IN THE MIX: Pancake Review with Special Guest, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Groomer, Elie Maalouf

Last weekend I was stoked to grab some Saturday pancakes with celebrity Makeup Artist & Groomer, Elie Maalouf.

Elie (pronounced Eli), who moved from Detroit, to NYC, and then finally made his way over to LA, has worked with quite the diverse roster, including: Mariah Carey, Pamela Anderson, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Mraz, Ashley Benson, Courtney Love, Madelaine Petsch, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sasha Lane, Camila Mendes, Dylan Penn, Angelique Cabral, Simon Helberg and many more. Not only is Elie uber popular in the celeb world, his editorials include Vogue, Interview, InStyle, Elle, Flaunt, Glamour, Tatler, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, Nylon & Paper, and he has completed glam for advertising shoots such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, American Eagle, Buckle, Top Shop, Kipling, Dita, Rebecca Taylor, Levis and more. Whew that’s a lot!

As an Agent for hair, makeup, and styling at Tracey Mattingly, you can now understand why I just HAD to sign to sign Elie. And fun fact, in case the last name sounded familiar – Elie is brothers with celebrity Makeup Artist, Joey Maalouf!

As Elie is Vegan, we decided to check out Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont; considering my last Vegan experience, I didn’t have high hopes. But, as with life, the key to happiness is low expectations!

Because there was only one pancake option (I mean, how many vegan pancake options – that are edible – could there really be?), we went with the “Open Hearted,” with fresh fruit & cashew coconut whipped butter.

“These pancakes are major,” said Elie. “I’ve never had Vegan pancakes before, but I would definitely order these again.” I would order them again as well, but not exactly for the same reason. As a pancake connoisseur, I will never LOVE Vegan pancakes – pancakes are meant to have milk & eggs! That said, if I am going to eat Vegan pancakes, I would get them at Cafe Gratitude. There is something to say about eating pancakes where you don’t feel like you’re in a food coma after! Not to mention, the fresh fruit and cashew coconut whipped butter was quite literally, the icing on the cake.

A huge thank you to Elie for introducing me to these fabulous Vegan pancakes, and being a Guest Reviewer for Ma’amCakes! When exiting the restaurant, we noticed the famous Cafe Gratitude sign “What Are you Grateful For?” Well Elie, you better say your agent!

National Taco Day

Turn those flapjacks into foldjacks, and celebrate National Taco Day 🌮 !

Happy National Pancake Day 2017!

Happy #nationalpancakeday 🥞 Because we could all benefit from some fun news.

First Day of Fall

“Be like a tree… and let the dead leaves drop.” – Rumi

It’s Finally Official!


Discover LA, Discovering Ma’amCakes

Discover LA, the official tour guide for the city of Los Angeles, asked Ma’amCakes to write a feature on the best pancakes in LA – check out the feature here!

Come Join Ma’amCakes and E!’s “Famously Single” Dating Coach, Laurel House at The Ivy Connect Brunch!

Calling all Ivy members!

Come join Ma’amCakes and E!’s Famously Single Dating Coach, Laurel House as we connect fellow Ivy members while gossiping about dating – and getting some professional advice – all over delicious pancakes at Doughboys. Visit to RSVP.


Pancake Review: Snooze Eatery

In spite of a 4 hour delay at the airport, flying directly into a thunderstorm, then experiencing a snowstorm by the following evening – all in mid-May – I finally made it to Denver to visit my BFF. Upon tweeting various Denver news outlets for pancake recommendations, I received quite an enticing tweet from Visit Denver, enough so to lure me out of the house and into the freezing cold May Saturday:



I figured since the weather was terrible that we’d get seated right away; much to my surprise, the wait was an hour and a half! (What’s the wait like on a good day?! Was everyone in Denver just severely hungover this weekend?)

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While waiting for our table and ingesting the ambiance of Snooze Eatery, I noticed a little treat to the left of the hostess stand:


Free self-serve coffee while in line? That’s certainly one way to entice customers to wait the hour and a half! Fortunately for me, having a pancake blog did help lessen my wait time – or maybe I should say, traveling from LA to Denver in a thunderstorm and purposely eating my first meal at Snooze Eatery is what got me a seat! That is what you call dedication, after all.

Looking at the menu, I noticed the most important word (besides pancake) was left for the end…


A FLIGHT of pancakes? Like a flight of wine?! What could be better! (Perhaps a pancake/alcohol flight combo… thoughts, Snooze?) Well as you can imagine, I chose this option and selected my 3 pancakes more carefully than selecting my last boyfriend.

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I ended up choosing the Strawberry Fields – which is only seasonal by the way – Peanut Butter Cup, and Chocolate Chip. Out of all 3 I’d have to say my favorite was the Peanut Butter Cup, but I did particularly enjoy the strawberry-lavender cream on the Strawberry Fields. To their credit, all 3 pancakes tasted exactly as they sound: decadent, sweet, and delicious, but most importantly: memorable. Just when I thought breakfast couldn’t get any better, I was suddenly surprised with an extra pancake placed on my table.


The wonderfully generous employees of Snooze rolled out their flapjack carpet and surprised me with a pancake that’s not even on the menu! It’s apparently called the Sinful Pancake, but for all intensive purposes I’m just going to call it the Ma’amCakes Surprise. This beyond delicious treat included a buttermilk pancake with white chocolate chips, bacon and candied pecans, while topped with vanilla anglaise , cinnamon butter, caramel and powdered sugar. Believe it or not, out of all (4) pancakes, this was by far the best. I certainly recommend that Snooze put these bad boys back on the menu but if not, for all you FanCakes, just ask for the Ma’amCakes Surprise upon placing your order.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience reviewing my first pancakes in Denver. While I do wish I sampled some from a mom-and-pop restaurant in addition to Snooze, it is nice to know I can grab these pancakes in San Diego for any future cravings (there are also restaurant locations in AZ as well). I do wonder why the restaurant is called Snooze… maybe it’s because you need a hefty nap after this meal!

Well FanCakes, be sure to check out Snooze Eatery during your next visit to Downtown Denver – just maybe put your name on the list and go shopping in the meantime, cause you could hit the snooze button a few times before you’re actually seated!

So Grateful for All the Yelp Compliments!

HUGE thank you to my FanCakes on Yelp for all of the wonderful compliments; I am so appreciative!


Huge Thanks to FabFitFun for the Shout Out!


Big thank you to FabFitFun for wishing Ma’amCakes a Happy National Pancake Day! Honored to be your fave pancake blogger!