After graduating with an anthropology degree during a recession when jobs were scarce especially for liberal arts majors, Iliana Berkowitz was lucky enough to unearth her true passion in life — baking.
She took a job at a bakery, followed by a stint at a French bistro, all the while honing her bread and pastry skills.
In 2016, she started a bakery pop-up and bread club in the East Bay. Both did so well that in late-2018, she opened an actual brick-and-mortar, her As Kneaded Bakery in San Leandro.
Japanese aesthetics are all about precision and perfection — even when it comes to a simple cup of coffee.
Palo Alto-based Dripdash brought that sentiment to the United States this year with its Kyoto-style, cold-brewed, slow-dripped coffee.
How slow? Apparently, only one drop of water per second gets poured over the grounds in a process that takes 16 hours.
The glacial-pace process makes for a highly caffeinated brew. And the taste?
I had a chance to experience it for myself when I was sent samples.
This is one incredibly smooth coffee. The pronounced acidity I’ve often found with other cold brews is decidedly missing here. Instead, what you get is coffee that tastes more balanced, with tempered bitterness, a silkiness on the palate, and a long, soft finish. If coffee can be somehow relaxing and invigorating at the same time, Dripdash nails it.
The 6-ounce bottles are available on GoodEggs for $3.99 each. Or in a six-pack on the Dripdash site for $37.
Less is more — even when it comes to outfitting your kitchen.
That’s the philosophy of Proclamation Goods, a new cookware company built on the belief that you really only need two pans in your cooking arsenal: a 12-inch skillet and a 7-quart pot.
The company was founded by CEO Chris Burrage, former general manager of Casper mattresses, and Chief Product Officer Tony Leo, former head of design at Pottery Barn.
With that kind of pedigree, you’d expect the pans to be of high quality. And they are, as I found when I was given a free set to test drive.
Made in the United States, the set of two pans, which comes with one lid that can fit either, retails for about $379.
The first thing you notice when you pick them up is their heft. These are heavy-duty pans with a streamlined design. The pot is made of gleaming stainless steel, and the skillet comes in either stainless steel or carbon steel. I was kindly sent one of each, and I will say you will surely get an arm workout wielding the carbon steel one, which is much weightier like cast-iron.
If heaven is a warm, eggy custard tart, you’re sure to be in total bliss then when the new Pastelaria Adega opens in downtown San Jose today.
From the team behind the award-winning, fine-dining Portuguese restaurant Adega in the city’s Little Portugal in the Alum Rock district comes a artisanal Portuguese bakery. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last night at a preview party, I had a chance to check out the new spot at at 30 E. Santa Clara St., Suite 130.
As Chef-Owner David Costa, a native of Portugal, says: It’s the type of place you would go to in Lisbon every day for coffee, pastry and bread.
Are you like me — desperately in need of that cup of joe in the morning to get going? Then, you’ll love the convenience of Verve Coffee Roaster’s Nitro Flash Brew.
Conveniently packaged in 9.5-ounce cans, it’s ideal for time-pressed days when you just can’t spare making your own.
I had a chance to try a sample of the product, made by the Santa Cruz coffee company that roasts its beans in vintage roasters, and is committed to preserving heirloom varieties of coffee and to paying farmers prices above Fair Trade minimums.