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Gigi’s Cupcakes

Ok, I have a confession to make. I am a sugarholic. My body craves sugar 24/7. Chocolate is usually my drug of choice but cake is a very close second. So, when I found out there was a new cupcake bakery in town I had to check them out.

It took me a while to find Gigi’s Cupcakes, as it was hidden in a strip center behind a bank. The chairs outside were a nice splash of color and extremely clean. If the weather was nice enough, I would have enjoyed sitting outside people watching. However, it was in the 90’s so inside I went! As soon as the door opened the scent of freshly backed cake wafted my way…yummmm.

The interior was very colorful with green, pink and black splashed throughout. The presentation of the cupcakes was beautiful, yet simple. Gigi’s has a different menu for each day of the week. Depending on what day you visit you’ll have fresh baked cupcakes. No left over cupcakes from the day before here! The packaging is adorable as well. If you’re buying cupcakes for a party or a hosting gift, the box is perfect. “Spread love one cupcake at a time” – indeed!

The box is set up to carry 4 cupcakes at a time while not allowing them to shift and run the icing. However, if you live in a hot area, don’t leave the cupcakes in the car or the icing will slide down…just sayin’.

Faced with several delicious choices I decided to go with the White Midnight Magic, which is considered a customer favorite, and the Lemon Ice Box.

Personally, I thought the White Midnight Magic was alright. It tasted like a chocolate cake with white icing, surprise surprise!

The Lemon Ice Box was absolutely delicious. The lemon was fresh and tangy but not overpowering. This was, by far, my favorite. I may, or may not, have eaten both cupcakes in one sitting. 0_o

If you have a Gigi’s Cupcakes close to you, I strongly recommend giving them a try. While the tower o’ icing is a little too much for me, both cupcakes were moist and fresh. Now, I just have to hit them up each day of the week to try all the other options!

What type of sugary treat is your weakness? I’d love to know! 

La King’s Confectionery: Galveston, Texas

Last week we took a look at The Strand Historical District in Galveston, Texas and this week is a continuation of that trip. However, we’re going to delve a little deeper in the best confectionery on The Strand! La King’s was started in 1976 and is an homage to the 1920’s soda shop, even boasting a working soda fountain from that era.

The building is roomy and inviting. The ice cream parlor is on one side of the shop and the candy is on the other. There is something for everyone here!

Let’s start by taking a look at their candy offerings. They make their chocolates on sight daily and they are absolutely delicious. Chocolate covered nuts, toffees, many types of truffles, fudge, peanut butter cups, prailenes…need I say more?!

Not a chocolate person, that’s alright there are plenty of other nostalgic candies available. There is an entire wall of Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Next to the Jelly Bellys is the rock candy, Boston baked beans, jaw breakers ranging from small to baseball size!  

Being in Texas this time of the year, the biggest treat available at La King’s is their Purity ice cream. Purity ice cream is the oldest ice cream in Texas, dating back to 1889, and is currently only available at La King’s. They actually make the ice cream on the third floor of the confectionery. The ice cream is smooth, creamy, and full of flavor. 

We were looking for a place to relax and cool down while walking the Strand and found La King’s to be just what we were looking for. In a day and time when kids don’t have many places to experience of an old time candy/soda shop, it’s nice to see a place like La King’s.

The Strand: Galveston, Texas

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Galveston, Texas was a major port for cotton exchange and a place for the wealthy to come sun bathe by the ocean. Little did the town of 37K residents know all of that would change on September 8, 1900.  Without much warning, a hurricane blew through and over Galveston, wiping out much of the homes and businesses. Over 6000 men, women and children were lost during the 1900 storm. However, many of buildings in the Strand Historical District survived. Several of those buildings are still standing in the Strand to this day!

The City of Galveston raised the land and built a Seawall to ensure damage seen from “The Storm” wouldn’t be seen again. They raised many of the buildings up with jacks while they pumped sand in to raise the elevation. The Seawall did its job in on September 12, 2008 when Hurricane Ike made landfall in Galveston. While the property damage was still extensive, the loss of life was kept as low as possible thanks to early warnings/evacuations and the work done to the city 100 years ago.

My Father and I hadn’t been to The Strand since Ike had come through, so we decided to make a trip to Galveston to see how the town had recovered.

Since many of the buildings survived the 1900 Storm and Hurricane Ike, the layout of The Strand still had the “Old Town” feel. The buildings are built of beautiful brick and stand multiple stories tall.

The Strand is lined with stores of all types. Many of the stores cater to the beach by offering beach wear and toys, but there are stores that sell gifts and collectibles as well.

Most of the windows and doors are tall and absolutely gorgeous!

If you have some spare time, you can take a tour through The Historical Strand District via horse and buggy.

Among the older buildings you will see some modern buildings and upgrades. For example, there is a small museum in Old Galveston Square that brings in exhibits from time to time.

My father and I stopped by the D-Vine Winery that was tucked between some of the older buildings. While the building was small, it would be a nice place to eat a sandwich or do some wine tasting on a Saturday afternoon.

When you finish with the winery and are looking for something else to do, why not stop by next door and play a large game of Chess?!

Of course, any town center wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream parlor!

After spending the afternoon on the main strip of the Strand, Dad and I decided to walk a few streets over and find the 1984 Opera House. The Opera House is still operational, bringing plays, comedians, and many musical groups to Galveston throughout the year. The back of the building was wiped out during the 1900 Storm, but the front still stands as originally built having been restored in 1974.

While there weren’t as many open stores as I remember from my youth, it is obvious that the City of Galveston is working to rebuild from Hurricane Ike’s aftermath to become a great tourist stop again. Galveston’s Strand Historical District is a great place for couples or families to spend some time out in the sun and enjoying some of Texas’ history!

The Cupcakery

This morning I was walking around The Woodlands’ Market Street Square enjoying the weather when I saw a small shop called the Cupcakery.

I love sweets, so needless to say I found myself being pulled in by the promise of sweet moist cupcakes. I walked in and the first thing I saw was a counter filled with scrumptious looking desserts.

The Cupcakery is a bit small, but very welcoming. For someone wanting to relax and enjoy something sweet, it’s just perfect. It would also be a great place for a wedding/baby shower.

After a longer debate than should have been necessary, I decided to try the Black and White Chocolate Cupcake. It was a chocolate chip cake with black and white buttercream dressing with a small chocolate “nubbin” on the top.

Now, I have to say that I didn’t think the cupcake was all it could have been. The cake wasn’t very moist and the icing on top tasted almost like a canned icing. However, it could have been that I had my expectations too high (I’ve been dieting for a while and was drooling before my fork cut into the cake!). Would I go back and try a different one? Yes, I will give it another try before I decide whether it’s worth it or not. The one cupcake was $3.50, which seems a little pricey to me as well but I would be more than happy to pay it to keep a cupcake specialty shop in business!

Martinis and More

My husband and I enjoy going out for drinks every once in a while as a “date night”. We enjoy trying new drinks and what better way to do that than by going to a martini bar?!

One of the places we like going to the most is Martinis & More in the Woodlands, Tx.

We normally get there early to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. It’s a relatively small place, but that makes it cozier in my opinion! I love all of the artwork on their walls as well. It’s like drinking in an art gallery!

The last time we went, they had martini flights where you could choose 3 different martinis for a set price (I think it was $15, but don’t quote me on that). These aren’t the full size martinis, but they’re big enough to know whether you’d want to order another or not!

Mike likes the drier martinis like the Top Flight with Blue Cheese stuffed Olives. They stuffed the olives at the bar, and according to him they were quite good.

Personally, I like the fruitier versions! Although I did love the Jalapeño stuffed olives (see above)! We have never been there during their busy times or when live music has been there, so I can’t speak for the experience during those points. However, I have enjoyed every visit we’ve made there. The bar tending staff have always been professional and down to Earth.