{SF}: Hyatt Centric San Francisco and Where to Go (And Eat) Nearby

I was invited to a media event at the Hyatt Centric to preview their new amenities. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own. When my out-of-town friends ask me in what part of San Francisco they should they look for lodging, I usually like to suggest somewhere near the Embarcadero, […]...

Theo Chocolate Stout Cake with Mint Whipped Cream

In the never-ending quest for the perfect chocolate cake, I realized that I’ve never tried a very popular variant, the chocolate stout cake. I’m not much of a beer drinker, which is why I’ve passed by this cake many times, but with St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I thought what better time to revisit my […]...

Chocolate Milk and Cookies Ice Cream and New Ice Cream Machine!

Happy New Year! Chocolate Milk and Cookies ice cream – just like the classic childhood treat, but even better. For my first recipe this year, I got to test out one of my Christmas presents: a new ice cream maker! Hubby is starting to make a tradition of getting me ice cream machines for the holidays – my first fancy ice […]...

{Cookbook Review}: Guittard’s Roasted Banana Chocolate Tart

Happy November! I had a breakneck schedule in October and we’re already counting down to Thanksgiving, so it’s pretty much a headlong rush to the end of the year. I AM looking forward to putting some holiday recipes and sharing my annual cookbook reviews and gift guide though – so don’t worry, they have a […]...

Happy October! Halloween Chocolate Lollipops

Happy last day of September! Yes, we’re a week into fall but I know what the beginning of October really means – Halloween! You can see from these Halloween chocolate lollipops we’ve already gotten a start on making some treats! Candy-making at trick or treat time used to be more of a chance to exercise my […]...

{Cookbook Review}: Sugar and Spice and a Pistachio and Chocolate Cake

After a ridiculously steamy (even by Bay Area Indian summer standards) heat wave last week, we’re finally settling down into some autumnal baking weather. There’s even rain in the forecast! What better setup for a warm cozy afternoon in the kitchen making something sweet and rich and comforting?...