Whenever I go on a trip, one of the things I’m most anticipating are the snacks and entertainment on the flights and the amenities in the hotels. I end up choosing my travel arrangements based on what is offered.

I fly Southwest Airlines quite often to visit my parents in the Bay Area. It’s quick, very little hassle, and there are no penalties for changing and canceling flights. Usually, Southwest provides a drink and either a bag of peanut or pretzels ( I always opt for the pretzels). On my trip to Ohio, I knew there would be more snacks offered because of the length of the flight and I was really excited to see what was being offered.

There is no direct flight from San Diego to Columbus. On the longer leg of the flight, we were offered the standard peanuts and pretzels as well as the choice of three different Nabisco products. The flight attendants came around with a box displaying all the snacks and we could choose one or two from the batch. Here are the three snacks offered: shortbread crackers, cheese sandwich crackers, and golden Oreos.
Southwest Airlines Snacks

Drinks were also served every hour.

On our flight back, it was the same snacks, though our flight attendant was a lot more generous, telling us to take as many as we wanted, so we both took one of each snack.
Southwest Airlines Snacks
We were also on a newer plane on the flight back, the first time I’ve been on one of these.  There were quite a few changes on the new planes.

Donut Bar San Diego
After the opening of Swoon Dessert Bar, the grand opening I was most looking forward to was Donut Bar. I obviously was not alone in my excitement over promises of high quality donuts, since the donuts at Donut Bar have been selling out early on most days since its debut.

On its opening day, owner Santiago Campa seriously underestimated San Diego’s desire for good donuts. They baked less than their normal amount and sold out within half an hour. When I arrived at 9am (an hour after opening), all that was left were mini buttermilk bites.

They were being offered 4 for $1, so we left with a small bag, accompanied by some syrup for dipping. The buttermilk bites were light and airy, a hint of how good those donuts we missed out on must have tasted.

The following weekend, we took no chances. I’d been following Donut Bar on Facebook, which they update regularly with their daily changing menu and status updates. The Donut Bar aims to bake about 2,000 fresh donuts in the morning, open at 7am to feed the breakfast crowd, and close shop around 1pm. On most days during the first week, they were sold out hours before closing.

On the following Saturday, we arrived 15 minutes before opening (they open 8am on Saturday so you can sleep in an hour more), only to find a line already formed. As we got in line, we passed by the glass window clearly displaying rows and rows of fresh donuts.

These were the offerings on the day we went:

One of the things that sets this place apart is that they hand form all their donuts, which is quite impressive.

Once inside, I wanted to sample just about everything. We ended up purchasing more than two people should ever consume and left with two large boxes. In my defense, two donuts were being delivered to a friend. Also we wanted doubles of everything so that if we really really loved that one flavor, there’d be a second one. And by having doubles, we could devour one in the car and still have one left of that flavor to photo.

Our half empty boxes after inhaling some in the car:

Crème brûlée for two

Banana Mug Cake

Yes, I’ve been obsessing over mug cakes again recently. I wanted to revisit the banana one because while I already have a banana mug cake recipe, it’s one of the recipes where I wasn’t quite satisfied with the results.

I wanted to create a lighter cake because the banana one I previously made was very dense. Going along with my simplified versions of mug cakes, I eliminated the egg and oil. Without the egg yolk, the cake comes out quite pale, but it also doesn’t have any “eggy” taste to it.