Monday, April 27, 2015

Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY

Perfection. The only reason I'm not doubling the forks is that it's made with hot dog buns and the thought of that pedestrian source makes me a little sad. Though to taste it I would have no idea. The Desmond Hotel has been in the BP business for 40 years and they have achieved a recipe and a technique that I must replicate.

No raisins, simple vanilla sauce, smooth. I asked for the pecans but they were totally unnecessary, especially because I had asked for the spiced pecans from another dessert, but they were out,

Warning, according to MyFitnessPal, a serving without sauce is 700 calories, and with sauce is 1196!


It is $7 well spent. I cannot wait to make this with Rumchata, but now that I know the caloric impact, I'll have to slim it down somehow.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In Memoriam: Sunset Grill and Aura

Gosh, it's been quite a while since I last posted. Restaurants in Nashville have come and gone. I just saw that Aura is no longer in operation. Also, I am grieving because Sunset Grill is closed. The habanero-butterscotch bread pudding is legendary in my taste buds. It's a sad time, though I know there is bread pudding in my future at one of the new hot spots around town.

If I've had new BP from a restaurant, lately, I can't remember, and with changes in phones, computers and internet services, who knows where the photos might be.

But as Oprah says in her magazine, O, one thing I know for sure is that RUMCHATA BREAD PUDDING IS MY NEW TRUTH! Oh my, a friend gave me a bottle of Rumchata and I thought, hmmm. I found a recipe online and have been smugly content since. It even inspired me to make my own Rumchata, well, actually horchata. I can finally use this rum I've brought from Panama and the Dominican Republic. With French bread or Italian bread, it's fantabulous.

I just tasted the first attempt by a convert friend, and hers is even better than mine. Cheers to TN (her initials, not Tennessee)!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Aura Restaurant Bar and Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee

Aura should be called Aaaaah-ruh because it has an incredibly relaxing environment. The owner/head chef is a dedicated bread pudding lover and keeps it on the menu, tweaking flavors now and then.

This serving had as many flavor-note layers as a torte and it was more satisfying. It had currants (you know I preferred those over raisins), a hint of orange, luscious fresh berries, sugared pecans and a praline sauce. That is a lot to have going on at one time, but I celebrate the complexity and boldness!

Price: $6
Raisins: Currants
Sauce: Praline
Ice cream: No
Visited: April 2014

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blossom, Charleston, SC

I came for the red velvet bread pudding and it was... definitely tasty, appearing that they chopped pieces of cake into squares as one would the bread in bread pudding, and I couldn't figure out what happened after that.  It was a small portion (for $8!), not enough for me to stop and think about it before it was gone.  It went down smoothly.  The ice cream was good, not great; the strawberry popped but I didn't get an impression of the cheesecake flavor.

I took the picture with my sad phone and I'm still trying to figure out how to get it out.

Price: $8.00
Raisins: No, that would be disgusting in red velvet BP
Sauce: No
Ice cream: Yes, strawberry cheesecake

Visited: November 2013

Bread Pudding Boutique featured on Shark Tank

I was rooting for the lady pitching her bread pudding boutiques because I think they should be a chain, of course.  It's been a while, and I can tell you that the country of Panama is not known for its bread pudding.  I am sure I've been to other places and tasted other bread puddings since July, surely, but at this moment, I can't think of where.  Or maybe I was being a good girl?

Friday, July 5, 2013

Breakfast with Vonetta

Here's another non-BP shout-out. My friend Vonetta probably didn't make me a picturesque breakfast in response to my pitiful attempt at an omelet a few days prior; she's more of an encourager and naturally gifted in all things culinary.  I'm thankful for those who can come into my kitchen and create masterpieces.

If you need a caterer, contact Vonetta Johnson at  She's amazing, and also skilled at crafting menus for a variety of eating habits and needs.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins with Jason, Nashville, TN

A non-bread pudding shout out to my cousin, Jason, for suggesting we try dough in muffin pan.  Voila, these chocolate chip cookie muffins!  He's an interior designer and modeling coach from Chicago with a wonderfully creative mind.  We had a great time.  His wife helped and our kids waited for it all to be done.