{South Bay} Brunch at Verge Restaurant in Los Gatos

I have an especial weakness for brunch; it probably comes from a childhood of dim sum weekends. Fortunately the Bay Area seems to be filled with plenty of like-minded people as it’s a mecca of brunch options ranging from old school to modern, across a range of cuisines. Last weekend I was invited to visit […]...

{Peninsula}: Sofitel Bay 223 Restaurant

San Francisco is well known as a culinary destination, but there are plenty of gems spread throughout the rest of the Bay Area. I recently found one at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay hotel, about half an hour down the Peninsula in Redwood Shores. I was invited to try the menu at the hotel’s Sofitel Bay 223 […]...

{San Francisco}: Meals on Wheels Gala 2016

San Francisco is home to so many fantastic food events, and a couple weeks ago I got to attend one of the biggest ones of all: the 29th Meals on Wheels Star Chefs and Vintners Gala. This fundraising event has become an annual showcase of some of the biggest names in the food and wine scene […]...

{Sweet San Francisco}: Paris Baguette Bakery

I’m excited to see an increasing number of globally-inspired bakeries rising into the spotlight in the Bay Area’s ever-growing pastry scene, opening people’s eyes to a world of sweet pastries beyond just American and French-inspired treats. Asian bakeries have always flown a bit under the radar, but several modern new chains are making Asian pastries […]...

{Pastry School} The International Culinary Center in Campbell, CA

Schedule Although it’s been years since my graduation from pastry school, I still get so many e-mails from people interested in starting their own pastry careers....

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

  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 […]...