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Kika’s Treats: A bite-sized bit of heaven

April 13, 2010

Have you ever bought something just to support a cause and then realized you were in love with the product?   That’s what happened when I purchased a package of Brazilian honeycakes from Kika’s Treats.

Now, I had no idea what Brazilian honeycakes were before that fateful day at the Ferry Building Farmers market a few weeks ago.  I spotted a tent that housed products related to La Cocina, a Bay Area nonprofit that serves as an incubator for low-income food entrepreneurs.  I made a beeline over to the tent and looked at the table displaying all sorts of delicious treats. 

I beheld a neat little plastic bag filled with little dark chocolate-covered squares.  It had a bright, happy yellow label (paper sort of wrapped around the bag) with a drawing of a smiling little cook and the words “Handmade in San Francisco.”   A purchase that involved chocolate (the food of the gods) and was local?   How could I resist?  

After my purchase I got distracted by all the fruits and vegetables; but when I got home, my husband who had stayed behind, went straight for the bag of treats.  What’s this?  Chocolates?   Are they good?

He decided to open them and find out.  Luckily I am not on a diet, or I would have been so sorry he did so.  The little Brazilian honeycakes are de-li-cious!  It’s like biting into a fluffy cloud of  honey sweetness gently held together by a rich chocolate blanket that slowly dissolves in your mouth.  

Each little treat is highly satisfying, but that still did not prevent their dessimation in a few short days. 

Oh and I almost forgot the best part.  You can actually understand what all of the ingredients are – sadly rare in the landscape of food in this country.  Look at them.  Everything is natural!

Ingredients:  Semisweet Chocolate (cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, vanilla beans), Organic Soy Milk (filtered water, organic soybeans), Unbleached Wheat Flour, Honey, Organic Unrefined Sugar, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Kosher Salt, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves, Organic Nutmeg, Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Beans.

If you happen to be on a diet, I apologize to you.  Although the danger would be in that they are so delicious you would want to eat the whole bag not that they are particularly weight-inducing.  In fact, I was quite surprised when I looked at the nutrition facts that something so tasty could actually be not super  high-calorie and surprisingly low in fat (111 calories, 6% of your daily value of fat).   Living in the US, I’ve grown accustomed to eating my share of foods that result in my jaw dropping when I find out how much fat is in them. 

You can buy them on line, and it looks like they have other flavors as well.  I have yet to try those, but I’m sure they are also delicious.  The coconut shortbread wrapped in milk chocolate sounds mouth-wateringly tasty.

 http://www.kikastreats.com/about.html

Ferry Building Farmers Market: Summer in a Jar

March 30, 2010

The ferry building farmers market in San Francisco is one of my favorite places to be on a sunny Saturday morning.  I love walking through a colorful sea of art as I make my way past the vendors that set up colorful stalls across the street from the ferry building.  I like imagining what I would buy as a beautiful reminder of this wonderful city if I were a tourist.

Usually I find myself being evil and resenting the tourists in this city, but at the farmers market I am happy to float along with the crowd. Although I always tell myself I will stick to the mission plan and only stop at the specific vendors to only buy what is on my list, I always find myself succumbing to the lure of trying something new.  That’s the fun of the farmers market – and also the reason my husband does not allow me to go there alone.

My most recent farmers market find is absolutely one of the tastiest food products I have ever eaten – an organic peach conserve (notice it’s not called “peach preserves”) from Frog Hollow Farm.   Eating it is like taking the ripest summer peach and spreading it all over your bread or cracker or tortilla; I could just eat it with a spoon.

A sad number of food products in this country are tasty but consist of scary ingredients.  It is always with a bit of trepidation that I peak at the ingredients of a newly-discovered-by-me unbelievably tasty food.  I was thrilled to find that all of the ingredients on the label – organic peaches, organic sugar, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), citric acid – were all things I recognized and would knowingly put in my body.

If you don’t live in San Francisco, don’t fret; you can buy some of this bottled sunshine online.  Gosh I love the internet!   The URL is below.

http://www.froghollow.com/store/from-our-kitchen/5/spreadable-fruits/13/conserves/26