Whether it is for pleasure or business, one of my greatest passions is travel. I love going to places where I can discover new restaurants, cafes, food stores, dessert shops, and lounges that can be as inspiring from a food and drink perspective as they are from an artistic and architectural standpoint.
In such places, I always come up with new ideas for my own twists on desserts, foods, and drinks. I also find sweet things to carry in my stores.
One of my stops on a recent trip up to L.A. was to meet with Joan of Joan’s on Third. Joan’s is a gourmet café and food store that has wonderful food, baked goods, coffees, teas, and private label sweets among many other items.
Of the many decadent items there that I tried, the Chocolate Coconut Covered Marshmallows reached “Best Thing I’m Eating Now” status.
I’m not even sure if any description is necessary. I can just say that these are incredible and to warn that you will not be able to only eat one!
When winding down after the long day of shopping and traffic, I came across a wonderful Malbec called BenMarco from Mendoza in Argentina. It struck me with its beautiful color and full-bodied and ripe red fruited taste. This incredible wine will be in our Union Street location soon, and it will be available by the ½ glass, full glass and bottle. It is a show stopper, so try this next time you are in or pick up a bottle if you see it somewhere.
One of the featured cakes on our holiday menu is the Yule Log. This year, I created a new twist by adding raspberry tea infused cherries throughout the recipe to give it more of a holiday taste. It is a gorgeous cake that will help sweeten your holiday table décor and then serve as the perfect holiday dessert. It is being featured in a San Diego Union Tribune article on December 9, and you will be able to place your order for full cakes now. We have it available by the slice on select days, so try it before you order.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.