[Translate] Gontran Cherrier is one of the few creative boulangers (bread bakers) in Paris, creating globally inspired flavors of bread but still the loaves are deeply rooted in traditional French recipes. Of course, there baguettes sold here (and they are very good) but I’m curious about his creations. (more…)
[Translate] Pitango Gelato and its bakery (which I will talk about later) are a thriving small, family-owned business run by Noah Dan, truly believe in using the best, local (if possible), organic ingredients in their products. Pitango Gelato has multiple locations in DC, Baltimore, and Reston (in Virginia). We visited the Penn Quarter location for our gelato Inside, the space is clean, with lofty ceilings, lots of wood tones and a delightful minimalism with just the right amount of pastel yellow to make it seem homey. (more…)
[Translate] Boulangerie Guillaume is a popular Mile-End bakery on St-Laurent Boulevard. The proprietor Guillaume Vaillant learned his craft on the job and opened this bakery in 2010. He combines traditional methods and artisanship to produce a unique selection of loaves, baguettes and savory treats. When you enter this small bakery (on the retail front) on an early Saturday morning, you’re greeted by the delicious aroma, the sight of beautiful shades of golden brown deliciousness of fresh baked bread and the sweet ladies at the front with a gentle bonjour. There were at least thirty different loaves when I arrived and..
[Translate] Holiday treats with the pan of un-iced cranberry orange pecan rolls Happy Boxing Day! Hope many of your friends and families had a great holiday. Many of us usually think cranberries are for the holidays but I think of them as a great sweet-tart fruit that could be used year round. I finally found some time from my crazy schedule to use cranberries (what some people consider as “America’s original super fruit”) to bake cranberry orange pecan rolls for my family. (more…)
[Translate] For people who wants dessert and excellent loaves bread on the Thanksgiving table Breads Bakery should be one of your options. This Thanksgiving, Breads debuted the chocolate babka pie ($35). If you had ever came across their magnificent chocolate babka, they essentially shaped this into a pie pan. I could make an excuse not to have the standard pumpkin or apple pie just because this babka is sweet and incredibly delicious. The seeded challah wreath is a great alternative to dinner or Parker rolls since it has this nuanced sweetness and the heavily seeded (poppy, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower)..
[Translate] The newest and fifth location of Maison Kayser opened a few weeks ago on the Upper East Side, not too far from its first location, a 120 seat café and an extended coffee bar. Arriving on that early Saturday morning, the retail section was bustling with activity from mostly locals who reside around the area picking up their morning coffee, a pastry and maybe a few loaves of bread. I went in to dine with a friend for brunch and tried out Master baker Yann Ledoux’s seasonal breads for the summer, like the delectable crusty, thin ficelles of black..
[Translate] Exterior of Maison Kayser at 921 Broadway; Bread display at the to-go section and interior of the café Maison KayserMaison Kayser opened its second New York City location in the Flatiron District. Hearing from a few friends and many people (who are NYC based) who follow me on Instagram said to me, “Finally!” when I started to IG food photos of their new location when I ate there on Wednesday evening (the bakery’s first day). Even though I do like Maison Kayser’s first location, having a location in the Flatiron District, on 921 Broadway at 21st Street, is very..
[Translate] This weekend, I attended a three-hour Le Pain Quotidien Baking Class, Bleeker Street, New York City by registering via CourseHorse. CourseHorse is a website that connect people to discover, compare and enroll in high quality local learning programs, ranging from casual programs, like cooking, art, and fitness to professional skill building courses like finance, writing or HTML. Since I’m slowly delving into bread baking, I thought Le Pain Quotidien could inform and enlighten me with a few things about bread baking, and heck, I love chocolate. (more…)
Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese – Savory Walnut Shortbread Cookies & Rye Rosemary Cashel Blue Cheese Bread
[Translate] Recently, I’ve received a large wheel of Kerrygold Cashel Blue Cheese. Since I love cheese of every kind my mind was buzzing with ideas as to what to do with it. Cashel Blue cheese has a unique, voluptuous, creamy texture with a minerally undertone (I even taste malt) complemented by a delightful, mild blue tang. It’s a cheese that has lots of big flavors that could stand up to a lot of robust foods, beers, and even a good Pinot Noir. (more…)