I’ve been really into make ice pops lately. I only wish I had more molds and freezer space for all the ideas popping into my head.

My latest creation are strawberry cheesecake popsicles. These really do taste like cheesecake in an ice pop form.

Ariccia Italian Market is a small Italian market and cafe located in downtown La Jolla that offers menu items like porchetta sandwiches (which I highly recommend), salads and soups. They also sell other Italian goods such as daily fresh made pasta, sauces, spices, macarons and more.

I’d actually been closely following the progress prior to its opening, but once it did open, I never seemed to have a chance to visit. I’m so glad I finally did and I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long.

Once inside the market, I did feel like I was in Italy. Behind the glass display, there was their signature porchetta, other cuts of meat, fresh made pastas, and macarons from a local bakery.


One of the current buzzy items in the food world are cronuts. It’s a cross between a donut and a croissant and was first introduced by Ansel Bakery in New York City, where they are in extremely high demand. You can read more about the craze here.

I’ve been hoping a bakery closer to San Diego might start selling them, but the other day I realized that until that happens, I could attempt to make my own. I wasn’t the only one with this great idea. Fellow San Diego blogger Mary was experimenting with them last week too!

I researched as much as I could on the cronut. It’s made of croissant dough and deep fried like a donut. Pastry cream is inserted into the middle of the croissant layers and then it is topped off with sugar and glaze.