Author Archives: Extraordinary Desserts

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

A Class That Takes the Cake – Kitchen Secrets with Karen

If you live in San Diego, you know Extraordinary Desserts as an iconic part of the city’s culinary scene. For more than two decades, Karen Krasne has created stunning desserts and pastries, gilded and gorgeous with her signature gold leaf … Continue reading

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Karen’s Picks: Hello, Summer Wines!

As much as I love sweet indulgences, I adore wine-and the long summer nights are an ideal time to sip and savor some of my favorite finds. Continue reading

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Karen’s 8 “Must Do’s” on Oahu

Everyone dreams about the perfect Hawaiian vacation. And bliss is everywhere on these magical islands, but my ideal vacation to Hawaii isn’t just about surf and sand. Our favorite island is Oahu and I’ve discovered the eight most alluring things … Continue reading

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Hello Chocolate, I Love You

With the holidays upon us, chocolate is admittedly on my mind. Well, maybe it always is. I love to get out to gourmet food shops and patisseries to see what ideas pop in my head from tasting and experiencing what … Continue reading

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Paris = Love

Paris is positively romantic, but it’s not just a city for lovers. It’s where you can fall in love with everything from food to design. Our recent trip to Paris inspired me to pick my loves, including places to dine, … Continue reading

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Every girl deserves a trip to France

Every girl deserves a trip to France….especially my daughter. She got to ride her momma’s ride and now she understands why I love and need to go back as often as possible. It’s about finding out what’s happening in food, … Continue reading

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Desserting Down Under

During Spring Break, my family took a trip to Australia in search of beaches, gastro pubs, and great wine. My hidden agenda was to eat as much of my favorite dessert, Pavlova, in any way shape or form. Pavlova is … Continue reading

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