Hello Kitty Cafe

The first Hello Kitty Cafe Pop-Up in the US opened in Irvine Spectrum Center last summer. Given my Hello Kitty obsession, I had to check it out!



Hodad’s is a “must-visit” spot whenever we have friends visiting San Diego. The iconic burger restaurant has been featured on The Food Network, CNN, and more. It’s known for its generous portions and famous...


Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta is an easy meal with a no-cook pasta sauce, ready in 30 minutes or less. It’s one of my favorite things to make. It’s been a pretty stressful week so...


Menya Ultra

Menya Ultra recently opened and word has already gotten out that this may be the best ramen in San Diego right now. The owner has won awards for his ramen and owns several ramen shops...


Flourless Baileys Chocolate Mug Cake

A single serving flourless chocolate mug cake flavored with Baileys irish cream liqueur. This quick and easy treat cooks in the microwave in just one minute and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. I...


Mouriya Honten Kobe Beef Steak Restaurant

Mouriya is a well known steak restaurant in Kobe that serves kobe beef. During our trip to Japan, we specifically took a day trip to Kobe so we could eat authentic kobe beef.


Chocolate Avocado Banana Bread

This chocolate avocado banana bread doesn’t use oil or butter. Instead, avocado replaces the oil, creating a rich, moist chocolate banana bread. The best part is, you can make everything in the blender or...


Pacific Poke Co

Pacific Poke Company opened late last year. The restaurant focuses on poke bowls, but also offers a few other items like spam musubi and spring rolls. Like most of the other poke restaurants in...


Crispiest Baked Chicken Wings

Today I’m sharing a method for producing the crispiest baked chicken wings. With just one extra ingredient, the wings come out golden with skin that stays crispy for hours.


Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha softly opened last week. The cafe offers a menu focused around Japanese matcha green tea, offering ceremonial matcha, matcha drinks, and matcha flavored foods. They also serve a few other tea varieties. I...