St. Patrick’s Day always brings the appearance of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. Rather than buying the artificial green colored shake this year, I thought I’d make my own St. Patrick’s Day themed shake.

No the shake isn’t green, but it tastes minty. I guess I could have made it green but I try to avoid using food coloring. I know the Shamrock shake doesn’t have Oreo cookies but I love cookies and cream shakes.  To really up the cookies and cream factor, I used cookies and cream ice cream as my base, then added a few more mint Oreos to the batter, giving it a mild minty flavor.

It’s been a while since we visited this restaurant, which is owned by the same people who own Yakyudori Yakitori & Ramen.

We previously really enjoyed coming here for breakfast, which they serve daily. You start with a basic set meal and from there you can choose additional small add-on dishes ranging between $1-3 each. Our previous visits reminded me of the breakfasts I experienced during the brief time I visited Japan when I was younger.

Last weekend, DH and I managed to come in just in time, about ten minutes before breakfast was over.

Basic set + curry + beef bowl

This was DH’s choice. We were seated at a booth with competing lighting that was really messing with my abilities to take proper photos.

The basic set includes tea, bowl of rice, miso soup, pickled cabbage, cold tofu, and a package of seasoned nori. DH really enjoys the curry here because it’s filled with chunks of ground meat. I think it’s a pretty good deal for $2. We were both able to share the single serving.

I wasn’t a fan of the beef bowl which used very fatty cuts of beef.

Basic set + grated yam + grated daikon + chopped okra

I was immediately intrigued when I saw the title of this recipe.

It’s a custard pie that takes only minutes to assemble. You know how I love my easy recipes.

The magic comes when it’s baking. To make the recipe, you simply throw a bunch of ingredients into a blender. Then you put it in a pie pan and bake it. While it’s baking, the flour from the ingredients sinks to a bottom, separates from the custard and creates a pie crust. So when it’s done, the pie magically has a crust.