Croissant Taiyaki is a chain in Japan that sells a hybrid croissant taiyaki dessert.

Taiyaki are fish shaped filled pancakes, a popular street food in Japan. Pancake batter is cooked in cast iron fish shaped molds and usually filled with azuki bean paste, though sometimes you’ll find other fillings like chocolate and custard. I’ve always had a fondness for these treats because they are so cute to look at and there’s a similar street food in Taiwan that I grew up loving, though those are round rather than fish shaped.

After The Cronut® was created, we saw all sorts of croissant hybrid creations pop up in the US, so no surprise that a similar phenomenon happened in Japan. Here, sheets of croissant dough are cooked in the fish shaped molds and filled with azuki paste, chocolate or custard.

They have several locations in Tokyo, usually conveniently located near the train stations.

These homemade gummy bears or fruit snacks are easy to make and healthier than store bought. The gummies are made with fruit, honey and contain no artificial flavors or colors.

A few years ago, I made my own fruit snacks. They were easy and delicious, but I also used Jell-O to make them. I’ve been wanting to make a more natural and healthier version. My husband recently came across gummy bear silicone molds on Amazon. He shared the link with me, which naturally meant he was okay with me buying them right?

Pizzanometry is a fast casual build-your-own pizza restaurant that opened a few months ago. Two years ago, these type of pizza restaurants were opening all over San Diego. But it’s been a while since I’ve last seen a new one pop up.

The concept is very similar to others out there: choose from a few pre-designed pizzas or build-your-own with unlimited toppings for just $7.99. These personalized pizzas are cooked in a high heat oven and ready in about 2 minutes.