Monthly Archives: August 2011

Miette – San Francisco, CA

By | Desserts, Restaurants We Luv | 2 Comments

If you are looking for a sugar fix, Miette is sure to deliver this and so much more. Conveniently located inside the San Francisco Ferry Building (and several other locations),  this cute bakery has what you need to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Our favorites include:

    • Cupcakes (named the best cupcake in America by Food Network)
    • Classic french macarons
    • Cakes
    • Cookies
    • Homemade marshmallows (just to name a few!)

We tried their signature Gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting.  I must say they were DELICIOUS.  If you can’t make it to San Francisco they also have mail order directly from their website.

Their macarons were simply the best I have ever had! The soft chewy texture made you want to keep coming back for more.

Their strawberry shortcake was so moist and light I felt like I was eating a bit of heaven on a plate.  This might have been one of my favorite desserts in all of the city!  But lastly their macarons were simply the best I have ever had.  The soft chewy texture made you want to keep coming back for more.  Luckily we were staying right across the street from this bakery so we made it a daily ritual to try something new, as you should too!


 

Jarritos Mexican Soda Review

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A few weeks ago, we were contacted about doing a review of Jarritos soda. For a minute I was hesitant. For those of you who know me, I don’t drink soda very often, mainly because most soft drink companies use high fructose corn syrup. After doing a little research about Jarritos, I was relieved to find out that it’s made with 100% real sugar and that’s something that’s very important to me.

You may not have heard of Jarritos before, but it’s been popular in Mexico for more than 60 years. After trying it for the first time, I can see why it’s become such a popular beverage. Overall, we really enjoyed Jarritos, especially the wide-range of flavors they offer (listed below).  Not only is it great served over ice, but Jarritos makes a great mixer and the assortment of fruit flavors is great for recipes. In fact, over the next couple weeks, we’ll be featuring a couple new recipes using Jarritos.

Available Flavors:
  • Mandarin
  • Fruit Punch
  • Lime
  • Jamaica (Hibiscus)
  • Mango
  • Strawberry
  • Mexican Cola
  • Pineapple
  • Tamarind
  • Guava
  • Toronja (Grapefruit)

On their Facebook page, Jarritos is having all kinds of exciting promotions. They’re having a daily scavenger hunt where you can follow clues to win free sodas, t-shirts, gift cards and other great prizes. There’s also currently a daily summer promotion where you can win cash instantly just for signing up and redeeming your cap codes – including a cash prize of up to $100,000 now through the end of September! Head on over to Facebook and check it out.

Have you tried Jarritos before? What’s your favorite flavor?

Make Magnolia Bakery’s Delicious Desserts at Home

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Last summer, when we were in New York City, we had the pleasure of visiting Magnolia Bakery in Grand Central Station. While we were there  we tried everything from the world famous banana pudding (one of the best we’ve ever had), cupcakes (the vanilla are my favorite), brownies, and bars.  After tasting their yummy treats we were inspired to recreate the experience at home.

We can’t make a trip to NYC every time we crave Magnolia’s delicious baked goods. Fortunately for us, Magnolia has published their own cookbook, so you can recreate their recipes in your own home.

Recently we made the banana pudding and vanilla cupcakes with vanilla butter-cream icing.  I have found our 2 favorite recipes (links below). These and many other recipes are available in the cookbook:

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcakes:

Find the recipe for the vanilla cupcakes here.

Magnolia’s Banana Pudding

Find the recipe for the banana pudding here.

They truly come out just as good as the treats we had at the NYC location.  I totally recommend purchasing the cookbook so you can have the full Magnolia Bakery experience, especially if visiting NYC is out of the question.

If you’re ever in the city, CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! If you can’t make it to NYC we highly recommend the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook available on Amazon.

 

Restaurants We Luv: Wayfare Tavern – San Francisco, CA

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I’m sure you are all familiar with celebrity Chef Tyler Florence.  However, I bet few of you have ever heard of his restaurant Wayfare Tavern.

If you are like us and don’t live in the bay area, finding this place and actually getting a reservation is apparently like winning the culinary lottery.  Lucky for us, we had a wonderful concierge at the Hotel Vitale that managed to get us 2 of the most coveted seats in this tasty tavern.  After eating there for our three year wedding anniversary, it’s easy to see how this is one of San Francisco’s top restaurants.

Starting out with the ambiance, the place is filled with young, classy business execs sipping on a cold brew at the bar hoping to get a seat inside.  Lucky for us, we didn’t have to wait long before the hostess escorted us upstairs into the small but cozy dining room above all the chaos.

 

If you are looking for a quiet intimate dinner, this is not the place for you. However, the service alone made this restaurant the BEST dining experience I ever had.  (But make sure you make your reservations early, because the place is so small it’s very hard to get a reservation or else you might be stuck waiting for service at the bar which is often packed).  You have a designated beverage filler who makes sure you are never thirsty in addition to your waiter, who might I add had the best recommendations and was so kind and attentive. Our waiter Lane, thoroughly explained the menu to us, made great recommendations and made us feel at home.

Appetizer:

We started off with the Steak Tartare, which apparently is AMAZING.  I am not one to eat raw food, but my husband on the other hand could not stop raving about how this was the best thing he’d eaten in San Francisco.

Stake Tartare Wayfare Tavern

Entrees:

Moving onto the entrees, John ordered the Wayfare Tavern Burger “Le Grand” with a fried egg and I had the famous organic fried chicken.  I will now say that his burger was THE BEST hamburger I have ever had in my entire life.  This is probably due to the fact that it consists of 4 pieces of choice meat that have been grinded together to perfection.  Thanks to the world wide web, I found this link to the recipe. It’s easy to see how some claim this to be the best burger in all of San Francisco.

 

The organic fried chicken, although a bit pricey for fried chicken, was quite tasty.  I was sad to find out that it didn’t come with any sides aside from roasted garlic and herbs, so lucky for me I shared the fries that came along with my husbands burger which was enough for the 2 of us.

 

Dessert:

For dessert we opted for the Summer Berry Shortcake with Creamsicle ice cream.  It was so light and refreshing, the perfect summer dessert.  The ice cream was the best part!

 

Our Thoughts:

Overall, the food, service, and ambiance make this one of our new favorite restaurants and we will be sure to visit it on any future trips we make to San Francisco and you should too! We highly recommend it.