{Sweet San Francisco}: Hearth Coffee

San Francisco is full of unexpected and pleasurable pastry discoveries lately. I made a recent visit to the Castro and discovered a new place that will likely become a regular stop when I’m in the area. Hearth Coffee is a roastery, cafe, and even restaurant, that serves up a warm, modern ambience, stellar coffee, and […]...

{Sweet San Francisco}: Chantal Guillon SOMA

Although there’s a lot of focus in SF on pastry with modern, funky twists, I’m also very pleased to see there’s also been a quiet resurgence in classic French pastry as well. Case in point: Chantal Guillon, my favorite maker of macarons in San Francisco, who has expanded to three shops in the Bay Area, […]...

{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. […]...

{Sweet San Francisco}: Choux Bakery

Schedule 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....

{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 […]...

{Sweet San Francisco} Sweet Alchemy: Michael Recchiuti’s Chocolate Lab

A dessert cafe is probably the last place you would expect to see an Erlenmeyer flask, but it’s quite apropos at Michael Recchiuti’s Chocolate Lab. Recchiuti has already cemented his place as one of San Francisco’s premier chocolatiers, and he’s decided to go back to his restaurant roots with the opening of Chocolate Lab, a […]...