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They’re HERE!! Jillycakes Orlando is a reality!! Grand Opening THIS WEEKEND!!

Ok, so full disclosure: I have ^the tiniest^ fan-girl crush on Jillian Hopke, winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and owner of
The Grand Opening starts on Saturday, December 13th at 12pm. And you MUST be there. Go support a local business/celebrity and tell her Starfish Confidential sent ya!


SuperDad and I have a bit of an addiction to cooking-based reality competitions, and I always wonder how much of the personalities you see are real, and how much are editing? Jillian is a perfect example, I mean, how can anyone be that sweet and adorable and yet not annoying in real life? Right?

But now that I’ve met her in person, and I can tell with absolute authority – SHE REALLY IS THAT FANTASTIC!

Now, on to the important bits. I was honored to be invited to a blogger media event at the new Jillycakes Orlando retail location and I had the BEST time!! I also won Twitter a fabulous gift pack.

Fun Fact: The counter tops were made with hundreds of thousands of REAL rainbow sprinkles.

Jalapeno Popper Cupcakes
(notice the counter under the cupcakes!)

The menu for the media event included three savory cupcakes (Jalapeno Popper, Spicy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and Thanksgiving Dinner) and three sweet cupcakes (Cranberry Orange, Pumpkin Pie, and Maple Apple Gingerbread).

To be completely honest, I’ve always been more than a little skeptical about savory cupcakes. Don’t get me wrong, I *LOVE* me some cupcakes, but they are supposed to be sweet, indulgent and diabetes-inducing. Unfortunately, I had to pass on the Jalapeno Popper cupcakes – Taco Bell mild sauce burns my mouth, and when asked how hot the Popper cupcakes were, Jillian responded that they would “melt your face”.

However, the Mac ‘n’ Cheese wasn’t terribly spicy and definitely won me over. ^I may or may not have had more than one a couple.^ I was intrigued to try the Thanksgiving Dinner cupcakes, but still not sure what to make of “your whole Thanksgiving Dinner in two bites.”

Let me just tell you —- Oh. M. G!!! If I could have taken three dozen of those puppies home with me, that would have been our family Thanksgiving. I would have inhaled those suckers all night long, if I hadn’t worried that bogarting all the goodies would get me banned from future Central FL Lady Bloggers events (notice the lack of sarcasm font – I am not EVEN kidding).

After Thanksgiving Dinner, it was time for some sweet treats. Did I mention that the Pumpkin Pie cupcake was filled with ACTUAL PUMPKIN PIE!?!?!

So, long-story-short (^yes, of course I realize it’s far too late for that^), Jillycakes is freaking awesome-sauce. Go check them out! I will definitely be a frequent flyer, so maybe we’ll run into each other. Meanwhile, follow the crew at Jillycakes Orlando on Facebook and Twitter to see all the awesome treats they can conjure.They are all set to make your confectionery dreams come true.

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Hint: It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

Review: Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, Orlando, Florida

*I received a complimentary admission for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way and all opinions are my own.*

A dilapidated old Bed & Breakfast in the quaint country village of Clifton, England. A mysteriously broken-down tour bus in a one-mechanic hamlet – where said mechanic is a hopeless drunk. And a senile, decrepit ex-proprietor in his dressing gown and duck slippers.

Throw in audience participation and hilarity ensues!

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows was kind enough to host our local lady bloggers’ group for an evening of intrigue, merriment, and an honest-to-goodness murder mystery (spoiler: the butler didn’t do it!).

The Sleuths Dinner Show, entertaining for almost 24 years, is the longest-running dinner show in the Orlando area. And don’t worry that seeing it once means you can’t go back again – they perform 13 different scripts – all original, so you can return over and over and not see the same show. Plus, the audience participation and improvisation means that no two shows are ever exactly the same!


As you’re ushered into the dining room, make sure to start paying attention right away – there are prizes for solving the crime! The note-taking sheet at your seat is a dead (har-har) giveaway that clues can come at any time.

Admission includes salad, dinner & dessert, unlimited beer, wine & soft drinks and a 2-1/2 hour comedy mystery farce that will have you chuckling over the unexpectedly clever humor all the way home.

Conveniently, intermission is perfectly timed for the arrival of your entree, so there’s no need to worry about missing anything while you savor your dinner. I enjoyed the glazed Cornish hen with stuffing  and sweet potato – unfortunately, I devoured it too quickly to get a picture, so you’ll have to take my word that it was beautiful and delicious. Other entree options include prime rib, four-cheese lasagna, or a child’s plate of chicken tenders and mac n cheese. One of my fellow bloggers is vegan and she assured us all that the dish conjured by the chef was delightful.

Interrogation of all suspects witnesses is conducted by the dinner guests. But each table is only allowed one question, so you’re encouraged to huddle up with your table-mates over dessert to select a spokesperson and to choose a question. 
Our “mystery dessert” choices were a “death by chocolate” cake, strawberry shortcake, or key lime pie. I always find a way to be ever-so-slightly difficult, and they were happy to give me chocolate cake AND strawberries. 🙂
On to the interrogations! Each table is given the opportunity to ask their questions – the resulting improv was so flawless, you would swear the whole thing was rehearsed. At our showing, none of the tables managed to ask the pertinent questions that would reveal the murderer, but the cast cleverly revealed the crucial details.
Finally, each diner is asked to write down their best guess of the guilty party and the culprit is revealed. Remember when I said prizes are involved for guessing correctly? Well, I didn’t. But the people that did got prizes.
If you’re living in or visiting the Orlando area, seriously go check them out. Either way, here’s where you can find them on the web:
Sleuths.com               Sleuths on Facebook               Sleuths on Twitter               Sleuths on YouTube

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Hint:
It has recently come to my attention that not all of my readers can easily tell when I’m being sarcastic. That is truly unfortunate, so finding a solution was imperative. ^Obviously, the easiest answer is to assume that if something can be read with sarcasm, it should be;^; but that’s not really workable, I guess. After reviewing several options for a “sarcasm font”, I’ve come up up with my own system. Whenever you see italics inside carrots (^snark^), that is my “sarcasm font”.

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