Thursday, June 24, 2010

Third Annual Cupcake Extravaganza Weekend

Its just over a week before our Third Annual Cupcake Extravaganza Weekend and I've got some exciting updates to share! Tuck in cocoa-kiddies and listen up...

In case you're new to San Diego (because why else would you have missed the big event from the previous two years) our big Cupcake Extravaganza Weekend is July 3rd, 4th, and 5th! We will be featuring 28 exotic flavors of cupcakes in a wide array of fantastical flavors and conceptions! To celebrate the holiday weekend, a Box of Nine is discounted to just $20 (normally $27). Nine cupcakes, eh? I hear you say... perfect for 4th of July picnics and bar-b-ques, no?

Well it gets better, because every Box of Nine purchased is a raffle entry to win the Eclipse VIP Pass, which two lucky people will win. Even better, one more lucky cupcake will contain a Golden Medallion tucked under the cupcake lining that will be instant winners for another pass!

But what's an Eclipse VIP Pass good for? Why... how does a Box of Nine every week for two months sound? That's enough cupcakes to share with everyone you know for the rest of the summer! That's three passes we're giving out altogether and if you're doing the math, $800 dollars in fabulous cupcake prizes!

The past two years were great fun, but nothing is forever... alas we have retired some previous flavors. But only to make room for more! This year we will be debuting 9 new exotic cupcake flavors:
Maple Bacon Caramel
Salty Dulce de Leche
Roasted Banana Butterscotch
Cherry Cheesecake
Rosemary-Cashew Caramel
Vanilla Bean Lemon
Apricot Peach
Roasted Corn & Caramel
Blueberry Lemon

And of course, filling out the remaining 28 flavors, we will be featuring the return of some of our all-time favorites:
Marshmallow Almond
Bergamot Orange Peel
Strawberry Rhubarb
Kentucky Bourbon Caramel
Lavender Vanilla Bean
Goat Cheese & Fig
Burnt Caramel Marshmallow
Sea Salted Caramel
Muscavado Caramel
Salty Smores
Peanut Butter and Banana
Toasted Coconut Caramel
Double Espresso
Raspberry Pink Peppercorn

But don't wait!!! We are baking away on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings... but flavors will disappear as quickly as people buy them. Cya all then!

Spanish Saffron Dinner

We hosted our third annual Father's Day Chocolat Bar-B-Que dinner last weekend here at the cafe, and much deliciousness was enjoyed by all who could attend! The beginning of summer denotes the beginning of our slow season (since most chocolate is enjoyed at Xmas, Vday, and Mday) and the timing is ripe to delve deeper and deeper into savory chocolate exploration. Not that I don't enjoy our Prix Fixe Chocolate Tasting Dinners during our high-holiday months, but somehow mid summer they always seem to be more exciting to me!

And since each new month brings another opportunity to explore a new theme, there are always exciting variations around corner. Next up is a cuisine I've been hungry to do for months, but have never gotten around to it until now: Spanish!

No, not New-World Spanish, but authentic Castillian Spanish... or rather, as authentic as Spanish cuisine can be after mutilating centuries of culinary tradition by chalking it full of chocolate! But, hey... where's the fun without it? So here we go cocoa-babies... check it:

Join us July 31st, with seatings at 4, 6, and 8pm for our three course Spanish Saffron Dinner. For only $25, guests will enjoy:

Roasted Tomato Gazpacho with White Chocolate-Oil Crostinti.
Saffron Paella with Smoked Sausage & Shrimp
or Roasted Veggie and Crispy Potato Fritata
both served with Smoke Paprika-Saffron Burnt Caramel Sauce.
Blood Orange Olive Oil & Almond Torte with Dark Chocolate-Citrus Drizzle

There is also an optional appetizer of
Beef Albondigas with White Wine-Tomato Sauce!

Call the cafe early to save your space as our dinners usually sell out! 619.578.2984. Until then, check out the yum-yums from our last menu:

Starter: Smoked Gouda-Stuffed Bratwurst with Mustard Dipping Sauces

First Course: Chile Maple Lime Corn on the Cob with Cocoa Nib-infused Butter

Entree: Beef Sloppy Joes over Grilled Rosemary-Buttermilk Focaccia, Twice-baked Potato with Panko Chive Crust, and Chocolate Bar-B-Que Sauce.

Dessert: Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with White Chocolate Lemon-Thyme Sauce.