If you love sushi and you love a good bargain, check out Sushi Ninjas. Sushi Ninjas is a new food truck that recently debuted in San Diego. While I’ve been turned off by food trucks lately, Sushi Ninjas has renewed my excitement with their affordable prices and tasty rolls.

Update: A second piece on Sushi Ninjas with some different items is published here.

Sushi Ninjas is owned by best friends Danny Jeon, a UCSD graduate, and chef Jin Kim, who has worked in the sushi restaurant industry in Los Angeles and San Diego for over a decade.

Life is full of crazy coincidences. The other day I was driving home when this truck caught my attention. I noticed the illustration of a ninja with some sea creatures. Then I read the name “Sushi Ninjas,” which just so happen to combine FH’s two favorite things.

After I got home, I decided to look them up. I was checking out the menu on their website, when I noticed that their main page showed their latest tweets. And it just so happened that their tweet 1 minute ago was the following:

@kirbiecravings KIRBIE!!!! we would love to have you stop by for a visit!

What the ?? I was a little stunned. I picked up my phone, and sure enough, they really had just tweeted me at the exact same moment I was browsing their site. What are the chances?

Well, with the shout-out, obviously I needed to pay them a visit.

Can you believe it’s October already? It really snuck up on me.

I hurried to the supermarket this weekend to buy some pumpkin puree to get started on some fall baking. First up, these mini pumpkin cakes with a Nutella filling.

I always have to save a lot of room in my suitcase for snacks from Taiwan on my trip back. The prohibition on meat and fruits and vegetables limit my options greatly, but I still load up on other snacks.

There are a few staple items I always get for myself and to give as gifts to friends. I thought I’d share a few pictures before I dived in and ate them.

Pineapple cakes

Pineapple cakes are popular in Taiwan and can be found at almost every bakery. Every place makes their own and claims to be the best. A few years ago we really enjoyed the ones from Chia Te. Ever since then, my aunt always gets them for us to take home.

Pineapple cakes have a shortbread-like exterior which crumbles upon touch. The inside is filled with a pineapple jam-like filling. One of these days, I want to try making my own. These are probably the most requested item people ask me to bring from Taiwan. And don’t let the plain appearance fool you. These cakes are usually sold for about $1 a piece.

Wife Cakes