Monday, November 23, 2009

It's the Final Countdown! {Thanksgiving Edition}

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The clock's a'tickin'- please place all Thanksgiving special orders today!
We will be taking orders until our shops close tonight:
Ferry Building closes at 7pm
Octavia closes at 7pm
Chestnut closes at 8pm!

If you don't get your order in, don't despair, we will be super-stocked with amazing cakes & confections on Tuesday & Wednesday!

Notes: All orders are for pick-up on Wednesday 11/25.
All Miette shops will be closed on Thanksgiving!
Back to normal hours on Friday 11/27.

Friday, November 20, 2009

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Did you know? Everyday, approximately 92 people walk into a Miette shop & request our Fleur de Sel Caramels. And everyday since January, the shopgirls have had to say, "No, I'm afraid we stopped making those. We loved them, but they were simply too labor intensive for our little band of bakers". And everyday, 92 hearts get broken.

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But not today. Today our caramels are back in all their glory. Buttery, firm, and delightful, with those perfectly place chunks of sea salt on top. There even a bit larger than they used to be, which is always nice.

And before I forget, or anyone panics, the chocolate caramels are back, too!

Miette Fleur de Sel & Chocolate Fleur de Sel Caramels
Availability: Ferry Building, Octavia, Chestnut
Price: $1.50
If you get your heart broken by a shopgirl anyway, that's between you & her.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We won't judge if you order one of each

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It's time to present this year's contenders for Your Thanksgiving Dessert!

Let's start with the show-stopper: The Pumpkin Princess! For a very short time every year, our classic, sweet, & delicate Princess cake is transformed into the lovely pumpkin you see above. Gosh, it's so pretty, maybe we should make it all year. The Debutante, Princess, & Tomboy could be joined by the Fairy-Tale Princess.

Pumpkin Princess
6-inch: $35, serves 6-8 people
Note: Needs to be refrigerated

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Oh, hey there, cheesecake. I had Miette cheesecake for my birthday cake two years in a row, and if I was lucky enough to be born in November, I would definitely get the Pumpkin Cheesecake. (Of course, then I probably wouldn't have been able to have all those January sledding birthday parties. Native Californians, I'll explain later.) The natural sweetness of the heirloom pumpkin is perfectly balanced by the rich & tart creme fraiche topping. I know I shouldn't play favorites, but I have to tell you that the shopgirls polished off the Pumpkin Cheesecake mere moments after this photo was taken.
Pumpkin Cheesecake
6-inch: $35, serves 6-8
Notes: Needs to be refrigerated

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Old-Fashioned Pumpkin, could you be any cuter? A dark-chocolate cake wearing a jaunty pumpkin beret, with a twisting handmade stem & fluffy, tinted Italian meringue.
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin
6-inch: $24, serves 6-8 people
8-inch: $35, serves 10-12 people
Note: Serve at room temperature

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The Pecan Tart may be dainty it's intense! It delivers the maximum rich, gooey, citrusy, nutty goodness per square-inch, and goes perfectly with a civilized after-dinner cup of strong coffee. Or with slighly less civilized coffee the next morning, when you find the leftovers from the photo-shoot on your bedside table. Score!
Pecan Tart
6-inch: $24, serves 4-6

Call any of our shops to place your votes-I mean orders!- by Monday November 23rd, for pick-up on Wednesday November 25th! All of our year-round cakes will also be available, of course!
Ferry Building 415.837.0300
Octavia 415.626.6221
Chestnut 415.359.0628

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Miette Blog: Now in Glorious Technicolor Turkeyvision

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That's right! We're sparing no expense this holiday season, and have invested in a state-of-the-art Turkeyscope for your festive blog-reading pleasure. Festive & a little bit trippy.

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I've seen some turkeys in my day....they're usually pretty scraggly, you could even say ugly, though wild turkeys do have a certain mysterious elegance. But I've never seen colors like this...

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Teal, hot-pink, gold, purple: this kind of sartorial daring is what earned these the title of Official Chocolate Turkey of Miette. I fall for them harder every year.

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You know those early naturalistic illustrations? Like from the first time Europeans saw a drawing of a lion or a whale? And all the animals have human features? And you can tell that the person who actually saw the thought-to-be-mythical animal & the person who did the drawing were definitely not the same person?

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That's what these turkeys make me think of. Like, an explorer was describing a turkey, got overly-excited & started describing a peacock, threw in a lorikeet for good measure, and this is what the incredulous illustrator came up with. Or perhaps there is a technicolor turkey somewhere out there, and we'll just have to be satisfied with these little souvenirs until we get a chance to see it for ourselves.

Solid Chocolate Turkeys
Price: Large $10, Small $5, Tiny $0.50
Availability: Ferry Building, Octavia, Chestnut

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wanna come over after school?

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Presenting, the ultimate after-school snack for adults: Ants on a Log truffle, from the moustachioed mastermind at Pink,White,Brown. When Dane told me about these I freaked out imagining how amazing they could be. And when he sent a sample, they were even better! That does not happen very often in the candy world! But Dane's a bit of a genius: milk & dark chocolate combined perfectly with peanut butter (again, very rare!), garnished with plump raisins, and elevated to genius with...celery salt! Celery salt, people! I can't get over it. And I can't stop eating them.

This truffle has come at the perfect time: after hating celery my whole life, I have become obsessed with it the last few years. I think it all began with the incredibly spring-fresh celery-infused cocktail at Nopa that I can't remember the name of, and that they hadn't made since. Maybe someday? Perhaps in exchange for some Ants on a Log?

And if anyone knows how to obtain Bitter Truth Celery Bitters without paying 11Euros +13Euros shipping (um, that comes to $35!), please let me know. Mmm, those Mole Bitters look good too...

Ants on a Log
Price: $2
Availability: Octavia Sold out!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Yay for enthusiasm!

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When you see this much confetti, you know there's something exciting going on (though we hope to someday have an Everyday Confetti budget)! We Miettegirls are big fans of enthusiasm, so we made this pretty pretty honor badge for our most cupcake-enthusiastic customers. If you have pom-pons you should bring those in, too! (Man, now we need a Daily Pom-Pons Budget.) Come into any of our three shops (soon to be four! more about that later), and get your card punched, and before you know it, there will be a free cupcake coming your way.

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In these trying economic times, I rest easier knowing that I have a card good for 1 Free Espresso Drink at Stumptown Coffee in Portland, Oregon & I'd like all our customers to have the same kind of peace of mind. Start your Cupcake Retirement Plan today!

Cupcake Enthusiast Card
Buy 12 cupcakes, get 1 free!
Availability: Ferry Building, Octavia, Chestnut

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

You'll definitely be invited back

It's party season!
Pumpkin painting parties, orphan Thanksgivings, tree trimming! Yes! I'd like to be the kind of organized, sophisticated adult who stocks up on cool host/hostess gifts, but...I'm not. But you can be! I'll live vicariously through you! I think the ideal gift is something the hostess would never buy herself (without being too expensive!). Your host might not splurge on organic honey-maple caramel sauce handmade by the lovely Anastasia, but he'll be soooooo glad
you did.

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Plus, a spoonful of caramel sauce a day is an excellent plan. But I don't recommend you combine it with my two Mahalos a day system unless you are a trained & certified Miettegirl.

Sweet Revolution Caramel Sauce
Price: $18
Availability: Sold out!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

How could I have forgotten to tell you?!

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Glorious, glorious Go Max Go candy bars are now at our Chestnut location! Here's a little love letter I wrote to them. "Dear Candy Bars, I love you soooo much....."

Go Max Go Bars
Price: $3
Availability: Octavia, Chestnut
Notes: Vegan & Incredible!