It’s funny, last weekend when I wrote this post, I really didn’t have too much to say. This week on the other hand, so much has happened. It was such a crazy whirlwind that I’m not even sure where to start. However, those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram are probably wondering about the details regarding this picture below, so I’ll start there.
To be honest, it is a good thing I took that photo because otherwise I might not believe it happened.
Okay, so hopefully I can tell this story without completely embarrassing myself in the off chance that Johnny happens to read this post…. A few days ago, Johnny Iuzzini popped up on my “you should follow” list on Twitter (how was I not following him before?). Considering the coincidence just a few days before I had mentioned the fact that I would die/be terrified of him ever trying my desserts, I thought, “why not?” and hit “follow”.
Well, a few hours later I got a tweet from him that he wanted to try my brownies (hello shameless brag in my twitter profile). Immediately I responded with a few overeager tweets and to make a long story short, we agreed to meet at the OddFellows grand opening. An opportunity to meet Johnny Iuzzini, share some samples of my desserts AND eat incredible ice cream? I was sold.
So, here is where I don’t talk about how incredibly nervous I was so that he doesn’t think I am a complete dork. (Hint: I was really nervous.) Just read his bio and it is pretty self-explanatory.
Lucky for me, he was so incredibly nice in person that it was really just a great experience to meet him! When he introduced us (I brought Matt for moral support / ice cream eating) I was pretty flattered to find out that he had taken a few minutes to check out my website and read my story. We got to meet everyone at OddFellows and they were all pretty awesome. Being around a couple of culinary geniuses in the pastry world is pretty freaking cool. They treated us to samples of almost all of the flavors and I have to admit, I liked every.single.one (even the Maple Bacon Pecan!).
Sidenote- check out their Facebook page for updates on OddFellows’ daily selections
I finally decided on Caramel and Chorizo Caramel Swirl. Yes, I promise, chorizo + ice cream seriously works. I think that Matt had Cornbread and Buttermilk Honey Blueberry. It was all so good, another trip to Williamsburg is definitely in order.
But I digress. Talking to Johnny Iuzzini was just a bit surreal. He reminded me very much of almost any other pastry chef I have met (if you set aside his incredible talent for a minute) in that he was really energetic, really excited about desserts, funny, likes to have a good time, and slightly “off cuff” so to say, in conversation.
Before he tried my brownie, I told him that I was a little nervous after watching him on Top Chef Just Desserts. He assured us that he generally gives people 9 positives and 1 negative when he eats something. Well, he tried my brownie and only said positive things. Hopefully that means he really did like it and wasn’t just being nice:-) I’ll go with the former. And in that case, WIN. Is this real life? My only regret is that I didn’t get to hang out longer and I didn’t get a picture with him (yes, ladies, he is as good looking / better looking in real life as he is on TV). Hopefully we will stay in touch (again, is this real life?) and this won’t be the last time we meet!
The rest of my week feels somewhat insignificant in comparison to that, but it was a good and busy one. Last night I celebrated the opening of the Le Gourmet Factory cooking school and got to share samples of blondies and brownies with a ton of people. Today I teach my first class to a group of Girl Scouts.
And if you made it this far, here are some highlights from the past week:
Most popular product: Gourmet Gift Basket
Current seasonal specials: White Chocolate Pistachio Fudge Cookies for Father’s Day (1 week left!), the Gourmet Graduation Gift Basket and S’mores Cookies
Most popular recipe/blog post: Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies
Open Keep It Sweet Desserts giveaway: 1 dozen KISD Items of your choice on The Hill Country Cook
Three favorite things I pinned all week:
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes from Yammie’s GlutenFreedom
Breakfast Acai Bowl from Leslie Durso
Peanut Butter Mousse and Jelly Parfaits from Dessert for Two
I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend
That’s so exciting Lauren!! You are such a superstar it was only a matter of time before people like Johnny start taking notice!! xoxo!!
Thank you so much, Leslie! And I promise, when I have a vegan cookie, you will be the first to know:-)
How did I totally miss this?!! What a totally and completely awesome week! Johnny Iuzzini has excellent taste in brownies ;) Seriously though, I’m so happy for all the incredible success that you’ve had. You so, so, so deserve it.
You are too kind, Kathryn! Thank you so much! Hope your new home is treating you well:-)
Ah, this is just the beginning of your many, many celebrity chef experiences!
Eek, wouldn’t that be crazy amazing?
That is AMAZING! OMG what a glamorous life you lead ;)
Side note: I made those cookies-OH MY YUM! Although oddly they cooked MUCH faster (like only after 5 minutes) on the outside, but were still pretty undercooked on the inside. My oven does tend to run a bit hot, but not usually to such a degree. I haven’t quite figured out what happened, but I don’t care because regardless they are taaaaastyyyyy
Hmm so weird… and they weren’t super high up in your oven or anything? I wonder if you chilled the dough first if that would help. So glad you still liked them anyway!
I chiled the dough, and yepp they were in the middle of my oven. *shrug* maybe it was just one of those things. And yeah they’re super delicious, regardless!
I was just totally breathless this whole post!! I am SO SO SO happy for you! Such an amazing experience…I can hardly take it!!
Yay! What an exciting thing! I wasn’t familiar with Johnny before but after reading his bio I am so impressed! And duh your brownies are to die for.
Ah thanks, Audra!!!
SO exciting! You deserve every bit of this! Way to go! :) :) :)
You are too kind, thank you, Rachel!
Yayy for Twitter, such a cool experience! Try earth balance for your vegan cookie and vegan choc chips are always available :)
I know, Twitter is amazing!
That is too cool! Your desserts are amazing!
Thank you so much!
I am so proud of you, my friend!
Thank you so much, Carolyn!
What an amazing week Lauren!! I still need to try one of your brownies…jealous :-)
Come visit, I’ll give you brownies too!
That is the craziest story. So much fun. Super excited for you. I would completely blank out if I happen to meet him. :)
Thank you so much! Luckily he was so nice I was able to speak:-)
Congratulations, Lauren!! Yes, this is real life and it’s super-exciting, isn’t it! :D
Every single ice cream flavour sounds delicious, wow!!
I just watched your eHow video on YouTube, great job! My hands (and voice!) would have been shaking. You were calm and brilliant. Did the camera crew get to eat all those cookies?
You are so sweet, thank you so much!
I sent them home with about a bazillion cookies:-)
How exciting and fun! I’m sure your brownies rocked!
Your sweets all look divine! I think I originally started following you because I won a gift basket of them :) So, if that’s the case, I KNOW they are! What funny ice cream flavors–jealous you got to meet a chef idol!
Thank you so much, Ashley!!!
Oh wow! How exciting is this :) the desserts look fabulous!