The Little Epicurean

Apr 03 2013

Strawberry Tart with Vanilla Pastry Cream

Fresh sweet strawberries.  Rich and luscious pastry cream.  Buttery shortbread tart shell.  A delicious combination of my dad’s favorites, a strawberry tart is perfect for his celebrating his 69th birthday. Some dads are sports fanatics, some are into electronics and technology, others are chefs and grill masters, and then there is my dad who is

Apr 01 2013

Speckled Egg Chocolate Cake

Happy April Fools’ Day! My family enjoyed this speckled egg chocolate cake yesterday.  I made this cake to serve three purposes.  First, its my dad’s birthday.  Second, we happen to celebrate his birthday on Easter.  And last, to commemorate the season premier of Game of Thrones!  In that respect, you could also call this a

Mar 30 2013

Sea Salt Coffee

I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan back in 2007.  After I completed my study abroad courses in Tokyo, one of my really good friends invited to show me around Taiwan. I loved Taiwan and I would definitely go back.  It reminded me of the Philippines: the same smells, same heat and humidity, same friendliness

Mar 27 2013

Maple Oat Pecan Scones

I used to go to Starbucks all the time.  Back in high school and college, I’d go at least three times a week.  Since moving to Silver Lake almost two years ago, I’ve become addicted to other coffee shops. I have nothing against Starbucks, but one reason I avoid the store is because I can’t

Mar 25 2013

Spring Cake

Spring has sprung! or so the calendar says. Who doesn’t love springtime?  Love is in the air, butterflies are emerging, flowers are blooming, and picnics and barbecues are on the way.  What better way to celebrate the new season than with this colorful and festive spring cake?