Travel = Dessert Inspiration

Much like the experience I try to create at my restaurants, travel helps me indulge, celebrate, and love the moment.  It’s during travel periods that I can take a break from the hectic nature of running restaurants and immerse myself in the culture and new discoveries of another city.  

MEXICO CITY 

Mexico City is one of my favorite places to visit—it features gorgeous and stunning architecture, fabulously inventive cuisine, and always wakes up my soul with a jolt of creative energy. During my most recent visit, I was able to get some alone time with my husband, as we ate and drank in this vibrant city. 

Las Alcobas

Las Alcobas in Polanco was a perfect stay- you can walk, eat, drink and shop throughout this chic, upscale neighborhood.

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Their lime foam topped margarita is a must. 

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Masala y Maiz 

This Condesa neighborhood restaurant’s dishes blend the flavors of Mexico, India, and East Africa. Corn pancakes with fresh fruits and home-made dulce de leche are to die for. 

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Pujol

This legendary restaurant offers small plates that pack a punch. 

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For dessert, we had a Carajillo that was served iced and marries Licor 43 with a shot of robust espresso. It inspired our new Coconut Latte Cake.

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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

Our journey from Mexico City led us to San Miguel de Allende.  We were on a mission to buy art and to visit the Casa Dragones tasting room.

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Along the way, we were blown away by the rooftop bar scene, incredible food,  historic architecture, and dazzling design. Behind every 500 year old facade there were gorgeous and modern interiors selling beautiful handmade wares.

Casa Dragones Tequila Tasting Room

I’m no stranger to fusing luxurious ingredients in the show-stopping desserts I serve in my restaurants, and one sip of Casa Dragones had me brimming with ideas for something chocolate. 

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Insert Chocolate + Tequila— creamy tequila vanilla bean mousse layered with bittersweet chocolate mousse and layers of chocolate cake soaked in Casa Dragones Tequila. 

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May your travels feed your soul and inspire sweet, new things in your life.

Stay inspired,

Karen

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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