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San Francisco is in the midst of a bakery renaissance, with several new shops opening up to large crowds and long lines. Just drop by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse on any given day around 9 a.m. and you’ll know what I mean.

And across town in the emerging Dogpatch neighborhood south of the AT&T ballpark, another […]

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Everybody’s writing about sweets and chocolates lately. Wonder why? Hmm, for me, while I do like making chocolates, I was thinking lemon instead.

Meyer lemons, more specifically, because this is the season for citrus, and Meyer lemon is the king of lemons for its beautiful color and slightly sweeter juice. I decided to try a […]

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For the holidays, I typically like to make chocolates but for the last few years the weather has been my foil. (When it’s too warm or the air too wet, the chocolate doesn’t set properly.)

In the midst of the rainy days we’ve been having in the Bay Area, I decided not to risk making […]

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People familiar with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood know about the various smells you’re bombarded with when strolling the streets. But now if you’re anywhere near Larkin and Sutter, you’ll enjoy the smell of fresh coffee and pastries thanks to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

Opened last month, the tiny shop with white subway tiles and a […]

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Sometimes I see passion fruit at the farmers market but am turned off by the high price for this exotic tropical fruit that comes in a small package. But when you get a bag load from a friend, that’s a different story.

Recently I was lucky to get a bag of this precious fruit from my […]

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The Mill, a collaboration between Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker Bread, has been a hit since it opened more than a year ago in the emerging neighborhood of NOPA (or the edge of the Western Addition) in San Francisco.

It’s not just another cafe, although single-origin espresso is served and many laptops can […]

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A block in the Lower Haight will get a bit more French with the planned opening on Tuesday of the Choux bakery shop, specializing exclusively in le Choux ala creme, or French cream puffs.

The tiny shop is the baby of Laura Athuil, a native of Nice, France, who studied architecture but decided to pursue her […]

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FREMANTLE, Australia
A port city, Fremantle is one of Western Australia’s most historic cities, with beautiful, old-time facades at the top of buildings, many of which are made of red bricks.

The quaint town, accessible by train from Perth, is bustling with tourists and has an array of cafes and shops. But it’s recently […]

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If you’re not over the sweets after last week’s V-Day postings, you might check out this butterscotch pudding recipe from Chef Bradley Ogden of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group in the Bay Area.

It’s one of the recipes featured from many local chefs in the “San Francisco Chef’s Table” Cookbook, written by my friends […]

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Brenda’s French Soul Food is notorious for its long waits for weekend brunch. But now those waiting can get a preview of what’s to come by walking a couple of stores down to the new Libby Jane Café.

Opened by Chef Brenda Buenviaje’s wife and partner, Libby Truesdell, the café almost reminds one of […]

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I can be pretty “bah humbug” around the holidays, but I can’t escape all the delicious-looking baking that happens around this time. So earlier this week when I needed to make something for our office holiday party, I decided to try a recipe I saved from last year.

This chocolate crinkles recipe is actually pretty […]

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It’s so new, there’s no signage outside or around the 20th Century Café in Hayes Valley. For awhile I kept referring to it as the 21st Century Café. So I was off by a century.

The little corner café – built in a renovated space that used to be a coin wash spot – is […]

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Premium desserts and pastries are on the upswing in San Francisco, with openings of stylish spots such as Craftsman & Wolves and Tout Sweet (inside Macy’s) within the past year. The latest to join this wave of sweet spots is b. patisserie by Belinda Leong.

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Last Friday, Scharffen Berger hosted a bakery crawl in San Francisco for the food media and a few food bloggers (that’s me) to inspire us to create a cookie sandwich as part of its annual Chocolate Adventure Contest (with this year’s co-sponsor TuttiFoodie.com).

You know what’s inspiring? $25,000.

That’s the grand prize for […]

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