San Francisco Travel Notes – Japantown, Pacific Heights and Marina

San Francisco Travel Notes – Japantown, Pacific Heights and Marina

November 16th, 2015  | Category: Restaurants, Travel


The moment I arrive at my hotel in San Francisco, I throw my suitcases into the room, wash my face and I’m out the door. I don’t care how tired and swollen I get after a 14-hour flight. There is no time to waste. Out of the hotel, I take a right. Twenty steps later, I’m standing in front of the coziest and best manicured public park my ...

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Dandelion Chocolate + Great News!

Dandelion Chocolate + Great News!

June 26th, 2015  | Category: Chocolate, Travel


The plans I had for my San Francisco trip… I was hoping to have breakfast at Tartine, lunch at Pizzeria Delfina, dinner at Zuni, ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery & Humphry Slocombe and several coffees throughout the day at Blue Bottle EVERY SINGLE DAY. Then, I was going to visit every vintage store and photograph every mural in town, beg the lady at Cookin! for discounts, take ...

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The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

August 19th, 2012  | Category: Travel


It's Sunday in İstanbul. 01:55 AM to be exact. I just churned an amazing strawberry ice cream. After eight trials, I think I've finally nailed it. I'll go to bed in a few minutes and pray for clear skies. And in about seven hours, right after my first coffee, I'll start the day with a strawberry ice cream photo shoot for the book. After that, I'll take ...

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Tartine Bakery, Bi-rite Creamery, Monument and Omnivore Books

Tartine Bakery, Bi-rite Creamery, Monument and Omnivore Books

June 06th, 2012  | Category: Ice Cream & Sorbet, Restaurants, Travel


One rushed afternoon in San Francisco, I took a bite of this croissant at Tartine Bakery, leaned back in my chair and thought: "How wonderful the world would be if there was a Tartine in every city." Of course, we would then need to clone Chad Robertson. Multiple times. An even more wonderful world. A somewhat selfish but definitely more reasonable version would be: "How wonderful my world ...

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Ici and The Berkeley Bowl

Ici and The Berkeley Bowl

December 14th, 2011  | Category: Ice Cream & Sorbet, Travel


To be perfectly honest, I don't remember much from my visit to Ici. Right after the dinner at Chez Panisse, two of our friends came to pick us up and five minutes later, we were at Ici. I was still ChezPanisse-struck. But I never forget that I have a food blog, so I reached for my camera without thinking and somewhere along the line, I heard my friend repeating ...

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