Thursday, September 9, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
We continue our salute to the seas of summer with a selection of treats that are not only delicious, but are essential to any seaside holiday. Set sail on the most buttery boat in town. My, she was a yar cookie... $5
More of a land-lover? Stroll down the sand, collecting precious shards of glass polished to an otherworldly glow by the waves. But perhaps some rock candy would be just as pretty but more delicious? $3
Pop in the water before the fog rolls in- of course, in this magical make-believe sea you can stay in the water for hours, with no threat of dense, freezing fog rolling in 5pm. You've got all day! Splash about, wave to seals, try not to get scooped up by a pelican.
Ooo! A school of chocolate sardines! Watch out for that pelican, guys. $2.25
Frolicking in the waves sure works up a fierce appetite. Even just watching someone else frolic! Stroll the boardwalk in pursuit of funnel cakes, slush puppies, vegan corn dogs, & hand-twisted lollipops. $4-$7
Everyone looks better at the beach with a moustache. Forget the aerosol spray tan: you just need a nice 'stache. $1.50
And despite the funnel cake sundaes & deep-fried cheesecake wrapped in a tortilla (real!), you're going to need snacks for the trip home. Jelly beans & sixlets will hold you nicely until dinner, when it's back to the world of shoes & clothes & sadly unfried foods. $3
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
We live surrounded by the sea, here in San Francisco, and yet I can't remember the last time I even caught a glimpse of it. I might own those quintessential sailorgirl striped shirts from Gravel&Gold, but the only body of water they get anywhere close to is Mission Pool.
So maybe it's time to hit the beach, get windswept, taste sea salt for its own sake, without caramel or chocolate. Rent a car, find a licensed driver (or if you are a licensed driver, invite a Miettegirl), or most magical of all, hop on the N-Judah.
I don't know if I can explain to native Californians how mind-blowing it was to me, a Midwesterner, that you can pay $2, and be taken all the way to the ocean. $2! I still forget it's possible.
Lie on a blanket in the sand, forget that San Francisco is mere steps behind you, feast on fresh-baked bread and coffee/coconuts/toast (yes, bread & toast, the sea takes it out of you), and then, when you've achieved that glorious surfer hair usually only possible with Bumble & Bumble products, come back to the city, come to Miette, and gaze with nostalgia at our seaside-inspired sweets.
Summer Seas at Miette:
Licorice Pipes, Wax Moustaches, Red & Black Licorice, Pixi Stix giant & tiny, Peppermint Sticks, Saltwater Taffy, Sixlets, & much more to come.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
For years we made our carrot cake in a sweet little loaf pan, and called it the Picknicker. It was the perfect size for sharing, especially in the park on a blanket, ideally with a coffee from Blue Bottle down the alley. It was also a cake that former Confiserie-manager Kelly & I loved to share, with a cup of tea, on those days when 5pm arrived and yet we still hadn't eaten lunch, somehow.
Carrot cake makes an excellent lunch. Carrots! Walnuts! Coconut & currants!
This is turning into a love letter to the Picknicker, but that's okay. It deserves a proper good-bye. After much deliberation, we decided the Carrot Cake was ready for a new form- actually, two new forms! The full-size 7-inch cake you see above, perfect for a party or a brunch. Carrot cake makes an excellent brunch.
And now there are perky little Carrot Cake Cupcakes as well, just for you. The picnicker was too much for one person, and that says a lot coming from me. But a cupcake is just right.
Someday we'll discuss the custom of splitting a cupcake 4 ways. The mind reels.
Available at Ferry Building & Octavia
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Even the Tomboy's sporting strawberry buttercream, though you know she is pouting about having to wear pink. You'll have to just deal, Tomboy, it's strawberry season!
Strawberry macarons are like travel-size on-the-go strawberry shortcakes. Finally!
And these babies manage to be strawberry-y & spare, in their black & white & pink splendor. Now that would make a cute shoe...
Tomboy Cakes: $30/six-inch, $50/eight-inch
All available at Ferry Building & Octavia!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Hard candies seem like such a no-brainer, right? They're the good ol' reliable candy you can always count on, just as delicious after spending months at the bottom of your bag, just waiting for that moment when you're fingers will happen upon them... Oh hey- candy!
Nothing's better than surprise candy.
Still, with all the virtues of all the classic hard candies, we're always on the look-out for something a little more...fabulous. You know: French.
One day one of our favorite vendors sent us a little brochure along with our usual chocolate shipment, just a single sheet with photos of flowers & herbs & tiny drops...and the rest is candy history. We love them! They're sweetened with honey, & taste just as pretty as they look.
We especially love their dainty size- you can enjoy them without feeling like a cow chewing its jawbreaker-cud. Feel free to use that in your next brochure, candy-makers! I'm sure it sounds better in French.
Top to bottom: Rose, Lemon Verbena, Raspberry, Garden Mint
New flavors to come soon!
Gift Bag: $5
Bulk (at Octavia only): $20/lb
P.S. The rose drops were honored to be featured in a breathtakingly beautiful issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!