{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 […]...

A Mission Tour with Negra Modelo and Rick Bayless

  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....

{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 […]...

Out and About: Tidbits from the Last Month

  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 […]...

Pierre Hermé Macarons at SF Cooking School

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 […]...

Summer Catch-up

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....