You’re the one that I love

It recently occurred to me that I have never, not even once, in the three years and some change that I’ve been keeping this blog, ever written about the mini Belgian brownies at Le Pain Quotidien. I eat these at least once a week, sometimes more, making the fact that I’ve never shown them a little blog love just plain ol’ ridiculous.  I mean, really now, what have I been doing?

I get butterflies in my stomach just looking at these. Or maybe I'm just hungry.

I get butterflies in my stomach just looking at these. Or maybe I’m just hungry.

So today, on this day-o-love, I dedicate this post to you, mini brownie from Le Pain Quotidien, because I love you, so very, very much. If you were a person, I’d wanna marry you and have a thousand of your babies, because that’s how serious I am, mini brownie.

My love affair with these little baked bundles of chocolatey goodness started a few years ago, when I first moved to the city and still worked in journalism. One of my coworkers at the time, a fellow overworked and underpaid editorial assistant, introduced me to the mini brownies at the LPQ conveniently (for us) located next door to the building we worked in. When deadlines started approaching and then whizzing by for all of the interviews, stories, and editing that was piled up on us, we’d sneak out of the office and meet downstairs… for mini brownies.

My darling sweet mini brownie, how I love you so.

My darling sweet mini brownie, how I love you so.

Fast forward to almost four years later, and many, many brownies eaten all over this great big city, and I’m still smitten with LPQ’s minis the most. They’re moist and soft in the most perfect, spot-on way every single time and their rich chocolateyness borders on buttery and creamy. I, meanwhile, am damn near ecstasy each time I eat one. The normal sized version, round and obviously just as delicious, is tasty too, but something about the mini size just feels exactly right to me. They’re like a concentrated shot of pure chocolatey awesomeness, right to the heart, Pulp Fiction style.

Without fail, every time I eat one I wish I had a hundred more that I could eat right then and there, one right after the other. Yea, that’s crazy, I know, but hey, that’s love.

Happy Valentine’s Day, folks.

Love is a sugar-coated marshmallow

C'mon, how you could you NOT love these?

Some people hate them, some people don’t, but me? I LOVE Peeps. Fluffy, adorable little marshmallows, what’s not to love?

I actually remember when they only sold them around Easter and only in the little chick form, hence the name Peeps. But now that they sell them in every shape, color and for every holiday, I’ve embraced them just the same.

I’d never seen these particular Peeps before and since the theme for this weekend was sugary indulgence, I bought them. Valentine’s Day is about love, and I love Peeps.

Sweets with my sweet

The "Ooh-la-la" cupcake.

Valentine's Day weekend just got a little happier.

Ah Valentine’s Day. A time for all things red and pink, heart shaped and lovey-dovey. While I’m not a Cupid-hating, I’m-only-gonna-wear-black-today, Valentine’s Day hater I do think it’s somewhat overrated and a bit artificial. I’ve never been one for red roses, I hate those little chalky hearts, and I can’t stomach most of the things Hallmark writes inside of those saccharine cards of theirs.

I do however, LOVE cupcakes— on Valentine’s Day, the day after and every other day of the year. So in honor of this weekend-o-love, Flaneur and I decided to share a Crumbs Ooh-la-la cupcake, the perfect symbol for the occasion: pink, topped with a heart, and deliciously, over the top sweet.