{SF} Summer in a Jar

Summer in a jar indeed: Blue Chair Fruit‘s lovely jams at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland. I took home a jar of Black Mission Fig, although the Strawberry-Pink Peppercorn was calling my name as well....

Late Summer Rhapsody in Rhubarb

I learned something new last week – rhubarb season can persist well into summer and sometimes early fall. It’s interesting because rhubarb is so strongly tied to a single season – spring – that seeing the near-fuschia-hued stalks at the market threw me off-kilter for a moment. Hadn’t rhubarb already come and gone? Well, apparently […]...

{SF} Sweet Things from the San Francisco Street Food Fest

Peach Basil Madeleines from Knead Bakery Knead Bakery at Local Mission Eatery 3111 24th St San Francisco, CA 94110 Gobs (Whoopie Pies) from Gobba Gobba Hey Lemon Cookie Ice Cream and Roasted Peach Ice Cream from Three Twins...

A Slice of Memory

Entering a Chinese bakery is more a ritual of the expected than an exercise in novelty. No matter where the bakery is, whether deep in Hong Kong or in an overseas Chinatown, regardless of whether it’s part of a big chain or a one-off store, customers will always expect a certain repertoire: steaming barbecue pork […]...

{SF} Things I Find Hard to Resist

1. Two really sweet and friendly brothers offering up cream puffs made to an old family recipe. 2. Gorgeous, cumulus-cloud cream puffs with perfectly soft choux shells and satiny-rich fillings of vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter (the weekend special). My friend and I polished all of these off – it wasn’t difficult, I assure you. […]...

{SF} Tea and Truffle Tasting

Truffles by Charles Chocolates with ganaches of Valrhona, Amano, Theo, to name a few… paired with teas from Samovar Tea Lounge. A perfectly decadent afternoon. P.S. Here’s a list of the truffle and tea pairings....