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A College Student’s Guide to the Gourmet Ghetto Part II

posted May 6, 2011, 1:36 PM by Melissa Ou
by Samantha Giordano 

(Courtesy of Love at First Bite website)

Love at First Bite
1510 Walnut Street, Suite G

A while ago I read a “hot or not” list that determined that the cupcake’s time is up. It claimed that cupcakes are passe and that we should shift our obsessions to a different cute dessert with the potential for varied flavor combinations and themes. However, I will be like one of those middle-aged men who clings to his 80's hairstyle because of Love at First Bite bakery. Hidden upstairs in a weirdly designed building that also houses Peet’s Coffee and Tea and other stores lies this quaint establishment which offers a collection of delectable, old-fashioned desserts. The bakery offers an extensive cupcake menu (all varieties can be found on the website), but only a selection of flavors are available everyday. This is not an issue though because upon my first visit to Love at First Bite, I found myself wanting to try every flavor, which would have amounted to about a dozen cupcakes for myself. Classic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate and red velvet are always available in addition to an assortment of less common combinations: some of my favorites are “Pretty in Pink”, which is a strawberry cupcake with strawberry buttercream (both made with fresh strawberries) and “PB Affair, a devil’s food chocolate cake frosted with peanut butter buttercream and topped with a Reese’s peanut buttercup. 

I have visited countless cupcake shops in recent years, including Bay Area staple Kara’s Cupcakes and a little-known bakery in New York that goes by the name of Magnolia. These cupcakes taste mass produced compared to the offerings at Love at First Bite. The cake is moist and possess a perfect level of density, while the frosting is light, fluffy and absent of the greasy luster and artificial sweetness. Special care goes into the ingredients--local when possible and of premium quality-- and the decorations are simple. All in all, the cupcakes are a perfect mix of gourmet and homemade. I think I could actually taste the love injected into each cupcake--and then I fell in love in return.

FYI: Mosey on over to the bakery’s website where you can learn how to create a custom cupcake combination made to order especially for you. 

Prices: $2.75-2.95 per cupcake *full listing of prices is available on their website*

Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday  10AM - 6PM
               Sunday                       11AM - 5PM
               Monday                       CLOSED