Ever the kid at heart, I absolutely love holiday traditions. My favorite Halloween one is pumpkin carving. As a kid, I couldn't wait to pick out the best pumpkin from the bunch we were selling at the farm store, and set up shop on the kitchen table with my siblings and dad for a pumpkin... Continue Reading →
Even though I don't get to experience true fall weather in San Francisco like I used to on the East Coast, as October rolls around I still can't help getting into the spirit. Between regular updates from back home about the state of the apple harvest and all those pumpkin flavored drinks that begin to... Continue Reading →
My husband and I decided to break from our usual Friday routine (take-out sushi and a movie on our couch) and had a real date night out in the Mission district last week. After a great dinner at Flour+Water and a show (one of my husband's co-workers was playing in a piano recital), we capped... Continue Reading →
I was on the road again this week for work, this time to Atlanta, and I managed to escape briefly one evening for an excursion to Jeni’s Ice Cream. The original Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream was founded a little over 16 years ago in Columbus, Ohio, by Jeni Britton Bauer. Today, with over 33 locations in... Continue Reading →
An invitation to our friends' three-year-old daughter's birthday party in Golden Gate Park finally gave me an excuse to trek to the opposite side of the city for a stop at one of my personal local favorite ice cream shops nearby: San Francisco's Hometown Creamery. It is a one-of-a-kind place in the Inner Sunset neighborhood,... Continue Reading →
I love birthdays. They are the perfect excuse to go a little overboard on the sweets. For my husband's birthday last weekend, I took a queue from the fall season and combined an old favorite - my homemade apple crisp - with something new - Bourbon Brown Sugar Ice Cream. After all, what's a birthday... Continue Reading →
We didn't have fig season where I grew up, but now it's something I look forward to as a California resident. I can't wait for those pretty purple fruits arrive in the markets in late summer so I can try some new way to enjoy them.
The cinnamon flavor of this creamy custard adds just enough spicy interest against the vanilla to be a decadent treat all on its own, no toppings needed.
I recently enrolled in a Pastry Fundamentals class at the San Francisco Cooking School. I'm no stranger to baking, but I figured it would be a good exercise to get some professional training and pick up a few new skills. Plus, the fundamentals of pastries are the basis of ice cream, so this can only... Continue Reading →