Lychee chiffon cake

I mentioned earlier that I love lychees. I’ve never really done anything other than eat them and so this weekend I thought I’d try my hand at baking with them.

My first thought was a lychee chiffon cake. I’ve bookmarked several different chiffon cake recipes and for this cake, I tried one of these recipes.

Recently, a new Whole Foods opened up in Encinitas. I was invited to attend the grand opening which also coincided with the Encinitas Block Party.

I was out of town that weekend, but FH agreed to attend on my behalf. I wasn’t quite trusting enough to lend him my camera (we often joke how shaky his hands are), so he brought along his own point and shoot camera.

Once there, he was given a private tour of the new store. When he came back, he had a wealth of information. Here are some of the highlights he gleaned from the tour:

My favorite brownie recipe just got better.


A few weeks ago I discovered Baked Brownies and completely fell in love. Several people then suggested I try the Sweet and Salty Brownies from Baked Explorations, which is a variation on the Baked brownie that adds a layer of salted caramel.

I was a little hesitant to try this out at first. I’ve had other desserts with salted caramel and haven’t really enjoyed it. And I was afraid adding caramel to the brownies would be too sweet and overpowering.

But I decided to give it a go this weekend and find out once and for all whether I liked it. And it turns out the creators of Baked Explorations know what they are doing. These brownies are even more amazing than the original.