I know it’s dangerous to call something “the best.” But I’ve found my favorite/best soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. Previously, my all time favorite soft chocolate chip cookie was this one, which uses pudding mix to help the soft texture.

While I still enjoy that recipe, I love that this one doesn’t need pudding mix as I don’t always have it on hand. I also prefer the color and shape of these cookies.


Tea Garden recently had its grand re-opening. It previously had occupied the space next to Pangea Bakery, but then moved to a nearby plaza. Despite the re-opening, the menu is exactly the same. The space is now divided into two areas, which makes the dining sections look smaller.

Our last few visits to Tea Garden had only been for their milk tea. I’ve really enjoyed the roasted oolong milk tea. With the grand re-opening, we decided to give the food another try too.

The whiteboard featured some of their most popular items.

Minced Pork Stew Rice

This is a popular Taiwanese dish. The braised pork belly is cooked in a thick broth made of soy sauce and spices. Its served over rice, with the sauce flavoring the rice. I thought this was a decent version, but I prefer the versions I’ve had in LA.

Lunch dishes come with either black or green tea.

Remember my pizza cupcakes from last year? Well I made a mug cake version.

This was my first venture into a savory mug cake. I am pretty happy with the results. This is great when you want just a single serving.