The San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale is happening this Saturday April 28, 2012 from 10am-2pm at Great News in Pacific Beach. There are over 40 bloggers baking up delicious treats and all the profits go to Share Our Strength, a charity to end childhood hunger.

You can check out the menu of treats here. I hope you can make it out. I got a sneak peek at some of the stuff this morning from a mock sale we did to  promote the sale and was thoroughly impressed. I want to buy everything. Here’s some phone pictures I thought I’d share.

Here’s the flyer for the Bake Sale:

After we had the most amazing spring rolls with special sauce at Brodard Restaurant, we headed over to Vien Dong for the rest of our meal. Vien Dong is a simple Vietnamese restaurant with quite a few offerings and reasonable prices, which was recommended to me by several people.

We came armed with recommendations from mmm-yoso and The Ravenous Couple, so ordering was pretty easy.

Cha Ca Thang Long (grilled fish, dill, onions, rice noodles, sesame crackers, lettuce, mint, served on hot plate)

This was my favorite dish of the night. You can see the steam coming off of the hot plate. The fish was moist, flavorful and I loved the addition of the dill. It tasted great with the crunchy sesame crackers and the rice noodles soaked up the oil of the fish.

Bun Cha Dong Xuan (charbroiled marinated pork, rice noodles, lettuce, mint)

The marinated pork was tasty, though a little oily, and we wrapped it in the lettuce and rice noodles. Another solid dish. I do wish there was a little more of the pork though.

I haven’t abandoned my easy microwave mug cake series. I just took a short break because I didn’t have any ideas that really inspired me. Then when I was working with marshmallows for S’mores brownies, it made me think of hot chocolate. And that’s how I came up this hot chocolate mug cake.

The mug cake uses hot cocoa mix in the batter. You can throw some marshmallows into the batter too which will melt into the cake. And I added a few more marshmallows on top to more resemble hot chocolate.