This French toast grilled cheese sandwich makes a delicious breakfast: thick slices of French toast, melted cheese and crispy bacon. And some syrup to tie it all together.

As you can tell, I’m on a French toast kick. After making my French toast pull apart muffins, about half a dozen other French toast recipes popped into my head. I immediately had to go out to buy more bread.

So I don’t usually like to rant too much about personal things on the blog, but I feel the need to vent a little. I’m not a fan of HOA’s. I hope I’m not offending anyone. I understand it in theory, but I hate having to pay a fee every month and then having my property policed. And every time I get a notice, it’s for something small and in my opinion, none of their business and not something that would “bring down the property value of the community.”

These French toast muffins are so cute and make a fun breakfast or brunch.

They are easier to cook than regular French toast since you let the oven do the cooking for you and you can pull them apart, piece by piece.

I’ve got brunch on my mind. After finishing my taxes, I just want it to be the weekend. But even on the weekends, we haven’t had time to have a leisurely brunch lately. Anyone else feel unusually busy this year? Since January, we’ve been nothing but busy busy busy. I keep waiting for a lull, but I don’t see one coming. Maybe June?

During our recent Los Angeles trip, my friends took me to Izakaya Hachi, a popular Izakaya-style Japanese restaurant in Torrance.

Battera Mackerel Sushi

The boxed mackerel sushi looked quite pretty. I didn’t actually have any of it though as there is something about the raw flavor of mackerel that doesn’t agree with me.

Grilled Beef Tongue

This was my absolute favorite bite from our meal and it was so good that we ordered a second plate.

The beef tongue is sliced extra thick. My initial thought would be that this would make it quite hard to chew, but instead it gives it a meaty, steak-like texture that was really enjoyable.