Summer Inspiration

Summer is my favorite time of year.  The sunshine brings so much warmth and light that I always find it is the perfect season to reinvent and explore new possibilities.   These are the months that gift me the time to play outside, spend time with my family, and set the table for the rest of the year.

My inspirations for the summer are:

      Creating desserts with seasonal fruits (I love nectarines)

      Running near the beach (especially Torrey Pines)

      Vacationing with my family (anywhere remote)

      Walking our Weimeraners (maybe they walk us)

      Tending to my Gardenias (my favorite flowers)

      Drinking rose wines (and reds…and whites…and bubbles)

      Sweating through even hotter hot yoga (too much rose wine)

      Dining al fresco (for all meals) is my favorite part of summer

They say if you can think about what inspires you, then it can give you a goal.  Hearing and seeing happy people in our stores provides me the spark of inspiration to create new desserts and display new gift items.

Here are some of the new things you will see this summer:

Smores Hot Fudge Sundae –

marshmallow ice cream & chocolate graham crackers

Ballpark Ice Cream –

coconut porter, milk chocolate covered pretzels & peanut brittle

Roasted Coconut Pineapple Bread Pudding –


Strawberry Poppyseed Cake –

layers of organic strawberries and custard

Govino for your Champagne –

reuseable & recyclable outdoor Champagne flutes

Maileg from Copenhagen –

collectible and playful bunnies and mice

What inspires you?

About Extraordinary Desserts

Over 20 years ago, Karen Krasne opened the first Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 5th Avenue near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Since then, Extraordinary Desserts has become one of San Diego’s most prominent dining establishments and has expanded to include a second location in San Diego’s Little Italy area at 1430 Union Street as well as a line of gourmet products and a robust online store. From the dazzling artistry and sublime taste of its award-winning sweets to the attentive customer service, Extraordinary Desserts has built a strong reputation for its decadent, gourmet dessert creations, elegant eats, and extraordinary experience. As a result, Extraordinary Desserts is consistently a top pick by critics and readers of both local and national publications. Owner and executive chef Karen Krasne studied at Paris’ best pastry schools. She uses only organic ingredients when possible, and adorns each luxurious dessert with locally-grown fresh flowers, her signature edible gold leaf, autumn leaves, and sinfully sweet sauces making her creations a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy 1430 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 294-7001 Extraordinary Desserts, Balboa Park 2929 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 294-2132
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