Archive for Dessert First

{Napa}: Trefethen Vineyards Anniversary Tasting

Trefethen Grapes

I’m so happy to share details from my day in Napa at the Trefethen Vineyards Anniversary Tasting. I know we’re just a day away from fall, but here we’re still hoping for a few weeks of Indian summer before sweater…

Fruit Jam and Almond Tart

Nectarine Jam Tarts Flatlay

Nothing like a fruit jam and almond tart to celebrate fall. We’re full on in stone fruit season, and it’s a constant struggle between using all the fruit from the market to try out new recipes, and just eating the…

French Blueberry Lemon Curd Tarts

Blueberry Lemon Tart Flatlay

Hope you have been enjoying your summer! This French blueberry lemon curd tart is an updated version of one of my favorite tart combos: buttery French-style lemon curd with fresh dark berries. The very first time I made this was…

Eat Drink SF 2018 Is Almost Here!

EatDrinkSF2017

Eat Drink SF 2017 – All Rights Reserved – Photography by Marc Fiorito w/ Gamma Nine Photography

It’s almost time for one of the best food and drink events in San Francisco – Eat Drink SF 2018 starts this Friday August…

{Sacramento} Park Winters Summerland

Park Winters Floral

Park Winters perfectly captures the ideal of simple country luxury. This magical bed and breakfast and estate is a hidden paradise in the farmlands of Winters, California. A few weeks ago I was invited to experience the myriad pleasures of…

{San Francisco} Farmshop Marin Restaurant

Farm Shop Interior

Farmshop Marin is a most delicious enticement to make your way north of San Francisco more frequently. This restaurant in Marin County Mart presents easygoing California farm-to-table cuisine in a setting that strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and refined.…

Strawberry Vanilla Chamomile Tart

Strawberry Vanilla Tart Angle Flatlay

Happy summer! This strawberry vanilla chamomile tart is a perfect welcome to the season. Although as a grownup I sadly don’t get the whole summer off, my daughter, freshly graduated from preschool, does, so I’m sharing in her giddy joy…

{San Mateo}: Wursthall Restaurant and Bierhaus

Wursthall Schnitzel overhead

If you’re a fan of J.Kenji Lopez-Alt – as I imagine anyone with an interest in food and the science of cooking would be – it’s very exciting news to hear that he’s working on a restaurant practically in your…

Superhero Girl Cupcakes

Superhero Girls Cupcakes overhead

Superhero girl cupcakes for my superhero girl’s 5th birthday. Although Isabelle’s birthday was in January, we were still on vacation in Hong Kong we didn’t throw a birthday party for her until after we got back. Last year I speculated as…

Rose Raspberry Lychee Parfaits

Rose Lychee Parfait Flatlay

Happy Valentine’s Day! These rose raspberry lychee parfaits are inspired by my recent trip to Hong Kong, where this flavor combination seemed to pop up everywhere. I shared some of my favorite finds in my last post, but there were…

Hong Kong: New Takes on Old Favorites

Midlevels Hong Kong

One of my favorite things about Hong Kong is that it never stops changing. Its restless energy vibrates throughout the city an unceasing hum of roaring trains, flickering neon, and ardent conversations,  leaving gleaming new skyscrapers, restaurants, and amusements in…

Winter Citrus Tart

Winter Citrus Tart flatlay

This citrus tart in a chocolate crust is perfect January brightener. Happy New Year! I just spent two and a half weeks over Christmas in Hong Kong, and I’m excited to write about that trip soon. For now, I’ve been…

Christmastime is Here: Totoro Linzer Cookies

Totoro Linzer Cookies grid

Happy holidays! It’s the season of  joy and wonder and wishes come true, and these Totoro linzer cookies might make it just a bit more magical.

I was struggling for Christmas cookie inspiration this year. Rescue came in the form of…

Vanilla Apple Cider Panna Cottas

Vanilla Apple Cider Panna Cottas

Inspired by the beautiful panna cotta I had at the Botanist Gin dinner, I wanted to make a panna cotta dessert for the holidays. Since I had apple cider for Thanksgiving in the house, I used this recipe from Food and…

Dinner with The Botanist Gin

Botanist Citrus Fizz

Although cocktails aren’t my main focus in the kitchen, there’s no time like the holidays to get me to stretch beyond my standard glass of wine. Last month I was invited to a dinner in San Francisco celebrating The Botanist…