Alfajores Narciso: Peru to SF

Photo Courtesy of Alfajores Narciso

Photo Courtesy of Alfajores Narciso

Try the tastiest Alfajores this side of the equator.

Alfajores are two delicate butter cookies with dulce de leche in the middle, typically found in South America.

Owner of Alfajores Narciso, Patricia Narciso, said her recipe is from Peru and all her Alfajores are handmade in San Francisco.

New flavors like ube, Nutella and almonds; peanut butter dipped in chocolate; coconut and dulce de leche; and dulce de leche dipped in chocolate have recently been added to the menu.

Narciso said she is constantly coming up with new flavors using different seasonings found throughout the world.

Stop by her table this Saturday, April 26 to see the various Alfajores available.

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Shikha la Mode: Delicious Desserts

Shikha Kaiwar | Courtesy of Shikha la Mode

Shikha Kaiwar | Courtesy of Shikha la Mode

Shikha Kaiwar began cooking at the age of 13 and has never stopped since. After six years of restaurant stints as a pastry cook, she finally started her own business creating fun, delicious desserts that everyone can relate to.

At New Taste Marketplace, she’ll be selling her signature Kahlua Toast Crunch as well as assorted cookies and tarts.

When not obsessing over cheesecake (her favorite food of all time), Shikha is usually collecting dessert cookbooks or eating a double scoop of Ricanelas ice cream from Bi-Rite. All of her goods are available online for ordering or catering purposes.

Follow Shikha la Mode on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and visit for more information.


SF Tastes: Bringing the Best to the Streets

Chef Nicolas Bash | Courtesy of SF Tastes

Chef Nicolas Bash | Courtesy of SF Tastes

The all new pop-up, SF Tastes, will be at the Spring market with fresh Focaccia sample plates.

Nicolas Bash, owner and chef, describes his Focaccia as “simple, flavorful and easy to make and eat.” These tasty breads will be served with European inspired dips such as eggplant capunatina and roasted tomato coulis.

Currently attending San Francisco Cooking School, Bash was inspired when he became immersed in the eco-conscious and progressive California cuisine and decided to create a pop-up.

“I thought it would be fun to start a pop-up that brought the best of what I’ve learned to the streets,” Bash said.

He said he’s excited for New Taste because it’s the perfect venue to bring friends together and make new ones.

Bash said he is working on “fun presentations” for his food and wants people to walk away from his booth with “big smiles.” He also hopes people will be inspired to create their own variations of his plate at home.

Be sure to stop by the SF Tastes booth to say “hello” and grab a Focaccia sample plate.

Boucherie Meats: Bringing Cajun Tradition to the Bay Area

Chef Peter Jackson | Courtesy of Boucherie Meats

Chef Peter Jackson | Courtesy of Boucherie Meats

Boucherie Meats will be serving traditional Cajun Gumbo at the upcoming Spring market.

Peter Jackson, owner and chef, said he will also be serving other surprise foods.

His biggest passion is transforming raw meat into something special and delicious for people to enjoy.

“Curing and/or drying meat is a tradition around the world, and it’s amazing what people have done over time to go from just preserving meat for future sustenance to creating beautiful salami (and) hams,” Jackson said.

Inspired by travel, Jackson finds spices and other foods on his journeys and accompanies them into his recipes. He’ll be using a spice from Mexico in a batch of mole salami at his next Boucherie event in May.

Come taste Boucherie Meats Cajun Gumbo and other surprises Saturday, April 26.

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Spring Market Vendors

New Taste Marketplace returns this April 26th. This is the perfect place for curious eaters to experience new food and flavors by local food artisans—all while listening to live music, enjoying local beer and wine and supporting the Food Pantry.

Here’s  what you can expect at the Spring market:

Little Red Riding Truck – Sausages, schnitzel, potatoes and other German goodies
Barbarian Gourmet – Combines quality ingredients with old school techniques
Mollie Rose Baking Company – Homemade vegan treats
A Better Cookie – The best butter cookie in the world
Native Baking Company – Good old American bar cookie taken to new Jade Chocolates
Shikha la mode – Surprises from her test kitchen
The Munchie Stop – Mouthwatering oxtail soup and other Hawaiian munchies
Trust in Education – Terra Cotta pots and plants
Prickly Pig – Slow roasted BBQ pork sandos
Alfajores Narciso – Perfect Peruvian Alfajores
Mollie Rose Baking Company – cupcakes, seasonal jams and confections
Boucherie Meats – Southern Louisianan Gumbo and meats
Natty Cakes – Cupcakes and baked goods
Jade Chocolates  – Asian infused chocolate delicacies
Confounding Confections – Hard candies for every age and palate
Nazqiz Inc. – Qancha, air toasted Peruvian Corn snack
Picnic Pies – Sweet and savory pies
Sweetdragon Baking Company – Various flavors of brittle
McVicker Pickles – Pickles and mustard you just have to try
Guava – Trinidadian tamales and doubles
Jake’s Castro Kitchen – LARGE array of foodie flavored jams
Grandma’s Homemade Jam – Grandma inspired jams
Flan Flan Ta-Tas – Flan in fun shapes
Rasoi – Fresh organic Indian cuisine
Bandit Cafe – Organic sweet treats and coffee
SF Tastes – Focaccia party samplers
Localite Tours – Walking foodie tours
Hookt Mini Doughnuts (NEW) – From the Frozen Kuhsterd guys comes a new twist on doughnuts

Blank Shoppe- apparel, shoes, and accessories from up-and-coming streetwear and contemporary fashion brands, as well as unique home & gift items

Beer and wine garden provided by Almanac Beer Company, Linden Street Brewery, Rock Wall Wine CompanyThe Mead Kitchen and Uncorked Ventures.


New Taste Marketplace is a community market and a fundraiser for The Food Pantry. Donations suggested at door.

The Munchie Stop: Unique Treats For All

The Munchie Stop co-owners,  Jessica Vera and Jason Ramierez | Photo courtesy of The Munchie Stop

The Munchie Stop co-owners, Jessica Vera and Jason Ramirez | Photo courtesy of The Munchie Stop

Hawaiian flavors with a dash of modern French style. That’s how co-owner Jessica Vera describes The Munchie Stop’s cuisine.

Vera and her “partner in crime”, Jason Ramirez, will be serving their famous Oxtail Soup at the Spring New Taste Marketplace. Flavorful and fresh to your palate, you don’t want to miss out on this unique soup. They are also presenting Lobster Whoa, their version of the lobster roll, and giving samples of Malasadas.

Their combined knowledge of food  is what drives them to create unexpected treats.

“The biggest passion we have is to see people love our food and how we work together to create our own twist to simple dishes,” said Vera.


Bandit Cafe: The Perfect Pairings


Owner Erica Davie |Photo courtesy of Bandit Cafe

Owner Erica Davie |Photo courtesy of Bandit Cafe

Browned butter and maple syrup rice crispy treats. If that doesn’t awaken your taste buds then nothing else will.

Bandit Café will be serving rice crispy treats and other sweet treats at the April 26 market. Bandit is a pop up café with treats and coffee set in an industrial-romantic aesthetic, said owner Erica Davie.

“My sweet treats have unique flavor profiles that combine childhood comfort foods with adult palates,” said Davie.

All sweets are freshly baked with organic and local ingredients when available. Serving Bandit Blend Coffee, created by Contraband Coffee, Davie offers pour- overs and iced coffee that perfectly pair with Bandit baked goods.

Davie is debuting her all new Rose, Orange and Poppyseed Tea Cookies and Bandit Spiced Chai at the market, which she is excited to be a part of.

“It’s always exciting meeting new people and witnessing the delight on their faces as they taste something that you made yourself,” she said.

Be sure to swing by New Taste Marketplace April 26 to try her new, and already loved, treats and coffee.

Find Bandit Café on Facebook and at

Something sweet: Simply Mochi

Simply Mochi

Those donning a sweet tooth, or two, don’t want to miss Simply Mochi at the upcoming New Taste Marketplace.

Linda Lo, of Simply Mochi, said these sweet Japanese rice cakes are a dessert anyone can enjoy. Handmade daily, her mochi are comprised of the freshest ingredients possible.

With 23 flavors to choose from even Lo has a hard time deciding her favorite. However, she said PB & J or Strawberry Chocolate perk up her taste buds. Creating mochi and bringing happiness to others with her sweet treat is Lo’s biggest passion.

She said she loves the marketplace “because it brings people together in a fun and inviting atmosphere full of food and good people.”

Find Simply Mochi on Facebook, Twitter and at

Spring Picnic at New Taste Marketplace

Come hungry and stay for the Foodie fun! We hope to see you Saturday, April 26 for the upcoming New Taste Marketplace.

Also, beginning this week we will be featuring marketplace artisans. Keep your eyes peeled, so you can get a glimpse of what to expect on April 26!






Spring Picnic at New Taste Marketplace



Saturday April 26th 11am-4pm

NTM is the perfect place for curious eaters to taste new food and flavors. Come hungry, enjoy the beer and wine garden and stay for the family fun. 

Stay tuned for more details.