You would possibly discover that this put up is a number of days late. It’s as a result of I simply bought again from my trip to Germany! It was a *true* trip—I hardly touched my laptop computer and telephone (apart from utilizing it to navigate the huge, sprawling metropolis of Berlin).
And Berlin was pretty! I’d gone as soon as earlier than as a current school graduate approach again in 2009. If I’m being sincere, I don’t keep in mind a lot of that journey. I’d gone with a great pal of mine from school, tagging together with a bunch of his mates from his dwelling again in London. I’d handled it very very like a final hurrah of my “youth” earlier than the realities of graduating had set in. Suppose: staying out at rooftop bars till 5AM, consuming from a communal bucket of sangria with strangers from the hostel, and frequenting beach-themed bars in deserted, graffitied buildings. I used to be curious to see what a “grown-up” model of Berlin would appear to be, virtually 13 years later.
Berlin clearly had modified rather a lot since then, however parts of it nonetheless remained very a lot the identical. Town’s nightlife and bar scene is unbeatable. It’s nonetheless filled with lush beer gardens and out of doors consuming areas adorned with fireplace pits and string lights, in addition to wacky themed bars (we discovered a tiki bar stuffed with literal sand on the ground, and one other one with a “Area Meduza” theme that was internet hosting a pro-Ukraine get together).
It really felt like a unique world from my a lot quieter hometown of Portland, which is precisely what I wanted after 2+ years of being marooned at dwelling.
However I’m again, and excited for the summer time. It’s additionally my birthday month! I’m able to throw a mini shindig and bake myself a birthday cake (lol, earlier than you’re feeling sorry for me, I love this custom—I get to customise my very own birthday cake to my wants and desires with out worrying about others’ preferences and dietary restrictions!). This yr, I’m considering of perhaps updating this Milk Bar birthday cake from 2012, or going with one thing extra basic like My Greatest Yellow Cake With Chocolate Frosting?
In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts on Hummingbird Excessive
Final month, I continued to experiment on TikTok with blended outcomes. I had enjoyable creating movies for the app, however I’m not going to lie—I nonetheless desire writing good ol’ long-established weblog posts! I feel I’m positively going to scale down the TikTok and swap again to old fashioned recipes as an alternative. TikTok is simply too demanding, lol.
Persevering with My Obsession With Chocolate Chip Cookies on TikTok
TikTok Fast and Straightforward Baking Suggestions
A Deep-Dive Into Snickerdoodles on TikTok
In April, I did “deep-dives” into how you can bake chocolate chip cookies and pie on TikTok. I continued that theme in Could with a deep-dive into snickerdoodles:
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This previous month, I additionally spent a LOT of time considering and studying about meals past the baking recipes you see on this weblog. Listed below are the concepts and points that resonated with me:
- “Are Millennial Meals Influencers Okay?” in Eater. NO, WE ARE NOT, LOL. However in all seriousness, this text talks about how millennial meals influencers on Instagram are struggling to deal with the rise of TikTok. Though it focuses totally on restaurant meals influencers, I felt numerous their struggles as a recipe developer influencer.
- Typically, Eater was on FIRE final month as a result of they printed a ton of nice articles. Right here’s one other good one: “The Numbers Driving New Cookbook Offers.” The article talks about how necessary social media numbers have grow to be on the subject of getting a cookbook deal, and why that has each professionals and cons.
- Lastly, Eater did a very good collection final month on what it means to be “meals well-known.” One among my favourite articles within the collection is titled “The Actual Price Of Being A Meals Content material Creator”, which talks about how a lot it takes to create content material versus how a lot one may doubtlessly make by doing so. They even interview my agent, Noah Swimmer, for the article!
Listed below are the recipes and assets I saved for myself within the final month:
Lastly, On A Lighthearted Observe
That’s all for now, of us. I hope you all are staying secure and wholesome! Please let me understand how you’re doing within the feedback beneath, and be happy to share the concepts and points which can be floating round in your heads, too.
NO TIME TO BAKE?!
Over the previous a number of years of operating Hummingbird Excessive, I saved an important side of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a good schedule.