Olivia's Palate

A Night at the Ritz Carlton

Posted by in Brunch, Desserts, Macarons, Travel

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of spending a night in a Ritz Carlton.  This dream began after my dad took me for Sunday brunch at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta to celebrate a momentous occasion (of which I can’t recall).  All I remember about the experience was the lavish food; I’m talking about caviar, smoked salmon, sushi, lobster, charcuterie, antipasti, and French pastries.  I may have been 10 years old at the time.  And as you can imagine, my parents began refining my palate at a very…read more

Chocolate covered bacon

Posted by in Desserts, Recipes

In light of tomorrow’s holiday, I have created the most delectable treats for my valentine: chocolate covered bacon.  I mean, come on, who doesn’t like bacon?  Especially if it’s covered in chocolate!  I added a variety of different toppings including pistachios, cashews, almonds, walnuts, sea salt, bourbon sugar, and white chocolate.  Get creative and add whatever toppings you prefer. For bacon covered chocolate, you will need: – 1 12 oz pack of bacon (the thinner bacon is crispier, but thick is good too) – 10 oz semi sweet chocolate (I…read more

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Pear compote from one of my readers in France!

Posted by in Desserts, My Readers

One of my reader’s and former classmates, Alain, tried my Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe all the way in Paris, France!  He poured the batter in small individual ramekins and sprinkled powdered sugar on them.  He served it with fresh pear sauce instead.  Looks delicious! For 1 serving of Alain’s fresh pear sauce (or compote de poires in French), you will need: – 1 ripe pear – 1/4 cup orange juice – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – 2 tablespoons sugar To make the compote: Peel the pear and core it.  Cut…read more

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Flourless chocolate cake

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Whenever I’m trying to impress someone with my baking skillz, I almost always make my flourless chocolate cake.  It comes out flawless every time and is fairly easy to make .  The lack of flour in this recipe makes the cake light and airy, which is a nice ending to a big meal.  I serve the cake with berry coulis and raspberry liqueur whipped cream and garnish with a few berries and mint.  Who doesn’t like chocolate, whipped cream, and berries?? For the flourless chocolate cake, you will need: –…read more

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Flourless chocolate cake

Posted by in Desserts, Recipes

Whenever I’m trying to impress someone with my baking skillz, I almost always make my flourless chocolate cake.  It comes out flawless every time and is fairly easy to make .  The lack of flour in this recipe makes the cake light and airy, which is a nice ending to a big meal.  I serve the cake with berry coulis and raspberry liqueur whipped cream and garnish with a few berries and mint.  Who doesn’t like chocolate, whipped cream, and berries?? For the flourless chocolate cake, you will need: –…read more

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Not your average banana bread

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Ever wonder what to do when you have over ripe bananas sitting in your kitchen?  Make banana bread!  I have one of the easiest recipes out there that requires less than 10 minutes to prep.  I spice it up with dark chocolate chips, walnuts, and chia seeds. For those of you who aren’t familiar with chia seeds, I like to think of them as a super food.  Chia seeds are high in Omega-3, protein, fiber, antioxidants, B-vitamins, calcium, boron, and absorbs up to 30 times its weight in water, keeping…read more

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Fun with my sister in Philly

Posted by in Desserts, Macarons, Restaurants

My little sister came up to Philly for the Thanksgiving weekend and we’ve been having a blast around the city.  Keep in mind that we didn’t eat and drink everything in this post in one day! On Tuesday evening, I picked her up directly from the airport and took her to the city.  Our first stop was El Vez, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the city.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of our incredible guacamole with goat cheese, pistachios, chile flakes, and roasted tomatoes, but I assure…read more

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The little pleasures in life

Posted by in Brunch, Desserts, Flowers, Trader Joe's

Nova lox and bagel at the Continental in Olde City this morning.  Mmm. Thai coconut milk and kiwi gelato at Capogiro in Center City.  This is what heaven tastes like. A bouquet of flowers from Trader Joe’s.  Gerbera daisies…my favorite.  I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time a guy went out and bought me flowers….just because.  So, I buy myself flowers about once a month to remind myself how awesome I am 🙂

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Ladurée

Posted by in Desserts, Macarons, Paris, Travel

If there is one thing I have to do every time I go to Paris, it’s visit Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées. I first discovered this amazing patisserie the first time I lived in Paris. I went to dinner at an old friend’s house and his sister brought this beautiful box in a light green bag. She opened up the box and I immediately fell in love. The colors were breathtaking…the smell hypnotizing. She described what each of the flavors were and I carefully selected a raspberry macaron. I bit into…read more

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