Showing posts from November 19, 2010

Love, Joy, and Chocolate

First the food trucks, and now the cupcakes! Finally, Granada Hillsians will no longer have to make a trek to indulge in gourmet cupcakes -- we've got our own place now. Take that, Beverly Hills Sprinkles! Joeleen Medina was busily preparing for the opening of her shop when I visited her last Thursday. The Cordon Bleu graduate has already been in business in Granada Hills for more than five years, but on an appointment-only basis. Now that Joleen has branched out into a storefront location, sampling her wares isn't just a big, special-occasion commitment anymore; instead of waiting for a wedding or a birthday party, you can stroll in and try a cafe latte cupcake (vanilla cupcake, coffee buttercream, vanilla bean filling with espresso chips), or another specialty flavor like pistachio, tangerine, or pomegranate. Joeleen also offers seasonal flavors like cranberry, pumpkin spice, and egg nog, and at Christmas a buche de noel, or yule log cake. "I'm really