Well the spousal unit was working today, this being Saturday, so I decided to go out to lunch with the pup. I had promised him the best cupcake in town, but before we got to Sprinkles I decided it would be worth our whiles to have a proper lunch first.
Now a proper lunch with a 6 year old often begins and ends with Burger King, but I convinced him Beverly Hills would be a fun stop. We cruise down Beverly Drive until he lets out a yelp when he sees Chin Chin and demands we stop. Knowing his penchant for making crispy noodles into an entire meal, I gently persuade him to think out of the box, and we continue the drive.
We finally forged a compromise with Mulberry Street Pizza, a place I had heard good things about... but growing up int he Bronx has made me suspicious of every pizza joint west of the Hudson. Still, MSP wasn't bad, that is if you stick to the cheese only version, the myriad of toppings is enough to rival CPK, but not quite well enough if you know what I mean. The wafer thin crust was maybe a little TOO thin for my taste, but the flavors were good, and I always remind myself when eating pizza on the west coast, that it just isn't going to be the real deal. It wasn't -- but it wasn't at all bad either, and my son ate most of his slice, something which gives me odd feelings of satisfaction.
So on to Sprinkles and we order 6 cupcakes to go, knowing my wife will be disappointed if we went and didn't come back with something more substantive than good stories, contented sighs and dirty faces.
As we were waiting to order, someone raved to us about the strawberry cupcakes, which is good because I never would have tried them otherwise. And they were awesome, fantastic frosting, better than I could have imagined. I also ate half a red velvet, which was good, but startlingly not red -- the cake was a pretty even brown. The cream cheese frosting was nice, but I guess after the strawberry, my taste buds had yet to come back to earth. Am still troubled about the red velvet name however.
My wife loved her coconut cupcake and I agreed it was very flavorful. My son had a blast with the milk chocolate, and I snuck a taste of the dark chocolate to get a heads up on what's for breakfast tomorrow. It was very good, nice deep complex flavor.
The one point about Sprinkles is it's really all about the frosting. The cake is good but it's not great. The frosting on the other hand is out of this world. It puts Joan's on Third to shame, which isn't too hard to do I guess, but Sprinkles takes cupcakes to a whole new level. Note they are not cheap, and at $3.50 a pop they better be good, but they were indeed very good, and peace and harmony is now steering my household tonight.
So it was a nice lunch out with my son, MSP had the requisite Yankee game on, dessert lasted all day, and everyone is happy. Eventhough I haven't had a drink I'm feeling somewhat intoxicated.
Just thouhght I'd share....