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.
Craftsman & Wolves’ Spin on Afternoon Tea
When the very creative Pastry Chef William Werner decided to offer up a new afternoon tea at his Craftsman & Wolves patisserie in San Francisco, you knew it wasn’t going to be the usual staid cucumber sandwich affair.
Instead think apple gruyere scones, buckwheat crumpets, clotted cream and olive oil curd.
Not to mention beet root madelines and salt cod with brioche.
Choose either a pot of Naivetea’s oolong or tisane to go along with it all.
The menu will change with the seasons.
Afternoon tea, available Monday through Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., is $22 per person or $40 for two. Reservations are recommended by calling (415) 913-7713.
Veteran San Francisco Chef Carlo Middione Hosts Two Special Dinners
Long-time Chef Carlo Middione and art connoisseur Daniel Friedlander are teaming up for two nights of wining and dining amid magnificent artwork in an 1908 landmark building in San Francisco, Oct. 18 and Oct. 20.
Middione who for decades owned the stellar Vivande and Vivande Porta Via, both in San Francisco, lost most of his senses of smell and taste four years ago following a car accident in which his small sedan was broadsided by another vehicle. Despite that, he’s still able to cook rather magnificently, as evidenced by the lunch he cooked for me when I profiled him two years ago for a story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Two New Sweets From Auberge du Soleil
Rutherford’s luxe Auberge du Soleil resort offers a pampering experience that just got a little sweeter.
Its chefs have come up with two new confections sure to satisfy any posh sweet tooth.
First, “Gianduia,” dainty hazelnut-chocolate squares made with both dark and milk chocolates, as well as organic nuts. A box is $24.50.
Next, California pistachios star in hand-wrapped pieces of rich caramel made with organic butter and cream. Fifteen pieces of “Carmel a la Pistache” come in a decorative box for $19.50.
The treats are available for purchase at the resort or through its online store.
Presidio Social Club Exempt From California Foie Gras Ban
Yes, the new state law that took effect July 1 may have bumped foie gras off menus everywhere else in California, but not at Presidio Social Club in San Francisco.
You see, it’s on federal land, thus, making it exempt from the California ban.