As I mentioned previously, right before my trip to Taiwan, fellow food blogger Kung Food Panda sent me quite a few links on delicious food spots to check out while in Taiwan.

One in particular that caught my attention was a hole-in-the-wall dumpling place that sells scallop dumplings for only 7NT, or about 20 cents in US dollars. So cheap! And they looked yummy too. The video showed how popular the place is and how the owner makes the dough and mixes the filling herself.  They also offer yellow chive and pork dumplings and green garlic chives and pork dumplings for 5NT each, or about 15 cents.

After I made the brownie mug cake which I absolutely love, I couldn’t help but wonder if I could do anything to improve on it.

So of course the first thing I thought was to experiment with Nutella. I’ve had nutella lava brownies before and decided to try to do something similar. Since the brownie is enclosed in a mug, it’s hard to have a real lava flowing effect when you break into the cake, but you can create a liquid gooey center of Nutella that comes up with a spoonful of brownie.

Burger restaurants have been popping up like crazy in San Diego this last year. One of the newest burger franchises to enter the San Diego market is Elevation Burger, which opened about three months ago.

As you may have guessed from the name, Elevation Burger’s goal is to “elevate” the burger experience, both through providing high quality ingredients, and also being mindful of the environment. Recently, I was invited to tour and check out the current San Diego location, meet the owner, and sample the menu.

The ground beef patties are 100% organic, coming from grass-fed, free-range cows. The meat is actually ground in the restaurant, and the patties are hand formed, which is immediately apparent once you get your burger. The french fries are fried with olive oil. They have two veggie patty options to lighten your burger meal. And the ice cream shakes are made with real scoops of ice cream (Blue Bunny brand).

After a short tour, we were presented with the menu to order from.

First our drinks. Elevation Burger carries coke bottles made with cane sugar. In addition, they always offer one fountain with sugar cane. During our visit, it was the root beer. We had a bottle of coke, root beer with sugar cane, and of course we had to try an ice cream shake.