We celebrated my sister’s birthday last weekend, which could only mean one thing: time for another round of all you can eat sushi!

I’m not a huge fan of AYCE sushi. The quality tends to be so-so, orders are forgotten, and I don’t like having to stuff myself with rice. But my siblings love it, and every birthday dinner is usually a request for AYCE sushi. It’s become a competition and they keep track of who has eaten the most pieces.

Luckily, there seems to be new AYCE places popping up all the time, so we don’t have to keep going to the same ones. This time around we decided to check out RB Sushi in Rancho Bernardo. Dinner is only $24.95 for the AYCE, which is a little bit cheaper than most places. They offer a pretty large menu including items like uni (limit one order per person). Best of all, there also was no time limit and though the menu sheet says three rounds, they told us they would not limit us to three rounds. They also did not require us to sit at the bar.

We tried out some of the appetizers (which are served as half orders for AYCE), but most of them were pretty bad. The shrimp tempura was hard, the agedashi tofu bleh. The only one I liked was the deep fried soft shell crab and the salmon kalma.

I can never resist getting funnel cake at the fair. Fried dough, with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. What’s not to love?

My first taste of funnel cake wasn’t until college. They used to always have it at random events on college walk, along with kettle corn, and some other vendors I can no longer remember.

I never thought about trying to make my own funnel cake until coming across a post for a red velvet funnel cake, which also happens to be a new food item at the San Diego Fair this year. I was set on trying out the recipe and then didn’t have all the needed ingredients. I had just made some of my Nutella Donut Pancakes, and thought, why not try frying up the rest of the batter?

This isn’t quite the same as some of the other mug cakes I’ve made in the past. I didn’t create a recipe that can be made into one single serving, but it’s still delicious and easy and you can always store the leftover batter for later.

I was making a batch of our favorite baked donuts and I had some leftover batter and I decided to stick it in a mug and see if it would turn out okay. And it did! A minute and half later I was treated to a fluffy donut mug cake. Much quicker than making mini donuts in the oven.