Chocolates, Cakes & Pizza — Who Needs More?

Brazilian brigadeiros to indulge in.

Brazilian brigadeiros to indulge in. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

Brazilian Chocolates

Watching World Cup may have gotten you riled up with all the action on the field. Me? It just got me hungry, thinking about all the specialty foods associated with each of the countries competing.

So when a sample box of brigadeiros arrived last week in my mailbox, it was perfect timing. San Francisco’s Tiny B specializes in these traditional Brazilian sweets, bite-sized chocolates made with condensed milk and flavorings. They’re like little balls of fudge rolled around nuts or sprinkles. And they are plenty addictive.

My sample contained some of Tiny B’s classic flavors. I have to say I am partial to dark chocolate, so the dark chocolate sprinkles one was probably my favorite because it let the intensity of the dark chocolate shine through.

A box of four is $12. You can customize it by choosing your exact flavors, too.

Bluestem Brasserie Lets You Have Your Cake

If you’ve ever had the legendary Honolulu Hangover cake at Bluestem Brasserie in San Francisco, you know how incredible it is. If you’ve never had it, well, now here’s your chance.


The unforgettable Honolulu Hangover. (photo by Carolyn Jung)

The unforgettable Honolulu Hangover. (Photo by Carolyn Jung)

The restaurant has brought it back and will offer it through Labor Day as part of its special “Cake Only” dessert menu.

The iconic chocolate cake layered with coconut rum filling, then slathered with a torched toasted coconut meringue was originally created by Pastry Chef James Ormsby when the restaurant first opened. When he left the restaurant, so did the cake, for the most part. That’s because it’s rather involved to make, as you can imagine.

Strawberry Tall Cake. (Photo courtesy of Bluestem Brasserie)

Strawberry Tall Cake. (Photo courtesy of Bluestem Brasserie)

But Pastry Consultant Lori Baker, formerly of Baker & Banker, had the fortitude to bring it back as one of the seven cakes featured on this incredible dessert menu. The others are: Strawberry Tall Cake, Apricot Almond Upside-Down Cake, Trio of Milkshake Cupcakes, Black Forest Cake, Banana Ice Cream Cake, and Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.

Best yet, $1 from each cake slice sold will benefit CUESA’s Foodwise Kids, a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza farmers market as a classroom to teach healthy eating.

That’s practically an invitation to indulge in multiple slices without any guilt, don’t you think?


If you love pizza, you’re going to fall for “Pizzapedia” (Ten Speed Press) by Dan Bransfield.

It’s not a cookbook per se, but a love letter to pizza. This charming book is a showcase for Bransfield’s work as a food-loving illustrator. Honestly, if a big smile doesn’t cross your face as you leaf through the pages, I don’t know what will.


His 80 hand-drawn illustrations outline the history of pizza, how it’s made, and the importance of all of its ingredients — with humor and style. You’ll even learn the differences between St. Louis, California, Detroit, Old Forge, New Haven and Chicago style pizzas.

Mostly, you’ll get very hungry.

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