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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


Bi-Rite Bliss

September 7, 2009 1 comment

One of the best things in life is real good ice cream.

And Bi-Rite Creamery’s artisanal ice cream is beyond good.  Made with Straus Family organic dairy products and organic fruit and flavorings, Bi-Rite ice cream is real good beyond words.

Bi-Rite Ice Cream

Scrumptious Street Food

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Saturday’s street food block-party at Folsom Street was a gastronomic treat!  It was the San Francisco Street Food Festival, a day-long block-party of local foodies celebrating great street food from the city’s vibrant community of food entrepreneurs and renowned chefs.

From savory to sweet, it was street food at its finest.  My favorite was Aziza’s Moroccan “taco,” a flatbread with harissa and braised beef cheeks.

Aziza's Moroccan Tacos

It has an amazing spicy kick that makes it perfect with Aziza’s refreshing sweet mint tea.  It was so amazing that the queue for the tacos was hour-long but was well worth it.

Dennis’ favorite was Absinthe’s Jamie’s famous hot dogs.  Jamie is Top Chef Jaime Lauren, Absinthe’s executive chef, who was at the event serving her hot dogs.  I typically do not like sauerkraut but I loved the sauerkraut on this perfect hot dog.  It was sweet and scrumptious.

And a street food frenzy will not be complete without my ultimate sweet street food favorite: funnel cakes!

Endless Summer Sweets' Funnel cake

I cannot begin to describe how a funnel cake dusted with powdery sugar makes me so happy.  And Endless Summer Sweets goes even further by topping it with fresh sweet strawberries and cream.  This is what good life is all about.

Other noteworthy bites were Kasa’s Kati Roll, a flaky buttery roti wrapped around charbroiled chicken and Poleng Lounge’s Vietnamese style BBQ oysters. Check out my Flickr page for more photos.

The San Francisco Street Food Festival benefits La Cocina, the city’s incubator kitchen that provides commercial kitchen space as well as technical and marketing resources to budding local food entrepreneurs.  To learn more about La Cocina follow this link.

San Francisco Street Food Festival