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Rasberry Chocolate Pudding Cup-Bread Basket Cake Company

4 May

Today was the Sayonara potluck gathering to regrettably wish one of my coworkers good journey in her next endeavors and adventures. I will miss her stories of all her weekend escapes to concerts and food festivals. She always had something unique to share and always brought a wise approach with such youthful vibrancy to any conversation that I was consistently left in amazement of her. I wish her well in her travels.

I think travel is good for the soul! As well as travel, I would include food in things that are good for the soul! The potluck today had some great dishes, but the highlight for me came just as we were sitting down to eat. Our boss walked in and set this big white box down in front of us. It was clear that it had come from a bakery and then I realized that it was a Bread Basket box and I knew what she had bought.  I wish I could remember what she called these treats and I can not seem to find the name for them on their website. They need to be called something like “Nom in the Knees” or “My Rasberry Blackout”.


Pictured above is a Pudding Cup from the Bread Basket Cake Company of Camarillo, California. They are a fairly local bakery that make some of the most colorful treats I’ve seen in a long time.

Do not be fooled by all the  perfectly ripe raspberries on the top of each cup! This is not a light dessert. The whip cream is of the highest quality full-fat cream. The vanilla base pudding in the middle is copious amounts of decadency incarnate. If you manage to make it to the bottom of the cup, which is made from white and dark chocolate, a sweet chocolate pudding awaits. I think it might be a chocolate frosting because of the seriousness of the sugar texture. All it is very rich and easily shared, but I challenge you to eat one alone!

I saved mine and ate it later in the evening at home. I think my roommate may have known I was home from the “Dessert Aura” that shined from my insides out to the world.

On the flip side, I am planning to go walking tomorrow evening and for the next three weeks. Calorie overload, but I highly recommend them to anyone coming close or driving through the area. They are located right off the freeway and have very pleasant and agreeable staff! If anyone goes please let me know what you think!


Worst two words ever put together: Liquid Diet…

14 Mar

I have been let my writing lapse for a week and I apologize for that. I have been sick and was not feeling the foodie that I normally am. I am back with a few pic-ey’s that I have collected for when I was in more of a writing mood.


I have not been able to kick this need to eat Vietnamese food! Not that I should have to, but I like to go out different places if possible. Spread my earnings around. Well if I am going to have a hankering for it might as well be Vietnamese food with all it’s crisp fresh vegetables and vermacelli noodles!


Below is my Vietnamese Milk coffee which I will normally order first just to get the thing good and brewed by the time I finish my food. What you can’t see is below the delicious thick coffee is another layer made up of sweetened condensed milk! HEAVEN…..after I poor it over ice and let that settle a little.

The Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee



The Egg Rolls

Egg Rolls Fried to perfection.


Bun with Fried Fishcake and Grilled pork.


This is the first time I tried Bun at a Pho place before! My dish was a meat festival! Below all the vermacelli noodles is a bed of bean sprouts and leafy aromatic herbs. It’s nice summer food.

Bun with meat

Bun with pork sausage and char grilled pork.


This was not the same location I originally went to in the San Fernando Valley. They are in the same chain of restaurants and I think they do a great job with their Vietnamese cuisine at both locations. I think I prefer this location because it is closer to my house. I like the San Fernando one because they have an Asian Market next door.




Pho So 1
2837 Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Tel: (805) 306-1868
Hours of Operation:
9:00 am – 9:45 pm Mon. – Sun.



Newness! More food options!

5 Feb

There is a new coffee house in Westlake Village that is close to my work. I didn’t even know about it before today, but I love to give small businesses my patronage and so I went to check the place out.

The place is called:

3845 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd
Suite A
Westlake Village, CA 91362

My first impression of the shop was great. They owner was behind the counter ready to serve me up some coffee. They had the usual selection of coffee that I expected. I ordered a coffee, black, which is how I like it and it was good. Not as bitter as I find other coffee shops coffee to be.
As it was the owner prepping the drinks, seemed to me that he was taking care in prepping all 3 drinks neatly. I took notice of the scones and sandwiches which looked to me to all be made in house. I asked and I was correct in my assumption.

Future lunch desires:

Roasted Turkey Sandwich: $6.75
Truffle Potato Salad: $4.00
Herbed Tuna Salad and Cheese: $6.50


They also have items to satisfy the sweet tooth. There must 5-ish pounds of butter packed into that picture of breakfast/dessert below! Butter makes it better!
I tried these chocolate covered cakelette tasters (not pictured) and they were super moist and a not-too-sweet treat. I want to say the denseness of the cake reminded me of dense brownies. Europa has them in a variety of festive Valentine. Cake lollies for Valentines!