Today marks the four year anniversary of my blog. As a little celebration, I decided to make one of my favorite desserts, the ultimate brick toast. DH and I both love it and since there are no shops in San Diego that serve it this way, I try to make it every once in a while.

For this one, I topped it with fresh strawberries and drizzled it with chocolate sauce. I also used vanilla ice cream. So yummy.

I’ve reduced some of the steps so now this is even easier to assemble.

I had heard from several sources that Blockheads served snow shaved ice as good as or better than my favorite spot, Class 302. So of course I had to visit. However, since I don’t venture to the West LA often, it took a while for me to finally visit.

It’s located in Little Osaka, nearby Tsujita and Seoul Sausage, allowing me to sample all three in one visit. I’ll cut right to the chase: it lived up to its hype. While my ultimate favorite is still Class 302, Blockheads comes in at a close second and I was craving it enough to make another trip just a mere month later.

The mascot of the place seems to be these square blockhead owls. Cute though a bit random.

The flavor options are quite limited, but they do offer some rare flavors like black sesame and red bean.

The toppings are of the frozen yogurt topping variety (canned fruits, mochi, jellies, candies). They do however offer rice cakes, which is similar to the fresh mochi at Class 302 that I love, but they are smaller and round and are basically the Chinese sticky rice balls eaten during weddings and some other holidays.

One thing I was pleasantly surprised about were the prices. While everything else in Little Osaka seems a little overpriced, the snow ice at Blockheads was some of the cheapest we’ve eaten. A small is $3.75 and a large is $5.25.

On our first visit here, we got black sesame and green tea. My friends don’t particularly care the toppings and we didn’t want to pay extra for unwanted toppings, so we just got it with a drizzle of condensed milk (first drizzle of sauce of your choice is complimentary).

The black sesame was as good as my friends had raved. Definitely the best black sesame flavor I’ve tasted to date. The snow ice texture, while it doesn’t fall in ribbons, is incredibly soft, even slightly softer than the snow at Class 302.

I really enjoyed the green tea one as well. I have yet to have a decent green tea flavored snow ice in San Diego.

On my second visit we noticed that they now served red bean, a flavor I’ve yet to see anywhere else.

I continued to play around with my Girl Scout cookies with this easy recipe. I love Thin Mints as they are, but I just knew they would be perfect for one of my two ingredient cookie recipes, turning these cookies into another cookie form.

You get the taste of thin mints, but in a soft cakey cookie form. Yummy.