1. Are you playing the new Pokémon GO game? I usually don’t play phone, computer, or any type of video games, but I did download this free game on my phone having watched the cartoon when I was younger, and I have to admit, it’s consumed a large part of my weekend. On the bright side, I’ve gotten a lot more exercise by running around trying to catch the Pokémon. On the down side, it’s been time consuming and a few times I’ve been so engrossed in the game that I’ll just walk into the street without looking.

It is quite amusing seeing just how many people are playing it. Every time we’re near a hub and I glance up, and there are several other people holding their phones playing the game.

2. Here are a few photos from my garden. Our garden isn’t doing quite as well this year due to the watering restrictions in California, but I have a few new things growing. We’ve had a strawberry guava tree in our yard for a few years, but this is the first year it has blooms. I managed to capture the first bloom. It’s had several more since this photo.

A few months ago, my friends took me to Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong and it’s now my favorite Korean BBQ spot. The popular Korean BBQ restaurant chain is owned by Kang Ho Dong, a South Korean celebrity and former wrestler and the chain has been well received by food critics and the public. In the US, it has locations in Los Angeles and New York.

When you sit down, there are already some basic complimentary banchan dishes placed at your table. These includes kimchi, pickled daikon, bean sprout salad, and more. I didn’t take photos of all of them, but there is quite a large variety and you can see the photos on their website.

One thing you’ll notice right away, is the moat that surrounds the grill in the middle of your table. This is possibly my favorite part of the experience. This area surrounding the grill is divided into compartments which they add different items to: raw egg batter, cheese corn, and vegetables. As your grill heats up and starts cooking the meat, it also cooks the food inside each of the cavities. The meat juices also drip down into these cavities, creating some deliciously flavorful cooked egg, melty cheese corn, etc.  Genius!

These creamy ice pops are cereal milk flavored and coated with colorful cereal just before serving.

Colorful, cereal-topped desserts are trending this summer. I’ve eaten cereal bar ice cream sandwiches, cereal dipped churros, cereal topped crepes, cereal macarons, and more. This gave me the inspiration to make cereal ice pops, which I surprisingly have not seen yet.

A few years ago, I had the cereal milk soft serve at Momofuku Milk Bar. I loved it, which is saying a lot because I don’t pour milk in my cereal. I know, it’s unusual, but I just hate having my cereal get soggy and I don’t really care to drink the milk after. But somehow, the cereal milk ice cream worked for me–probably because I didn’t have to see or eat any soggy flakes.