Sutton Place Cookies

Sutton Place Cookies handed out samples at last weekend’s Tastemade barbecue, and I couldn’t help but be immediately drawn to the adorable design.

Owner Alix Scarlott started this cookie company from her home kitchen in Sutton Place, a neighborhood in Manhattan. Alix baked for her own enjoyment, until people started inquiring about personalized orders. It was then that she discovered this could turn into a profitable, fun business.


I loved this mint green and purple-checkered cookie design. The cookies are so beautiful; you just want to take some time to admire it before taking the first bite. The sugar cookie is classic and home-style tasting – not too sweet and with a nice consistence of crunchy at first and lightly moist in the middle. The simply sweet taste combined with the unique design makes these cookies special. I would be super excited to order a batch of these for a birthday party, Christmas party or Valentine’s Day!

Wondering how you can order Sutton Place Cookies for yourself? Well since this is a relatively new business, you will need to contact the owner directly at The kitchen is based out of Playa Vista (west LA) in Alix’s kitchen, so you’re guaranteed that nice homemade flavor! Generally she requests orders two weeks in advance and a minimum order of three dozen cookies. The average costs ranges between $2.50 and $5.00 per cookie depending on cookie size, the design, wrapping and delivery. Check out Sutton Place Cookies for your next event!


Summer BBQ @ Tastemade!

Last weekend, my friend Mark and I attended a fun, lively summer barbecue hosted by Tastemade.

If you haven’t heard of or checked out Tastemade yet, you’ve gotta! Think of a young food channel meets the playful food section of Buzzfeed. This fresh, hip company creates awesome videos (both instructional and conversational) about food. Tastemade also recently launched an amazing app any foodie will absolutely love! (I’ll discuss the AMAZING app in more detail in a separate post)

The event took place outside the Tastemade studios in Santa Monica, complete with live music by a country/bluegrass band! Chefs from YouTube’s best bbq channels cooked up delicious bite sized treats, while attendees tasted and voted on the best food! Honestly, everything was delicious, so casting the votes was a hard decision. The ice cold drinks, diverse selection of barbecue and even some homemade ice cream made it my food heaven. Check out some pictures I snapped at the event:


Look at all that meat!

Look at all that meat!

Delicious sides- cole slaw, black eyed peas and potato salad

Delicious sides- cole slaw, black eyed peas and potato salad

Ice cold beer with naan, bbq and chutney along with bbq skewer... so yummy

Ice cold beer with naan, brisket and chutney along with bbq skewer… so yummy


Three Weavers, an LA microbrewery with BOMB beer

Three Weavers, an LA microbrewery with BOMB beer

Smooth, creamy homemade ice cream by McConnell's Ice Cream

Smooth, creamy homemade ice cream by McConnell’s Ice Cream

Mark and I reppin' Texas with the flag

Mark and I reppin’ Texas with the flag






DeLuscious Goes Vegan!

DeLuscious Cookies, an LA-based bakery that serves up some of the best cookies in the city, recently released a brand new line of vegan cookies. Ask any dessert fan (that pretty much includes everyone!) in Los Angeles, and they’ll tell you DeLuscious bakes the most delicious, decadent desserts in town.
I couldn’t help but feel giddy when a cute box of DeLuscious cookies arrived at my door. The packaging was simple yet sophisticated, with a playful ribbon to polish it off. Pink wrapping tissue surrounded the cookies, which are individually wrapped and sealed with a brand sticker.
I’ve tried various gluten free and vegan baked good options around Los Angeles, but they always fail in some respect – too dry or too artificial tasting. DeLuscious, though, has put in the time and hard work to craft the perfect vegan and gluten free variations on classic treats. The DeLuscious vegan and gluten free creations are hard to distinguish from their regular cookies that contain flour and animal products. Those who, whether by necessity or choice, are vegan or gluten-free will rejoice at the amazing flavors that are compatible with their dietary restrictions!
The box of cookies included three products from the new DeLuscious line: vegan gluten-free chocolate chip, vegan chocolate chip and vegan oatmeal raisin. DeLuscious also included the regular chocolate chip for comparison to the vegan/gluten-free options.
The regular chocolate chip was thin, chewy and not too sweet. The rich dark chocolate chips were evenly allocated throughout the cookie, and the dough portion was lightly sweet, balancing the rich chocolate flavor.
Vegan chocolate chip, like the other cookies, is moist and chewy. I had a hard time distinguishing between the regular chocolate chip and the vegan chocolate chip flavors, which is definitely a good sign for those of you who have specific dietary needs!
The gluten free vegan chocolate chip is much thicker than the original chocolate chip cookie. The cookie crumbles easier than the vegan chocolate chip and the regular, but is not dry. The gluten free vegan cookie is slightly sweeter and buttery tasting than the vegan chocolate chip. DeLuscious has created this cookie that retains all of the buttery, sweet goodness of a regular chocolate chip cookie, but without the flour and animal products… I don’t know how they did it! 
The last vegan option, the vegan oatmeal raisin reminded me of the cinnamon and spice flavors of fall and winter desserts. The cookie is dense and includes plenty of sweet raisins, creating a perfect texture. DeLuscious also offers vegan cookie options in cinnamon sugar, peanut butter and chocolate decadence. I’m sure these options are just as delicious as the flavors I sampled!
The representatives at DeLuscious also included some of their most popular flavors, cinnamon sugar, chocolate decadence, the red velvet white chocolate brownie and the limited edition kimchee sriracha peanut butter cookie!
The cinnamon sugar cookie contains a thin, crunchy layer of cinnamon atop a chewy, buttery cookie. You can smell the cookie the moment it comes out of the packaging. The cookie itself is not too sweet, a result mainly of the thinness.
Chocolate decadence is a brownie-cookie hybrid that will quickly satisfy any chocolate cravings. The gooey, moist center will have you thinking that these popped right out of the oven. A thin, crispy sugar glaze covers the entire cookie from top to bottom, providing a pleasant initial crunch at first bite. The balance of texture gives the dessert a nice dose of both cookie and brownie qualities. Chocolate decadence was by far the richest cookie in the bunch.
Kimchee sriracha Peanut butter, which is a limited edition cookie, has a unique fluffy consistency that sets it apart from the others in the bunch. At first chew, the peanut butter flavor sets in, but after a few bites you’ll discover the spicy aftertaste. The combination was unlike any I have ever tasted. Peanut bits provide a subtle crunch that nicely balanced the fluffiness of the cookie.
The red velvet white chocolate brownie has a half-baked consistency that is completely decadent. White chocolate chips pack on the sweetness, which is a perfect supplement to the light chocolate flavor of the red velvet brownie. This one would be overwhelming to eat in one sitting – I recommend splitting this treat with a friend.

Along with these amazing treats, DeLuscious bakes monthly “Couture Dozens” that include a variety of cool, unique flavors. The August dozen includes cranberry white chocolate walnut, red velvet white chocolate brownie, a gooey butter cookie with dulce de leche and chocolate chip.

DeLuscious cookies are so decadent and packed with flavor that you will want to enjoy them slowly and savor every last bite. The cookies are perfect, regardless of whether they’re meant for satisfying your own sweet tooth or for brightening someone else’s day. If you’re looking for a creative, delicious gift to give a friend or loved one, consider sending them a box of DeLuscious cookies. Ordering from their website is simple and quick- check out their order page here. My experience with DeLuscious from first email to first bite of the amazing cookies was impeccable. The employees are warm, responsive and made sure that my experience was positive! Thanks DeLuscious!