Elegant Flavors Packed in a Square Inch

These elegant, pastel petits fours by Bon Vivant New York would fit in nicely at a spring party. Maya Hormis, the owner, studied at Le Cordon Bleu and decided to focus on the classic little iced cakes. “I remember them when I was a child, but you couldn’t get them anywhere,” she said. Her team […]

Light Italian Cakes Made With Nut Flours

Francesca Spalluto, a native of Taranto, Italy, abandoned banking to become a baker. Her elegantly simple, delicious little nut-flour cakes are sold in shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including Fleishers Craft Butchery, Union Market and G-Free NYC. There’s a light limoncello cake, a hazelnut cake, a pistachio cake and a chocolate-almond torte. All are gluten-free: […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake Finds an Ancestor in Italy

Food was not what drew me to Ferrara, a walled city just east of Bologna, Italy, where the powerful Este family was in control for centuries. At every turn as I strolled through this handsome, gracious city, I found historical landmarks. And as a delectable bonus, on every menu, chocolate cake. Ferrara is known for […]

Creamy, Dreamy Sorbet Sandwiches for Hot Summer Nights

For a warm-weather treat, the pastry chef Marc Aumont is now making macaron sorbet sandwiches at the sweets shop next door to Gabriel Kreuther’s restaurant. Cheesecake sorbet is a name that doesn’t quite do justice to the delectable frozen confection at the center of these crisp, feather-light cookie sandwiches. A subtle tang from the Philadelphia […]

Angel Food Cake, an Airy Bed for Summer Fruit

Not long ago, I was at a dinner party at which the host served angel food cake with berries for dessert. “I always buy angel food cake when I entertain,” he told me. “It’s so light, and you can serve anything with it.” And, I think, he liked having the leftovers to snack on during […]

The Scofflaw Cocktail

Appropriately named after the term given to those who clandestinely sipped spirits throughout Prohibition, the Scofflaw Cocktail debuted in 1924 at Harry’s Bar in Paris. Throughout time, recipes have pointed to the use of either lemon or lime juice, but the team at the Mercury in Atlanta stand firmly behind the use of lime as […]

A Layer Cake Gets a Surge From Cardamom

Ever since we were in high school, my friend Zoe and I have had a very special birthday tradition. A world traveler, she always finds some perfect article of clothing for me on her trips, be it a vintage purse at a flea market in Germany or a handmade alpaca wool poncho from Peru. In […]

Three teas that are proven to aid weight loss

In the field of nutrition, it is common for natural health researchers to disagree with each other. Whether it’s about the benefits of a vegetarian diet or the potential health risks of whole grains, you’re going to find conflicting opinions on various sides. However, one area in which virtually all health researchers agree on is […]

What is Maocha?

Whenever we go tea sourcing we are often selecting tea from Maocha. This is unfinished tea which has the majority of the attributes and hallmarks of the farmer’s hard work but is lacking that extra refinement that comes from the sorting and roasting. We have to select from Maocha as this is the stage when […]

An Ambrosial Cake, and That’s Just the Filling

I’ve long been a fan of shaggy white coconut layer cakes, filled and frosted with ultra-sweet meringue. But it was only recently that I encountered its more flamboyant cousin, the ambrosia cake. It’s got the white cake layers, billowing frosting and shredded coconut of the classic, crossed with the juicy citrus of ambrosia, the salad […]