasty. It is no surprise they made the list! If you missed the last post “Best Desserts of CNY: Dani’s Dessert & Wine Bar,” be sure to check it out. To read more about the amazing owners story, read their feature in Syracuse Woman Magazine! Be sure to follow their mouth-watering Instagram feed here.
I am noticing a trend of modern-type restaurants popping up lately that have recently grabbed my full attention. Dessert & wine bars. Can I just say that I am 100% on board. Whoever came up with this idea deserves an award. I mean I love wine. I love dessert. Both in one place is almost overwhelming. It’s genius, a chick-magnet if you will.
So, I have visited a few different dessert and wine bars. I was ALL over that — There is nothing better than bonding with my girlfriends over a glass of cabernet. This specific dessert and wine bar stuck out to me in Baldwinsville, NY. Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar is truly a hidden gem. Nice intimate feel with tasteful decor. The staff is full of local, friendly faces.
On to the menu — Perfecto. They serve up more than just desserts. You pick any shareable Tapas 3 for $22 OR 4 for $30. A scrumptious dessert can be among one of your choices. I am typically not a sea-food person other than the fact that I see-food and I eat-food, BUT the Salmon Crostini with cream cheese, capers, and pears was something I couldn’t leave without at least trying. A unique combo that I had to dive right in to. OH my goodness so this is what heaven is like. One thing to know about me is that my love for food is unwavering, If only I were as dedicated to fitness. For dessert I chose the raspberry chocolate cake and you can guess that it tasted just as decadent as is sounds. Wine speaks for itself, sometimes it makes me speak to myself. Anyway, ATTENTION MEN: Just about every girl loves wine and chocolate, so if you’re looking for a special date — hint hint you will score some brownie points here, no pun intended. Seriously go check this place out, you’re missing out! Dani’s Dessert and Wine Bar Facebook Page. Love donuts? Check my last post “Best Desserts of CNY: JUST DONUTS”.
To kick off the start of my “Best Desserts of CNY” Mini-Blog Series comes one of the finest donut places around! I will be releasing ONE new dessert location every day this week. Like the name says, they sell JUST DONUTS. Despite the name though, they are not just any donuts. They have fresh donuts daily. The best part? They dream up a different kind of donut every day! They gladly accept ideas from customers! One day they may have red-velvet and blueberry as the base, one day may be sour cream and banana bread. This is a small-town mom & pop shop, but far from typical. The presentation is incomparable, as you see in these blog-worthy photos. Some options include: Kit-Kat, Maple bacon, Fruity pebbles, Canoli, Peanut-butter Oreo, and almost any combination you can think of. What is even better than all of that? They are all made-to-order — freshly topped or glazed with whatever your heart desires. They even do catering for weddings or events, so if you want to be UNpopular, do donuts instead of cake for your wedding or event!! The donuts are cut into cute little pieces and again, pretty much any combination you can think of to please different tastes. They are the only one that exists thus far — and I personally hope it stays that way! Craving donuts and a road trip? Head to Phoenix, NY and I promise it will be well worth it. If you weren’t hungry, I bet you are now!
With Valentine’s day here, one might wonder what there is to do as a single lady. I have come up with a list for you.. You’re welcome.
Listen to Beyonce` —If you like it then you shoulda put a… Never mind.
Go watch 50 shades—Probably with a friend of some sort, yes it still counts if no one else can actually see this “friend”. It’s weird though because you know everyone is going straight home & you know, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on (awk).
Bake goods all day—like heart-shaped cookies and other red, vibrant desserts. Everyone likes desserts, so that’s an easy win (If you don’t, I don’t think I need your negativity in my life). Trifle recipe below.
Go on a date—yolo. There’s Tinder, and like this thing where you actually can introduce yourself to people face-to-face. Mind-blowing, right?
Hang out with other single friends—If these people even exist.
Drive without a destination in mind—All by Yoseeeelf (Insert song here).
Whine & chill—’Nuff said
Sleep all day, wake up on FEB 15th—Cross that off the bucket list.
Hang with your pet—If you don’t have one, refer to #10.
Go buy a pet
Have a VDAY party for girls only—Including food, dessert, and obviously chick flicks. No, that doesn’t make you a loser.. (ok maybe a little, but I’m not judging you).
Pamper yourself with an at-home spa day or if the bank account agrees, go to a spa—look good, feel good.
Do something spontaneous. Spontaneity is contagious. Ex: Travel to a nearby city and explore. Loserville is my absolute fave.
I joke a lot, but seriously there is nothing wrong with being single on V-day. Don’t let this amazing day make you feel unworthy. Remember, no one else is like you. You’re a rockstar. Choose to make today your day! Remember: Girl, the world is at your fingertips, you just have to believe it.
Recipe Time. 👇🏼
The other day my mom called me to tell me that I could open the package she sent me for Valentines Day because she was not available to FaceTime on Valentines Day because of things going on that day (I was supposed to wait until VDAY to open).
eeeek, what did I get?! She said I have to open the card first I’m like “what card?!” “What if it’s not here yet?!” She said “Then you’ll have to wait!” So I ran to check the mail and I see a red card—thank baby Jesus, hallelujurr. So we FaceTime and I open my card which consists of a single recipe card for a trifle dessert. Yes please. I precede to open the package and see a glass trifle bowl! What a thoughtful and amazing gift! I have never actually made a trifle before, but no worries! It was not-so-complicated and it tasted even better than it looked. I made sure to mention she gave me the perfect dessert to blog about. Thank you mom.
1/4 plus 2/3 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup Fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. Almond extract
1 Angel food cake, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Pound cream cheese (at room temp.)
2 Cups heavy cream
1/4 Cup water
2 Pints Strawberries
Handful raspberries to top
Heat 1/4 c sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4c water in saucepan over medium-high. Heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract. Dip 1-inch angel food cake pieces in the syrup and start layering in trifle bowl. Beat the remaining 2/3c sugar and cream cheese with a mixer until smooth and light. Add heavy cream and mix until consistency of whipped cream. Layer cake cubes, followed by strawberries, and lastly the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layering of cake, strawberries, and then cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate.