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19 February, 2009

Our First Foodie Friday!

Welcome to the first Foodie Friday, hosted by our hostess with the mostest, Gollum at Designs by Gollum! I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to this! I know that so many of my blogging buddies are also wonderful cooks and I can't wait to see what they have dreamed up for us!

I have a new next-door neighbor...a wonderful, warm and gracious lady named Jung. She is from South Korea and English is a second language for her. Having been plopped down in the middle of a foreign country myself, I appreciate so much her efforts to speak our language and assimilate into a new culture. So my neighbor Karen and I, in good neighborly Southern tradition, took her and her family some flowers and cookies as a welcome to the neighborhood.


Then on Valentines Day, I received a visit from her, returning the kindness with this! Oh my goodness!! It is a Korean speciality, she explained , a mocha cake. Is it not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? It is totally slathered in whipped cream and swirled with coffee-flavored glaze. Notice the little chocolate medallion reading Hansel & Gretel. I will explain more about it in just a moment.


I could hardly wait to have a slice! The cake inside is a light, fluffy chocolate that has somehow been soaked in coffee. Those are little chocolate covered coffee beans and chocolate striped straws decorating it. It absolutely melts in your mouth! I wish there were some way to send you a taste of it! Needless to say, it did not last long, this perfect little gem of a cake!


photo by Kimberly Smith/AJC
Wanting more...er...to know more, I researched Hansel & Gretel and found this...a wonderful Korean bakery, not too far from my house! It is owned by Helen Lee and her brother, Master Chef Yong Seb Lee, who was trained in culinary school in Korea. Hmmm... check out the goodies they are holding! Now that I am armed with this information, I feel a trip to Hansel & Gretel coming on!! After all, I might need another cake for Foodie Friday, right??
Be sure to visit Gollum at Designs by Gollum to continue your gastronomical tour of Blogland!

Hansel & Gretel Bakery Cafe at 1291 Old Peachtree Road in the Assi Plaza shopping center in Suwanee, Georgia

62 comments:

  1. YUMMY Debbie...girl I seen a few things there I would love to taste..and how special for you the bring happiness to a new neighbor just like you...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  2. Oh, my stars, this is wonderful! The cake looks ambrosial!!!!! Thank you for participating in FF. I'll be seeing you soon!

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  3. This cake looks soooo delicious!
    What a wonderful new neighbor you have. :)

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  4. So just how far is Hansel and Gretel from my house? And...the big question...is a mean ole witch gonna toss me in her oven if I visit too often? LOL Thanks for sharing this yummy on Foodie Friday! Hey, we have MM, TT and now, FF! :-)

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  5. Oh No Deb another chocolate addiction that can only be eliminated by buying a whole cake from a bakery where they have other chocolate goodies. You are doomed my dear.Great post I will have to check out if we have any Korean bakeries and maybe I can join your new addiction.One good thing is you have plenty of plates to serve it on ,Hugs kathysue

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  6. Debbie, this looks divine! YUM! I will have to look for a Korean bakery and see if I can find it. Just delicious!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  7. Oh, Debbie, you really are the sweetest one! How sweet to welcome your new neighbor and she die repay you, didn't she? The cake is so beautiful. I've never seen anything like it before!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. J'ai seulement une question...est-ce que le gâteau était aussi délicieuse qu'une réligieuse? Sois honnête...ta voisine ne saura jamais : ) Linda

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  9. J'ai seulement une question....est-ce que le gâteau était aussi délicieuse qu'une réligieuse? Sois honnête....ta voisine ne saura jamais... : ) Linda

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  10. Yum! Yum!!!! What a wonderful foodie post! :D Jewel

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  11. Oops...je regrette...je n'ai pas vu la poste...donc je l'ai renvoyé...maintenant ça fais 3 commentaires! moi encore

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  12. OMG, it was ALMOST too beautiful to eat! What a nice neighbor. ☺

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  13. Oh my goodness, Debbie! That cake looks so appetizing and so attractive....Christine

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  14. What great neighbors! Cake looks yummy.

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  15. sweet story and gorgoeus cake! i would eat a slab of that in a twinkle!

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  16. Ohhh. Oh. and Oh!

    That looks delectable. I swear I can almost taste it!

    Thank you!!

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  17. What a sweet lady to give you such a yummy cake. Boy, I wish I was your neighbor that looks so good!!

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  18. Wow.. does this ever look yummy!!! I would be there on a weekly basis.. how nice it's so close by.. hugs ~lynne~

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  19. What a great cake and what a great neighbor you are! Looks so yummy.

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  20. Yummy!!!

    Happy Foodie Friday!

    Susan

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  21. Oh bother, another food to try and find! Chocolate and coffee - what else would a girl need? This looks incredibly edible! I'm afraid that would not last 5 minutes in our house and there are only 2 of us lol. What a sweet way for you to welcome your neighbor, and wow did she ever repay your kindness. I'm positive there are no Korean bakeries in Georgetown, but betcha I can find one in Austin - I'll be researching this tomorrow for sure. Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Kathy

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  22. Oh Debbie, that just looks so good. I know I would gain a hundred pounds because I would just visit that bakery all the time. I had a friend from Korea that use to make the most wonderful dishes of all kinds and her deserts were always just wonderful. I'll have a piece now please. Great neighbor, what a sweet way to say thanks for the welcome. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Hi Debbie,
    Great post! This looks out of this world delicious! Cindy

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  24. the cake looks amazing! you know... Atlanta area really does have some of the coolest stuff... Ricky and I drove through at Christmas time... going to NC... maybe next time I can get him to stop! oh wait... we stopped on the freeway for 1-1/2 hours... I forgot! LOL... lets see... really cool stuff... no traffic jams in the country... hummmm tough choice...

    guess I'll just enjoy you Georgia gals posts, pics and stories...

    dreaming of Atlanta... Dixie

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  25. Debbie, that cake looks ALMOST too good to eat! And what a cute name for the bakery. I've just got to convince my husband to move to Florida! laurie

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  26. Don't ask me why I just said I want to move to Florida! I guess I'm just cold, and thoughts of Florida were invading my head. I meant "Georgia", of course! laurie

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  27. Oh my goodness, those cakes. Mouthwatering.!

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  28. Bonjour Debbie!
    Je voulais juste vous féliciter pour votre très beau blog! :)
    A bientôt!

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  29. Oh mais c'est génial!
    Où avez-vous vécu en Lorraine? Moi je suis de Pulnoy, juste à côté de Nancy! :)

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  30. I have never seen a Korean dessert before. And they do chocolate and coffee - my favorite combination. I am just sure I could eat that whole cake. Jeanette

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  31. Yummy, yummy, yummy I got love in my tummy! Remember that old song from the 60s? I'll be on the midnight train to Georgia headed for Hansel and Gretel... nobody try to stop me! Bonnie

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  32. C'est tout simplement génial!
    Il n'y a qu'avec internet qu'on peut faire de telles rencontres!
    J'ai hâte de continuer à vous lire Debbie!
    A très bientôt!

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  33. I really appreciate your doing the wonderful welcoming gift for your new neighbor. I don't think that happens as much, these days, as it did years ago,

    Her return gift is amazing!! I would love to sample this delicious looking cake! I hope you visit Hansel & Gretel, soon and share what you find.

    Great post!

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  34. Oh, my - that looks really yummy! I'm putting this little bakery in my RV planning book along with the address so that if we are camping anywhere new by, I can make a trip and gather some goodies for myself! Thanks.

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  35. WOW....WOW......How lovely is that! Totally awesome Foodie for Thought! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  36. OOoooo La! La! Looks delicious! What a great neighbor you are! Deb

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  37. Love it!!! I so want that cake!

    I'm still a sweetie like you! ;-D

    Carolyn

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  38. That just looks delicious, I would love to have a bite of that about now.

    Hugs,
    Chris

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  39. OMG! This FF thing is gonna be HARD for me....just SEEING all these mouthwatering/ delishious looking foods is so hard!!!:):) Keep em coming though:):) Pinky

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  40. whoops, typo.....delicious:):)

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  41. Wow! You have some awfully sweet neighbors. I wish that bakery was near me - but then again maybe I'm lucky it's not! ~ Robyn

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  42. What a wonderful cake! It sounds divine and looks so beautiful. I would have a lot of fun sampling that charming bakery's delights --lucky you that it is nearby.

    Happy Foodie Friday!

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  43. Sweets for the sweet, how appropriate can you get? Having no diet restrictions at present, I would have a field day in their place of business. Everything shown in the pictures looks like a delight for the taste buds.

    I've already had to tell DH to stop for or favorite chicken on his way home and now I guess we will have to finish with our store bought red velvet cake. We've already had that twice and it is "really" good.

    Now I can add your name to the list of whose fault it is, so I want feel so decadent. You are in good company though, with Gollum and Lynne.

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  44. Hi Debbie...what a good blogger you are to remember to photograph that work of art cake before you gobbled it up...Your act of kindness did come back to you. ;-) Bo

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  45. OH MY GOODNESS! In addition to gorgeous, it's calorie free too right?

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  46. I also have neightbors on either side of me that are from Japan and Viet Nam. Both speak enough english that listening carefully I can understand. They both smile a lot and give me hugs. What more can one ask for from a neighbor? Oh..and both bring me fruit from their tree's...and there you have it. Perfection!
    The food looks beautiful. What a dear neighbor you were to welcome her..and she to thank you in such a gracious way!
    Now for countries of our beautiful world to do as well. :)
    Hugs.
    Mona

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  47. That has to be the most exquisite cake I have ever seen. Too beautiful to eat, yet too delicious NOT to eat! What a lovely post, thanks!
    Cass

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  48. How nice of you to welcome your new neighbor and how nice of her to bring you such a beautiful delicious treat! Thank you so much for sharing. Isn't it wonderful to have such a nice neighbor. I am very lucky that way too. Thanks again, Paula

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  49. So sweet... what a great neighbor you are! The cake looks delicious, sounds like you will be having more and more!

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  50. Oh Glenda!!! You really are making me hungry!! I haven't had red velvet cake in I don't know when! Yum! This Foodie Friday is going to cause a problem...I can see already!! Have a great weekend...Debbie

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  51. I just gained 10 pounds reading your blog today!

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  52. Hi Debbie,
    Oh my goodness does that cake look good! My two favorite combinations - chocolate and coffee. I think I need to take a trip to Hansel and Gretels too! Thanks for the address.
    Blessings on your day,
    Kymber

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  53. If I go there and eat that cake the next time I go back I will not fit into the oven when the witch wants to push me in...LOL! My SIL is Korean so I need to make a trip to H&G bakery for sure.

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  54. Hi Debbie! What a beautiful cake...and it sounds heavenly! Don't you just love the name Hansel and Gretel Bakery?! I love that! It definitely makes you want to pop by and pick up something decadent and delicious. :-) It sounds like you have a delightful new neighbor too. I'm catching up, so I'm off to read your tablescape post next.

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  55. Hi,I'm a friend of the wonderful Muse and I have just posted a blog about her..please drop by and show her your support and love. Thanks and yes I will be back what a Wonderful blog :)))

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  56. That cake looks yummy! You have an award waiting for you at my blog!

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  57. Dropping back by to wish you a lovely Sunday! Hug the kitty babies for me! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  58. Well first that was so kind of you to welcome her so graciously! And boy oh boy! Did she ever respond in kind! What a stunning mouth watering little bundle-O-bliss that is!! My mouth is watering just looking at it! It's a good thing we don't have a bakery remotely like Hansel and Gretels here or I'd weigh 400 lbs! *winks* I have a little blog award for ya Debbie......Stop by if you get a chance. Vanna

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  59. Hi Debbie...really??? you scored on some fabulous Lúneville...I will be waiting for that post! Way to go Debbie! Now, this makes you one of the richest bloggers I know...LOL
    Hugs, ;-) Bo

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  60. Wow, what a nice thing for her to do! She must have seen all your dishes! Dinner plans! lol I am just kidding. The cake was beautiful and love the bakery you found! How nice to have great neighbors.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie