Apr 152014
 
VG Donut & Bakery

When I was in Encinitas for some errands a few weeks ago, I decided to check out a highly-rated bakery nearby, VG Donut & Bakery. At first, I thought that the name stood for something like “Vegan/Gluten-Free”, but it turns out that it’s actually for “Very Good”, haha. The place was quite busy, but the [...]

Apr 112014
 
Matcha Love

Matcha Love is a Japanese café that opened up in the Mitsuwa grocery store. I first saw the signs for the store about a week before the grand opening, which took place on March 28. Well, I couldn’t pass up anything matcha, so on the second day, I gathered up a few friends to check [...]

Apr 072014
 
[Recipe] Mini Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

I’ve been thinking about mini donuts for a while – they’re super adorable, and since each one is so tiny, it can’t be all that bad to eat one… or two… or maybe ten, right? Well, my dear sister gifted me with a mini donut pan a while back, and I finally put them to [...]

Mar 312014
 
'Lette Macarons

‘Lette Macarons is a popular macaron chain shop based in Los Angeles. Recently, they opened a stand at the UTC Westfield Mall. I have been really happy with the changes that have taken place in UTC throughout the past couple of years – new shops such as Free People and the Sony store, and even [...]

Mar 052014
 
Snacks Series: More Macarons and a Croissant Donut

I’ve already written a whole post on Rocq Macarons at Whole Foods, but I’ve been back to my local WF several times for more. They seem to have a couple of new flavors each time I go, so there’s my reason to keep returning, right..? This was the first time that I’ve seen green tea-flavored [...]

Feb 172014
 
Hanna's Gourmet Desserts

After our epic bloggers’ lunch at Que Huong, we had to get dessert (of course). CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High suggested Hanna’s Gourmet, a little cafe not too far from Que Huong. I’ve read about it and was quite excited to check out this little spot. Half of the photos from this post [...]

Feb 092014
 
Snacks Series: Trader Joe's Frozen Snacks; Misc Faves

Haven’t done one of these in a while… that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating my fair share of snacks, haha. Today I’m sharing a couple of my new favorite Trader Joe’s snacks: Trader Joe’s frozen macarons have been surprisingly tasty. They also have a package of just chocolate and vanilla, and a box [...]

Feb 052014
 
[Baking] Taiwanese Egg Cakes and Melt Organic Butter Giveaway!

A few months ago, I posted about Melt Organic Spread, a butter alternative. I had a great experience with it in both sweet and savory applications, and I have been replacing butter with Melt in some of my cooking ever since I tried it out. Now, Melt is hosting a giveaway for my readers to [...]

Jan 262014
 
Chilly Ribbons

I’m a huge fan of snow ice, a Taiwanese shaved ice dessert made with cream/milk, water, and sugar – sounds like ice cream, but the different is that it’s frozen into a giant block, then shaved into thin ribbons by a special machine. I really like this dessert and was a bit sad that I [...]

Jan 022014
 
[LA] Café Dulce

Since I’m currently in Taiwan and will be here for another week or so, the posting schedule will be a bit messed up… apologies in advance! I’ll be writing about my travels soon after I get back to the U.S., though! Anyway, I have a couple more things to share from my past L.A. trips. [...]

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