July 22, 2015

A Sweet Stroll through SoHo!

Selection of p√Ętisserie at Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo

A quest for the perfect macaron recently called me to New York City. I came for a French macaron-making workshop in Brooklyn at the Ecole Valrhona, the training program for pastry chefs that is part of the renowned chocolate company based in France. During my visit, I ventured out to explore the bakeries of Manhattan. The highlight was a stroll through SoHo, where I discovered a stylish hub of foodie delights and sampled some of the best desserts that I've ever tasted! 

Sweet SoHo Walking Tour Itinerary...
1.) Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring Street)
2.) Laduree (398 West Broadway)
3.) Vosges Haut-Chocolate (132 Spring Street)
4.) MarieBelle (484 Broome Street)
5.) Georgetown Cupcake (111 Mercer Street)
6.) Balthazar Bakery (80 Spring Street) 
7.) Francois Payard Bakery (116 West Houston Street)

July 2, 2015

Rosemary-Lemon Sorbet & Lemon Cookies {Simple Recipes}

Fresh lemons always remind me of carefree summer days, sunshine and sidewalk lemonade stands. In the small backyard of my childhood home, we had a super-productive lemon tree that generously provided flavorful fruit. Sadly most of the lemons went unused because I didn't yet know how to make desserts like Lemon Meringue Pie, Tarte aux Citron and Lemon Sorbet. 

Nowadays I'm always on the lookout for sweet and savory dishes that call for citrus fruit. In balmy weather, nothing is more appealing than a chilled glass of lemonade. Lemons also make the most refreshing of desserts—light, icy sorbet. This recipe for Rosemary-Lemon sorbet reminds me of vacations in Italy, where locally grown lemons are used to make granita (flavored ice) during the warmest months, June through September.

June 11, 2015

The Fabulous Flavors of Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
2790 Harrison Street, San Francisco (415) 550-6971
When I was little, like most kids, summer was my favorite time of year. Not that I didn't love school, but how can you compare to the season of swimming, sunshine and ice cream!? From a very young age, I learned that hot days meant trips to Baskin-Robbins, the ice cream shop famous for its assortment of flavors. I always chose the most fun and colorful flavors, such as Oreo Cookie, Pink Bubblegum and Rainbow Sherbet.

Baskin-Robbins may have invented the concept of fun flavors, but many other ice cream shops have adopted this trend and have come up with their own fanciful varieties. This concept has been taken to the next level by Humphry Slocombe, one of San Francisco's finest artisan ice cream makers located in the Mission district. As you'd expect from a place with such an unusual name, Humphry Slocombe is all about creativity— which shines through in its unique selection of flavors.