Hokkaido milk toast is popular japanese-style bread.  It’s soft, thick, fluffy and addicting. I found a recipe for Hokkadio milk toast in the 65 Degrees Tangzhong book and decided to try it out this weekend.

As you know, I love making bread using the tangzhong method, which you can read a little more about here. It takes a little more effort, but the results are worth it. The bread has such an incredible rise and stays so soft and fresh. This is something I’ve not been able to achieve with other bread recipes and I’ve been testing out a lot of bread recipes.

I love french macarons. The shell is so delicate, yet has a surprising chewy texture. It’s one of my favorite desserts. I finally successfully made some a while back. And then I never got around to making them again. Once you start, it’s not that hard to put together. But when recipes require preparation ahead of time, I always drag my feet.

So I finally made myself make some matcha macarons. I love the light green color. I paired them with some sakura blossoms. Full disclosure: the flowers are fake. I loke sakura/cherry blossoms. Near my parent’s house, there is a park full of cherry blossoms and I used to get to see them bloom every year. I miss having cherry blossoms around.

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, you know that I love taking road trips to LA just to eat for the day. My parents think I’m crazy. Obviously my craziness is contagious. Last week, Baby Bro took his first food eating trip, hitting up cheap chinese eats in Monterey Park and San Gabriel Valley. He went to visit a friend that lived in that area, and decided they might as well turn it into an epic eating trip. And I do mean epic. There were three of them, and in a span of about 9 eating hours, they ate at five restaurants, two bakeries and two dessert spots.  (I miss having the metabolism of a college student). I had fun helping him plan his trip, though I was also very envious and so tempted to drop everything and join them. (I don’t think I would have been able to keep up though.) Anyhow, Baby Bro took a lot of pictures, and wrote this guest post to share his epic eating adventure with you all. Hope you enjoy!

Hello everyone! This is Kirbie’s Baby Brother. This weekend my girlfriend and I went to visit a friend in Alhambra. While we were there, we decided to go on an epic food eating trip!

Our first stop was at Porto’s Bakery & Café:

Porto’s Bakery & Café
8233 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241

After reading Kirbie’s post on the potato balls, I knew for certain we had to visit there.  Luckily the line for us was “short” – it was all contained within the building rather than having a huge line out the door.  There are two lines, one for each side of the building.  One side is for sandwiches, and the other for the bakery/pastries, which is the line we went to.  It looped around several times through, but there were a lot of workers, and we got through in about ten minutes.  We got a chorizo pie, a chicken empanada, 25 potato balls to go, plus a few hot ones to eat on the spot.

They were better than amazing.  No adjective can do justice in describing how good they are. They come up to about 85 cents a piece of you get them in dozens, or 90 cents individually. Well worth the money.  I don’t think the 25 we got will last us…other people were getting about five to six dozen potato balls. The only people who think they’re crazy are the ones who haven’t had one before (and I was one of them before today).

Our next stop was 101 Noodle Express.  I absolutely LOVE noodles, so this stop was a must.

101 Noodle Express
1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

After reading Gastronomer’s post on 101 Noodle Express, I knew I had to try the beef roll.  It did not disappoint.