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The Outer Loop - The Trilogy Of Pastry Chef Vanessa O’Donnell

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Wikipedia says, "A trilogy is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works". Here, the works of art I am referring to are the delicious desserts that come out of Pastry Chef Vanessa O’Donnell's kitchen.

Four years ago, in Katy, Texas, is where the trilogy began. O’Donnell was only 26 years old when she opened her first Ooh La La Dessert Boutique. Let’s just face it...age ain’t nothing but a number here folks, and when you got it, you got it! Chef O’Donnell definitely has IT. She shows and proves every time she creates a new mouth-watering, give me those fucking calories, decadent dessert (how do I really feel?).

Ooh La La is more than just cupcakes. They also have cheesecakes, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, dessert bars, and much more. The cupcakes however are the stars of this show and their flavors vary daily. A few of my favorites are:

*Italiano - vanilla cake with chocolate chips, coconuts and pecans folded in, topped with fluffy cream cheese icing (seriously sinful)
*Tuxedo (only available on Saturday) - chocolate cake topped with white chocolate butter cream, topped with white chocolate and chocolate chunks

If you are into food porn check out their online menu. Dessert lovers be warned; download at your own risk because it can be extremely dangerous, especially on an empty stomach. Let me put it like this… if your dreams are in color and include lumps of sugar, butter, chocolate, cream cheese, peanut butter cups, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and pies; you’ll probably wake up inside your car sitting in front of an Ooh La La Dessert Boutique saying, "open, open, open!".

The biggest thing I’ve noticed O’Donnell’s cakes and cupcakes have going for them, besides being super cute and yummy, is they are MOIST!  Seems simple, but this one thing has brought kingdoms down; dessert ones of course. Ooh La La has three fabulous locations (duh, trilogy reference) - Town & Country, Cinco Ranch, and Park Row; all of which are outside the loop. So inner loop dessert spots you can breathe a sigh of relief for now, but with each new location she is getting closer and closer. Beware! Chef O’Donnell is kicking dessert ass and taking names (JUST SAYIN)!


Town & Country
700 West Sam Houston Parkway North
Houston, TX 77024

Cinco Ranch
23920 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77494

Park Row
20155 Park Row
Katy, TX 77449


~Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan, Urban Swank

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Written by Felice Sloan
Felice Sloan

Felice Sloan

Swanky Girl

If you look up the word "swanky", Felice's picture would be right next to it! She loves all things stylish, posh, and that are completely SWANK! Many consider her a maven in many areas and her love of food, and passion for all things fashion, tops the list. Take her to a hole in the wall for some Mudbugs or to a nice high-end spot for some Foie Gras…wherever it is just GOT TO BE SWANKY! Felice is the co-founder and Editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and fashion.


Twitter: @swankymaven