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The fabulous world of cupcakes, one of the latest baking obsession

2 Dec

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From the latest Flic Magazine Issue, page 96 from the Anna in her wonderland column

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Keep calm and have a cupcake

The first time I heard the word cupcake was a few years back from my favourite tv series Sex and the city when Carrie and Miranda met up at the now super famous Magnolia Bakery in New York for a really sweet snack with a coffee, what’s not to love about?  Cupcakes were “invented” in the States to make one normal size cake more manageable to fit into a cup…on the go, everywhere, and to be loved, democratically by anybody. Thanks to the worldwide obsession for reality tv show from the British bake off, Masterchef, The Cake boss, The cupcake wars and so on cupcakes are now so popular everywhere and for everyone, they have become especially in England the perfect afternoon tea snack, just to break the tradition of the classic scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, or even instead than a traditional wedding cake…tasty, gorgeously presented and decorated, I am absolutely obsessed with it. I have tried different cupcakes from different places, from Angel food and bakery in Brighton, to Lola’s cupcakes in London’s swanky shopping center Harrods and Selfridges, but to me the best cupcakes ever come from a tiny cute shop on the south east coast of England in the pretty seafront town of Whitstable (close to Canterbury), the cute as button shop is called What’s up cupcakes and it was open by Sarah Young 4 years ago after discovering cupcakes in Dubai, at the time Sarah was looking for business ideas and she thought, “if something like cupcakes sell so well in The Emirates, well it will go everywhere” and in June 2009 What’s up cupcakes opened its cute light green doors to the public and everyone has fallen in love for it. Freshly baked cupcakes from Thursday to Sunday with the freshest ingredients available, Sarah and her cupcakes helpers (mum Sue, Aunty Hillary and cousin Claire) delivered every week the best cupcakes around, flood of tourists invaded the shop at weekends and the orders for weddings and parties were growing day by day, I even used to drive myself for 140km just to get some of my favourite cupcakes, Lady Charlotte, raspberry icing topping on a vanilla sponge with white chocolate, divine! Now Mrs Young got married and retired to family life and the cute shop has been taken over by Tracey, after months of training with the Cupcake Boss Sarah, now Tracey carries on the What’s up cupcakes Empire and the shop is still flying high thanks to her passion for the job and for her love of baking, fresh cupcakes are still delivered every week from Thursday to Sunday and you can see the cupcakes creations by follow What’s up cupcakes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and of course why not to visit the shop if you are planning a day out somewhere in the South Coast of England? Head to Whitstable!! Best of luck to Tracey and her cupcakes team for the future.

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Wedding planning or not wedding planning? This is the dilemma! Busy working and taking care of my pooch…and try to get everything sorted!

23 Mar

Dear readers

As usual I can keep the blog updated very well and I apologize for my delay on posting, I have been busy recently with Coco, sweet and naughty puppy dog, I have been busy writing articles for a new project I am working on…and I am so excited about!!!! I can’t tell much right now but Anna in her wonderland is going to become a sort of …. The sex and the city column written by Carrie Bradshaw!

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Keep reading my blog and you will discover more soon…

Anyway I was saying that I have been busy recently with my dear client to organize her perfect dream wedding in Tuscany for the summer, I have seen so many flowers, dresses, table settings, food menus, catering companies…that I feel like I am getting married myself again…which will be nice as well!

wedding planning in progress

I discovered a cool American based website for biodegradable tableware called Restaurant Ware (http://www.restaurantware.com/) , my client and I for the Tuscany summer  wedding we are thinking about their porcelain collection to keep the wedding low key and cool….but I cannot wait to throw a party at our Miami house with friends with some of the Restaurant Ware products…I wouldn’t worry anymore about broken champagne glasses!

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Talking about Miami…only 3 weeks to go for the next trip…anticipated by an Italian Easter trip for next week!

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I am sorry I completely forgot….hello from Coco!

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xxx

How is it possible something so small can make your heart to skip a beat? Absolutely in love with Coco (Elizabeth Taylor) Collins!

23 Jan

Hello readers

Here I am, really tired but happy, I have always dreamed to have a dog when I was a child, 28 years on I can finally say, yes I have a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, named Coco (with Elizabeth Taylor as middle name, as a tribute to my favourite TV series ever, Sex and the city). Coco is 9 weeks old of sweetness and madness at the same time, how can something so small and cuddly can make you falling in love so hard?

Luckily I work from home because so far she is taking all my time and efforts…here we are some pictures… and a video from the TV series to remind me of the real Elizabeth Taylor

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coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

coco cavalier king charles spaniel

The Degeneration of TV…Worldwide not only in the Kingdom!

29 Nov

Semi-reality shows, real life soap operas turned reality shows…awful actors…if we can even call these people with this name…despite we all criticize how crap is TV we cannot get enough of all these TV series that after a while they become phenomenon of style…their main phrases become part of our normal language…everyone can think about the Famous SHUUUUUUUT UP right now…

Right, shall I make a list?

The only way is Essex…what a TV series, thanks to them now the new generation of girls aspire to be orange, have fake boobs, botox and long fake eyelashes

(I love it, but I need subtitles to understand)

Made in Chelsea…the posh reply to the Essex gang…

(Never watched this, but I’m sure it will be the same of TOWIE just in a posher way)

Geordie Shore…the northern reply to Jersey Shore…

(Never watched either, but I’m sure I will never get the Geordie accent)

My latest addiction, Desperate Scousewives, started only last night and the polemics are already flooding

(I do like it so far…very hard to get the scouse accent but funny, I’m already in love for Jaiden the bitchy blogger!)

Going oversea…

Jersey Shore…the chaviest bunch of people, but damn funny! I wasn’t very happy to have them in my own country for the last series in Florence…but always entertaining! The Situation…what a character!

The real housewives of Beverly Hills…it made my evening one night in Miami at home alone, how much facelift botox expensive clothes and diamonds you can find in here???

TV is not the same anymore…reality is the key, everyone hates it but everyone is glued to the TV stuffing their eyes with lots of crap…I do miss the good old TV!!

SATC…..I miss you!

3 cups of tea a day to keep the doctor away!!!

10 Oct

It wasn’t a good day for me today, some cups of earl grey tea later, an “homemade” manicure and a pedicure and Sex and the City the movie…some tears later (I don’y know why but SATC always makes me emotional!) I feel a bit better, for some strange reason this TV series makes me think all the time about my friends, we have grown up together watching this and every single episode is alway connected to our own mood, how great is that? sometimes is tears, sometimes is laughter, but everytime is good and it makes you feel good!!! Still hoping in the third film….this is for you all!!!

 

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