Sweetploring at The Phoenix Public Market

Hi Guys,

Are YOU ready for a sweet adventure ? I certainly was as I made my way out to the Phoenix Public Market after I finally managed to get a Saturday off from work. Unfortunately, it was unbelievably “musty” outside to the point that personally, I did not stay as long as probably would have if it was a cooler/more clear day out. Nevertheless, I did manage to hunt down some sweet goods that I wanted to share here – imagine me saying this in my wanna-be animal explorer-like voice-. Let’s just delve right into this adventure sweetplorers:

Peanut Butter Americano: as much as I am sure most of us are used to the typical creamy or crunchy peanut butter sold in our groceries stores, Peanut Butter Americano takes the peanut butter game to an whole other level. I mean Cinnamon Honey…Choco Blanco…yes we are talking about kinds of peanut butter!

Main Squeeze Lemonade: I had visited this place last year ( so, I want to say) and I just had to revisit and try some of their Strawberry Lemonade again. They specialize in lemonade that is natural & yes, delicious. They have Watermelon, Old Fashioned, Strawberry, Pineapple AND MANGO -woo-

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Heavenly Bites: I had never seen this place at the market before but it has been forever since I have gotten a chance to come so that’s no surprise. This place makes sweet things that not only taste good but that is good for you ( Organic & Healthy) :

Next, the Arizona Bread Company ( based in Scottsdale, I want to say) is a vendor that I have visited before and frankly, one can definetely appreciate their prices. Today, they had doughnuts and I kid you not, the largest cinnamon roll ( and one of the best deals) I have ever seen. I just picked up a buttermilk glaze ( so good & thick) doughnut for 1.75!

I noticed a place called Breezy Pops when I entered into the Phoenix Public Market and apparently, they offer natural ice pops; ” Latin American style”. From their Juicy Strawberry to their Sweet & Sour Lemon to the Creamy Horchata, it reminded me of Paletta’s Betty but a different spin, of course.

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For me, the BEST part of the Phoenix Public Market is open not just when the market is open but every day, the Phoenix Public Market Cafe. I had visited it for the first time a few weeks ago and I was really impressed with their portion sizes ( huuge), quality of food and the unique environment. Upon walking in the side door, I was greeted by these delicious looking cinnamon rolls and then a beautiful array of bakery cookies, cake, Macaroons, homemade poptarts and more! Unfortunately, their treats are a bit on the pricier range but every once in a while, I am sure it is worth paying for!

Overall, I love the idea of supporting local businesses which is why I can always appreciate the Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately in the heat and due to the musty conditions today, I could not fully enjoy it to it’s full potential ( that and another reason that I won’t mention) but if I can revisit, I surely will. There were more vendors there that I am sure I could have taken note  and I am sure many more of a variety of vendors that come depending on the Saturday that one goes but this is what I got when I went 🙂

Hope you guys enjoyed this little short, but sweet adventure. See you on Wednesday!

~ Bree

Sweetality QUIZ: GET TO KNOW YOU!

Gooood Mooorning!

“Sweet-ality” may not be the most original and best sounding title to call this quiz/tag but it’s really all I could come up with that could best suit the purpose of this post. This tag is one that you can share whomever you like but I am also creating this just for my readers; fellow sweetplorers, so that I can get to know others sweet (perso)nality *ahah*. The question are as followed, have fun & comment below with your answers:

1) What is your favorite kind of Ice Cream ?

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2) If you would be any kind of dessert, what would you be ? Why ?

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Why ? The base of the cookie is your plain & simple sugar cookie which describes my personality of being a plain-jane kind of girl who likes to keep things simple and the confetti sprinkles show the liveliness/cheerfulness in attitude that I would like to adapt to.

3) It’s Thanksgiving and you can only have one dessert on your table, what would it be ?

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4) What is your go-to snack when your down ?

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5) Your heading to the movies, what is your ideal movie-treat to have ?

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While it’s probably closely followed by Buncha Crunch, ideally, popcorn is my go-to for the movies.Buttery..warm..fresh popcorn, it’s just too bad it’s so expensive : /.

6) When you have an Oreo, what do you appreciate more, the cookie or the creme ?

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7) Ice Cream, Sorbet, Sherbet Or Gelato ?

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This was really not the quickest decision to make, however because Ice Cream offers the consistency that I love and the fact that it’s the most accessible & plentiful option, I had to go with this one. That being said, offer me ANY and I’ll surely enjoy myself!

All righty, it’s your turn now! Answer below or on your blog and I will certainly come to check it out 🙂

~ Bree

 

 

Sweetploring: The Candy Addict

Good Friday to you,

Are you READY for another Sweetploring adventure ? Our first adventure was to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then we went to the land of Froyo with Yogurtini. Today, we are heading to The Candy Addict. A go-to place for everyone who is crazy about candy. Unfortunately for me, I am not too crazy about candy as I feel I could live without it but I knew that it would just be ridiculous of me if I did not do any Sweetplorations dedicated to the candy realms. So, let’s get started:

 

This was one of the first places I headed to once I got off the lightrail at Mill Avenue. Upon walking in, I was greeted by a surprisingly tranquil yet colorful environment. While the size of the store was not massive, there certainly was a massive collection of so many different types of candy, it was my second Candy-Marveling experience…ever.

 

 

Between strolling down Taffy Lane, eyeing their extensive collection of PEZ candies and being pleasantly surprised by their comprehensive variety of M&M’s, one can easily realize how much time would be required to explore such a place like this. I only managed to look at a handful of items amongst the plethora of candies that they had:

 

One of the most intriguing aspects about Candy Addict that I wish I would have taken more pictures of to share with you are the variety of drinks that they had. The Candy Addict had everything from Cookie Dough Soda to Japanese Ramune Soda to various more unique soda flavors on their floor. Thinking back on it, I wish I could have picked up a few varieties to do a first impression on here with you guys. I mean Cookie Dough Soda…need I say more ?

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Last but certainly not least, I noticed these large poster-container sized tubes towards the back of the store and while I thought they were simply posters, it turns out that they were full of candy! The tubes that they had were Smarties and Sour Warheads. How fun would these be for gifting purposes ?

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Overall, I really enjoyed my time looking through all the candy and besides, it’s hard not to smile when you are surrounded by so many sweet things. I even asked the young lady who worked there how it was and she surprisingly noted how calm it typically was and also how fun it was. They even had a T.V playing a cartoon movie in the background! Talk about a fun place to go!

Worth Visiting: YES

Worth Buying: I’d say if you are going to buy anything, buy something that you can not get from your local grocery store. Otherwise, you’ll probably be spending more money here than what you would have paid if you just had gotten it elsewhere. I just picked up the Starburst ALL Pink Edition since I’ve never seen nor heard of it anywhere until today!

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Let me know in the comment section, what is YOUR favorite kind of candy ?

♥ Bree

 

 

 

 

 

Sweetplorations On Facebook + 1 Month Recap

Hi Fellow Sweetplorers,

Today’s post is going to be different from the rest but I promise that on Monday, we will be back to all of our Sweetploring activities : D. I just wanted to take today to share some of the latest updates with Sweetplorations, extend some gratitude towards you sweet-readers and to just jot down some goals that I have for this blog & wherever else Sweetplorations may go.

I started Sweetplorations on May 25th, 2017 ( I know that now this post comes a bit late but since it’s only a week or so over, I thought I’d make it 1 month anyway).

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  • viewers have visited from Australia, Pakistan, The United Kingdom, India, Canada, Poland, Italy South Africa, Romania, Phillipines, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, etc and from my home, United States. It’s pretty awesome that Sweetploration has been visited internationally ♥
  • we averaged out 15 views in May ( even though we did start towards the very end of the month) but we also averaged out 200+ views for the month of June. * Hip hip hooray for progress, right ?*
  • with two post in May, 1 in July, the rest in June, there was a total of 16 post that has been posted since we started! We went on two Sweetplorations: Yogurtini & The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, we have done two G.B.W.M: Cinnamon Roll Cake & Confetti Cookies , we have also snack & chatted two times about Beautiful Questions and the importance of asking instead of assuming and a lot more!

This is just what I could gather from analytic myself but truly it is every single view ( better referred to as presence) that really is appreciated here. Without any readers, this would be a more difficult journey to go on but every notice that anyone is reading keeps me going. Thank you all who have ever visited, like or even followed; all I can encourage is that you let me know that you are here because I for one, am certainly glad that you gave this little blog a moment of your time.

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Now for goals for Sweetplorations:

  • I would love to continue posting 3x a week on Monday-Wednesday & Friday. Now even though I do this now, consistency has always been a struggle for me so my goal for July is just to STICK WITH IT.
  • I would love to post a YouTube video of some sort for Sweetplorations. I’ve been saying for the lonnngessst that I would like to post a video on YouTube and what better way to start then with something I actually enjoy: Sweetploring!
  • I would like to manage the new, Sweetplorations Facebook page consistently so that I may gain my own unique, username, Sweetplorations. All I need to do is build a community of 25. If you would be interested in having Sweetplorations be a page that you visit, feel free to check out it out here.

If you have made it to this far in the post, THANK YOU! At the end of the day, my passion for sweets keeps me going but also having a genuine community ( myself, included) helps me to keep going too. Let’s make July an even sweeter month here ( and I certainly plan to) on Sweetplorations!

♥ Bree

P.S: Thank you for all of you who have stuck with me as I have navigated designing this blog, I think I have FINALLY reached a point in the design that I love it. It is seriously a goal of mine to STAYWITHIT for the remainder of this year. 

Sweetploring: Yogurtini

Welcome Back to another Sweetploring adventure ~

For our first Sweetploration, we took a trip to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and today we are heading right over to Yogurtini: a self-serve frozen yogurt place.

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Admittedly, I have visited this sweet place beforehand but since I did not bring you guys along then, I decided to have right over to have a quick look at what Yogurtini had to offer. Unfortunately, it did start to get a bit busy with occupants and because I did not want to make people uncomfortable with my camera being out around their family, I only managed to take a few pictures before leaving.

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Though I could not find the Strawberry Lemonade, I did take an interest in the Vanilla Bean Gelato, Cookies & Cream Cake, and the Cake batter ( which I did try the first time I went here). Doesn’t the Raspberry lime mojito sound interesting ? I’ve never had a mojito but the flavor combination of raspberry and lime sounds appealing, don’t you think ?

Anyhow, because I could not afford to actually purchase an actual cup of frozen yogurt I only managed to get a a taster cup full of the Vanilla Bean, which was very tasty! I am grateful for these for taster cups at these self-serve stations because they give you at least something better than nothing: remember to use, not abuse!

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The best part but probably the most costly part of these self-serve yogurt places are unquestionally the topping options. Yogurtini had everything from the simple Rainbow Sprinkles to full size Twinkies, to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I will say that as plentiful of variety that they have, as appealing as it may be to gather up as many toppings as you like, because they charge by the oz I think, I am sure that it can all become an expensive surprise.

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And that concludes this Sweetploration of Yogurtini. Even if one does not have a Yogurtini around, I am sure that there is some variation of a frozen yogurt place near you with similiar options; Yogurtland, Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt and so on, so on. I want to know though, what flavor of Frozen Yogurt would you get ? Comment below as I would love to see. Thanks for joining me for today’s sweetploring; I hope you’ll join me for the next adventure, stay tuned!

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♥ Bree♥

 

 

 

Sweetploring: The Rocky Mountain Factory

Good Morning Everyone & Welcome to our first Sweetploration: We are heading to The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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As the name suggest, this sweet place is filled with decadent confectionery treats: ranging from candy apples, chocolate covered marshmallow to a wide assortment of unique truffles. Upon walking in, you are not only being greeted by their workers but by an impressive array of Candy Apples…if I must say so myself.

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Admittedly, I think the apples look fantastic and would be such thoughtful gifts on their own but for the price, ranging from 5- nearly 10 dollars, it’s certainly a treat

Once I moved past the apples, there was quite the arrangement of every chocolate-covered goodie that one could want: Chocolate Covered Marshmallows, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Chocolate Covered Smore’s, Chocolate Covered Twinkies…yes TWINKIES. The only reservation that I had was the seemingly pricy price tag attached to all of these goodies ranged. I mean a dollar something for one chocolate covered oreo, I can buy an entire package + chocolate for only five something depending on the chocolate.

 

After this, I noticed a top shelf of select fudge such as a Vanilla Cranberry, the classic Cookies & Cream, the Grasshopper ( a minty + vanilla-based fudge) and of course, the Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge. Underneath the plethora of fudge was the most truffles I have seen in one place:

 

From a sweet & fun Birthday Cake truffle filled with cake to the Red Velvet truffle to the Key Lime Truffle tp the Smore truffle to the Iced Cappuccino truffle to the ROOTBEER FLOAT TRUFFLE with half white chocolate & vanilla and many more, Rocky Mountain Factory had a truffle for every taste. Look at those beauties!

If you don’t already want to go to here, then perhaps what I saw next would interest you: Large Peanut Butter cups. You can forget the little small Reese cups that come in pack of two’s; I am sure that one of these is sweet & rich enough to just have one and be done with it:

Okay, last but certainly not least,underneath the truffles were these nuts/seed chocolate covered ” bear” bites as they called it. I think they call it a bear because it’s like a bear cluster sort of treat:

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So, while that concludes my Sweetploring of this place, this post does not come close to covering all of the sweet goodies that this place had. From the classic Rock Candy & Chocolate Coins to their own Rocky Mountain Lollipops & Chocolate bars, I am sure this place would be a dream-come-true for candy & chocolate lovers alike.

♥ Bree ♥

  • By the way, please pardon the constant header changes, I am still trying to figure out how I would like this blog to look.

A Day In The Life Of A Doughnut Designer

Hi Guys!

With today being National Doughnut Day in all, I thought it would be quite fitting to you through my current job-life; being a Doughnut Designer. Now contrary to what the position title suggests, it’s certainly not a glamorous job…in fact the name is just a clever/crafty title to substitute for what I actually do; I dip doughnuts into over 12 glazes + multiple toppings to create over 30 combinations of doughnuts. Don’t get me wrong, I immensely enjoy dipping the doughnuts but the “designer” part of it is somewhat a stretch ( in my head, at least). Nevertheless, here is what an average day looks like for me:

On average, I am arriving to work between 5:00- 7am but it really depends on what type of orders that we must do ( bulk dozens, special event/occasion, etc). Even though we do not open until 8 ( pretty late for a doughnut shop, right ?), the reason we have to get there earlier is because we have to make sure the fryer is turned on and can heat up. The fryer is our lifeline…no fryer action, no doughnut action and we are in trouble:

Moving on, it’s time to do the morning dishes before we open. Personally, I adore doing dishes so I could do this all the day long, buut I can’t so this time is pretty much my favorite time of the work day. I am strange…I know….

Now, we are open and it’s time drop that dough ( haha, see what I did there ?).  At this particular doughnut shop, we make our doughnuts to order so there are none sitting out in the morning so the first dipped doughnut is made when the customer orders one: 

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When there are no customers, I can be found making glazes or cleaning something or the other. Not that it matters or anything but I consider myself to be the glaze master:

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And when customer orders a doughnut, we take their order, we drop their doughnuts into the fryer and that is when the excitement begins ( at least, for the customers). I just proceed to nearly burn my finger tips as I impatiently grab the doughnut for dipping:

 

A smore…a fruit loop…an apple pie…a bacon bomb…the list goes on and on and on and on and on….

And that’s pretty much the cycle of the day until my shift is over. I make dough, I drop doughnuts, I take people’s orders, I dip doughnuts, I clean in between and/or I am just refilling a topping or glaze. I know that there is not much here to see but I just wanted to share what I could share without getting too intrusive to the point that I could get in trouble. As with any job, my favorite part of working as a Doughnut shop worker is the dipping process itself and becoming creative/excited to create a new combination of flavors. Welcome to the life of a doughnut designer and now signing out as, 

~ Bree ♥ The Doughnut Designer ♥