Three Things to Look Forward to At Smitten Ice Cream's New Oakland Digs

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Ferron Salniker
Smitten's new seasonal flavor, rhubarb crisp.
The made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream shop has crossed the bridge to Rockridge, and we scoped it out on the eve of their opening day.

The Smitten story begins with founder Robyn Sue Fisher putting a new kind of high-tech ice cream churner on a radio flyer wagon, equipped with some bungee chords and a homemade battery pack. After earning a following one scoop at a time on the streets of San Francisco, Fisher set up shop in a shipping container in the Hayes Valley Proxy. Last year they opened a second location in Los Altos, and the company's next chapter -- a scaled up, flagship location -- begins in Oakland. Here's what we're most excited about:

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Whole Foods Bakery Now Baking Cookies with Local Grains, Cute Names

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Kate Williams
Local whole grains aren't just for the patrons of The Mill anymore. This winter, the Northern California branch of the Whole Foods Market bakery officially entered into the local grain economy with a line of five cookies made with 100 percent California-grown whole grain flour. These "Outrageously Good Cookies" come packaged with cute names like Chocolicious and Hipster Chipster, intended to appeal to a younger, food conscious audience. Whether or not these names strike a cord with 20-somethings, the ingredient profile surely will.

See also: There Will Be Bread: The Newest Development in Food Culture Is Also the Oldest

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UPDATED: How to Celebrate National Pi(e) Day in S.F.

Categories: Sweet Beat

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National Pi Day (3.14) might have started as a nerdy holiday at the Exploratorium, but it's become embraced by bakers and sweets aficionados alike as a way to celebrate, well, pies.

As always since the shop has opened, Mission Pie is offering slices of sweet and savory pies for $3.14 (regular cost is $4). The shop is also teaming up with LuckyBolt to offer pie delivery on Friday. Order by 10 p.m. on Wednesday to make sure you get your order in for apple, pear-blueberry, Dutch apple, walnut, Shaker lemon, banana cream, or vegan spiced apple (all $22). Delivery cost varies depending on size of order and location. Call to order: 282-1500.

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TCHO Moves to the East Bay Just Like Everyone Else You Know

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Flickr/Rick Bradley
TCHO's 29,000-square-foot space on the waterfront is soon to be shuttered.
Just like your cool artist friends, S.F. chocolate factory TCHO has decided to pack up and move to the East Bay. The chocolate factory has been a fixture on the Embarcadero for years, and the decision to move now -- just when the Exploratorium and restaurants like Coqueta, Fog City, and Hard Water have made that stretch actually tourist-friendly -- seems a bit mystifying at first glance.

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Three Sweet S.F. Chocolate Factory Tours

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A world of pure imagination? Close enough.
As one of the food capitals of the country, San Francisco has a certain culinary image to uphold. And in addition to the great produce, bread, coffee, pickles, cheese, charcuterie, and so on produced in the city, we have some damn fine chocolate, and not one but three chocolate factory tours to explore. Go behind-the-scenes to learn about single-origin bars, confections, and more -- and even though none of the factories have a Wonkaesque chocolate waterfall, most of the tours do end in tastings so you can put what you just learned into delicious context.

See also: Dandelion Chocolate: Touring the Dogpatch Factory
Sampling TCHO's New Line of Confections
Charles Chocolates' Triumphant Return

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Find Under $5: A Trip to New Orleans in the Dogpatch

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Alexis Katsilometes
Just For You's Beignet
Those who have had the good fortune to visit New Orleans know the power of a good beignet. And while the landscape of San Francisco bears little resemblance to the streets of the French Quarter, some of our spheres of fried dough dusted in powdered sugar come awfully close to the best examples from the Big Easy. For more than 20 years, Just For You Café in the Dogpatch has been serving some of the city's best. Adorned with vintage, neon-hued posters and a giant marlin that keeps a constant, watchful eye on the dining room, the small but bustling breakfast and lunch spot is a favorite for those seeking amiable and attentive service, a good, strong cup of coffee, and most of all, absolutely delicious beignets.

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Four Classes To Help You Keep Your Resolution to Cook More

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Some New Year's resolutions virtually beg to be broken: We vow to lose 15 pounds, cut back on our drinking, or give up carbs or dairy. But by the time February 1 rolls around, as we shovel another forkful of truffle mac and cheese into our mouths and wash it down with a third glass of wine, these promises generally have become all but a memory.

Some resolutions, like becoming more confident and deft in the kitchen, are reasonable and constructive, and they stand a fighting chance of sticking past the first few weeks of January. So this year, instead of eliminating dishes from you diet, lean how to master them with these four skill-building classes.

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Three Classes to Get You in the Mood for Holiday Baking

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The holidays are about family, friends, and of course, food. At this time of year, our rolling pins see more wear, our ovens get more use, and our sugar cravings grow with each passing day. Whether you're hoping to gain a few skills or are simply seeking another excuse to bake, these three holiday classes will give you homework you can really sink your teeth into.

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Pie-Less? Here Are Some Last-Minute Local Options

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Three Babes Bakeshop
Procrastinated too much and now find yourself pie-less for the big meal? We've found a few local options that can accommodate your last-minute needs, you slacker, you. (It's okay, we've all been there.)

Three Babes Bakeshop
Where: All over the city
When:Wednesday and Thursday
The Rundown: The lovely ladies at Three Babes Bakeshop are popping up all over the Bay Area to rescue people too busy to bake, forgot to bake, or simply can't bake. Anna and Lenore (technically Two Babes) have been baking since the third grade and use only organically grown ingredients in their pies. Those who didn't remember to pre-order can still walk in and pick up one of their classic apple, bourbon pecan or sugar pumpkin. A bittersweet chocolate pecan option is available for those with gluten allergies.


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Marla Bakery Opens Kitchen Communal

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Those counting down the days until Marla Bakery's 2014 brick and mortar opening can rest easy -- on Wednesday, Nov. 20, owners Amy Brown and Joe Wolf will launch the Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal, a take-out window that will offer a selection of their much-loved breads and pastries. Every Monday thru Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., hungry visitors can select from breakfast offerings that include pain au chocolat, bagels with herbed farmers cheese and gravlax, and the famed Marla bun. Lunch seekers will find a daily lunchbox packed with a savory pie, roasted true butternut with pumpkin seed vinaigrette, and burnt honey pot du crème with poached quince.

See also: "Bread is a Good Teacher": A Day in the Life of Marla Bakery's Amy Brown
Don't Miss the Pot de Creme at Marla Bakery Next Sunday


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