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Super Sweet Blogging Award

I have been nominated by Vijay Shah for a really sweet award – for the Super Sweet Blogging Award.  Vijay is the writer of the blog – Half-Eaten Mind, and I really appreciate his sweetness in nominating me for my first ever award.   I also  nominate him for the award too, and he is my first nominee.   Vijay, thank you so much for your nomination.
Since I have never been nominated before, I admit to copying and pasting a little here from Vijay’s blog, but I had to copy the rules.

The Rules:

  • Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated you.
  • Answer five Super Sweet questions.
  • Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post.
  • Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees on their blog.

(c) Pallak Sharma/original designer , The Be-All and End-All

Since, I am supposed to include the above image on my blog post, I want to thank Pallak Sharma for it.

According to the rules I have to answer 5 questions and here they are:

1. Cookies or Cake? 

I have a sweet tooth, and I love both cookies and cake, but if truth be told, I think I prefer cake just a little more.  I like cake with custard in it, and love Napoleon Slices – I believe we call them Vanilla Slices in England, you can see them in this picture – they are the second ones over on the right from the fruit tart in the middle at the bottom of the display, and they have a delicious fondant type icing on the top.  Yummy!  I miss some of the cookies, or biscuits as we would say in England – from the UK – especially Digestives and Hobnobs.

Tempting Treats at Champagne Bakery

Tempting Treats at Champagne Bakery

However, when my daughter makes cookies like these, I can’t resist!  My sweet tooth always gives in!

Yummy Cookies

Yummy Cookies

2. Chocolate or Vanilla? 

I love chocolate, and especially if it’s milk or white chocolate.  Cadbury’s from England is definitely one of my favorites, and I have to tell you that I miss the chocolate in England.  If you go into a store in England, you will be amazed at the selection of chocolates – from Rowntrees’ Yorkie bars to Cadbury’s bars and Galaxy’s, not to mention Aero bars, both peppermint, orange and milk chocolate – these are out of this world with airy bubbles and chocolate that melts in your mouth.  I haven’t mentioned Crunchies, oh, how I love Crunchies.  My kids also love Cadbury’s Milky Bars and Cadbury’s Buttons.   We do get some limited selection of Cadbury’s bars here in the USA, but not the Crunchies, Aero’s or Yorkies unless you go to British stores or even Indian shops, that really inflate the cost of these bars to something outrageous.  Why can’t we have chocolate like this here in the USA?  I also like Toblerone chocolate – it is so good! Ghiradelli Chocolate is quite good too (although I’m still more of a Cadbury’s fan), and they are based here in San Francisco.  I had the pleasure of visiting their chocolate factory last year, and you won’t be surprised to know that I definitely sampled their goodies.  However, when it comes to chocolate or vanilla ice-cream, then I would have to say – I would choose vanilla over chocolate as I enjoy chocolate more in chocolate bars than I do in ice-cream.  The same goes for cake, I prefer vanilla sponge cake over chocolate sponge cake, but do like chocolate gateaux.

Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory, San Francisco, CA

Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory, San Francisco, CA

3. Favorite Sweet Treat? 

I have to say chocolate and also Mithai – Indian sweets that consist of anything from Burfi to Rasmalai or Jalebis.  Burfi for example, are sweets made from condensed milk, that are rich and creamy in taste, and can include such yummy ingredients as coconut, almonds and pistachios.  I love pistachio burfi from a certain favorite sweet shop in Birmingham, England and mango burfi (second from the left on the top shelf of the picture below) from Surati Farsan Mart in Mira Mesa, San Diego.  I also love French Fancies (little cakes sold in a box) in England, as well as Mr. Kipling’s Apple Pies, Mince Pies, Jamaican Gingerbread, and Jam Tarts – I miss all those and would gladly devour them upon sight.  Oh, and I also love coconut macaroons, scones, and custard with rhubard crumble!

Burfi Display at Surati Farsan Mart in San Diego

Burfi Display at Surati Farsan Mart in San Diego

Jalebis, Surati Farsan Mart, San Diego

Jalebis, Surati Farsan Mart, San Diego

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 

Every day, and every time I drink coffee or tea.  I do not always indulge my sweet tooth, but most nights I have to give in to having a bit of chocolate with a cup of tea.  I think  tea tastes better if it’s preceeded with sweets.

5. Sweet Nick Name?

My sweet nickname for my little Chandi who is 4 years old, is that she is a piece of mithai – and though I speak to her in English only, with just a few words of Punjabi thrown in from time to time, and endearing words such as “mithai, laddoo, jalebi, rasmalai, or burfi” – I tell her that she’s one of those –  she now knows what these words mean.  Guess what?   She inherited my sweet tooth unfortunately (or it might not be that unforunate, as who says having a sweet tooth is bad unless it is taken to the extreme and I like to think that having a sweet tooth makes the person sweeter) – she loves burfi and chocolate, but she also loves all kinds of fruit.

I nominate the following for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:

1) http://halfeatenmind.wordpress.com

2) http://sartenada.wordpress.com

3) http://retireediary.wordpress.com

4) http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com

5) http://dilipnaidu.wordpress.com

6) http://stanfordsa.wordpress.com

7) http://remediesforhealth.wordpress.com

8) http://getsetandgo.wordpress.com

9) http://prideinphotos.com

10) http://greenhornphotos.com

11) http://seamlessstyle.wordpress.com/

12) http://arjungabriel.wordpress.com

13) http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/

After this article is published today, I will be messaging all the above nominees on their ‘About’ or home pages.    Have a very sweet day, and a sweet May!


Treats From Around The World

I don’t like tricks much at all, but I certainly like treats! Today, I will share some virtual treats with you, and I hope you will enjoy them.

Treats from USA: I love chocolate, so here is a picture of a great chocolate factory that produces terrific chocolate.  Enjoy!

Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, San Francisco, CA

Treats from Italy: I love tea, but can’t produce any great pictures of tea, and since I also love cappuccino, here is one for you (let’s pretend this picture was taken in Italy, but it really was taken in England). Enjoy!

Cappuccino – Harrod’s, London

Treats from England: This is a picture that was taken by my son Luca, and he won a prize for it at his school in a photography competition.  I am so proud of him!  I know that a lot of kids the world over will be eating this type of candy on Halloween. Enjoy!

Harrods of London Candy Shop

Treats from India: Okay, so this next one….I didn’t go to India to take the picture, I took it closer to home in Artesia, CA (close to Los Angeles), but still….these are sweets of India, and they’re delicious! Enjoy!

Sweets of India

I can’t share any more treats with you, as I think that’s enough treats for one day.  Also, as I looked through my pictures, I couldn’t help but think that I should have taken more pictures of food from my travels around the world, why didn’t I take pictures of fish and chips when I lived in England, or pasta when I was in Italy, or Indian food when I was in India a long time ago, or even a picture of any type of food in Jamaica?  That could be a reminder for us all – you never know when you might need those pictures or the virtual treats.  Enjoy your treats everyone!

My Video Of The Enchantment Of The Seas – Midnight Buffet

There is no shortage of food on a cruise, there are restaurants galore, buffets that go on all day long, and specialty restaurants for those who want something other than the food in the main dining room every night.  There are snack shops, and even specialty coffee shops selling you your favorite Starbucks drinks.  You can even get Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream on a cruise ship!

Did you know you can get a chocolate and dessert buffet at least once during most cruises?  On the Enchantment Of The Seas, we had our dessert and chocolate buffet on Day 4 of the cruise – on Monday, August 6, 2012.  This special buffet started at 10:45 pm, and finished at around midnight.  Location?  The main deck – around the swimming pool.  Here’s what the pool looked like that night.

Main Swimming Pool, Enchantment Of The Seas

Here’s just some of the desserts:

Chocolate and Dessert Buffet – Enchantment Of The Seas

There was also fruit!

Midnight Buffet – Enchantment Of The Seas

Who can resist chocolate or dessert?  Certainly not me!  Watch out, you might be heading for a midnight buffet of your own!  Thank you for watching the video that I made.