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Sweet Petite Confections

Sweet Petite Confections Sign

Sweet Petite Confections Sign

 

I recently had the chance to visit Sweet Petite Confections and speak with founder, Michelle Lomelin and taste some of her amazing chocolates.  The first thing I noticed after walking through the door was the wonderful aroma of chocolate hanging in the air.  The second thing I noticed was how delicate and beautiful all of the chocolates looked.  I couldn’t wait to dive in!

Cherry Bomb Bark:

Michelle’s creations don’t just look beautiful.  They are melt in your mouth good with creative, unique ingredients.  For example, the Cherry Bomb Bark is 64% dark chocolate blended with organic freeze dried cherries and popping rocks!  For me, this chocolate brought back the nostalgia of popping rocks I enjoyed as a child with an adult twist.

 

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Seaside Bark:

Next up, was the Seaside Bark, made with dark chocolate, crisped rice, and Hawaiian salt.  I could have eaten this for days.  The sweet and salty combination was perfectly executed.  And I loved the palm trees, shells, and starfish pattern on the chocolates!

 

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Sunrise Bark:

Daisies happen to be my favorite flower, so I couldn’t help but be pulled to this chocolate, the Sunrise.  This chocolate has freeze dried strawberries and corn flakes mixed in.  Michelle said that her son originally came up with the combination and has been a hit ever since.

 

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Tuscan Sun Bark:

 

Although I enjoyed all of the chocolate, the Tuscan Sun bark was my favorite.  Made with candied basil, sun dried tomato, Hawaiian sea salt, and toasted almonds, this bark kept my taste buds engaged.  The candied basil was aromatic and the salty flavor of the sun dried tomatoes played perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate.  It was a savory experience that I would like to repeat!

 

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Mint Meltaways:

If you’re looking for a tasty dessert to cap off a dinner or just a snack to get you through the day, you needn’t look further.  The Mint Meltaways are a vegan chocolate lovers dream.  Organic coconut oil and organic peppermint essential oils are wrapped up in these dark chocolates.  And as the name suggests, they really do melt in your mouth.

 

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Sweet Petite Confections embraces holidays.  Currently, they are gearing up for Mother’s Day and graduation.  Below is a Mother’s Day lollipop that you won’t want to miss!

 

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Sweet Petite Confections is warm and inviting.  There are plenty of options out on display and you can always taste a few to see which chocolate matches your mood!

 

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Sweet Petite Confections also offers chocolate making classes.  This is now occupying the number one spot on my list for my next birthday activity!

 

3582 Mt. Acadia Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92111

858.688.0210

Sipz Vegetarian Fuzion Cafe: Vegan Friendly

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CLAIREMONT AND NORTH PARK.  I miss sushi.  After I became vegan, I came down with a big case of sushi envy.  While sitting at sushi restaurants, I picked at bland avocado or cucumber rolls while my friends gushed about their rainbow and spider rolls.  But then I stumbled upon Sipz.  Vegan rolls crafted with creativity and injected with flavor.  A game changer.

Sipz is not limited to vegan sushi, however.  It originally debuted as a coffee/boba tea shop in 2002.  Since then, the menu has expanded into a “fusion” of Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes, the majority of which are vegan.

This is the joy of Sipz.  Options.  From stir fries and curries to soups and sushi, it would take months to eat through all the vegan plates.  Or list them in a blog.  However, I will highlight some of my favorites . . .

Appetizer

I recommend trying the Seaweed Salad appetizer.  It is a curious mix of salty and sweet.  And don’t we get bonus points for eating the sea vegetables, packed full of peculiar minerals and vitamins?  I say yes!

 

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Rolls

My favorite vegan sushi roll at Sipz – or in the world – is the Dynamite Roll.  Traditionally, a Dynamite Roll is made with fried prawns and vegetables, topped with a spicy mayonnaise dressing, then heated.  The Sipz version rolls avocado, cucumber, tofu, and “crab,” which are then baked and drizzled with a spicy house sauce.  It takes about 10 minutes to bake, but it is well worth the wait.  (After all, you are busy savoring your seaweed salad.)  If you can deliver an entire piece into your mouth – with toppings intact – you have surpassed my Sipz skills.

 

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My other “go to” roll at Sipz is the Caterpillar Roll.  Traditionally, the interior of a Caterpillar Roll contains eel and vegetables, and avocado tops the exterior.  From the outside, the Sipz version is identical, featuring vibrant, green avocado and a teriyaki sauce that punctuates the “head” of the caterpillar with a pair of eyes.  Inside, however, you will find shitake mushrooms (playing the role of eel), yam (best supporting actor), and cucumber.

 

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Let’s not forget desserts.  I cannot pick a favorite.  The cupcakes, cookies, and brownies are all amazing.  On my most recent trip, I branched out and tried the Stuffed Coconut.  Imagine a whole young coconut stuffed with sweet rice, mung beans, and warm coconut cream, then topped with salty, crushed, peanuts.  Whatever you are picturing in your mind, the real thing is better.  I nearly balked at mung beans being an ingredient in a dessert but went forward based on my faith in coconuts and the fine folks as Sipz.  Both delivered.  The dessert is sweet – but not too sweet – and now ranks as one of my favorites.

 

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Sipz has two locations: one in North Park and one in Clairemont.  Please note that the vegan sushi is only available at specific times.  The Clairemont location offers vegan sushi from 5pm to close every day.  The North Park location also offers vegan sushi from 5pm to close Sunday through Thursday, but serves rolls ALL DAY on Friday and Saturday.

 

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Clairemont

5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd

San Diego, CA 92117

858.279.3747

 

North Park

3930 30th St

San Diego, CA 92104

619.795.2889