Friday’s Favorite Things - 11.30.12

Due to Thanksgiving last week, I skipped posting on Black Friday and hung out with my sister in California, hence this week I have some “extra” Friday’s Favorites.  Enjoy!

Hot Fudge Sundae @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company My family and I headed to San Francisco where we enjoyed the most delicious Hot Fudge Sundae.  OMG!  It’s no surprise I asked for “extra” hot fudge on the side.  Unfortunately though, I shared the sundae with my 10 year old niece, and I shamefully admit that I actually fought with her over who gets the hot fudge sections.  I know, I’m crazy!  As always, we were thinking of my late brother-in-law who was with us in spirit.  Missed you “A” - I think I ate extra ice-cream on your behalf.  ~ $9 each @ Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco
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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
A day in San Francisco.  View from Fisherman’s Wharf.  ~ gorgeous

Raspberry Caffe Mocha @ Starbucks
This is a customized drink, not on the Starbucks menu. My friend, K, from work told me about the Iced Raspberry Mocha that she always orders, and it was so good. Since it’s been chilly, I ordered the hot version of the same beverage – Raspberry Caffe Mocha with skim milk and a little whipped. Outstandingly DELISH! If you love berries and chocolate, you will LOVE this drink. I can’t wait to mix and match other concoctions at Starbucks! They’ve got me hooked this season. ~ $4 for a Tall @ Starbucksphoto 4

I’m in love with my sister’s backyard.  The combination of California sunshine, perfectly cool weather, and the array of fall colors are so inviting that I usually end up sitting on the swing… with a cup of tea, and other times just texting, and other times just taking a nap.  It’s just so peaceful, cozy, and homey here.  ~ pricelessphoto 3 (1)

Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate
My husband was thoughtful to pick up this hot chocolate mix for my niece and nephew before I headed to California.  One morning I made the kids hot chocolate for breakfast and they loved it.  However, later on they revealed the hot chocolate was too thick & rich for them and they preferred it more diluted.  Well, that pretty much sums up Jacques Torres’ Hot Chocolate Powder… it’s pretty awesome.  ~ $18 @ Jacques Torres     

Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Jab Tak Hai Jaan translates to as long as I live or until my last breath.  Yash Chopra’s final movie was mostly filmed in London and released a couple weeks ago, I made sure I saw it in the theater opening weekend.  Personally, I loved the movie… same old Indian movie concept… boy meets girl, falls in love with her, romantic songs follow, there is drama, and then the plot thickens.  On the other hand, the songs didn’t quite live up to the same “Yash Chopra” expectation one would expect of Yash Chopra films with the exception of this lovely Poem.  And now, cast!  Anushka Sharma did a fantastic job in this movie... she comes across as effortlessly natural on screen.  Katrina Kaif looked flawlessly angelic on screen, however she had the same expression on her face in the entire movie, her acting’s a bit weak, but boy can she DANCE!  Unsurprisingly though, Shahrukh Khan not only looked amazing in a beard, his acting was brilliant as always, and he is reason enough to go see Jab Tak Hai Jaan in the theater.  Highly recommended!  ~ $12 – what’s up with movie ticket prices being so high lately?
Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a blockbuster overseas

Pecan Pie @ The Magnolia Bakery
On his way home one evening, my husband picked up Pecan Pie for me from Magnolia, and I was in heaven.  The combination of the pecans and corn syrup was beyond delicious, of course, the buttery crust helped too.  Before the holidays are up, I strongly suggest heading to Magnolia and getting yourself a slice of Pecan Pie.  In addition, I’ve heard the Apple Pie at Magnolia is quite amazing, but I haven’t tried it yet so can’t really comment.  ~ $5 a slice @ Magnolia Bakery, Rockefeller Center, New York City 
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Chocolate better than Sex 
At Chocolate Dreams, Pier 39 in Fisherman’s Wharf, I found this list mounted on a wall and I just had to take a picture and share with y’all.  ~ hilarious!

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  1. Ohh thanks for the tip about being able to mix & match drinks at Starbucks…I didn’t realize we could! I have been addicted to their soy cappuccinos this past week- can’t get enough! I completely agree about Katrina Kaif, she's pretty to look at & can dance like woah but her acting is too one-dimensional. I thought Anushka Sharma acted fabulously much character! The boy-going-through-puberty humor in me loved that sign on why chocolate is better than sex....and don't forget, come rain or shine chocolate will ALWAYS be there ;)!

  2. My parents and in laws went and saw that movie during Thanksgiving and liked it a lot! It's been so long since I've seen anything Bollywood. I kind of miss it! My mom's been talking about an Amir Khan movie called Taalash (?). It's supposed to be really good!

    Glad you're having fun in CA - enjoy that time with your family!!

  3. Ghirardelli is the best ... been going there for years and I love it! I don't even like ice cream that much, so that says a lot.

    Have a great rest of your trip Nisha!

  4. You are having such a great time with family and all that yummy beverages..the sundae and hot chocolate looks delicious. Its always so nice to be able to spend quality time away from everything and enjoy. I havent had chance to see the new sharukh movie- heard good things though :)

  5. @Khushboo - haha, loved your last line. Very true. Yup, you can customize any drink at Starbucks, I thought it was just with the milk, with or w/o whipped, but man, you can customize anything here. Now I have a new founded respect for SB.

  6. @Parita - You will really enjoy Jab Tak Hai Jaan, definitely see it, but I'm sure it will be out on DVD soon. I know someone who saw Taalash with Aamir, and they said it was really good. Thanks!

  7. @Ameena - I'm not too big on ice-cream either, I'm more of a cupcakes gal, but yeah Ghirardelli is pretty amazing. Wish they had a GSQ-NYC. :)

  8. @Dixya - yeah, it's nice to be with my sister this time of year. You will enjoy JTHJaan, most women will love it.

  9. *jumps up and down* I can have all these things, save the pie (like that's gonna stop me--lol)

  10. I'm so glad you explored SF! Even though I saw the Golden Gate Bridge, I still love it :) And now Jacques Torres hot chocolate is totally on my must-try list!

  11. I have a copy of Magnolia Bakery cookbook and wonder if the book has the recipe of this pecan pie...

    Jacques Torres hot chocolate! Seems must-try for me too.

  12. That. Sundae. I would kill for one of those right now!!! I'm slightly obsessed with hot fudge. :)

  13. I haven't had a hot fudge sundae in forever! Now I want one :) Hope you had a nice weekend!

  14. @LawyerLL - I love San Fran, it is such a beautiful city.. the mountains and bay, just so pretty. Definitely try Jacques Torres, it's really good.

  15. @Zoe - OMG, that would be awesome if they do. It is so good. Love pecan pie.

  16. @Caitlin @Bianca - the sundae was awesome, I wish they would open up more Ghirardelli Stores on the east coast, besides FL. Would be so exciting. Thanks guys!

  17. Wow! That looks drool worthy!

  18. The view from your sisters backyard is delightful, I love the beautiful colors the leaves change in the fall. Its great that you were able to share some beuatiful food outings with your sister and family. Jc

  19. @JC - thank you. It was nice to spend some time with family.


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