A few weeks ago, our friends introduced to Q’ero Restaurant, a cozy restaurant that serves South American & Peruvian food. They also have a second location, Casa del Q’ero.

We had a wonderful meal there and I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to visit this longstanding local gem.

Chicha Morada

We started with a glass of this signature drink, which can be served hot or over ice.  It’s made from boiled purple corn, pineapple, apple, cinnamon, and clove. The tartness and color reminded me a little bit of hibiscus, and the spices gave this a very refreshing feel.


Thin-sliced yuca and green plantain chips drizzled with a herb infused garlic oil and grated Parmesan cheese. These were crunchy and fun to nibble on.

Let’s start the weekend early with this sweet giveaway and a little introduction to one of my favorite candies of all time.

Have you had Hi-Chew candies before? They are soft, creamy and chewy candies that come in a variety of fruit flavors. The popular candy is originally from Japan where it is their #1 selling candy.

I’ve been eating Hi-Chew since I was a little kid. When I was younger, my maternal grandparents would come and visit me every year and they would bring me gifts from Japan. I distinctly remember the Hi-Chew candies and just adored them. I remember liking them so much because the fruit flavors had a much more natural flavor to them (obvious signs of a future foodie).

When I started living on my own and doing my own grocery shopping, I was reunited with Hi-Chew candies again, finding them in various Asian markets. I’d always grab one near the checkout counter as eating them brought back such nostalgia.

These Grilled Cheese Donut Sandwiches are a great way to use up leftover donuts, and is a delicious balance of sweet and savory.

Grilled Cheese Donuts. Because it’s almost the end of the week and you deserve a treat, right? I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner. I previously shared my French Toast Donuts recipe. While watching an older episode of Shark Tank, Tom and Chee and their signature grilled cheese donuts were featured. And while I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting it myself, I knew I could make a homemade version. So this is it.