Sweetest Afternoon of 2011

December 30, 2011
Okay, that’s one cheesy title, I know.

Well actually, it sounded very high school-ish (you know how your teacher made you write an essay about how did you spend your Christmas or summer vacation? And no matter how sucky it was, you're hard pressed to write about it because hey, who wanted those indelible red marks on their class cards anyway? No one. So, you write away, drawing inspiration from the most mundane title one could muster, “My Christmas / Summer Vacation”. Beat that. Most of my classmates hated it, but I love it to the core because I was an outcast-geek-nerd that way.) But that’s not my point.

Now let’s go back to the cheesy title sweetest afternoon of my 2011.

It happened during Lori Baltazar’s Dessert Comes First 6th Year Anniversary.

Dessert. Comes. First. 

Now you know why the title, eh?

It was last April 9, 2011.

April.  It was eons away, I know.  But let's calm down, okay?

No, it wasn’t part of my backlogs.  I wasn’t planning to write about it here at YeyLicious because it was something personal.  I attended the party not because I wanted to write about it on my blog, but because I wanted to be part of the celebration of one of my favorite food blogs by one of the food writers I always look up to, Lori Baltazar.  For me that was something really personal.
Lori with the amazing home bakers

But then I thought that most of the lovely home bakers and foodies I have kept in touch all throughout this year, I met during the party.  So, during times like this, when remembering the year that was is a must, I decided to share with you a flashback of some sort.

After all, memories of Dessert Comes First 6th Anniversary Party are meant to be savored.  It is meant to linger and not rushed to be forgotten.
(TOP) Glenn of the strolling spoon blog, Lori of Dessert Comes First, and me. (BOTTOM) Yedy gone dessert-crazy.  Yes, that's an evil grin.

36 delicious dishes and desserts. 11 Bakers. 4 hours. 1 Goddess food writer. A sweet tooth rocking anniversary party.  One event I will never forget.

Each of the home bakers merits their own post.  Some of them I have already written about, while some are yet to be written about.  For now, here is the visual feast, a flashback of what my friends and I enjoyed during my-so-called-sweetest-afternoon-of-2011.

Trio Mousse, Chocolata, Caribbean, Banoffee, and Strawberry Charlotte by Cristina Santiago-Rivera of Sweet Bella Desserts

Mango Sansrival, White Chocolate-Macadamia Brittle Cheesecake, Plaisir Sucré, Purple Yam Cake by Roselyn Tiangco of Kitchen’s Best.

Almond Toffee Cupcakes, Peppermint Brownies, Chocolate Pound Cake by Len Lo of Carla & Elaine’s.
Sticky Toffee Pudding, Craisin Bread, Chicken Cotton Wheat Bread by Karen Young of Karen’s Kitchen.
Pistachio And Pili Sansrival, am Thumbprints, Sesame Spice Cookies, Chocolate Chubbies Cookies by Jill Sandique of Dèlize
Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Cruffles (a cross between crinkle and truffle), and “Bekon" (crispy bacon dipped in melted chocolate) by Gina Lopez of Paisley Pastry
No, it wasn't purely festivity of desserts because savory specialties were also thrown in for a good measure.
Pork buns with Kurabota Pork cooked sous-vide humba-style, Red Rice with Lettuce & Shrimp, Mango Torte by Ricky Morelos of Dulcelin
Special Mami & Honey-BBQ Siopao by Paeng Soon of Ma Chicken Mami House
It was also during this party when I met two of my most favorite home bakers here in Manila.

Spinach, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom and Sour Cream Mini Quiche by Gail Ang of Simply Pie.
Salmon & Prawns, Cheese Steak, Beef & San Miguel Light, Callos by Tina Raines of Tina's Pie Outlet

The party started during the afternoon and ended before night time.  It was one party full of delicious food and desserts.   Aside from that, lovely treats by the sponsors such as Selecta Hershey’s, Boyd’s Coffee, and Canon were enjoyed by everyone at the party. Not to mention the free flowing Starbucks Coffee, Discounted Books by Fully Booked, showcase of beautiful Appetime Watches plus the discount cards. There were lucky people who won the raffle prizes.

Glenn and fellow foodie and DCF reader, Herschel

Nothing is more beautiful than a room full of people gathered to celebrate one common ground, love for food, particularly desserts.  Through Dessert Comes First, Lori made it possible.

I have a lot of sweet memories about this year, with the exception of my non-existent love life which is obviously not the point.  But Lori’s Dessert Comes First 6th year Anniversary will always be special in more ways than one.  And I am happy that before the year ends, I was able to share it with you my dear readers.

Until next year dear friends.  Here's to wishing everyone the sweetest and most delicious year ahead! 

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2 comments on "Sweetest Afternoon of 2011"
  1. oh my, the purple yam cake & sticky toffee pudding looks damn good.

  2. Hi [pinkc00kies] They tasted good too :)


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