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A Toot to Tout Sweet

Friday, 24. January 2014 5:26

Tout Sweet's Nutella brioche.

Tout Sweet’s Nutella brioche.

If you need a pick-me-up of the sweet persuasion while shopping in San Francisco’s tony Union Square area, duck into Macy’s.

That’s where you’ll find Tout Sweet – past the racks of women’s sportswear on the third floor.

It’s the cute little patisserie by Yigit Pura, the first winner of “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”

Done up in gumdrop colors, it’s a cheery place to pick up a treat or to sit for a spell while enjoying coffee, a glass of wine or even a savory sandwich.

That’s exactly what I did one day recently when I bought a few things to enjoy later at home.

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A Chocolate Cookie That’s Almost ALL Chocolate

Wednesday, 11. December 2013 5:26

You won't believe how much chocolate is in these cookies.

You won’t believe how much chocolate is in these cookies.

 

Are you looking for a can’t-miss chocolate cookie to bake this holiday season?

Look no further than this beaut.

This is one of the most chocolatey cookies I’ve ever had.

Consider: There are 1 3/4 pounds of chocolate in them — and only 1/2 cup flour.

Leave it to Pastry Chef Belinda Leong of San Francisco’s incredible B. Patisserie to come up with these decadent delights.

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‘Tis the Season for Chocolate

Wednesday, 4. December 2013 5:25

TCHO Drinking Chocolate makes for an exquisite cup of chocolate goodness.

TCHO Drinking Chocolate makes for an exquisite cup of chocolate goodness.

 

Really, what would the holiday season be without some fine chocolate?

Not nearly as sweetly satisfying, that’s for sure.

Here are some recent samples that I’ve enjoyed trying that would make ideal stocking-stuffers for the chocoholics in your life.

TCHO Drinking Chocolate Crumbles

They look like little dusty pebbles of chocolate, but what’s in this canister of TCHO Drinking Chocolate Crumbles holds the key to one of the most luxurious tasting cocoas around.

Made by San Francisco’s TCHO chocolate company, this product is made from cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, lecithin and vanilla bean. Just add a couple of tablespoons to an espresso cup of hot water, and stir. The result is an incredibly rich, deeply chocolatey drink that will make you swoon.

You can enjoy the drinking chocolate either hot or cold. You can even use it to make a chocolate sauce to top your favorite ice cream.

A 250g canister is $11.95.

Brazilian Brigadeiros

Brigadeiros are almost like the chocolate truffles of Brazil. No wedding, birthday party, convention or holiday in that country is complete without them.

Brigadeiro.me has brought that traditional sweet to San Francisco. The company makes them with butter, condensed milk and Belgian chocolate. Choose from an assortment of flavors including lemon zest, pistachio, vanilla cookies and coconut.

A beloved Brazilian sweet comes to San Francisco.

A beloved Brazilian sweet comes to San Francisco.

They are quite soft and creamy. Less dense than fudge, the texture is almost like that of a very thick mousse.

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Gift A Feast and A Food Gal Giveaway

Monday, 11. November 2013 5:25

Who wouldn't want to receive a gift like this?

Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift like this?

As you start making  your holiday list and checking it twice, you just might want to consider Gift A Feast for the foodies in your life.

The local company sources the best hand-crafted food products in the Bay Area, then assembles them in curated collections that are hand-wrapped and delivered with a hand-written note.

It was started by Gypsy Achong, an environmental microbiologist and engineer, who decided to give up science to pursue her passion for food.

The gift collections range from “A Feast of Ice Cream Toppings” ($44.95), which includes June Taylor’s “Princess Peach” Syrup, Toffee Talk Crumble Mumble, and Cocotutti Cappuccino  Truffles; to “A Personal Tea Ceremony” ($194.95), which includes Cocotutti brandy truffles, June Taylor Candied Meyer Lemon Peel, a creamer wrapped in parchment paper, an eggshell-glazed cup, a tea strainer, bamboo scoop and an Aerolatte frother.

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New Chocolate Shop at Valley Fair, Daniel Boulud at the JCC in San Francisco & More

Monday, 21. October 2013 5:25

Valentino-Caprice truffle. (Photo courtesy of Cocoabella)

Valentino-Caprice truffle. (Photo courtesy of Cocoabella)

Cocoabella Chocolates Opens in the South Bay

Cocoabella Chocolates, which already has two stores in San Francisco, has just opened its first South Bay location at Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara.

Located in the Luxury Wing on the first level of the mall, the store sources small-batch, artisan chocolates from around the world.

It’s also the only retailer in the United States authorized to carry Thomas Haas truffles from British Columbia and Pierre Marcolini bars from Belgium.

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