Now, Ive mentioned this several times before (and you probably would’ve figured this out if you’ve stalked my instagram page) I am a
little bit utterly obsessed with cupcakes and everything related to it. Im a certified cupcake freak, and I’m proud. There’s just something about these little cakes that make me SO happy - and I’ve convinced myself that if cupcakes can’t fix it, its a big problem. haha! Now, because i love cupcakes so much, I spend a lot of time looking at cupcake pictures on instagram- and one day, I came across one which had a store based in Auckland. I made an inquiry on their page, and received an email later that day from Ms. Ann, the owner of Bloom cupcakes.
My cupcake connoisseur self was very pleased last weekend, as my mom, brother & I headed to north shore to give their cupcakes a try. I can’t possibly go to a cupcake shop without taking photos, so here they are!
The cupcake craze has clearly taken over the ph, and (fortunately) Several cupcake store have flourished during the past years, such as Sophie’s mom (which was less than 2 blocks away from my house), Sonja’s cupcakes, Larcy’s, Vanilla cupcake bakery (personal favorite) and a lot more! Very glad that I got to visit last week because I haven’t seen any cupcake stores in the city :( So yes, This is the first cupcake shop I’ve been to in new zealand.
Bloom cupcakes offers such delightful cupcakes- from well loved favorites such as red velvet, vanilla & chocolate, to unique flavors and combinations such as Chilli Cocoa & Passion Fruit Doodle. They believe in small batch baking- in order to ensure freshness and top notch quality. Ive tried cupcakes with yellowish frostings in the past (good sign that they were made the day before) So trust me when i say that day old cupcakes are no good. With a wide and tasteful menu, Bloom bakes 6 different cupcake flavors everyday. I went last saturday, and being the cupcake freak that I am, I tried all the flavors available.
*clears throat* YEEEES! Cupcakes- finally!
[L-R; front-back) Salted caramel cream cheese, Red velvet, Caramello cookie, strawberry sundae, Black forest & Pina Colada. Don’t they look amazing?!
I was really looking forward to trying the Pina colada, because I’ve seen a similar looking cupcake on food channel years ago, and since then I’ve always wanted to try coconut cream cupcakes. Bloom’s version is delicious! actually quite close to how I imagined it to be :)
My mom got a very cute cup of coffee- and said that its her type of coffee. Thats a good sign.
Its not really a cupcake shop without red velvet, is it? When I go a cafe for the first time and I don’t know what to order, I always go with the red velvet cupcake. Its a classic- and you can’t really go wrong with it. Ive tried several red velvet cupcakes in the past, both from established and home based shops ( also from my friends ) And I found this one a bit different. For one, Ms. Ann informed us that they don’t use food coloring for their cupcakes, so basically, the red velvet isn’t really red. Erm. Second, I may be just used to the cream cheese frosting taste that perfectly goes with red velvet cupcakes, so I was a wee bit disappointed because the buttercream-cream cheese frosting, only tasted like buttercream. The cupcake is alright though. it tasted like chocolate-Not what I was expecting
Under the displays, you will find a selection of fine teas, one beneath each cupcake- meaning, that tea will perfectly match your choice of flavor. Because we got every cupcake, I decided to go with the Vanilla Comoro. (lets face it, vanilla is always good)
Very cute tea set!!!
My brother had a glass of mango-orange juice, which he enjoyed.
Back in the ph, I would always go to cupcake shops and even if I order just one cupcake, I would stay there for more than an hour just because I LOVE the ambiance of the shop. Adorable typography posters everywhere, dainty wallpaper, flowers on the table, Comfy furniture, coffee art, and of course - cupcakes everywhere. Basically, cupcake stores are heaven for me. I admire bloom’s chalkboard wall, as it adds a unique touch to the store. They change the drawings from time to time. So creative, right?!
Out of all the cupcakes I tried, My personal favorite is the Salted caramel cream cheese . I was expecting a regular cupcake with cream cheese on it, but I was wrong. The cupcake itself is so moist and light, and the frosting perfectly complements the cupcake. AHHHHH!!!!! Exactly how a cupcake should be. I wished I ordered more to go because it is.so.good. Craving for one right now!!!!
For some reason, I have a particular liking for everything that says keep calm, so when i saw this sign, I knew that this would be my kind of store.
Thank you so much Ms. Ann for the kind welcome and good cupcakes. By the way, She’s a Filipina!!!!! She moved here in 1998, and hasnt been back since. Good to know that she has brought the cupcake spirit with her and opened a shop here inNew zealand, so now everyone can taste and know how pro the filipinos are with cupcakes haha!
Bloom cupcakes is located at 219 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, North shore. Like them on Facebook for everyday flavor updates. I definitely enjoyed my bloom experience, and If you want to indulge in delectable cupcakes, tea or coffee, I suggest you pay a visit :) x
I first saw this place on instagram while I was checking the hashtag “#loveyourcityblc, and i was struck by the scrumptious looking bagels with seemingly all sorts of ‘healthy’ toppings. Following my interest, I then googled how to get there and found out that it was only 5 minutes away from where I live. Good news for me, because although its the only bagel I’ve tried in nz, I can say that Best ugly bagels does serve the Best not so ugly bagels. Perfectly hand rolled,wood fired bagels, Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside. I find delight in this store’s concept because I think it redefines what being beautiful is all about. Most of the time, what we characterize as “ugly” is actually filled with beauty.
The first time I visited, I was (kind of) overwhelmed with the menu. Fortunately, the lady at the cashier was kind enough to talk us through it and gave us a heads up on what to order. Basically, the menu has 2 parts; on the left, the sweet bagels. Ive tried 4/6 and my favorite is the J+ C (Whitestone cream cheese with the horo jam) And on the right, the "premium" bagels. Notice that the choices on the right are much expensive (double - triple priced) Thats because the bagels are topped with ingredients like Salmon,Warehou, Capers, Pastrami and the works. Ive tried 3/4, and all are really good.
Best ugly makes all their bagels from scratch. Their store is quite small with a very rustic feel, and just behind the counter you can see how they make the bagels and what toppings they put. I think they make about a thousand bagels per day!!! Crazy!
Now, on the bagels! Ive been here a couple of times and Ive tried almost everything on the menu. First photo: A, The Yodi is the only hot option on the menu. You have an choice on what bagel you want and I always go for the sesame one. Its topped with pastrami, swiss cheese, habanero mustard - grilled, then topped with a pickle. I enjoyed this one because the cheese wasn’t overwhelming and the pickle added a bit of a tangy taste. Craving for one right now. arrgh! B, The king! Can you see how good that looks?! I am not the biggest fan of salmon, but I loved the freshness of this one! Its packed with protein, good fat and its absolutely yum.
on top: The schmear. My brother ordered this because he didn’t want anything fancy schmancy hahaha! left: left: The J+C. I don’t know if its just me, but I think their cream cheese has a bitter after taste? Errrm, weird. I suggest you don’t order the plain cream cheese unless you don’t like bitter taste- lol. Just get the J+C , as the sweetness of the jam evens out the taste. And lastly, The tomato-avocado-basil aka T.A.B. I think this is the healthiest option on the menu, and intended for vegetarians - or just healthy people in general haha!
You can also get a good cup of black/white havana coffee for only 3 $ to pair with your awesome bagels.
Can’t get enough of best ugly bagels? Make sure to grab a bag and take it home. Just cut it in half, place in toaster & add whatever spread you want (or recreate their recipes) for an easy peasy breakfast on the go. They also make their own cream cheese, jams, hazelnut spread and butter - and you may purchase them from the shop as you wish.
Ive been here a couple of times and I surely will be back. I love the overall feel of the shop,the simple but beautiful presentation of the bagels and the winsome message and concept of the store. I would move to the US if all the bagels available are this awesome. So, if you’re looking for a good place to grab breakfast and a good cup of coffee, whether to stay or take away, go give Best ugly bagels a visit. Their store is located at Corner Wellesley St inside the city works depot. Remember, It’s up to you to find beauty in the ‘ugliest’ things :) x
Hello! I hope you’re having a great weekend. Just want to let you guys know about my plans for My big fat story.Since I am determined to keep this blog alive and active, Ive decided to create a new “segment” (not sure if that’s the right term, but yes) Every weekend, I will be posting a photo or two of something I really like/ something that happened during the week/ my favorite instagram photo / maybe a little something that I recently bought / something I baked or made/ A new book or movie that I liked or basically anything that floats my boat and I think is worth sharing with you guys! I’ve just started year 11, my first NCEA year and I have a feeling that I will get really busy and preoccupied, but I will try my best to update every week- maybe not an outfit post, but something new and interesting :)
To start off, the photos above show my workspace today. The first episode of the second season my My mad fat diary came out last monday- and Im finally about to watch it! My best friend rosalie introduced me to the series last year and I fell in love. It’s a brilliant show about the realities of teenage years, friendships and family relationships. Ive rewatched the first season a couple of times and it still gets me. The characters are relatable and the show has a balance of wit, humor and truth. Also, i feel a bit of a connection! My mad fat diary and My big fat story!? So obviously, Im all for this show haha! I’ve encouraged my friends to watch it and they now love it as well! It airs every monday, 10 pm on channel 4, and if you’re not from the UK, you can find it online. I highly recommend it, So go watch it and tell me what you think!
That’s it! I will probably spend the rest of the day doing schoolwork and browsing the net. If you have any creative name suggestions for the new segment please message me here! Have a great week! :)