WIAW: Artisanal LA Fall Show

I’ve been deathly sick. I tried to wake up and work out on Saturday, but after a few jump squats, my head was too congested to go on.

I picked up some homeopathic medicine and dollar coconut water (plus clearance bin $1 popcorn for when I feel better).

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I headed to Artisanal LA‘s Fall Show. The drive while sick sucked, but I got out of the house and walked around for about 3 hours – good enough activity for being so sick.

IMG_4844Free tote bag!

IMG_4845What’s that? A giant chair?

IMG_4846The Donut Snob was there. I didn’t get any because honestly, they don’t measure up to the freshness of Sidecar.

IMG_4813I did try one of these quarter cupcakes from Cupcake Kissis. Perfect size!

IMG_4847Started off the morning with an Americano from Copa Vida.

IMG_4856Visited the goats from Drake Family Farms. Soledad also had their goats there too!

IMG_4848One of my favorites were vegan cookie dough makers, Conscious Cookies.

IMG_4823I drank so many different cold brew coffees, some Health Ade and Califia Farms‘ watermelon fresca.

IMG_4858So many loose leaf teas from World Flavorz.

IMG_4829There was also a lot of jerky, including Banzai’s bacon jerky.

IMG_4825Another favorite: K&V Bake. They make their own jam, bread, cinnamon rolls, caramels, drinks, and labels! I bought a slice of olive oil brioche with pear/saffron/white wine jam. I’ve never heard so many ohs and ahs over a slice of toast.

IMG_4841And how could I resist avocado fudge Buddy Pops?

IMG_4849 There was only one purveyor of nut butter but it was a good one! Spread the Love PB makes pumpkin nut butter with real pumpkin seeds. I chose the cacao version though.

IMG_4855Other favorites that are unpictured:

  • wilderess – I bought their lavender lemon lip balm and their candles smelled amazing too! Maybe next time!
  • RAWnutMILK with their varieties of delicious almond milks!
  • Bond Bars – fun, fancy chocolate flavors like s’mores, peanut butter pretzel and cookies & cream!
  • Stowaway Ginger Beer
  • Piece By Paz candles, especially Spumpkin!

On my way home from LA, I stopped by Lazy Acres, my favorite grocery in the area.

IMG_4850 Have you gone to a food show? If so, which one and how was it?

I did everything I was supposed to and more…

Okay, so I’m just about done packing and I went to the gym at midnight, but I finished all my tasks. I even had time for a long nap and baking.

I said I would share with you the last cookie I made: chai moons but not in the shape of hearts. I used my Linzer cookie cutter instead.

I put each of the cookies plus spacemen/rockets and dinosaur candy melts in berry baskets. I had also considered the boombox mold and the gnome and robot molds looks so awesome. It was a full night’s task and super messy.

I wrapped them up with some holiday decorative tape from Martha Stewart.

Just baked: Butter mints

Clearly, I have a soft spot for a few places in Asheville. One of them in Bake It Pretty; the other is Old Europe Patisserie. Anytime there’s a new recipe, I want to try it even if it’s not something I’d eat. Here are butter mints.

Maybe when they dry and taste more like candy, I’ll enjoy them, but right now they’re just super sugary. Somehow my attempt turned out less doughy and more crumbly. Nonetheless, the granulated sugar acted like flour and kept the gooey dough for sticking to my hands.

My first batch was red. I tried to stick my gooey dough in a mold and it wasn’t bendable plastic. The mold is a tad broken and the butter mints are still inside.

The second attemp was blue. Actually, the blue turned the mints a retro aqua blue, perfect for these butter mints. Also, I went for a mini biscuit cutter instead. It was no much easier.