Rabbit Bunny Buns for Easter

March 30th, 2015

Rabbit Bunny Bread overhead

How's the weather where you are? It's positively spring in the Bay Area: sunny skies abound, pollen is everywhere, and everyone I know seems to be going on spring break (maybe to escape the pollen). Our own trip is coming up soon, plus we've got to get through Easter first!

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{Weekend Break}: Choux Bakery

March 28th, 2015


Choux Puffs and Meringues

Happy weekend! Time for another sweet recommendation in San Francisco. The current golden age for bakeries in the town shows no signs of ending, to my sweet tooth's delight. My latest discovery is this very small, but very sweet little shop dedicated to one of my favorite French pastries, the cream puff.

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Lollipop Love is Here! A Giveaway to Celebrate

March 18th, 2015

Lollipop Love Lollipops

It's here! Lollipop Love is officially out! 

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{Weekend Break}: Chinese New Year in San Francisco

March 14th, 2015

Chinatown CNY paper decs

Happy Saturday! I'm going to start using the weekends to share some of my favorite places to go and things to do around the Bay Area. I did this for a while under the "Sweet San Francisco" category in my navigation bar, but I'm trying to get back to doing this more regularly. I'll be mostly spotlighting bakeries, restaurants, and other sweet spots both longstanding and new, and sweets-related events, so if you're looking for recommendations for when you visit the Bay Area, I hope you find some of these suggestions useful!

This first event I want to share isn't exactly about dessert, but it's very San Francisco. I was invited by AT&T to attend the Chinese Lunar New Year festival and parade in downtown San Francisco last weekend. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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Caramel, Lavender, and Fleur de Sel Lollipops

March 11th, 2015

Caramel Lavender Fleur de Sel Lollipops

Dear readers,

I'm so happy to announce that my newest cookbook, Lollipop Love: Sweet Indulgence with Chocolate, Caramel, and Sugar, is about to be published! I've spent so much of the last couple years dreaming about, researching, and testing out lollipops, so I'm very glad to finally be able to share it all with you!

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Black Sesame Ice Cream with White Miso Caramel

March 4th, 2015

black sesame miso ice cream overhead

I'm continuing my streak of Asian desserts by looking back at one of my favorite Asian flavors: black sesame. It's still kind of a niche flavor over here but in Hong Kong (or Japan) it's a near-staple of any bakery menu. Interestingly, while both white and black sesame seeds are common in Asia, I almost always see black sesame seeds used for sweets. I'm not sure why; maybe it's because the sooty hues the seeds impart to the finished products, from an inky black for pure sesame paste to a smoky charcoal grey for cakes, are so distinctive. You know right away when you see that dusky color that it's sesame flavor, just like green means matcha and purple means taro. So efficient!

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