Do You Like Cheesecake?! Let Me Introduce You To Miss NiNi’s Cheesecake!

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Have I got a treat for y’all! I was sent a Cheesecake Sampler from Miss Nini’s Fine Desserts, so I could tell y’all what I thought about it. It arrived very well packaged, Fed Ex delivered it to me. When I opened up the cardboard box, I discovered a styrofoam cooler inside. SONY DSC  In the styrofoam box, I found some dry ice, bubble wrap & my frozen Cheesecake!photo-124 I couldn’t wait for it to thaw out, and neither could my family! The first thing that struck me about the cheesecake, was how each slice had been tagged with a hand-written label. I really liked that homemade touch.

Each one of Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts has been perfected through decades of refining. A native of the upper midwest, Miss NiNi began to learn the tools of her trade at a very young age.

She has combined the knowledge and tradition passed down from her mother with a creativity and flair that has earned Miss NiNi a reputation for excellence.

Miss NiNi uses only the finest ingredients, including fresh creamery butter, golden brown sugar, and the purest of extracts. This guarantees each Miss NiNi creation delivers impeccable consistency and quality, morsel after morsel.

So many of Miss NiNi’s loyal customers rave about the memory of sweet richness that lingers long after the last delectable crumb has been enjoyed.

The Miss NiNi legend has grown over the years to include customers from coast-to-coast, and a number of Grand Champion Awards in the baking competitions at the Iowa State Fair, the largest food competition of its kind in the United States. Miss NiNi is a wife, homemaker & mother, just like me. I was uber excited to sample her cheesecake!

My sampler included Lemon Raspberry Swirl:SONY DSCSONY DSC I will admit, I am very partial to Lemon desserts & I LOVED this one! The lemon wasn’t too overwhelming & the raspberry intertwined into it was delicious!  Next up, is Italian Tiramisu, placed between layers of creamy cheesecake is a layer of pound cake that has been soaked in rum, brandy, espresso, and shaved chocolate. This cheesecake sits on a pound cake crust: SONY DSCSONY DSC Look at all that yummy! I’d never seen Tiramisu Cheesecake before, and I thought this slice was not only tasty-but gorgeous to look at. Now let’s look at Creamy Vanilla: SONY DSCSONY DSC This one tastes most like traditional Cheesecake, but not exactly! Miss NiNi has added a lil something extra to it, that makes it stand out from others you’ve tasted. Where are my chocoholics at? This one’s for you! Chocolate Raspberry Swirl: SONY DSCSONY DSC Look at that slice! It’s a thing of beauty. I didn’t want to eat it, just wanted to keep it and show it off to everywhere. Can you blame me?! On to my oldest’s fave, Pumpkin Praline: SONY DSCSONY DSC This one is scrumptious! Great alternative to Pumpkin Pie for the holidays…I know I’ll be ordering one… or two! Another of my favorites, Best of the Best Lemon: SONY DSC Look at that crust!! It’s perfect!!! I was fighting off my family for this one! SONY DSC Last, but not least, is the Caramel Chunky Chocolate. A rich creamy caramel-flavored cheesecake that is loaded with chocolate chunks. Luscious caramel is drizzled over the top. This yummy delight sits on a walnut oatmeal praline crust.SONY DSCSONY DSC Miss NiNi certainly knows her stuff- her cheesecakes are divine and I highly recommend them. Miss NiNi, you are the Cheesecake Queen! Your cakes rock! They are rich, smooth and baked to perfection. You can taste the quality, literally!

You can follow Miss NiNi on Twitter and FB, so be sure to do that. Let me know when you order your first cake from Miss NiNi-I’d love to hear all about it.

What Cheesecake flavor do you want to try first?!

Behind the scenes bonus pic, the aftermath of all our sampling! SONY DSC

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4th Annual SF Weekly Dish Event in San Francisco! OH-EM-GEE!!!

As promised, I went to the SF Weekly Dish event in the city over the weekend (SFWeekly.com). It was like no other foodie event I have ever been to. First, it was the only inside foodie function I have attended, all the others have been outside. It was also the first one where I only had to pay one fee to sample all the goodies. Usually I pay per food item. From the moment I stepped inside, I felt like “I had arrived”. If the other foodie events I have been to were high school dances, then this was the Prom! I was surrounded by “my people”, other foodies… and it felt so right!

 This was a three-hour event, and we used every bit of that time sampling tasty morsels from over 30 different establishments! It was foodie heaven, 4 (YES 4!) floors of foodie fun! Take a look!

 The event was very well-organized… you walked in, checked in at the front table, your name was checked off the list and you were handed a plate and glass…for food and wine. (Recyclable of course!) Then you were off to explore all four floors of culinary delights!  I tried just about everything did not try the “Live Sushi” only because by the time I reached it on the top floor, it was all gone! I did however, get to try some Halibut Ceviche, courtesy of La Mar (www.lamarcebicheria.com)! I had never tried ceviche before and I must say, it was fabulous!

There was even a DJ present for our listening pleasure:

 All proceeds benefitted La Cocina  (http://www.lacocinasf.org/) a non-profit that helps low-income entrepreneurs start their own restaurants.

 The lines for the food, if you could even call them lines, were all very short. The longest lines were for wine, and since I do not drink, that did not affect me. (I must add, I did try a sip of white wine…it burned my throat! LOL!)  But enough of the small talk, I know y’all want to see pics of food, so here they are!

 Shrimp from Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine (www.solfoodrestaurant.com)

 Mr & Mrs Miscellaneous ( 699 22nd Street, SF) dishing up ice cream!

 Chef & Owner, Dontaye Ball, of Good Foods Catering (twitter @goodfoodcaters) above & his Organic pork belly, smoked tomato jam, spicy mayo, micro organic field greens & pickled onions slider below!

 Are you drooling yet?! Chef Dontaye’s got a good thing going with these sliders!

I’m not a tomato person, but the ones below have me rethinking that decision! You are looking at Sonoma Grown Cherry Tomatoes w/Bell Weather Farms Ricotta Cheese, 3 Salts, Basil Pesto & Extra Virgin Olive Oil, courtesy of Cliff House (www.CliffHouse.com). Mighty tasty!

  Chabaa Thai Cuisine (www.chabaathaicuisinesf.com) had two samples available (below), I tried the Massaman Curry and the sauce was delicious! I wanted more, much more! Here’s a close-up of the curry sample:

Alfred’s Steakhouse (www.alfredssteakhouse.com) was handing out little cupfuls of Zinfandel Braised Tenderloin Stew. Full of flavor & hearty, I can see myself eating a big bowl of it on a cold winter’s day!

 Look at that potato! Yummy!

By now, I was thirsty & needed a cold beverage… yes, beverages were included in the admission price… here’s my coke!  

Next stop: Turtle Tower Restaurant Vietnamese Cuisine (www.TurtleTowerSF.com) for some of their Chicken Noodle Soup… which I thought was really Pho!

 Close-up below. Great flavor, but a bit more salt than I am accustomed to.

 Papalote was there with their salsa, but what I really wanted to try was one of their Burritos! 😉  Below, we have Wing Wings Lower Haight (www.wingwingssf.com) with what else? A Chicken Salad Sandwich! 😉 Not sure why they didn’t have any wings, but the sandwich was good (according to hubby)…they also had a homemade punch that was off the hook good! I had three little cups of it! (Great thing about this function, you could have more than one sample, it was great! Since I did not try the sandwich, I filled up on punch!)

The venue was not too crowded, plenty of room to move around, everyone was enjoying themselves!

Any idea what these are below?!

Answer below!

Yep, organic gummy slugs! Courtesy of Heather Young, at Rock Candy Snack Shop! (rockcandysnackshop@gmail.com) Remember that wine glass I was given when I first walked in the door? Well, I did manage to smuggle a handful of these gummi’s home for my little one in that glass! 😉

There was a plethora of cupcakes upstairs, to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. I really liked the Carrot Cake cupcakes from Let’s Cupcake (www.letscupcake.com).

I tried the Truffle Oil Infused, Caviar topped Deviled Eggs below, and Loved them! Thank you, Linda, for letting me know these tasty gems are from Kuletos!

The next tasty morsel was a Bruschetta, I believe. It was from The Plant Cafe Organic, (www.theplantcafe.com) It was vegetarian, & had figs & some type of mushroom, I think! All I am certain of is that is was awesome…I wanted to go back for another, but I was good and continued on my merry way! 😉

 The Cookies below were delicious, they were from Goody Goodie (www.goodygoodie.com) but what I really wanted y’all to see, are the tiny little glasses of milk they gave out with the cookies! Genius! Way to go!

Below we have some good ole Fried Chicken from Gussie’s (www.gussieschickenandwaffles.com) When we got there, we were told they had just run out of their Peach Cobbler…NOOOOO!!!  I do not have the restaurant name for the Dumplings & Fried Rice below (So sorry!) but I just wanted y’all to see the portion size! This would be considered a meal at some of the other foodie events I have been to & I would have had to pay at least $5 for it… here at the SF Weekly Dish event, it was given out as a sample! Gotta love it!   My last food photo is one of my favorites! It is Aerated Cheesecake! I never even knew such a jewel existed, but there it is! The top was light & fluffy and 100% cheesecake in flavor…underneath was a fig… My oh my! It was the perfect way to end the day. It was made by Knead Patisserie (www.kneadpatisserie.com) I can honestly say, this was THE best foodie function I have been to, since moving here two years ago. Great venue, wonderful food, friendly people. I will return again & again! Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I do want to mention Slow Hand BBQ, I did not get any pics of their sample because I was too busy stuffing my face with it! BBQ was tender, 2 different sauces were provided both were outstanding! Cannot say enough good things about them! (twitter @slowhandbbq)

Y’all take care,

The Cookin’ Mama