GOF Dish and Discuss: Birthday Bonanza!


It’s our 4th birthday at Girls on Food! We’re celebrating with a whole lot of sweets! Here are some of our favorite foods and traditions:

4th birthday the parlorJulianne
It’s so crazy to think that GOF is already 4 years old! Summer and I celebrated our 4th birthday at The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs in my hometown of Roseville, CA. After being a longtime follower of their Instagram page, I was beyond excited to try one of their infamous doughnut stuffed ice cream puffs!
The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs
1490 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA 95661
Since it was our birthday, I felt it was only appropriate to order the Cake Batter Ice Cream Puff with festive Fruity Pebbles and sprinkles. Talk about a birthday wish come true! It was amazing, I would’ve never thought to use a donut to stuff with ice cream. The chunks of cake in the ice cream also add to it’s awesomeness. Summer took a break from her healthier habits to celebrate with a scoop of the Midnight in Paris, creamy coffee with Nutella swirls. All in all, I dub The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs the official birthday treat of the Girls on Food!


Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 12.40.45 PMWhen my kids were little, before they would even open their little eyes, I would wake them up singing “Happy Birthday” and hand them a wrapped present. They would rub the little sleepy’s out of their eyes and instantly be wide awake ripping into the wrapping paper. Then they would get a candle in whatever they were having for breakfast. Yes, I once managed to put a candle in a bowl a cheerios, light it and not have waxed Cheerios. My birthday’s growing up was much different. My dad, who I learned to bake from, would ask the same question a few days before our birthday “What kind of cake do you want?” My answer was always the same, Abuela’s cake. It was a cake that was his mother’s favorite and I just LOVED it. My dad would make the whole thing from scratch and when you cut into you had to eat the whole thing!

It was an Angel food cake, sliced in three layers. Each layer had vanilla pastry cream and fruit compote. It was simple and the most delicious cake anyone has ever had, EVER. Did I mention he made every single part of this cake from scratch? Over the years I’ve made this cake and it never tasted like my dad’s, but it is quite the showstopper! When you cut into this light heavenly cake the pastry cream oozes out the sides and everything slides everywhere. It always sat on the Tupperware Cake holder and when we saw that sitting in the fridge, we KNEW it was going to be a good day and Happy Birthday! That’s my Abuela and a cousin getting ready to dig into Abuela’s Birthday Cake!


pilsburyI happened upon this birthday treat in an accidental fashion. I was at my friend’s house when I was about 10 or so and her family got the wrong cake for her birthday. Apparently, she wanted yellow cake with cream cheese frosting but whoever was in charge bought strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. In the end, she got the “right” cake, but I had already tasted and was in love with the “wrong” cake. Which might later explain my choice in men, but that’s a post for another day… A simple strawberry box cake from Pilsbury with cream cheese icing is my all-time favorite birthday cake. When I had parties as a child, I always asked for that combination to celebrate a new year.

stephanie cakeI’m part of the most narcissistic generation, so I guess I better live up to it. But, as I graduated from the days where I was in school on my birthday to career, work-day birthdays I made a decision right away. I refuse to work on my birthday! It really should be a HR policy everywhere, in my opinion. Let’s just call it a birthday present to myself. I don’t necessarily have to do anything fancy – sleep in a little, stop by my fave coffee shop, grab one of my fave lunches, and do whatever, it really doesn’t matter. All that matters is that it’s my day to relax, take a mid week day off, and enjoy a leisurely day. It’s nothing glamorous, but it’s one of my fave birthday traditions!

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Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.