My trip to Taiwan was full of cuteness overload. One great example was Aranzi Cafe, a chain of bakery cafes originally from Japan and with several locations in Taipei. They offer some of the most adorable cakes and sandwiches I’ve ever seen.
I was first made aware of them from a hungry girl’s guide to taipei during our dessert tour outing. Once she showed me one, I started noticing them everywhere. There is one located inside the food court of each of the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi shopping centers and I believe there are a few standalone cafes too.
On my last day, I finally had a chance to get one. I was really curious as to how they were decorating the cake, so this was all done in research of course.
The second San Diego location of Lemonade opened last Friday, located inside UTC mall, right across from the Dining Terrace. The location is open, spacious and includes a large outdoor patio section as well.
For those unfamiliar, Lemonade is a popular, fast-casual, cafeteria-style restaurant chain from Los Angeles.
I know it was only last week when I posted about Lemonade Hillcrest, but I couldn’t resist going to the UTC one and it gave me a chance to try new items. I really enjoy the layout of this second location. More seating, an outdoor patio, more floor space as well. I didn’t feel nearly as cramped as I did when I visited the Hillcrest one.
The menu offerings were pretty much the same, though I noticed a few slight changes with some of the hot dishes and lemonade flavors.
The star of Lemonade continues to be the marketplace salads. I normally don’t enjoy salads, but these are salads worth getting excited over. I didn’t take pictures of them again, but you can see the photos from my first post.
I had initially planned on just trying two new ones, but somehow I ended up with a plate of five again. Everything just looked so good! We also decided to try a few more new hot items including the flat bread and brisket.
I was also really tempted by the strawberry lemonade cake, but I’ll get it next time. The mini cupcakes were adorable too.
This is a great low carb solution that still allows you to enjoy a comforting grilled cheese sandwich.
Yes, we’re still eating a ton of cauliflower at home. We also eat a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches, so this combines the best of both worlds.
Mr. K and I have consumed a ridiculous amount of cheese this year, mainly from grilled cheese sandwiches and cauliflower creations.