Rita’s Italian Ice has continued to expand throughout San Diego, with their newest opening in Rancho Penasquitos last week. The popular shaved ice chain from the East Coast has several more locations set to open in San Diego in the next few months. For their grand opening, they offered a free regular ice or regular sized gelatis for $1. It was such a hot day we decided to get some after work, hoping the lines had died down.

Speaking of weather, how crazy were the random thunderstorms in San Diego this weekend? I can’t even remember the last time it rained in July, much less thunder. But in a flash, they were gone, and it was sunny weather again. So bizarre.

Anyhow, we were wrong about the lines. They were still pretty long, but we were already there, so we decided to wait anyway.

Mango Strawberry Ice with Vanilla Custard

These fluffy little muffins taste like old-fashioned donuts, but are baked instead of fried. The make a perfect treat any time of the day.

These mini donut muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I recently went to a really fun BBQ/game night party and brought these sugar donut muffins for dessert.
I’m going to keep this post relatively short. I’m pretty exhausted after being at San Diego Comic Con for the past four days. Waking up at 4am, walking more than 10,000 steps a day, trying to get through all the insane crowds, it really takes a toll. When I’m fully recovered I’ll share a few pictures. Some of the highlights of my weekend included getting sketches from Tokidoki artist Simone Legno, winning one of the coveted LEGO mini figures raffled away, taking pictures with Game of Thrones actor Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), riding in the Gotham PD cab, and watching Jim Lee live sketch.

These sweet and tart raspberry lemonade bars sit on a buttery crust and are topped with a delicious crumble.

I’m in love with these raspberry lemonade pie bars. First, they are really easy to make. Easier than the description seems to suggest. Second, they are so colorful with those fresh raspberries blending into the lemonade mix. The inside is a custard, not too sweet filling of lemon and raspberry. Finally, the bars have double the yum factor with a crumble/streusel topping and a buttery pie crust.