This week, Stephanie, of Desserts for Breakfast, is here to share some Bay Area favorites. Her food photography and recipes with the most amazing flavor combinations make her blog one to remember. I love the premise of her site, since I am a big believer in eating dessert for breakfast!
I also want to mention that as summer comes to a close, it’s only fitting that our Summer in the City series ends as well. This will be the last installment, and we just want to give a huge thank you to all the participants! We hope you’ve discovered some great new blogs, and have started planning some trips to these great cities for next summer.
Favorite restaurant? This is such a difficult question, given how spoiled we are in the Bay Area by a plethora of excellent restaurants. Choosing one, I’d have to say Trattoria La Siciliana in Berkeley not only for its amazing Sicilian-inspired dishes that rival the food I had in Italy but also for its cozy, neighborhood atmosphere that makes you feel like part of one big Italian family.
Favorite savory dish? Salad to make and BBQ to eat. I’ve been particularly interested in non-traditional salads this summer made from whatever ingredients look best at the market on that day: last week, I made a to-die-for fresh corn, yellow nectarine, and Italian parsley salad-so refreshingly sweet, seasonal, and satisfyingly crunchy.
Favorite sweet? Ice cream! -actually, that might just be my never-changing favorite year-long sweet not specific to summer.
Drink of choice? Anything with lemon really gets me in the summer-lemonade, Arnold Palmers, ice water with a few slices of fresh lemon. My herb garden has been doing quite well this summer, so I’ve been making a variety of lemon-herb syrups (a favorite so far being lemon + mint) to mix with sparkling water for homemade sodas.
Favorite Bay Area summer activity? Watching the fog roll in from the Pacific over the hilltops at sunset. There’s something so romantic about that image that I can’t get tired of it.
A favorite summer recipe? Forcing me to pick favorites is just torture! but if I must… my favorite recipe this summer (so far!) has been peach frozen yogurt and basil snickerdoodle sandwiches. They’re a surprising twist on the nostalgic ice cream sandwich form-and peach frozen yogurt makes you feel so much less guilty when you’re licking every last drop off your fingers at the end!
Image Credits: Profile via Toni Gauthier, Trattoria, salad, ice cream, lemonade, fog