What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Cronuts (or CroNots) have finally made their way to the Bay Area — and it turns out they were, secretly, already here. We do a taste test and tell you where to get the sweet treats before the craze passes.
The versatility of the cobbler family of desserts allows you to experiment with various combinations of summer fruit and swap in biscuit or pie dough, depending on what you have on hand. After all, you’re cobbling it together. If the shoe fits, wear it.
A 70-year-old California ice cream company is growing its delectable product line. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams has new owners as well as a master ice cream maker on staff (a rare feat) and continues to use ingredients like Guittard and Valrhona chocolate, as well as organic cage-free eggs.
The Marina gets a taste of France with the opening of the new Le Marais Bakery. See what Stephanie Rosenbaum thinks about their croissants, and find out the sweet plans that owner Patrick Ascaso, baker Justin Brown, and pastry chef Phil Ogiela have in store.
When Twinkies hit the stores again on July 15, they’re shelf life will be nearly twice as long as it used to be: 45 days. (We were surprised it wasn’t longer.) There’s a whole lot of food science employed to help the creme-filled cake defy the laws of baked-good longevity.
There’s a promising newcomer entering the East Bay ice cream scene. Curbside Creamery plans to start scooping from its new space in Oakland’s Temescal Alley this fall.
Apricots are the finest of summer’s fruits, with dense, juicy flesh and delicate, velvety skins. That’s why it is so disheartening when you bite into one, only to find it is mealy and flavorless. To find the best ones, head to your local farmers market.
Among the many culinary treats Italy has given the world is gelato, a frozen dessert with roots in ancient Mesopotamia. Gelato lovers from all over the world are flocking to a university outside Bologna, Italy, to master the art of gelato-making. Here’s a free lesson: Don’t call it ice cream.
Stephanie Rosenbaum shares some highlights from Sunset’s Celebration Weekend — including a recipe for Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Papaya and Mango from Yigit Pura of Tout Sweet Patisserie.
Friday’s holiday wasn’t the brain child of doughnut vendors trying to push their sugary, deep-fried treats (though some will give them to you for free). The holiday stems from the wartime volunteer service of “dough girls” — and even helped to lighten the dark days of Vietnam POWs.
Did you know that Ben Affleck is deeply involved with helping Eastern Congo farmers and works with Seattle’s Theo Chocolate? Find out more about this chocolate, as well as what to eat at the Collections Café at Chihuly Garden and Glass and other fresh Seattle spots.
A vegetable that often masquerades as a fruit in sweet dishes, rhubarb is a true harbinger of the season, appearing in April and, if we’re lucky, lasting until July. You can save some for an off-season fix, too, because it freezes and thaws beautifully.