Dec 27, 2012


In the short span of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Stephen and I were in downtown Bethlehem, PA and decided to see if the new "cupcake" shop was open. Do you know the place? Well, let's just say we've been waiting for this lovely shop to open and we were pleasantly surprised that particular day! is "Sugar Babe" and Angela Malpedo is the owner of this quaint cupcake store located on 14 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. I will tell you it was quite hard to decide which delicious cupcake to try:) Stephen and I both bought a rich, dark chocolate cupcake with a perfect peanut butter buttercream which was topped with "the" tastiest mini peanut butter cookie...did I say the interior had a .....yes....peanut butter filling! 
We, of course, forced ourselves to wait until after dinner, perfectly seated on our living room sofa, to enjoy our "find". The rule  must eat your treat with your eyes as to get the full experience of this most tempting confection:)

The truth is.....there are SO MANY cupcakes out there. We've tried many and honestly, you WILL NOT FIND A BETTER CUPCAKE anywhere in the Lehigh Valley. Those in the baking industry understand that people "eat with their eyes first", so the confection must be eye-appealing initially.  Of course, the ingredients must be fresh and of good quality. Angela knows this quite well. Her cupcakes are beautiful, chic, delicious and "cleanly" presented. What I mean by "cleanly" is their appearance is top notch - perfectly iced and designed. You automatically know that it will be delicious before tasting it because of the attention and care she puts into her presentation. We are bakers who think along the same lines. "Care" is the catalyst to becoming well known and in demand. She is genuine and her cupcakes reflect that trait.

So...make it a point to stop into her lovely shop! "Sugar Babe" is located at 14 W. Broad Street, Bethlehem, Pa 18018 and their phone# is: 610.462.8050. Their website is:

Much continued success is wished for you, Angela!

Dec 26, 2012


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! I"ve waited until after the rush of the holiday shopping  before mentioning my first (and second!) stop into my new favorite shop in Allentown, PA..."Boutique to Go". A friend of mine recommended this shop to me a few months ago and I finally had a chance to make it there - of course, bringing my mom made for an adventure of an afternoon:)

Elena Pascal is the owner of this most lovely ladies' accessory boutique. And I might say Elena herself is lovely as well. Her welcoming each and every customer who walks through her front (or back door - a private parking lot in the rear entrance) with a smile and a big "hello" is a special touch - and you know it is sincere.

I cannot even begin to explain her unique shop. You will find gifts for friends (and yourself of course!) who are easy to buy for and hard to buy for....from lovely scarves, jewelry, beautifully designed capes/shawls, purses (one of a kind for our Lehigh Valley), children's clothing and plush toys, soaps, perfumes, and many more items you would have to travel far to find. We surely needed this type of specialty store.

An important point I would like to mention....a huge pet peeve of mine is being pressured into buying something every time I walk into a store. You will not encounter this problem at Elena's "Boutique to Go" for one reason. Elena is not about trying to sell you something you don't like or are not sure about. She is ALL about sharing what she loves with other women - be it her great accessories or a lunch over a "table talk" discussion.

Please visit her website for more information as well as her "table talk" or guest speakers at: She is located at 522 N. 19th Street, Allentown, PA 18104 and her business phone is: 610.437.1663. Her email is:

Thank you, Elena, for bringing something very special to our Lehigh Valley!