|the best latte i've had in months | cafe ponte|
it's almost time for lunch, but i still got breakfast on the brain.
specifically, some of the morning meals we enjoyed in sf.
as soon as i had the address of the place where we'd be staying for the trip, i became a google maps-addicted, restaurant-searching fool.
when i found out that tartine bakery was within walking distance, i couldn't get there fast enough.
[if we hadn't come in on the red eye, i
maybe definitely woulda gone straight there.]
i think the boy and i saw something on food network about this place. or maybe it was in a magazine...or a blog?
i don't really remember.
regardless of the media delivery method, we went there.
and both loved it.
|from top left: chocolate, morning bun, two ham-n-cheese|
there's our haul, up above.
we tried the double pain au chocolat (awesome, amazing flakiness; a bit too much chocolate for my taste but delicious all the same), the pain au jambon (ham-n-cheese! this one was my fave), and the morning bun (good texture and tasty for sure, but personally, i'm not a fan of orange sugar. just plain ol' sugar woulda been justfinethanks).
|layers of love|
but the croissants were legit. there's no other word for them. buttery beyond belief and sooo flaky.
(it looked like we'd tossed a pound of croissant confetti on the table after we finished)
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but i'm still going through vacation withdrawal a bit.
i miss it.
i mean who doesn't feel that way after you first get back?
so last night while the boy and i finished unpacking (isn't it the worst?!), i remembered that before we left for this trip, we'd purchased the ingredients for these little no-bake energy bites i found on pinterest.
|via smashed peas and carrots|
the recipe is really easy, and i think they turned out great.
|all aboard! |
(looking slightly disgusting in this light)
waiting to be mixed
the original recipe doesn't call for the dried cranberries we added, but i think they made a nice addition. i'd probably chop them up a bit next time though, if anything. they were a little large.
the recipe does calls for ground flaxseed which was a new adventure for me (see above). i ended up with this brand from trader joe's. it added a nice nutty flavor to the mix. i think. i didn't really notice it to be honest.
and i'm not a person who has a whole arsenal of kitchen tips and tricks, but i do have two today:
the recipe calls for honey. and peanut butter.
i've found that with any sticky substance, if you spray the measuring cup (or your mom-gifted pampered chef gadget) with a little bit of non-stick cooking spray, it plops out easily.
see how clean it is in the picture up there?
you may need to use a spatula to get all of it, but it's sooo much easier to spray first instead of scraping the measuring cup a billion times to get every last drop.
one more tip for this recipe?
you need to stir pretty vigorously to get all the ingredients fully mixed together.
so i like to put plastic wrap completely over the container i'm using. then, i pull it back from the bowl a bit more than halfway.
this way, i can really get my stir on and avoid a peanut butter-covered hand.
this works well for handmixing anything you don't want to end up all over the place.
i formed these into balls (using this trusty scoop that i also coated with non-stick spray), popped them in the fridge for thirty minutes and...
they are super yummy.
we still have some leftover, but i'm not sure they'll last much longer.
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now i'm hungry.