Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Girl Behind The Camera

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, my name is Annie. I started this little blog after graduating from culinary school in 2012 as a way to document and share my personal recipes, attempts at being fashionable, restaurant tastings, and sometimes pointless ramblings. 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 could never get the hang of saying "ya'll" and I am not a fan of grits OR sweet tea so they pretty much kicked me out. This past year I was lucky enough to chase my dream of switching coasts and am now proud to call Portland, OR home. You can easily find me around any local coffee shop, enjoying some grub at a food truck, or hiking around Multnomah Falls.

The handsome young lad above is my husband Lewis (aka my official recipe taster, spoon stirrer, and if I'm lucky, dishwasher).

The little darling above is our dog, Beanie The Weenie - she enjoys long walks, licking spoons, and wearing cozy sweaters. You'll see her pop up on here from time to time.

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.

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 The Nifty Cupcake and give credit where credit is due.

*Wedding picture by Soleil Boucher


  1. blog is awesome, what camera do you use?

  2. Thank you! I typically use my Canon Rebel xti.

  3. how did you like culinary school at fscj im trying to get in next semester

  4. I absolutely LOVED it. It was slightly intimidating at first (having never dealt with raw meat) but the teachers there make it easy and fun to learn. It's A LOT of work, but I had a blast. I wish you the best and let me know if you have any other questions about the classes/program/teachers.

  5. are you working at a food spot now?

  6. Nope, I was but I decided I wanted to take more of the hospitality/catering route. You definitely get a feel for what you want to do after this program.

  7. Annie, I'm loving your blog! Finding other Jax bloggers always makes me happy. :)

  8. Thanks Lyndsay! I am a fan of your blog as well! We Jax bloggers gotta stick together ;)

  9. The Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are absolutely amazing!

  10. Thank you Carrie, I'm glad you liked them! :)

  11. Love the Beanie!


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