This week, I am reading about “How To Grocery Shop Like A Pro“, on the Thought Catalog. They have funny blog posts everyday, and are one of those “how did you know what I was thinking?” sites. I like just about everything on there. My blogger friend, Annelies, writes poems on her blog sometimes; this week she wrote about a “rocky road“. Jessica, from How Sweet It Is, writes great/funny posts on her blog; it’s one of my favorites. I realize I have posted about these blogs before, but they are too good; I have to share them again. One blog that I have not mentioned here before, but has been all over the Internet lately, is one called Never Seconds. It is written by a nine-year-old girl, who calls herself VEG, and writes about the school meals she has. It is a cute blog and she has a charity that she donates to that helps feed kids that don’t get a regular school lunch. So inspiring, especially coming from someone so young. (Right now she is on holiday, but the posts are being written by guest bloggers.) That’s what I am reading this week! I really need to spend some time catching up and getting my Google Reader down to less than 100 posts! Does everyone else have this issue? Never caught up on what is in your rss feed? Also, for more about what I’m into, follow me on Pinterest or Twitter!
Okay, y’all, (did I just say “y’all”? Who am I?) I missed last week’s Photo Friday (and this week’s What I’m Reading Wednesday), so these pictures are actually from last week. I’m a terrible blogger, I know. Anyway, here’s what happened: there was a birthday barbeque and dinner that I photographed the food from. Here are the highlights (in no particular order):
The tart I decorated: cherries, figs, and apricots, all from the farmer’s market.
The tart Mike decorated with blueberries, strawberries, and figs from the farmer’s market. This one also had black pepper in the pastry cream (the other one was vanilla) but I am not sure you tasted it.
Ceviche at State Bird Provisions. This is where we had dinner. More on that later. This was a highlight for us because it was the first time any of us had this dish. It was, well, meaty and the bread was nice and buttery.
State Bird Provisions menu. Just an idea of what they served there that night. In addition to the menu items, they bring around trays or carts of food, dim sum style (or so I am told; I have not been to a dim sum restaurant, but now I need to go) and you pick what you want.
Did you know that quail is the California state bird? Neither did we. This was as crunchy and tasty as it looks, which is to say, very.
Tomatoes at the farmer’s market. These we bought and used in the food at the barbeque.
So that’s the highlights food-wise last week. Again, sorry I am such a terrible blogger and can’t even keep up with weekly posts. I will try to get back on track for next week.
Today’s post is all about the red, white, and blue as we celebrate America’s birthday!
I think by now most have seen the surprise cake with rainbow layers inside. I like this simple, frozen version from Bittersweet. Or, if you like a full flag on the inside of your cake, Cakespy has you covered with this recipe. Or, if you really want simple and traditional, you can go with Smitten Kitchen’s flag cake. I think this dessert is one I would make: boozy red, white, and blueberry shortcakes, made by How Sweet It Is.
I hope you are all enjoying the day! Happy 4th of July!
Since I missed this past Wednesday’s What I’m Reading, I am going to add that to the end of this week’s Photo Friday! post. I’ll be back on track next week; sorry!
So, I am getting better at remembering to take pictures; however, I am bad at remembering to take my camera with me everywhere, so I had to take all photos with my phone this week. Therefore, you’ll have to bear with my unedited, poor quality pictures this week.
First up, a blurry picture from trivia on Tuesday night. If you live in SF and want to join our team, we are scouting for members, especially those that know sports and pop culture/movie/music trivia. 🙂
I was going to take more than one picture of that night, but got caught up in the game and drinking (duh!) and forgot!
First thing I ate all night: Biscuit Bender’s with their cheddar gravy. YUM!
The picture really does not do it justice. These were mighty biscuits! They also have sweet options and American Eatery (part of Prather Ranch Meat Co.) in the Ferry Building uses their biscuits for breakfast items on their menu.
Next, a photo of the band Izzy Wise, who rocked out last night. The girl was playing the clarinet and the guy, Izzy, was playing a few different (and strange) instruments.
Next up, the truffles I bought from Casa De Chocolates in Berkeley. They are dark chocolate with cocoa powder. Sweet and delicious, but a bit messy from the cocoa powder.
The next photo is my view of the crowd last night from my spot upstairs. It was totally packed! Lines for food were bending around corners and up stairs! Crazy!
And…that’s all for the photos of this week! Now, for What I’m Reading!
- Blog posts about cookies: peanut butter drizzled chewy milk chocolate chunk, & coconut oatmeal chocolate chip, to be exact.
- Recipes with blueberries: lemon blueberry poppy-seed muffins and a grain-free blueberry tart.
- A poem about Boysenberry and Plum Cobbler
- and, to round it all out, because pies are round (worst pun ever!): Chocolate Espresso Ganache Pie
This week, I bring you the list of blogs I read that are written by people living in a different country. Just because they might write their recipes with grams instead of ounces and degrees Celsius instead of degrees Fahrenheit, does not mean that these blogs are to be put to shame, but instead, they are to be put in the spotlight. These are also just some of the greatest blogs out there, found on many “best of” lists and in the media and linked to across the Internets.
- David Lebovitz. He writes from Paris, about food and everything you might be able to find/be interested to find in Paris.
- Eatshowandtell. This is a blog written by five friends in Sydney. They write about the restaurants they visit, and of course, about food.
- Like A Strawberry Milk. Fanny is from London and writes about desserts and other sweet things in life.
- Baking Obsession. This is another baking blog (as if you didn’t get that from the title). Vera writes from British Colombia.
- Jumbo Empanadas. This blogger lives in Toronto, Canada. Another food/travel blog.
I hope you enjoy these international blogs as much (or more!) as I do! Happy reading!
This week, I bring you fellow San Francisco Bay Area Bloggers. I read their blogs way before I knew they lived in the Bay Area or even met some of them at the SF Food Bloggers Bake Sale.
- Dessert First. Anita‘s blog was the very first blog I read! If you haven’t guessed by the title, she writes about dessert, and about lots of sweet things. She also wrote one of my favorite cookbooks, The Field Guide To Cookies.
- La Vie En Route. This is Annelies‘ blog; she writes about food, poetry, and travel on her site. She was the first blogger I really connected with (like in person, not just online) and made friends with.
- Eat The Love. Irvin writes about the sweets he makes and the adventures he has while traveling and in the bay area.
- Piece Of Cake. Shauna writes about the sweet things in life; best of all, she wrote a book all about marshmallows!
- Shutterbean. Tracy is one of my favorite bloggers who writes about the food she makes, and the life she shares with her husband, Casey, and their son, Cooper. I have not met her yet, but one day I hope to meet her, and maybe we can wear blazers together. (If you want to know about that reference, listen to the podcast she’s a co-host on) She also writes High Straightenence on Homefries.
There are, of course, many other bay area bloggers out there. Maybe you are one of them? Leave a comment with a link to your blog if you are. Check out my blog links page to get a jump start on the other blogs I read. You can also follow me on Pinterest, where I pin blogs I read (among other things).
Last week, I started this series about what I am reading. I started things off with the cookbooks I am reading and grabbing inspiration and recipes from. This week, I bring you my most recent novels I’ve read.
- How To Eat A Cupcake; By Meg Donohue. I first heard about this book on a blog I read, Cakespy, when she wrote out this blurb in the book: “I had, I’ll admit, effected a certain style–a method, if you will–of cupcake eating. To begin, you remove the cupcake liner carefully so as to not unnecessarily crumble the cake, and set it aside. You then turn the cupcake slowly in your hand, taking bites along the line where cake meets icing, your mouth filling with the perfect combination of both components. Once you’ve come full circle, you gently twist off the bottom half inch of cake, a move that takes considerable finesse and leaves a delicate sliver of cake–the ideal size for lying flat on your tongue and allowing it to slowly dissolve, building anticipation for that final bite. To finish, you are left with the center cylinder of cake and icing, the cupcakes very heart, sometimes filled with a surprising burst of custard or jam or mousse, sometimes not, but always, always the most moist, flavorful bite of the entire cupcake. Take a breath before diving into that final, perfect bite; it is to be savored for as long as possible. Finally, of course, you scavenge the crumbs from the cupcake liner you set aside during step one, then ball the liner into your fist and overhand it into the nearest receptacle. Make the shot? You get another cupcake.” I was intrigued, and then I saw that Joy the Baker also read the book, and I knew I had to read it. I am still finishing it up, but it is definitely a good read. I would even say it is a good beach read. You know, of the “not needing to pay much attention to details” books. A quick read.
- Eat The Document; by Dana Spiotta. A couple’s story about their radical protests in the 1970s and what the outcomes are in the 1990s. It is a book my sister sent me, and therefore one I might not have picked up on my own, but it was a good book. A little bit of history, love story and mystery rolled into one. My sister also recommends her new book, Stone Arabia.
- The Book Of Salt; by Monique Truong. Another book from my sister, and a book I would be more likely to pick up on my own, about the Vietnamese cook who worked for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris in the 1930s. A great way to learn about these greats and about Paris in this era.
- What The Dog Saw and Blink; by Malcom Gladwell. These books I read back-to-back so I get confused about which articles I read in which since they are similar in some ways. I picked up What The Dog Saw and started reading it before realizing it was the same author. Actually, I read this book first and then I read Blink. After seeing everyone reading Blink, as if part of the book itself, I figured I should read it, too. They are both insightful reads, but if you do decide to take on both, I recommend reading them at different times, and not back-to-back; it’s just too intense that way.