Halloween Hello Kitty Cake Pops at Austin Chocolate Festival

photo by Tina Phan

Hello there, friends!

It's been a long time since I've updated. Things have been less than Phantastic at times, and extremely hectic all the time.

I'm back, and I've brought you treats—Halloween Hello Kitty inspired cake pops to be exact.

Objects of Confection and kathyphantastic have teamed up for some cute chocolate creations at Austin Chocolate Festival this weekend, October 15-16. Look for them at Objects of Confection's booth.

What flavor is Hello Kitty? Chocolate, of course.

AD2ATX Chat 'N Brew at Walton's Fancy and Staple

My friend Dani Thibodeau is always encouraging me to go to AD2ATX's events.* She's a board member so it's kind of her job.

*AD2ATX is the young professional sector of Austin Ad Fed for Advertising people under 32

On a mission to find interns, I made it out to Chat 'N Brew despite having a very hectic day and needing to pack for a conference the next day.

I couldn't figure out which side I fell on. Was I a young professional? Was I a mentor? Was I wearing underwear? It was unclear.

The room quickly split like the Red Sea and I was left in the middle. I raised a somewhat-unkempt eyebrow at Dani. We shrugged simultaneously and moved to the mentor side of the great divide.

In the course of 2.5 hours I met about 20 people who are mostly interested in working in advertising. I shared a table with a lady who worked in social media for large corporations. We got to know each other's professional lives pretty quickly. By the third round of table switches, we could tell each other's stories. By the 5th round of switches we were desparate for water. It was a lot of talking.

The mentally exhausting and laryngitis-causing experience was worthwhile overall. It was encouraging to see the genuine interest on people's faces as I described the internship program I'm building at work. Chat 'n Brew brought a renewed interest in the advertising world that I thought I had left behind a little after college.

One of these days I'll officially join AD2ATX.

By the way, I fancied a drink while at Walton's Fancy and Staple and enjoyed a champagne with lavender syrup. It gave me the the strength to be less awkward. I think...

Odd Couple: A Hot Double-Date at Austin Trailers

On a bright hot early summer day, the redhead and I had the pleasure of dining with our friends Jason and Jenny who were in town visiting family and trailers. J&J aren't just any friends. They are foodie friends. They were foodies before it was cool. I mean, they got engaged at WHOLE FOODS after all...

In addition to agreeing to marry a man in an avocado aisle, Jenny blogs about eats and the making thereof at Spoonraider.

They wanted to enjoy the trailer part of the trip with us (thanks guys!). This particular Friday trailer excursion included the near-South Lamar two-step: Odd Duck and Gourdough's.

Man was it tasty. I ate my way through an heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad and a broccoli rice pilaf at Odd Duck and moved onto a Gourdough's donut so sweet that it gave me a sort of amnesia - I can't remember which one I had; there are no photos documenting the donut. Maybe there was an extended Hangover-like episode where what happened was so good it had to be deleted.

Jenny and Jason were so excited and, with their mouths full of trailer food, they explained Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill doesn't have much of a food trailer scene.


Jenny and her well-documented Porky's donut.

Apothecary Wine Bar with Striped Men

A few weeks ago the Phantastics and the Kap-Rochs met at Apothecary Cafe and Wine Bar for a catch-up session full of wine, small plates, and bubbly. It's always a great time when we get together and it usually involves cheese.

The dudes were on the same wavelength and showed up wearing black and turquoise stripes.

Ryan seemed perplexed by this and then angry. The redhead was simply terrified.

 

Luckily the anger and confusion subsided when this delicious cheese plate from Antonelli's Cheese Shop* arrived at our table.

*I've been trying to take one of their cheese classes for six months.

I love how they identify the type of milk with cow and goat stickers.

Dee would probably skip a meeting in the name of cheese. Actually, so would I. My Wednesday 10:00AM? Consider yourself cheesed.

Today I Love: Me & You Pencils by knotandbow

Me & You Pencils by knotandbow on Etsy, $12

I find pencils charming and nostalgic. This summer I looked for a pencil sharpener for the first time in years.

Do you prefer pen or pencil?

Other things I love from knot and bow:

library cards, $8 red heart stickers, $12
tiny clothespins, $6
kraft paper starburst seals, $4

Now I want to package things.

Angry Birds Game Cake Pops

Photos by Tina Phan

Finally, Rovio Angry Birds inspired cake pops from kathyphantastic and Objects of Confection.

These aren't our first iPhone inspired creations, but they are our first iPhone/iPad game-based cake pops.

This blue angry bird looks tired, sad, AND just a little angry.

Unfortunately, some of these cracked. I think if the redhead wanted to look like one of the characters, he could become the pig. I'd need to start calling him the red mustache.

How would Words With Friends look as cake pops? I'm thinking inferior ("inferior" is ≥ 11 points).

What's your favorite phone game? Snake? Brick Breaker? Do you want to see it as a cake pop?

Obviously, I take after the blue Angry Bird.