Recipe // Mini Matcha Pie

This year I got the incredible opportunity to attend the Cherry Bombe Marketplace in New York, which was so inspiring that it deserves its own blog post (coming soon!). I loved meeting so many different female entrepreneurs who started their own food-centered companies, ranging from homemade pop tarts to fancy chef pants. I was most excited to see that Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the famous pie shop based in Brooklyn, also had a booth. All their pie flavors sound delicious: salty honey, black sesame, black bottom oat pie…  the list goes on.

This past weekend, I decided to take a (temporary) break from my muffin tins and ramekins and make mini matcha pies from the Four & Twenty Blackbirds cookbook. The recipe is simple and not too sweet, which allows the matcha flavor to come through really nicely. The matcha pairs well with the extremely smooth texture of the custard.

Above is a sample of the real matcha pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Even though I doubled the matcha in the recipe, my pies did not have the same deep green. The next time I try this recipe (and trust me – there will be a next time!) I will try quadrupling the matcha. I love matcha, but I find that most matcha recipes are too subtle.

While at the Marketplace, I got to meet Emily Elsen, one of the co-founders of Four and Twenty Blackbirds. It was so inspiring to see her come in person, despite how big her shop has become!

Exploring Philly // Little Spoon Cafe

My friend and I recently stumbled upon a great new casual breakfast spot, Little Spoon Cafe, on 15th and South, Philadelphia. The cafe is owned by area residents Jeanne French and Julia McMeans, who made sure that the cafe feels home-y and fits in perfectly in the neighborhood.

Everything from the decoration to the food feels comfortable and home-y. The window sills are lined with succulents in different-sized pots, the food is served on mismatched porcelain plates, and the water comes in Mason jars. While the food is not particularly inventive, it is classic and delicious. I tried the sweet potato hash, which came with three types of well-seasoned potatoes, sausage, and kale.

Little Spoon Cafe is a great casual spot for breakfast with friends, and a great addition to the neighborhood!

Little Spoon Cafe
1500 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(267) 587-6559

ChocAmo Cookie Cups

I feel incredibly lucky to announce I am taking some photos for ChocAmo, a Philly-based cookie cup company!

Michelle, the founder, has been a dream to work with, and her enthusiasm for her ChocAmo is contagious. It’s easy to see why – her cookie cups are delicious and so versatile (and way more photogenic than I will ever be).

For this photoshoot, we added berries, regular milk, and even made mini lattes. You can add anything you want – we are planning photoshoots involving beer, champagne, rose tea, and ice cream.