Let’s start the weekend early with this sweet giveaway and a little introduction to one of my favorite candies of all time.

Have you had Hi-Chew candies before? They are soft, creamy and chewy candies that come in a variety of fruit flavors. The popular candy is originally from Japan where it is their #1 selling candy.

I’ve been eating Hi-Chew since I was a little kid. When I was younger, my maternal grandparents would come and visit me every year and they would bring me gifts from Japan. I distinctly remember the Hi-Chew candies and just adored them. I remember liking them so much because the fruit flavors had a much more natural flavor to them (obvious signs of a future foodie).

When I started living on my own and doing my own grocery shopping, I was reunited with Hi-Chew candies again, finding them in various Asian markets. I’d always grab one near the checkout counter as eating them brought back such nostalgia.

These Grilled Cheese Donut Sandwiches are a great way to use up leftover donuts, and is a delicious balance of sweet and savory.

Grilled Cheese Donuts. Because it’s almost the end of the week and you deserve a treat, right? I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner. I previously shared my French Toast Donuts recipe. While watching an older episode of Shark Tank, Tom and Chee and their signature grilled cheese donuts were featured. And while I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting it myself, I knew I could make a homemade version. So this is it.

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill opened a location in Mission Valley a few months ago. The BBQ chain restaurant has several locations throughout California. We were invited to come in for a visit and dined there earlier last month.

It was pouring buckets of rain the day we went, so sorry there is no photo of the storefront. The interior is quite spacious, but also very dark, reminding me of a steakhouse.

Garlic Bread Rolls

Our meal started with their signature complimentary garlic bread rolls. Soft, warm, buttery– there wasn’t much to complain about and I can see why these are so popular.

Wood Ranch Tri Tip with Macaroni & Cheese

For my entree, I chose their tri tip which was highly recommended by our server. Each entree comes with one side dish and I chose their macaroni and cheese. I thought the plating looked a little odd, with so much empty space. It wasn’t that the portions weren’t big– the plate they used was just too big and made my two items look rather lonely.

The tri-tip, was indeed as good as advertised. It was my favorite item from our meal. Cooked to a medium, with a still slightly pink center, the meat was juicy with a hint of smoky flavor.