Whether you’re on a points (or calorie) restricted diet like Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers, or you subscribe to one of the many plant-based diets, or you’re like myself and follow the 80-20 rules of Eat-Clean, I think we can probably all agree that a “cheat” day (or meal) is the best part of the week.
For many, the cheat day (or meal) has positive psychological effects because allowing a craving to be satisfied helps people to stick to their otherwise restrictive diets.
I find this to be true for myself. For the most part my body wants healthy foods; I eat to fuel myself and stick to protein, vegetables, whole grains and fruit, but I’m human and LOVE wine and like everyone else I get pizza and sweet cravings too! If I try to ignore my hankerings I end up stuffing my face; so over time I’ve learned to listen to my body and give it (in small doses) what it’s asking for.
Tomorrow, Monday February 27 the SCPA and Human Society celebrate National Cupcake Day; the tastiest way to support and show love for animals in need while satisfying your need for a treat.
I’ve always been an animal lover. As a young girl I had a rescue dog named Frex and a 12lb cat which I named “Minou” (which is French for kitty). My favorite movie was the “Black Stallion” and I was obsessed with the TV Show “Littlest Hobo”. I still cry at any show that has a lost, injured or dying animal. If you’ve been following me on social media you've probably seen my partner in crime Miss Gucci, a Yorkshire terrier born in Budapest. She’s the Publicity Hound at FIT & Flirty. Over the past 12 years we’ve moved to four different homes; she’s been my side-kick supporting me through hard times, good times, drunken times and fun times! No matter what kind of day I’m having she’s always looking up at me in adoration, never judging always loving. "When you're loved unconditionally and looked at in adoration it's impossible not to reciprocate"
I like sweets and Gucci is obsessed with treats; I also know if she could talk she would want to help as many animals in need as she could!
I’m a terrible baker and work from home, so organizing a party for National Cupcake day was out of the question. So instead I donated to the cause and with my friend Christine we set out on the quest to find the best cupcakes in the city of Vancouver. Here are some ideas for those of you in Vancouver looking to indulge:
Butter Baked Goods and Café 4907 Mackenzie Street
This bakery is charming; the decor is floral chic with glittering chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. I had the “Earl Grey” cupcake with lemon earl grey icing. The cake was mildly spicy and the lemon butter cream was smooth tangy and refreshing! I’m not sure I would have known it was early grey if not told but it was delicious! I also tried the chocolate with raspberry-envy butter cream. This was a traditional chocolate cake; tender, moist, rich and oh-so-indulgent topped with a raspberry candy! YUM! Vibrating from a sugar rush it was time for us to move on to the next bakery.
Fratelli Bakery 1795 Commercial Street
This is an authentic Italian bakery with great allure, I love the street sign décor. Everything in the display case looked delicious. The cupcakes were clearly made with kids in mind, decorated with “Minions” and Disney princesses’ toys. The cake was fresh and tasted homemade but the bright green icing probably gave me a cavity!
Fairy Cakes 3586 Fraser Street
By the time we got to this bakery I was on the verge of passing out from too much sugar; but I overcame. If you have dietary restrictions this one’s for you! All cupcakes are nut free, dairy free and egg free, made from organic and local ingredients; I tried the vanilla root beer and chocolate maple cupcakes. I have to say the considering the lack of traditional ingredients they were a scrumptious substitutes! At this point we decided to call it a day….
The Last Crumb 3080 Main Street
Two sisters followed their dreams and opened this nostalgic bakery in homage to their mother.
This was the perfect Sunday afternoon sweet treat! I ordered the Chocolate Espresso with caramel filling; which was mouthwatering but almost over the top for a sweet treat! I also had a bite of my friend’s Chocolate Coconut cupcake’ which was more traditional tasting, light, fluffy and very satisfying.
Cupcakes 2887 Broadway Street
I keep this location for last because when I think of cupcakes, I think of this bakery! With multiple locations though the city there is for sure one near you! They are also contributing to this great cause with a dollar from every cupcake and “pupcake” donated to the BCSPCA until Feb 27th 2017.
Every little bit helps, so no matter how big or small I encourage every one of you to help an animal in need and please DONATE today!
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