This single serving cake is fluffy and sweet, with crushed Oreo pieces mixed throughout.

So this is my Cookies and Cream Mug Cake 2.0. I previously shared the Cookies and Cream mug cake featured in my 5-Minute Mug Cakes cookbook. It’s one of my favorite recipes in the book  and it’s been quite popular on the blog too. The book version starts with a delicious white chocolate cake base that really carries the cream factor throughout the cake.

However, I’ve had several people ask me to make a non-white chocolate version. So here it is. This starts with a simple vanilla cake base and is then studded with Oreo cookie pieces.

These bite sized puff pastries are filled with creamy mashed potatoes, making for a delicious savory appetizer that is easy to make.

One of my favorite pastries to get at the popular 85C Bakery is a Potato and Cheese Pastry. It’s basically a puff pastry, filled with potato and cheese and topped with more cheese. My friend CC first introduced me to it and I get it every time I see it available at the bakery. At some point, she suggested that it would be easy for me to recreate. And I realized she was right. (Thanks for the idea CC!) While most of the breads and cakes at 85C are quite complicated and take a lot of time, this pastry is something I can easily create at home.

Okrumong is a premium South Korean-style shaved ice (patbingsu) place with two locations in LA.

During a recent LA eating trip, my friends took me to the Torrance location for dessert. The dessert shop offers a handful of shaved ice options, porridge and drinks.

Gold Snow Bowl with Red Bean

With a name of “gold snow” we just had to order it. Served in a copper bowl, this looked lovely. The finely shaved ice is dusted with misugaru, a roasted multi-grain powder, and finished with some slivered almonds. The slow cooked red beans are served on the side, with fresh rice cakes (like mochi).