I visited Michele Coulon Dessertier the other day and I’m completely in love with the desserts. This is my new favorite gourmet bakery in San Diego.

Michele Coulon specializes in wedding cakes, but you can drop by for mini desserts, cake slices and order regular cakes as well. I had briefly considered the store as an option when I was looking for my wedding cake, but the prices were simply out of our cake budget.

The store is quite small and not really meant for dining in. It’s more of a place to pick up treats for later.

Upon entering, I was a little intimidated. No one greeted us. There was a group doing a wedding cake tasting and there were people behind the counter and working on desserts. Had I not researched the place beforehand, I would have thought I walked into the wrong store and that perhaps this place only did custom orders. But I knew that they offered individual desserts for sale and I had read some reviews about the lack of initial customer service, so I made my way inside and walked up to the counter and finally got the attention of someone.

Once I did, the person who helped me was sweet as can be. She helpfully told us the flavors of the mini desserts, packed up our order and even discounted me on the cake because she thought the slice she cut was a little too small. I don’t quite understand why they don’t have someone who greets customers who walk in.

Despite the lack of welcome, this place was worth the visit. There were an array of mini desserts (priced at $1.75 each), cake slices ($10 a slice, reminding me of Extraordinary Dessert prices), macarons, cookies, cupcakes.

After much contemplating, we settled on a strawberry tart, a slice of angel cake with matcha frosting and several mini desserts.

Vanilla Bean Angel Cake with Matcha Frosting

I’ve been really into make ice pops lately. I only wish I had more molds and freezer space for all the ideas popping into my head.

My latest creation are strawberry cheesecake popsicles. These really do taste like cheesecake in an ice pop form.

Ariccia Italian Market is a small Italian market and cafe located in downtown La Jolla that offers menu items like porchetta sandwiches (which I highly recommend), salads and soups. They also sell other Italian goods such as daily fresh made pasta, sauces, spices, macarons and more.

I’d actually been closely following the progress prior to its opening, but once it did open, I never seemed to have a chance to visit. I’m so glad I finally did and I only wish it hadn’t taken me so long.

Once inside the market, I did feel like I was in Italy. Behind the glass display, there was their signature porchetta, other cuts of meat, fresh made pastas, and macarons from a local bakery.