St. Patrick’s Day is almost here so it’s time for some boozy recipes. I made a Baileys Irish Cream Mug Cake previously. This time, I thought I’d add some chocolate to it.

You can still taste the alcohol, but it’s a little hard to tell that it’s Irish cream. I wish I had some Irish cream chocolate chips to add some extra oomph. The cake still tastes good though. Like chocolate cake for adults.

Coop’s BBQ, our favorite barbeque joint in San Diego, recently opened a second location. Unfortunately for DH and I, the second location is in Chula Vista, which is not any closer to us than their original Lemon Grove location.

Nonetheless, we were curious. We were craving Coop’s smoked brisket and ribs the other day, so DH made the trip to Chula Vista to pick up our take-out order. I armed him with one of my cameras so he could take photos of the new spot.


The new location is much bigger than the original location and is mainly being managed by Coop’s daughter. There are large tvs and cushy booths.

Triple Threat Plate (Homemade Sausage, Hot Links, Pulled Pork)

DH and I have a habit of getting the same thing every time we come, so I decided we needed to try some other menu items. I enjoyed the homemade sausage the most from this trio. The pulled pork chunks were a little big and didn’t have too much flavor. The hot links were like typical hot links.

We were hoping to try the mac n cheese side, but it’s only available on Saturdays. So for our sides we got the corned bread and potato salad. They wrapped the corn bread separately and generously gave us an extra scoop of their red beans and rice to fill the other side section.

Of course, after making the drive down, we had to get our favorites as well:

I’m still obsessed with my easy spread cookies. And of course I had to make a Biscoff one!

For those of you who still have not tried Biscoff spread, I urge you to do so. It’s a cookie butter spread made of speculoos cookies, a popular spice biscuit cookie in Europe. It’s becoming quite popular in the US now and you can find it at just about any major grocery store. Trader Joe’s also carries their own brand, though I prefer the original Biscoff spread.

It seems a little silly to turn the cookie spread back into cookies, but I like how they turned out. Original Biscoff cookies are crunchy biscuit cookies. These Biscoff spread cookies are soft and chewy but still tasting of the wonderful spices.