Friday, July 29, 2011

salty and sweet ice cream

Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream with a pinch of salt

just like a salted caramel

I have always loved the salty sweet combination of dark chocolate pretzels and salted caramel. So, while Meme watched French Kiss (one of my favorite films) I made a sweet and savory ice cream ... Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream sprinkled with sea salt. The ice cream tasted like the perfect salted caramel. Watching Marc's dad and Meme scrape their bowls clean made me so HAPPY. This week has been filled with recipes, family stories, lessons in the kitchen, adventures, sight seeing, and birthday celebrations that made turning 28 ... extraordinary. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!! And, what is your recipe for a perfect weekend?

Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream
sprinkled with a pinch of salt

3/4 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp of salt
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
2-3oz of chopped semisweet chocolate
Caramel sauce (fleur de sel from Trader Joes is what I used)
1/2 cup half and half (chilled)
1 cup heavy whipping cream (chilled)
1 tsp of vanilla

In a medium pot, simmer your sugar, the first cup of heavy cream, salt, and cocoa powder (do not let this mixture boil)

Once simmering, remove from the stove and add half of the mixture into your egg yolks. You will need to make sure the bowl you use for egg yolks is large enough for your cream mixture. Make sure to whisk the entire time while adding your cream mixture. Add the remaining cream mixture and whisk.

Pour mixture into your medium sized pot and place on the stove watching closely and whisking until the mixture thickens. The mixture will turn into what I think looks and tastes like chocolate pudding. Don't worry, this makes for an incredibly smooth ice cream.

Once the mixture is thick enough (can coat the back of a wooden spoon) place mixture in a glass bowl and make a water bath. Let the mixture sit for a half hour.

Next, remove from water bath and place the mixture in the fridge for an hour or until cool.

When the mixture is cool, add the vanilla, heavy cream, and half and half. Stir until completely mixed.

Add to your ice cream maker for about  45-60 minutes. When your ice cream is thick enough add your caramel. Turn off ice cream maker and place ice cream in the freezer until serving.

Drizzle a pinch or two of sea salt or kosher salt over the ice cream when serving.

ENJOY! Bisous.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Des Amis

my favorite drink: a lilikoi margarita


a ham and gruyére crepe

a lentil crepe

hummus after a day at the beach

I can't wait to go back


If I had to pick my favorite type of restaurant it would be ... a place with a great outdoor ambiance, drinks made with fresh fruit, crepes that remind me of being in Paris, and a place where I can sit with friends for hours. It just so happened I found a place like this in Maui ... Cafe Des Amis. I was smitten as soon as I saw the back patio: twinkly lights, light music, and the smell of crepes lingered in the Maui air. I pretty much was in heaven when I saw that they had Lilikoi Margaritas. As all of you know, I have an obsession with lilikois (passion fruit) now. The margarita was hands down the best drink I have ever had ... so good I had two!! So, if and when you frequent Maui, make sure to head to Paia and visit Cafe Des Amis!! Happy Thursday. Bisous.

Cafe Des Amis
location: Paia, Maui
crepe to order: the lentil or the ham and gruyére
drink: order the lilikoi margarita
dessert: order the lilikoi margarita
ambiance: blissful
try: the hummus
end the night with: pineapple and coconut gelato at ONO gelato

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


my mornings: carrot orange pineapple juice

breakfast pizza

summer festivals

playing games at festivals

summer drinks

afternoon snacks: strawberry beet juice


wishing I was back here

remembering this drink: a lava flow

fancying: sushi

summer drives in Maui


backyard barbecue beverages: root beer

loving new pizzas: a bananas foster pizza

summer flavors: raspberry rose sorbet from The Penny Ice Creamery

long hikes


reading: A Pig in Provence
loving: day trips to Farmers' Markets
enjoying: my juicer ... I make juice every morning
running: 4-5 miles on my favorite trails
hoping: to make a road trip to Portland and San Diego
favorite meal: breakfast
excited: my sweet friend Lauren visits in two days
working on: photography projects
eating: lots of fruits and veggies
drinking: Paris tea with a little milk and sugar
latest find: thanks to a good friend ... I've been introduced to Cupcake Zin Red Velvet ... so good
found: my walking shoes for Paris (September can't come soon enough)
channeling: my creativity as I shoot another wedding in August
cleaning: my closets
cooking disaster: ice cream ... yes, I left my cream mixture on the stove too long 
preparing: for my race on Saturday
latest obsession: Raspberry Rose sorbet from The Penny Ice Creamery
craving: Banana's Foster Pizza made in our friend's wood fired oven
wishing: I was back in Maui relaxing

I hope all of you are enjoying Summer!! Feel free to make a list like this and send me the link to your blog post ... I would love to see what you've been up to. Happy Summer!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

yoga, crepes, and gelato ... Maui style

a perfect place for yoga

soaking in the sun


yoga in Maui

an ONO burger at Paia Fish Market

pineapple and coconut gelato

picture time in the up-country


so bright

mornings in Maui

a banana nutella crepe 

Things I love to do on vacation: Relax, Eat, Eat, Relax, and ... workout. Don't get me wrong ... relaxing and eating are great but when it comes to staying in balance on vacation I love to workout.  So, while in Maui I ventured to one of Emmy's favorite yoga studios in the little town of Paia. If you are visiting Maui I urge you to head to the North Shore and take a day trip to Paia. The town reminds me of Santa Cruz: eclectic, laid back, cute shops, and quite possibly has some of the best restaurants ... or at least the type of fare that I enjoy.  Did I mention Marc flew out and made a trip too while I was there? ... He made the trip an extended weekend which he so deserved after finishing his Masters.  So, before picking him up at the airport Emmy and I went to a yoga class, went to the beach and practiced more yoga, and relished in the good vibes that yoga often stirs up.  Later, we picked up Marc and headed back to Paia for some amazing fish burgers and gelato.  My tried and true gelato combination: Pineapple and Coconut ... it never fails. After a day filled with yoga, gelato, Mai Tai's and the sun, that night all of us slept like little babies. The next morning, Marc and I made banana nutella crepes that all of us had one too many of. So, there we sat, relishing in the sweet smells of Maui while we ate one too many crepes and washed it down with warm cups of Kona coffee.

Must and a Money Saver: enjoy breakfast at home (if you are able to) ... by far one of my favorite ways to relax on vacation
Try: while on vacation bring some of your routine with you ... whether you journal in the morning, run at night, or like to practice yoga ... it is nice to have a small routine from home on vacation
In Maui: visit PAIA and go to ONO gelato, grab an ONO burger at the Paia Fish Market  by far one of the best burgers I have ever had!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the good stuff

camping at the beach

 turning two

a Fourth of July dinner


strawberry shortcake kabobs

Maui Blanc


the good stuff

This past weekend was filled with all kinds of good stuff. After returning from Maui I had little time to prepare for a weekend of beach camping. One of my favorite places to camp is on the beach. I love the smell of the water, the crisp cool air in the mornings, and the warm afternoons. While camping we kept busy by drinking fruity beverages, dancing to all kinds of music, lounging on the beach, and staying up way too late at night. We got home early Fourth of July morning and had just enough time to go grocery shopping for a tasty dinner. The menu included corn on the cob, tofu dogs crammed into an ever so soft baguette, a cool and crisp pasta salad, Maui blanc to wash it down and for dessert ... Sunset inspired strawberry shortcake kabobs dipped in a creme fraiche and whipped cream. This week I am busy cleaning house for a visit from friends from Australia, getting in some long runs as I have a race next week, and visiting several Farmers' Markets for a fun project. Stay tuned for a Maui post, a post sharing the photos I took of Liz's wedding, and a refreshing recipe perfect for Summer. One last thing, if I owe you jam (you know who you are) and giveaway loot ... I am finally making it to the post office tomorrow ... I promise!! Bisous!

eating: bagels with goat cheese and avocado
drinking: juice and lots of it ... this morning I drank an orange, pineapple, and carrot juice made from my new juicer
writing: articles for a new gig
reading: A Pig in Provence and I can't put it down
loving: my sweet little god daughter ... I can't wait to see her again ... she turned 2 this past weekend
craving: dark chocolate cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting and adorned with one little sweet raspberry