{Weekend Break}: San Francisco Chocolate Salon

April 11th, 2015 · 1 Comment · 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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{Weekend Break}: Chinese New Year in San Francisco

March 14th, 2015 · 10 Comments · Events, San Francisco, SF Events

Chinatown CNY paper decs
 

Happy Saturday! I'm going to start using the weekends to share some of my favorite places to go and things to do around the Bay Area. I did this for a while under the "Sweet San Francisco" category in my navigation bar, but I'm trying to get back to doing this more regularly. I'll be mostly spotlighting bakeries, restaurants, and other sweet spots both longstanding and new, and sweets-related events, so if you're looking for recommendations for when you visit the Bay Area, I hope you find some of these suggestions useful!

This first event I want to share isn't exactly about dessert, but it's very San Francisco. I was invited by AT&T to attend the Chinese Lunar New Year festival and parade in downtown San Francisco last weekend. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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

February 10th, 2015 · 14 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

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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