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Treats Day 2 and Day 3

I hadn’t planned to blog about all these treats we sent my friend Mark as a thank you for programming my new site, but Alexis took such great photos and I would never turn down an opportunity to talk about baked goods.

Day One: We sent a Root Beer Sampler.

Day Two: Alexis made her famous chocolate chip cookie and wrapped them in brown wax sleeves and bakers twine. Do you have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe? I’m obsessed with this recipe.

Day Three: We dropped off a box of Beard Papa cream puffs. Do you know these? It is a Japanese chain that has come to the US in the last 5 or so years. They use really fresh ingredients including raw vanilla bean for the pudding. You have to eat them fast because after a few hours they get a little soggy. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it. Have you tried Beard Papa’s?


Photos by Alexis Birkmeyer for Oh Happy Day

  1. matrjoschki

    June 9, 2011

    Wow, it looks so delicious!!!

  2. Logan

    June 9, 2011

    Loooooove me some Beard Papa!

  3. jennifer in sf

    June 9, 2011

    Oh man. I’m going to have to stop for a cream puff on my way home tonight!

  4. Dee

    June 9, 2011

    Yummy Beard Papa, that was a lunchtime treat. Not sure if there still is a store in London.

    Love your blog : )

  5. candice

    June 9, 2011

    oh my. beard papa’s! and, I just found out that they have a location much closer to my house than I thought, so i might have to stop by on my way home this evening!

  6. kate

    June 9, 2011

    I LOOOOVE beard papas! They started closing in NYC for some reason, so I’m happy to have them back in my life in LA.

  7. Charlotte

    June 9, 2011

    I want to do something nice for you so I can get yummy surprises too! Those Beard Papa’s look so good! I love all your ideas/blog of how to make normal life way more fun.

  8. Aparna E.

    June 9, 2011

    Those looks sooooo good!

  9. Lily | The Yuppie Lifestyle

    June 9, 2011

    Not sure if you are still looking for treat ideas but here is a variation on what to do with your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe: cookie dough truffles!

    Also, the Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick makes some amazing gougères. The pastry is very similar to Beard Papa’s to me, but instead of filled with custard, they are filled with creamy herbed cheese.

  10. Emily

    June 9, 2011

    America’s Test Kitchen cookies were my all-time fave too (browned butter makes everything better, right?), but try these:

    I think they might be the winner for me.

  11. Emily

    June 9, 2011

    P.S. Mark is lucky to have such a creative friend!

  12. Melanie Watson

    June 9, 2011

    Oh goodness… I need to try Beard Papa stat. Those look amazing and I absolutely love the individually wrapped home baked cookie gift idea. I’m going to have to do that for someone soon. Lovely and delicious. As life should be.

  13. Tiffany

    June 9, 2011

    I LOVE Beard Papa’s!! I first tried them in Hawaii and was so happy to find out a few years ago that they had them in SF! They are the best and yes, they must be eaten immediately. 😉

  14. annie

    June 9, 2011

    i love beard papa! they rotate flavors weekly and my favorite is strawberry.

  15. sylvie @ silver lining

    June 9, 2011

    nothing makes my heart and tummy sing more than a beard papa vanilla cream puff. they’re heaven on a plate!

  16. Cat @Breakfast to Bed

    June 9, 2011

    Beard Papa makes me want to do naughty, naughty things to my waistline.

  17. hairyshoefairy

    June 9, 2011

    Ooh! I haven’t had Beard Papa’s since I lived in Oakland! YUM! Now I’m really wanting a cream puff.

  18. Gaby

    June 9, 2011

    Yes! While we were living in Kuala Lumpur there was one right across our apartment-hotel. Never tried the puffs but the chocolate fondant mini cakes were DELICIOUS!

  19. anu

    June 9, 2011

    oh, i love the chocolate chip cookie recipe from cook’s illustrated (maybe a little different than the one you linked to?) i’m sure you read the nyt article about the perfect cookie, but i have started refrigerating the dough for a couple days before baking, and let me tell you, flavor elevation! highly suggested.

  20. Michelle Torres

    June 9, 2011

    Those cookies look so delish!!!!!! But would love to have a cream puff!!!!!! THe brown wax sleeves would be so great to have, as I bake for people all the time, so I was wondering if you knew where I could order some from? I have looked online and have had no luck yet! Thank you for sharing the choc chip cookie recipe, will have to give this a try!!!!

  21. Rebecca

    June 9, 2011

    Wow, these pics are so pretty!!!


    June 9, 2011

    I love the new site!!! I’m sure the programmer is very happy to help with all those delicious treats! Those cream puffs look amazing!
    Star Hughes Living

  23. Alicia

    June 9, 2011

    I ate Beard Papa’s all the time when I lived in Japan teaching English. Now I live in the middle of no where USA, 100’s of miles from the nearest shop. I visit the website every now and again and just drool.

  24. Marisa

    June 9, 2011

    I wish I could ask for baked goods instead of money for doing favours for friends haha Oh Beard Papa’s! I tried this for the first time when I was visiting my family last year in Vancouver. I wanted to go back every day and try their flavour of the day.

  25. haruna

    June 9, 2011

    omg! beard papa!! miss you so much!!!!!

  26. jaclyn @ thelateafternoon

    June 9, 2011

    what a lucky programmer! beard papas are so delicious!

  27. jillian

    June 9, 2011

    yum those cookies look fantastic. xo jillian

  28. Kersey

    June 9, 2011

    Remind me to do you a big favor sometime.

  29. Mariela

    June 9, 2011

    Yummy!, those cookies look delicious!!!

  30. hena tayeb

    June 9, 2011

    mmm.. that looks sublime

  31. Irene

    June 9, 2011

    my favorite beard papa’s flavor is strawberry. sooooo yummy!

  32. Candice

    June 9, 2011

    I live in Bangkok and drop by Beard Papa’s occassionally at the mall. Like that they are not soooo sweet.

  33. RebeccaNYC

    June 9, 2011

    LOVE Beard Papa! I live in NYC and get them there, but oddly enough I am in Tokyo right now, and have not found a Beard Papa store yet, but that is probably a good thing.

  34. Anna

    June 9, 2011

    oh my, that all looks so delicious. sounds like i’m going to have to seek out beard papa next time i’m in a city where there is a location. i loooove choco chip cookies, but i’m not very good at baking them & i’m not really sure why since i’m decent at baking everything else.

  35. Agnes

    June 9, 2011

    I love Beard Papa! When I lived in LA, we used to get them all the time on Sawtelle. We’ve moved to Northern CA and now get them whenever we go to San Francisco. One time we drove to Yerba Buena just to get Beard Papa. My husband dropped me off, I bought a bag, and he drove back around to pick me up just so we could have some for the drive home!

  36. Veronica

    June 10, 2011

    I used to work at a Beard Papa’s! Oh, the hours I’d spend slaving over vanilla beans, it takes so much labor just to get enough vanilla for one batch of filling!

    @Rebecca: there’s a BP in Shinjuku station, or you can visit the gorgeous flagship shop in Ginza. 😉

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    June 10, 2011

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  38. Meg

    June 10, 2011

    Beard Papa is so clever… Those are lovely photos, great lighting. Now I’m hungry…

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    June 10, 2011

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  40. rebecca s.

    June 10, 2011

    what a wonderful thank you! what fun it must be for your friend. you know how much we all love to receive packages or mail… especially such pretty ones filled with tasty treats. where can i sign up to do a favor for you? 🙂

    for the previous comment about the wax paper sleeves: i use something similar, if not exactly the same and i get them at whole foods. they are a box of wax paper bags that we use in lieu of plastic sandwich bags. very inexpensive, too.

  41. Linda

    June 10, 2011

    What a thoughtful gift! I love a little hand made yumminess!

  42. Jen

    June 10, 2011

    Adding Beard Papa’s to my list of things to do next time I visit San Francisco!

  43. Designs Good

    June 10, 2011

    I always walk by Beard Papa’s downtown, but have never gone in–guess I’ll have to now! Those chocolate chip cookies look scrumptious, yum!

  44. Life can never be that bad if cream puffs are close by =) I need to get me a big thing of twine like yours.

    – Sarah

  45. rooth

    June 10, 2011

    Yummmm Beard Papa – I’ve only ever had it on the West Coast. Sadly not in the South.

  46. Kerry

    June 10, 2011

    OH-MY-GOD! Those cream puffs look like absolute heaven… must try!

  47. Tania

    June 10, 2011

    There is also a local SF place called Pacific Puffs worth checking out when you are back home.

  48. Teresa

    June 10, 2011

    I have a very dear memory of eating a freshly filled Beard Papa cream puff with my husband in Shinjuku station. We had gotten a box for omiyage and decided to see what all the fuss was about. We proceeded to finish the box on our train ride home. You brought me right back to that moment in time.

  49. busma

    June 11, 2011

    your pictures make my stomach rumbles!!

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