Last weekend, my friend. who is getting married in April, asked me to go wedding cake tasting with her and her fiance at a bakery in Los Altos. There were so many different flavors of cakes to try. My favorite was the mango passionfruit sponge cake and the green tea sponge cake with vanilla bean cream. Sooo good. If you live in the Bay Area, Satura Cakes is one of my favorite bakeries.
I used to go to school in the area and sometimes after classes, we would stop at Satura Cakes for some pastries. They have so many options, including a chocolate covered croissant. I mean, seriously chocolate covered croissant.
Puff pastries filled with cinnamon apples then drizzled with salted caramel. These salted caramel apple turnovers are simple to make and delicious.
The heavy rain falls steadily outside. The strong wind howls and rattles the windows. It’s definitely winter in the Bay Area, and all I want to do is stay inside.
I swear, if I could hibernate all winter, I really would. All the gloominess and gray skies make me want to stay in bed and under layers of blankets all day long. Does anyone else feel the same way? How do you motivate yourself to get things done?
Since I can’t stay in bed all day, I like to spend time in my second favorite spot in the house: the kitchen. I’ve mentioned before that I love having the oven on during the winter with something delicious baking. The warmth from the heat radiating from the oven, the aroma of baked goods. What’s not to love?
Leftover croissant filled with peanut butter and jam, then baked in an egg custard. This Peanut Butter and Jelly Croissant French Toast is the ultimate breakfast.
We survived the first full week of the new year, and somehow it’s already almost the middle of the month. Some days, time goes by a little too fast. It’s kind of scary.
But since we survived the first week, yay us!, that means we should celebrate! It’s definitely another perfect day for brunch. At home. Because it’s supposed to be raining this weekend. And let’s be honest. I don’t do well in the rain. lol. Cold and wet is definitely not one of my favorites.
And I can’t think of a better option for staying in than this peanut butter and jelly croissant french toast.
One of my favorite places for brunch in San Francisco is Sweet Maple. They have something called Millionaire’s Bacon. Thick cut bacon slowly baked in brown sugar and chili for hours. It’s seriously my favorite kind of bacon and also the most expensive. If you’ve ever tried to brave the brunch crowd during a weekend in SF, you know how serious people are about brunch out here. As in over an hour wait. So I loved that I was able to go out during the holidays when most locals were out of town and got to be seated in about 15 minutes. If you’re ever in SF and looking for a brunch spot, Sweet Maple is it. And definitely order the Blackstone Benedict.
Loaf bread filled with cocoa powder, melted semi sweet chocolate chunks, and white chocolate chips. This double chocolate chip bread is so delicious, perfect for the chocolate lover.
Since I missed the holidays, I kind of want to indulge just a little to make up for it. This double chocolate chip bread is exactly what I’m looking for. It tastes partly like chocolate cake and partly like brownies.
Baked salmon marinated in maple garlic soy sauce, served with roasted vegetables and mixed grains. These maple garlic soy salmon grain bowls are delicious and simple to make, a great option for a weeknight dinner.
It’s been raining the entire weekend in San Francisco, and there are no signs of the rainstorm letting up. I think we’re in for a whole week of rain and gusty winds. Which means it’s the perfect time to spend in the kitchen with the oven on.
The oven is definitely not my favorite to have on during the summer when it’s super warm and the sun is streaming through the windows, creating an inferno in the kitchen. But during the winter when it’s cold outside, the warmth radiating from the oven is the most comforting. It doesn’t matter if I’m making dinner or baking desserts, it’s just so cozy in the kitchen when the oven is on. At least it is to me. Do you feel the same way?
Last weekend, my family and I went to Candytopia, another pop up museum in the city. If you’ve been to the Museum of Ice Cream or the Color Factory, this is pretty similar.
I loved that there were so many different artwork and sculptures made of candy. There are placards next to the art piece telling you what candies were used, how many, how much time it took to make, and how much sugar is in each piece of art.
This dragon was amazing and of course, made of candy. Everything can be touched and/or interactive, which makes it even better.