Posts tagged ‘off the grid’

May 2, 2011

eating cupcakes, working with cupcakes?

This weekend was full of CUPCAKES. In more ways than I anticipated! I’m not complaining though – let me back up to Friday night.

A few friends and Jeff and I went to Off the Grid in San Francisco. Off the Grid is basically a CIRCLE of food trucks and gives you a huge variety of foods to choose from including Vietnamese street food, Korean tacos, empanadas, Bao buns, cupcakes, and tons more I was too overwhelmed to look at. In the middle of the circle they have live music, a beer stand, and a place to just hang out!

We got there fairly early (around 6:30pm) so the lines were considerably short at the time (it got crazy crowded later). I immediately got into line at the Cupcake truck – Cupkates – because I heard they run out of flavors throughout the night. (The amazing cupcake I ate from this day was from Cupkates!)

I got 4 flavors – (I didn’t eat them at Off the Grid – saved them for later!)

From top left, clockwise: Tiramisu (yummm), Double Vanilla (double yummm), Red Velvet (Jeff ate that one), and Salted Caramel (Jeff ate most of that one because it was a chocolate cake base).

Tiramisu was sooo absolutely delicious. From Cupkates menu: A ladyfinger crust, espresso soaked cake, topped with mascarpone frosting and chocolate shavings.

Jeff really enjoyed the Salted Caramel. From Cupkates menu: A moist chocolate cake topped with caramel buttercream and sprinkled with flaked sea salt.

and of course the cupcake that made me fall in love with Cupkates – Double Vanilla.

This is me just before purchasing the Cupkates – a HAPPY (cupcake-greedy) girl!

At Off the Grid, the most popular truck was the Korean truck – the line went pretty much across the whole Off the Grid area. My favorite thing from Off the Grid was from here – the KORITO (A korean burrito, filled with Spicy rice, bulgogi (marinated beef) and other goods. Thankfully, when we got there the line wasn’t too long!

The Korito – SO GOOD.

Among all of us, the other foods we got included Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich), Vietnamese Garlic Noodles, Empanadas, Creme Brulee from the Creme Brulee Truck, Chicken Tikka Masala burrito, and Korean tacos. There were some misses (The Banh Mi and Garlic noodles), some okays (Empanadas and Creme Brulee), some greats (Korean tacos and Chicken Tikka Masala burrito – though my friends liked this burrito more than I did), and some AWESOMES (Cupkates and the Korito).

We will surely be back again! I plan to get the Korito and also want to try the Bao Bun truck.

Anyway, Off the Grid wasn’t the end of my cupcake-filled weekend. Far from it!

About a month ago, I applied for a Cupcake Decorator position at an amazing cupcake “shop.” It’s not your typical cupcake shop where you just go in and buy a cupcake – you order and pick up! And they do custom designs so a lot of their orders include making a ton of cupcakes for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, congratulatory parties, etc! And of course they get tons of orders from people who simply love their cupcakes!

So when people come to pick up their orders, they basically walk into a cupcake kitchen with people making and decorating cupcakes instead of a typical shop with a display full of cupcakes. A lot of customers come towards closing time though, when they sell their extra cupcakes!

Here are a couple photos of their cupcakes taken from their yelp page:

Aren’t they super cute?? They have nearly 500 reviews on yelp and a 4 1/2 star status! My heart BURNED to decorate cupcakes for them! So I applied.

After sending them my resume, cover letter, and link to this blog, I just went on with my life. I really didn’t expect anything from it, especially since I didn’t have any “professional” experience with cupcakes. But WEEKS later (this past Friday) I got a phone call from them asking me to come in for an interview the next day! I was ecstatic.

I think the interview went well on Saturday because they asked me to come in for a stauge (a working interview) the next day (Sunday – yesterday!). And they gave me some cupcakes to take home after the interview!

From the top left, clockwise: Strawberry (their April month flavor), Buttercup (their Vanilla flavor), Red Velvet, and Lemon Drop. I shared them immediately with my friends – which they LOVED!

At the stauge the next day I tried their Snickerdoodle flavor and Buttercup flavor (which are now my favorites!)

The stauge went really well. I love the environment – a kitchen with music playing, filled with friendly workers! They taught me how to make the frostings and icings, and also placing the cupcakes into boxes – which is NOT as easy as it sounds! You have to be really careful to not mess up the cupcakes. I made a couple fingerprints in a couple. =( I also zested and juiced a ton of oranges for the flavor of the month – Orangesicle!

They asked me to come in for another stauge tomorrow, which they said will be a little more weighty with me actually working with the cupcakes. I’m excited and I’m crossing my fingers that I get the position! I want to do something that I love.

Please cross your fingers for me as well! =)