Red Velvet Cupcake
I normally don’t even like cupcakes. They are often characterized as being overly sweet, airy/tasteless and mostly sticky sweet sugar frosting. I’m not impressed by Cupcake Royale, even though they were named best cupcake by Sauveur magazine. CR is good, but nothing exceptional. This weekend I visited Trophy Cupcakes in Wallingford for the second time. A friend who loves cupcakes was visiting so I figured I would take her to the place featured on Martha Stewart. My first time at Trophy I had the hummingbird cupcake: banana pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting and a chocolate cupcake to go with vanilla frosting. Both were excellent; dense, moist, rich full of flavor with decadent frosting.
This time I tried the lemon, which is actually one of the best ways to judge the quality of a dessert. The exact ratio of lemon to sweetness is hard to master, some places overly compensate the tartness of the lemon with too much sugar and a lemon dessert that is too tart falls more in the savory category. Trophy has mastered the art of a lemon buttercake with lemon cream frosting. Hints of lemon in the buttercake, most likely from a bit of the zest, yet the lemon was evident in the frosting, rich, tart and sweet.
Rows of Lemon Cupcakes
I still have yet to try the famous S’More cupcake and Red Velvet, which I hear from various sources is fantastic. One source did a taste test of Royale vs, Trophy, she said Trophy was the obvious winner. Trophy, you won me over to the dark side of the cupcake, I am certain to return to try more of your delicious creations.
Skillet Airstream Trailer
Curry Cured Duck Confit
Every Tuesday my dull Sodo neighborhood is transformed, we are lucky enough to be a stop for Skillet Street Food. Skillet, defined by their website as a “mobile joint,” otherwise known in the food community as the traveling airstream trailer has received accolades locally and nationally. I personally have been lunching at the trailer for about 6 months now, sometimes on a weekly basis. Every Sunday I wait in anticipation for my menu to be e-mailed to me. Their mission, to bring “gourmet” food to the street, without the white table clothes and overhead of a restaurant. The Burger, their most notable item with ingenious bacon jam, a standard for most, is the only regular menu item apart from Poutine. All other items are reflective of what’s in season using mostly local ingredients. Last week they rocked my world with curry duck confit, moist flavorful with a delicious coconut curry rice salad topped with cilantro and peanuts. I’ve actually never had duck confit, however I decided to go for it upon recommendation from one of the owners who happened to be taking orders (who btw wins total props for remembering my name!). Along with some rich chocolate pudding topped with fresh blackberries and shortbread crumbles, my lunch was complete. For less than $15, I had a meal that would of easily cost me about $30 at a place like Palace Kitchen, generous sized portions but most of all their food is packed with flavor, each ingredient stands out with brilliant execution. However, this week I have to say I was not as impressed with the nachos. Granted the flavor of the homemade salsa & trailer-made chips were good, lots of beans and pulled pork, they were mushed and soupy. Plus the paper liner at the bottom didn’t really help with the overall mess. The special cheese sauce was almost non-existent, I couldn’t taste it, again became part of the soup. Props to them for using a variety of beans- black, pinto and kidney. Grilled onions on top were a nice touch. However I think nachos are better served hot on a plate. I wasn’t sure about them when I ordered them, but decided to give them a chance. Next week I’ll try whatever concoction or creation they come up with, I’m sure it will be delicious. This is not my last shout out to Skillet, they will for sure make a regular appearance on my food blog, but because I heart them so much and have been meaning to make my official launch they have the honor of being my first entry.