{Weekend Break}: San Francisco Chocolate Salon

April 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots

Forte sea salt caramels

Twice a year chocolate aficionados in San Francisco converge on Fort Mason for a display of some of the country's finest chocolate makers and chocolatiers. I've been going to the San Francisco Chocolate Salon since its inception, so it's a happy (and tasty tradition) in our household.

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{Weekend Break}: Choux Bakery

March 28th, 2015 · No Comments · San Francisco, Sweet Spots, Sweet Spots, Travel

 

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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A Mission Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

November 26th, 2014 · 30 Comments · San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots

tres restaurant menu
 

I know, the week before Thanksgiving and I'm in a posting frenzy! I just posted about pie, now I'm hoping to whet your appetite further with a glimpse into the Mission District of San Francisco, courtesy of Negra Modelo.

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{Sweet San Francisco}: Best Pies in SF (and a bit beyond)

November 25th, 2014 · 22 Comments · San Francisco, Sweet Spots

Mission Pies
 

Although the Bay Area has been enjoying a renaissance of fancy pastry classics like croissants, macarons, and kouign amann, it also has a soft spot for the simpler sweets, like pie. Pie San Francisco style usually means handcrafted with the the best, locally sourced ingredients, original takes on traditional flavors, and, of course, a killer, perfectly flaky crust. I was invited by Expedia's Viewfinder travel blog to collaborate on this article exploring my favorite places in the city to satiate my pie cravings, whether sweet or savory, fruity or nutty. Follow along for my grand pie crawl.

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Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

November 24th, 2014 · 17 Comments · Events, San Francisco, SF Events, Sweet Spots

tiny prints bfff decorations
 

Thank you to all for you for your kind wishes about my upcoming cookbook! I'm so excited to keep you updated on the news in the next few months!

In between wrapping up work on the book and writing for the blog, I got to be part of some fun events in the last couple of months that I'd love to share with you now. One of the best parts of being in the food world, of course is getting the opportunity to see what others in your field are up to, make connections and get inspired, and perhaps eat some really good food at the same time. Below, some of the best parts of the last few weeks:

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Pierre Hermé Macarons at SF Cooking School

August 13th, 2014 · 3 Comments · Cookies, Recipes, San Francisco, Sweet Spots

sf cooking school macaron class
SF Cooking school macaron class

It's been a while since my pastry school days, and oftentimes I feel the itch to get back into class to keep up with the newest trends, brush up on old skills, or just to be around some nice shiny professional equipment again.

After talking to chef Nicole Plue about her role as the instructor for SF Cooking School's professional pastry program, I was eager to have the chance to see her in action. My opportunity came with the pastry workshops for enthusiasts she's also teaching. These intensive classes are usually three days long and focus on specific topics like laminated doughs or breakfast pastries. One came up on the schedule that really caught my eye: macarons Pierre Hermé style, using recipes from his gorgeous cookbook MACARONS. You can never get too much macaron making practice, so thanks to Jodi, the head of the SF Cooking School, I was in!
 

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