Ingredients Archives: Fruit

Behind the Scenes with Pastry Chef Jeff Bonilla

Peach Cremeux from Kitchen 1540

I recently went behind the scenes for Serious Eats: Sweets with Jeff Bonilla, Executive Pastry Chef for the L’Auberge Del Mar resort. Bonilla creates the entire pastry program for the property, including the two on-site restaurants: Kitchen 1540 and the Waterfall Terrace.

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Divina Cake at Azucar

Divina cake from Azucar in San Diego

I’ve never met a cake at Azucar that I didn’t love. The Divina is my current favorite. Find out all about this delicious cake on Serious Eats: Sweets.

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Sweet Eats: Beignets and Berry French Toast at Leroy’s Kitchen

San Diego Sugar | Beignets from Leroy's Kitchen in Coronado

If my Google Analytics results are any indication, a lot of locals are looking for beignets. If that’s why you’re here, good news: Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge in Coronado has some of the best beignets in San Diego. Listed as “Coffee and Doughnuts” ($9) on the new(ish) brunch menu, the beignets are made from a [...]

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Sugar Shots from the D Bar Opening

Mini cupcakes from D Bar in San Diego

D Bar officially opens today, right beside Snooze in Hillcrest. Both spots are Denver imports. D Bar is the creation of pastry chefs¬†Keegan Gerhard (of Food Network fame) and Lisa Bailey. At the preview event, I sampled several savory items and a few cocktails, but the best part was the desserts, all of which were foot-stompingly, teeth-tingly good. Many of the items served were created specially for the preview, but the churros and souffle are part of the plated dessert menu. Scroll through the pics for a closer look at what’s in store at Hillcrest’s newest sugar shack.

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake from Kona Coffee Co.

San Diego Sugar | Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

I haven’t been this excited about coffee cake in… ever. Writing about sweets is its own reward, especially when I discover something new where I least expected. Such is the case with the coffee cake at Kona Coffee Co. in Hillcrest. I tried all three varieties, but the chocolate chip was by far the tastiest. [...]

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PB&J Treats to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

San Diego Sugar | Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie at Zanzibar

How many sandwiches have not one, but TWO songs inspired by the ingredients? I’m going to guess there’s only one: the mighty peanut butter and jelly. Biting into a standard PB&J sandwich is a fine enough way to celebrate International Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2nd, 2012), but there are a few tastier (and sweeter) alternatives in San Diego, namely the PB&J cookie at Zanzibar, or the peanut butter and jam-inspired dessert at the Grant Grill.

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Review: Ben and Jerry’s Strawberry Shortcake Greek Frozen Yogurt

Ben and Jerry's Greek Frozen Yogurt Strawberry Shortcake tub

My first clue that Ben and Jerry’s was planning some new frozen yogurt formulations was in a special “Chunk Mail” survey, which asked how likely I’d be to purchase a tub of Greek-style frozen yogurt. I selected the option for “very likely” and a few days ago, I finally had the opportunity. My store had all four flavors in stock, but the Strawberry Shortcake sounded the most appealing.

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Heavenly Cupcake Tasting Party

Mini cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcake in San Diego

Know what you’re looking at? FREE CUPCAKES. Yep, with no strings attached. Yesterday, the new owners of Heavenly Cupcake hosted a free tasting party, where fans sampled the newest flavors and voted for their favorite. The winning cupcake will become flavor of the month.

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Acai Bowls at Swami’s Cafe

San Diego Sugar | Swami's Acai Bowl

My instinct with breakfast is always to go with something sweet, like pancakes or french toast, but the though of having a brick of syrup-soaked carbs weighing me down isn’t always appealing. That’s where acai bowls come in.

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Baked Goods Galore from Village 631

San Diego Sugar | Blackberry Bar from Village Cafe

In my area of San Diego, chain coffee shops outnumber independent cafes, but one advantage that the Village at 631 has over the competition is a kick-ass pastry chef. The baked goods in the display case are so vastly superior to the mass-produced items at Starbucks that making the comparison between the two almost feels mean.

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