These baked tomatoes are filled with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.

I purchased these beautiful tomatoes on the vine this weekend. As summer is winding down, I’m trying to buy and eat as much fresh produce as possible. For some reason though, when I saw these tomatoes, I immediately wanted to stuff and bake them. So I added some premade tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and baked them until cooked.

Two years ago, the 626 Night Market debuted in Los Angeles, inspired by the night markets found in Asia, and especially Taiwan. After great success, they’ve continued on, expanding to Orange County and downtown LA as well, and holding multiple sessions each summer. The main location is the Arcadia one.

We happened to be in LA visiting friends during one of the weekends they were holding the 626 Night Market in Arcadia, and I was very eager to check it out. One of the highlights from my trips to Taiwan have always been the night markets. (There is one more session in September for those interested in attending.)

The Arcadia one is held at Santa Anita Park. It’s a mere $3 to get in, and if you park in the back parking, there is no parking fee (it’s $6 if you park in the front). I was impressed with the number of vendors, which was much greater than I expected. The crowds were pretty heavy, but we also went during peak hours. If I have a chance to go again, I’d go earlier before the dinner crowd.

The food prices were pretty reasonable, especially compared to the horrible first night market that San Diego attempted last year. We actually had a pretty good time browsing all the vendors and trying out different foods. Since we had a large group, it made it nice for sharing. Here are some highlights:

I love bubble waffles (also known as egg waffles, egg puffs, eggettes). It’s a popular item in Hong Kong and I’ve had a hard time finding a decent rendition here, but the version at this vendor was surprisingly good. Crispy on the outside, sweet and fluffy on the inside. This is such a fun dessert to eat since you break off each little piece.


These Bailey’s flavored popiscles are so fun to eat! Half of the ice pop is a Bailey’s Irish Cream spiked coffee and the other half is a creamy sweet base.

It’s finally Friday! And my mind is on cocktails. And as we enter the last week of August (where did the summer go??), I’m trying to crank out as many ice pops as possible, like these adult version coffee and cream ice pops. I love the intermix of the coffee and cream and being able to take separate bites of each one.