Best Desserts of CNY: Sugar & Co.

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Lemon meringue bar, flourless chocolate cake, and cookie-dough brownie layered dessert. Just a little taste of what Sugar & Co has to offer. The vibes are great — Modern upbeat music, especially attractive to a younger age group. Most dates these days are dinner and a movie, but I find this to be a more UNpopular way to get to know someone without the typical restaurant meal. PLUS there is an exquisite wine list, and we all know you can’t go wrong with wine. Appetizers & desserts are what they serve up at this prime downtown location in Syracuse, NY.

The pastry chef is definitely not one to be over looked. This well-known artistic creator is what separates Sugar & Co. from the rest. She goes by the name ‘the little cake artist’ on Instagram. Her talent is very evident — not just in the quality of the desserts, but the beautifully crafted presentation as well. Probably the reason she has gained 41k followers and counting! Wow, AMAZING. The service goes above and beyond expectations. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners who was working at the time and she just so happened to have the same name as me. Obviously the reason why they made the list. Kidding, the bar is perfectly stunning. I never would have known she was the owner had I not asked. GO see why they are one of THE best dessert places in CNY. Be sure to follow their sweet journey on Instagram. Did you my last dessert post?! Here it is “Best Desserts of CNY: The Sweet Praxis.”

 

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Lemon meringue bar with graham cracker and hazelnut crust & Chambord macerated berries

 

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Cookie dough brownie with edible cookie dough layers

 

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Flourless chocolate cake paired with a Bavarian cream & raspberry sauce

 

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Sliced prosciutto, caramelized onion, goat cheese, & a drizzle of balsamic glaze

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Macaron monday?

Best Desserts of CNY: The Sweet Praxis

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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.

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Seriously, how cute is this place?!

 

I. LOVE. DESSERTS.

 

 

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Broccoli + Kale Quiche

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THE perfect spot for morning coffee.

 

 

XOXO

 

-E

 

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!

 

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Click here to see JUST DONUTS Facebook page 

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Beef & Avocado Lettuce Wraps

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QUICK & EASY meal for dinner tonight? Check. ✔️ This is a meal you can eat that you don’t feel incredibly guilty for eating, and it tastes amazing. There is something great about knowing exactly what is in the food that you’re eating. If you look at the back of taco seasoning packets, you’ll notice there are not many recognizable ingredients. Shout out to my sister for ruining that one for me. Either way, it’s a scary thought.. Lucky for you, I have a homemade taco seasoning recipe for these YUMMY lettuce wraps. I never thought I would like them because I am a carb-lover to the fullest. With these, I swear you won’t even miss the tortillas. Vegetarian? Substitute meat-free Morningstar brand. Also delicious.

Ingredients:

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Black pepper
1/4 tsp curry Powder
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 Dried oregano (optional)
1 1/2 Cumin (optional)
Romain lettuce, leaves
1 pound ground beef OR ground turkey

Directions:
1. Cook the ground beef in a skillet until brown and crumbly, stirring occasionally. Stir in all dry ingredients. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
2. Cut up 1 avocado into slices and set aside in a bowl.
3. Serve with 3-cheese Mexican blend shredded cheese, light sour cream, and salsa. Add Sriracha for a little extra spice.