Click and Bake
Think of it as an Etsy for food.
The edible offerings in San Francisco range from catered meals to pickles, and the vendors, from amateurs to established pros. A good 10 percent of the items, as you can imagine, are cupcakes. Bonus: Most of these shops deliver.
Three Zaarly shops you should know about:
Sweet Pistachio Pâtisserie: Erin Emmett trained in Paris and New York before working for Chantal Guillon. Now on her own, she makes killer macarons ($14 for 6, $27 for 12). Hoard the lemon meringue ones for yourself.
Kevin and Gail's Chili Palace: These cook-off champions sell frozen, boil-in-the-bag packages of their two chilis ($8 for 12 ounces, $11 for 18 ounces). The tomatillo-based chili verde is tart and porky, and the red vegan chili, a mess of beans and vegetables, is equally vivid in flavor.
Crumb Shoppe: Self-taught baker Claudia Gutierrez sells frozen tubes of her cookie dough ($11 a pound, or $17 for two half-pounds) through pop-up markets and Zaarly. Our favorite: Her toffee-like salted-caramel cookies.
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