coffee toffee ice cream

coffee toffee ice cream | the thoughtful plate Let’s not mention the little fact that it’s been, uh, exactly three weeks and two days since my last post, okay? Sorry guys! First I had that broken lens situation, and then I came home (!!!!!), and all of that adds up to no blog posts for you. (See here and here if you’re unfamiliar with how this has looked in the past.)

I’ll try to make up for it by sharing [what I think is some of] the best coffee ice cream ever. Continue reading

hazelnut butter ice cream with cacao nibs

hazelnut ice cream with cacao nibs | the thoughtful plateIce cream again! I hope you’re not getting tired of it because

a) ice cream is the best.
b) it’s only July (which also happens to be National Ice Cream Month).
c) I’m not tired of it.
d) next Monday is National Ice Cream Day. Continue reading

banana ice cream

banana ice cream | the thoughtful plateI’ve talked about my love for Bi-Rite ice cream many times before, whether in person or online (see: here and here). This love is partially based on appreciation of quality ingredients, on friendly employees, on location, and majorly based on roasted banana ice cream. This love even compelled me to create a Yelp account– I don’t know… I just needed to give it 5 stars somehow, and Yelp seemed like the best way. (I haven’t written another review since.)

I realize that Bi-Rite is most famous for their salted caramel ice cream, but- BANANA. Unless you have a serious aversion to the fruit, you should be eating this. Continue reading

brown butter ice cream

 After I finished these photos I shared a sneak peek on my Facebook. This is what I wrote: “if only you could taste this ice cream right now, there would be no point in me sitting here trying to figure out how to write about it. we’d probably all just sit around with our eyes closed and make yummy noises and that would be totally fine.”

And that’s the truth. Continue reading

i have been eating.

[mahi mahi taco and mixed greens.]

It’s been 22 days since my last recipe post. Even though my blog has suffered while I travelled home, my stomach has not by any means. I thought you may like to see some photos of what I’ve been eating lately? Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for things to recreate :) Continue reading

buckwheat & sea salt cookie sundaes

buckwheat and sea salt cookie sundaeHappy Monday, friends! I wanted to pop in and let you know about the most recent weekend project I undertook (hint: it’s sort of delicious). Continue reading

cocoa coffee crumbs, for ice cream

 I know this doesn’t look like much- at all. At first glance it’s just multiple shades of brown in a bowl. Eaten with a spoon. Big deal. Continue reading

food snapshots.

I’m back and thought I’d share all of the food-related Instagrams from my trip home! I had the best time and felt so refreshed. During my break, I went over 20 days at one point without checking Bloglovin’ or Pinterest. The extended time with friends and family was much needed, but it definitely went by too fast!

Western Civilization I is staring me in the face tomorrow (and I sort of dread it), but I’ll be back soon with new recipes :)

01 | This meal screamed “welcome home”.
02 | My favorite fruit stand.
03 | Perfect golden cherry tomatoes.
04 | Breakfast smoothies in the morning light.
05 | Lunch at La Mo. Coconut crusted mahi taco.
06 | Dinner party. Pizza for four.
07 | My favorite burrito.
08 | Everyday lunch.
09 | Lunch at La Mo. Wedding chicken and a blue crab tamale.
10 | Cheese Board Pizza.
11 | Ice cream at Bi-Rite. Roasted banana and chocolate.
12 | Dinner picnic in the Presidio. Sandwiches from Bi-Rite.
13 | Breakfast. Granola, strawberries, bananas, and milk.
14 | Tamale wrapper litter in the Mission made me laugh.
15 | Afternoon snack. Blue Bottle Americano + macarons from Miette (chocolate and pistachio).
16 | Afternoon fro yo.
17 | Lunch with friends.
18 | Spontaneous Thrifty’s ice cream.
19 | This sope felt like my last meal.
20 | More fro yo with friends.
21 | Peaches from the tree. Whipped cream.

P.S. If you’d like to see a little more of what I’ve been up to, head over to my personal blog.

almond butter ice cream with salted caramel chocolate swirl

IMG_2685Today begins the three-day countdown to 41 whole days off of school, and I can hardly wait. Within the week I will be spending 8 days in the South Texas sun. Then I’m going to see the city of Austin, which I’ve heard so much about lately, for the first time ever. I’ll have less than a day to spend there, but that’s more than fine with me because my brother and I are hopping on a late afternoon flight to Oakland to spend 24 days at home! I suppose you could say I’m excited ;) Continue reading

cookies and cream ice cream

IMG_24111There are few things in the world that I love more than homemade ice cream. Growing up it was often eaten poolside during the summer, at Grandma’s house, out of a styrofoam bowl with a plastic spoon. If I recall correctly, we usually made one batch of vanilla and one of banana. I mostly remember the banana. My four cousins, brother, and I would line up and be served “scoops” of ice cream right out of the stainless steel canister. I put scoops in parentheses because ice cream in that state doesn’t have a very solid form. We ate it fresh, and most likely none of it ever saw the freezer. Continue reading