Joy the Baker

48 Hours with Joy the Baker

October 29, 2008

Settle in friends. You might be here a while. Come and experience the better part of 48 hours behind the camera with Joy the Baker in San Francisco.

From the Oakland Bart Station to the streets of San Francisco and back again. It’s a whirl wind trip. Hold my hand and play along.

Have you met my sister? This is Lauren. She is my San Francisco connection, and incidentally, one of my reasons for living. She’s carrying my bag, leading the way to breakfast at Citizen Cake.

Puppies and people living the good life outside of Citizen Cake on a flawless San Francisco day.

Sitting at the bar, doing it up omelet style.

I came up to San Francisco for a few reasons. My sister was having a Halloween party and insisted that I make an appearance, I love love love San Francisco, and I wanted to met up with my Foodproof friends.

Of course no party that I attend would be complete without some sort of baked yummy. For this reason, Lauren and I made Candy Bar Blondies. These beauties are the best way to consolidate and enjoy all your favorite Halloween candy. It’s just the most practical Halloween option, right!?

Candy Bar Blondies

adapted from Gourmet

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2 sticks (1/2 lb) unsalted butter
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of your favorite candy bars, roughly chopped (We used Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Heath Bar, and Peanut Butter M&M’s)

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 13- by 9-inch baking pan.

Melt butter in a 3-qt heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm. Whisk in brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs 1 at a time until mixture is glossy and smooth.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, then whisk into butter mixture. Stir in candy pieces reserving 1/2 cup to sprinkle on top.

Spread in pan and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup candy. Bake until a pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool completely.

What’s this? A box of Jello? This particular box of Jello had a Jello Shot recipe printed on the back. How convenient! Trust me when I tell you that I’m simply too old for Jello Shots. Just take my word for it.

These are the neighbors we’re going to keep awake until all hours of the night with my sister’s party. As stated earlier, I’m too old for Jello Shots.

I am, however, not too old for good, clean pumpkin carving.

This fiendish smile is a sure sign of an impending party. Caution. Party. Big, crazy party.

And this is where the party began and the nights pictures ended. I’ll spare you the madness. Combine these images in your head and you’ll have an idea of how the party went: Pabst Blue Ribbon, movie projector, cute Michael Phelps, drunk Jenga, cowboy and cowgirl friends, pass the guerrilla suit, turn down the Michael Jackson or you’re going to be evicted. Where are my glasses? Seriously, where are my glasses?

Got it?

So yea. It was a good night.

The next day’s adventures took me across the bay to Oakland. Time to get my Foodproof on. I’ve mentioned Foodproof before, but allow me to do it again with more ferocity.

Meet Mitch. Mitch is one of the minds behind Foodproof, a really fun, super intuitive, easy to enjoy, new food site. Here’s Mitch videotaping (yes, that’s a tiny camera) Simon outside of an Oakland cafe.

Say hello to Simon. He’s on the other end of Mitch’s camera. Together, Mitch and Simon are Taste Buds- hilarious friends who eat and talk about it on camera. They’re relaxed, they’re fun, they’re unintentionally hilarious. Check out One Day’s Eating with Simon. There’s a kitty and a cookie… and I’ll leave you with that.

If you don’t yet support Foodproof, what are you waiting for!?

This concludes this installment of 48 hours behind the camera with Joy the Baker. I’m living the good life. Thanks for being a part of it. Really, thanks.


21 Comments Add A Comment

  • Looks like a fabulous 48 hours so far. I go to SF every other weekend but I’m not going there this weekend for Halloween. Instead, the girlfriend is coming and we’re going to relax on Halloween, probably nothing more than some wine, pumpkin pudding casserole and a good movie.

    Everyone is too old for Jello shots, those are nasty. I know because I ate 2 batches (2 boxes) worth of Jello shots once – sick for 2 days straight. The second day was like a bad hangover, the first day…I don’t really want to talk about.

  • I go to SF every other weekend but I’m not going there this weekend for Halloween. Instead, the girlfriend is coming and we’re going to relax on Halloween, probably nothing more than some wine, pumpkin pudding casserole and a good movie.

    Everyone is too old for Jello shots, those are nasty. I know because I ate 2 batches (2 boxes) worth of Jello shots once – sick for 2 days straight. The second day was like a bad hangover, the first day…I don’t really want to talk about.

  • Seriously, you’re my hero. I want to gobble those up.

  • Looks like such a fun time, filled with so much (too much!? No, no, not too much) good food! :-)

  • It looks like you had a wonderful time! The Blondies look great!

  • Can’t wait to check out FoodProof. Taste Buds… that’s awesome. And the photo of the zested fruit? Nice!!

  • Love the photos and your´s 48 hours…May you have a great party…

  • I love SF and would trade San Diego for it with little or no thought. The candy bar blondies look delicious, and I know Foodproof is great — well from my eons older than everybody else there perspective…

  • Isn’t it a great city? I went to a party there once and someone looked at me and said “You aren’t from San Francisco are you?” How humiliating, I looked like a hick.
    My all time favorite restaurant is Zuni Cafe on Market. It is just always wonderful. And gelato in North Beach near the church and the park. And the Ferry Building on a perfect Saturday. I still haven’t made it to Citizen Cake yet but I will. And I love China town. If you can ever be their for Chinese New Year and the parade that night, do it, it is great fun. Pier 39 and the Wharf and Ghiradeli Square are were people tend to go to but those are not really San Francisco anymore.
    Sisters are wonderful. It is like being in a little club that no one else can join, not even your parents. It looks like you had a great time. And I love the candy bar blondies.

  • What a fun day! I just went to Citizen Cake too and LOVED it!

  • The blondies look amazing! Yet another recipe I will need to try.

  • Sounds like a fun time was had in San Fran. We’re heading down there in a few weeks for my birthday, so very excited. It’s been years since I’ve made the trek. Any suggestions for dining experiences?

  • Too good! Thanks Joy!

  • Um, you are so NOT too old for Jello shots! How do I know this? Well, much to my surprise, my mother had a fridge FULL of them at her 50th birthday party!!! Again, you are not too old… ;) Glad you had a fabulous time!
    Ev

  • I hope the jello shots didn’t take you out of the action for too long! And that you had a really delicious (i.e. greasy) breakfast to get you going in the morning. :)

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