Bonjour Bon Marche

I'm definitely the type of person who is willing to wait in long lines to wait and try a new hot-spot that just opened up in San Francisco. I know, typical San Francisco resident right? IMG_0854

Well, when Bon Marche opened up, my friend Katie and I decided to try and visit early to beat the crowds and went right when it opened for happy hour on a random weekday.

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Bon Marche is located inside the Twitter building in Mid-Market/SOMA.  The interior makes me feel like I'm in France at a cute cafe or bistro with the white french windows, the attire of the staff and the cute little flower shop inside.  Yep, you read it right.  They have a resident florist inside just in case you need to buy some last-minute flowers for a hot date of yours.  I decided to let the bartender pick my beverage and I was happy I did because what I drank was what I like to call a pineapple horchata.  It was AMAZING!  I think I drank about 5 of them.

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Rose Apple Tarts

I made these for my friend/co-worker Gabrielle for her birthday.  She's a creative one and also a major foodie, so I knew I had to bake something that was visually impressive and also tasted very good.

I know everyone has seen these rose tarts all over Pinterest. They are absolutely beautiful, delicious and surprisingly very easy to make!  Thank you to my friend Robin for introducing me to these when she first made them!

I followed this recipe from Still Cracking with a few modifications of my own.  First, I did not include any fruit preserve.  It's not that I don't like the stuff, I just didn't have any readily available at home.  Instead, I made a salted caramel/walnut type of pesto mixed with the butter as a spread to give it some crunch and sweetness.  In addition, after they were fully baked, I ended up lightly drizzling the left over salted caramel at the top to finish it off.

These were definitely a hit!