What Goes Well with Coconut

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salted-caramel-coconut-macaroonReally, the answer is, what doesn’t?! How about salted caramel? I only burned myself a little (ok, a lot, hot caramel is HOT!) but the girls at the office confirmed these are YUM…Thanks Danny Macaroons for publishing a cookbook so we can all bake up your deliciousness at home. What to try next? Spiced pumpkin? Eggnog? Tiramisu? Red velvet with cream cheese frosting? Pretzel-potato chip-Butterfinger? (Yes, for real) Oh my…macaroon-bibleThis weekend was a beautiful Saturday to be outside, then a temperature drop on Sunday that made it feel so good to stay home and make hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick and Bulleit Bourbon (thanks Carter at Diageo), Serious Eats’s recipe for Cheesy Mashed White Beans with Kale, Parmesan and a Fried Egg (thanks J. Kenji López-Altand my first POT ROAST (thanks, Pioneer Woman!), all with Humphrey on my lap and a glass of red wine in my head because you just HAVE TO open a bottle for the pot roast.november-sundayAnd thanks, Danny, for granting my wish for an Asian macaroon sketch at the launch party, too cute.macaroon-sketch

Hi from Shanghai

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shanghai-confucius-temple-wishesGreetings from China! I’m here in Shanghai managing catering for the guests at a global beauty brand’s conference. Above is a scene at the Shanghai Wen Miao, also known as the Confucian Temple: these wishes will be tied to the wishing tree. I’m staying at the Westin Bund Center where there’s a daily Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in the lobby decorated with a glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.westin-shanghai-bund-centerA few blocks away, the waterfront area of Central Shanghai is known as the Bund and a central figure is the Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Towershanghai-pearl-towerOverlooking the Bund is the Waldorf Astoria.waldorf-astoria-shanghaiSurvival supplies in our office include adaptors and chargers of all kinds, a dedicated calligrapher for the many table numbers and place cards, Chinese Snickers and Red Bull and aids for whatever ails you.shanghai-office-suppliesIt was sunny on Friday when we did a site visit at the Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center.shanghai-exhibition-centerLove the ceiling.shanghai-exhibition-center-ceilingAnd back at the temple:shanghai-confucius-templebefore heading back and diving into the many details, a moment of stillness and peace…shanghai-confucian-temple-altarkind of like this dog soaking in the day.shanghai-dog