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 →
We have arrived at part two of my Oregon odyssey and a major highlight of our visit to Portland: a stop at Salt & Straw. While this shop can also be found in San Francisco, I have been holding off so that I could start with the original. Born and raised in Portland, this shop... Continue Reading →
We made our first trip to Oregon over the long weekend for a friend's wedding, and took advantage of the opportunity to spend a couple of extended days there to really get the lay of the the land. Of course, that provided the perfect opportunity to try a bit of the ice cream scene, too.... Continue Reading →