Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hypnotic Donuts Review

Lately I've been on a donut and coffee kick. I want to try the best donuts in Dallas and I'm willing to travel. On Sunday, I made a trip to Hypnotic Donuts. I've read so many reviews and want to taste the donuts. I have a thing for "out of the ordinary" sweets. When I pulled into the parking lot... I sat there talking with my friend. I look up and I see a line and I'm like "oh no!" I said, "I didn't drive here for nothing! We are going in!!"


We go in and right away a donut lady/waistress (not sure what title to call her) gave us a menu.  The menu was on an old record cover. To me it just fit the whole vibe of this place. Very artsy, as well as the customers. I instantly fell in love! If you guys didn't know already, I'm very artsy.
 
 
I loved the cafe feel of the donut shop! Sometimes you don't want to get donuts and run. You want to sit, eat, and drink coffee! This is the feature I love the most about this cafe.
This wonderful guy named Jed helped me with my order. He was in front of me↑.I tapped him on the shoulder...and in a cute sweet little voice I said "What is the best donut to order?" He says "Guerrilla Warfare". I look at the menu and I see chocolate/peanut butter and thought "oh no, I don't like chocolate and peanut butter together". He goes on to say the Breakin' Bad, and Peace'stachio". I bought everything he said, and the Zoo Ropa.
In the 1st bite of this donut...a single tear came out of my eye. It was SO good. I was so happy. Who knew a donut could be this delish. WHO KNEW!?! I do now. It had a surprise crunch of walnuts, and the chocolate and peanut butter drizzle was hitting all the right spots in my mouth. This is a MUST TRY!
I really enjoyed this donut. So on my instragam (@realtalkrealfoodblog), my friend tagged me in a post of the donuts she bought, because of my ratings on it. I asked her what she thought:

←"I had the breaking bad, half a peace-tatio, and half a expresso ya self, (saving the other halves for later). All 3 we're delicious. The donut itself is really moist and doesn't feel like other cake donuts I've had which start tasting like lard after a while. A huge plus for me is that the topping, which included salted caramel, a coffee icing, and a house icing  don't over power the donut since they're not overly sweet. They give each other a perfect balance. I think it speaks for itself when you have your mom licking frosting off her shirt so "it wont go to waste."
This is how I looked eating the donuts!
This was my least favorite ↑.I liked the donut but not the topping.


The other cool thing was...everyone I asked could I get a picture of them for my site, said "Yes!" They happliy posed for the phone camera! I loved the folks in there!! This place gets a
From me!













Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant Review


My friend and I had planned dinner for the past few week but something kept coming up. Which started to annoy me so I was determined not to let that happen again. I asked him "where did he want to eat?" I was hoping he would say Liberty Burger cause I had never been and I mentioned it. So we went to Monterrey and guess what???? I freaking LOVED this authentic Mexican Restaurant! I'd never had real Mexican food like this. I'm so used to Tex Mex and was thinking it was A-nother restaurant like that. I was so mistaken!
Chicken Bean Nachos
Chips with Very Spicy Green and Mild Salsa

My very good friend hasn't sent me the Spanish name for this dish. But it was an off the menu special that the waitress ordered for me. Mexican Cheese Enchiladas with Potatoes, Rice, and Beans. I've never had a dish like this. It was very good! The rice had corn in it and the cheesy enchiladas were amazing! The lime added an extra boost to the already flavorful dish.


My good friend ordered Marinated Grilled Chicken with Rice. If I tell you the chicken was delicious.... Do you hear me!?! The taste of the marinated chicken, tomatoes covered with cheese was PERFECTION, honey!
This is a place I would most definitely come again! Straight up 5 stars from me!!!



Our wonderful waitress, Lorena! Everything I said was translated by my good friend. Special Thanks to the both of you!!!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Homemade Cinnamon Roll

I made some cinnamon rolls my family and co-workers this weekend. They turned out beautifully! I found the recipe on Pinterest a few months ago. This is the third time I've made this and I love it! Here is the recipe and the site I got it from Two Peas And Their Pod. I will find a way to add pumpkin into the dough and update the recipe.
 
Cinnamon Rolls (Parry Rolls)
Yield: 30 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

2 packages yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons), dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
6 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
1 cup granulated sugar
7 cups unbleached all purpose flour or more as needed (it will take more)
2 cups hot water
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon salt
Softened butter
Brown sugar
Pecans
Cinnamon

For the frosting:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
 Make the frosting. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Frost the cooled cinnamon rolls.



 Directions


Add yeast to cup of lukewarm water and sprinkle in a little sugar. Set aside for about five minutes.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and beat for 30 seconds, using the beater blade. Let cool to lukewarm temperature. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix until well combined. Mix in the beaten eggs.


Gradually stir in the remaining flour and mix with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. If it is sticky while mixing, add a little flour around the sides.
Knead the dough till it is no longer sticky and feels satin-y and soft.












Cover and ♫Let it Rise, Let it Rise♪ for 30minutes. I left it there for 4 hours and went over my cousins house. After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and divide it in half. With a rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a rectangular shape. Spread dough evenly with softened butter. Sprinkle dough with brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. Make sure you use LOTS of brown sugar...you can omit the raisins, but my family loves them, and sprinkle on loads of cinnamon
 I'm not so good at rolling as you see. Very uneven, lol!

 I don't measure any of the cinnamon and brown sugar. I add a lot!



 
Roll up dough into one long roll. Cut rolls, using a piece of dental floss, thread, or a bench press; and cut about 2 inches thick.
Place rolls in greased 9X13 baking pans. Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough

Let the rolls rise until double in bulk. I let the rolls sit for 4 hours because I was sleepy! They triples in size.              ↑
Bake at 350 degrees until brown about 15 minutes.