Friday, May 28, 2010

An Update on What I've Been Doing

The bakery is open! Our soft open was today, and it was quite the success! I had school during the early afternoon, so I wasn't at the bakery to help out until 2pm, but from the sounds of things, we had several rushes and put out a lot of product!

There are **3** articles that have already been published - we're a hit!

The West Seattle Herald


The West Seattle Blog

If you're in the Seattle area and in the mood for a treat, please stop by and check out the amazing space!

Hours of Operation:
Wed-Sat 7a-7p
Sun 7a-3p

2604 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Amusing Story, and then Part II of my Age Trilogy

Nick and I took a trip to San Diego to visit his grandmother for Christmas this year. Nick's mom was kind enough to purchase our tickets, knowing we were poor students with some time to kill.

While we were there I had the opportunity to meet some of Nick's mom's highschool friends. One friend in particular she was really excited to see, as it had been many many years since their last reunion. I asked her to describe her friend. She reflected for a moment and said, "She is like the finest leather handbag."

I realized quickly after meeting this person, that she couldn't have been described better on more than one level. She the type of person that you appreciate and never want to part with. She also happens to have the skin of a fine leather handbag. Years of salt water and sun from surfing on the most beautiful beaches have left her looking about 20 years older than Nick's mom.

Segue to ME.

I'm turning 30 in just under 2 months! July 24, to be exact. I have needs! Age related needs, if you will. I have recently come to the realization that everything I desire for my birthday is directly related to skin care. I blame it on my girlfriend who is an Aesthetician. (I need a new camera lens too, but let's FOCUS**, People!)

1. Skin Ceuticals Gentle Cleanser
2. Phytomer Rosee Visage Toner
3. Phytomer Purifying Serum
4. Phytomer Instant Moisture Cream
5. Skin Ceuticals Daily Sun Defense
6. MD Forte Hydra Mask
7. Skin Ceuticals Eye Renewal Gel

So, there it is. You know what to do. I left links out because I don't know the cheapest place to find these products - I trust your Google skills.

**Pun TOTALLY unintentional...didn't even realize it was there until I went back to re-read my post!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Advanced Deco: Fancy Cakes Edition

Apparently I am on a flower kick, because I just can't get enough of these:

This cake has imprinted fondant sides and is covered with white poured ganache. Decorated with marzipan roses.

Triple chocolate ganache cake decorated with modeling chocolate roses.

This is a flower arrangement I made for my theory class. Gumpaste flowers, a rye dough basket and modeling chocolate "tissue paper" and bow.

A close-up of my flowers.

Monday, May 03, 2010

What I've Been Doing

So, it's been a little crazy. Crazy *exciting*, that is! I have a job! At a real live bakery! Well, almost. First the bakery has to open. That's right, I'm helping open a bakery!

I count my lucky stars that I stayed in touch with someone who graduated from my program last summer. She and I have become good friends since, and I was the first person she thought of when she and her boss decided to expand from selling pretzels at farmers' markets to opening a retail space.

Queue: Heavenly Pastry and Cake

It has been a fun process, and more work than I ever could have imagined. We took over an old newspaper office, so much needed to be done to fit into the owner's vision. Walls were taken down, new walls put in, plumbing installed, painting, name it! We're done with all the painting, and currently the space is being taken over by contractors of every kind imaginable. Once all the "dusty" work is done we can get to work finishing the tables and chairs!

Open date is slated for May 15th - confirmation and more info to come!