Sweets

Bellingham sweets and eats

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Are you planning some local travel this summer? Maybe you’re heading north across the border, or over to Lummi Island, as we recently did. Or you might be a Canuck heading down our way. Either way you’ll find yourself passing by Bellingham en route, hungry after being on the road or stuck at a border […]


Pistachio gelato taste-off

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I was gleeful when I found out this weekend that my favorite gelato is now available in my neighborhood (Ravenna), at Casa d’Italia. And this reminded me that I neglected to tell you the results of our pistachio gelato taste-off. Clockwise from top-left: Bottega Italiana, D’Ambrosio, Fainting Goat, vanilla gelato from Gelatiamo (we were unable […]


The Piecycle

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Ok, people.  Pie delivery?  I’m sitting here, hunkered inside on a Saturday evening, listening to the rain hitting the windows and The Swing Years and Beyond, and I get a craving for some pie.  All I have to do is send a text message, and then a guy shows up on my front doorstep with […]


Strawberry picking and a recipe for pickling

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The three of us headed to the Skagit Valley on Saturday for the ultimate strawberry picking event.  Jon Rowley, the man who was named the “Disciple of Flavor” by Saveur magazine, organized this second annual field trip north to show us where the sweetest variety of local strawberries are grown.  This is the same man […]


The Seattle doughnut taste-off

Monday, June 28th, 2010

We were reminiscing about our croissant taste-off last year, when a ridiculous plan was hatched and quickly spun out of control.  Doughnuts.  Let’s see where the well-known favorites stack up against Seattle’s mom and pop shops. We retrieved doughnuts from all ends of the city and convened on Father’s Day morning for a taste-off of […]


Sweet tamales

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an unstoppable sweet tooth. I never say no to a good dessert. So, a year ago when we held our first tamalada and I consulted my co-worker Janete about what I should make, I was intrigued and excited to hear about dessert tamales. I’ve had plenty of […]


The Sweet Life in Paris

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Eric and I are just off the plane last night from our vacation in France and now recovering from jetlag.  Our typical routine when we return is to awake by 4 or 5:00 a.m. (since it’s impossible for us to sleep any longer) and head out to breakfast somewhere.  Last time, we discovered that Seattle […]


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Ah, I love springtime.  Days are longer.  Birds chirp happily in the morning.  There are hints of nice weather to come.  Everyone seems to be celebrating their birthday, including me!  And birthdays make me think of cupcakes.  While I’d never turn down birthday cake, I’ve had a thing for cupcakes ever since childhood.  I consider […]


Breakfast: rusks and coffee

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Our friend Arathi likes to bake, even more than I do, which I hadn’t thought possible.  And anyone who’s lucky enough to work with her husband (like me) benefits from when she bakes too many cookies and he brings a batch to share.  After I tried her rusks, I had to get her recipe.  Like […]


Peaks Frozen Custard

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

The paper came down off the windows right before Thanksgiving, and on Friday, Peaks Frozen Custard opened in Roosevelt.  This is the real stuff, you guys, just like Kopp’s back in Wisconsin.  In fact, Peaks is run by folks from Wisconsin, and their custard machine is from the dairy state, too.  Theresa Blaser, one of […]


Our next president

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

The best tasting cupcakes


Five days in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Chez Panisse kitchen; Eric ready for dinner at Chez Panisse; Blue Bottle coffee at the Saturday market. Eric’s f/1 photography group met for a weekend in San Francisco at the end of September.  The two of us flew down a few days early to do some eating, and then my friend Jacki and I […]