Sunday, November 4, 2012

About Me

à la mode
ˌä lä ˈmōd/
adverb; adjective
1. in fashion; up to date.
2. served with ice cream

Look at you! You're here, and that makes me happy!

In case you haven't guessed by now, I am the Annie in this a la mode. I started this little blog after graduating from culinary school in 2012 as a way to document and share my personal recipes and culinary experiences around my home town (Jacksonville, FL). Years later, what started as The Nifty Cupcake has now transformed into Annie à la mode to better represent a wider range of content. As you can see, the term à la mode can mean 'in fashion' or 'served with ice cream' - I am fine with either scenario.

I was born a Southern gal, but was finally able to achieve my dream of calling Portland, OR home in 2016. You can easily find me at any local coffee shop, enjoying some grub at a food truck, or getting lost in the woods (literally). 

Above you'll find Beanie the Weenie and our newest rescue, Zelda the Greyhound. If you're interested in adopting a retired racer, I highly recommend checking out Greyhound Pet Adoption Northwest! I'd also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I love talking to people/fellow foodies so feel free to comment on my posts. If you have any questions or you are interested in a product review, you can reach me at

What's up with those photos?
I typically shoot with my Canon Rebel xti, 55mm lens. Sometimes you'll catch me with my Konica FS-1 film camera which is the original camera I learned to shoot on. I try to keep editing to a minimum and only occasionally sharpen up an image using a free editing system that came with my camera.

So you have a culinary degree eh?
Yep, I have two associates degrees, an A.S. in Culinary Management and an A.A. in Business. I am currently working on (I finally graduated YAY) my Bachelors in Supervision and Management which will be my LAST degree.

Do you blog full-time?
Unfortunately no (but a gal can dream). I blog when I have time (and enough daylight) and work at a local social media/marketing company by day!

I noticed that a lot of your recipes are meat free, are you a vegetarian?
Sort of. I have been a pescatarian (the only meat I eat is fish) for at least 10 years now. Whenever I post a meat recipe on here it's for my family to eat. I decided to drop meat due to intestinal issues plus I just wanted to live a more healthy lifestyle.

What is YOUR favorite dessert?
I am totally obsessed with marzipan, I also like fruit based desserts and tiramisu!

Can I use your pictures/recipes on my site?
Thanks and of course you can, just make sure you provide a linkback to Annie à la Mode and give credit where credit is due.