Mini donuts

The last few months have flown by in a blur. I feel like I’m constantly playing catch-up. This year I somehow completely missed National Doughnut Day. I’m pretty sad over it considering how much I love donuts. I didn’t pick up my free donut or anything. And I didn’t even realize it until weeks later.

Anyway, last weekend I made these mini donuts as a consolation. I’ve made many mini baked donut recipes now but this one remains my favorite. Topped with some chocolate ganache and they are really perfect.

We celebrated my sister’s birthday last weekend, which could only mean one thing: time for another round of all you can eat sushi!

I’m not a huge fan of AYCE sushi. The quality tends to be so-so, orders are forgotten, and I don’t like having to stuff myself with rice. But my siblings love it, and every birthday dinner is usually a request for AYCE sushi. It’s become a competition and they keep track of who has eaten the most pieces.

Luckily, there seems to be new AYCE places popping up all the time, so we don’t have to keep going to the same ones. This time around we decided to check out RB Sushi in Rancho Bernardo. Dinner is only $24.95 for the AYCE, which is a little bit cheaper than most places. They offer a pretty large menu including items like uni (limit one order per person). Best of all, there also was no time limit and though the menu sheet says three rounds, they told us they would not limit us to three rounds. They also did not require us to sit at the bar.

We tried out some of the appetizers (which are served as half orders for AYCE), but most of them were pretty bad. The shrimp tempura was hard, the agedashi tofu bleh. The only one I liked was the deep fried soft shell crab and the salmon kalma.

I can never resist getting funnel cake at the fair. Fried dough, with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. What’s not to love?

My first taste of funnel cake wasn’t until college. They used to always have it at random events on college walk, along with kettle corn, and some other vendors I can no longer remember.

I never thought about trying to make my own funnel cake until coming across a post for a red velvet funnel cake, which also happens to be a new food item at the San Diego Fair this year. I was set on trying out the recipe and then didn’t have all the needed ingredients. I had just made some of my Nutella Donut Pancakes, and thought, why not try frying up the rest of the batter?