I finally found a great donut recipe. These donuts are soft, fluffy, and taste like bakery-style donuts.

I wasn’t planning on making donuts. It all came out of a failed attempt to get donuts this weekend. I’ve lived in California for most of my life now, but every once in a while, my days of living on the East Coast make an appearance. One of the things I had to adjust to when I first moved to California is the lack of fresh donuts available after the early morning hours because most Californians consider donuts only as a breakfast food.

I haven’t made jello shots since my college days…


I recently came across a flurry of posts making the cutest jello shots to look like watermelon slices by using lime peels and filling them with red jello mixed with vodka. I couldn’t get over the cuteness of it.

Staring at the limes, my first alcoholic beverage thought was definitely margaritas. I originally wanted to fill the lime peels with a yellow jello to reflect a regular margarita but then I didn’t think that the lemon flavor would resemble a margarita.

Recently I was contacted by a representative for the Pearl Hotel, inviting me to check out their restaurant and the dining menu created by their new executive chef Jason Burke.

As guests of the Pearl, we were given a partial discount on our meal and were able to make reservations (which they don’t normally take).

I’ve been curious about Restaurant at The Pearl, after I hearing about its Wednesday night “dive-in” theatre, where you can dine by the poolside and watch movies projected on a big screen above the pool.

The hotel is advertised as a “cozy vintage-meets-modern boutique hotel.” To be honest, with a name like “The Pearl” paired with a menu that look promising, my image of the hotel was quite different than my first impression.

In the fading daylight hours, the hotel appeared small and worn and more casual than I expected.