Magnolia Bakery



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Magnolia Bakery on 3rd Street, Los Angeles

If you’re from the fandom of Sex and the City, in most likelihood, you had salivated at the sight of the heavily frosted cupcakes that put Carrie and Miranda in the shade. The home of those picture-perfect cupcakes is Magnolia Bakery, New York. From then on, a whole new global cupcake craze was spawned.


Fast forward to Magnolia Bakery, Los Angeles. As crisp as the recollection of the celebrated NYC cupcakes, the still-life garden of sweets begged to be photographed. Dainty swirls of pastel icing floated against the periphery of desaturated monochromes.

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Picked a vanilla cupcake with their signature delicate green vanilla buttercream frosting. Because I’ve had way too many Magnolia cupcake wannabes before the real thing, I could no longer tell what sets a Magnolia Bakery cupcake apart. But I can say — the size was neither big nor small, the frosting was pleasurably not too-too sweet, and the texture was not dense, more like homey in a delightful way.

Asked suggestions from the cashier. Btw, service was warm and nice. Was happy with my almost like tart but not overly sweet lemon square. The size is a little too big if you’re trying to sample more goodies from the bakery.

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And the best part of the Magnolia Bakery experience, yes, I had room for one more of their winning creations — surprise, their banana pudding! It is a creamy banana dessert made with very thick whipped cream and segments of wafer cookies. Believe the staff when they say the banana pudding is a hot seller.

Like Belinda Carlisle’s song, heaven is a place on earth. In my case, it is a walk away. Check out the next post.

Magnolia Bakery
8389 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-0636

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2016

The Alcove

Alcove Cafe and Bakery

I know everyone’s either partying or resting on Thanksgiving Day. For me, it’s blogging day. Taking this opportunity once again to thank everyone, my readers as well, who not only make this blog complete, but keep me going on with what I am able to do pain-free. As you know writing and photography are probably connatural.

The past weeks since I posted last, I would like to believe, is a stage where I had to see things in a new light. Having lived in the tropics for so long, fall weather in Los Angeles is almost unbearable. Add to the gloomy weather the transition to self-sufficiency. My own personal goals encircle the family and the future. It’s a simple Thanksgiving Day for me, my first in America, but what makes it essentially significant is the realization that I am not alone in my journey. I have so many people to thank, and God above all. Happy Thanksgiving and much sunshine from me to each and everyone!

Hot Chai Latte

At the start of the week, my brother and little sister brought me to brunch at the always packed Alcove Cafe and Bakery on Hillhurst Ave. It’s a hipster spot. It actually reminds me of Ilocos. Alcove is set on two restored old bungalows. The place is all about fresh, responsibly-sourced natural and organic artisanal or handcrafted anything, and not to forget a great equitable employment advocacy, which means part of the guest’s payment goes to employee benefits for a solid financial future. Yes, they are big on that as what they claim on their website.

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All to myself was Alcove’s Kinda Classic Eggs Benedict with lots of ham, and berries on the side. Very tasty, its bodacious flavors uplift the spirit. The eggs were perfect like I like them. Onion rings were a little too sweet and heavy for my taste, but finished my part nevertheless.

The al fresco ambiance is homey and casual, like it’s a great environment for powwow, even protracted, as in our case.

Well, til the next blogging day. Give thanks always. God bless.

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Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2015