Monday, September 29, 2008

Birthday Cupcakes

My friend's daughter turned 1 a few weeks ago and I had a fun time making and decorating cupcakes for the birthday party. The color scheme was white, pink and purple so I incorporated the colors into the topping for the cupcakes.

The first of the cupcakes were chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting and topped with pink fondant shapes. The second were vanilla with buttercream frosting decorated with purple fondant shapes. The last were lemon with cream cheese frosting decorated with pink & purple sprinkles (not shown).




Sunday, September 7, 2008

Slow Food Nation in San Francisco

The Slow Food snail made entirely of bread, featured in the Bread Museum at the Taste Pavilion.

Last weekend San Francisco hosted the inaugural Slow Food Nation event. My friend and I flew to SF on Friday and got an adventurous start while en route to the Victory Garden. The entire event featured food from local restaurants using products sourced locally, a farmers market, victory garden, concert, films, lectures, taste pavilion, cooking demonstrations...am I forgetting something? The food was amazing, as expected, and we really enjoyed being there.

Pink & yellow tropical mushrooms. I've never seen such beautiful mushrooms! There were so many wonderful foods at the market and I was too busy eating to take many pictures!


Entering the Taste Pavilion. We each had our "Slow Dough" and after 3 1/2 hours we were stuffed and had some dough left over!


This oven was made just for this event and took around 45 minutes to put together. It was a nice bit of warmth on that windy evening.


Just a sampling of the ornate decorated bread that was featured in the Bread Museum.



Each area of the Taste Pavilion was designed with the help of architects. They were all unique and it was fun to see what they were able to do on a small budget. This pictures above were for the Spirits Pavilion.


Drawings of animals for the Charcuterie. We tried jerky, pork fat with garlic and a few other items. They were very good and very rich.


The Fish, of course. And the fish trio was great.

A few notable things we tried that we didn't take pictures of:
Beer Pavilion--I tried the Rogue Juniper Pale Ale. Wonderful!
Pizza/Bread Pavilion--Broccoli Rabe Pizza, Indian Naan. So good that we went back for more! Pickle Pavilion--Pickled items I would have never thought to try...fiddle head ferns, cumin green beans, asparagus. Oh and they had a pickle barrel where you were able to take a self-portrait. I need to find the website so I can find our picture!
Wine--There were around 500 different varieties of wine to choose from and I tried a Pinot Noir that was great!
There was quite a lot more that we tried but these are the ones that stand out the most for me.

And of course we had to stop by the Ferry Building Marketplace to eat more delicious food!

I can't wait until the next Slow Food Nation event. Definitely worth a fun trip to SF!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Celebrations!

One of my closest friends just turned 30 and we decided to have a formal dinner party to celebrate the wonderful event. We set-up the party in the backyard for an Italian-style 3-course meal. The evening started with pink lemonade martini's, mojito's and wine!

The tables were draped in black and adorned with white Gerber daisies and candles.

The appetizer was mint, ricotta salata and watermelon skewers. We had two different salads, the first was heirloom tomato & mozzarella salad and the second was summer fruit salad with marcona almonds and arugula. The main course was herb-mustard crusted pork loin with green beans and roasted potatoes.


The evening ended with a dessert trio of red velvet petit fours, caramel-chocolate fleur de sel truffles and vanilla ice cream.

We had a great time and enjoyed everything!

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