Fast and Easy Grilled Dessert Recipes

July 30, 2015 3:44 pm

Whether it’s the dog days of summer or the crisp chill of fall is already in the air, preparing dinner on the barbecue grill is always enjoyable. While burgers and kabobs are usually on your arsenal of grillable foods, you may have overlooked the number of desserts that can also be prepared on the grill! Here are a few of our favorite grilled dessert recipes:

Honey-Rum Grilled Bananas []
The sweetness of the bananas and the flavor of the rum are perfectly accented by the smoky flavor from the grill in this recipe, creating a taste that will make you feel like you’ve traveled to a tropical paradise.

Banana Nutella S’mores []
Everyone loves making s’mores, but if your taste buds have grown up a bit, you may want to incorporate a more complex flavor into the campsite favorite. This recipe uses a hazelnut spread instead of the usual milk chocolate, which tastes even better when cooked over an open fire.

Grilled Peach Melba []
This Southern dessert is positively meant for the grill. Top your warm peaches with vanilla ice cream and watch as it melts over the sweet, blackened fruit.

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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park: Step Back In Time

July 29, 2015 3:43 pm

Visitors to the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park in Petaluma will find themselves drawn back in time. The adobe recreates a simpler life when the adobe was the center of operations for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo's sprawling ranch in the 1830s and 1840s. Built to accommodate the 600-2,000 ranch workers at Petaluma, the adobe was the largest privately owned building in Northern California during its heyday.

Visitors will learn about the history of the ranch, and the park also features many native plants and animals that make up the natural landscape on the site. The $2 adult admission makes Petaluma Adobe a particularly affordable attraction, and the self-guided tours allow you to proceed at your own pace.

To experience the history of Sonoma County, or just to escape to a quieter place, Petaluma Adobe is a memorable state park.

Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
3325 Adobe Road
Petaluma, CA 94954
(707) 762-4871

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Two of the Bay Area’s Favorite Spots for Ice Cream

July 27, 2015 2:06 pm

Even though the weather seldom reaches higher than 60 degrees, San Francisco residents love to go out for ice cream. There are many places to get this cold treat in the Bay Area, and they offer flavors that are worlds away from the classic chocolate and vanilla that you enjoyed as a kid. Here are two of the city's best ice cream shops.

Bi-Rite Creamery
With a mixture of sweet and savory flavors that you might never have imagined, Bi-Rite Creamery offers truly gourmet ice cream for serious foodies. Honey lavender, balsamic strawberry, and Earl Grey are just a few of the most popular flavors, and there are also elaborate sundaes with equally interesting toppings. The line stretches out the door on warm days, but it’s more than worth it once you sample that first bite.
3692 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110; (415) 626-5600

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous has a stark white, industrial-style interior that’s much more chic than most ice cream shops, and its complex ice creams are just as high quality. The hard pack ice cream is made with premium ingredients in flavors like black sesame and basil chocolate chip, and the artisan ice cones provide the perfect base. If you’re still hungry after the rich, creamy ice cream, the shop also sells homemade brittles and cookies that are equally delicious.
699 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107; (415) 970-0750

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