Monthly Archives: June 2011

Day 1-4: Paris, France

Hello all!

So remember how I promised I’d try and update every day? Yeah, well, screw that! However, now I have decided I will make posts encompassing the explorations of each city, so less random posts, better content (hopefully) – and perhaps they will be more timely as well!

Our trip begins with a journey to the City of Light on the River Seine – a beautiful place none other than Paris!

Additionally, this is Marcel, the travelling hedgehog. He likes food, toadstools, travelling, Armani, and being in photos! You may be seeing quite a bit of him in the next few posts!

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Dang hoodlums. The lot of them!

Today, my sister made a substantial and generous donation to the young Parisian hoodlums. In the form of… her entire wallet =(

But other than that slight mishap Paris is pretty sweet =) From meeting up with old friends and Kebab #1 to napping in the sun at a gorgeous park and watching the sun set above the Paris skyline, it’s been a good day. Now, to cure this ridiculous jetlag!

Love and a kebab,
Tiff!

Tiff and Cat’s Most Excellent Adventure!

Here we are, sitting at San Francisco International Airport Gate A9. We are leaving for Paris today for the start of our grand European adventure! Our flight was scheduled to leave at 15:30, but due to a unknown delay has been rescheduled to 16:59, which is so fantastically specific that I can’t stop my amusement! Cat is sitting here next to me playing with her new-used iPhone 3 and trying not to fall asleep from the lack of sleep caused by her CELEBRATION OF GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL last night! I’m so proud =D

We’ve got this on lockdown. It’s going to be HUGE!!! I know I always try to do this when I go on vacation, but this time I am going to try and post something every day (that I have Internet!) even if it’s just something short. Let’s see how long that lasts, neh? =D

And now, I’m putting this away and waiting to get on an AirFrance A380!

With love and a biscuit,
TiffHu <3

Red Velvet and Cheesecake, a match made in hell <3

Think about the most perfect red velvet cupcake. No really, close your eyes and just imagine it. A moist cupcake (red, of course) with a kiss of chocolate, dressed in dark chocolate ganache if you’re feeling evil, or some cream cheese frosting if you’re feeling fancy. Birthdays are generally fancy occasions, so in this scenario, we will be going with the cream cheese scenario =)

Baking for my friend Tito is a little difficult at times, because I’m never really sure exactly what he likes. I thought about this cake for about a week or so before conceptualizing a final design. These were some things I knew:

1. That one time I made red velvet cake, he housed all the extra tops I cut off to make the layers even. Red velvet – check!
2. That time I made mojito cupcakes, he liked the cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting – check!
3. He absolutely loves cheesecake.

I was debating between making a red velvet cake and a dulce de leche cheesecake and was browsing the Cheesecake Factory website (mostly I was sitting in the machine shop and HUNGRY) when all of a sudden I saw their red velvet and cheesecake layered cake – a match made in heaven! I fell in love. I made the cake. He fell in love (with the cake). It was probably the most delicious cake I had ever made.

And so, I present to you, the red velvet cake with a cheesecake filling, covered in dense cream cheese frosting. You want to eat it. You know it!

CAKE: Red velvet
FILLING: Cheesecake
TOPPING:  Cream cheese frosting
GARNISH: Strawberries (optional, totally unneeded but still delish!)

Something exciting! =)

So my life has gotten really interesting recently, what with completing my last class ever, finishing my thesis for my dual major, assembling a very large number of tanks for our manufacturing class, living it up for the last few days of undergraduate life, and a multitude of other very exciting events, but along the way I seem to have picked up somebody just a LITTLE bit more interesting than the rest:

His name is Nick and I like him quite a bit! Yeah, “D’AWWWWWWWW” it up!!!! =D