Boudin SF

Boudin SF just opened its newest San Diego branch in the Balboa Mesa complex (also home to the future 85ºC Bakery and Chicken Charlie’s). The bakery, originally from San Francisco, is known for their sourdough bread and sculpted bread creations. The cafe location also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

The official grand opening is set for October 2, but they are currently operating through a soft opening and training.

Through their Facebook page, I learned that they were inviting the public to dine for free during their soft opening, with the encouragement that guests would donate to local San Diego charity, Promises2Kids. We signed up to attend of one of the sessions this weekend.

Once inside, we got to choose one entree and one dessert.

Guests were also allowed to take home a loaf of fresh baked bread or one of their adorable turtle breads. Guess which one I chose?

Clam Chowder in a Sourdough bowl

These buttery shortbread cookies with a hint of pumpkin are sandwiched together with dulce de leche sauce.

These cookies are made in support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. OXO has agreed to donate $100 for each cookie post dedicated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer that is posted in the month of September. They are also donating 25 cents for each tool that sold in the month of September bearing this sticker.

My mind has been in pumpkin overload so I wanted to make some sort of pumpkin cookies. Shortbread dough needs to be quite dry so I stayed away from using regular pumpkin. Instead, I used some pumpkin butter. The pumpkin butter gives the cookies a nice hint of pumpkin and spice without ruining the buttery melt-in-your-mouth nature of a shortbread cookie.

Weekend Things

1. House Party

We had a house party recently. We had such a good time hanging out with friends and the weather was perfect- sunny, not too hot, not too cold. I managed to snap a few quick photos of some of the food I served.

Top row: Mini cucumber sandwiches with cute bear and frog imprints and Fruit Cornucopias.

Bottom row: Mini pumpkin donut muffins and big cookies and cream cookies.

Top row: Veggie bread bowls and ice balls. The ice balls were for the drinks. I recently bought these molds from Amazon so that we can make large ice that takes longer to melt, like the ice used for whiskey. My friends seemed to really enjoy how these looked. You can also fill them with mint or fruit, which we did as well.

Bottom row: Before and after shots of some steak skewers I made. I interspersed the meat with bell peppers, nectarines and peaches. I really loved how the nectarines and peaches tasted grilled. That little bit of heat brought out the sweetness of the fruit.

There were also various drinks and marinated chicken which I forgot to take pictures of.

2. Tonymoly

I recently was introduced to this Korean line of cosmetics by Darlene. When she showed me some of the products, I nearly fell out of my seat because everything was so darn cute. I love the fruit packaging, and the lotions really smell like the actual fruit they are supposed to represent. The products are available at Urban Outfitters. I purchased mine from some third party sellers through Amazon.