January 31, 2008

Rose & Chocolate Marshmallows

Mmmm. . . I just stumbled across a scrumptious post about "Guimauve à la Rose et au Chocolat" on one of my favorite food blogs, Chocolate & Zucchini. If you visit the site, you can even obtain the recipe. Enjoy!

January 29, 2008

Think Pink!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I've collected some pretty in pink images to tickle you pink. Pink enough for you?

courtesy of Room Service Home

photography by Thomas J. Story

courtesy of Martha Stewart

courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

photography by Keith Scott Morton

photography by Keith Scott Morton

January 27, 2008


I first discovered this French delicacy not long ago, in May of 2006, to be exact. My husband and I made it a point to visit Laduree and we bought a box with an assortment of flavors to take with us on our visit to Versailles. It was one of the best things we ever did! After walking the beautiful yet extensive grounds of the palace gardens, we found a relatively secluded spot with a bench, sat down and proceeded to devour the macarons one by one. We didn't finish the entire box at that sitting, but they were certainly gone by the end of the day. After that experience, we spent the rest of our stay in Paris eagerly visiting one patisserie after another. We hit quite a few good ones, too, including Pierre Herme, Lenotre, and Arnaud Larher. Back here in California, and living near the famed Napa Valley, we are privileged to have the Bouchon Bakery close enough to satisfy our macaron fix. If you're ever in the area, you have to visit Thomas Keller's bakery and also order the TKO's! But back to the macarons. . . Another location in the Bay Area that you can get them is in the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace at a charming little boutique shop called miette.

January 22, 2008

Versailles - Jean M.
"My father says that there is only one perfect view, that of the sky over our heads."
George Emerson from "A Room With A View"