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Festive Finds at Nespresso Boutique and Sur La Table

‘Tis the season for an abundance of holiday entertaining, gift giving and much-needed energy, so why not start planning earlier than later to avoid those crazy crowds AND the stress of that last-minute holiday rush.

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If you happen to be spending time in cities such as San Francisco, New York, or Beverly Hills, the Nespresso Cafe and Boutique is the ideal spot to grab a comfortable bite and coffee with a friend either before, mid, or after your shopping excursion. My friend Kathy and I met at the Nespresso Cafe in San Francisco’s Union Square and fueled up with a Grilled cheese, Mediterranean pita sandwich, a Mocha latte and a seasonal Honey Spiced Latte. If you’re trying to eat on the healthier side, but don’t want to skimp on taste, the Mediterranean sandwich is a winner with its soft pita stuffed with cucumbers, avocado, hummus and tzaziki. I had a bit of food envy and wished I had ordered that over my grilled cheese.

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Caffeine and Carbs at Nespresso Boutique, San Francisco

In addition to catching up, we plotted our necessary purchases for the upcoming holidays. After our meal, we zipped on over to Sur La Table and browsed through all the walls and aisles of offerings. There really is something for everyone on your gift list there. Make it a simple holiday on yourself and do some one-stop shopping. 

Here are some of the  Sur La Table festive finds that we found. Hopefully, they’ll make your holidays abundantly bright and cheery.

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1. This Caviar Christmas tree ornament is just one of the many fabulous food-related ornaments you’ll find at Sur La Table. They even had macarons, ice cream sandwiches and a food truck.

2. Canning is already done with love, but make it even more so with these heartfelt labels.

3. These rose gold twisted spoons add a touch of chicness when you’re mixing those cocktails.

4. International cocktail napkins – très chic and also no added bundle for the washing machine.

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5. From knife skills to baking workshops, cooking classes are a fun and useful hands-on gift most everyone will appreciate.

6. A high-quality hand soap is a must – both in the kitchen and bathroom. Compagnie de Provence’s liquid soaps are hypoallergenic and the bottle can be either recycled or refilled after use.

7. Nespresso’s Aerrocino Plus is the most convenient at-home milk frother and steamer. I use mine every day for my lattes or a touch of milk for my English Breakfast tea.

8.This red and white candy cane apron is almost cute enough to go out in.

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Nespresso’s new VertuoLine offers a large single-serve coffee or espresso at home

For locations and hours, visit Sur La Table

For locations and hours, visit Nespresso 

Wako Japanese Restaurant – San Francisco’s Inner Richmond

Wako Japanese Restaurant

San Francisco isn’t known for their abundance of satisfying Japanese sushi spots, but we can now add Wako in the Inner Richmond to that short list Just make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation. The space is small, and you don’t want to trek over and find that you can’t get your sushi craving in.

Wako Japanese Restaurant
211 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
 
 

See Stars at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

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Chef Pierre Gagnaire

Soak up the California sun, sip on libations from top liquor brands, and savor cuisine from several of the most-lauded chefs around at the upcoming Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. The four-day affair takes place from August 21 through 24 and will host events from downtown to Beverly Hills.

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For those seeking a meal you won’t soon forget, the Dining with the Michelin Stars dinner featuring legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire along with chefs David Kinch (Manresa), Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Stephanie Prida (Manresa) and Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn) is one that I’m quite sure you won’t regret attending.

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Los Angeles itself offers a diverse range of dining options and LAFW’s annual gastronomic affair will once again be sure to offer something enticing for everyone. If you haven’t secured tickets yet, get on it. They are going quick. See the full schedule HERE

 

Chef Yigit Pura’s New Cookbook “Sweet Alchemy” Coming Soon

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The talented Yigit Pura – Executive Chef and Owner of Tout Sweet Pâtisserie – and former Pastry Sous Chef at Daniel in New York City and Executive Pastry for Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas just announced the release of his new cookbook, “Sweet Alchemy,” which will be available in-stores and online beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The sweet and colorful book will showcase over 70 recipes of Pura’s signature pastries and desserts.

Pistachio Vietnamese Cinnamon Brittle

Pistachio Vietnamese Cinnamon Brittle

“Sweet Alchemy” is a unique cookbook that breaks down the process of baking into ingredient-driven chapters including sugar, butter and flour, eggs and dairy, fruit and flowers and chocolate. Each chapter features new twists on traditional recipes, such as Butterscotch Sauce, Sweet Almond Tart Dough, and Baked Berry Meringue Kisses. These playful sweets can be served on their own or combined into irresistible mélanges such as the Negroni Creamsicle – a composition of Citrus and Vanilla Bean Scented Panna Cotta, Grapefruit-Campari Gelee, and Ruby Red Grapefruit Supremes – or the Sexy Chocolate Coupe – a chocolate extravaganza that marries Dark Chocolate Cremeux to Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Cake. With stunning photography by Frankie Frankeny, “Sweet Alchemy” brims with innovative recipes and classic techniques that will inspire home chef’s to create innovative desserts and sweet memories all year long!

Yigit Pura's Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Yigit Pura’s Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Chef Yigit Pura will embark on a book tour at various Williams-Sonoma locations around the country and believe me, you don’t want to miss him. So far, confirmed dates include:

August 19, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

New York City, New York

Williams-Sonoma Time Warner Center

August 21, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

Annapolis, Maryland

Williams-Sonoma

August 22, 2014

1 -3 p.m. King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

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August 24, 2014

12 – 2 p.m.

Chicago, Illinois

Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Square

August 28, 2014 6 p.m.

Beverly Hills, California

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September 6, 2014 Time TBD San Francisco, California

Williams-Sonoma Union Square

 

Chef Yigit Pura and Maui

Chef Yigit Pura and Maui

“With ‘Sweet Alchemy,’ I wanted to break down the barriers of intimidation people often have when it comes to making really special desserts. I want to show home chefs that with a little patience and a lot of love, they too can create wonderfully unique desserts at home.” – Yigit Pura

 

Learn more about Yigit Pura and Tout Sweet at  toutsweetsf.com

You can order a copy of Sweet Alchemy at http://bit.ly/V63KRQ

Photo Credit: Frankeny Images

I’m Aquarius by Metronomy – Mika’s Playlist

I’m a Capricorn but I’ve sang, hummed, jammed to Metronomy’s I’m Aquarius more in the last few months than to my own astrological sign. The beat is hypnotic, and Joseph Mount’s voice sinks into your soul when listening. It’s my recent go-to tune for blasting in the car while zipping around the city or playing on my iPhone when sweatin’ it on the bike after eating a pound of “crack and cheese” and a “vegan” doughnut (no, the vegan doesn’t make it healthier). But yup, I fell for that marketing trick earlier today…ate two in fact.

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The incredible wall of musical past at The Fillmore

Oh, and I recently experienced Metronomy live at the Fillmore. If you haven’t been, the venue is historic with the likes of Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd having performed there in the past. Next time you see a show at The Fillmore, arrive to the San Francisco neighborhood early and visit Fat Angel for some pre-show comfort food including the chicken pot pie or the gruyère, cheddar, parmigiano-reggiano, cayenne mac and cheese. Be sure to wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, bubbles, or their generous selection of beer. Shoop-doop-doop, ah…

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Dine at the bar under the sparkly chandelier at Fat Angel – just hope there’s not an earthquake

Learn more about Metronomy at metronomy.co.uk

Learn more about Fat Angel at fatangelsf.com

Learn more about The Fillmore at thefillmore.com