Funfetti Milkshake

I’ve had funfettti on my mind lately. Funfetti pancakes, funfetti blondies, and then funfetti milkshake.

I wasn’t sure if it would work as a drink. Would the Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix taste gross in a milkshake? But if you blend it, it does dissolve. And it tastes pretty good. It’s super sweet because it tastes like cake batter. My first version was a little too thick, so I used some milk to make loosen it up.

Fleming’s is our favorite place to get steak in San Diego. We think the steak is prepared well, there’s a very nice selection of wine, and I love the complimentary bread with infused whipped butter starter.

Of course, it’s a little on the pricey side so we limit the number of times we visit a year. If you sign up for their mailing list, you’ll be alerted to specials the run periodically throughout the year, such as their Memorable Meals series. The menu changes, but it’s basically a prix fixe menu for around $35-50 per person depending on the menu. Our favorite memorable meal is actually the filet mignon and lobster tail meal which they usually offer once a year.

Currently, for the month of September, Fleming’s is offering a Memorable Meal for two people for $99 (or one person for $49.50).

Complimentary bread and butter

This is probably my favorite complimentary bread starter of all the restaurants I’ve dined at in San Diego. The sourdough parmesan bread is paired with two different infused whipped butter options: chardonnay feta and tomato basil. They seemed to have changed the bread recipe slightly since my last visit. It used to have a nice crusty edge, but this time it was soft all over. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I prefer crusty bread.

A wine flight is offered for $25 (THE PRISONER Napa Valley Red 2010, PRIMUS Colchagua Valley Chile 2010/11, QUINTESSA Napa Valley 2006). I’ve always been impressed with the selection of wines at Fleming’s so DH and I opted to share a wine flight. It was a really good deal for $25, especially because one of the offerings was a glass of Quintessa, which is priced at around $200 per bottle in the restaurant.

We were very fond of the The Prisoner wine, but our favorite was definitely the Quintessa.

Shrimp Bisque with cheese gougères and fennel cream

First up was shrimp bisque accompanied by cheese gougères. This was pretty good. Sometimes bisques tend to be too salty, but this one wasn’t. And the gougerès were still nice and warm.

I’m in love with these oversized blueberry coffee cake cookies.

I love, love coffee cake. The streusel topping, crumbly sweet cake. Perfectly paired with a cup of coffee. I was sitting in yoga class when my mind inevitably went to food. And I got this idea to make coffee cake cookies.

I didn’t want to make cookies that resembled coffee cake. I wanted actual coffee cake but in a cookie form and that’s exactly what these are. Because the coffee cake batter is thick, you can bake into cookie form. You can do free form cookies but I chose to put bake them in my Muffin Top Pan for perfectly round oversized cookies.