Archive for Dessert First

Apple Meringue Crumb Cake

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting crisper, and fall baking season is fully underway.  I’ve spent the last few weekends baking various things with apples because it just feels so properly autumnal, and also because Isabelle, at four and half,…

{San Francisco}: Farallon Celebrates 20 Years

 

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photo courtesy of Farallon.

Twenty years after its opening, Farallon remains one of San Francisco’s most famous and celebrated restaurants.  Farallon holds a special place in my heart; it’s one of the first “grownup” dining experiences I had after graduating college and starting my…

{San Francisco}: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival 2017

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It’s hard to believe the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival is in its 22th year! This yearly event turns the famous Ghirardelli Square into a celebration of all things chocolatey. Besides their famous chocolate squares and their ice cream sundaes, the Ghirardelli Chocolate company…

Mango and Lime Frangipane Galette

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What I made last week: a mango and lime frangipane galette, a tropical re-imagining of my favorite fall-is-almost-here pastry. The calendar says September but it’s still as sultry as summer, with even a thunderstorm or two. All this humidity is making me feel…

{San Francisco}: Eat Drink SF 2017

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photo courtesy of Gamma Nine

Eat Drink SF 2017,  the ultimate celebration of Bay Area food, wine, and spirits, is my favorite way to close out summer. Over 130 Bay Area restaurants, along with over 70 bars, wineries, and distilleries served up…

{Sweet San Francisco}: Coletta Gelato and Chocolate Sorbet

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Coletta Gelato, a new ice cream shop in San Francisco’s SOMA district, has gelato so tasty I wish I still lived nearby – a handful of years ago it would have been walking distance from my apartment. In a city…

{Travel}: One Week in Oahu

 

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What to you when you have one week in Oahu? Besides wishing it were two weeks? Our official summer vacation was a return to Hawaii, where I haven’t been since before Isabelle was born, meaning it’s been far too long. This…

Summer at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe Lake Club

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There’s summer in Lake Tahoe, and there’s summer at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe. A few weeks I got to experience a very special slice of heaven at the opening of the Lake Club, the new addition to the hotel…

Summer Snapshots: SF Sweet Spots

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Hello dear readers,

It wasn’t quite summer when I wrote my last post, and now we’re almost halfway through. I’ve missed writing here, although the reason behind my absence is a happy one: I’ve been enjoying my summer travels! A combination of…

Dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder (plus Palo’s Limoncello Tart)

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One of the clear highlights of my Alaska cruise was dinner at Palo on the Disney Wonder, the adults-only Italian fine dining restaurant on the ship. I talked about it briefly in my last Alaska post, and now I’m excited…

{Palo Alto}: [esc] at Four Seasons Silicon Valley

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Is [esc] at Four Seasons Silicon Valley the perfect escape? [esc], the new cafe/lounge space in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley is a sleek and welcome addition to the luxury hotel. Chef Eric Keppler, the in-house…

{SF} China Live: Modern Chinese in San Francisco’s Chinatown

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The opening of China Live, a modern restaurant and emporium in San Francisco’s Chinatown, brings back a lot of nostalgic memories for me. When I was growing up in San Jose, before Ranch 99s and Marina Foods became fixtures along…

Pusheen Birthday Party for a 4 Year Old

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This post is a bit belated but I couldn’t not share pictures of a Pusheen birthday party! Isabelle wanted a Minnie Mouse party like she had last year – I think she’s at the stage where she enjoys the comfort zone of repetition and…

Raspberry White Chocolate Brownie Heart

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I’m catching up on past baking projects from last month. First off, was it cliché to make a brownie in the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day? What about a raspberry white chocolate brownie in the shape of a…

Things to Do on St. Simons Island

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There’s only a couple days left to enter the HGTV® Dream Home 2017 sweepstakes – don’t forget to click here for your chance to win! In case you need a little daydream fodder for things do on St. Simons Island if you won…