{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?...

{Sweet San Francisco}: Nuubia Chocolates

Like many a visitor to Paris, I left with an ever-burning desire to return. I’ll peruse Instagram feeds filled with images of pastries, the Eiffel Tower, and chocolate shops, just to reminisce about the time I was there.  Fortunately sometimes something comes along to remind me just how good I have it in the Bay Area. […]...

Black Forest Popsicles

We’ve been having serious summer envy over here – while it seems like sunshine and blue skies are everywhere else, the bay area is experiencing its usual May grey and June gloom. I’ve been desperate for summer to get started!...

{Weekend Break}: San Francisco Chocolate Salon

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....

Black Bottom Chocolate and Vanilla Creme Brûlée for Valentine’s Day

It’s our third Valentine’s Day as parents. (I almost wrote second but I did some counting back and corrected myself – parenthood does a number on your math skills and sense of time!) We should be experienced hands at juggling life and baby and dog and us, right? Sort of? We did remember to make […]...

{Review}: Best Sweet Gifts for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is almost here – have you got your loved ones a sweet gift yet? I certainly saw a lot of people scurrying about with tell-tale red boxes tucked under their arms at the mall last weekend. If you think the heart-shaped box of chocolate is a tired cliché, here are some collections […]...