Archive for Dessert First

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…

HGTV Dream Home 2017 Tour and Giveaway

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Thanks to HGTV® Dream Home 2017 I had the chance to live the dream a couple weeks ago on St. Simons. This idyllic island off the coast of Georgia is where HGTV created their newest Dream Home – and I, along with…

Chick Egg Custard Tarts for Chinese New Year

Chick Egg Custard Tarts

Happy Year of the Rooster! Saturday, January 28 is the first day of the lunar new year and my family in Hong Kong will be celebrating with a lot of good eating. Although eating is pretty much the official pastime in Hong…

Italian Cherry Tart and Nonna Box Review

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It’s way past Christmas but I still feel like I’m opening presents. Shortly before the end of last year I was gifted a delivery from Nonna Box: a subscription box full of gourmet foodstuffs from Italy. Every month a different area…

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

It’s full on cookie baking time and I’m excited to be part of Rodelle‘s annual Christmas Cookie Campaign again! Visit Rodelle’s page to see the collection of cookie recipes my fellow Rodelle ambassadors have created for this holiday season: there are some delicious…

Dessert Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Dessert Lover's Gift Guide 2016

After cookbook recs, here’s my holiday gift guide 2016. Just a couple weeks left until Christmas! While I’ve been crossing names off my Christmas list, I’ve also been adding more and more items to my own wish list – occupational…

Best Baking Cookbooks of 2016

Best Baking Cookbooks of 2016

Happy December! It’s time for one of my favorite posts of the year: my picks for best baking cookbooks of 2016 !

I’ve just returned from a couple weeks out of town – visiting family in the Midwest over Thanksgiving weekend…

{Cookbook Review}: Classic German Baking and Eisenbahnschitten (Almond Cream Jam Bars)

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Happy Thanksgiving week! Although sometimes I think I’m getting the hang of this adulting thing, I have to admit that I’ve definitely gotten a pass the last few holiday seasons. It’s always been dinner at my parents’ or with the…