Month: October 2015

La Patisserie

19758 Stevens Creek Blvd,

Cupertino, CA, 95014


La Patisserie is a small bakery located in Cupertino. It’s in the corner of a plaza with Marukai, a Japanese grocery store.

My family has gone to La Patisserie several times for their burnt almond cake. Apparently there are two OTHER bakeries in San Jose known for burnt almond cake to the point of a rivalry, but my family has always gotten our burnt almond cakes from La Patisserie.


Even though the burnt almond cake is our traditional birthday cake, I’ve also gotten one of their chocolate cakes in the past. I forgot which one it was, but it was very rich and sweet. I still enjoyed it though.


On this visit I decided to purchase a couple smaller items that I’ve never tried before.


Humphry Slocombe

2 locations in San Francisco (one in the Ferry Building and one in the Mission)



If you ask about ice cream in the city of San Francisco, you’ll likely hear these two names: Humphry Slocombe and Bi-Rite Creamery.


Humphry has two locations, one in the Mission district and one in the Ferry Building. I went to the one in the Ferry Building. Even though it was still morning, I was happily surprised to see that they were already open. Most ice cream shops don’t open until around noon, but I guess this place is just too popular to open that late.


While Bi-Rite is known for more simple and classic flavors, Humphry is well known for their ever-expanding menu of unique and eclectic flavors.


Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Wonderful pumpkin cupcakes sweetened with maple syrup and topped with a tangy frosting!


I am jumping on the fall recipes train extremely late. I’m sorry but while everyone was making apple-this and pumpkin-that, I’ve still been stuck in summer. We’ve even recently bought a basil plant (which, unfortunately, is dying).


Back in April, before I started blogging, I was all pumpkin. I was going through several cans of pumpkin puree a month, adding it to my oatmeal and smoothies wherever I could get the chance. So lately I’ve been feeling all pumpkin-ed out.


Bi-Rite Creamery and Bakeshop

3692 18th St

San Francisco, CA, 94110



Bi-Rite is one of the top ranking ice cream shops out there in San Francisco, located in the Mission District. It’s so popular that they always have a long line out the door. While they are most well known for their ice cream, they also produce a variety of baked goods. Bi-Rite also has a couple supermarkets where they sell produce and selected dairy, along with pints of their famous ice cream.



They also have a little window just a few feet away from their actual shop where they sell soft serve and baked goods. They offer two flavors a day and a swirl. Of course, the line here is never short either.


S’mores Oatmeal

A perfect combination of being able to cozy up with a comforting breakfast and the flavors of a summer campfire!


I used to not really like summer. As a kid, I would find myself with nothing to do over the long summer days. Occasionally I’d go to a week long summer camp or be invited to a birthday party, but other than that I was just stuck doing nothing at home.


I love summer now. I enjoy the summer atmosphere of being relaxed, I love all the summer produce (seen with blueberries, pears and figs, mangoes), ICE CREAM, and especially just finding time to chat with friends and family on a breezy summer evening. The sun sets later so we can all enjoy it together.


And of course, campfires. And to go with them, s’mores. I miss all the parts of summer now that we’re in fall, but this oatmeal is the perfect transition between the two seasons.


Hello Kitty Cafe Truck


The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been making its way up and down California, in preparation for the opening of a Hello Kitty Cafe location in the US.



Being the avid Hello Kitty fan I am, I tracked the truck along California until it made its way to the Bay Area. The first time they came around, in April, I actually got the dates mixed up and missed it. So I made sure to be able to come to this one.