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When Arrowood invited me to host a Sunday dinner in the rolling hills of their Glen Ellen vineyard in Sonoma county, it was an easy yes. Bring a bunch of friends along to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, to cook together and to learn about their wines? Of course. This is what the dreamiest […]


  • Stacy - What a beautiful day and a delicious-looking spread! I so wish I could have made it. Sounds like you met that pairing challenge quite successfully. It’s morning, but I could definitely eat a grilled pizza with figs right now.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - I wish you could have made it too! I would definitely eat grilled pizza for breakfast.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine @Flavour and Savour - I’m running to my grill! Your post is full of useful explicit instructions for what could be a tricky meal. Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - loove this!!! those pizzas look amazing :D

  • Alanna - Awwww, thanks for the gf crust shout-out Kimberley!! I thought I recognized Emma in there. This looks like such a spectacularly delicious day. That fig pizza is seriously calling to me.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah | Well and Full - Everything about this looks divine! Few things better than a chilled glass of wine on a hot summer’s day :)ReplyCancel

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - What a feast!!! I’m a little jealous of your dinner guests. Ok… very jealous. Pizza and Cab… doesn’t get much better than that!ReplyCancel

  • Hailey~FurnishMyWay - Wine pairing is not my forte either, but the comparison of vegetable to song was easily translated when you spoke of it. Grilled pizza?! I have to give this a go, not sure how successful I’ll be, but it looks divine. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Oh, God bless America! I need to make friends with you. Grilled pizza & wine in this beautiful scene sound like a little slice of heaven!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - What a simple yet elegant meal…I often think that the best and most successful entertaining happens when the food is accessible and easy to prepare. Pizza is great that way…and your choice of ingredients is fabulous. There is really something for everyone. I am not familiar with the wine pairings that you suggest, but will definitely try them as soon as I have an opportunity (or an excuse, right?)Thank you for the photographs, they capture the easy and friendly atmosphere perfectly..ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Hi Caroline,

    I stumbled across your photography and blog the other day, and fell in love with the way you capture San Francisco life! It seems like you truly enjoy showcasing the best of San Francisco culture, and so, I thought you might be interested in attending a complimentary beer tasting dinner at the upstairs at Central Kitchen on Wednesday, September 9.

    The guided dinner, created exclusively by executive chef and owner, Thomas McNaughton, highlights a variety of beers and ciders from the MillerCoors portfolio, including several limited edition brews. Beyond enjoying a delicious menu, a MillerCoors beer expert will be on hand to share little-known facts from the brewers’ storied history and portfolio of products throughout the night. All in all, it will be a fun, laid-back evening and I hope you can join! There will certainly be some wonderful photo opps!

    Please reserve your spot by RSVP-ing to me by Tuesday, September 1. Happy to answer any questions that you may have about the evening. Also, please let me know of any dietary restrictions we should inform the kitchen of.
    Samantha, 312-377-4132ReplyCancel

  • Becky Chaffee - This so refreshing to find. I was looking for a new food blog to spend some time on, and the first one I found had a Gnocci recipe starting with purchased gnocci! Arg!! Can’t wait to make you pizza for the Labor Day weekend. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Sam - My investment advisor suggested me to invest in Biteclub. Though I’m self capable but I used leverage to invest, it looks good on paper, and normally I wouldn’t lose money because the rates of the return on the investments that were shown to me were way higher than the cost of borrowing. However the Biteclub’s portfolio dropped by 10% and the leverage has doubled my loss to 20%.

    Thus my investment of Rs. 10 Lacs is now only worth Rs. 8 Lacs. The banks called the loan and I had to sell my investment and pay the balance from my personal accounts. I have suffered huge losses with Biteclub Review :

    On the evening of 13 Aug, I ordered two portions of garlic bread and veg. lasagna from Biteclub to celebrate my husband’s promotion, but they delivered us meat lasagna. Could you believe this? They have a website and all hankies-pankies but can’t make a straight order. I would never order from Biteclub again, it ruined my evening.ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - My invitation must have been lost in the mail. Ha, ha, seriously though, I’m grilling us some pizza tonight and a lovely bottle of Chardonnay to hit the spot. Happy Nesting!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - Those pizzas look amazing and you guys gathered quite a crowd here. Everything looks delicious!ReplyCancel

Hello! I am so excited to announce the dreamiest summer workshop in the hills of Petaluma on Saturday, July 25th. We’ll spend the afternoon exploring my approach to visual storytelling by diving into color, composition, natural light, and the bounty of summer on location at the gorgeous Bloomfield Farms in Petaluma. Following the workshop we’ll […]


  • Little Box Brownie - Just came across your blog and I’m so glad I did. Its a masterpiece. All the Best Sophia xReplyCancel

  • Anna Shuk - This is exciting. I wish I could be there..but no.=( I’ll wait for the result, tho.=)

    Gorgeous photos, btw. I want those berries.(*.*)ReplyCancel

  • Liz & Nat - would have loved to have joined this! Incredible work :) xReplyCancel

  • Jordan Bookman - Hi! Will you be hosting this event again in 2016?ReplyCancel

  • Patrice D - I hope you offer another workshop. I’d love to attend!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla Eidson - Amazing photography! I look forward to your upcoming work. These pictures take me back to summer memories from my childhood. Most pleasant.ReplyCancel

  • ABDULLA - Bloomfield FarmsReplyCancel

Years ago, when I was in India, I spent some time in the town of Dharamsala. It was a welcome respite from India’s chaos and overstimulation. Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dharamsala is where the Tibetan government in exile is based, and there is a large community of Tibetan refugees who have made […]


  • Nicole - I’ve just started to get into coffee and the bulletproof coffee intrigues me! I love this frothy and beautiful version.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - It is my favorite thing ever. :)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This is such a neat recipe!! Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Wow, I don’t even like coconut, but your description of this coffee sounds heavenly. Beautiful writing about the event, too…It is amazing how our emotions can be triggered by a memory of taste.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Thank you, Kasey! The coconut flavor is subtle – there’s also a faint fragrance of coconut, but I’m a coconut freak. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - What a powerful piece of writing Kimberley; thank you for sharing your memories and stories with us.ReplyCancel

  • Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table - I appreciate the beautiful story, especially as it makes me more excited to try coconut butter coffee. I have honestly never understood this trend, and wasn’t quite looking forward to trying it, either… But your recipe makes it sound honest and beautiful. Thank you for this!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - I had the same reaction to this trend too, so I especially appreciate hearing this. Thanks Ksenia!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Was just about to make a latte before I read this, but as I love coconut I am now off to make a coconut coffee instead – I don’t have butter, only hard oil, which doesn’t look too different to your photos, fingers crossed.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Coconut oil totally works! And who knew that an immersion blender can essentially make a latte? It’s my favorite thing.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - This is SO happening. Whipping up some coconut butter, STAT!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Next, I need to make my own coconut butter.ReplyCancel

  • cynthia - This is such a beautiful post, Kimberley. Thank you for sharing, and for this gorgeous coconut butter coffee — I can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Melisa - Normally I don’t like coffee, but I’m definitely going to try this out! X


  • RIa - How do you make the coconut butter? I would love this coffee!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Hi Ria! You can actually buy coconut butter at most health food stores, and I believe that Trader Joe’s carries it now too. You can substitute coconut oil as well, which is more readily available.ReplyCancel

  • Gaby - This looks like a fantastic coffee, love that you used coconut butter!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - This beautiful post inspired me to make coconut butter from scratch for the first time yesterday (it was so easy!) and now I have this delicious frothy thing in front of me. Thank you! Having something to look forward to in the morning is pretty much the only way I get out of bed, and this is perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - I love that! I still have not made it from scratch (apart from one failed attempt that overheated my food processor.) It is exactly what I need to feel enthused in the morning too. A revolution!ReplyCancel

  • Kirstie - Your writing is so moving. The photographs are beautifully inspiring and light and you’ve created an amazing feeling around your ritual. I need to try this. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Thank you so much, Kristie! I couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful response. It’s appreciated. :)ReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Wow that sounds like quite the experience…the things we take for granted :(ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I like your cooking blog! Check out my blog too! Let’s connect!


  • Aimee - How much milk do you think you use?ReplyCancel

  • Djaniella - YUM! Wow this looks super delicious :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE coffee and have never heard of the use of coconut butter. Does it substitute as the sweetener for the coffee?ReplyCancel

  • Tarin Lindsey - This CREAMY COCONUT BUTTER COFFEE recipe looks delicious and yummy. Your ingredients is good with perfect background. I have to make this and share it with my friends. I am so excited to prepare this recipe.Thanks for this recipe I learned a lot. GREAT!ReplyCancel

  • Wei - I think my mind exploded just from reading the title. This looks so amazing! Your photos are always so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I prefer using coconut cream and coconut oil in my coffee, but I love the idea of using an emersion blender. I’ve been using my stand blender, but recently noticed that the hot coffee might be affecting one of the seals. A wide mouth jar and hand blender is the perfect solution. Especially since both me and my husband like blending our coffee. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ronoh Robert - Can tea be used as alternative for coffee?ReplyCancel

  • martin - this drink is inspired by such a sad story, feeling almost sad as i drink it.ReplyCancel

  • paul - between tea and coffee I will always go for coffee.ReplyCancel

  • tabby - just stumbled on to your blog.So happy.ReplyCancel

  • Rosy - Thanks for sharing. Really nice.ReplyCancel

  • Tools of Chefs - Beautiful story Kimberley! Sad that not much has changed for the Tibetans since that tragic incident.

    Also your pictures are simply breathtaking!

    Question regarding the recipe. Do you think it would be ok to use Soy milk instead of an Almond or Coconut milk? Not sure if it might mix up the flavors too much?


  • Jarvis - very nice i like the looks of themReplyCancel

  • DrinkOfTheGods - This stuff is amazing! I drink it almost every morning, but especially if I need to study or push my brain. It really gets your brain going in amazing ways. Better short-term memory, enhanced awareness, I stay full and I feel great!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - I do wonder what yak butter tastes like…I suppose nothing at our local stores even comes close to it…I am going to investigate how that tea is made in Tibet…it sounds fascinating.

    That is a sad story and, unfortunately, one that repeats itself all over the world every day…maybe even as I write these lines.

    Thanks for the post. I have all the ingredients that you mention at hand and I also have my Chemex coffee maker all ready to go…I will try this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Best pediatrician in Dubai - super recipe. will try this today itself.ReplyCancel

  • Niña - I searched for coffee and coconut butter since I didn’t have coconut oil on hand then found your post. Lovely writing and my cup of coffee +coconut butter + coconut milk came out really nice. Thank youReplyCancel

  • dianne willimon - is there a recipe for coconut butter or is it available for purchase and is there a specific brand?ReplyCancel

  • margie - Looking for some coconut butter recipes, I was very happy to come across your post. I spent a couple of years in the Dharamsala area in the late 90s. I was living in one of the Tibetan refugee camps outside Dharamsala and was served salted Tibetan butter tea early every morning. This was cow’s butter as they do not keep yaks in that area of India. It took a little time to get used to the flavor, but after a short while, I came to love it and pretty much gave up on coffee during that time. Now I have become very fond of Coffee and coconut butter blended in a high speed blender, a lovely treat every day.
    Btw LOVE your site!!ReplyCancel

  • Danica - Wow! I don’t normally love coffee, but this idea has completely changed me. This coffee is so yummy and creamy, its amazing!

    I recently got this chai spice blend off of etsy and have been including a sprinkle of it into the recipe and it really puts it over the top! I would highly recommend it!ReplyCancel