Tagged: Desserts

Jul 18

All Organic Macarons at Chantal Guillon

With much anticipation, I’ve been meaning to visit Chantal Guillon since they re-opened. So last Friday, I decided to take a 2 mile walk up and down the San Francisco hills for these sweet macaron delights! When I got there, there was a line which was impressive since it was in the middle of the day. Sweet and friendly, Chantal Guillon, was working.

When I got home, it was time to try them out with some coffee.  The macarons colors were a bit pale compared to how I remembered Paulette. I had to take a look at my Paulette blog to compare, and yes indeed, the colors were very different. I hate to say this, but I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy them as much as the macarons I’ve once had at Paulette. Not to say that Chantal Guillon is not good, they were still soft and fluffy,  but not as good as I remembered, and the filling was a bit sweeter than I would have liked.

So I had to do some digging online and according to what I read, Chantal Guillon moved on from the Paulette franchise and decided to go with the concept of all natural and organic products for her macarons, which is probably why they look and taste different.  She probably decided to make her move from the Paulette franchise since they was going through changes themselves. Turns out Paulette is now Lette Macarons, because “pau” was the victim of a trademark lawsuit! Oh my macarons is right!

I would still try Chantal Guillon if you haven’t. You never know, you might like the all organic macarons more than me! But for those who would like to have the macarons you once remembered, you can still order them from Lette Macarons, after all, they were shipped in daily from Beverly Hills anyways.

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Jun 27

Mmm Mmm Good at Loving Cup

Last week I discovered BlackboardEats which offers culinary specials at many restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York! For San Francisco, they featured Loving Cup which I’ve probably drove and walked by many of times but never stopped by when I used to live in the area. So I got my password to get a 30% off from BlackboardEats and off to Loving Cup I went. The location is quite small, with about 4-5 barstools to sit inside and a park bench outside. We ordered the special slow-churned frozen yogurt, one Vanilla with Pistachio and English Toffee and one Vanilla with Banana and Walnut with a Dash of Nutmeg! We watched them use a very cool machine to hand churn the non-fat vanilla yogurt with our selected ingredients. Both of our picks were soooo delicious with the mixture of the smooth yogurt.  Since they are known for rice pudding, and since Coconut Rice Pudding is the most popular, I had to buy one to go for my hubby who loves coconut. And here I am blogging and eating the Coconut Rice Pudding, gooey, not too sweet, hint of vanilla and shredded coconut…this sweet delight is absolutely Mmm Mmm Good!

 

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Jun 20

All Things Bouchon

I love celebrations because it’s always an excuse for me to eat something delicious! Over the weekend, my hubby and I decided to enjoy a day trip in Napa Valley for our 5 years Anniversary of dating…yes…any excuse to enjoy a gourmet meal!

We decided to go to Bouchon Bistro for some French Bistro by highly acclaimed Chef Thomas Keller! This restaurant was busy and crowded, we had 12:30pm reservations and noticed people trying to get seats for their late lunches at 2:00pm! With that being said, it was a sunny Saturday afternoon, but still very impressive!

The service was of course, impeccable, with very friendly and attentive staff. They started us off with their fresh bread and creamy butter, once we had this, we knew it was going to be a remarkable lunch. We ordered the Half a Dozen Raw Oysters, adding 2 Clams…they were not only fresh and sweet, they were exceptionally cleansed when served with all the juice intact!

We then enjoyed the Salmon Tartar special, which ran out about half an hour after we ordered it. I am sooo glad we got this, the salmon was so fresh and served with chopped eggs, onions, capers and topped with Crème Fraiche, and of course it was served with perfect toasty bread! OoOoO La La…what a creative and colorful dish! After we finished this dish, I had to ask if the eggs were chopped finely by a food processor or if someone actually chopped them up in the kitchen, and of course someone actually chopped them!

We also shared the Steak Frites, a pan-seared prime flatiron served with sweet caramelized shallots and maître d’hôtel butter and the Moules au Safran, Maine bouchot mussels steamed with white wine, mustard and saffron! This was a great way for us to get our duet surf and turf entrees! The steak was medium rare, it was probably more on the rare side which we didn’t mind, the meat was so tender and the caramelized shallots enhanced every bite! The little mussels were very tasty, especially when dipped into the white wine, mustard and saffron!

Since both of these dishes were served with French Fries, we decided to upgrade to the Macaroni au Gratin as another side! Both of these were superb, the fries were extra crispy and well done, and the macaroni and cheese was baked, golden and toasty on top with strings of cheese!

As we were devouring our amazing lunch, we kept turning around to check the lines at Bouchon Bakery since that we our next stop. The line was out the door the entire time we were eating!  At first I thought a tour bus dropped off tourists for a quick purchase, I was wrong, it was just lots of people who wanted their baked goods! Since the lines were long, we decided to return before going home, we didn’t want macarons melting in the car.  We went back an hour before closing and there were still people but the lines were much shorter! We got ourselves a fresh Baguette and Macarons-Espresso, Pistachio, Hazelnut and their seasonal one Strawberry Rhubarb!  Oh my Macarons…they were much bigger than I expected, probably about 2.5 inches in diameter! These colorful puffy sweet delights were filled with a hint of flavor between the perfect shells of meringue cookies!

It was such a great day having All Things Bouchon!

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Jun 17

Sweet Cupcake from SusieCakes

It was my first time trying SusieCakes! My colleague got one and gave it to me! I didn’t know what it was at first, just that this food item was in a super cute to go box! I looked in, and there it was, one Red Velvet Cupcake topped with lots of frosting! Sweet Stuff SusieCakes!

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May 19

Sweet Sweet Kara’s Cupcakes

My hubby came home and surprised me with something in a cute pink box! No, not the Tiffany blue box, a pink box with a Kara’s Cupcakes sticker! Oh how he knows the way to my heart…food…my eyes popped out and I had a big smile on my face! There they were, a plush Sweet S’mores cupcake which is a chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust on the bottom and toasted marshmallow frosting, a Vanilla and Chocolate cupcake with a coconut cream cheese frosting!

Of course we shared them! He’s not much of a dessert fan himself, but to his surprise, he REALLY liked them! They were all sugary delights but I LOVED the Sweet S’mores, I personally love marshmallow and the frosting was not too sweet, it blended perfectly with the rich chocolate, while the graham cracker was so good and such sweet surprise!

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May 12

Did Someone Say Bourbon? Yes, Bourbon Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies That Is

I first tried Brown Butter Sea Salt Cookies last year and I loved it! You can read more about the other heavenly flavors from my previous blog! I finally found an excuse to buy some recently, and my friend who is the Dough Maker there included a package of their NEW flavor, the Bourbon Brown Butter Sea Salt cookies, made with dark brown sugar and a top shelf bourbon. Once I opened the little package, I could smell nothing but pure sweetness…and then I took a bite…soft, fresh, buttery, with a hint of bourbon and sea salt melting in my mouth…WOW! The next time I order, I have to add this to the mix!

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Mar 26

A Night at Candybar

Yesterday we had last minute dinner plans and decided to go to a restaurant near Candybar so that we could go there for some desserts afterwards.  I got to Candybar early so that I could catch up with my friend who owns the place.  I arrived when they just opened and as I sat, people just kept coming in, it was super busy. I never knew people enjoyed desserts and wine at 6:00pm, but they apparently do.  I told my friend that we were planning to have dinner at Little Star Pizza around the block and will return afterward, he then let me know that we could actually order Little Star Pizza and eat it at Candybar, he even had the menu there! It turns out they do this often. It worked out perfectly, we just called for our pizza, picked it up and brought it back to enjoy,  they gave us plates and silverware for our dinner, we were all set!

It was actually my first time having Little Star Pizza, I’ve heard great reviews and was excited to try it! We ordered the fresh organic mixed greens served with cherry tomatoes, red bells, red onions, gorgonzola cheese and chopped walnuts, tossed with a housemade vinaigrette dressing and the large 12″ Classic Deep Dish Pizza topped with sausage, mushrooms, onions, green bells and lots of tomato sauce! The food was all sooo good, the pizza was very saucy and I really liked the little crunchy cornmeal bits too!

Then it was time for dessert! Candybar has an extensive dessert menu and everything sounds delightful! For those who cannot decide. they offer a ‘Dessert for Two’ Option,  featuring a selection of four desserts for $25.00 which is a great deal! We  tasted the Chocolate Financier Cake served with frozen Bavarian cream, cranberry sauce, almonds, breton crumble/the Japanese Cheesecake served with graham cracker streusel, honeydew, champagne granita, guava sorbet/the Strawberry Limeade featuring strawberry mousse, vanilla cake, calamansi cream, strawberries/the Buttermilk Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta featuring cocoa macaron, balsamic strawberry reduction, strawberries/the Lavender Honey Creme Fraiche Semi Freddo featuring almond brittle, nutella powder, cantaloupe/and the Lemon Tart featuring Frozen Meringue, Coconut Macaroon, Coconut Snow!

Creative and innovative, every dessert and it’s complementary ingredients blended together perfectly, from the guava sorbet, almond brittle, coconut snow to the frozen Bavarian cream, all these elements were an unexpected surprise. How much did we enjoy it, take a look at the photo on the bottom right, that’s how much we enjoyed it!  For those who love desserts, you must pay Candybar a visit!

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Mar 23

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Citizen Cake

Yesterday my cousin let me know that he had extra red velvet cupcakes that he wanted to give me. Free cupcakes…YES!  Then I found out they were Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese-pomegranate frosting by Citizen Cake! Double YES!  So I picked up these delicate plush cupcakes and they smelled so sweet and fruity! The cake was good, maybe a little overpowered by the cream cheese-pomegranate frosting but still very good all around!

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Mar 06

Sweet Delights at Stella Pastry & Cafe

One of my favorite dessert places in San Francisco is Stella Pastry & Cafe. I used to come here all the time for my sweet cravings! Over the weekend, we decided to come here for dessert and coffee, it’s been a long time since my last visit. As I was devouring the sweets, all I kept thinking was, ‘Damn, I miss this place!’ Stella Pastry & Cafe is a charming little place, it’s not a huge space like the other coffee joints in the area, I love how it’s  so very cozy, there’s probably only 2 tables that can seat up to 4 people.

We ordered ourselves the Chocolate Fedora with dark chocolate flakes, the layered Napoleon, the signature and prize winning Sacripantina and a plate of chewy Amoretti Cookies, complemented with our cups of caffeine of course! All the desserts were perfect, not too sweet, fluffy and addictive!  Although I no longer recognized the staff who worked there, the desserts were still as delicious! If you are ever in the area, want some sweet delights and a nice quiet night, stop by this quaint neighborhood spot!

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Feb 15

Simply Amazing, Nosh This

Over the weekend, my sister gave me two pieces of chocolates. She let me know she got it from a place in the Mission District, and that it was a piece of bacon chocolate and a piece of sea salt caramel chocolate.  My reply “Bacon Chocolate?”  She told me it was good and I had to try it.

I took it home and finally tried it yesterday. Yes, believe it or not, I didn’t just eat it immediately! I admit, I like chocolate, but I don’t love chocolate, so yes…chocolate can be lying all over my house and I wouldn’t have to eat it! But, my sister being my sister, a food lover, I had a feeling that there must be something special about these. So I opened the bacon chocolate and OMG, WOW…I was blown away! I wanted to save a bite for my husband but I couldn’t stop eating it, and the next thing I knew, it was gone! Afterward, I tried the sea salt caramel, WHOA, this isn’t just sea salt, there’s something else in this!

While I was devouring them, I went to the site, Nosh This, luckily there was a sticker on the package so that I could find where these were from! Turns out the bacon chocolate had a special name to it, the  “Bacon Crack”…Chocolate-Dipped featuring Bacon and Butter Toffee with Almonds! Oh my! And the sea salt caramel was the Black Peppercorn, Fleur de Sel Salted Caramel! I knew there was a spice to the flavor!

And today, I found myself talking about this “Bacon Crack” with all my colleagues at work! I emailed Nosh This and got in contact with Kai, the creator of this amazing concept!  He is actually delivery some “Bacon Crack” to us tomorrow! For those who would like to try this, he is located at 20th and Valencia on Mondays and Fridays (weather dependent)! He can also deliver or ship to you!

THIS IS A MUST TRY!

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