Monday, May 17, 2010

Lavender... The New Bacon

That might sound like an odd title if you're not one to pay close attention to the new trends in pastry and desserts, but trust me... the title is nothing but the truth. Bacon use to be, and to some extent still is, the new hip ingredient to include in desserts; for example: Animal's Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar, Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies, Dynamo Donuts' Maple Bacon Donut, Maple Bacon Cupcakes, and even Pirate Cat Radio's Maple Bacon Latte. Can you believe that I blogged about all that bacon!

Let's face it, bacon on anything will always be delicious, but the new in vogue ingredient is now Lavender. You may have noticed I have already bought into this trend with my Lavender Orange Honey Macarons and my Lavender Rhubarb Crumble (plus one great recipe coming soon!) and fortunately, so has the SweetSalt Food Shop in Toluca Lake. Opened by a former Top Chef contestant, the Food Shop boasts a killer line up of gourmet sandwiches, creative soups and even Cake Monkey desserts!
 Not the actual latte, just thought it got the point across better than a pic of the original since the original just looks like a normal latte 

They also have a full espresso bar menu which includes the delicious Vanilla Lavender Latte. After trying a bite of my husbands Lavender Duck Confit Sandwich I decided I had to finish my meal off in a similar fashion with this amazing sounding latte, and it was amazing! Great espresso, slightly sweet vanilla syrup with a refreshing finish of lavender. It was perfect on a cool spring afternoon and I can only imagine how fantastic it would be when paired with good girlfriends and a shared Cake Monkey Cakewich :)


  1. Ooh, that sounds neat!

    I have a jar of lavender jelly I'm trying to decide what to do with. Any ideas?!

  2. Ohh the possibilities! Maybe a prosciutto and brie sandwich on french bread?

  3. I take it that some of my lavender will go missing from the garden? :)

  4. No, I got it from Henry's! I didn't even know you had lavender, where is it?