Our first stop of the day was at Cake Art. You can get the standard Wilton stuff from Michaels or Hobby Lobby around here, and we have one or two small cake shops, but Cake Art is a decorating Mecca!
|SO many impression mats to choose from!|
|A whole aisle of sprinkles! One of each, please!|
YOUR DEKALB FARMER'S MARKET
YDFM is probably the closest thing to experiencing shopping in another country. This place is a no-frills warehouse piled from floor to ceiling with some of the freshest, most exotic ingredients that I have ever seen. Row after row of spices, specialty flours, and various sundries from various countries doesn't even start to scratch the surface. There's also a huge produce section packed with fruits and veggies, some that appear to have been cultivated from other planets. And then there's their seafood and meat department! It's the only place I have ever seen where you can buy fresh octopus!!
|Photography was not allowed (?!?) But we managed to snap a quick pic!|
If you have ever looked at cakes on the Internet, or watched a Food Network cake competition, then you have probably seen the amazing work of Karen Portaleo from Highland Bakery. I wasn't sure I was at the right place at first. I walked in to a very small bakery area with a huge restaurant. We were hungry, so we decided to grab a table and get some lunch. Where we were sitting, I could see into the kitchen, and I had convinced myself we were at another Highland Bakery. But when I asked the waiter, he told me that Karen did indeed work there and that there was a huge baking kitchen behind the bakery counter. Karen wasn't there, but I did have a great lunch! Their peanut butter french toast was the bomb!!
If you have a Trader Joes in your town, consider yourself lucky. Whenever we get a chance to go to one, we always bring a cooler. Needless to say, we filled the cooler and then some. Look at all that loot!
|I know it looks like a full buggy, but to be honest, the buggies are really small!|
We really weren't planning on an Ikea visit, but we were still feeling energetic, so we spent the last of our energy there. I actually think I made it though there in record time! Here's a little something I scored that you will be seeing in future cake pics!
|Still thinking about painting this guy chrome!|
All in all we had a super great day traipsing around the big city. As always, Cake Art was my favorite stop. I shop online every week for cake supplies, but there's something very cool about seeing the items and holding them in your hand. Once we got home, I collected our Cake Art haul all together...
There's actually a lot of stuff there! And since I scored big, I saw no reason why I should leave you guys out! So... I picked up an extra pack of impression mats to share with one of you guys. The pack I'm giving away features a chevron pattern, plus some other stuff. If you're interested in winning, leave a comment on this post and make sure I have a way of contacting you if you win. You have until midnight (EST) on Sunday January 13th to leave your comment and enter the giveaway. I will announce the winner on Tuesday January 15th. Good Luck!