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

February 10th, 2015 · 13 Comments · Chocolate, Reviews

valentines day chocolates
 

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 that will make you reconsider. Read on for my favorite Valentine's Day selections...

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A Mission Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

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

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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

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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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Summer Catch-up

July 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Events, San Francisco, SF Events

Galley review
Finished reviewing cookbook galleys...guess what's next?

Happy summer! During these lazy and languid days, the instinct is to be out in the sun, watching my daughter testing her increasingly steady gait around the playground or enjoying something cold and preferably garnished with a paper umbrella by the pool, not indoors staring at a computer.

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