Monthly Archives: August 2009

Keeping Wrinkles At Bay


September 1 marks a month to my next birthday, that annual event marking the passage of time and the appearance of another wrinkle (or laugh line). To counteract the negativity associated with aging, I have decided to look to desserts for the answer. Beginning tomorrow, Bon Vivant will feature a dessert a day for the […]

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Cinnamon & Cinnamon


I’ve been wrapped in cinnamon for the past week as part of the BBA Challenge, so here’s a double-barreled post on Cinnamon buns and Cinnamon raisin walnut bread. Both breads were relatively easy to make (though not without their challenges, as described below), and surprisingly I was more fond of the raisin walnut bread than […]

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Why Street Food Is Important

Laiola's heirloom tomato 'tomaquet' with grilled bread

Last weekend, we took a leisurely drive to San Francisco for the city’s first ever Street Food Festival. Organized by La Cocina, a non-profit focused on developing ‘food entrepreneurs’, the event was part of the drive to raise awareness about street food culture and the challenges faced by vendors seeking legitimacy from the city. Reading […]

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Who Moved My….


…Quiche?! Until I met M, my consumption of French pastries and baked goods was limited to the croissants and fruit tarts from Delifrance which, although good, were a far cry from the flaky, delicious versions offered at your neighborhood boulangerie in France. All the same, I was content with the Singaporean versions of feuillette de […]

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Peter Reinhart’s Ciabatta & A Recipe


Wet. Dough. Those two words pretty much sum up my weekend Ciabatta attempt in the latest installment of the BBA Challenge. I was excited enough about the recipe, with its wet and sticky dough to sink my fingers into and the adventure ahead as I tried to transform my ’50s gas transplant into a hearth […]

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