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Foodie Friday: Small & Sweet Fortunes

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/10/2015 at 17:15

Big things come in small packages.

Starbucks Mini Frappuccino

Mini Frappuccino in the *Starbucks$ Coffee House! S’mores, please!

Life is like a box of chocolates … You never know what you’re gonna get.

~ Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks as the title character)

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Celebrate everyday!

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Live in the ☼moment☼

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In any ♣season♣

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Cherish yourself ~ YOU’re a treasure! 👑

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Life’s sweeter with ♥loved ones♥ …

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… ♪music♫ …

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… & literature …

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… + chocolate!

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Keep the party going!

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And most of all: spread those good vibes!

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Sharing = Caring!

Market Street

for my Bestie + yours truly & my family!

Foodie Friday: TGIF Twists on Treats

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 05/23/2014 at 20:22

Thank GOD It’s Friday for Food!

Today’s Foodie Friday is devoted to concoctions that combine different edibles into one, such as cake and cookies and fruit and more fruit. I’ll rate them on a scale from 1-5.

Tiramisu Cookie Sandwich = 4 points

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A dozen SDJ Tiramisu Cookie Sandwiches, STAT!

Sweets du Jour, my favorite new bakery in Abilene ~ which is now offering a limited-time 15% discount off online orders from the SDJ app ~ has created an innovative addition to its menu: Cookie Sandwiches! I got a dozen of the Tiramisu flavor for my mom’s birthday.

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Cookie Close-up!

    • Pros: sweet mascarpone cheese filling (+5)
    • Cons: cookies remind me of Snickerdoodles with espresso dusting, yet the softness makes up for that (-1)
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Slam Dunk into Coffee or Cocoa!

Brunch of Champions = 5+ points / 100+%

Brunch by Joe

I was just expecting “eggs and fruit,” but this is a whole different ball park here (clockwise): Buttered Toast + Spiced Sunny Side Eggs meets Steamed Banana complete w/Banana Leaf, Refried Black Beans, Steamed Sweet Potato + Pineapple & Mandarin Oranges

When I met with my Church friend after Adoration yesterday, he cooked up a storm! And I, as usual, got camera-carried away with this eye candy that tasted as picture-perfect as the presentation looks!

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Brownies baked with Waffle Batter … I’m in Chocolate Heaven!

  • Pros: the BEST brunch I’ve ever had, both home-cooked and at a restaurant, beats everything out by far, bar-none (+10)
  • Cons: NONE whatsoever
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Deer Droppings ~ Joe’s Homemade Candy, as he says: they’re better than the real thing!

Grāpples = 3 points

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Grab a Grāpple!

Grape … I mean, Great News: I’m going to teach at the college level again!!! You know what that means: an apple a day scores yours truly an A! This is a batch of grape-flavored apples, enough said.

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2 of my favorite wine vine fruits in 1!

  • Pros: sweet fruit fix, hence delicious and delicious (+5)
  • Cons: artificial grape flavor, so what’s the point? (-2)

TGIF Brunch

Avocado for Brunch

Avocado rounds out this meal in a Shake & as a Spread!

Today was my only day to sleep in, so I was grateful for a second day in-a-row to enjoy a savory meal and take my time without being in a rush!

Avocado & Spinach

Lean Mean Green Machine!

Happy ***Memorial Day*** weekend, including to y’all Kings & Queens of the Grill!

Foodie Friday: Asian Heritage Month Edition

In Community, Foodie Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 05/16/2014 at 19:00

Happy Asian Heritage Month!

What’s in our fortune on this fine Friday? Here I’ll feature two Asian family-owned eateries in Abilene, Texas, complete with photos. Both of them have been known to consistently earn the Reader’s Choice Award from Abilene Reporter-News voters.

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AM Donuts, Reader’s Choice Award winner, courtesy Elaine Dispo

AM Donuts & Croissants on Grape Street, only Abilene eatery to serve Boba Tea

Reader’s Choice Award-winning donut shop values customers, provides high quality  

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AM Donuts has assortment of flavors, courtesy Elaine Dispo

 By Elaine Dispo

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AM Donuts, the only Bubble Tea vendor in Abilene

AM Donuts & Croissants’ 1902 Grape Street location is thinking outside the bubble by being the only known public establishment in Abilene to offer boba tea. AM Donuts

Also known as “bubble tea,” this beverage that traces its origin to Taiwan has tapioca pearls of various flavors, like strawberry, lychee, taro, coconut and coffee.

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“It is healthy and adds more flavor,” said Sokol Kim, the wife of owner George Kim, about AM’s smoothie-like drink.

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George Kim, AM Donuts & Croissants owner, shows special straws for Boba Tea, courtesy Elaine Dispo

A 16-ounce bubble tea at AM on Grape costs $3.75, which is less expensive than bubble tea in larger markets and other frozen blended drinks of the same size or smaller at other vendors.

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The Kims’ business has its loyal customers, many of whom meet at AM Donuts on a daily basis, and take advantage of coffee, baklava, kolaches or other popular pastries, such as cheese sticks and cream horns.

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With bubble tea in the mix, Abileneans and visitors alike can be introduced to a commodity from a different part of the world.

AM Donuts has been widely-acclaimed by the city for over a decade, as it happens to be ranked No. 1 in the Readers Choice Awards for several years running.

“We like to take care of the people,” George Kim said. “It is nice to know that the city supports our product and knows it’s good and for our business to grow.”

AM Donuts also has shops on Willis Street, its original store, as well as Treadaway Boulevard and Pine Street. What makes AM on Grape so unique are the boba tea, as well as red velvet cake donuts and chocolate cherry fritters.

Aside from classic glazed donuts, AM also offers the maple bacon bars and an array of new baked goods. George Kim, coined the “AM Delight Do-sant,” inspired by the New York-style cronuts.

“The kitchen is my department,” George Kim said. He pointed out that AM’s efforts “to be as smooth and quick as possible to maintain the quality” pays off because “people like fast service and quality.”

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Since AM on Grape opens as early as 5:30 a.m. and closes as late as 5 p.m., Kim and his team “make that commitment to do it.” DSC00328

Chocolate-filled croissants recently joined their bakery selection of both savory and sweet treats. AM Donuts

Sokol Kim, brought up the idea of the chocolate-filled croissants from her time in France back in 2003, after she earned her bachelor’s degree in Cambodia. Her tour of Europe also led her to Denmark, and after she completed her master’s degree, she moved to the U.S. while pregnant with their daughter.

Previously, Sokol Kim’s career was in law that involved human rights at the international level. Now she works at AM Grape while attending school to become a Registered Nurse.

“Education changes life,” said Sokol Kim, who appreciates the support of her husband’s family and her family in Cambodia in her pursuit of a health care career while still supporting her husband’s business.

Many of the AM Donuts customers can agree . After all, the Grape branch is conveniently set on the north side of Abilene near Abilene Christian University, Hardin-Simmons University and Hendrick Medical Center. Therefore, Wi-Fi comes in handy for students and workers alike, and the TV provides a relaxing environment.

AM DonutsA visit to AM not only appeals to the taste buds, but eye candy also surrounds the space. AM DonutsThe storefront has Asian-inspired pieces, such as the welcoming Buddha and a bamboo wall, in addition to classic art and recognized superheroes, including Batman, Superman and Marvel Comics characters. AM Donuts Some memorabilia have even come from the customers as gifts. AM Donuts

Due to the abundant space of the building as well as generous parking, George Kim envisioned “potential” of “not only a business but also a social network to hang out: an environment for everyone to enjoy, feel comfort. I think it’s important.”

Other than the boba tea and other special menu items exclusive to AM Donuts on Grape, George Kim’s service philosophy may be another reason why AM has earned the Readers Choice Award: to have “a relationship with our customers, make them feel connected.”

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Beef & Broccoli + Kung Pao Chicken in the House!

Ever since my family moved to Abilene, my parents have frequented this Chinese buffet place for lunch or dinner.

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Succulent Spring Rolls

Many of our family friends have held parties there, and my parents love to pick up take-out from there.

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Hot & Sour Soup Warms the Soul!

The owners still recognize us when we go there for Sunday brunch after church.

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Mocha Cake is my fave!

Enjoy eating!

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