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12 Round Shaped Sweet Treats for Good Luck: A New Year’s Tradition

December 29, 2009 6 comments

Every New Year’s Eve, it has been my mom’s tradition to gather 12 round fruits to bring us good luck in the coming year.  It has to be twelve, she says, one for each month of the new year.  And it has to be round-shaped for prosperity, abundance and wealth.  So she buys grapes, oranges, melons and even watermelons to ring in the new year.

This year, I’m starting my own tradition. I’m gathering 12 round shaped sweet treats to welcome the New Year!  These are my San Francisco favorites culled from past blogs plus teasers for future posts.  It’s definitely not a comprehensive list since I can only cram twelve.  And I guess, that’s what the New Year is for, a whole new year to try new tasty treats!  Send me a note and let me know what’s on your list.

And by the way, I define round shaped very loosely here.  It can be spherical or circular in shape or served in a spherical or circular container.

Fried Dough.

1. Dynamo Donut’s maple glazed bacon apple doughnut. “The saltiness of the little chunks of crispy bacon complements the sweetness of the maple glaze very well, which makes the maple glazed bacon apple an instant favorite.”

Dynamo Donuts Maple Glazed Bacon Apple

2. I Preferiti di Boriana’s bomboloni. Italian doughnuts filled with chocolate ganash and tossed in sugar. Pure bomboloni bliss.

Bomboloni with Chocolate Ganache

Street Sweets

3. Creme Brulee Cart’s Cap’n Crunch Creme Brulee. “But as he sprinkled colorful Cap’n Crunch pieces on my cup, for some reason, I got so excited. I knew I was in for a sweet treat!”

Cap'n Crunch Creme Brulee

4. Wholesome Bakery’s Sweet Potato Pie. Healthy baby sweet potato pies that actually taste great.  No need for sugar since the sweetness of the sweet potato shines.

Wholesome Bakery Sweet Potato Pie

I Scream for Ice Cream

5. Bi-Rite Salted Caramel Ice Cream. “One of the best things in life is real good ice cream. And Bi-Rite Creamery’s artisanal ice cream is beyond good.”

Bi-rite Ice Cream

6. Humphry Slocombe’s Ice Cream. Yes, you read it right: salt-n-peppa ice cream. Crazy, one-of-a-kind and out-of-this-world, yummy flavors are what makes Humphry Slocombe truly special.

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

Cupcake Heaven

7. Kara’s Cupcakes. “A pink box full of Kara’s pumpkin spice cupcake, moist carrot cupcake, and banana cupcake with caramel filling, all topped with Kara’s silky smooth cream cheese frosting, makes me extremely crazy, stupid happy.”

Kara's Cupcakes

8. Baked’s Red Velvet Cupcake. This small bakeshop in Potrero Hill is a real neighborhood find with baked treats like cookies, peanut brittle, and delightful red velvet cupcakes.

Baked's Red Velvet Cupcake

Filipino Finds

9. House of Silvanas Bakeshop’s Ube Silvanas. “They are best enjoyed frozen. The crunchy wafers and the yummy buttercream just delightfully melt in your mouth.”

Ube Silvanas

10. Hilda’s Hopia. Hilda’s Filipino favorite bean filled pastry is flaky, buttery and sweet.

Hilda's Hopia
Breakfast Bites

11. Dottie’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes. “The neighborhood may be dicey and the wait may be long but breakfast at Dottie’s is always a treat. The food is simply scrumptious.”

Dottie's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

12. Tartine’s Bread Pudding with Apples. There are so many tasty treats to try at Tartine (and a lot of alliterations, too); from delicious croissants and tarts to amazing bread pudding.

Tartine's Cup of Bread Pudding with Apples

Fresh Farmers’ Fare

August 4, 2009 1 comment

Heirlooms are here!!

Fresh Farmers Market Tomatoes

From green and red zebras to brandywines, sliced heirlooms drizzled with olive oil and dusted with salt and pepper are one of my favorite things!

Fresh Farmers Market Snap Peas

But there’s more. Golden yellow squash. Sweet corn. Snap peas. Peaches, plums and nectarines.

Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh farmers’ fare and my favorite place in the city to get them is at the Farmers’ Market at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero.  Open year-round and twice a week, the Farmers’ Market showcases fresh, organic and in-season produce from local organic farms throughout the Bay Area.  It is a great place in the city to shop for sustainable food and to support local farms and small businesses.

Fresh Farmers Market Peppers

I love going to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings.  I think it is one of the absolutely coolest things to do in the city.  After a caffeine boost at Peet’s or a quick breakfast bite at one of the specialty street food stalls, I snake my way through the crowds to sample and pick the freshest produce on my shopping list.  Aside from fruits and vegetables, the Farmers’ Market also features fresh flowers, artisan breads, pastries, cheese and yogurt as well as organic eggs and meats from local poultry farms and ranchers.

A trip to the market would not be complete without a treat.   Last weekend, Dennis and I enjoyed an amazing cherry chocolate rugelach from the Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Company.  It was so good that it was gone before I can take a quick photo of it.

Fresh Farmers Market Eggs

For a list of farmers’ markets throughout the Bay Area follow this link.  And for more photos of the freshest farmers’ fare check out my Flickr photostream.

I love San Francisco

July 22, 2009 5 comments

I am so glad to be back in the city!

Last weekend was our first weekend back and it reminded me very clearly of how much I missed and how much I love San Francisco.  It was a wonderful weekend spent walking around our new neighborhood in the Dogpatch, enjoying breakfast at a café, playing ball with Stanford in the park and then running down the Embarcadero later that day.  I really missed the city a lot, I realized.  And I am so excited to be back!

I first moved to the city four years ago and was instantly smitten by its charm.  I have always wanted to live in San Francisco and even though my job was in Silicon Valley I chose to live in the city and brave the long commute.  Last year, however, I joined a start-up company further down south, which meant an even longer commute. We decided to leave and move down to San Jose. We left with a heavy heart but it did not take long for us to realize that San Francisco is our real home. After ten utterly uninspiring months, we have returned.

Back in San Francisco.

I love San Francisco.

I love that the city is where Dennis and I met, where we fell in love and where we adopted our adorable red corgi, Stanford.  We rescued him from a shelter in Utah and drove him through the Sierras back to San Francisco.

I love that the city is where I ran my first marathon.  I can still remember that early Sunday morning when I crossed the Golden Gate Bridge blanketed in fog.  It was truly amazing!  I never thought of myself as being athletic but I have been hooked on running ever since.

I love that the city is wonderfully walkable.  I love walking up and down the hills around Union Square and Dolores Park.  Those hills are never too daunting.  I love walking to the train station, to the grocery store, to the bookstore, to the coffee shop and to almost everywhere.  I love walking Stanford in the early morning when it is cool and quiet outside, my corgi in one hand and my cup of coffee in the other.

I love that the city is a gracious host to film and theater.  I love seeing old films at the Castro Theater, from old musicals like Kiss Me Kate and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to classic Alfred Hitchcock thrillers.  I love that my all-time favorite Wicked first played in the city before captivating Broadway.

I love that the city is foodie-friendly.  I love scrumptious Sunday brunches at Dottie’s, Brenda’s and Town’s End.  Fried chicken at Town Hall and Hard Knox Cafe.  French at Chapeau and Fringale.  And tasty treats at Bi-Rite Ice Cream, Hot Cookie and Happy Donut, where it’s never too late for a quick sugar fix.

I love that the city is a photographer’s paradise.  I love its cool and interesting neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm.   I love its cool and good-looking people, too.

I am so glad to be back in the city. There is so much to explore and so much to discover. There is definitely no place like home.

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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