Around Town: Treat House – New York City


If you’re a Rice Krispie treat lover, then Treat House will be dessert heaven for you. Inspired by a successful bake sale, the Russell family expanded into a store when their gourmet treats were a huge success. Treat House is a flavorful twist on a childhood favorite treat.

While I normally can’t get enough of good ol’ marshmallow and crisp rice cereal, the flavors here are fun and creative. Whether you’re craving something sweet or savory, there are a variety of options to choose from. With flavors ranging from Birthday Cake to Watermelon to Pina Colada to Cotton Candy to S’mores, there’s something for everyone. An entire store dedicated to sweet rice crisp and marshmallow treats with unique flavors – yum! Visit with a friend and share a few so you can try a bunch of these sweet treats.








Images by Lauren


That’s a Wrap!

tallulahs brunch

Happy Friday! Food and film-wise, this week was pretty great. I mostly went out, or got take-out, to eat, so I’m craving some quality kitchen time. However, I can’t complain, especially when there were potatoes and a huge blueberry pancake involved. That pancake (yes, singular) is literally a cake. It’s that big. This weekend, I’ll be watching a couple of movies from my 100 Films List. Which ones have you seen? For now, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Elevating dinner for one.

* Meet the young men of UnbrokenCan’t wait for this movie!

Loving Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder.

* This is the coolest water bottle ever! So practical for tucking between planners and notebooks.

* Cinnamon Spice Rice Krispie Treat S’mores. That’s a (delicious) mouthful to say.

* 6 movies about the magazine industry and what they’ve taught us.

* Shonda Rhimes is awesome.

* Why do women read more novels than men?

* What a funky kitchen backsplash! Here are some others.

* Great food photography tips!

* Scandal‘s costume designer Lyn Paolo talks about dressing Olivia.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}


Treats for Fall

These are some fun treats that I am loving this fall.  I don’t think you can have too many candles, blankets, or pumpkin spice lattes!

Vanilla and Cinnamon Candle – Anthropologie, $16 | Squirrel Nutcracker – Fishs Eddy, $25 | Frankenweenie – A Theater Near You on 10/05/2012 | Kearny Spice Throw – Crate & Barrel, $70 |  Magic Unicorn Mask – Fred Flare, $40 |  Pumpkin Spice Latte – Starbucks, Prices vary

What are you treating yourself to this season?

Around Town: Wienerkonditoriet – Stockholm, Sweden

During a morning shopping trip in Stockholm, I made a quick pastry stop into Wienerkonditoriet. I was on the hunt for a kanelbulle, a Swedish cinnamon bun. When I finally found the sweet treat, and after ordering it in very poor Swedish, I couldn’t wait to try it. I have read that kanelbulles are the next level Cinnabon, which is a very big statement to make. However, when I tried the kanelbulle, I understood. While Cinnabons are warm, super sweet, and melt in your mouth, kanelbulles taste more like Christmas, with an interesting spice that adds depth to its sweetness. Instead of an icing glaze, kanelbulles have a nib sugar sprinkled over the top.

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Setting: Comfortable, convenient

Good for: Quick pastry stop, sitting down to read

What to order: Kanelbulle, other delicious pastries

Downsides: The inside is a little dark

Recommend: Trying a little bit of everything

{photos by lauren / a dash of cinema}

Eat & Watch: Apple Crisps & Snow White and the Huntsman

In just a few days, Snow White and the Huntsman will be released in theaters. While I am not really a Kristen Stewart fan (Team Theron all the way), this movie has admittedly caught my attention. I was not planning on seeing this movie in theaters, but as the release date nears, I may have to make a trip to see it after all. The cast seems to have great chemistry and I am interested in how this classic story is retold. In honor of Snow White and the Huntsman, I thought apple crisps would be a fun snack to pair the movie with since there is a poisonous apple included in the original fairy tale. However, unlike the fruit in the story, this snack will pose no danger to your health. The only downside: it takes a couple of hours until the apples become dry and crispy, so have patience!


· 2 apples
· 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
· 3/4 cup sugar
· Aluminum foil or parchment paper
· Paper Towels

Pre-heat the oven to 210 degrees F. Wash your apples and core them. If you don’t have an apple corer, take a tall, thin knife and carefully cut around the core of the apple until and use your thumb to push the core through.

Slice the apples using a mandolin or a knife. Try to make your slices as thin as possible.

Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Rub each apple slice (on both sides) in this mixture until coated in the sweet sugar and cinnamon combination.

Place the slices on aluminum foil or parchment paper and blot the slices with paper towels until they are dry. Heat in the oven for about 2-3 hours, flipping the apple slices every hour. Don’t turn up the heat in the oven – allow the slices to slowly crisp.

{food photos by a dash of cinema} {snow white via}

Eat & Watch: Palmiers & Water for Elephants

Palmiers are a sweet and delicate pastry that are a great compliment to a large cappuccino. These French pastries are best when soft and flaky, but I have frequently tasted a hard and crunchy palmier which just aren’t as enjoyable. Inspired by Water for Elephants (2011) because palmiers sort of resemble elephant ears, I attempted to make my own palmiers using store-bought pastry puffs, and they turned out better than I had hoped for. Pastry puffs from the grocery store are delicious and great if you don’t have the time and patience to make the dough on your own. Palmiers don’t take too long to make and are a sweet and fun treat to eat!

Evenly distribute 1/8 cup of sugar over one side of the puff pastry. Flip the puff pastry over and spread another 1/8 cup of sugar over the other side. Follow the guide above to create the shape of the palmier.

Cut the pressed puff pastry into 1/2 inch pieces.
Tip: If the 2 sides aren’t sticking together, run a drop of water along the pastry to keep it from spreading apart when baking.

Arrange the puff pastry on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper, giving them a couple of inches between one another to expand in the oven.

After baking for 15 minutes, set the oven to broil for no more than a minute – this will brown the top of the palmier and make it a bit more crisp.


1 pastry puff sheet
· 1/4 cup of sugar (you’ll use this in halves)

1. Thaw the pastry puff
2. Sprinkle 1/8 cup of sugar over one side of the pastry puff; distribute the other 1/8 cup of sugar on the other side of the pastry puff
3. Fold the pastry puff from the sides in towards the center until the 2 sides meet
4. Make another fold (on top of the first fold) until the 2 sides meet in the center
5. Make one last fold until the 2 sides meet in the center – press the puff pastry together
6. Cut the pressed pastry puff into 1/2 inch pieces
7. Arrange the puff pastries onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 12-16 minutes
8. (optional) Set the oven to broil for no more than 1 minute until the top of the palmiers are a golden brown

{food photos by a dash of cinema} {water for elephants}