filling and a toasted coconut topping.
The dessert his family and friends
request most often, the one he fantasizes
will get him an investment from Mark
Cuban on Shark Tank, is chocolate cupcakes dipped in chocolate ganache with
milk chocolate frosting, a recipe he has
tweaked to perfection.
Wise traces his love of baking to his
tumultuous childhood in Napa, California, and Ewa Beach, Hawaii. His father
was an alcoholic, his mother moved out,
and the atmosphere at home was stressful. An aunt signed Wise up for a Betty
baking club. ;e first real accolades he
got from his family weren’t for his athletic achievements, but for the cookies he
stayed up late one night to bake. He was
hooked on the feeling of creating something that everyone loved and craved.
Throughout his career, Wise used
baking to get centered in his free time,
and fantasized about it as an escape hatch
when things weren’t going well, like when
he couldn’t find a job for months after ;e
Sacramento Union newspaper closed
and his mom and dog both died while
he was unemployed. “As sanctuaries go,
the kitchen was a lot safer than a bar or
pigging out on fast food. I self-medicated
with baking,” he says.
Wise has been known to flip the
channels back and forth between a
Spurs-Grizzlies game and Cake Wars.
He sports a custom XXL apron with paw
prints and cupcakes, sneaks away whenever he can to Little Bitts baking shop in
Wheaton, and daydreams about owning
a bakery, or at least baking for guests at
a bed-and-breakfast he’d own with his
wife, Christina Lohs, in North Carolina
or Montana (where he’d also be the fishing guide). He already has the bakery’s
name picked out: Talula’s Treats, named
after his beloved golden Lab, who died of
cancer earlier this year.
Wise plans to make sports writing his
vocation, and stick to baking as his avocation, at least for now. “Writing is my
fruits and vegetables, my sustenance,” he
says. “It gives me the best satisfaction,
especially if I captured the person I’m
writing about, and got the story right.
Baking feels like dessert.” n
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your children. During and after divorce,
you need to know:
• Where will your kids live?
• Who’s with them for summers/holidays?
• How much child support will there be?
• Who makes medical decisions?
• Who will pay for private school?
• What if you or your ex wants to move?
• How do you change a prior court order
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