Four words: Self Serve Boba Drinks. What is it? Imagine Yogurtland (or another self-serve frozen yogurt shop), but for boba drinks. You get a cup, you choose from more than a dozen different toppings, a dozen different tea flavors, and about a dozen different slushy drinks. You can mix and match as much as you want, creating your own ultimate combination.

Class 302, a Taiwanese cafe with several locations in Southern California that is known for their snow ice and classroom-themed setting, recently opened a new location in Irvine Marketplace. This one not only serves meals and their popular Taiwanese snow ice, but they also offer self-serve boba drinks.

It’s the first I’ve seen in the US and it’s brilliant (I’m guessing the idea already exists in Taiwan, since most of the trends you see at the Taiwanese cafes here usually come from Taiwan).

First, you choose a cup size (small or large) and pay for it. The “small” is actually really big. The cup is extremely wide (doesn’t fit in your car cup holder) and we were commenting that we couldn’t fathom people getting a large because we were barely able to handle the small. Two of my friends actually split one small.

They give you the cup and then you go off to to make your drink.

Toppings are at a counter (about 16 options), soda fountain dispensers are filled with popular milk and flavored teas (about 13), and frozen yogurt machines are churning out flavored slushes (about 12). It’s basically an entire boba tea menu at your disposal.

This single serving microwave cookie is ready in just a few minutes. As an added bonus, it’s also egg free! You mix everything in a mug, put it on a plate, and cook it for less than 1 minute for a soft pumpkin spice cookie. You can leave it in the mug too, but I like to hold and eat my cookies the traditional way.

I’ve had really low energy lately. I think it’s the change in the weather. The shorter days, gloomier and colder weather, etc. So I haven’t had much desire for full-on baking projects, which is why my mug cakes come in so handy.

Iceskimo, a Taiwanese-style snow ice shop, opened its permanent location this past weekend.

As you recall, I posted about Iceskimo when it was a pop-up inside Pangea Bakery over the summer. I’ve been really looking forward to the store opening, since it’s my favorite spot for snow ice in San Diego.

The new store has a slightly different concept. Instead of choosing from a preset menu or creating your own by ordering toppings and ice flavors, the toppings bar is self-serve and the final ice cup is priced by weight, similar to the self-serve frozen yogurt method.

First step is choosing your ice flavor. They will then shave it into a cup for you, and then you take the cup and choose your toppings and syrups. When you’re finished, the final product is weighed. Each of ours were between $4-5.