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Monday, August 8, 2016

Haute Hipsters Eat Funnel Cake at Huxley

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Funnel cake - A. K. CARROLL
  • A. K. Carroll
  • Funnel cake
Earlier this summer, I was on a family vacation in Colorado when my sister and I walked by a funnel cake stand.

"Here's the thing about funnel cake," I told her. "It always smells amazing, but then I get it and I taste it and it never lives up to my expectations."

Consequently, I have not ordered funnel cake in eight or 10 years. Or, at least I hadn't until last week when I made a visit to the Tenderloin's Huxley, where funnel cake is the culminating item on the dessert menu. If not the piece de resistance, it is at least a notable novelty, with an odd combination of textures and flavors that come from a nest of crisp hot fried batter that encircles a creamy boule of ShakedownSF's hazelnut, chocolate, and coconut milk-based T'Ella sorbet, and sits on dabs of sticky sweet grape jelly. The whole thing is sprinkled with flakes of toasted coconut.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Umami Burger's Dessert Sliders Are Worth Your Attention

Posted By on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Here at SF Weekly we are always on the lookout for highbrow-lowbrow foods. It's the one thing that keeps us all from descending into pure foodie preciousness or forgetting that the world does not subsist on braised octopus and avocado toast. We don't drink the proverbial Kool-Aid here, unless it's laced with Zima or something equally trashy-hot.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Food is Foreplay at Our Gourmet Life Erotic Dinners

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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Dinner parties can be a stuffy affair, particular when none of the guests know anyone beyond the person with whom they came.

As we all know, a good way to break the ice is to have servers gently caress diners, encouraging them to delicately spoon-feed their partners an array of culinary treats, which is exactly the concept behind Our Gourmet Life Erotic Dinners.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Your New Bro, Spaghetti Bros.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM

  • Ali Wunderman
Move over frat boys, there's a new bro in the Marina: Spaghetti Bros., to be precise.

This casual yet upscale Italian restaurant took over The Republic's spot on Scott Street back in late October, adding to the rich mosaic that is the Marina. It's a perfect example of Bay Area Italian dining, with a menu full of traditional recipes that have been given modern innovations.

The titular brothers have successfully transformed the space from the dingy, poorly laid out design of its predecessor to a chic destination. Were I not already committed, I would want to go here on a first date, since the atmosphere evokes an intimate feeling, with low lights and red candles that keep the mood explicitly Italian, while making it very challenging to take Instagrammable photos. Spaghetti Bros. also boasts an impressive cocktail selection, a must have for any respectable courtship in the age of Tinder dates.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

New Desserts at Bluestem Brasserie, Rosa Mexicano, and Tout Sweet Pâtisserie

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Cookie "Fun Dips." - BLUE STEM BRASSERIE
  • Blue Stem Brasserie
  • Cookie "Fun Dips."

Now that we’ve entered the post-rainbow, post-fireworks, post-peak-stone-fruit stretch of summer, there’s really only one thing on everybody’s mind: Where can I get more dessert?

If you’re too scared to open up a watermelon by exploding it with rubber bands, and you’re too tech-incompetent to turn it into a keg, you’re going to have to turn somewhere for sugary morsels, and we’ve got three great recommendations.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Artisanal Dessert Fix: Chef's Tasting at Dandelion Chocolate

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

  • Betty Wang

There's a chef's single origin tasting featuring five items that's available at Dandelion Chocolate's cafe. For chocolate lovers and those who are fans of a well-executed platter of miniature desserts, this might be right up your alley.

The small-batch chocolatier is already a beloved institution. Situated in the Valencia corridor and wedged right between Craftsman and Wolves and Mission Cheese, Dandelion and its neighbors almost unintentionally (or intentionally?) make up a trifecta of small artisan bites. The factory-cafe is rolled into one industrial space that features shelves of their fancily wrapped chocolate bars — some of them single-origin, all of them made in small batches — plus their rotating selection of decadent pastries and staple chocolate drinks (including various hot chocolate and espresso drinks, European drinking chocolate, and even a cacao bean smoothie that surprisingly tastes more tropical and fruity than chocolate-y). Let's also not forget that they also have their delicious and, more importantly, free, house-made marshmallows to load up on.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Guru Alice Medrich Demystifies Alternative Grains

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I’ll admit I sometimes roll my eyes when it comes to the whole gluten-free thing, so a gluten-free cookbook is not one I’d particularly seek out. But here is one that just happens to be gluten-free, in which Alice Medrich demystifies the world of alternative grains.

Gluten-free baking can be daunting, especially since most bakers know, you can’t just replace gluten-free flour for regular and expect stellar results.

But Medrich has taken the guesswork away. Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours (Artisan) is the latest by the local – remember Cocolat, Berkeleyans? – James Beard award-winning author, who is known not only as the First Lady of Chocolate, but was the first person to introduce Americans to chocolate truffles in the early seventies.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Littlejohn's Candies Recalls a Time Gone By

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Pete Kane

Sometimes, if you endure long enough, the trends come to you.

That's the way it is for Littlejohn's Candies, a Los Angeles institution for 88 years that has opened a second location in San Francisco on Nov. 19. Through the windows at 1422 Market Street you can watch brothers Chris and Mike Graves hand-dip their caramels in small batches, using a recipe that dates to the original 1920s owners, whom Mike bought out in 1984.

See also:

- Dandelion Chocolate: Now Open!

- Chocolate Lab Is an Elegant Extension of Recchiuti Brand

- Two-Buck Chocolatier: Capsule Chocolates

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Donate One Warm Coat, Scarf a Sweet Treat

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Goody Goodie's old-school chocolate chip cookies. - FLICKR/MARKEVNIC

From November 26 to December 10, 18 local pastry chefs will reward your donation of a coat to their One Warm Coat charity drive with a nice bite of dessert. For example, Prospect is giving out its addictive sea salted and cocoa nibbed caramel corn, Farallon is making walnut caramels and chocolate raspberry macarons, COCO500 has a chocolate peanut butter layered truffle, and Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar is offering an old-school chocolate chip cookie.

See Also:

- Tout Sweet: Get a Sugar Rush at Union Square's New Patisserie

- San Francisco's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

- San Francisco Chefs Want You to Eat Your Vegetables for Dessert

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dandelion Chocolate: Now Open!

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The main room and factory floor at the new Dandelion Chocolate. - MOLLY DECOUDREAUX PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Molly DeCoudreaux Photography
  • The main room and factory floor at the new Dandelion Chocolate.

Chocoholics and Cathy cartoons rejoice! As of today, The Dandelion Chocolate factory and cafe is officially open for business! Now you can finally watch your chocolate being made and eat it too. The Valencia street location is Dandelion's new, fully functioning chocolate factory complete with a bean room, roaster, melangers (chocolate-maker speak for giant vat of liquid deliciousness), tempering machines, and a massive bar wrapping machine. And the best part is the entire operation is on display for you to see.

See also:

- Dandelion Chocolate: Touring the Dogpatch Factory

- Sampling TCHO's New Line of Confections

- Two-Buck Chocolatier: Capsule Chocolates

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