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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Interview: Adam Koven, CEO of The Cravory

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The Cravory is one of my favorite cookie bakers in San Diego. From both a technical and creative standpoint, their cookies are excellent, especially the chocolate truffle and red velvet cake . Check out my interview with Adam Koven, one of the creators of the company, on Cakespy.com.

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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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New Treats at Azucar

Doughnut Muffins from Azucar

Ask me to name my favorite bakery in San Diego and not only will I immediately say “Azucar“, once I start thinking about the Cuban-style patisserie in Ocean Beach, you’ll probably have to shake me by my shoulders to stop the visions of sugary treats dancing through my head. Vivian Hernandez-Jackson’s take on tiramisu was one of my first SD Sugar reviews, and I’ve also featured the bakery’s triple chocolate espresso cookie in a spread in San Diego Magazine. So, when Vivian invited me back to try some of the bakery’s newest creations, I jumped at the chance, and tried three items: doughnut muffins, the “It’s Your Birthday” cake, and the Turron de Havana.

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Introducing EJ Eats!

photos from EJ Eats, a San Diego food blog

It’s been just over a year since the launch of San Diego Sugar, my permanent excuse to order dessert “for work,” but I’ve got a brand new San Diego food blog that celebrates both sweet and savory eats and is home to all of my writing for Serious Eats, San Diego Magazine, GrubGrade, and San Diego Sugar: EJeats.com.

You can search through all of my San Diego burger, pizza, and sandwich reviews on Serious Eats, read about great meals under $10 on my Everyday Eats column for San Diego Magazine, or check out my fast food reviews on GrubGrade. I’ll also be posting exclusive content like extended reviews, food guides, and the occasional rant. EJeats will also feature all of the content from San Diego Sugar, so it’s like one stop shopping for everything that’s delicious in San Diego. I hope you’ll check it out!

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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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New Flavors at Sprinkles (+ free cupcake day!)

San Diego Sugar | Green Velvet and Irish Chocolate cupcakes from Sprinkles

Green beer, the “traditional” beverage of St. Patrick’s Day has never been too appealing, but Sprinkles has a few new cupcakes I’d happily devour instead: Irish Chocolate and Green Velvet. The Irish Chocolate flavor, a Belgian dark chocolate cupcake topped with Bailey’s Irish Cream cheese frosting, is in stores until March 18. The other new addition, Green Velvet, is just for St. Patty’s Day (March 17). The chocolate cupcake batter is infused with green dye instead of the traditional red, coloring the cake with a shade of green somewhere between “forest” and “Oscar the Grouch”.

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