8&8 Baking Company

macarons

Lovely, gorgeous macarons! How could I resist?

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On the left are the rose macarons filled with white chocolate and on the right, lavender macarons filled with chocolate ganache.

As soon as these photos were taken, the luscious macarons seen here were immediately gobbled up. My daughter, husband, and I couldn’t help it. You just don’t leave these lying around in our house!

As I bit delicately into the rose macarons, the creaminess of the white chocolate gushed through. And the lavender chocolate ganache was rich and gooey, the good kind of gooey.

with katThese lovely macarons were carefully handcrafted by pastry chef, Kathleen Kwan of 8&8 Baking Company in Napa, CA.

This is me with Kathleen on the right. I’ve known her since she was in 5th grade as I was her afterschool teacher. She is now all grown up and I’m so proud of her.

Congrats, Kathleen, on your new endeavor! Wishing you much success in the pastry world!

You can find 8&8 cookies at Rancho Gordo in the Ferry Building in San Francisco or at the store in Napa.

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My Top Picks from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2014

The Winter Fancy Food Show 2014 in San Francisco was fantastic! This year food trends included crunchy seaweed snacks and new gluten-free products.

King of Pop popcorn is wildly addictive with gourmet flavors like Double Chocolate Drizzle Caramel (my favorite), Honey Mustard, and Cookies & Cream.

Brownie Brittle is one of America’s favorite dessert turned into a crispy treat. Toffee Crunch is the best flavor and Mint Chocolate Chip reminds me of my favorite Girl Scout Cookies.

Introducing the Panini Gelato! Cut a King’s Hawaiian bun in half and place a scoop of ice cream in the middle. Continue reading

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Chinese New Year – Dim Sum

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Sun Tai Geen Hong (Wishing you good health). We went to Tai Wu Restaurant. Feast your eyes on this!

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燒賣 Siomai – Pork Dumpling

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韭菜饺子Guw Choy Gao Zi – Chinese Chives and Shrimp Dumpling

I found a recipe for it here.

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白花蒸豆腐Bak Fa Jing Dul Fu – Steamed Tofu with Shrimp on top

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芥蘭 Gai Lan – Chinese Broccoli

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蛋撻 Don Tot – Egg Custard (There were originally 4, but 2 were eaten before this picture was taken!)

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咸魚雞粒炒Hom Yur Gai Lup Chow Fan – Salted Fish and Chicken Fried Rice

Craving more? Make your own dim sum with this Dim Sum Cookbook.

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I Met Duff!


This past Sunday, I attended my 8th Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. It was amazing and fun.

And while cruising the aisles, I saw this bald man from behind, wearing a bright red jersey. I thought to myself, “Is that Duff?”

When I got closer, I realized it was! If you don’t know, Duff Goldman is the star of the Food Network Show “Ace of Cakes”.

He and his team of talented artists build spectacular and sometimes gravity defying cakes for their clients at his bakery, Charm City Cakes, based in Continue reading

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Philz Coffee in South San Francisco

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I love, love, love Philz Coffee! For the longest time, we had to trek to the Mission and brave difficult parking to satisfy our Philz craving.

But finally, finally Philz Coffee opened up in South San Francisco, my old neighborhood. It’s in the brand new Westborough Square, replacing the old Caffino.

And I love that there is a free parking lot and I don’t have to deal with limited San Francisco street parking!

The new Philz here is spacious and airy with a high ceiling. It’s also a lot cleaner feeling than the original Philz in the Mission.

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My go-to drink is the very popular Mint Mojito, an iced coffee flavored with fresh mint leaves. It’s not too sweet with a hint of mint, a perfectly refreshing drink on a hot day.

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