L’Amande French Bakery

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Beverly Hills now has its own L’Amande French Bakery!

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I’ve heard lovely things about the original (Torrance) location….

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…particularly their fresh-made croissants, which take 72 hours to make.



None for me – I actually stopped by for a special Halloween treat…


…these “Monster Fingers” are made of pure butter shortbread, with powdered sugar, flour, eggs, and raw almonds.

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They’re only available this Thursday/Friday – I brought a sample back to share with our friends Sascha/Erin’s little goblins over the weekend.


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Trick or Treat

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I’ve never loved trick-or-treating.  There, I said it!

I don’t want to walk in the cold.   I don’t want my neighbors to know what my pillowcases look like.  BUT I WANT CANDY.  And I definitely want a glimpse into other people’s homes.

I haven’t gone since the 80’s; I thought I’d try again, virtually.  I knocked on the doors of some of my favorite bloggers to see what they were giving out/chewing on.  The talented Ashley Quach was kind enough to bring their responses to life.


Grace, Design Sponge: My favorite candy is a Mini Kit Kat. All day every day. It doesn’t even need to be Halloween.


Jenny, Picky Palate: My favorite candy to give out is the candy bar combo bag from Costco.  I like to eat Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


Kath, Kath Eats Real Food: I always give out the Hershey’s Special Dark miniatures! First, because dark chocolate is good for ya and simple chocolate is a better choice than some of the more artificial options out there, but second because it’s my favorite candy to steal from my own trick or treat bowl.


Diane and Todd, White on Rice Couple: We haven’t given out Halloween candy in a while cause our neighborhood kids don’t come down our street that often. But when we do, we usually pass out the stuff we like to eat in case there’s left over: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Butterfingers and Kit Kat. All the good chocolate bars in mini size.


Katie, Chocolate Covered Katie: Endangered Species’ Mint Chocolate Squares or Nibmor’s Daily Dose of Dark Mint Chocolate Squares.


Molly, My Name is Yeh: GUMMY BEARRRRRRRRRS. I buy them “for the trick or treaters” knowing I’m not going to get any trick or treaters out in the middle of nowhere (or in my apartment in New York before that…) and then OOOPS WHAT AM I GONNA DO WITH ALL THESE LEFTOVER BEARS?? Might as well soak em in booze and then eat them.


Naomi Robinson, Bakers Royale: Candy I like to give: chocolate candy bars – any kind. When I was kid we loved getting those the most. Candy I like to eat the most: Mounds – love the dark chocolate and coconut, Dark Chocolate Kit Kat – love the dark chocolate and the snap of the wafers inside.


Cara, Big Girls Small Kitchen: This will be the first year in a long time that we’ll live in a building with kids. I think we’ll likely give out Mounds Bars and Reese’s Pieces – the first because I adore them and the second because not everybody does (more for me).


Kiersten, Oh My Veggies: I usually buy one of those variety packs that has a little of everything so kids have something to choose from. Even though my blog focuses on whole foods, I have no problem with treats either, so we usually hand out things like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit-Kats, and Sour Patch Kids. My favorite kind to eat are red Twizzlers!


Adam, Amateur Gourmet: My favorite to give out are Reese’s Peanut Butter cups – the big ones – because everyone loves those. My favorite to eat is anything sour: in particular, Sour Patch Kids, but I also enjoy sour watermelons, sour grapefruit slices, and sour peaches.


Siri, Siriously Delicious: You’ve got to stick with the hits, none of this pretzels/raisins/goldfish baloney. And don’t get me started on pencils. Pencils?!? Anyway, my favs are mini Caramello’s, Mounds and Starbursts and you can never, EVER go wrong with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.


Tina, Carrots n Cake: We usually give out fun size chocolate candy (Kit Kats, Reese’s PB Cups, etc.) and my favorite kind to eat is an Almond Joy or Candy Corn Pumpkins.


Joy, Joy the Baker: Halloween is coming up and I’m super looking forward to eating and giving away Peanut Butter Cups. A classic. I’m also super stoked to throw beads and candy off my balcony in the French Quarter. It’ll be pretty insane.


Kate, Cookie and Kate: I’ve actually never lived in a place where trick or treaters come to visit, until now! I’d have to say that mini Reese’s are my favorite (or even better, Trader Joe’s dark chocolate version, but I don’t think those come in individual wrappers). So I’ll probably be giving out Reese’s!


As for me, I’ll be sharing my lollipop addiction with the ‘hood.  What about you?


Compartes Melrose Place

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Are you ready for some Chocolaaaaaaate?




Say that with your Oprah voice, because Compartes is one of her Favorite Things.  And now, it’s one of mine too.


Jonathan and I have been Instagram buddies for a while now – usually his chocolates are too far away for me to eat on a regular basis, but not anymore.  I was invited to check out a preview of the new shop on Melrose Place (inside Alfred Coffee) and it’s glorious!


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I want to have a bowl of these Love Nuts in my house at all times.


A bowl of Cereal Bowl too.


This Ginger Cookie was filled (and I mean STUFFED) with Black Magic.  Mind blowing.  Pastries will change weekly, baked by Gjelina’s Nicole Rucker.


I bought a few bars home to give as gifts.  And to eat as breakfast.


Congrats, Jonathan!  The new Melrose Place shop opens today – you can also visit the Brentwood store, or order his genius online.

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