Pokirrito, a fast-casual restaurant by the owners of RakiRaki, specializing in poke bowls and sushi burritos, has finally opened.

It’s been nearly a year since I first started following the progress, so I was more than a little excited when they finally soft opened last Friday. We happened to be in the area and went to check it out. Located adjacent to RakiRaki, the interior is quite nice, with a lot of natural light, windows, and seating.

The first part of the line is dedicated to their made-to-order poke bowls and the second part is for the sushi burritos.

It’s been a few years since I last wrote about Up2You Cafe. Since then, they’ve opened a second location and greatly expanded their dessert offerings.

We like to visit this cafe with friends because there’s usually something for everyone. They have a large selection of drinks and desserts. The dessert offerings include honey toast, crepes, waffles, baked churros and more. Desserts and drinks can be customized with many different toppings and mix-ins, holding true to its name.

Matcha Latte

I started off with a matcha latte. Sadly, no fancy latte art, though it tasted fine and not overly sweet.

Milk Tea

The milk tea was served in a mason jar. When they first opened, they had some more unique shaped jars, but now they’ve gone to the standard mason jars.

This easy homemade chocolate syrup comes together in about 10 minutes. It’s fudgy, chocolatey and stores well, so that you can always have it on hand to drizzle on top of ice cream, cakes and other desserts or mix into your drinks.

I’m really excited to share this recipe with you today because it’s been one of my favorite homemade/DIY recipes. Yes, I’ve made my own marshmallow fluff, salted caramel sauce, and extracts, but this chocolate syrup is probably my favorite. It’s quick and easy and since it doesn’t contain any ingredients that have a short shelf-life, it lasts pretty long too (just make sure you keep it airtight in the fridge).