SF: Dogpatch on Saturday

We ended up over in the Dogpatch area of SF last weekend.  A bit far from the downtown area, cute, sort of a little like Brooklyn in a way.   Ate lunch at a nice adult place, with burrata on crostini (compared to Chik-fil-a, this is a treat!).  Pizza is always a hit with Stella.  Some time in the park, picking other people’s plants, and eating brownies.

Funfetti Brownies

I love brownies.  They are my favorite dessert.  Served warm and topped with ice cream?  I’ll never say no.

I’ve made them from scratch and I have to admit…I’ve had better brownies from a box!  Trying out the Funfetti version on a winter weekend.

Birthday Surprise from Kyotofu


I received a surprise package around my birthday.  At first I wondered what I ordered and then forgot about!  It was the nicest box of treats from Carol.  The Happy Birthday Assortment of Japanese desserts from Kyotofu included Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes, Miso Chocolate Brownies and shortbread.  Needless to say, we dug in.


The cupcake has a great crumb, and I have one in the freezer for breakfast this week.  Kyotofu makes modern Japanese desserts with tofu. I don’t know if that’s what makes them so moist, but they were delicious.  The little brownies with sesame seats were just the right chocolate and nice and fudgey.

IMG_0608And the beauty is this place is right up the street in Hell’s Kitchen.  I know I’ve walked by it, too.  Why haven’t I stopped in before, that is the question.

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Can Good Brownies Be Lowfat?

Did I mention I love brownies? Hands down, it is my all time favorite dessert. My mom apparently realizes this, because every time I make a trip home we make brownies (which will be in addition to any other desserts my mom makes). I’m a nuts-in-my brownies kind of girl. But it’s hard to make everyone in this house happy, so we don’t typically add pecans or walnuts. I have been known to add nuts to half the pan before baking.

I will save my post about box brownies versus home made, simply because this Trader Joe’s find is recent and deserves a post. I enjoy sweets and almost never make them lowfat. I am a big believer in eating really tasty, yummy ones in moderation (ok, ok, so I’ve eaten half the pan, too, which does not count as moderation). They are just so much more delightful when you can taste the buttery crisp-ness on the edge of a chocolate chip cookie, or the most fudgy-ness of a good brownie. But in my house we have a rule that each week we need to bring home 1 experimental item from TJ’s. So I finally gave in and bought the No Pudge Fudge Brownie Mix.

I’m a fan. They were the right combination of crispy on the top and gooey in the middle. I will admit I probably even ate more of the pan this time. I would consider doubling the recipe with another box and cooking in the same 8×8 pan for a thicker brownie.

I’m not sure how they perfected this mix, but it’s good. And at a great TJ’s price.