Welcome to the Extraordinary Desserts blog where it is my goal to let you in on some of the insights, inspirations, and passions behind being a pastry chef/owner of our decadent restaurants, while also striving for balance with family, friends, travel, yoga, and life.
If this is your first Extraordinary Desserts experience, let me share with you a little about myself and my dessert establishments. Our original cafe is located in San Diego’s historical Balboa Park neighborhood, and our second restaurant opened in 2004 in the urban neighborhood of Little Italy near Downtown San Diego. In addition to the desserts, cakes, and teas that we have become known for, our second location features panini sandwiches, salads, artisan cheeses, and a selection of fine wines and craft beers.
Food is best enjoyed as a reflection of culture. So our desserts are embellished with tastes from around the world, and our cafes are filled with delightful mementos I’ve discovered on my travels-from Italian horn-handled cake knives to African woven wedding baskets. By creating an enchanting mood with the flavors and unique artistry please, I encourage my customers to lose themselves completely in the sweet sensuality of it all.
I studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu, and I return to France regularly to train with the masters at Le Notre and Bellouet Conseil, but my trips to exotic places are what truly inspire the creativity in my desserts.
After doing some inward exploration, I discovered a delectable connection between the spirituality of my yoga practice and the pleasure of enjoying dessert. I was searching for a simple word to use on our exclusive line of gourmet products that would sum up the essence of what we’re all about. When I learned of the yoga mantra “yum” – a healing chant for the heart – I realized the connection!
Our lotus flower logo also reflects the spirit of Extraordinary Desserts. The lotus flower opens and closes every day in a ritual of renewal. It’s this continual reinvention that has promised an element of excitement and surprise for visitors to Extraordinary Desserts since I opened its doors in 1988.
However, I welcome you to join us in one of our locations to enjoy the latest desserts, foods, cheeses, coffees, teas, fine wines, etc. that are a part of our ever-changing experience.