Cupcakes for a cause: on!

Check out my latest write up on the strong! Thank you to Andrea Strong for taking me on as a writer on her amazing blog! I’m thrilled for the opportunity and so excited to write for her (and it doesn’t hurt that we have the same first name). If you haven’t already visited her blog, check it out. She features restaurant reviews and news about all kinds of events in New York City.

She also has an inspiring story about how she got started in the food industry. After ditching life as a corporate lawyer, she followed her passion for food, and her true career took off. She had a weekly Sunday food column in The New York Post. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Real Simple, Travel & Leisure, and lots more. She even co-authored the cookbook “Sparks in The Kitchen,” with Katy Sparks.

And she was a guest on Top Chef! And she’s a new mom! It’s an incredible career and clearly something to aspire towards. So happy to get the chance to learn from her!

Anyway, here’s my post on “The Buzz” section:

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“Cupcakes For a Cause”

The cupcake craze is far from over. So why not indulge for a good cause? Now through the end of March, 100% of the proceeds of the large Coconut Cupcake at Citarella will be donated to City Harvest. It’s a sweet reward that pairs perfectly with its buttercream frosting.

Baked from scratch daily by pastry chef Carolina Perego, the cupcakes at Citarella have been touted as some of the best in the city. The Coconut Cupcake is moist, delicate, and topped with a sweet yet subtly salty frosting coated with chewy coconut flakes. It’s one of their most popular flavors (second to none other than red velvet).

And the icing on the cake? The cupcakes supports City Harvest as they help over 260,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal. Order one or a dozen to share. This softball-sized treat is well worth the $2.99.

The City Harvest Coconut Cupcake is available at all six Citarella locations in both Manhattan and the Hamptons until March 31st, 2011.

New York City locations (212-874-0383):
2135 Broadway at 75th Street
1313 Third Avenue at 75th Street
424 Sixth Avenue at 9th Street
461 125th Street at Amsterdam Avenue

Hamptons locations (631-726-3636):
2209 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton
2 Pantigo Road in East Hampton

–Andrea Branchini


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