4×8 Meme

The lovely Bea of La Tartine Gourmande tagged me for this meme: Four jobs I’ve had in my life: 1. Front counter at the local Chinese takeout place. My very first "real" job  – taking orders over the phone, bagging orders, working the cash register, and filling hundreds of little individual containers with sweet and

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IMBB #23: Paris-Brest

As the theme for this month’s Is My Blog Burning was Vive La France!, I thought it a wonderful opportunity to revisit all the French pastries I made in pastry school.  I decided on one of my favorites, the Paris-Brest. The Paris-Brest was created by a baker in 1891in honor of the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race,

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CocoaBella Chocolates

What a weekend for chocolate! From the East Bay on Saturday we went to San Francisco on Sunday, where it was just as sunny and just as cold. Yes, as a native Californian I am regularly derided for my intolerance of temperatures below 75 degrees, but this weekend with temperatures hovering in the 30s, I

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Ispahan

Talk pastry and you must mention Pierre Hermé. The Ispahan is one of his signature creations, a startling combination of rose, raspberries and lychees that blend into a sum that is most certainly greater than its parts. It is also one of the most beautiful desserts I’ve seen as well, all shades of pink and

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Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe

While driving through Walnut Creek’s posh downtown (where you can see a Pottery Barn next to a Williams-Sonoma next to Restoration Hardware, with a Tiffany’s across the street) this weekend, I stumbled upon a Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, another addition to the growing number of chocolate-focused stores in the Bay Area. Moonstruck Chocolates is a chocolatier

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Chocolate and Beer?

Full disclaimer: I am not a beer expert, or even a regular beer drinker.  I am pretty girly-girl in my choice of alcohol – Cosmos and Rieslings, if you please.  However, my sweetie is quite the beer aficionado, so when I saw the posting for a Beer and Chocolate Dinner at the Cathedral Hill Hotel

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