Starbucks Frappachinos

I am in love with the mocha cookie frappe that Starbucks has going on! I wasn’t a frappe person until it got hot and needed a quick pick-me-up. Now it’s my go to drink when I feel I need to reward myself!

Try it! You will be glad you did!



Panera Bread

I love this place! I love the food they serve, what they stand for ( giving their leftovers to soup kitchens and homeless shelters, everything is fresh tasting, they have a loyalty card ( sometimes you get free food), and their pick 2 menu options! They are wonderful! Im in love with their bakers items! I can get pastries that I don’t normally see anywhere else.

Stop on by and give it a try!



chicago|| Wins a Chowzter Award

How interesting!

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Sunday April 26th – the second Chowzter World’s Tastiest Fast Feasts Awards took place at London’s L’Anima Cafe to announce the winners of the world’s very best dishes. The Awards where divided into several categories: Tastiest item in the World + Tastiest item by Dish + Regional Winners.

Let me cut to the chase, I am way too excited to hold it in any longer – so happy to say that Chicago brought home the best Tastiest Fast Feast in North America with Franks’n’Dawgs Bahn Mi Hot Dog. Check the reel below for details. Now onto working on getting Chicago into the running for the ‘foodiest city’ in the world for 2015. We are too often overlooked in the world’s arena as a World Class food city, this helps validate what we Chicagoans have all known for a very long time. Congratulations Franks’n’Dawgs.

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Espresso Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies


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Espresso Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

I made these cookies for the first time earlier this winter for a holiday party. Since then I’ve made them for several other occasions and they’ve been a huge hit each time. Even though I don’t drink coffee regularly, I do love the flavor of espresso in baked goods- especially if it’s paired with dark chocolate and coconut. Lots of good flavors are happening in these Espresso Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies!

While I certainly don’t mind baking ‘fussy’ cookies most of the time, it is nice to have a few recipes on hand that are quick to pull together. There’s no chilling of dough or finicky measurements required for these cookies, just mix and bake. I think they’d also be delicious with some toasted walnuts added to the dough.

Espresso Dark Chocolate Coconut Cookies


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbl. espresso powder
  • 1…

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Ever since I have discovered this amazing desert I haven’t been able to go back! It is absolutely amazing! It is so rich and smooth! I love the chocolate. But there are other flavors. It makes finals week much more durable.

Best of all it’s made by Haagen-Dazs, my favorite ice cream company!!! So grab a spoon and dig in! It’s time to indulge!



Don’t you just love the smell of fresh baked muffins in the morning. The smell of sweet bread puts a smile on my face. My favorites are blueberry, chocolate chip, and pumpkin. I want to further explore the world of muffins so please send me your recipes by posting them on my blog or look for me on Facebook as Kaitlyn Frausto. I want to know what your muffin fix is! Happy eating!!!