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Coffee art done Disney style

Coffee art has become a bit of a trend recently with artists everywhere showing off their stuff on frothy, foamy canvases. Baristas often go with the basic swan or simple swirl, but others are taking it over-the-top by dazzling us with fan favorite Disney cartoon characters. These lattes may have been designed with kids’ movies in mind, but they’re so fun, Disney-loving adults will definitely want to keep them all to themselves. From the Little Mermaid to Nemo, they’re so pretty you would hate to take that first sip and ruin it — but caffeines craving can only wait so long. Drink up! Olaf https://www.instagram.com/p/BeFWOjYhwzk/?taken-by=leekangbin91 The Little Mermaid https://www.instagram.com/p/BfdpDKdhxAd/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Darth Vader https://www.instagram.com/p/BatUhnWFUDc/?taken-at=6480445 Flounder and Donald Duck https://www.instagram.com/p/9Rdj7xky-z/?tagged=disneylatteart Micky and Minnie https://www.instagram.com/p/BhMXYHyALAK/?tagged=disneylatteart Lilo and Stitch https://www.instagram.com/p/4bImlyhxXE/?tagged=disneylatteart Bambi https://www.instagram.com/p/BTVbt90hiTD/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Beauty and the Beast https://www.instagram.com/p/BbDF7mqhazX/?taken-by=leekangbin91 Nemo https://www.instagram.com/p/BbklEVGD0NB/?taken-by=broderickst2 Watch this artist bring Disney latte art to life… https://www.instagram.com/p/BWyM06agADv/?tagged=disneylatteart Also see, Study says pizza can make you a more…

Starbucks holiday cups celebrate 20 years

It’s been 20 years since special Starbucks cups first began to grace our holiday season. It’s a ritual for many, that’s as beloved as trimming the tree or baking sugar cookies. The first Starbucks holiday cups made their debut in 1997, though it would be a miracle to find one today. Few were saved and the digital design files were lost in an earthquake in 2001. Even searching online poses few results, as the cups came before the ubiquitous time of selfies and cell phone cameras. One company designer, Sandy Nelson, having had the honor of designing the first cup, stashed away a full set of subsequent cups. “It was August, and I had just started with the company,” Nelson said. “We were working on holiday creative for the season to come. We had what felt like a hundred cup designs pinned up on the wall. Then Howard [Schultz] came by,…

For Italians, pizzelle have always made the holidays

Pizzelle, piazelle or pizzele. However you spell it, to Italians, there is no feast without them. Another holiday season is approaching, and with it will be stacks of gorgeous golden pizzelle. As we bite into this crispy confection and gorge on three or four biscuits before dinner even begins, we should take a minute and consider what this cookie has meant to families for millennia. The pizzelle’s often misspelled, mispronounced name, comes from the Italian word “pizze” meaning “round” and “flat”. Many other cultures have adopted versions of the thin cookie and renamed it accordingly. The Belgians have the lukken, and the Norwegians call it krumkake. But the central Italian region of Abruzzo is credited with creating the first pizzelle, and on a grander scale, what is thought to be the world’s first cookie. Centuries ago, families would have pizzelle irons customized with their family crests or other meaningful designs. The irons would be passed down for generations. Modern day pizzelle makers are…

Ent-icing dessert designs by local cake artist

Cathy Burnheimer is turning the cake world upside-down. Her innovative cake designs push the boundaries and defy gravity. “We’ve done chandelier cakes that have hung inverted,” said Cathy Burnheimer. “One was at the Omni William Penn for a wedding. It was a five-tier cake that hung from the chandelier.” The Omni William Penn is a 23-floor hotel located in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The grand hotel has been host to many visiting luminaries including John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Mick Jagger and Ewan McGregor—just to name a few. Brides and grooms and other “high society” events regularly rent the famous balconied Grand Ballroom. The hotel was designed in a Renaissance Revival style—which means ornate, Classical details everywhere and tall, interior arches. Impressively decorated ceilings and cornices set the scene for a formal affair. (If you’re lucky enough to visit, be sure to look up!) “To have the Omni as my inspiration…