Part of a community

I often find it difficult to sit down and write a blog post; between work and general laziness, blogging falls by the wayside.  The reason I started the blog, was for myself, as a journal to remember what we ate, where, and if we liked it.  So, it is easy to say, “Why bother!?” and give up.  The Triangle Food Blogger Bake Sale held this past Saturday was a reminder of why I bother.  For me, writing a food blog is not about the number of hits or stats but rather about being part of a community.  It is a community of like-minded people who are concerned about sustainable food production, ending childhood hunger, access to healthy food, sharing recipes, and enjoying delicious food.  Participating in the food blogger bake sale reminded me of exactly this.  It was a hosted by Johanna Kramer of Durhamfoodie Blog and Matt Lardie of Green Eats Blog.  All the funds raised went to benefit ‘Share our Strength’, a national non-profit working to end childhood hunger.   At the Triangle bake sale we raised $650 in just two hours!  Johanna provides a great recap with recipes by each of the goodies sold.  Nationwide the coordinated food blogger bake sale raised over $22,000 for Share Our Strength.  It was wonderful to be part of such a great event and meet some of the members of this community.  I look forward to participating again next year!

Crack Pie

Food can be addictive, much like a drug, and in the case of the aptly named Crack Pie it most certainly is!  Crack Pie is the creation of pastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku’s Milk Bar fame in New York City.  Following all of the news and reading all of the articles about David Chang’s ventures, I have been dreaming about trying Momofuku on our next trip to NYC.  A few weeks ago our local newspaper, the News & Observer, published an adapted recipe for Crack Pie.  I cut it out thinking that one day I would try to make it.  Well, G noticed the cut out sitting on the dining room table and found out that it could be ordered online and delivered the next day.  So, for my birthday this past weekend, my gift was Crack Pie direct from the source!

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Athan’s Bakery, Brookline

We had arrived to lunch at The Fireplace a bit early so we walked over to Athan’s Bakery to see what it was about. It is a beautiful shop filled with tempting sweet treats! Everything from gelato and handmade chocolates to baklava! We decided that we had to come over after lunch for dessert. G and I decided to share the Jamaica. It is a dark chocolate sponge cake layered with sweetened, tart cherries and then covered with a dark chocolate ganache. It was exquisite! The dark chocolate was rich and a perfect complement to the tart cherries! We loved it! The café space is perfect for meeting friends and enjoying your sweet treats! We also brought home some various types of baklava which we have been enjoying for a couple of days. They too are wonderful! Not overly sweet (as some baklava can be) and filled with nuts and dates. Too be honest, we are already wondering when we will be in the neighborhood again to try more lovely pastries.

Athan’s Bakery, Brookline
http://www.athansbakery.com/
1621 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 734-7028